[p. 27] a church edifice, and on the fifth of September the committee recommended the purchase of a lot of land on High street, extending to the river and opposite the grounds of the old high school building. The recommendation was adopted. The land was secured, the work of raising the required funds and building the church rapidly prosecuted, and on the eleventh of May, 1850, the completed church edifice was duly consecrated by the Right Rev. Manton Eastburn, bishop of the diocese.The cost of the land was $1,200, the cost of building and furnishing the church, $2,680, or a total of $3,880. The building, designed by J. E. Billings, Esq., architect, consisted of a porch, nave and chancel, with a rector's room adjoining. The outside was of planed boards, battened and painted. There was no spire, tower or belfry, but the porch and the two ends of the church were surmounted by floriated crosses. The church floor and gallery accommodated about two hundred persons. The land sloped toward the river, and under the chancel was the entrance to the basement Sunday-school room. It was a good specimen of the early English village church. The rector, the Rev. David Greene Haskins, was born in Boston, May 1, 1818. He was graduated from Harvard University in the class of 1837, and in 1839 entered the junior class of the theological seminary, Andover. From 1841 to 1844 he was preceptor of the Portland Academy at Portland, Maine. Removing to Roxbury in 1844, he conducted a private school for girls, and at the same time studied for the ministry under the direction of Rev. Dr. Howe, late bishop of central Pennsylvania. On March 7, 1848, he was elected rector of Grace Church. In his early residence in Medford he occupied the old Remember Preston house in the square, opposite the town hall. In 1851 he built the house at the corner of High and Mystic streets in West Medford, afterwards occupied by the late Nathan Bridge.
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