portion of the Scriptures was read by Deacon C. H. Clark
, and a chapter from Baptist Chronicles, the contribution of one of the women of the church, was read by Mr. J. M. G. Plummer
Addresses by the visiting clergymen followed.
On Monday afternoon, September 7, the people assembled in the lecture-room and parlor, and after congratulations and hand-shakings, all sat down to a well spread board, where Deacon William Stetson
Mr. Wm. H. Breed
, the worthy son of Horace A. Breed
, and a former superintendent of the Sunday-school, who had given his early manhood to the work of the church until his removal from town, Dr. E. Hunt
, superintendent of Medford
schools, Deacon Wilcox
of the Mystic Church
, Hon. James M. Usher
of the Universalist Church, Mr. S. N. Mayo
of the Methodist Church, Rev. W. S. Woodbridge
, pastor of the Universalist Church, Rev. James L. Hill, D. D.
, pastor of the Mystic Church
, and many others, added words of cheer.
In the evening further services followed, and the two days celebration—red-letter days in the history of the First Baptist Church of Medford
—was brought to a close.
In 1893, the church after due consideration, arrived at the conclusion that its business should be managed, and its interests attended to, by its own members, as any other business interests would be, and accordingly took measures for incorporation under the laws of Massachusetts
This was speedily accomplished, the society became a thing of the past, and the First Baptist Church of Medford
(incorporated) went on with its work.
In 1895 a great sorrow came to the church in the death of Mrs. Ellen Wheelock Abbott
, the pastor's wife, a woman of sweet and gentle spirit, of whom it might truly be said:—
None knew her but to love her,
None named her but to praise.
In June, 1896, a Baptist Church was formed at West