something extra every week, purchased tickets for lectures, readings, musicals and spelling classes, and bought generously at fairs, ice-cream
parties and turkey suppers.
The four or five hundred dollars from the Home Missionary Society saved us from disaster.
was for several years the scribe of the Woburn Conference
, and interested many in our cause.
Mr. Stephen Cutter
pledged six hundred dollars toward the floating debt, provided that twenty-five hundred dollars should be raised.
Most of the churches of the Woburn Conference
In 1878 H. N. Ackerman
, E. E. Shepard
, G. F. Richmond
and A. W. Ackerman
, each agreeing to lead one Sabbath evening each month, organized a young people's prayer meeting.
In 1879 these four brethren and four ladies, Mrs. Carrie H. Shepard
and Misses Ida M. Hatch
, Mary B. Soule
, and Anna B. Williams
, organized the ‘Willing Hands,’ pledged to work for the young people of West Medford, and for the reduction of the floating debt, then five hundred dollars. This organization of workers had the satisfaction of accomplishing their financial object by providing the last one hundred dollars of the floating debt, which was thus cancelled in 1882.
With much effort the society's treasurer secured the reduction of the rate of interest from eight to seven, then to six and one-half, then to six per cent.
March 3, 1882, Mr. Cutter
resigned, to become New England
secretary of the American Tract Society.
For seven and a half years he had led us, since the dedication of the meeting-house.
The floating debt had been paid and our annual interest account had been reduced five hundred dollars. He had baptized eighteen infants and fifteen adults, and received seventy-two members, forty-six by letter and twenty-six on confession.
He was popular everywhere, and interested in every good work.
The Sabbath-school continued to increase during his pastorate, having its largest enrolment, 178, in 1882, and its largest average attendance, 90, in 1881.