contents, was destroyed.
After the building by the society of its new church on Otis street, a smaller bell from the foundry of Meneely
's Sons of Troy, N. Y.
, was placed in its tower and is now in service.
In 1888 the Union
Congregational Church at South Medford had been erected.
For twenty years the sharp, pertinent tones of the race-track bell had been heard by the crowds who gathered at Mystic Park
Since ‘88 this church bell has been true to the legend inscribed on it, ‘I call and I warn.’
It weighs 500 lbs., and it cost about $200. It was cast by the Meneelys, and was provided by the efforts, and was a gift in trust, of Prof. H. B. Doland
Upon the completion of the new and present church building this bell was placed in its tower.
In 1884 the West Medford Congregational Church, by persistent effort, succeeded in paying a burdensome debt, and several gentlemen, not of the church, were moved thereby to assist in the procuring of a bell therefor.
It came from the Blake
foundry in Boston
and weighed 2,025 lbs. Instead of the society's corporate name, the inscription was ‘Harvard Avenue Church, West Medford, Edward C. Hood
, Pastor, 1884.
Hitherto the Lord
hath helped us.’
On March 4, 1903, the church was destroyed by fire and the bell broken by its fall.
To the city of Troy, N. Y.
, it was sent to the hotter fires of the bell foundry.
After eighteen months absence it came back and was placed in the tower of the new house of worship.
On one side, near the crown, is the name—
Meneely Bell Co., Troy, N. Y., 1904.
and on the opposite (eastward)—
‘We went through fire and through water, but Thou broughtest us out into a wealthy place.’
‘Oh, come let us worship and bow down.
Let us kneel before Jehovah, our Maker.’—Psalms 66: 2; 95: 6.
A. R. V.
Its weight is 2,200 lbs., and its first Sabbath service was in calling the people to the dedication of the new