At our Society's meetings.
We resume the record closing in Vol.
XVII, p. 72, and begin the season of 1914-15.
On October 19 Moses W. Mann
presented ‘The Cruise of the Merrimack
,’ an extract of which appeared in the Register as ‘Medford
November 16, Rosewell B. Lawrence
, gave us a delightful illustrated account of his ‘Trip to the Hawaiian Islands
December 20, Mrs. Augusta Brigham
read her interesting story, ‘Ten Soldier Brothers in the Revolution.’ At the annual meeting, on January 18, 1915, Mr. John H. Hooper
read of Aaron K. Hathaway
, ‘An Old Medford Schoolmaster.’
February 15, Mr. George C. Wolkins
of the Old South Association
read, ‘The Old South Meeting-house
March 15 was ‘Old Home Evening,’ when Mr. George Hersey
, in an informal talk, with numerous lantern slides, presented the old landmarks, dwellings and citizens of earlier years.
April 19 was a patriotic observance.
The President [p. 95]
directed the exercises and was ably assisted by the Misses Rowan
, Falt, Grimes
, the latter furnishing mandolin selections, and also playing the old London
This gathering was the one most fully attended in the season.
May 17 proved a very stormy day, and the attendance at what proved to be the last meeting in our old home, as well as the last meeting of the season, was extremely small.
Rev. Anson Titus
gave a most interesting lecture on ‘Some Economic Conditions at the Close of the Revolution.’
The season of 1915-16 found the Society housed in hired quarters (as the Register has noted), and opened on October 18.
The President read his ‘message,’ which is on file in the records, making a clear statement of the Society
These were discussed at some length and laid over till the next meeting.
Light refreshments were served.
The November meeting was devoted to discussion of ways and means, and the reports of committees relative to securing other and permanent quarters.
On December 20 Mr. Charles F. Read
, clerk of Bostonian Society, gave ‘A Schoolboy's Recollections of the Civil War
The annual meeting, January 17, 1916, was devoted to reports and election of officers.
February 21 we were honored with the presence of George and Martha Washington
, in the persons of Mr.Fenton
and Mrs. B. F. Fenton
, who sustained their parts with dignity and grace.
Master Topezia and Miss Jergueson
, also in costume, vied with their elders, and danced a minuet to the accompaniment of the ancient seraphine.
Mr. Edward Finnegan
(High School, 1916) read the Farewell Address
, and mandolin music was rendered by Miss Myrtle Meloon
and Mrs. Grace Savage
Among the patriotic airs was the ‘Star Spangled Banner,’ which brought the company to its feet.
As in the previous year, this was the largest attendance.
On March 20 Mr. Gordon Boit Wellman
entertained us with the ‘Ornithology of Middlesex Fells,’ to the delight of all.
The paper at the meeting of April 12, by Mr. Frank Woods Lovering
(who was unavoidably absent), was read by Mr. Edwin Crosby
—‘The Story of the West Medford Baptist Church.’ The choir of that church sang several hymns to the airs of ‘Duke Street
,’ ‘Coronation’ and ‘Miles' Lane,’ organist Sefton accompanying upon the seraphine.
The external accompaniment was a deluge
that made the attendance unusually small.
On May 15 a goodly number assembled to hear of ‘The American High School,’ from Principal J. D. Howlett
, an address of unusual interest.
Adjournment was made, subject to the call of the President
, and on Friday, June 30, a meeting was held to hear and act upon committee's recommendations.
These were adopted with conditions (already met), and by adjournment another meeting held on September 29, when report of progress was made, as appears elsewhere in this issue.