We recall that Mr. Leavitt began his duty at once by asking each one present, ‘How much will you do for the cause of the Lord this year?’ and made note of their replies. There was considerable interest manifested at first in the project. Several meetings were held, and the executive committee went to view newly erected church buildings in Everett and Stoneham as models for the one proposed. The land owners put no condition of denomination upon their proposed gift, neither did Mr. Norton upon his. The land owners selected and offered the site of present Trinity church, but there were those that wanted a location ‘on the other side of the railroad,’ regardless of the fact that the village was to grow in the other direction. Just at this time the Baptists and Methodists at Medford began new church building plans, and as the modern summer vacation had just come in vogue, the project was laid over till autumn. The executive committee found that in the raising of funds people were not ready to accept the idea of a ‘Union church’ with no recognized denomination to sustain it. Mr. Usher, in the history already quoted from, said, ‘several plans for a church (meaning organization) were considered and given up, when a few citizens thought a Congregational church could be supported if an organization was effected.’ Some others, of the Baptist order, went so far as to issue a warrant calling ‘a meeting of the First Baptist church in West Medford,’ but nothing came of it. During the summer Mr. Charpiot became the victim of some unscrupulous persons who took advantage of his inherited tendencies and brought him to West Medford in a helpless and pitiable condition. Feeling this disgrace deeply, he resigned his ministry and left town. It should be said here that he later rallied from the evil[p. 87] selected as a committee to solicit subscriptions to maintain preaching during the coming year. Mr. Leavitt was re-elected Treasurer. The meeting was adjourned to next Monday evening.
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William Gray of Salem and Samuel Gray of Medford .
E Pluribus Unum—a Civil war poem.
Connecting link in Medford Church history.
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