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[p. 89] of a church of that order, and steps had been taken in the same direction by the Congregational people, both expecting to begin their services in Mystic hall. It is somewhat significant of existing conditions that at this meeting, after the former committee had been reelected but declined to serve, a new executive committee was chosen for six months. The use of Mystic hall had at first been given the Union, and on change of ownership the same condition continued, the new owners saying, ‘You can have it as long as you wish it.’1

The minority voters in that last annual meeting ceased regular attendance under the new management, and on June 12 the West Medford Congregational church was, by a ‘Council,’ recognized.

The election of committee for six months may be readily understood when we read a subsequent statement—‘The organization was continued till October, 1872, when the West Medford Congregational Society was ready to do business.’ (Vol. XIII, p. 28, Register.) That there was some feeling over said action is indicated, as we read, ‘Years have passed away. . . . Any difference or unpleasantness that may have been then are outgrown.’ (Register, Vol. XIV, p. 33.)

A few words concerning the Union's meeting place may be of interest. Mystic hall was also the rallying place of the Lyceum and Library Association, and had been the home of Mrs. Smith's somewhat famous seminary (1854-1858). For public use its furnishings were simple. The platform (two steps high), said to be enclosed by the panel-work of the seminary organ, was laid with a red carpet, and had upon it a haircloth sofa and a chestnut pulpit with walnut mouldings, the work of some village carpenter. There were two large cases of


1 That the land owners, who also owned Mystic hall, made their offer in good faith is shown by the fact that in the following years, when the two resultant churches were erected, the company, in the persons of the two latter named, assisted in the purchase of land to the extent of $2,860.00. Mr. Norton was the largest contributor to the erection of the Congregational church edifice, and later the donor of its parsonage and land.

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