After twenty-five years.The gathering on Jan. 4 (1918) of fourteen members of Medford's first city government, with the auditor and collector who have served continuously, was surely a pleasant and notable occasion. That so many have survived the stress of the years and enjoyed the reunion, is worthy of notice in Medford annals. They were Aldermen William Cushing Wait, Walter F. Cushing, Lewis H. Lovering and J. R. Teel, with Richard Gibson, E. C. Ellis, George T. Sampson, Herman L. Buss, William H. Casey, Allston H. Evans, N. E. Wilber, E. F. Kakas, Charles H. Loomis and E. I. Langell, of the council. As their former clerk Langell called the roll, fitting notice was taken of “Those who answer not, however we may call.” Auditor Cummings and Collector Hayes were guests of the evening. After the dinner came the “smoke talk” with “everybody in it” and a final word by chairman Loomis to close the “First Session.” Judge Wait presided over the “Second Session” opening court (?) with words of greeting. Councilman Evans paid tribute to Medford by reading original verses:--[p. 18]
Alderman Cushing's subject was the “Board of 1893” , and the survivors have now no excuse for not making a record, as he presented each with an up-to-date fountain pen. Next Councilman Loomis read
The ever versatile councilman from ward six made some observations upon his bailiwick, as only Wilber can do. Evidently this reunion was a sort of love-feast, and those present had no cause to be ashamed of their record in performing the new duties to which they were called in ‘93. If some successors did not as well, the lesson should come home to the voters who elect them.