One feature of that later period was a stock company to conduct a hotel on temperance principles, but which was not a financial success.
But even such a venture was not proposed in 1819.
Just how successful this ‘Association’ was in discountenancing intemperance we may not say, but one thing is certain, that the continued efforts of the Washingtonian and succeeding organizations, the agitations of pulpit and platform, the pledging of youth to total abstinence, the widespread efforts of the Women
's Christian Temperance Union, and public instruction helped create public sentiment which resulted in national prohibition.
In 1819 Medford
began to rouse from its slumber and standstill.
It then had but four public buildings: the meeting-house, schoolhouse, poor-house and powderhouse, the latter two being the best and nearly new. The last still remains, though but little known.
It now owns no meeting-house
, as church and state are separated, but it needs one, seriously, for civic use. It is of interest that in 1819 Patrick Roach
asked for the use of the schoolhouse for religious worship but was unsuccessful.
Did this presage the parting of the ways which came four years later?
We have never heard mention of this, but it is on the record.
With that parting began a new era in the religious, educational and social status of Medford
The new road to Woburn
the town had opposed was built and others followed.
A town hall became a necessity, and new schoolhouses, but the new houses of worship were not as before a municipal expense, being built by the respective church societies worshiping therein.
In the thirty-five years following 1819 to the writing of the history of Medford
ina55, population had increased 200 per cent. and annual outlay seven-fold, and a town debt in larger proportions.
But the item of the relief of the poor had fallen to about one-seventh, and who can say but that the service and relief was as efficient?
There is much of interest in the study of the old statistics.