infants and forty-four adults, and one hundred and sixty-one have been added to our membership, ninety-two by letter and sixty-nine on confession, up to the time of the annual meeting in December, 1909.
At that date the membership was three hundred and twenty-five.
Of fifty-seven families on our roll during the first ten years of our organization twenty are still connected with us.
The pastors and their wives who have served our church so well are now living, except Mr. Jaggar
, who died November 28, 1899, and Mrs. Cutter
, who died March 15, 1909. Mr. Jaggar
's decided stand saved us for thirty years from raising money by questionable methods.
calmly viewed and patiently endured conditions for which there was no present help.
He was the one man in a hundred who could ‘hold the fort’ in that period.
In clearing off the mortgage Mr. Hood
exercised his special talent.
Then we had freedom to enlarge our membership.
enforced the value of personal allegiance and consecration to Jesus, and built up the church in graces as well as in members.
So, providentially, all have fitted the periods in which they served.
Mr. David H. Brown
was appointed to prepare this sketch, but by the will of God fell on sleep February 21, 1908, ere he had begun the task.
Among our records are resolutions, drawn up by him upon the passing of several of his associates of early days, expressing appreciation of their devotion and sacrifices, and claiming that without them certain results could not have been achieved.
The claim is true of them, it is true of him—and more.
He had a wide and comprehensive vision of the possibilities of our field, and was able to suggest avenues of advance.
He had the ability and the disposition to initiate new lines of work, to associate with him others, teaching them his plan, inspiring them with his confident optimism, and then leaving them to carry on one work while he inaugurated another.
His plea for us before the Woburn Conference
and the Boston Congregational