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d church, and so since 1849. As these of the various faiths were erected, there was no occasion for others until the growth of the town toward its border lines made it, and by that time the fashion had changed and the tower came into its own again. St. Mary's, on Salem street, near Malden line, whose brick tower in which is a clock paid for by Medford, was the first to build. Then Grace church, out growing its wooden chapel of 1850, acquired largely through the munificence of Mrs. Ellen Shepherd Brooks its beautiful stone church with ivy mantled tower. In ‘72 the First Methodist and the First Baptist, and in ‘73 Trinity Methodist and the Congregational (both the latter at West Medford and new organizations) erected new houses of worship—a remarkable record for two successive years. All these were of wood; all had the features of a corner tower and belfry, with spires varying from forty-eight to one hundred and forty feet in height. In three the town placed public clocks, at th<