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Medford Historical Society Papers, Volume 12., The first Methodist Episcopal Church of Medford. (search)
eral spiritual interest continued through his whole term. A number of deaths occurred during Mr. Osgood's pastorate, among them several of the older members of the church, of whom Andrew Pike was one, and one member of the Board of Stewards, Jacob W. Saxe. Mr. Osgood succeeded in raising the sum of $4,000 toward the church debt. He was succeeded by Revs. James W. Fenn, and Lyman D. Bragg. Mr. Bragg's three years pastorate proved to be a very eventful one. The church was repaired and paintes. Rev. E. T. Curnick followed Mr. Bragg. He found the church free from debt, even the current expenses of previous years being paid in full, a novel experience. During this pastorate, women were first elected as stewards in the church, Mrs. J. W. Saxe and Mrs. Celia M. Vining being appointed at the First Quarterly Conference, held May 8, 1890. A Junior Epworth League was formed and conducted by the pastor, the children were well instructed, and later furnished many members of the church.
A Medford incident. On page 190 of his History of Medford, Mr. Usher gave a graphic account of the farewell given the Lawrence Light Guard on April 19, 1861, on the occasion of their departure for the South. Miss Wild alluded to it in her paper relating to the company, and Mrs. Saxe in hers upon the Methodist Church, both published in the Register. The Rev. Mr. Ames who offered the prayer, alluded to by these writers, had been stationed at Lynn for two years, and was by his bishop appointed to Medford on April 12, the day memorable for the Southern attack upon Fort Sumter. Coming at once to his charge, he reached Medford the same day as did the news of the overt act of rebellion that was to cause the mighty uprising. He was then a young man, and Medford was one of his earliest appointments. Nature had not been generous to him. He was slight in stature and frail in body, but strong in spirit; doubtless radical in utterance, possessing the courage of his convictions,
Mrs. Abby (Drew) Saxe. On February 10, 1909, there passed on a woman, well known and greatly beloved in Medford, in whose memory we pause to pay our respect. Abby Drew was a native of our old town, born January 2, 1844, and in our Medfordevotion to duty that won high place in their regard. Soon after her resignation as teacher she became the wife of Jacob W. Saxe, and for nine years filled the difficult task of mother to another's children, as well as to those her own. Mr. Saxe Mr. Saxe was a commercial traveller, necessarily much absent, but almost daily by correspondence was the home bond kept. The burden of the care and education of their little ones fell heavily upon the mother when, with a shock, came the sudden death of theher through. Hers were twenty-six years of widowhood, and those years were replete with earnest labor for others. Mrs. Saxe was a woman of many activities. Taken to the Sabbath School by her parents, even before her recollection, her name has
seventeen paragraphs. One alluded to the closing of President Pierce's administration. Then there were three Answers to Correspondents, and three selections of poetry under the head of Culled Flowers. Chips from a Dry Stick made half a column of interesting and amusing sayings and jokes. The Honolulu Advertiser furnished A Hawaiian Funeral. On the last page was the announcement of the Medford Lyceum for January 8. H. M. Ticknor was to read selections from popular authors, among them, Saxe, Fields and Whittier. The ordination of William C. Brooks as pastor of the Universalist Church at Malden was reported; Rev. C. H. Leonard making the address to the church and society. The names and tonnage of eight vessels built during the year in Medford, also names of builders were given. The Bunker Hill, 1000 tons (Curtis), was on the stocks for launching in the spring. Four advertisements of real estate, and one of T. W. Savage, 1 and 2 American Block, next followed. Mr. Sav