served, and but few societies have as fine a reputation.
Mrs. Lyman H. Brown, Mrs. George D. Haven, and Mrs. I. H. Wiley had charge of the supplies in the kitchen, and the guests were served by Mesdames E. C. Hall, Fannie Shaw Graves, J. W. Peak, Ida Smith, Mabelle H. Gooding, J. E. Kelley, Henry S. Barron, A. E. Southworth, W. J. Pingree, R. M. Richardson, P. B. S. Thayer, Frank M. Lowell, Frank Thomas, F. L. Pingree, Robert Hayes, Joseph W. Mess, Edward H. Bolton, Carrie D. Coulter, Arthur W. Glines, Mattie S. Rines, Misses Ella Freeman, Helen J. Whipple, Mary C. Mills, Ida R. Smith, Abbie L. Day, Annie G. Stover, Mary F. Freeman, Estella M. Royal, Alice M. Nickerson, Fannie M. Glines, Mabel G. Delano, Emily Poor, under the direction of Mrs. R. Y. Gifford, head waiter, and Mrs. William Taylor, assistant.
During the supper M. J. Messer and his wife and Miss Nettie Coburn gave the following musical selections: Mendelssohn's Festival March; Schlepegrell's overture, Narcissus; a sel
eeting broke up. Altogether it, also, was a very enjoyable occasion, and one long to be remembered by all so fortunate as to be present.
In 1890 the interior of the church was re-decorated, and a general brightening of the auditorium took place, at a cost of about $2,100.
In 1891 William P. Mitchell, who had been treasurer for fourteen years, declined a re-election.
A. Hodgman was elected to succeed Mr. Mitchell, serving with great credit up to the time of his death in 1898, when Arthur W. Glines became treasurer.
At the time of the raising of the grade of Cross street and the putting in place of the present steel bridge by the Boston & Maine railroad, the parish claimed damages to the amount of $4,000. A long legal conflict was the result, the final decision being that the society property was not injured, and therefore no damages could be collected.
But it cost the society $720 to find this out. Here, again, the women of the parish contributed,—the Sewing Society, $150; th
History of the Sunday school Arthur W. Glines
As a schoolboy, my favorite study was history, my leisure moments were spent in reading history, and my ideal successful man was one who could write history.
Thus it was, when invited to write the history of the Sunday School, I inwardly congratulated myself, and said, Now is my time; at last the long-sought — for opportunity has come.
Alas! I little realized, to use a Gilbertian phrase, that an historian's lot is not a happy one.
Withuary 5, 1881, Irving Smith was elected to the position, and served two years; after which Augustus Hodgman occupied the place with marked success for five years, followed by George M. Stevens, who served during 1888-1889; Seth Mason in 1890; Arthur W. Glines, 1891 to 1895, inclusive; and A. A. Wyman from 1895 to the present time.
In 1895 the school reached high-water mark in membership, as the report shows a total of 453 active members in attendance.
Friday night was decided upon as the regu