ith funds to commence its work.
The first meeting of the Association was held December 31, 1866, when the following officers were elected:—
President,Baxter E. Perry.
Vice-president,Joseph L. Goldthwait,Methodist.
Elisha B. Curtis,Baptist.
Eleazer Boynton, Jr.,Mystic Congregational.
Almarin F. Badger,First Congregational.
Gardiner P. Gates,Episcopal.
Treasurer,Alonzo E. Tainter.
Secretary,Charles E. Joyce.
On the fifth of April, 1867, the society took possession of a room in Usher's building on High street, subsequently occupied by the Medford Savings Bank.
The apartment was well furnished with magazines, newspapers and suitable periodicals, and the walls hung with appropriate pictures.
The following extract from the constitution will show the reason for its existence:—
The object of the Association shall be the improvement of the spiritual, mental and social condition of Young Men.
At the second choice of officers, in 1867, Charles H. Merrill, of First Co
atter that would throw much light on the doings of olden days.
In perusing the observations of Mr. Swan and the papers he preserved, one cannot fail to be impressed with the sterling qualities of many of the old-timers.
There is nothing to show that this mistress of the Royall house used her opportunities for the help and betterment of any but her immediate circle of friends, and that only in the channels of gaiety and pleasure.
Some useful lessons may be had by a comparison of her story with that of that earlier lady of the Royall house (Elizabeth Usher, who was satisfied with one black boy to carry her train), the mother of Marm Betty.
It is very doubtful if the Royall house, during the six years that the perruquier's daughter, Elizabeth Welch, was its mistress, had as beneficent influence upon Medford as did in the same years that humble room near Medford Square, where lived Elizabeth Francis, better known as Marm Betty.
From the New York Observer of September 21, 1868.
The Medford Historical Society owns a daguerreotype of him, showing him in old age with a strong, rugged face.
He commonly wore a checked handkerchief around his neck over his stock.
He was somewhat awkward in his movements.
The impression I have received regarding him, as I have talked with those who knew him, is that he was peculiar, decidedly so. Some seem to retain a vivid impression of his remarkable under lip, which was a potent factor in his facial expression.
Read what Mr. Usher says about him and you will find him genial and obliging; hear what others tell you and you will decide he was disagreeable and even rude.
Hard out-door work often tended to make people of the past less refined and gentle than those of today.
His conversation was rugged like himself, not always printable, nor fit for ears polite, so the stories that follow are not exact quotations.
Many are told which show his ready wit. An interesting account of a runaway slave is told at length in Bro