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Medford young men's Christian Association. by Benjamin Pratt Hollis. [Read before the Medford Historical Society, April 7, 1906, by C. H. Loomis.] In the autumn of 1866, thirty-nine years ago, a movement was made in Medford to establish a Young Men's Christian Association. To that end, the various churches in town were requested to discontinue the evening worship on a certain Sunday and meet in a union service at Mystic Congregational Church. The meeting, which was well attended, was presided over by Mr. Baxter E. Perry, and the principal speaker was Mr. L. P. Rowland, secretary, at that time, of the Boston Young Men's Christian Association. A substantial collection, taken at the meeting, provided the embryo society with 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 Boyn