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(Tune, Auld Lang Syne.)
Come friends and neighbors, kindred
To join in sweet accord;
Come Memory, a welcome guest,
Inspire each voice and word,
In praise and prayer and gratitude
To evíry heart and hand
That wrought in love, so
This goodly building planned.
Sacred may it forever be
To all, in age or youth,
Who seek to find within its walls
The precious germs of truth.
May wisdomís golden grains abound
To Ďnrich this ancient town;
God of our fathers, let thy love
Each day and labor crown.
The heart goes back to other days
When by yon riverís side
We played, who now are growing gray,
Yet view this work with pride;
May we, when time shall he no more,
Join with the ransomed throng,
Where naught our perfect joy shall
In an unbroken song.
The impressive dedication exercises of the morning
ended with the benediction.
At the close, the large concourse of people passed from
the hail and assembled in social groups, some in the antiquarian room,
some in the library, and more out on the ample lawn. One of the articles
added to the library that day was a fine revolving book case, presented by
Mr. Gustavus B. Peck. An early call to dinner met a ready response, and
hundreds of guests passed down into the
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cool, dry and well lighted basement, where a most
excellent dinner of salads, cakes, ices, fruit, etc., was waiting. After
dinner the speakers and invited guests were gathered on the lawn and faced
the dread instrument of the photographer. Gathering strength from numbers,
not a man forsook his post. The narrator will leave the company to their
postprandial diversions, and again turn his attention to biography. As
Rev. Mr. Tiltonís directive power was the alpha and omega of the
dedication programme, his biography may be appropriately inserted here as
the connecting link between the morning and afternoon exercises.
REV. GEORGE HENRY TILTON, A. M.
Rev. George Henry Tilton, A. M., son of William Wells
and Sarah Ann (Morrill) Tilton, was born in Nashua, N. H., January 31,
1845. Soon after, his parents moved to Concord, N.
H., and still later to Hopkinton, where most of his childhood was spent.
Besides the district schools, he attended the Contoocook and Hopkinton
academies and spent one term at the Rumford Grammar school in Concord,
where he enjoyed the faithful instruction of Mr. James W. \Webster. He
fitted for college at Williston seminary, Easthampton, graduating in 1866.
He graduated from Amherst College in 1870, and from Andover Theological
Seminary in 1873. Was ordained at Hopkinton, N. H., June 4, 1873.
Afterward he enjoyed a course in medicine in New
York city. In 1874 he
organized the Central Congregational Church at Attleboro Falls, and
remained with the church until the dedication of the new church edifice in
May, 1875. Preached at
Wolfboro, N. H., from the autumn of 1875 to
the summer of 1877, during
which period there was an exten
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sive revival of religion in the town. On account of
exhaustion from overwork he left Wolfboro, and spent several months in
He began his very successful pastorate
at Rehoboth in October, 1877, whither he moved January I, 1878. After
preaching five years, he was installed over the Congregational Church
November 2, 1882. His pastorate has been one of marked success and unusual
harmony. In public affairs he has shown the interest of a whole hearted
man and a public spirited citizen ó not the least of his enterprises
being the building of the Memorial Hall. In a speech that follows a
deserved tribute is paid him by one best qualified to speak. He was
married June 6, 1876, to Ella Minerva, daughter of Thomas Stanley and
Minerva Wheaton (Freeman) Mann, of Attleboro Falls, Mass. They have three