THE FIFTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF THE
1st METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
OF GLOVERSVILLE, NY

DECEMBER 9TH TO 14TH 1888
City of Gloversville

Part Two


DEDICATION OF THE
FIRST METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
OF GLOVERSVILLE,

CORNER OF CHURCH, BLEECKER, AND ELM STREETS,
ON THURSDAY, MARCH 10, 1870.

REV. GEO. S. CHADBOURNE, PASTOR.

ORDER OF EXERCISES.

Morning, 10 A. M. - Anthem, "Enter Into His Gates;" Reading. Disciplinary Service; First Scripture Lesson, I I. Chron. Vi:18-33; Hymn 966; Second Scripture Lesson, Hebrews x: 19-26; Prayer; Hymn 964; Sermon, Rev. Jesse T. Peck, D. D.; Report of Trustees; Voluntary Contributions; Dedication, Disciplinary Service; Anthem; "And Will the Great Eternal God?" Benediction.

Evening, 7 P. M. - Anthem, "How Amiable are Thy Dwellings;" Scripture Lesson, Psalm xxiv; Hymn 237; Prayer Hymn, 283; Sermon, Rev. B. I. Ives; Anthem, "The Lord is King;" Benediction.

1870 - Rev. Durrell W. Dayton, Pastor, Salary $1,800.

1871 - Rev. Durrell W. Dayton, Pastor.

November 20, 1871 - Quarterly Conference records state:   "A new tower-clock has been purchased and now beautiful our church steeple and speaks of the perfection of its mechanism by giving the community just the right time. A large white marble-faced timekeeper has been placed in the audience room to remind the minister of the shortness of time and to measure his service accordingly. May he heed -- admonition and profit by it."

The above never having been rescinded, we presume applies to the present as well as to the past.

1872 - Rev. Durrell W. Dayton, Pastor; Lorenzo Marshall, Presiding Elder; iron fence built around Church Grounds for church shed on Elm Street, purchased April _ of P. V. Hill, for $400.

1873 - Rev. Hiram C. Sexton, Pastor, salary $2,000.
April 24 - Troy Conference was held in Gloversville, Bishop Peck presiding.

April 28 - The Woman's Foreign Missionary Society was organized, with Mrs. W. W. Snow the first President, Mrs. Irving D. Clark, Secretary. Lowest number of members. Lowest number of members ever enrolled, 40; highest, 127. They have 11 life members. They have sent over $2,000 to the Treasurer of the Society at New York, besides supporting Bible reader in India, named in honor of our deceased and beloved Sister, Isabel Ward, who bequeathed the Society $500.

1874 - Rev. Hiram C. Sexton, Pastor; members, 950.

1875 - Rev. Hiram C. Sexton, Pastor. In April of this year the Second Methodist Episcopal Church was organized and in three months 135 took letters from us.
December 1888 - Present Membership of the Fremont Street Methodist Episcopal Church reported 700, besides 100 probationers.

1876 - Durrell W. Eayton, Presiding Elder. Rev. Oliver A. Brown, Pastor. Salary, $1,600.

1877 - Rev. Oliver A. Brown, Pastor.

1878 - Rev. Oliver A. Brown, Pastor.

1879 - Rev. Hubbard C. Farrar, Pastor. Salary, $1,500.

1880 - Rev. Hubbard C. Farrar, Pastor.  Thomas A. Griffin, Presiding Elder. Lecture Room remodeled and improved.

1881 - Rev. Hubbard C. Farrar, Pastor.

July 24. The last service was held in the church preparatory to frescoing, repainting and reslating the roof. In the interim (ten weeks) services were held in lecture room with exception of three Sabbaths -- during which time the church was closed and Pastor took a vacation.

October 2. Church reopened with appropriate ceremonies. Rev. C. N. Sims, Chancellor Syracuse University, preached in the morning from Psalms 138:6, and in the evening Rev. B. I. Ives, of Auburn, N.Y., from Romans 12:1.

Rev. B. I. Ives managed the financial part of the programme both morning and evening, and as a result our old debt of some $7,700, frescoing and repairing the church, $1,600 and other items, aggregating to nearly $9,500 were bountifully provided for and wiped out. Our church is now clear of debt, with the handsomest auditorium in the entire Conference and a property second to none.

1882 - Rev. Henry Graham, D. D., Pastor. Salary, $1,500.

1883 - Rev. Henry Graham, D. D., Pastor. Salary, $1,600.

April, 1883 -- Troy Conference here again, Bishop Warren presiding.

Paid out this year on church repairs, current expenses, Sunday School and benevolences $9,440.39, or nearly $10,000.

Nathaniel W. Welch gave this year a strip of land on north side of church, ten feet on Bleecker and six feet on Elm street, running through from street to street.

April 24 -- Woman's Home Missionary Society organized. Among the many interests of this Society is the "Model Home," in connection with Bennett Seminary, Greensboro, N. C., to which in October 1884, our sister, S. D. Snow, went as matron. Mrs. R. T. Wade, President; Mrs. J. M .Wood, Secretary; ninety members.

For six years students have been supported at Bennett Seminary; for four years, one each year, and for two years eight have been aided by private funds. Since this organization they have paid out about $4,000; this includes $1,000 (a bequest from the late Mrs. Isabel Ward) and $1,200, given by Mrs. James Kent.

1884 - Rev. Henry Graham, D. D., Pastor; Salary, $1,800. Samuel Meredith, Presiding Elder.
   Centennial of Methodism.
   Benevolent collections this year, $6,702.91.
   Current expenses, $3,968.63. Total, $10,671.54.

1885 - Rev. John H. Coleman, Pastor.
Money in treasury.
Bought a lot on East Fulton Street, corner Chestnut, for Mission Chapel; price $600.

On the third Tuesday in March, this year, Rev. Henry Graham organized a class of twenty-seven persons in Kingsboro and appointed Bro. James W. Rice leader.

1886 - Rev. John H. Coleman, Pastor. Missionary collection, $1,250.

1887 - Rev. John H. Coleman, Pastor. Foreign Missionary, $1,300; Woman's Home, $1,050; Woman's Foreign, $600; Missionary collections, total, $2,950.

In May of this year the "Kent Home," at Greensboro, N. C., was dedicated by Rev. J. E. C. Sawyer, D. D., and others. This was named in memory of our late Brother James Kent, whose generous deeds and benevolent spirit gave assurance of prosperity to this and institutions.

In May of this year Rev. Brother Coleman made an appointment to preach in Kingsboro every Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock, in a new cottage furnished gratuitously by Mr. Daniel Hays. He preached until August, when the Society extended a unanimous call to the Rev. Richard T. Wade who continued his ministrations until the close of the Conference year, during which time steps were taken for the erection of a church building and formation of another Methodist Episcopal Society.

1888 - The first day of this year was set apart for the dedication of our "Kingsboro Chapel" (as it was then called), but being very stormy the dedication was postponed on week. On Sunday, January 8, the services were held, conducted by Rev. J. H. Coleman and Richard T. Wade, and $1,250 was raised by subscription. The hour being late the dedicatory services were postponed until the following Sabbath and on Sunday, January 15, 1888, the Methodist Episcopal Church, at Kingsboro, was dedicated to the worship of Almighty God, Rev. Richard T. Wade officiating as Bishop.

February 21 -- The North Main Street Methodist Episcopal Church was formally organized with 35 members from First Methodist Episcopal Church, Gloversville; 7 from Fremont Street; 3 by letters from other churches; 5 from probation; making a total of 50 members, being 69 in full connection and 10 on probation.

March 18 -- First Quarterly Conference of North Main Street Methodist Episcopal Church was held, trustees were elected and other officers appointed.

1888 - Rev. Charles W. Rowley, Ph.D., Pastor; Henry Graham, D. D., Presiding Elder.

Gave $200 to Johnstown Church.

In April, this year, we report as follows to Conference Collections:
Missions (from Church) -------- $1,190
" " Sunday School ---- 110
Church Extension ---- 625
Sunday School Union ) --- 20
Tract Society --- 20 Freedman's Aid Society --- 1,139 Education --- 177 American Bible Society --- 25 Women's Foreign Missionary Society 600 " Home --- 1,075 Conference Claimants --- 305 Bishops --- 61 ______ $5,347

Current expenses as below: Pastor's salary, etc. --- $2,100 Presiding Elder's claim --- 205 Running expenses --- 1,800 ______ $4,105 ______ Making a total of --- $9,452

This year our classes have been reorganized, and are now in charge of an efficient corps of leaders, who report a growing interest and an increasing attendance on all sides.

Present Church membership, 1070.

The Sunday School reports as follows:  Officers, 16; Teacher, 66; scholars, 625. Total 707. Volumes in library 812; Advocates taken, 75; Journals, 145.

Of our original members, there are living as follows:  Stephen S. Sutliff, Benjamin Bailey, Silas Shutts, Mrs. Wm. Case, Henry Houghton, Mrs. Maria Houghton (formerly Wait), Mrs. S. A. Powell, Mr. Harry C. Jones, Niles Fairbanks.

PRESENT OFFICERS OF THE FIRST METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH- 
Rev. Henry Graham, D. D.
Presiding Elder; Rev. Charles W. Rowley, Ph.D.
Pastor; Rev. Richard T. Wade
Supernumerary; Rev. George Horning, Rev. Horace W. Porter, Rev. David A. Finch, Rev. Lorenzo D. Van Arnam
Local Preachers; Edward C. Collins, District Steward; Harvey W. Smith, Recording Steward; Oscar Everest, Sunday School Superintendent.

TRUSTEES - Daniel Hays, Harvey W. Smith, Oliver C. Collins, Peter V. Hill, Lewis A. Tate.

STEWARDS - Lewis A. Tate, Frank Pauley, Harvey W. Smith, Charles M. Lefler, Jerry A. Van Auken, Edward C. Collins, William McDougall, Nathaniel W. Welch, William H. Place, Henry Shipman, Oscar L. Everest, George H. Hilts.

CLASS LEADERS - Daniel Hays, Melvin L. Fuller, David Finch, William M. Meeker, Edward D. Face, Oscar L. Everest, Z. E. Karker, Hosea Davis, James O'Donnell, Mrs. R. T. Wade, Mrs. W. D. Rhoda, Mrs. C. W. Rowley, Mrs. Joseph Frossard, Miss Mary E. Phillips, Harvey W. Smith.

PRESIDING ELDERS.

1838 to 1842 - Charles Sherman, died March 10, 1844.
1842 to 1846 - Ephraim Gross, died November 6, 1866.
1846 to 1850 - John Lindsay, died February 20, 1850.
1850 to 1852 - John Clark, died 1854.
1852 to 1856 - Truman Seymour, died 1874.
1856 to 1860 - Henry L. Starks, died June 22, 1882.
1860 to 1864 - William Griffin, "Superannuate, " West Troy, N.Y.
1864 to 1868 - Rodman H. Robinson, died October 19, 1886.
1868 to 1872 - Elisha Watson, died January 11, 1879.
1872 to 1876 - Lorenzo Marshall, "Supernumerary," Glens Falls, N.Y.
1876 to 1880 - Durrell W. Dayton, Pastor M. E. Church, Fort Plain, N.Y.
1880 to 1884 - Thomas A. Griffin, Pastor M. E. Church, Cobleskill, N.Y.
1884 to 1888 - Samuel Merideth, Pastor M. E. Church, Nassau, N.Y.
1888 - - Henry Graham, Presiding Elder, Lansingburgh, N.Y.

PASTORS

J. H. Taylor, 1838, 1839, located 1840.
L. L. Radley, 1838, discontinued 1838.
William Barnes, 1838.
Thos. W. Pearson, 1839, 1840, died in 1860.
William Griffin, 1839, 1840, (see Presiding Elder.)
Richard T. Wade, 1840, 1850, 1851, Supernumerary, Gloversville, N.Y.
Stephen Parks, 1841, 1842, 1854, 1855, Superannuate, Lansingburgh, N.Y.
Albert R. Spear, 1841, discontinued in 1844.
Myron White, 1841, died June 2, 1887.
John Seage, 1842, withdrew in 1851.
Thomas Armitage, 1843, Baptist Pastor, New York City.
Dillon Stevens, 1844, 1845, died January 10, 1861.
James Quinlan, 1846, 1847, died August 19, 1866.
Cicero Barber, 1848, 1849, "Superannuate," Fort Edward, N.Y.
Merritt Bates, 1752, 1853, died August 23, 1869.
Bostwick Hawley, 1856, 1857, Superannuate, Saratoga, N.Y.
Nathaniel G. Spaulding, 1858, 1859, located in 1870.
Elisha Watson, 1860, 1861 (see Presiding Elder).
Isaac Parks, 1862, 1863, died April 15, 1869.
Thomas A. Griffin, 1864-1865-1866 (see Presiding Elder)
George S. Chadbourne, 1867, 1868, 1869, Presiding Elder, New England Conference.
Durrell W. Dayton, 1870, 1871, 1872 (see Presiding Elder).
Hiram C. Sexton, 1873, 1874, 1875, Pastor M. E. Church, Circleville, O.
Oliver A. Brown, 1876, 1877, 1878, Pastor M. E. Church, Morristown, N.J.
Hubbard C. Farrar, 1879, 1880, 1881, Pastor Trinity M. E. Church, Albany, N.Y. 
Henry Graham, 1882, 1883, 1884, Presiding Elder, Saratoga District.
John H. Coleman, 1885, 1886, 1887, Pastor Fifth Avenue M. E. Church, Troy, N.Y.
Charles W. Rowley, Ph.D., 1888, parsonage, 17 Elm Street, Gloversville.

NAMES OF FIRST MEMBERS
November, 1839.

  

Mrs. Rhoda Bounard Mrs. Nancy C. Place
Mrs. Elizabeth Bowen Mrs. Prudence Place
Mrs. Elizabeth Case Mrs. Jane Plummer
Mrs. Julia Christy Mrs. Louisa Plummer
Mrs. Lois Ann Coon Mrs. Sally A. Powell
Mrs. Elizabeth Cooper Mrs. Ann Eliza Quilhot
Mrs. Elsy Cooper Mrs. Jane Ann Richardson
Mrs. Esther Day Mrs. Harma Russell
Mrs. Polly Ann Dennison Mrs. Maria Russell
Mrs. Maria Elisson Mrs. Mary Shanley
Mrs. Dortha Enos Mrs. E. M. Smith
Mrs. Hannah Esterly Mrs. Mary B. Stanley
Mrs. Maria Easterly Mrs. Percy Van Guilden
Mrs. Phebe Francisco Mrs. Ann C. Van Nostrand
Mrs. Adelsa Hart Mrs. Elizabeth Van Nostrand
Mrs. Esther M. Hewit Mrs. Hannah Van Nostrand
Mrs. Charlotte Hill Mrs. Betsy Ann Vansickler
Mrs. Eliza T. Houghton Mrs. Julia Ann Vanslyke
Mrs. Helen Houghton Mrs. Susan M. Wait
Mrs. Eliza Jones Mrs. Catharine Ward
Mrs. Mary Jones Mrs. Harriet M. Ward
Mrs. Jane Judson Mrs. Julia Ward
Mrs. Harriet E. Knowles Mrs. Lucinda C. Ward
Mrs. Isabelle F. Morey Mrs. Nancy Maria Ward
Mrs. Catherine Northrup Mrs. Sarah Ward
Mrs. Ann Peake Mrs. Electa Washburn
Mrs. Lucinda Peake Mrs. L. L. Washburn
Mrs. Elizabeth Pearson Mrs. Lucy Wayne
Mrs. Julia E. Phelps Mrs. Sarah Welch
Mrs. Hannah M. Place Mrs. Charlotte Wells

HONORARY MEMBERS.

    

Rev. Wm. Griffin Mr. J. D. McEwen
Rev. Thomas W. Pearson Mr. D. C. Mills
Rev. James H. Taylor Mr. J. V. Place
Mr. R. Ballantine Mr. V. C. Place
Mr. E. W. Barrett Mr. S. S. Plummer
Mr. E. A. Bowen Mr. Charles F. Powell
Mr. T. Bowen Mr. J. F. Quilhot
Mr. J. Bridge Mr. Theodore Russell
Mr. F. Burr Mr. J. K. Sexton
Mr. G. M. Carpenter Mr. Seymour Sexton
Mr. Wm. Case Mr. W. M. Sexton
Mr. E. Churchill Mr. A. B. Stanley
Mr. R. Earl Mr. J. Tombs
Mr. E. Enos Mr. J. Trump
Mr. N. Fairbanks Mr. E. G. Ward
Mr. D. H. Hamelton Mr. J. G. Ward
Mr. A. Hart Mr. Wm. Ward
Mr. W. J. Heacock Mr. B. F. Washburn
Mr. F. Houghton Mr. George Washburn
Mr. J. C. Houghton Mr. M. L. Washburn
Mr. H. Jones Mr. R. Washburn
Mr. Alanson Judson Mr. P. M. Welch
Mr. Amasa Kasson Mr. Theodore Welch
Mr. Austin Kasson Mr. W. Wilcox
Mr. R. Lansing    

  

NAMES OF OFFICERS,
FROM THE REORGANIZATION, 1848.

  

1848 1849
Mrs. Caroline Barber, President Mrs. Rev. D. Stevens, President
Mrs. E. G. Ward, Vice-President Mrs. E. G. Ward, Vice-President
Mrs. Margaret Sunderlin, Sec. Mrs. R. Washburn, Sec. and Treas.
Mrs. Henrietta Spencer, Treas. Mrs. W. Case, Treasurer
1851 (no 1850) 1852
Mrs. Rev. R. T. Wade, President Mrs. Rev. R. T. Wade, President
Mrs. J. Green, Vice-President Mrs. E. G. Ward, Vice-President
Mrs. S. Lassell, Sec. and Treas. Mrs. A. Gilchrist, Sec. and Treas.
1853 1854
Mrs. Rev. M. Bates, President Mrs. Rev. M. Bates, President
Mrs. John Green, Vice-President Mrs. P. Wrigley, Vice-President
Mrs. A. Gilchrist, Sec. and Treas. Mrs. S. S. Plummer, Sec. and Treas.
1855 1857
Mrs. Rev. M. E. Parks, President Mrs. Rev. E. W. Hawley, President
Mrs. P. Wrigley, Vice-President Mrs. E. G. Ward, Vice-President
Mrs. E. G. Ward, Sec. and Treas. Mrs. M. Scudder, Sec. and Treas.
1859 1860
Mrs. N. G. Spalding, President Mrs. T. Warner, President
Mrs. John Green, Vice-President Mrs. John Green, Vice-President
Mrs. E. G. Ward, Sec. and Treas. Mrs. E. G. Ward, Sec. and Treas.
1862 1864
Mrs. Rev. E. Watson, President Mrs. C. C. Bowen, President
Mrs. John Green, Vice-President Mrs. M. Scudder, Vice-President
Mrs. E. G. Ward, Sec. and Treas. Mrs. E. G. Ward, Sec. and Treas.
1865 1866
Mrs. Rev. T. A. Griffin, President Mrs. A. Van Dreser, President
Mrs. M. Scudder, Vice-President Mrs. M. Scudder, Vice-President
Mrs. E. G. Ward, Sec. and Treas. Mrs. E. G. Ward, Sec. and Treas.
1867 1868
Mrs. C. J. Mills, President Mrs. E. G. Ward, President
Mrs. D. Austin, Vice-President Mrs. N. W. Welsh, Vice-President
Mrs. E. G. Ward, Sec. and Treas. Mrs. C. J. Mills, Sec. and Treas.
1869 1870
Mrs. E. G. Ward, President Mrs. E. G. Ward, President
Mrs. T. Enos, Vice-President Mrs. W. H. Place, Vice-President
Mrs. A .A. Thompson, Sec. and Treas. Miss M. Fairbanks, Sec. and Treas.
1871 1872
Mrs. W. H. Place, President Mrs. W. P. Sweet, President
Mrs. W. P. Sweet, Vice-President Mrs. S. Milgate, Vice-President
Miss M. Fairbanks, Sec. and Treas. Miss M. Fairbanks, Sec. and Treas.
1873 1874
Mrs. D. Hays, President Mrs. J. Kent, President
Mrs. S. Milgate, Vice-President Mrs. Rev. H. C. Sexton, Vice-President
Mrs. W. W. Snow, Sec. and Treas. Mrs. T. Warner, Sec. and Treas.
1875 1876
Mrs. J. Kent, President Mrs. J. Kent, President
Mrs. W. W. Snow, Vice-President Mrs. W. H. Place, Vice-President
Mrs. J. R. McClumpha, Sec. and Treas. Mrs. J. R. McClumpha, Sec. and Treas.
1877 1878
Mrs. J. Kent, President Mrs. J. M. Wood, President
Mrs. W. H. Place, Vice-President Mrs. J. R. McClumpha, Vice-President
Mrs. J. R. McClumpha, Sec. and Treas. Miss A. Lansingh, Sec. and Treas.
1879 1880
Mrs. P. V. Hill, President Mrs. D. Hays, President
Mrs. H. C. Farrar, Vice-President Mrs. H. C. Farrar, Vice-President
Miss A. Lansingh, Secretary Miss A. Lansingh, Secretary
Mrs. Ida Hays, Treasurer Mrs. L. A. Tate, Treasurer
1881 1882
Mrs. D. Hays, President Mrs. D. Hays, President
Mrs. J. Kent, Vice-President Mrs. J. Kent, Vice-President
Mrs. D. S. Dempster, Secretary Mrs. D .S .Dempster, Secretary
Mrs. L. A. Tate, Treasurer Mrs. L. A. Tate, Treasurer
1883 1884
Mrs. C. R. Wright, President Mrs. G. H. Taylor, President
Mrs. H. T. Cole, Vice-President Mrs. J. Kent, Vice-President
Mrs. G. H. Taylor, Secretary Mrs. W. T. Cole, Secretary
Mrs. G. M. Place, Treasurer Mrs. N. H. Anibal, Treasurer
1885 1886
Mrs. J. Kent, President Mrs. J. R. McClumpha, President
Mrs. C J. Mills, Vice-President Mrs. C. J. Mills, Vice-President
Mrs. J. R. McClumpha, Secretary Mrs. D. S. Dempster, Secretary
Mrs. L. A. Tate, Treasurer Mrs. C. A. Pauley, Treasurer

1887

  
Mrs. J. R. McClumpha, President   
Mrs. I. D. Clark, Vice-President   
Mrs. M .W. Cole, Secretary   
Mrs. C. A. Pauley, Treasurer   

    

  


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