Rev. Delano Perry
Rev. Delano Perry, Superannuated Member
Rev. Deland Perry , a superannuated pastor of the Troy conference of the Methodist Episcopal church and a well known resident of this city for the past four years, died at his home, No. 3 Helwig street, this morning at 3:30, following a very short illness. Mr. Perry, who was sixty-six years of age, had been in the usual health until six o'clock last evening. Yesterday morning, according to his usual custom, he attended the morning service of the North Main Street Methodist church and returned to his home feeling in the best of spirits. About six o'clock last evening he was stricken with an attack of apoplexy and could not rally. The best of medical attention was given him, but in spite of all that kind and tender relatives and friends could do, he passed away this morning at 3:30.
In the death of Rev. Mr. Perry the city loses a resident who had won the respect and love of many friends and acquaintances, and his death, coming without a warning, will prove a great shock to hundreds and a source of regret to all with whom he came in contact.
He had been pastor of the Methodist church for thirty-six years and in this time had done much to advance the cause of Christianity among thousands of people throughout hte eastern portion of the country.
Rev. Delano Perry was born in the village of Mayfield, September 2, 1844, and was the son of John and Margaret Perry, who were natives of the village. In the little town Mr. Perry grew into young manhood and attended the common schools of the place. Having secured all the knowledge that he could in the district schools, he still yearned for greater knowledge and a desire overcame him to enter the ministry. Although unsupplied with a means for a college course of instruction, his desire was so sincere and he entered the Fort Edward college institute at Fort Edward, N. Y., and worked himself through. While a student at Fort Edward college, the strife between the north and the South broke out and he decided to serve his country. Accordingly, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifteenth regiment of the New York State Volunteers on December 15, 1862, and was mustered in to the service at Fonda.
After serving several months in the Federal army, he was taken ill and subsequently honorably discharged. He returned to the Fort Edward institute and graduated there in 1863. After the course at Fort Edward he entered Boston School of Theology at Boston, from which he graduated in 1874.
After graduating from the Fort Edward institute, Rev. Mr. Perry was assigned a pastorate in the Maine Conference of the Methodist church in the year 1871. While still preaching in that conference he was ordained as a deacon at Skowhegan, Maine on May 11, 1873, by Bishop Gilbert Haven. Two years later, on May 9, 1875, he was ordained as an elder by Bishop Andrews at Bath, Maine. Rev. Mr. Perry served several pastorates in the Maine Conference until the year 1884, when he was transferred to the Troy Conference.
His first church in this conference was at Huntersland, where he preached in 1884. The following are various pastorates which he held in this conference: 1885, Monkton, VT; 1886, Mindon, VT; 1887-88, Lincoln, VT; 1889-92, Tinmouth and Danbury Corners, VT; 1893-95, Arlington and Sandgate; 1896-1900, Wells and East Wells, VT; 1901-1903, Arlington and Sandgate, VT; 1904-06, Mendon and East Pittsford, VT.
Shortly after having been superannuated Rev. Mr. Perry, with Mrs. Perry, came to this city and took up his home here. During his residence of four years in Gloversville, his associations were with the North Main Street Methodist church, being a member of the quarterly conference of that church. In the life of the North Main Street church he had taken an active part and often offered prayer at the services and was wont to take charge of the midweek prayer service in the absence of the pastor, Rev. Albert d. Angell.
He took great interest in the Sunday school work of the church and was a member of the Sunday school class of William Hodder. In spite of some infirmities, Rev. Mr. Perry held his church above all else and was very regular in attendance at all services.
He was a member of Col. Sammons post G. A. R., and held office of junior vice commander. Rev. Mr. Perry had been married twice, he having wedded while a young man, Isabelle Lindsay of Boston, Mass. The ceremony was performed in the People's Methodist church of Boston in June, 1870, by Bishop John w. Hamilton. The first wife died on June 26, 1889. On December 23, 1891, he was again united in marriage to Miss Cora Frank of Vail Mills. There was one son from the first marriage, Herbert L. Perry of New York city. He also leaves a widow and one nephew, Alfred Perry of this city.
A prayer service will be held at the home, No. 3 Helwig street, Thursday afternoon at 2:30 and the public service will be held at the North Main Street Methodist Episcopal church at three. Rev. A. D. Angell of the North Main Street Methodist church will officiate, assisted by rev. John l. Fort of the First Methodist church. Other clergymen will also assist. The burial will be made in the family plot at Prospect Hill Cemetery.
Source: 1910, Newspaper Obituary in scrapbook.
Copyright © 2005 Jeanette Shiel
Last updated Tuesday, 13-May-2008 13:37:29 PDT
Last updated Tuesday, 13-May-2008 13:37:29 PDT