WESTMINSTER, CO ARTICLES
Calvary Church is a
substantial brick edifice built in the Gothic
style of architecture, with an open timber
roof, and windows of stained glass. The Rev.
Wm. J. Lynd is rector of the parish, which was
organized about four years ago.
Jarvis Hall is a collegiate
school, located about a mile from Golden, on
the road to Denver. this institution is
designed to prepare boys for college, and to
fit them for the business pursuits of life. It
has three departments: grammar, classical and
scientific. The building is of brick,
eighty-three by thirty-three feet, three
stories, with a tower. On a line with the hall
and about 100 feet from it, another brick
edifice, and of similar style of architecture,
forty by thirty feet, having three stories,
with a tower, and is to be used for purposes
connected with a school of mines. The location
of this college is not surpassed for beauty
and grandeur of natural scenery, and for
purity of atmosphere, by any institution in
the land. With hills and mountains within easy
reach, it affords to the boys unequaled
facilities for that physical exercise
which develops the muscles and promotes
health. To boys who are affected with
bronchial trouble, or disease of the lungs, in
in its incipient state, or asthmatic
complaints, this school affords the rare
opportunity of securing the recovery of
health, without sacrificing the educational
period of life. Jarvis Hall has an able
faculty, of which Bishop Randall is the head.
St. Paul's Church, Central
City, was organized in the early settlement of
the Territory. The church has been recently
enlarged. A parish school is maintained under
the supervision of the rector, the Rev. Jos.
M. Turner. Measures have been taken to
establish a hospital under the auspices of the
As usual, the earliest
history of Colorado found the pioneering
Methodist preacher, whose seed-sowing has
produced the harvest of a large and
flourishing church. We give a few historic and
statistical items. The Kansas conferences
organized a district here early in the
settlement of the Territory, and fully
supplied the general demands of the work with
preachers. In proper succession, and with
commendable increase, the work went on in that
form until in July 1863, Rev. Bishop Ames
organized the Rocky Mountain conference (the
name was changed in 1864 to the Colorado
conference). The preaching force appointed
that year was composed of two presiding
elders, and six preachers in charge of
circuits and stations. In the changes since
then, all the names of that list have
disappeared from the present list of
appointments but one, John L. Dyer, familiarly
known as Father Dyer. This old storm-hardened
veteran labors as heroically and successfully
as ever for his Divine Master.
Societies were organized at
Denver, Golden, Boulder, Central, Black Hawk,
South Park, Blue River, California Gulch,
Colorado City and Pueblo, with a membership of
273. Ten Sunday schools were also reported,
with an average attendance of 529. One church
worth $300, and one parsonage worth $400, were
reported. The little chapel in which this
conference was held, was situated on the west
bank of Cherry creek, facing Larimer street.
It was carried away in the flood of 1864.
Seven annual sessions of
the Colorado conference have been held, with a
steady increase of preachers and members from
year to year. At its organization, only
Colorado Territory made its limits, but now
Wyoming and New Mexico are embraced within its
boundaries. It is our intention, however, only
to make a statement of Colorado Methodism in
There are few settlements
of any importance that are not included in the
circuit system of this church, and few country
school-houses in which the Methodist itinerant
does not occasionally or regularly preach.
Societies and Sunday schools are now organized
in every considerable settlement. The
membership reported at the last session of the
conference, held in Pueblo, June 1870, was as
follows: In full communion 540; on probation
173; total 713; 25 Sunday schools, with an
attendance of 1647; 14 churches worth $76,000;
5 parsonages worth $6,100.
We give now, for the
general information of our readers, and for
the special convenience of strangers and new
comers, an outline of each society's history
where church buildings have been erected:
A neat brick chapel was built her in 1868,
under the pastorate of Rev. B.T. Vincent,
costing a little upwards of $3000. Its plan,
as that of Black Hawk, is to be build upon at
some future day, the present structure being
so arranged as to be the lecture room of the
final structure. A very fine building is in
contemplation, and, with the present promise
of rapid growth of Golden, it is hoped the
entire building will be, ere long, completed.
The pastors here have been B.C. Dennis, O.A.
Willard, D.W. Scott, W.M. Smith, B.T. Vincent,
P. Peterson, E.C. Brooks, and F.C. Millington,
the present pastor, lately transferred from
the State of New York. The membership is about
50; Sunday school 100.
This is a farming region, about 6 miles north
of Golden City. A neat little frame church was
built here under the pastorate of Rev. Jesse
Smith, costing about $1800. This is the first
strictly rural church ever built in Colorado.
The pastors of this circuit have been W.M.
Smith, D.W. Scott, Jesse Smith and G.W. Swift,
the present pastor.
Before the organization of
the Territory the churches, in what is now
Colorado, were under the jurisdiction of the
Right Rev. Bishop Miege, of Leavenworth, Kan.
Bishop Miege transferred his jurisdiction to
Bishop Lamy, of Santa Fe, who retained the
charge until 1863, at which time Bishop Joseph
P. Machebeuf, formerly Vicar General of the
Territory, was appointed Bishop of Colorado
and Utah, and assumed the charge, which he now
In 1869, Bishop Machebeuf
and Father John B. Raverdy, came to the
Territory as missionaries. They both had
charge of the whole Territory for nearly three
years, without any clerical assistance. When
they came to Denver there was no church, but
there was one in course of erection, which was
soon completed and occupied.
In Golden City a neat frame
church was erected in 1866, on a fine block
generously donated by Hon. W.M. Loveland
and Judge Johnson. Preparations are also made
for schools, etc.
The Rocky Mountain Directory and Colorado
Gazetteer for 1871, transcribed by J.S.
Aspen Weekly Times, 19 Dec 1891 - transcribed by
The many friends of Rev. H.S. Beavis in Aspen
will be glad to know that he has accepted the
charge of the new Presbyterian church at
Westminster, Colorado, and that he will remain a
fixture in the state. Rev. Beavis range among
the ablest ministers of the country.
Weekly Courier, 14 Oct 1908 (Ft Collins,
Colorado) - transcribed by J.S.
Oct 13. Rev A.H. Moore received five new members
into the communion of the church last Sunday.
Mr. John Dye of Westminster, Colorado, an old
friend of the Moore family, spent a few days
with them last week.
Yuma Pioneer, 14 May 1915 (Yuma, Colorado) -
transcribed by J.S.
NEWS ITEMS FROM WAVERLY DISTRICT
Rev. A.C. McClellnad, of Westminster, Colorado,
will be at Waverly Hall Sunday, May 16th. He
will bring a palm tree and other things to help
in his talk. He has promised to do his best. You
will miss a treat if you stay at home. Come
early. Sunday school starts at 10 o'clock.