Jefferson County, Colorado
Genealogy and History




    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 church.

    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 this article.
    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 retains.
    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 J.S.
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.
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.


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