Transcribed by Alice Horner
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In collecting material for this history much use has been made of papers written for various anniversaries by Mrs. Julia R. Phelps, Mrs. Clara R. Norton, Mrs. Emily S. Colton, Dr. Flavel Bascom, Rev. E. G. Smith and Mr. Elijah Smith, an old diary of Mr. Chauncey D. Colton and a few old letters. The authors of these have long been dead. The record books of the Church have furnished definite dates and present day knowledge has brought the work up to date.
All of those who preached and prayed in the old days have gone to be with the Lord. Most of the next generation have followed them. What they won with toil and tears we have inherited, but surely death did not destroy their interest in and love for the old church. If Heaven rejoices over a repentant sinner, then heavenly citizens must know something about earthly events.
"Wherefore seeing we are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight and the sins that so easily beset us and run with patience the race set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith", and be able to say to them some day, "We have faithfully carried on the work that you began."
There is no enterprise which has not behind it some guiding mind. This volume owes its existence principally to the vision of one who has long been a vital force in the church. To Ella W. Harrison the church gratefully acknowledges its indebtedness for the greater part, both spirit and substance, of this volume.
To the Historical Committee sincere thanks are expressed for the careful research that makes this record authentic.
To T. A. Fenoglio, who has successfully managed the financing of this publication, the church owes a debt of gratitude.
Grateful acknowledgment is made to those who have given of their time and service transcribing page after page of manuscript: Edna B. Anderson, Gerda Bouxsein, Vivian Conkling, Helen Eastman, T. A. Fenoglio, Gilbert Oberschelp, Edith Sharp, Ethel Sharp, Frances Spaulding, Hazel Wickey.