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Register of the St. Albans Presbyterian Church
Organized August 22, 1868
Seventh Avenue and E Street
St. Albans, W.Va.
St. Albans Church, Kanawha Country, West Virginia, is in Kanawha Presbytery, Synod of Virginia, and the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church in the United States.
"Ho, everyone that thirsteth, come." - ISAIAH.
"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." - JESUS
"Whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely." - JESUS
1906 To William Edward Mohler
Born in Augusta County, Virginia, July 14, 1853
Received into this church on profession of his faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, April 26, 1885.
Elected a Ruling Elder, August 16, 1885.
Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday School, January 17, 1886 - April 16, 1892.
Superintendent since April 16, 1892.
Clerk of Session since May 23, 1905.
Chosen sixteen times to represent this church at Presbytery.
Chosen ten times to sit in the Synod of Virginia as a representative of Kanawha Presbytery.
Chosen in 1899 to the General Assembly in Richmond, Virginia, to represent his Presbytery in the highest court of the Church.
An humble Christian, a liberal giver, a useful Presbyter, and a faithful Elder; excepting two, present at every meeting of session in Twenty Years.
A Good and Faithful Servant
To commemorate the twentieth anniversary of his election as Ruling Elder, and the thirty-seventy anniversary of the organization of this church, this Register is issued by Pastor and Friends.
Third Sunday in August, 1905.
Rev. Chas. Wm. Sommerville A. B., SC. B., A. M., PH. D (Hopkins) St. Albans, Kanawha County, W.Va.
Rev. James M. Brown, D.D., Missionary, (Pastor at Charleston, (1837 - June 8, 1862), from about 1857 till 1862.
Rev. John C. Brown, "Missionary to the Kanawha Valley" for Greenbrier Presbytery, from about 1866 to May, 1868.
Rev. Brice Benton Blair, Stated Supply, May 1868 - May 1869.
Rev. Edward Eells, State Supply, Sept., 1869 - Dec. 11, 1882.
Rev. George Tate Lyle, Stated Supply, July 19, 1884 - Sept. 6, 1894.
Rev. Milton B. Lambdin, Pastor, Nov. 29, 1894 - June 30, 1904.
Rev. Chas. Wm. Sommerville, Pastor, May 6, 1905 --.
"Remember them that had the rule over you, men that spoke unto you the word of God; and considering the issue of their life, imitate their faith."
Wm. Edward Mohler
Charles A. Zerkle
Frank H. Sattes
Joseph R. Hill, August 22, 1868 - May, 1892.
James F. Hansford, August 22, 1868 - May 7, 1889.
Francis H. Taylor, March 6, 1870 - December 21, 1900.
Thomas C. Swindler, June 4, 1882 - March 2, 1904.
Wm. Edward Mohler, August 16, 1885 -
T. S. P. Bowers, January 17, 1890 - April 16, 1892.
Charles A. Zerkle, August 6, 1905 -
Frank H. Sattes, August 6, 1905 -
Clerk of Session
Elder Wm. E. Mohler, St. Albans, W.Va.
Former Clerks of Session
Elder James F. Hansford, Aug. 22, 1868 - May 7, 1889.
Elder James F. Hansford, Aug. 22, 1868 - May 7, 1889.
Rev. George T. Lyle, acting, May 7, 1889 - Sept 7, 1890.
Elder T. S. P. Bowers, Sept. 7, 1890 - April 16, 1893.
Rev. George T. Lyle, April 16, 1892 - Sept. 6, 1894.
Rev. Milton B. Lambdin, Jan. 6, 1895 - June 30, 1904.
Elder Wm. E. Mohler, acting, June 30, 1904 - May 23, 1905.
Elder Wm. E. Mohler, May 23, 1905.
Capt. S. C. Wheeler, Aug. 22, 1868 - Sept. 19, 1904.
O. T. Wilson, June 19, 1870 - June 1, 1890.
Wm. Langhead, July 16, 1871 - January 18, 1874.
Alfred H. Rust, June 4, 1882 - (before April 5, 1884).
John T. Simms, June 4, 1882 - June 11, 1901.
F.A. Sattes, August 16, 1885 - April 11, 1898.
A. J. Bailey, August 16, 1885 - Nov. 4, 1904.
Frank Herbert Sattes, Nov. 15, 1891 - Sept. 3, 1905.
Myron G. Campbell, November 15, 1891 -
Chas. Wm. Bullington, October 4, 1893 -
A. L. Bown, October, 4, 1893 - November 23, 1904.
Watt Smith Oxley, June 11, 1905 -
Christoph Augustus Specht, June 11, 1905 -
John H. Sutherland, M.D., Jan. 21, 1906 -
Treasurer of the Church
Deacon Christoph Augustus Specht, St. Albans, W. Va.
F. A. Sattes, 1885 -1895.
T. K. Davison, April, 1895 - Dec. 6, 1897.
W. A. Berry, Dec. 6, 1897 - May, 1905.
C. A. Specht, May 28, 1905 -
Deacon F. H. Sattes
Deacon Watt S. Oxley
Deacon Christoph A. Specht
The trustees were elected by the congregation in 1902, and were appointed by the Kanawha Circuit Court, June 15, 1905.
Henry Edward Huntington, elected May, 1873.
Joseph R. Hill, elected May, 1873.
James F. Hansford, elected May, 1873.
Francis H. Taylor, elected May, 1873.
S. C. Wheeler, elected May, 1873.
O. T. Wilson, elected May, 1873.
William Langhead, elected May, 1873.
Deacon F. A. Sattes, elected April 17, 1892.
Samuel C. Blair, elected April, 17, 1872.
Deacon A. J. Bailey, elected April 17, 1892.
Frank H. Sattes, June 15, 1905.
Watt Smith Oxley, June 15, 1905.
Christoph A. Specht, June 15, 1905.
Mrs. Nathan E. Grogan, May 23, 1905.
Mrs. Annie N. Hansford, 1868 - 1889.
Miss Lucile Swindler, 1889 -
Miss Lilly Burgess, 1889 -
Mrs. T. K. Davison, 1891 - 1897.
Miss Elizabeth Holmes, 1897 - 1904.
Miss Edith May Mohler, May 23, 1905 -
Mr. Lef White.
Choir practice Fridays, 8 P.M.
Elder Zerkle is a committee appointed by session to have charge of music.
Deacon C. W. Bullington
"Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy Him forever."
"Come now, and let us reason together, saith Jehovah: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool."
"Seek ye Jehovah while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near."
"Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return unto Jehovah, and He will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon."
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
10 A.M., Sunday School.
11 A.M. Public Worship, Sermon and Offering.
8 P.M. Public Worship, Sermon and Offering.
8 P.M. Wednesday, Social Meeting for Prayer.
The sacrament of baptism is observed as occasion demands.
The sacrament of the Lord's Supper is observed at morning worship on the first Sunday in January, April, July, and October.
Order of Services
Doxology. (Congregation Standing).
Invocation (Congregation Standing).
Prayer (Congregation Standing).
Free-Will Offering (Choir Voluntary).
Prayer (Congregation Standing).
Singing (Congregation Standing).
It is desired that everyone take part in the whole service. The Deacons will try to put a hymn book in every person's hands. All are asked to reverently stand in prayer with heads bowed and eyes closed. We hope to provide Bibles for the pews, so that all may take part in the Scripture lessons.
The pastor preaches twice a year on giving, twice on temperance, eight times on the sacraments, ten times on the commandments, and twelve times on missions.
He also desires to welcome strangers among our people and to call on all new-comers. Keep him informed.
Prayer Meeting Wednesday, 8 P.M.
No fixed order of service is followed. The meeting is as much as possible moulded [sic] by the people.
"Let us consider one another to provoke unto love and the good works; not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together."
"Be filled with the Spirit; speaking one to another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody with your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father, subjecting yourselves one to another in the fear of Christ."
The second Wednesdays are devoted to missions.
First Wednesdays, the Deacons.
First Wednesday in April, the Session, Deacons and people in annual congregational meeting.
Wednesdays before first Sundays, the Session.
Second Wednesdays, Sunday School teachers.
Second and fourth Thursdays, 2 P.M., Ladies' Aid Society.
Last Fridays, 3:30 P.M., Missionary Society.
Finance and Benevolence
"But to do good and to communicate forget not; for with such sacrifices God is well pleased."
The church is supported wholly by the free-well offerings of the congregation. Christians are taught to acknowledge themselves as the stewards of the Lord. It is their duty, it is their privilege, to worship God with their substance, to bring an offering unto the Lord and gifts into His sanctuary. Giving is acceptable to the King, not because he needs anything, for the silver and the gold are His, and the cattle upon a thousand hills; but the Lord loveth a cheerful giver. Cheerful giving indicates a willing mind, a thankful heart, and a desire to please the Master.
No sum, therefore is too small to give. We could not spare the widow's mites, and their great and lasting lesson. And small sums amount to much if given regularly and with perseverance. The habit of giving, regularity and perseverance, these virtues may be cultivated by a very small weekly expenditure.
A secret of successful Church finance is not in the large gifts of the few; it may be in the small gifts of the many. Success is assured in the giving by each member systematically, conscientiously, and cheerfully in proportion as God hath prospered each.
Let each Church member and each friend of the Church (for our friends are invited to aid us in supporting the gospel here) get a package of envelopes from the Deacons, and into it on each Lord's day put an offering with prayer. Seal the envelope, and on it write plainly your name, the amount enclosed, and the date, and put it in the collection box. In case of your absence from Church, either send your envelope or enclose the whole amount for the time of absence, and put it in the collection when you are again at Church.
The finances of our Church are managed well by a Board of Beacons elected and ordained for their work. Further information may be had of Deacon Christoph a. Specht, treasurer. A copy of the envelope and treasurer's statement follows:
The benevolent work of the Church is provided for by voluntary offerings once a month. The collection in Sabbath-school and Church on the first Sunday mornings is devoted, in
January - To the Assembly's Home Missions.
February - To Local Home Missions.
March - To Publication and Colportage.
April - To Education for the Ministry.
May - To Foreign Missions.
June - To Local Home Missions.
July - To Ministerial Relief.
August - To Local Home Missions.
September - To the Assembly's Home Missions.
October - To Foreign Missions.
November - To the American Bible Society.
December - To Colored Evangelization.
"I gave you an example," said Paul, "that so laboring ye ought to help the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, that He himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'"
"Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth," said the Master, "where moth and rust consume, and where thieves break through and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth consume, and where thieves do not break through nor steal; for where thy treasure is, there will they heart be also."
Record of Finances
<Finances table omitted>
General Summary of Statistics
In thirty-seven years, i.e., August 22, 1868, to August 22, 1905, this church has accomplished the work expressed in figures thus:
Members added on profession:176
Members added by letter:128
Total members added:304
Adult baptisms: 42
Review of Finances
Church contributions, reported, 1868 - 1905:$16,244.00
Sunday School contributions reported 1882 - 1905: 574.00
Ladies Aid Society, reported 1895 - 1905: 481.00
Grand total, 1868 - 1905:$17,299.00
A Good NameA Large Field No DebtA United Front A Strategic LocationDevoted Women An Honorable Past
The church lot and building, exclusive of the manse, are valued at $3,500.
A. The Session
Organized August 22, 1868
Rev. C. W. Sommerville, Moderator
Elder W. E. Mohler, Clerk
Elder F. H. Sattes
Elder C.A. Zerkle
Sessions meets monthly on the Wednesdays before the first Sundays; and on the first Wednesdays in January, April, July and October in conference with the Board of Deacons; and upon call of the Moderator.
Order of Business
1. Prayer(a) Moderator
2. Roll formed(b) Officers
3. Minutes(c) Committees
4. Reports from the --
5. Unfinished Business
6. New Business
7. Adjourn with Prayer
"Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit to them; for they watch in behalf of your souls, as they that shall give account."
B. Board of Deacons
Organized Sept. 17, 1882Reorganized June 14, 1905
Deacon Dr. John H. Sutherland, President
Deacon Charles W. Bullington, Vice-President
Deacon Watt S. Oxley, Secretary
Deacon Christoph A. Specht, Treasurer
The Board meets monthly on the first Wednesdays, and quarterly with the Session in January, April, July and October. The first Wednesday in April is the annual meeting of the Session, Board of Deacons and the congregation, when yearly reports are read and officers elected.
Order of Business
2. Form the roll
4. Reports from the -
(4) committees or others
5. Unfinished Business
6. New Business
Inquiry as to relief work and charity
Election or Induction of officers
"They that have served well as deacons gain to themselves a good standing, and great boldness in the faith which is in Christ Jesus."
C. The Sunday School
Organized before April 3, 1870
The school meets throughout the year at 10 A.M. on Sunday. It is the great arm of the Church. Children and grown people, Christians and unbelievers are welcome. There is a special place for everyone. The school is organized into: A. Cradle Roll for the infants; B. Primary Class for the little men and little women; C. The Senior Classes for the youths and misses, and D. The Home School for mothers and fathers and even those who do not leave home.
The Bible, the Westminster Confession and Catechisms, Child's Catechism, Earnest Worker, Quarterlies, Lesson Papers, Children's Friend, Pearls for the Little Ones are used. The school is encouraged to learn the Church hymns and tunes. The pastor has a ten minutes' drill on catechetical work. He will study with a class the Confession of Faith. A class in systematic Bible study meets Dr. Zerkle at 3 P.M. The Sabbath School Teacher Training Course is followed.
A teachers' meeting (organized July 9, 1905) is held monthly in the church on the second Wednesdays, after prayer-meeting.
Children's Day is observed on the last Sabbath in May. The Assembly's programmes[sic] are use the Sunday school's commencement day.
The school makes an offering on the first Sundays to the same cause for which the church collection is that day taken.
Order of Service
4. Pastor's drill on memory work
5. Lesson read in concert
6. Lesson study
Elder Wm. Edward Mohler
Elder Jas. F. Hansford, April 26, 1873 - April 14, 1888
Elder T. S. P. Bowers, April 14, 1888 - April 16, 1892
Elder Wm. E. Mohler, April 16, 1892 -
Charles A. Zerkle, Ph. G.
Former Assistant Superintendents
Elder Wm. E. Mohler, Jan. 17, 1886 - April 16, 1892
Charles A. Zerkle, Ph.G., June 28, 1905 -
Deacon Watt S. Oxley
Elder Wm. E. Mohler
Deacon C. W. Bullington
Mrs. Nathan E. Grogan
Miss Mabel Specht
I. Cradle Roll
Miss Alice Holmes, Superintendent
Miss Edythe Zerkle, Secretary
Miss Mabel Specht, Assistant
II. Primary School
Mrs. Adaline Campbell
Mrs. Nathan E. Grogan
III. Senior School
Elder Wm. E. Mohler
Elder Charles A. Zerkle
Elder Frank H. Sattes
Rev. Chas. Wm. Sommerville
Miss Cassie T. Schoolfield
Miss Alice Holmes
Mrs. Emera McKeny
Miss Bessie Burns Handley
IV. Home School
Miss Bessie Burns Handley, Superintendent
Mrs. Chas. S. Venable, Secretary
Miss Louisa Specht, Visitor
Miss Daisy Sattes, Visitor
Miss Robinson, Visitor
I. Cradle Department
Misses Holmes, Zerkle and Specht
Louis Sutherland Wright, February 1st (1906? This book was published in 1906)
Donaldson White, February 5th
Roman Slater, February 15th
Olive Ruth McKeny, February 21st
Susie E. Baldwin, March 1st
Frank Herbert Sattes, March 25th
Mildred Daniel Wright, April 1st
Alva Howard Childers, May 14th
Videra Miller, May 16th
Herald H. Alexander, May 16th
Clarence Edward Staggs, May 16th
Henry Bailey Sutherland, May 24th
Annie Yamen Miller, May 25th
Mildred White, born June 11, 1903; died April 8, 1904
Frederick David McGregor, June 30th
Inez E. Lewis, July 1st
Mary Reid Talley, July 2nd
Florence Lois Oxley, July 6th
Anna Sweetland Oxley, July 10th
Nola Lee Childers, July 16th
Willie Simms, July 25th
Ronan Eustis Lewis, July 27th
Eva B. Nanacarrow, July 30
George R. Allen, August 15th
Paul Benton Selbe, August 21st
Rob Roy McGregor, August 24th
Marion Carel Staggs, August 31st
Thelma C. Blaker, September 22nd
Frederick Lyle Sattes, October 5th
Martha Virginia Oxley, October 4th
Alice Elizabeth McKeny, October 11th
Alice Elizabeth McKeny, October 11th
Catherine Love Caywood, October 24th
Owen Roy Bullington, October 24th
Ruth Edward Mohler, October 26th
William Allison Colcord, October 27th
Dorothy Gertrude Weimer, November 4th
Randolph Chillian Specht, November 21st
Virginia McKendre Blume, November 22nd
II. Primary School
Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Grogan - Ruth E. McKeny, Olive McKeny, Virginia Oxley, Owen Bullington, Lyle Sattes, Billy Colcord, Lewis Wright, Randolph Specht, Willie Sims, Isabell Grogan, Viola Grogan, Frances Weimer, Blanche Bullington, Alda Marie Shotwell, William Shotwell, Nita Miller, Mabel Hanks, Harriett Hanks, Elizabeth Hanks, Albert Venable, Elizabeth Venable, Bailey Sutherland, Walton Venable, Clara Stinson, Bessie Arnett, Lillie Beard, Ruby Blair, Gladys Blair, Evelyn Blair, Adeline Moore, Marion Staggs, Sweetland Oxley.
III. Senior School
Elder Mohler, Dr. Zerkle, Elder Sattes, Dr. Sommerville, Mrs. McKeny, Miss Schoolfield, Miss Handley, Miss Holmes.
Misses Lucy Campbell, Daisy Sattes, Louise Specht, Reba Mohler, Lyde Swindler, Allie Masterson, Mary Bartlett, Clara Dillon, Cary Bowman, Prue Colcord, Katie Dabney, Elizabeth Dabney, Mr. Bickers, Nettie Robinson, Mrs. Samuel Shrewsbury, N. C. Allen, T. C. Bickers, Carl Colcord, Ned Colcord, Maggie Bullington, Alice Bullington, Jessie Jones, Mabel Specht, Linda Terrel, Bessie Terrel, Edith Zerkle, Anna Sims, Pearl Dillon, Marshaline Smith, Silia Shrewsbury, Anna Berry, Elizabeth Sattes, Agnes Colcord, Garnet Baldwin, Dortha Baldwin, Cary White, Enola Cline, Tristam Colcord, Ruth Terrel, Grace Sims, Lorena Miller, Eugene Colcord, Daniel Mohler, Howard Zerkle, Sam Miller, David Bullington, Frank Nancarrow, John Bullington, Carl Cline, Sam Specht, Elmer Grogan, Roy White, Elmer McDonna, Robert Dillon, Lara Roberts, Fred Berry, Dick Berry, Lin Berry, Cecil Bartlett, Homer Shrewsbury, Alford Nancarrow, Joe Specht, Boyd Cline, Fritz McComas, Roth Herford, Rewel Hanks, Dana Dillon, Frank Shrewsbury, Richard Caywood, John Caywood, Lucile Swindeler, Ralph Nancarrow.
Mrs. Mohler - Myrtle Hedrick, Maggie Bullington, Marjorie Lambdin, Jessie Jones, Mabel Grubbs, Hazel Monroe, Fanny Wise, Clara Wise, Lena Hedrick, Mabel Specht, Linda Terrell, Dottie Blair, Blanche Bullington, Vella Ellis, Edith Zerkle, Elma Tucker.
Miss Kate Sutherland - Ruby Blair, Ruth Terrill, Lillie Beard, Thelma Apperson.
Mrs. Campbell - Elizabeth Sattes, Agnes Colcord, Garnet Baldwin, Dorothy Baldwin, Roy White, Carrie White, Gladias Blair, Euola Kline, Dora McLane, Rena Tucker, Triston Colcord.
Class No. 1 - Mr. Baun - Lucy Campbell, Daisy Sattes, Hattie Bullington, Edythe McLellon, Bessie Handley, Mrs. George Ninner, Mrs. N. E. Grogan, Mr. Nynes, Norris Allen, Mary Sattes, Mr. Bullington, Alice Masterson, Mary Good.
Class No. 2 - Miss E. Holmes - Guy O. Jones, Oscar Bullington, Ned Colcord, Carl Colcord, Donaldson Hereford, John Berry, Norris Allen.
Class No. 3 - Dr. C. A. Zerkle - Louise Specht, Clara Dillon, Prudentia Colcord, Reba Mohler, Ellen Smith, Mary Bartlett, Cora Brown.
Class No. 4 - Miss Lydia Swindler - David Bullington, Allen Lambdin, Seth Miller, Eugene Colcord, Daniel Mohler, Arnold Kincaid.
Class No. 5 - Mrs. W. E. Mohler - Maggie Bullington, Marjorie Lambdin, Jessie Jones, Hazel Monroe, Lena Hedrick, Babel Specht, Linda Terrill, Blanche Bullington, Edith Zerkle, Dottie Blair, Anna Simms, Clara Halstead, Marilean Smith.
Class No. 6 - Miss Kate Sutherland - Bessie Terrell, Pearl Dillon, Anna Berry, Isabelle Grogan, Janet Lambdin, Vera Lambdin, Aldamarie Shotwell, Ruth Terrill, Lillie Beard, Dick Berry, William Shotwell, Mabel Neal, Helene Simms, Rubie Blair, Rena Miller, Alice Bullington, Carrie Reynolds, Florence Reynolds, Annie Simms, Viola Grogan.
Class No. 7 - Mr. Herbert Sattes - Joseph Specht, Boyd Kline, Dana Dillon, Fritz McComas, Roth Hereford, St. John Reynolds, Frank Nancarrow.
Class No. 8 - Miss Alice Holmes - Fred Berry, John Bullington, Carl Kline, Samuel Specht, Lynn Berry, Robert Dillon, Sara Roberts, Cecil Bartlett, Elmer Grogan, Raymond Smith, Roy White.
Class No. 9 - Miss Schoolfield - Elizabeth Sattes, Agnes Colcord, Garnet Baldwin, Dorothy Baldwin, Roy White, Tristram Colcord, Carrie White, Enola Kline, Blanche Bullington.
Mr. Lambdin - Norris Allen Robert Fays, Burt Vaughn, Spencer Wilson, Henery Staggs, Frank Carroll, George Sattes, John Berry, Prof. Steward, C. W. Bullington.
W. E. Mohler - Lucy Campbell, Fredelia Wise, Lillie Terrell, Daisy Sattes, Mattie Beckwith, Hattie Bullington, Ida Simms, Edythe McLellon, Lulu Ellis, Mrs. Aperson, Maude Handley, Lucille Swindler, Bula Wise, Cora Carter, Miss Schoolfield, Miss Canterbury, Lula Smith, Bessie Handley.
Miss Elizabeth Holmes - Carl Colcord, Ned Colcord, Guy A. Janes, Jim McLellon, Roy Beckwith, Edwin Doon, Thomas Davidson, Oscar Bullington, Walter Kramer, Edd Monroe, Harry Monroe, Hallie Kuffer, Ronald Tucker, Jim M. Love.
Miss Lyde Swindler - Oscar Bullington, David Bullington, John Berry, Allen Lambdin, Seth Miller, Clyde Barcus, Sam Blair.
Mrs. Nathan Grogan - Louise Specht, Clara Dillon, Prudentia Colcord, Reba Mohler, Claudie Shanklin, Ellen Smith, Mary Bartlett, Cora Braun, Katie Simms, Flossie Ellis, Lina Tucker.
Mr. Herbert Sattes - Joe Specht, Boyd Kline, Eugene Colcord, Daniel Mohler, Dana Dillon, Hazel Morris, Fitz McComas, Harry Shanklin, Roth Hereford, Karl Tucker.
Miss Kate Sutherland - Flossie Shanklin, Alice Bullington, Bessie Terrell, Pearl Dillon, Viocan Shanklin, Anna Berry, Isabelle Grogan, Earl Shanklin, Grace Simms, Vera Lambdin, Blanche Bullington, Aidamarie Shotwell, Genett Lambdin, Annie Simms, Rosie Beard, Helene Simms.
Miss Alice Holmes - Fred Berry, John Bullington, Eugene Grubbs, Elmer Grubbs, Carl Kline, Samuel Specht, Earl Shanklin, Elmer Grogan, Lynn Berry.
Miss Sallie Hansford - Lucy Campbell, Lady Sattes, Rosa Hudson, Thad Russell, Ella Blair, Norah Blair, Hattie Blair, Marian Campbell, George Sattes, Rosa Carroll, Kate Sutherland, Maggie Campbell, Mirah Sears, Paul Cunningham, Frank Carroll, Charlie Simms, Will Good, Fent Jones, Fred Sattes, Amy Moody, Josephine Ashworth, Lizzie Ashworth, Charlie Bailey.
Mr. James F. Hansford - Lou Blair, Sally Crawford, Maggie Simms, Jennie Seamonds, Kate Lyle, S. L. Blair, P. R. Crawford, Mrs. R. Campbell, Mrs. Houghson, Belle Henderson, T. W. Henderson, William E. Mohler, S. L. Webb, F. Wilson, Mrs. Mohler, Miss Bailey.
Mr. W. J. Smith - Sallie Carroll, Ella Cunningham, Mary Williams, Fanny Robards, Alice Good, Morris Hansford, James Roberts, Harry Roberts, L. Swindler, J. T. Sattes, John Bailey, Gus Bailey, Fanny Wilson, Mabel Raymonds, Katie Robards.
Mrs. Hansford - Emma Campbell, Frank Campbell, Miles Campbell, Allie Crawford, Aden Hansford, Belle Robards, Percy Cunningham, Herbert Sattes, Mary Carroll Sarah Ashworth, Virginia Ashworth, Robert Good, Marquess Lyle, Minnie Jones, Edwin Roberts, Silvia Cunningham, Maggie Lavender, John Bailey, Chas. Mohler, Chas. Mills, Morris Campbell.
Miss Sallie Hansford - Lucy Campbell, Lady Sates, Rose Hudson, Annie Hogg, Sallie Sattes, Norma Blair, Ella Blair, Ruby Cunningham, Myron Campbell, George Sattes, Herbert Hogg, Frenton Jones, Elwood Griffith, Maggie Thompson, Frank Griffith, Rosa Carroll, Estes Turner, Gertie Thompson, Minnie Wheeler, Mariah Taeys, Kate Sutherland, Kate Lackey, Homer Wilson, --- Reynolds, Ernest Teate, Mattie Agnew, Morris Campbell, Jennie Payton, Effie Beckwith, Maggie Campbell, Jessie Morton, Dr. Peyton.
Mrs. Hughson - Hattie Radin, Mary Williams, Cora Taite, Ella Cunningham, Morris Hansford, Kittie Robards, Fannie Robards, Harry Robards, Mont Toppin, W. F. Reynolds, Frazier Burgess, Sallie Carroll, Lottie Davis, Carrie Burgess, Mabel Raymond, Annie Burns, Blanche Burns, Lillie Burgess, Lydia Swindler, Alice Good, Jennie Robards.
Mrs. Hansford - Emma Campbell, Lalla Griffith, Carrie Thompson, Allie Crawford, Oden Hansford, Frank Campbell, Miles Campbell, Herbert Hoff, Chas. Frazier, William Hogg, Jake Rarden, Willie Lackie, Morris Campbell, Maggie Campbell, Belle Roberts, Norton Lacy, Bertie Carpenter, P. Cunningham, Katie Burns, Mattie M. Turner, Cary H. Thompson, Herbert Sattes, Chas. Morton, Norton Lacy, Dana Griffith, John Bailey, Joe Wilson, Willie Turner, Minnie Jones, Mary Carroll, Robert Good, George Sattes, Kate Burns, Virginia Ashworth, Sarah Ashworth, Maggie lavender, Leu Swindler, Edward Roberts.
Mr. C. K. Silling - Lou Blair, Sallie Crawford, M. M. Simms, Fannie Snell, Mary Thompson, Charles Roberts, Bettie Wash, Jennie Seamonds, Robert Crawford, Jennie Morton, S. L. Blair, Miss Lyles.
Class No. 4 - Mrs. Campbell - John Sutherland, Kate Sutherland, Robert Teays, Hand Handley, Rosie Miller, Guy Jones, Norma Blair, Josephine Hansford.
Class No. 1 - Mr. W. E. Mohler - Emma Campbell, Allie Crawford, Maggie Simms, Sallie Crawford, Lizzie Pendleton Carrie Burgess, Frazier Burgess, Herbert Sattes.
Class No. 2 - Mr. T.S. P. Bowers - Myron Campbell, Norma Bowers, Lucy Campbell, Ella Blair, George Sattes, Lary Sattes, John Handley, Alex Handley, Charley Simms.
Class No. 3 - Miss Kate Lyle - Charlie Pendleton, Bessie Handley, Hattie Blair, Charlie Bailey, Emiline Asher, George Moody.
Class No. 4 - Mrs. Campbell - John Sutherland, Rosie Miller, Kate Sutherland, Daisy Sattes, Earle Spencer, Walter Spencer, Norma Blair, Paul Hecker.
Class No. 1 - Mr. W. E. Mohler - Maggie Simms, Emma Campbell, Allie Crawford, Minnie Blount, Sallie Crawford, Herbert Sattes, Frazier Burgess, F.W. Terrill, S. W. Eggleston, Mrs. Eggleston.
Miss Venie Campbell - Hattie Rardin, Stella Hogg, Mary Williams, Cora Feate, Ella Cunningham, Morris Hansford, Wren Watt, Kittie Roberts, Fannie Roberts, Robert Good, S. Chilton, Warren Wood, James Roberts, harry Roberts, Ufont Topping, Robert McDermit, S. C. Dorcey, W. F. Reynolds, E. E. Woodson, Mamie Rimmer, Sallie Carroll, Jessie Lacy, Lottie Davie, Mary Davis, Carrie Burgess, Mabel Reynolds, Annie Burns, Katie Burns, Cora Brown, Mary Bartlett, Buna Capeheart, Dottie Blair, Carry Beard, Pearl Dillon, Virginia Willard, Annie Berry, Frazier Burgess.
Mr. C. K. Silling - Jennie Morton, Lou Blair, Sallie Crawford, M. M. Simms, Jennie Carpenter, Fannie Snell, Mary Thompson, W. J. Smith, J. B. Dudley, Lucy Swindler, Lida Swindler, Alice Good, Newman Martin, Chas. Roberts, Thomas Martin, Bettie Wash, James Crawford, Mollie Miller, Jennie Seamons, Robert Crawford.
Miss Hansford - Emma Campbell, Lalla Griffith, Carrie B. Thompson, Allie Crawford, Oden Hansford, Frank Campbell, Miles Campbell, Charles Frazier, Morris Campbell, Belle Robards, Edward Robards, Percy Cunningham, Kate Burns, Cary H. Thompson, Herbert Sattes, Charles Morton, Mary Carroll, Sarah Ashworth, Virginia Ashworth, Morton Lacy, Robert Good, Marquis Lyle, Jake Raiden.
Miss Ella Noys - Lucy Campbell, lady Sattes, Rose Hudson, Ella Blair, Hattie Blair, Norma Blair, Miran Campbell, George Sattes, Rose Carroll, Mirah Talays, Kate Sutherland, Jennie Payton, Dr. Payton, Jessie Morton, Maggie Campbell, Effie Beckwith, Sam Hudson, Lizzie Donley, Sallie Sattes, Norma Beckwith, Cap. Teays, Paul Cunningham, Frank Terrill, Hugh Raidin, Walter Spencer, --- Eggleston, Guy Jones, --- Parson.
Class No. 2 - T. S. P. Bowers - Lucy Campbell, Lady Sattes, Norma Bowers, Ella Blair, George Sattes, Ethel Spencer, Corrol Teass, Myron Campbell.
Class No. 3 - Miss Kate Lyle - Bessie Handley, Lizzie Ashworth, Norma Blair, Charlie Pendleton, Charlie Bailey, George Moody, Eddie Doom.
Class No. 4 - Mrs. Campbell - Kate Sutherland, Maud Handley, Emiline Ashworth, Rosie Miller, Daisy Sattes, Amy Moray, Louise Specht, Avis Eggleston, Alla Brown.
Class No. 5 - Miss Lida Swindler - John Sutherland, Paul Hecker, Earle Spencer.
Class No. 1 - Mr. William Mohler - Sallie Crawford, Allie Crawford, Lillie Burgess, Carrie Burgess, Frazier Burgess, Lizzie Pendleton, Dr. Lee Miller, Minnie Blunt, Lucie Swindler.
Class No. 2 - Miss Kate Lyle - Charlie Simms, Charlie Bailey, Chas. Pendleton, Bessie Handley, Carroll Teuss, Ella Blair, Hugh Miller.
Class No. 3 - Mr. T. S. P. Bowers - George Sattes, John Handley, Alex. Handley, Willie Bowers, Norma Bowers, Lucy Campbell, Lady Sattes, Kate Henley, Myron Campbell.
Class No. 6 - Mrs. A. Campbell - Jessey Capehart, Ella Brown, Reta Mohler, Edith Mohler, Daisy Sattes, Annie Bailey, Clara Dillon, Louisa Specht, Edith Handley, Virgil Willord, Josie Park, Ida Simms, Prue Colcord, Chas. Dillon, Mamie Bartlett, Emma Mallory, Cora Brown, Kate Sims.
Class No. 7 - Miss Lady Sattes - Hughey Willard, Rosa Miller, Daisy Sattes, Maude Handley, Norma Blair, Ella Brown, Jane Blair, Albert Willard, Nella Thomas.
Mr. J. G. Holmes - Nannie Holmes, Lucy Campbell, Annie Davison, Kate Sutherland, Bessie Handley, Maude Shields, Daisy Sattes, Alice Holmes, Haude Handley, Ida Simms, Nora Blair, Ora Beard, Sallie Moore.
Miss E. M. Holmes - Arthur Kick, Guy Jones, Carl Capeheart, Delafield Hereford, Lynn Cochran, Chas. Bailey.
Miss Kate Lyle - Daisy Sattes, Maude Handley, Ida Simms, Nora Blair.
Miss Lida Swindler - Ned Colcord, Carl Colcord, John Berry, Thos. Davison, Donaldson Hereford, Sam Blair, James Peaters, Hatter Hard, Chas. Dillon, John Nancarrow, Daniel Mohler, James Teays, Sam Blair, Will Beard, Frank Nancarrow, Eugene Colcord, Allen Lambdin.
Mrs. A. Campbell - Reba Mohler, Edith Mohler, Margaret Lambdin, Jessie Capeheart, Prue Colcord, Kate Simms, Clara Dillon, Mabel Specht, Louise Specht, Annie Simms, Helen Simms, Jessie Jones, F. H. Sattes, H. R. Swan, J. C. Capehart, F. W. Terrill.
Class No. 2 - Mrs. Thos. Mohler - B. F. Moody, Myron Campbell, Chas. Simms, A. L. Young, Chas. Wills, W. L. Willard, Add Blaker, Henry Childness, Cap. Teays, G. E. Miller, B. F. Leach, Gus Baily, Geo. Sattes, Percy Cunningham, C. E. Milton.
Class No. 3 - Mr. Thos. Mohler - Myron Campbell, Charlie Simms, Anna Davidson, Lucy Campbell, A.L. Young, Amy Moody, Hattie Blair, Kate Sutherland, Bessie Handley, Lena Snell, Kate Carroll, Norma Bowers, Daisy Sattes.
Class No. 4 - Mr. Wm. Mohler - Guy Jones, Chas. Pembleton, Chas. Bailey, George McChaney, Maud Handley, Dallafield Hereford, John Sutherland, Rosa Miller, Norma Blair, Lynn Blair, Thomas Polly, Daisy Sattes, Lynn Cochran, Cunnie Capehart, Ella Brown, Harry Crawford, Hugh Miller, Wm. Parks, Arthur Kicks.
Class No. 5 - Miss Lida Swindler - Ned Colcord, Carl Colcord, Jno. Berry, Thos. Davidson, Donaldson Hereford, Willie Parks, Jno. Nancarrow, Prue Colcord, Harry Swann, James Peaters, Rufus Swann, Arthur Kick, Walter Brown, Robert O. Kick.
Class No. 2 - Mr. T. S. P. Bowers - Lucy Campbell, Lady Sattes, Norma Bowers, Ella Blair, Ethel Spencer, Lizzie Ashworth, Myron Campbell, George Sattes, Charlie Simms, Carroll Leass, John Handley, Lena Snell.
Class No. 3 - Miss Kate Lyle - Bessie Handley,Hattie Blair, Chas. Pendleton, Chas. Bailey, Ed. Doom, Hugh Miller, Kate Carel, Harry O'Neal, Annie Davidson, Dalafield Hereford.
Class No. 4 - Mrs. Campbell - Maud Handley, Emeline Ashworth, Daisy Sattes, Louisa Specht, Avis Eggleston, Ella Brown, Amy Moody, Nettie Kidd, Nannie Parsons, Fannie Parsons, Carrie Beard, Clara Dillon, Norma Blair, Ida Simms, Rosa Miller, Jossie Park.
Class No. 5 - Lydia S. - Earle Spencer, J. Sutherland, Walter Spencer, Guy Jones, Neronan Kidd, Willie Parsons, Van Eggleston, Eddie Monroe, Harry Monroe, Donaldson Hereford, Ned Colcord, Carl Colcord, John Berry, Wm. Parks, Prue Colcord.
Class No. 1 - Mr. W. K. Vickers - Leon Swindler, Maggie Simms, Ollie Crawford, Sallie Crawford, Mrs. W. E. Mohler, Lucie Swindler, Mrs. E. R. Baldwin, Minnie Blunt, Mrs. W. K. Vickers, Setta Peaters, Lizzie Pendleton, Kate Lyle, Lady Sattes.
Class No. 10 - Mrs. Campbell - Elizabeth Sattes, Agnes Colcord, Garnet Baldwin, Dorthy Baldwin, Roy White, Carrie White, Enola Kline, Tristram Colcord, Lucy Campbell.
Class No. 1 - Mr. W. E. Mohler - Maggie Simms, Emma Campbell, Allie Crawford, Minnie Blount, Sallie Crawford, Herbert Sattes. S. W. Eggleston, Lizzie Pendleton, F. W. Terrill, Marie Carel, Mrs. Wm. Mohler, Mrs. Brown, Minnie Brown, Chas. Wells.
Class No. 7 - Miss Kate Sutherland - Alice Bullington, Bessie Terrell, Pearl Dillon, Anna Berry, Isabell Grogan, Janet Lambdin, Vera Lambdin, Aldamarie Shotwell, Ruth Terrell, Thelma Apperson, Irene Young, Lillie Beard, Viola Grogan, Clara Hatsbeard, Dick Berry, William Shotwell, Mabel Neal.
Class No. 8 - Mr. Herbert Sattes - Joseph Specht, Boyd Kline, Eugene Colcord, Daniel Mohler, Dana Dillon, Fritz McComas, Roth Hereford, St. John Reynolds.
Class No. 9 - Miss Alice Holmes - Fred Berry John Bullington, Carl Kline, Samuel Specht, Lynn Berry, Elmer Grogan, Robert Dillon, Hara Roberts, Cecil Bartlett.
Mr. W. E. Mohler - Rev. M.D. Lambdin, Mrs. W. E. Mohler, Maggie Simms, Miss Crawford, Kate Franklyn, Mrs. F. H. Sams, Nancy Holmes, Lucile Swindler, R. F. Mosby, F. H. Sams, Chas. Simms, C. W. Bullington, Geo. Sates, Chas. Wills, Minnie Blunt.
Mr. J. G. Holmes - Kate Sutherland, Bessie Handley, Alice Holmes, Lucy Campbell, Daisy Sattes, Hattie Bullington, Rose Miller, Maude Handley, Maude Shields, Ida Simms, Annie Davison.
Miss Elizabeth Holmes - Delafield Hereford, Arthur Keck, Guy Jones, Thos. Davison, Chas. Bailey, H. Miller.
Miss Lyda Swindler - F. McComas, Joseph Specht, Allen B. Lambdin, Eugene Colcord, Daniel Mohler, Frank Nancarra, Will Beard, Seth Miller, Boyd Kline, Sam Miller, Walter Nancarra, Frank Shrewsbury, John Nelson, Fred Nelson, Arnett Simms, Roy Simms, Roth Hereford.
Mrs. A. Campbell - Reba Mohler, Jessie Jones, Margaret Lambdin, Kate, Simms, Clara Dillon, Purdentia Colcord, Louise Specht, Linda Terrill, Marshleen Smith, Mabel Specht, Burnett Smith, Bessie Terrill, Cora Bowers.
Mrs. N. Grogan - Kate Beard, Carrie Beard, Maggie Bullington, Alice Bullington, Anna Berry, Mabel Specht, Annie Simms, Helen Simms, Ellen Smith, Pearl Dillon, Emma Talley, Janet Lambdin, Nancy Nancarra, Hazel Monroe, Fred Berry, Cecil Shrewsbury.
Mr. W. H. Peaters - Carl Colcord, Ned Colcord, Donaldson Hereford, James Peaters, John Berry, David Bullingtotn, Oscar Bullington, John Nancarra, Sam Goode, Henry Goode, Howard Thompson, Worth Thompson, Howard Lee, Frank Bailey, Nickle Mohler.
Miss Nancy Holmes - John Nancarra, John Berry, David Bullington, Oscar Bullington, Clarence Talley, Herbert Terrill, B. Crouch.
Class No. 4 - Miss Lydia Swindler - David Bullington, Allen Lambdin, Seth Miller, Sam Miller, Howard Zerkle, Eugene Colcord, Daniel Mohler.
Class No. 5 - Prof. Stewart - Louise Specht, Clara Dillon, Prue Colcord, Reba Mohler, Ellen Smith, Mary Bartlett, Clara Brown.
Class No. 6 - Mrs. W. E. Mohler - Maggie Bullington, Marjorie Lambdin, Jessie Jones, Hazel Monroe, Lena Hedrick, Mabel Specht, Linda Terrell, Blanche Bullington, Edith Zerkle, Fanny Wise, Myrtle Hedrick, Maud Roberts, Dottie Blair, Maggie Mallory.
Class No. 1 - Mr. C. A. Zerkle - Lucy Campbell, Daisy Sattes, Hattie Bullington, Ida Simms, Maude Handley, Miss Schoolfield, Miss Canterbury, Bessie Handley, Bula Wise, Edythe McClellan, Mrs. Apperson.
Class No. 2 - Miss Elizabeth Holmes - Guy O. Jones, Jim McLellan, Edwin Doom, Oscar Bullington, Eddie Monroe, Harry Monroe, Kenneth Heslys, Richard Mallory, Ruffner Meadows, Ned Colcord, Carl Colcord, Donaldson Hereford, Mr. Bown.
Class No. 3 - Rev. M. B. Lambdin - Norris Allen, John Berry, Spencer Wilson, Charlie Simms, Mr. Bullington.
IV. Home School
Miss Bessie Handley, Mrs. Chas. S. Venable, Miss Louise Specht, Miss Daisy Sattes, Miss Robinson
Mrs. Blanche Caywood, Mrs. M. S. Roberts, Mrs. M. L. Blaker, Mrs. E. R. Baldwin, Mrs. W. C. Bullington, Mrs. E. L. Foley, Mr. Wm. H. Simms, Mr. Chas. S. Venable, Mrs. T. P. Terrill, Mrs. Laura Simms, Mrs. Mary Rimmer, Mrs. W. N. Talley, Miss M. W. Crockett, Mrs. M. A. Sattes, Miss Mall. Wells, Mrs. A. D. Chhilders, Mr. A. D. Childers, Mr. E. C. Lewis, Mrs. E. C. Lewis, Mrs. S. L. Alexander, Mrs. W. Y. Miller, Mrs. Nettie Slater, Mrs. E. C. Colcord, Mrs. C. A. Specht, Mrs. R. A. Dillon, Mrs. James Weimer, Mrs. Delia Stoutamoyer, Mrs. Rose Miller, Mrs. C. A. Zerkle, Mr. W. E. Fleck, Mrs. Isabella B. Shrewsbury, Mrs. Annie Simms, Mrs. Wallace White, Mrs. Kate Sattes, Mrs. Wm. H. Simms, Mrs. Dr. Sutherland, Mrs. M. L. Blair, Mrs. Alice Carel, Mrs. J. W. Curne, Mrs. R. W. Jones, Mrs. Chas. L. Doome, Mrs. W. T. Bays, Mrs. Annie Davison.
"When He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were distressed and scattered, as sheep not having a shepherd. Then saith He unto His disciples, The harvest indeed is plenteous, but the labourers are few. Pray ye therefore the Lord of harvest, that He send forth laboruers [sic]into His harvest.
In various homes may be found the Christian Observer, the Central Presbyterian, and The Missionary, the Children's Friend, Pearls for the Little Ones, and The Earnest Worker.
A Sunday-school library is sorely needed; and so is a collection of books on missions. The school has a good set of wall maps.
Standards of the Church
The Old and New Testaments, and their doctrines set forth in the Westminster Confession of Faith, formulated in 1648 by the Westminster Assembly of Divines, called by the Long Parliament of England.
"The word of God which is contained in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, is the only rule to direct us how we may glorify and enjoy Him."
Progress of School
Sunday School Rewards for 1906
The rewards offered this year by the Sunday-school are divided into three groups. They are open to all members of the school. They are so arranged as to call forth a variety of talents - diligence, regularity, systematic effort, reading, memory, etc. The records must be closed by December 10th. The Secretary's books shall be final authority in all claims. The recipient of a reward in Groups II and III shall not be again eligible for the same reward. No one shall be eligible to receive more than five rewards in one year. A certificate of attainment is offered to any approved member of the school who shall have secured seven rewards so chosen as to include at least one from each group. A diploma is offered to any approved member of the school who shall have secured all the rewards of the three groups; and, in addition, a gold medal or equivalent is offered to the recipient of a diploma who may have thrice over received all the rewards of Group I.
1. Honorable mention for regularity in giving through the envelopes of this church.
2. Honorable mention for satisfactory attendance at his school 48 Sabbaths.
3. Honorable mention for bringing in at least one new scholar.
4. Honorable mention for satisfactory attendance at morning worship in this church 48 Sabbaths.
5. A card for reciting to the superintendent the Doxology, "Praise God," etc.
6. A gospel for reciting to the superintendent the names of the books of the Bible.
7. a picture for having in good order all the lesson papers or cards for the year.
8. A book (Dr. Moore's A Year in Europe) for learning to play on some instrument the largest number of hymn tunes.
9. A bible for satisfactory use of the Sunday-school library.
10. A wall text for perfectly reciting at one time to the superintendent 48 golden texts or 48 verses.
11. A picture for perfectly reciting at one time to the superintendent the Decalogue, Beatitudes, Creed and Lord's Prayer.
12. A year's subscription to The Children's Missionary for reciting at one time to the superintendent Psalms xxiv., xxxiv., li., lxviii, xc., cxxxiii., cxxxix.; Proverbs i.; Isaiah liii.; I Corinthians xiii.
13. A hymn book for perfectly reciting at one time to the superintendent five hymns selected by the pastor.
14. A book for perfectly reciting to the primary superintendent the "Catechism for Young Children," etc.
15. A knife or a basket for reciting to the superintendent Worden's "Catechism on the Life of Christ and the Lives of Peter and John, and Jones' Catechism on the Bible.
16. The Confession of Faith and a Teacher's Bible for a perfect recitation to the pastor of the Westminster Shorter Catechism.
"For I have known him, to the end that he may command his children and his household after him, that they may keep the way of Jehovah, to do righteousness and justice."
"And they that are wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars forever and ever."
D. Ladies' Missionary Society
Organized Sept. 28, 1879
Reorganized March, 1898
The records of the Society are very defective, and are entirely wanting prior to 1899. But there is allusion in the sessional records to a monthly concert of prayer for Foreign Missions, January 14, 1872. The collection that year for the cause was $57, of which $10 was sent to the famine sufferers of Persia.
Rev. Edward Eells initiated a move September 28, 1879, which led to the organization of the first missionary society. He and Misses Maggie Simms and Bettie Campbell were the committee to draft the constitution.
The Society seems to have met monthly at the manse on the first Thursdays, in the afternoon.
The officers in 1899 were Mrs. Lambdin, president; Mrs. Bloom, secretary, and Mrs. Sattes, treasurer.
In 1902 the members enrolled were Mrs. Lambdin, Mrs. F. H. Sattes, Mrs. Mohler, Mrs. Shotwell, Mrs. Simms, Mrs. E. Baldwin, Miss Franklin, Miss Kate Sutherland, Miss Cassie T. Schofield, Mrs. Erma Miller, and Mrs. Campbell. The average attendance was four members.
The records show that the few were animated with fervent zeal for the cause. The programmes [sic]were varied and instructive. The pastor was frequently present at the opening exercises. Sentence prayers, the Lord's Prayer, prayer by some lady were in vogue. Mite-boxes were opened annually, and showed that praying and giving went together. The last meeting was May 13, 1904.
Secretaries:Miss Maggie Simms, Mrs. Bloom, Miss Schoolfield
Treasurers:Mrs. F. H. Sattes, Mrs. Lambdin
An effort is being made to reorganize the Society, and make it an effective arm of service. All ladies and young ladies are invited to co-operate or to attend as visitors its meetings. The prayer meeting on the second Wednesday of the month is devoted to missions. A missionary movement in the Sunday-school is contemplated.
E. Children's Missionary Society
Organized July 3, 1902
PresidentMiss Elizabeth Holmes
SecretaryMiss Louisa Specht
This Society was organized by Mr. Lambdin, Thursday, July 3, 1902, with twenty-two members. They met in the church fortnightly on Thursdays at 4 P.M. The avowed object was To work and pray for the conversion of heathen, and the motto was "Be thou faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life." In local work the Society ascertained cases of sickness and visited or reported them; they distributed the hymn-books at church, and did other useful things. The Society has not met since September 13, 1902, but it is hoped that a revival will occur of so promising an organization.
Misses Elizabeth and Alice Holmes, Misses Louisa and Mabel Specht, Misses Reba Mohler and Prue Colcord, Misses Marjorie Lambdin, Janet Lambdin, Vera Lambdin, Jessie Jones, Carrye White, Garnet Baldwin, Lena Hedrig, Myrtle Hedrig, Cora Brown, Clara Dillon, Pearl Dillon, Edythe Zerkle, Bessie Terrill, Maggie Bullington, Alice Bullington, Dotty Blair, Ruby Blair, Clara Wise, Anna Berry, Mary Bartlett, Luella Wheeler, and Hazel Monroe.
E. The Ladies' Aid Society
Organized January 24, 1895
President:Mrs. Adaline Campbell
Vice-President:Mrs. Nathan E. Grogan
Secretary and Treasurer:Mrs. Mary A. Holmes
This society was formed by eleven ladies "to raise money for the benefit of the church." They met once a month in the members' homes, on Thursdays, at 2 P.M. The first officers were Mrs. Campbell, Mrs. Grogan and Miss Elizabeth Holmes. The members were: Mrs. Lambdin, Mrs. K. Sutherland, Mrs. Wm. Mohler, Miss Simms, Mrs. Cochran, Mrs. Holmes, Mrs. Dr. Sutherland, Mrs. Robards, Miss L. Swindler, Miss Sattes, Mrs. Davison.
Other members have been Mrs. F. H. Sattes, Mr. Peters, Mrs. Bullington, Mrs. Shotwell, Mrs. Diffenderfer, Mrs. Carel, Mrs. Locke, Mrs. Sattes, Mrs. Douglas, Mrs. Oxley, Mrs. Kline, Mrs. Cochran, Miss Minnie Blount, Mrs. Specht, Mrs. Colcord, Mrs. Bloom, Mrs. Wm. Bloom, Mrs. Baxter, Mrs. Berry, Mrs. Baldwin, Mrs. Apperson, Mrs. Weimer, Mrs. Shrewsberry, Mrs. Hanks, Mrs. McKeny, Mrs. Zerkle, Mrs. Venable, Miss Bessie Handley, Mrs. Sommerville and Dr. C. A. Zerkle.
The Society seeks to promote sociability in the congregation by holding a "mite" twice a month (Thursdays, 2 P.M.) in the various homes. Refreshments are served. In 1895 the "mite" record was as follows: March 29, Mrs. Campbell ($1.50); April 12, Mrs. Grogan ($1.05); April 26, Mrs. Mohler (75 cents); May 10, Mrs. Sattes ($1.30); May 24, Mrs. Campbell ($1.63); June 7, Mrs. Swindler, ($1.57); June 21, Mrs. Holmes ($1.80); June 28, Mrs. Sattes ($1.72); July 12, Mrs. Handley ($2.17); July 26, Mrs. Grogan ($1.15); August 9, Mrs. Thomas Mohler ($1.27); August 23, Mrs. Campbell ($1.07); September 6, Mrs. Sattes ($1.16); Sept, 20, Mrs. Holmes ($1.15); October 4, Mrs. Swindler ($1.51); October 25, Mrs. Mohler ($1.55); November 1, Mrs. McComas ($2.53); November 22, Mrs. Campbell ($1.93); December 6, Mrs. Lambdin ($1.90); December 20, Mrs. Kline ($1.56); January 24, 1896, Mrs. Handley ($1.57).
Vice-Presidents:Mrs. Grogan, Mrs. Lambdin, Mrs. Holmes, Mrs. Shotwell, Mrs. Specht
Secretaries and Treasurers: Miss Elizabeth Holmes, Mrs. Shotwell, Mrs. Oxley, Mrs. Grogan, Mrs. Holmes (1904)
The Society meets fortnightly, 2 P.M., first and third Thursdays.
Order of Business
ScriptureCommittees Appointed for Work
This band of faithful workers had been indispensable to the church. Their income has been derived, beside the monthly dues of 10 cents, from the sale of bonnets, aprons and dusting caps. The work accomplished indicates how great a benefit the Society has been to the church. The ladies painted and repaired the church ($57.44) in 1896, and 1898 had the manse insured ($22.50), and the church renovated, at the same time giving $2 to a struggling church in Tennessee, and $2 to Foreign Missions. They also paid the manse tax in 1898 ($5.41) and 1899 ($20.43). The church was repainted again in 1899 ($17), and 1900 new matting was laid, and a new fence put up ($29.86), and the building insured ($30). In 1901 a member (Mrs. Mohler) gave a curtain to the choir loft, the Society paid the manse insurance ($12.50); (1902) put a new roof on the church ($100), and (1903) renewed the insurance ($30) for three years. The last payment ($46.66) of the pastor's salary in 1904 was raised by the Society.
When God called home Mrs. William Mohler, April 8, 1905, the Society laid beautiful flowers in loving tribute upon her bier. One of the last things done by this good woman and useful member of the Society was they purchase of a handsome Axminster carpet for the manse parlor. The society has furnished the manse kitchen with a new range, and Mr. Mohler has added water arrangements and gas.
The manse and church, pleasing in its architectural proportions, are maintained in good condition by the Society.
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It was about 1786 that the first white settlers, Lewis Tackett, Samuel Tackett and John Young, brought their families down the Kanawha as far as to the mouth of coal river. These squatters erected, about a half mile below Coal river, a few hundred yards south of the Kanawha, Tackett's Fort, and gave their name to Tackett's Creek; but the [Stephen P. Capehart, in the W. Va. Hist. mag. 5:1, Jan. 1905] Indians came from Ohio and captured the fort, the Tacketts escaped to Big Hurricane Creek.
In 1800 Stephen Teays settled at Coalsmouth and established a ferry and an inn for frontiersmen passing up and down between Virginia and the Ohio country.
Albert Gallatin, famous in American history, bought up large tracts of land about Coalsmouth and George Washington owned the tract lying up between Coal and Kanawha.
About 1820, Gen. Andrew Lewis' grandson, John Lewis, bought large tracts of land below Coalsmouth, extending back to the head of Tackett's creek and the waters of Brown's creek and about three miles below Coal river he erected a mill and a store, and higher up Kanawha a large brick dwelling which he called Valcoulon. His wife was the daughter of Andrew Donnally, a prominent man in the Kanawha Valley.
The James River and Kanawha Turnpike Company began about 1820 the construction of their road from Guyandotte, on the Ohio at the mouth of the Guyan river, to the Kanawha valley, and thence to the Valley of Virginia, surveying much of the same line as was 50 years later adopted by the C. & O. R. R. The turnpike had much the same effect in developing trade, travel and business as the construction of a railroad has nowadays.
James T. Teays, in 1831, settled near where the pike crossed Coal river and built a large tavern where the four-horse stages stopped. Great numbers of horses, cattle and hogs passed over this pike to the older States. Soon a toll bridge was built by John Capehart, James Teays and Col. P. R. Thompson, to replace the Ferry over Coal river; travel increased and Coalsmouth grew.
Col. Philip R. Thompson in 1834 laid off his land on the right bank of Coal river into a town he called Phillipi. The Lasley house, now Mrs. Cato's was built at this time. The building of flat-boats for transportation of salt from the Kanawha Saline, and wagon building, were industries in those days. Coal river, about 1848, was made navigable by locks and dams, and until the war coal was shipped in flat-boats from Peytona to New Orleans, and outward.
About 1856 a new town was laid out by Samuel Benedict, a Pennsylvanian, who called the name thereof "Kanawha City." Then came the C. & O. R. R. project about 1867, and the Central Land Company a few years later bought from Col. J. S. Cunningham, son-in-law of the founder, "Kanawha City," and transformed it into "St. Albans."
Morris Hudson had come in 1808 from Pennsylvania and bought up a large tract of land on the lower side of Two-and-three-quarter-mile creek. His family were the first Episcopalians in the Kanawha Valley. They were joined in 1816 by Col. Philip Root Thompson, from Culpepper county, Va., whose family were also Episcopalians. They occupied a part of the Washington survey, as did also for a while the General's nephew, Samuel Washington. A delightful community grew up and became decidedly, if not exclusively, devoted to the Episcopal Church, although the first church erected was the log building put up in 1820 by Mrs. Stephen Teays for the Methodists.
In 1825 Major Morris Hudson built of brick the little "Bangor" Episcopal Church, near where the pike crossed Two-and-three-quarter-mile creek.
Of this church Rev. James Craik was rector, and here his successor, Rev. F. B. Nash, of New England, maintained an old field school frequented by the Hudsons, Thompsons, Swindlers, Thorntons, Turners, Lasleys, Capeharts, Lewises, etc.
The church was burned in 1845 and the Episcopalians worshipped in the Methodist church until they built 1846, St. Marks. Not much later the Episcopalians, Col. B. S. Thompson and Beverly Tompkins, were on the committee which replaced the log house of the Methodists with the present brick building. But the community remained decidedly Episcopalian.
The home training of a child of Presbyterian parents in the Valley of Virginia was the germ from which the St. Albans Presbyterian Church grew and has borne fruit.
Mr. Louis Ruffner, a merchant, took to his home at Malden, W.Va., a wife who was Miss Lyle, of Virginia. She brought with her to the Kanawha Valley the religious principles of her Scotch-Irish people. Mrs. Ruffner is described by Mrs. Annie N. Hansford, to whom acknowledgment is here gratefully made for many facts recorded in this narrative, as "a strict Presbyterian." About 1837 Mr. Ruffner took as his clerk James Frazer Hansford. His parents were Baptists "after the most strictest sect." At fifteen years of age he had left his home at Paint Creek to clerk in Mr. Ruffne's store. He attended the Presbyterian Church with Mr. Ruffner's family, and became a Presbyterian at an early age. Mrs. Ruffner's influence way well be understood. Young Hansford became a merchant himself, and did business for many years in Charleston. In 1855 he married Miss Annie, daughter of Mr. Bradford Noyes, and in the spring of 1857 made his home at "Ravenswood," a fine estate about a mile east of Coalsmouth.
The sessional records have the following prefatory entry made at session's direction by Mr. James Frazer Hansford, their clerk for over twenty years, in deference to whose memory the record is copied verbatim:
"Presbyterianism was first preached here about the year 1857 by Rev. James M. Brown, D.D., who was then pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Charleston. He was pastor of that church for more than twenty years, and it was his custom to visit as often as possible the Presbyterian families in the country in the vicinity of Charleston, and where they had no church, to preach at the houses. About 1857 he visited the Presbyterian families at his place and preached twice or thrice during the year to good congregations in the Southern Methodist Church.
"In 1860 the few Presbyterians here made up the sum of $100, and he expected to preach once every month for one year; but early in the year 1861 the war commenced, and prevented his preaching here any more.
"After some difficulty in obtaining permission from the military authorities, he left Charleston in April, '62, to attend Greenbrier Presbytery and to visit his children who were then in Frankfort. He eldest son, Samuel Brown, had been pastor of Frankfort Church for several years, and died while laboring there. His second son, John C. Brown, was studying for the ministry and was at Frankfort at the time, as was also his only daughter, on a visit there.
"It pleased God in His mysterious Providence that within a few days he should stand beside the death-bed of an only and lovely daughter, then at the death-bed of a beloved son. Under these circumstances of peculiar affliction he left Frankfort to return to Charleston. But feeling quite indisposed on reaching Lewisburg, he thought best to remain there at least a few days, hoping to recover sufficiently for the journey home. But it pleased God that he too should be stricken and die, leaving only one son, and a deeply afflicted and bereaved widow. His death was peaceful and serene, and his remains were placed beside those of his sons and daughter, to await the coming of the Great Day. The writer considers this short sketch of his life, or a few years of his life, inseparable from the church of this place.
"After the war, Rev. John C. Brown was appointed by Greenbrier Presbytery as missionary for the Kanawha Valley, preached at this place once a month and received the $100 raised for this father about five years before. He continued to preach occasionally at this place, and under his ministry Mrs. Ann Simms and Miss Zero Wood were received into the church on profession of faith, and received the ordinance of baptism. Also two children, Sallie Hansford and Morris Hansford received the ordinance of baptism." [Note - Miss Sallie Hansford, in 1877, copied for session the records into a new book. The original record of the church, a precious little book, were rediscovered July, 1905, by Mr. Morris Hansford, and returned to session.]
After May, 1868, Rev. B. B. Blair, recently installed pastor of the Point Pleasant Church, preached twice a month on Thursday evening. Rev. B. B. Blair and Rev. J. C. Brown having been authorized by the Greenbrier Presbytery to organize a church a Coalsmouth, if they considered it expedient, on August 22 , assisted by Rev. Mr. McClintic, of Kentucky, proceeded to organize, the following persons signifying their desire to organize as a church: Joseph R. Hill, Mrs. Jane Hill, James Frazier Hansford, Mrs. Annie N. Hansford, S. C. Wheeler, Mrs. Jane Wheeler, Francis H. Taylor, Mrs. Fannie F. Taylor, Mrs. Fannie Fox, Miss Mary Woods, Mrs. Mary Lewis, Miss Zero Wood, Mrs. Hodges, Mrs. Catherine Sutherland, Mrs. Ann Simms, Mrs. Ella Turner, Mrs. Mary Hudson.
Mr. Joseph R. Hill and Mr. James F. Hansford being duly elected elders and Mr. Francis H. Taylor and Mr. S. C. Wheeler being duly elected deacons. Mr. Hill, Mr. Hansford and Mr. Wheeler being present at the evening service, were ordained and installed in the office to which they were duly elected, by prayer and laying on of hands by Rev. B. B. Blair and Rev. John C. Brown.
"On the following day three children were presented, Edward Hudson, Bessie Fox and Minnie Fox, and received the ordinance of baptism. After an imposing sermon from Mr. Blair, the Lord's Supper was administered. A solemn sermon in the evening from Mr. Brown concluded the services."
The first meeting of session of the new church was held in September, 1868, at the residence of Mr. D. J. Lewis, and there was effected an agreement with Rev. B. Blair for two services a month, on Thursday nights, for $100 a year.
Thus Mr. Blair organized St. Albans Church with seventeen members, and served them as a supply for a year.
Rev. Brice Benton Blair was a Pennsylvanian, born at Dillsburg, March 9, 1830. After leaving Jefferson College he became a teacher, and then studied a year at Princeton Seminary. When the war broke out he came South, continued his studies at the Union Theological Seminary, Virginia, 1861 - 1862, was licensed by Greenbrier Presbytery, September 22, 1862, and gave his heart to the Master's service as chaplain, C. S. A., during the continuance of the war. After the war he returned to Greenbrier Presbytery, was ordained October 12, 1867, served as pastor of Point Pleasant from that time till he went to his father's house, near Shippensburg, Pa., and died June 19, 1871. A goodly man, a powerful preacher, a faithful and tender pastor, he left a name revered to this day by the people to whom he gave his prime of strength.
Greenbrier Presbytery, Rev. M. H. Bittinger, Moderator, held its spring meeting here in the M. E. Church, South, May 6 - 9, 1869, and seems to have greatly stimulated the new enterprise by the presence of so many ministers. Coalsmouth, thus encouraged, made out a call for the services of Rev. John C. Brown, pastor at Malden, for part of his time. Mr. Brown, while continuing to preach occasionally at Coalsmouth, was not able to accept a call to the regular pastoral duties there.
On September 19, 1869, session, therefore, united with Winfield, and called from Ebenezer Presbytery, Ky., the Rev. Edward Eells, a native of New England, a graduate of Yale and of Princeton. Mrs. Adaline Campbell furnished the following sketch of her first pastor from the pen of the venerable stated clerk of the Presbytery, of Washington City:
"Entered into his rest, March 11, 1897, in his seventy-ninth year, after a long and at times painful sickness. Rev. Edward Eells, a faithful minister of the Lord Jesus Christ, and beloved by all who knew him. From the church militant he has joined the church triumphant. Brother Eells was born November 10, 1818, at Middletown, conn. Entered Yale College in 1840, graduating in 1843. In 1845, he entered the Princeton Theological Seminary. After graduating (1847) he held the following charges:
Engaged in Home Mission Work along the New Jersey Shore - principally at Absecom. Atlantic Co.
He then went to engage in mission work in the Choctaw Nation.
Afterwards holding charges in Texas and Kentucky, and the last at St. Albans, W. Va., where he faithfully and successfully labored for thirteen years. While residing in Washington City for a number of years, he has been a member of the Presbytery of Washington City, and a faithful member of the Gurley Memorial Church, a kind and wise adviser of its pastor and his warm friend.
Resolved, That the above record be spread upon the minutes of this Presbytery, and that a copy be sent to the bereaved family, with expression of sympathy of the brethren.
Attest, B. F. Bittinger, Stated Clerk. Washington City, D.C., April 21, 1897."
"He was ordained as an evangelist by the Presbytery of Ebenezer, in northern Kentucky, in the year 1848, and he labored as a home missionary in the northern part of Kentucky for two years. For a time he was called back to Connecticut and New Jersey, but soon returned to the scene of his earlier labors. Again he was called to the Southwest, to a work among the Choctaw Indians, then to San Augustine, Texas, and to the Keatchie field in Louisiana. But still his hear led him back to the northern counties of Kentucky, where he had begun his ministry, and in 1868 he returned to that part of the country. From about 1870 to 1884, he labored in the valley of Kanawha. After that he fixed his home at Washington, D.C., where he spent his remaining days. He was a frequent correspondent of the Observer, and ceased not till increasing years and infirmities restrained his pen.
"His last years were years of much suffering. But the friend who writes of his death, very sweetly refers to the close of his suffering with the precious words, 'So he giveth his beloved sleep.' It is needless to say that Mr. Eells was highly esteemed in all his work for the Lord, and greatly beloved by all."
Mr. and Mrs. Eells, with their daughters, Misses Minnie and Annie, and only son Edward, arrived at St. Albans, in October, 1869, and for thirteen years were residents here. His home was on the right bank of Coal river, near its mouth.
Mr. Eells was the first settled supply of the church, and the work was prosperous under his ministry. The session had called him for half of his time, the other half being given to Winfield. His salary of $600.00 was to be raised in equal amounts by the two churches and the Assembly's Committee on Sustentation, and an effort to make it $750.00 was promised.
Mr. Eells found a little group of twenty-two members. When he laid down his work these had been increased by the addition of 111 to 133 enrolled.
On November 19, 1869, two new officers were nominated: Mr. F. H. Taylor as ruling elder, and Mr. O. T. Wilson as deacon. Mr. Taylor was elected and ordained Mary 6, 1870, and Mr. Wilson elected May 1st, was ordained and installed June 19, 12870. The session adopted the Assembly's schedule of collections and placed at the church door a box for the offerings. The dollars were appropriated for the purchase of Sunday-school books, and an effort was made to circulate the Earnest Worker and the Children's Friend.
Rev. Mr. Eells, a natural missionary, made a tour in October, 1870, though Lincoln county preaching at Scarry Creek, Bloomingdale School House, Takets, Creek School House, and Warth's School House. These labors were repeated from time to time, and resulted in an ingathering. The session recommended in 1870 a thanksgiving sermon in November, but there is no record of the further observance of the day.
The church had promised $400 per annum to the pastor's salary, but want of good management of the finances caused the church to incur the stigma of being almost habitually in arrears to the minister. Efforts were repeatedly made to remedy this defect. It is interesting to note, even in 1871, before the first year's subscription had been paid, that in their extremity the session had appealed for aid to the ladies. In April that year session appointed Mrs. Alice Carel, Miss C. N. Hansford, Mrs. F. Taylor, and Mrs. James F. Hansford a committee "to collect and solicit subscriptions to the salary of our minister;" "we hope all will aid them in their work."
The ladies were again appealed to in 1871, when it was resolved, May 6th, to build a church. Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. And Mr. Hansford were appointed a committee to select and secure a lot for the proposed sanctuary.
Meanwhile the financial status was improved by the election, July 16, 1871, of a new deacon, Mr. Wm. Langhead, who had been for fifteen years an elder at Harrison City, Pa., and by the adoption six months later of the envelope system of collections.
In the latter month was also held the first monthly concert of prayer for Foreign Missions, and that year's gifts for the cause amounted to $57.49, the largest contribution the church has ever given. Ten dollars of this went to the famine suffers in Persia.
Elder Hansford was appointed superintendent of the Sunday-school April 26, 1873, and on the same day Mr. Eells reported the organization of a church called Bethany, at Thorndyke, Cabell county, a witness to the missionary labors of the St. Albans pastor.
The first trustees of the St. Albans Church were elected in May, 1873, and were the elders and deacons, with one other member, Mr. Henry Edward Huntington, formerly of New York. These gentlemen served varying periods, and their successors were not chosen until April 17, 1892. These again had by 1902 become inactive and the present trustees were elected, and on June 15, 1905, appointed by the Kanawha Circuit court.
As yet there was no church building. The congregation met in the "Allen Smith" or James A. Alford store house, apposite the Lasley home, until they united with the Baptists in building a small church below Coal river. The two denominations, says Mrs. Hansford, divided the cost, and also the use of their building, which is now owned by the Methodist Episcopal Church, North.
"About 1873 we fitted the upper chamber in the Town Hall with temporary seats, a box pulpit, in which were kept the stone water pitcher and glass. While we occupied this room Mrs. Edward Samson, of Boston (Mrs. Eells' sister), gave Mr. Eells the Mason & Hamlin organ," and Mr. Samson gave a handsome pulpit Bible. "In the spring of 1874 Mrs. Eells called a meeting of the ladies of the church. Then we decided to build a church. I think there were twelve present. Each contributed a small sum, and with this we began. Faith, and 'hope that springs eternal in the breast' were ours. Many things dear to women's hearts were given over to swell the small sum to our longed for church home. Each brought her 'willing offering,' and like the Jews of old, our hands were skilled for the work and we wrought beautiful things. Mrs. Eells was a gifted leader; she planned everything, we followed. To her is due most of our success. Three Christmas seasons we gave up our accustomed home pleasures and devoted our time and means to our much-loved purpose. Our three-days' fair at Christmas, 1874, netted us $347. With $300 of this we bought our lot from the Central Land Company (they refused to donate it - poor things!)."
Greenbrier Presbytery, Rev. S. R. Houston, Moderator, held its spring meeting April, 1875, at Coalsmouth.
By 1879 the "Working Band" that Mrs. Eells had organized and had raised $460, and the congregation raised $420, and other churches of Presbytery gave $137.
"It was a time of financial depression, and Mr. Hansford had suffered special loss, but his gifts to the church were not lessened. He gave the foundation stone and framed ready for the building. Colonel Hill … gave flooring, laths, shingles. Silver and gold we had none, but such as we had we gave. Mrs. Eells was untiring in her work, and enlisted the help of Mr. Thomas H. Powers," of Powers & Wightman, Drugs, Philadelphia, a cousin of Mrs. Eells. "At one time the work stopped for lack of means, and we had resolved not to go in debt. Mrs. Eells stated the facts to Mr. Powers, and he wrote that he would give us $1 for every one we would raise." Mr. Powers and other friends gave $445, and the graceful little church was assured. "The window glass we found would be a very heavy expense, and we resolved that each lady should appeal to some personal friend. I had an old friend and schoolmate in Wheeling, Miss A. M. Doddridge, through whom the glass factories donated all the glass, and the nail factories all the nails we wanted. While our means were small, others were moved to help us, and with God's blessing the work went on."
The entire cost of the church, exclusive of donations, was about $1,750. "After those years of faithful, loving service, in the fall of 1878 we moved our little effects to our own Zion. The hearts of the Jews never swelled with more grateful, loving pride when their temple was dedicated than ours in those happy days."
The church was dedicated to the worship of Almighty God, the first Sunday in January, 1879, and the sacrament of the Lord's Supper was then celebrated in a handsome communion service given by Mrs. Powers to Mrs. Eells. We may imagine the joy of that occasion in the hearts of the beloved pastor and his wife, his faithful elders, Col. Hill, Mr. Hansford, and Mr. Taylor, and of the loyal women who had helped them. Rev. B. B. Blair had organized the church; a little more than ten years later, Rev. Edward Eells dedicated the house now used for the worship of God.
Presbytery met in the new church May 7, 1879, with Rev. D. S. Sydenstricker as Moderator.
"We had only the temporary seats used in the Town Hall," writes Mrs. Hansford, "but Presbytery gave to us the collection usually given to Foreign Missions, and in the fall of 1879 our dear little church was complete. Mrs. Samson gave Mrs. Eells a handsome carpet for the pulpit," and also the sweet-toned bell. The pulpit was Mrs. Eell's gift from Mr. Powers and Mrs. Samson sent Mrs. Eells the two pulpit chairs." "Thus was our lovely Zion built, and with His blessing, it has grown and prospered! May she lengthen her cords and strengthen her stakes till called to join that church triumphant in the new Jerusalem." "My tender love for the dear little church," writes Mrs. Hansford, who left it in 1889, has grown with these passing years."
"In March, 1881, Mr. and Mrs. Hansford set with their own hands around the church four maple trees from their home, 'Ravenswood,' and named them as they set them, 'Powers,' to the left as you enter the church gate, 'Eells,' to the right of the gate, 'Hill,' and 'Taylor' back of the church. By some accident 'Taylor was soon broken off, and needs to be reset, with 'Hansford,' 'Swindler' and 'Mohler' added."
Misses Wilson, Swindler and Hansford had the blinds put at the church windows, and since then Elder Mohler has given two hanging lamps and the choir chairs, and Mrs. Robards has given the pulpit sofa, and through the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. T. K. Davison, of Pittsburg, a good organ was (1892) obtained, and a supply of the Presbyterian hymnals.
Mr. Eells' granddaughter, Annie Powers Henderson, was the first baby baptized in the new church, and little Gordie Henderson the first one buried from it. Miss Anna Wheeler and Mr. Bradford Hansford were the first couple married there.
In September, 1879, a move was made by Mr. Eells to form a missionary society. A spirited opposition was made by one of the elders "on the ground that all we can do at present is due to the minister's salary. But, on motion, it was resolved to proceed with the design, and Mr. Eells, Miss Maggie Simms and Miss Bettie Campbell were appointed a committee to draft a constitution and report the same to a missionary meeting to be held in the church on Wednesday night, October 8, 1877." The society was organized with Mr. B. N. Hansford as secretary. Its records are lost. It is interesting to find that as early at 1881 the society is appealed to for aid, and "session ordered that a minute be made of the gratifying fact that by the aid of the missionary society, we have collected and paid over the whole sum, $33, apportioned to this church by Presbytery for benevolent work." The society had proven its right to be. "It did noble work."
Edward Eells, Jr., was in 1880 by session recommended to Presbytery as a candidate for the ministry, and this church had the satisfaction of seeing one of its young men called to this holy work. After preaching here during the summer of 1883, the young minister completed his studies. He is now (1905) pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Branchville, N. J.
Session in April, 1882, nominated Thos. C. Swindler as elder, and Messrs. Alfred H. Rust and John Simms as deacons. These brethren were elected May 2nd, and on June 4th ordained and installed office. The new deacons at once become active, and organized themselves into the first board of deacons, Sept. 17, 1882.
After more than thirteen years' incumbency, Rev. Edward Eells resigned, Dec. 2, 1882, and on the 10th held his last service, a union one with the M. E. Church, South. Mr. Eells, too unwell to preach, referred the brethren to Acts XX, as his farewell sermon, and then administered the communion, assisted by Rev. Lauck, of the M. E. Church, who, with his congregation, had been especially invited to be present. On the morrow the beloved pastor departed for his future home in Titusville, Pa., and the flock was left shepherdless. He left behind him a good name, a church established, and a house of worship as his memorial. When the bell summons to worship, let us remember the gospel call proclaimed by the Rev. Edward Eells.
Greenbrier Presbytery dismissed Mr. Eells to the Presbyterian Church, U. S. A., April 29, 1885. "Mr. and Mrs. Eells left all their belongings with the church - Bible, bell, etc., but the ladies paid Mrs. Eells $50 for the organ.
During the vacancy following Mr. Eells departure, his son, Edward Eells, Jr., and Rev. Wm. E. Hill supplied the pulpit. Session also desired to have Rev. Mr. Smith, of Rockbridge, but he was otherwise engaged.
Rev. George Tate Lyle was engaged July 19, 1884, at first for only one Sabbath a month. His ministry was at once fruitful. On April 26, 1885, he received twenty persons into the church on profession of faith, besides one by letter. The next August 16th, at a congregational meeting three of those new members were elected to be office bearers. Messrs. F. A. Sattes and A. J. Bailey were made deacons, and Wm. Edward Mohler was made an elder. The one person who was received by letter in April was Jennie A. Reeves, the young bride of Wm. Edward Mohler. She had come from Mossy Creek Church, Augusta county, one of the staunchest Presbyterian congregations, in Virginia. When this young bride came to make her home in St. Albans she brought her Presbyterianism with her. She united with the church, and her husband joined with her. Four months later she saw him chosen as an elder by his fellow Christians, and from that time for twenty years he had and the church had her loyal, devoted, enthusiastic, co-operation, interest and support. Mrs. Mohler became a member of this church April 26, 1885, and it was April 8, 1905, very early in the morning that her Lord called her to come up higher. On Monday, the 10th, her body, beautiful in death, was borne by hands strong and loving into the church, where the sorrow-stricken and afflicted people heard from the venerable father, Rev. J. Calvin Barr, D.D., pastor at Charleston, of the consolations of the gospel, and of the Christian's hope of glory. She steeps now on the brow of Teays' Hill, overlooking the lovely valley of Kanawha.
"Christ rose, and she shall, surely rise."
The writer was permitted to meet Mrs. Mohler at her elegant home, in February, 1905, and was impressed with her simple piety and her deep interest in her church, and her concern for the spiritual welfare of her children and the community. Of her good deeds from rich and poor there comes but one testimony, that of Paul to Phoebe: "She hath been a succourer [sic] of man."
Rev. Dr. Barr prepared for the Christian Observer (May 24th) and the Central Presbyterian (of May 10th) the following just tribute:
Mrs. Wm. E. Mohler
"The St. Albans Church feels that it has sustained an almost irreparable loss in the death of Mrs. Wm. E. Mohler, who died at her home of erysipelas April 8, 1905.
"She had a fine constitution, enjoyed excellent health, and was full of energy. But her disease baffled the best medical skill and the most watchful care of two trained nurses. For our weeks the hopes and fears of anxious friends alternated as she seemed to improve and then relapse until at last the end came.
"Mrs. Mohler was Miss Jennie Amanda Reeves, of Augusta county, Va. She was born within the pale of Mossy Creek Church, March 15, 1864. In that church she was carefully brought up in the Presbyterian faith, and was received into its communion at the age of sixteen. In her twenty-first year she was married to Mr. Wm. E. Mohler, and removed with him to St. Albans, Kanawha county, W. Va.
"She and her husband both identified themselves with the Presbyterian Church of which he, within a few years, was made a ruling elder, and has been its main pillar ever since, both in its support and active work. His young wife took a deep interest in the church and developed into a very fine Christian character. Her wealth and influence made her a leader in her church, and yet her humility and tact she made her fellow Christians feel that she was following rather than leading them. She was deeply interested in securing Rev. C. W. Sommerville as their pastor. The last time she left her home was to attend the service on the Sabbath, March 5th, at which the call was given to the minister of her choice. From the church she went home to her sick room, which she never left until she was taken to join the service of the eternal Sabbath.
"In the practical virtues in the common affairs of life she was like the model wife and mother described in the last chapter of the Book of Proverbs. She combined piety and refinement with industry and energy. 'She looked well to the ways of her household.' 'Her children arise up and call her blessed: her husband also, and he praiseth her.'
"She leaves a daughter in her young womanhood, now in the Mary Baldwin Female Seminary, a son approaching manhood, and a child of fifteen months. J. C. B."
Elder Mohler was made assistant superintendent of the Sunday-school January 17, 1886, and he has been identified with the school ever since as superintendent, succeeding Elder T. S. P. Bowers, who had been elected April 14, 1888, and served until April 16, 1892.
Mrs. James F. Hansford had served the church as organist until Mrs. Hansford's illness and death in 1889. June 20th session appointed as her successor Miss Lucile Swindler, with Miss Lily Burgess, assistant.
Mr. T. S. P. Bowers, of the Evangelical Lutheran Church, was elected an elder Dec. 11, 1889. He was ordained Jan. 17, 1890. From Sept. 7, 1890, he was clerk of session.
Presbytery again met at St. Albans, May 7, 1890; Rev. L. A. McLean was Moderator.
Mr. Lyle, who had been stated supply, was August 9, 1891, called as the first pastor of the church, and on November 15th, the congregation elected Mr. J. T. Simms elder, and Messrs. F. H. Sattes and Myron Grant Campbell deacons. The pastoral call Mr. Lyle decline.
When Elder Swindler was sent to Presbytery, April, 1894, he was instructed to vote for the division of Greenbrier Presbytery, and the formation of Kanawha Presbytery. The Synod of Virginia, October, 1894, ordered the division, and erected the new Presbytery of Kanawha.
In 1894 Rev. George T. Lyle resigned, and Sept. 6th held his last service in the church, of which he has been supply for over ten years, and into which he had received ninety members. He continues to live among us, and retains the esteem and confidence of his former flock.
Rev. George Tate Lyle was born at Buchanan, Va., June 18, 1836. And was graduated from Washington College (Washington and Lee University) in 1858. He entered the Union Theological Seminary, Va., in 1859, where he heard Dr. Dabney's lectures along with Revs. James M. Wharey, Joseph W. Walkup, Wm. S. Lacy, Harvey Gilmore, George H. Denny and Hugh White and others, some of whom fell in battle during the war.
"At the close of the session of 1860 - 1861, Mr. Lyle entered the army with the Hampden-Sidney company," commanded by the college president, Rev. Dr. J. M. P. Atkinson. "He shared the toils of the Rich mountain campaign in West Virginia and was captured with the rest of the company," referred to as "seed corn" by General McClellan, who treated the young gentlemen soldiers most considerately, taking their parole of honor. While under parole "Mr. Lyle returned to Hampden-Sidney and took most of the senior course in the Seminary, having that session that attention of the four divinity professors all to himself alone."
When the session ended in the spring of 1863, the young theologian "returned to the army in the Twenty-seventh Virginia Cavalry Battalion, under Lieutenant-Colonel Henry A. Edmundson and served for a brief time in Kentucky under Gen. Humphrey Marshall. The battalion was afterwards brigaded with Kentucky commands, and under Gen. George B. Hodge he was at the battles of Chickamauga and Missionary Ridge, and between these battles he was in a raid under General Wheeler around the lines of Rosekranz.
"When the battalion returned to Virginia it was put under Gen. W.E. Jones, organized in the spring of 1864, as the Twenty-fifth Virginia Cavalry Regiment and Mr. Lyle was elected its chaiplain.[sic] He was in the Battle of Winchester, Sept. 19, 1864, and on Sept. 21, at the stampede at Fisher's Hill, he was again captured and remained prisoner, incarcerated at Fort Delaware, until the close of the war."
Mr. Lyle was licensed by Abington Presbytery, Sept. 8, 1865, and ordained by Montgomery Presbytery March 6, 1871, as pastor at Locust Bottom. He was stated supply of Salem and Carmel Churches, in Greenbrier Presbytery and a teacher a part of the time, from 1873 to 1879. In 1880 - 1882 he was stated supply at New Providence, in Holstein Presbytery, and a teacher at Kingsport, Tenn., 1880 - 1882, until called, in the summer of 1884, to St. Albans, Buffalo, Bethany and Hamlin. MR. Lyle is author of a booklet, The Christian Church; its Republicanism: A New View of Baptism. He has since become president of the St. Albans Oil, Gas & Coal Co.
The congregation held a meeting on October 14th, and called as Mr. Lyle's successor Rev. Milton B. Lambdin, then the pastor of Goshen, Rockbridge county, Va.
Mr. Lambdin, born in Baltimore, Md., Feb. 27, 1850, an alumnus of Hampden-Sidney College, and of Union Theological Seminary, Prince Edward county, Va., was licensed in May, 1884, by Maryland Presbytery, and ordained by West Hanover Presbytery in 1885. Among his fellow-students at the Seminary as Dr. Dabney was laying down his great work as teacher, were Revs. George L. Bitzer, Robert F. Campbell, Ran. B. Grinnan, Carr Moore, and Edwin H. Stover, L. H. Paul, Egbert W. Smith, James I. Vance and Wm. C. White.
Mr. Lambdin is known as an able preacher and a painstaking student. He has devoted considerable study to Biblical archaeology, and has frequently lectured on modern discoveries in Bible lands. Since July 1, 1904, he has been pastor of the College Avenue Presbyterian Church, Fort Worth, Texas, and secretary of the Home Mission Committee of Fort Worth Presbytery.
Mr. Lambdin was dismissed from Lexington Presbytery in 1904, and arrived at St. Albins, on Thanksgiving Day, November 29th, and began his ministry the first Sunday in December. He lived on B. street, opposite Mrs. Teays. On the 17th, Kanawha Presbytery installed him. His pastorate continued until the end of June, 1904. Mr. Lambdin's ministry of nearly ten years began under favorable auspices and resulted in a great strengthening of the congregation, the building of a manse, and improvement in the finances, and the addition of seventy-two members of the church. He gave to Buffalo, Frazier's Bottom, Hamlin and Springfield one Sunday in a month.
Mr. Lambdin was elected clerk of session January 6, 1895, and Mr. T.K. Davison, treasurer of the church, April 6th. The period of delinquent salaries seems to have ended with the tresurership [sic] of Mr. Davison. He introduced a system and order that have been of lasting benefit to the church. A great step forward in the permanency of the church was made when Elder Mohler, in 1895, built for the new pastor a manse, commodious and convenient, and which has since been at the service of the church. St. Albans' pastor was honored by Kanawha Presbytery sending him in 1896 to the Memphis General Assembly, and again in 1901 to the Assembly at Little Rock. Elder Mohler was likewise honored by a commission to the Richmond Assembly in 1899. Messrs. Charles W. Bullington and A. L. Bown were elected deacons Sept. 20, 1903, and on Oct. 4th, ordained and installed.
Mr. Lambdin, who had been stated supply at Buffalo, resigned May 5, 1904, and was dismissed by the Presbytery, May 19th, having been called to his present charge, and finished his ministry here the last Sabbath in June. The church thus vacant continued to maintain its Sunday-school through the faithfulness of Elder Mohler. Occasionally there was preaching by Rev. Dr. Barr, Rev. L. O. Spencer, Rev. John K Hitner, Rev. George T. Lyle, and others.
The first Sunday in March, 1905, Rev. Dr. Barr preached, and held a meeting of the congregation, when a unanimous call was extended Rev. Chas. Wm. Sommerville, pastor of the Church of the Covenant, Baltimore, who had preached at St. Albans, at the prayer-meeting, Feb. 15th.
Mr. Sommerville, eldest son of Wm. Sommerville, M.D., and Maria Louisa Aby, was born, May 22, 1867, at White Post, Clarke county, Va. He father was a ruling elder in the church served by Rev. Charles white. Educated by private teachers at home and by his sisters in the home of Dr. Wm. B. Braxton, Old Church, Hanover county, and of Rev. Dr. Samuel Brown, Windy Cove, Bath county, at Front Royal, and at Tinkling Spring Academy, Augusta county, Mr. Sommerville taught a public school at Venus, Warren county, and engaged in business at Middletown until he entered Hampden-Sidney College, in 1887, graduating with second honor, 1890, and was taken under care of Winchester Presbytery at Charles Town, W. Va., May 21, 1891. He entered Union Theological Seminary, Sept., 1890, and at the same time served as a private tutor and as librarian and book agent for the college. He was assistant professor of Latin and German in Hampden-Sidney College, 1891 - 1896. On August 4, 1892, he was married to Mrs. Catherine Nelson Dabney, nee Gregory, of Hanover county. Graduated at the Seminary May, 1895, he was licensed at Winchester July 31, 1895. In June, 1896 he was graduated Master of Arts at the College, and in October, 1896, entered the Johns Hopkins University, where he was admitted to the degree of Doctor of Philosophy June, 1899, and next year became Fellow by Courtesy and read a series of lectures on a foundation provided by the Colonial Dames. He was further engaged as private tutor and as lecturer at the Country School for Boys and at St. Timothy' School for Girls. Called to the Church of the Covenant, Oct. 18, 1900, he was received by Baltimore Presbytery in December, and ordained and installed Friday, April 26, 1901. The summer of 1902 he spent in Germany and Switzerland.
Mr. Sommerville preached in Baltimore, April 30, and arrived in St. Albans May 6th, and began his ministry next day, the first Sabbath in May, 1905. Kanawha Presbytery installed him, Thursday, May 11th; Rev. H. J. Williams, presiding an charging the pastor; Rev. Dr. Newton Donaldson preaching the sermon (I John iv.19) and charging the people, and Rev. Dr. Barr offering the installation prayer.
Elder Mohler was elected clerk of session May 23, 1905, and Mrs. Nathan E. Grogan and Miss Edith May Mohler were made organist and assistant organist. A conference of session and deacons was held May 28th and Mr. Christoph August Specht was elected treasurer. At a congregational meeting, June 4th, Messrs. Watt Smith Oxley and Christoph August Specht were elected deacons. The next Sabbath day they were duly ordained and installed. The deacons have entered upon their duties with vigor, and have organized themselves into a board with regular monthly meetings on the first Wednesdays. The session likewise has determined to meet regularly on Wednesdays before the first Sundays, and to hold a quarterly conference with the board of deacons on the first Wednesdays of January, April, July and October. The first Wednesday in April is the day for the Annual Meetings of the session, the board of deacons and the congregation for hearing the annual reports to the Presbytery of Kanawha.
The deacons have adopted again the envelope system of collections and are enjoying the good results thereof. The session has provided a regular Church register for the accurate record of all parish items. The roll of the Church has been revised, and contained in June, 76 members, of whom 65 are in actual residence. Session has adopted an order of business for its own meetings, and a schedule of benevolent collections for the Church.
In July Session received from the Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Baltimore, 29 copies of the Presbyterian Hymnal. The way has since become clear for the adoption of the Assembly's new Psalms and Hymns, and the deacons have ordered a supply of this very superior hymnbook for the Church, adding a special copy for the pulpit. A new interest is manifest in the music.
On August 6, Deacon Frank H. Sattes and Dr. Charles A. Zerkle were elected ruling elders, and Dr. John H. Sutherland was elected a deacon, and their ordination and installation set for the first Sunday in September. During the summer the pastor made several missionary tours and preached on Briar Creek, Brown's Creek, Warth's School House, Logan Court House, Holden, Hamlin, Buffalo and Frazer's Bottom.
Having discovered from a reading of Session's minutes since 1868 that Elder Mohler had in 20 years missed but two meetings of Session, and that the twentieth anniversary of his election and the thirty-seventh anniversary of the organization of the Church both fell on the third Sunday of August, 1905, it was determined to observe that day with a special service. Accordingly, the other churches and their pastors were invited to worship with the Presbyterians, who desired to recognize the kindness extended this congregation years ago when they were homeless, and were given the use of three of the other Churches.
The occasion was marked by an overflowing congregation, good fellowship, excellent music, a gospel sermon, and a helpful service, long to be remembered.
Programme of Anniversary Service
Doxology and Invocation.
Singing, "Holy, holy, holy;" tune Nicaea.
Psalm 15, recited by six little Sunday-School girls.
Psalm 92 and Matthew 25: 31-46, ready by Rev. M. V. Bowles of the M. E. Church, South.
Singing, "Stand up! Stand up! For Jesus!" tune Webb.
Prayer by Rev. W. A. Cadle of the Baptist Church.
Singing, "Saviour, Like a Shepherd Lead Us," tune Pleasant Pastures.
Letters read from Revs. Lambdin, Williams, (Moderator), Donaldson (Clerk), and Eells.
Sermon by Rev. M. V. Bowles, from John 3: 16.
Prayer by Rev. George Tate Lyle, former pastor.
Announcements and unveiling in the tower room of photographs of Rev. Edward Eells, provided by Mrs. Thomas Mohler; of Rev. George Tate Lyle, provided by Mrs. F. H. Sattes; of Rev. M. B. Lambdin, provided by Mrs. E. C. Collord; of Superintendent Mohler, provided by the Sunday School, Mrs. Campbell and Deacon Oxley, committee; of Elder T. S. P. Bowers, provided by Miss Lucy Campbell; of Elder James F. Hansford, provided by his sons; of Elder Joseph R. Hill, provided by his son; of Elder F. H. Taylor and Elder T. C. Swindler, provided by his children.
Choir voluntary, Bishop Heber's verses, "The Son of God Goes Forth to War." The cornet and two violins, accompanied the organ, tune All Saints.
Prayer by Rev. C. E. Shafer, M. E. Church.
Singing, "Go, labor on!" tune Missionary Chant.
Benediction by Rev. George Tate Lyle.
Fort Worth, Texas, Aug. 14, 1905.
To St. Albans Church.
Beloved Friends. - Upon a certain memorable occasion, in the days of old, when the Lord's covenant people had displayed the signal qualities of faith, loyalty and courage, God gave them a grand victory over their oppressive and powerful enemies. In commemoration of this notable even their leader, the superb Samuel, erected a shaft and baptizing it doubtless with holy oil, exclaimed - Eben-Ezer![sic] "for hitherto hath the Lord helped us."
You are now engaged in celebrating an interesting and conspicuous event, completion 37 years in the history, or life, of your Church. I heartily and affectionately congratulate you upon what you have achieved and what you have done in the years numbered with the past; a past hallowed with the sacrifices, the struggles, the prayers of a generation of faithful men and women, many of whom have fallen asleep in Christ, and others yet who remain in consecrated and continuous services for Him who has called them unto His fellowship and grace.
No need is there of polished shaft and embellished stone to stand as a reminder of the earnest living of those who have, though their long and vanished years, devoted their heart labors to the upbuilding [sic] of your Church. The ornate material edifice itself, where you meet for prayer and praise, with its stately spire and sweet-voiced bell, lifts itself as a fit memorial of their saintly lives.
As your former pastor, with ten happy years of my ministry interwoven into your history, I congratulate you also on having an approved under-shepherd, with a united membership, and possessing an equipment for yet greater services for Him who has said, "Be ye faithful unto death, and I will give thee a crown of life."
Trusting that the union now cemented between pastor and people will continue through many years to come; and that under your joint labors the membership will steadily grow, and the prosperity of the Church be advanced until the glad time will come when St. Albans Church will stand forth as one of the strong Churches of the Presbytery; strong in faith, strong in holiness, and strong in helpfulness. With prayers and best wishes.
As ever, affectionately yours in Christ Jesus, M. B. Lambdin.
207 Ohio Ave., Charleston, W.Va., August 18, 1905.
Dear Brother Sommerville: --
Allow me to congratulate you upon having among those who are holding up your hands in the Lord's work a man who has proven his faithfulness by twenty long years of constant, devoted service to his Church as an elder, and one too whose present activities and vigor of manhood is prophetic of a still more abundant service to come. When you feel the need of a staff upon which to lean, as most of us do at times, you may be assured that as you lean upon Brother Mohler you are not leaning upon a broken reed, but a staff strong, steady and trusty.
Again I would congratulate the officers of your Church upon having one among them whom the Lord has greatly prospered, but whose heart has not been turned away by the gods of this world; whose heart and hands, as well as means, are ever ready to be used in the Master's service.
I would also congratulate the whole congregation upon having reached its thirty-seventh anniversary with such grand prospect for a still nobler history dawning upon it. You may have passed through many times of discouragement in the past, there may have been times when the clouds were dark and lowering, but it seems to me that those clouds have been lifted and the prospect is beginning to promise better things. With a faithful corps of elders and deacons, we will predict for you a glorious future. May I not exhort with the apostle Paul that you, "despise not prophesyings [sic], prove all things; hold fast to that which is good." Follow the example set by your senior elder, attend all of the services of the sanctuary, be constant and regular in the performance of all your several Christian duties, and that which I have written will come to pass.
Finally, I would congratulate Brother Mohler upon having enjoyed the Lord's blessing which has enabled him to be so constant and regular through all of these years of honored and efficient service. Long may his bow abide in strength, and may our God ever he his comforter and stay in every time of trial.
Fraternally, H. J. Williams.
First Presbyterian Church, Newton Donaldson, Pastor, Huntington, West Virginia.
August 11th, 1905.
Dear Dr. Sommerville: --
I was delighted to learn that your church has happily determined to observe the twentieth anniversary of the election of Mr. W. E. Mohler to the office of Ruling Elder, and the thirty-seventh anniversary of the organization of the St. Albans church.
I am about to leave home for a few weeks' vacation and take this early opportunity to write you, expressing my gratification and appreciation. A good man who has served a Church as Ruling Elder faithfully and efficiently, and not only the local Church, but the Presbytery, Synod and General Assembly, deserves recognition. Thus you will do a real service to the whole Presbytery by exalting the office of the Ruling Elder. There is no more honorable position than that of the man who is called by his fellow Church members to watch over their spiritual interests, and represent them in Church courts. Mr. Mohler has not only proved himself a faithful Elder since I have been a member of the Presbytery, now twelve years, but he has also been efficient. The Presbytery has always regarded him as a wise counselor, and we were happy to have him represent our body at the General Assembly. He brought us back a good report and thereby did us all good. We hope your Church may raise up many such Elders in the years that are to come, and that he may be spared yet many years to serve as in the past.
It is a great thing for a community to have enjoyed the presence of a Christian Church of any denomination for thirty-seven years. We believe the Presbyterian Church at St. Albans has done much for the good of all the people in that community, and that her influence has been felt to the ends of the earth. Who can measure the results of the prayers of a single congregation of faithful Christians, although not very strong in numbers?
As Stated Clerk of the Presbytery is affords me much pleasure to congratulate both the Elder and the Church on this happy occasion, and I only regret that my absence at the time from the State will make it impossible for me to be present and express in person what I must now hastily commit to writing.
Very truly yours, Newton Donaldson,
Moderator of the Synod of Virginia and Stated Clerk, Presbytery of Kanawha.
Branchville, N. J., Aug. 14, 1905.
Dear Friends of my Father's Church: --
Your pastor has kindly and thoughtfully given me the privilege of sending you a greeting on your anniversary day. I know my father's soul must rejoice over you in glory, for he and mother were deeply and earnestly enlisted in the work and welfare of your Church when it was young, and weak, and homeless. Our Church and our home were the two great absorbing interests in our life. I don't think I ever heard my father lead in family worship without praying for the Church, and in the absence of after years, I think you were often upon his heart in prayer. It was my own happy labor of love to do the sexton's work of the Church from my twelfth year until I went to college, and I was proud to help a little in framing the building; so I can judge by my own interest in the Church how deeply father's hear must have been interested in its welfare.
I know it was a cause of heartfelt satisfaction to him to have its eldership reinforced by Brother Mohler's consecrated service, and to watch its growth and prosperity during his own declining years. I am glad to join in honoring your senior elder's twenty years of devotion to the interests of our Master's blessed kingdom. Your Church has been greatly favored in its elders from the first. Colonel Hill, and Mr. Taylor, and Fraser Hansford, were men to command respect and hold the affection of young and old. I love the memory of these men. I love the sacred walls in which I voiced my first open prayer and preached my first sermon. I will always be glad to hear of your prosperity; I will often breathe a prayer for God's blessing upon your work; and will hope some day to enjoy the privilege of looking into your faces amid those dear, familiar surroundings; and of meeting you at last, with many precious souls whom my father loved and labored for in our Heavenly Father's house of many mansions. Thanking you for the faithful friendship which has not failed to remember one so unworthy, so unhelpful as I was to you in days gone by, I would still have you think of me as your old pastor's son, to some the playmate of your childhood, to each your friend in Christ Jesus.
Edward Eells, Pastor of the Presbyterian Church.
Special services were held for a fortnight in October with excellent preaching by Rev. Dr. Thompson, of Charleston, and Brother John K. Hitner, of Montgomery.
A teachers' Training Class was organized by Elder Zerkle in November and very thorough drill is had on Bible study. Misses Zerkle, Holmes, Maggie and Alice Bullington, Mabel Specht, Ruth and Bessie Terrill, Clara Wise and American Baldwin belong to the class.
At the Christmas festival of the Sunday School, the Choir presented to its organist, assistant organist and cornetist fitting presents.
The Deacons in March, 1906, made the improvement of lighting and heating the Church with natural gas, recently brought to the town.
The Presbyterial Academy at Williamson has received generous aid from Elder Mohler. He is also a member of Synod's Committee for raising an endowment for the Robert L. Dabney Chair of Systematic Theology in Union Seminary.
The pastor opened, September 18, in the old college building the "St. Albans Latin School." The first year students were Eugene Lyon Colcord, Miss Anna Marguerite Berry, H. Roth Hereford, Frank W. Heslep, Boyd H. Kline, Frederick Schultz McComas, Daniel Nathan Mohler, Herbert Graham Nash, Samuels Nurnberger, Gerald W. Sutherland, Miss Catherine Ballard Teays, Miss Linda Williams Terrill and Miss Lucy Columbia Thomas.
A scholarship in Hampden-Sidney College was offered to the boy attaining the highest grade.
Students from the Congregation
Edward Clarke Colcord, University of West Virginia.
Frank Carlton Colcord, University of West Virginia.
Miss S. Prue Colcord, Lewisburg Seminary.
Miss Reba Reeves Mohler, Mary Baldwin Seminary.
Miss Elizabeth L. Dabney, Fredericksburg Home and School.
Miss Catherine W. Dabney, Fredericksburg Home and School.
Miss Anna Simms, Lewisburg Seminary.
Miss Helene Simms, Lewisburg Seminary.
Donaldson Hereford, University of West Virginia.
Location of the Church
1857 - 1873. The congregation, having no building, worshipped in private houses, the hold store-room of James D. Alford, Main Street; the Baptist and Methodist (South) Churches.
1873 - 1878. Services were held in the old Town Hall, Fifth Avenue and Second Street.
1879 - 1905. The church has occupied its building, Seventh Avenue and E Street.
"I love Thy kingdom, Lord, The house of Thine abode, The church our blest Redeemer saved With His own precious blood."
Delegates to Presbytery
Session has been represented in Greenbrier Presbytery by the pastor and the following elders or alternates. The date of their election indicates whether it was the spring or fall meetings of Presbytery:
Col. J. R. Hill, James F. Hansford, September, 1868, Pt. Pleasant; Col. J. R. Hill, James F. Hansford, May 6, 1869, Coalsmouth; Col. J. R. Hill, James F. Hansford, September 19, 1869, Falling Spring, Va.; Col. J. R. Hill, James F. Hansford, April 3, 1870, Western; James F. Hansford, F. H. Taylor, August 21, 1870, Fayette Courthouse; F. H. Taylor, J. R. Hill, May 6, 1871, Point Pleasant; J. R. Hill, J. F. Hansford, September 30, 1871, Lewisburg; J. F. Hansford, F. H. Taylor, April 12, 1872, Huntington; J. R. Hill, J. F. Hansford, September 28, 1872, River View; F. H. Taylor, J. F. Hansford, April 26, 1873, Kanawha Salines; J. R. Hill, J. F. Hansford, October 4, 1873, Rich Lands; J. F. Hansford, J. R. Hill, March 22, 1874, Buffalo; J. F. Hansford, J. R. Hill, September 13, 1874, Salem; F. H. Taylor, J. R. Hill, April 1, 1875, Coalsmouth; F. H. Taylor, J. R. Hill, May 6, 1876, Charleston; J. R. Hill, J. F. Hansford, September 30, 1876, Union; J. F. Hansford, J. R. Hill, April 1, 1877, Point Pleasant; J. R. Hill, F. H. Taylor, June 30, 1877, Pocohontas Co.; J. R. Hill, J. F. Hansford, May 4, 1878, Huntington; J. R. Hill, J. F. Hansford, September 4, 1878, Lewisburg; J. F. Hansford, J. R. Hill, May 3, 1879, St. Albans; J. F. Hansford, J. R. Hill, May 3, 1879, St. Albans; J. F. Hansford, J. R. Hill, April, 4, 1880, Buffalo; J. R. Hill, F. H. Taylor, August 21, 1880, Centreville; F. H. Taylor, J. R. Hill, April 23, 1881, Malden; J. R. Hill, F. H. Taylor, September 24, 1881, Green Sulphur; J. F. Hansford, J. R. Hill, April 24, 1882, Coal Valley; J. F. Hansford, J. R. Hill, September 17, 1882, Mt. Pleasant; J. R. Hill, J. F. Hansford, May 5, 1883, Hinton; J. F. Hansford, August 20, 1883, Charleston; J. R. Hill, J. F. Hansford, September 30, 1883, Lewisburg; J. F. Hansford, T. C. Swindler, April 26, 1884, Point Pleasant; J. F. Hansford, T. C. Swindler, September 10, 1884, Summersville; T. C. Swindler, J. F. Hansford, April 19, 1885, Richlands; J. R. Hill, Wm. E. Mohler, October 5, 1885, Charleston; J. F. Hansford, T. C. Swindler, April 18, 1886, Ronceverte; W. E. Mohler, J. F. Hansford, September 18, 1886, Huntington; W. E. Mohler, J. F. Hansford, April 18, 1887, Lewisburg; J. R. Hill, T. C. Swindler, October 2, 1887, Hillsdale; T. C. Swindler, W. E. Mohler, April 14, 1888, Malden; J. F. Hansford, T. C. Swindler, September 16, 1888, Oak Grove; J. F. Hansford, W. E. Mohler, February 4, 1889, Lewisburg; J. R. Hill, T. C. Swindler, September 14, 1889, Centreville; T. S. P. Bowers, W. E. Mohler, April 19, 1890, Alderson; T. S. P. Bowers, T. C. Swindler, May 3, 1891, W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, April 17, 1892, Hinton, W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, October 2, 1892, Point Pleasant; T. C. Swindler, W. E. Mohler, April 1, 1893; T. C. Swindler, W. E. Mohler, April 15, 1894.
W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, April 6, 1895; T. C. Swindler, W. E. Mohler, September 25, Kenova; T. C. Swindler, W. E. Mohler, April 22, 1896, St. Albans; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, September 6, 1896, Huntington; T. C. Swindler, W. E. Mohler, April 4, 1897, Williamson; T. C. Swindler, W. E Mohler, September 8, 1897, Montgomery; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, April 11, 1898, Charleston; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, September 4, 1898, Mount Pleasant; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, March 29, 1899, Elk City; W. E, Mohler, T. C. Swindler, September, 1899, Buffalo; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, April, 9, 1900, Malden; T. C. Swindler, W. E. Mohler, Sep. 30, 1900, Hamlin; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, Apr. 25, 1901, Huntington; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, April 10, 1902, Montgomery; T. C. Swindler, W. E. Mohler, September 14, 1902, Point Pleasant; T. C. Swindler, W. E. Mohler, April 9, 1903, Charleston; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, September 13, 1903, Buffalo; W. E. Mohler, April 7, 1904, Charleston; W. E. Mohler, April 18, 1905, Montgomery; W. E. Mohler, Dr. Zerkle, September 2, 1905, Williamson, F. H. Sattes, W. E. Mohler; April 10, 1906, St. Albans.
Meetings at St. Albans
St. Albans Church Entertained -
Greenbrier Presbytery, May, 1869 and April, 1875.
Kanawha Presbytery, April, 1896; April, 1901; May, 1905, and April, 1906.
Delegates to Synod
Elders who have been elected by session to represent this church in the Synod of Virginia:
J. R. Hill, J. F. Hansford, October, 1873, Charleston; J. R. Hill, F. H, Taylor, October, 1877, Alexandria, Va.; J. R. Hill, Thos. C. Swindler, October, 1822, Charleston; W. E. Mohler, J. R. Hill, October, 1888; W. E, Mohler, T. C. Swindler, October, 1895, Charleston; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, October, 1896; Lewisburg; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, October, 1897, Fredericksburg, Va.; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, October, 1898, Tazewell, Va.; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, October, 1900, Newport News, Va.; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, October, 1901, Lynchburg, Va.; W. E. Mohler, T. C. Swindler, October, 1902, Norfolk, Va.; T. C. Swindler, W. E. Mohler, October, 1903, Abingdon; W. E. Mohler, October, 1904, Martinsburg; W. E.,Mohler and Dr. Zerkle, October, 1905, Richmond.
Presbytery has chosen St. Albans Church a representative to the General Assembly as follows:
Elder J. F. Hansford, General Assembly at Augusta, Ga., May, 1886.
Rev. M. B. Lambdin, General Assembly at Memphis, Tenn., May, 1896.
Elder Wm. E. Mohler, General Assembly at Richmond, Va., May, 1899.
Rev. M. B. Lambdin, General Assembly at Little Rock, Ark., May, 1901.
The following person have been enrolled as members of the Coalsmouth or St. Albans Church. Those active, December, 1905, have their addresses given. Opposite each name is the year of admission, and the letters "P" and "L" to indicate whether the person was received on profession of faith in Christ or by letter from some other evangelical church.
Please keep the session informed as to any change of address
"He that overcometh shall thus be arrayed in white garments; and I will in nowise blot his name out of the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father, and before His angels."
Asheworth, Henry F., (P), 1883.
Asheworth, Miss Virginia (P), 1885.
Asheworth, Miss Elizabeth (P), 1885.
Anthony, Joseph (P), 1889, B Street.
Apperson, Mrs. Lula Augusta (P), 1901.
Allen, Norris Coulton (P), 1900, Sixth Ave.
Burdett, Mrs. S. (P), 1869.
Burdett, Mrs. Ann Eliza (L), 1869.
Bowling, Lewis S. (P), 1869.
Bowling, Mrs. Martha A. (L), 1869.
Bays, Mrs. Luary (P), 1871.
Bowyer, Mrs. Victoria (L), 1871.
Beckett, Mrs. Rachael D. (L), 1872.
Blount, Mrs. Elizabeth Hill (P), 1872.
Burns, Wm. A. (P), 1873.
Brooks, Mrs. Fanny (L), 1874.
Beard, Mrs. Maria A. (P), 1882.
Bailey, Mrs. Ann E. (P), 1885, Fourth Ave.
Bailey, Andrew J. (P), 1885.
Blair, Samuel Caldwell (P), 1886.
Bailey, Gustavus B. (P), 1886.
Bailey, John Watson (P), 1886.
Blaker, Miss Minnie May (P), 1886.
Blaker, Mrs. Alice Crawford (P), 1885, Smith St.
Bolling, Miss Anna (L), 1886.
Bolling, Miss Mollie, (L), 1887.
Bowers, T. S. P. (L), 1889.
Blount, Miss Minnie (P), 1891.
Brown, Miss Ida (P), 1891.
Baldwin, Mrs. Laura (L), 1895, C Street.
Bullington, Chas. Wm. (L), 1895, B Street.
Bullington, Mrs. Mary C. (L), 1895, B Street.
Bullington, Miss Hattie (P), 1896.
Berry, John (P), 1900, Kanawha and Richmond Pike.
Burus-Burns, Mrs. Hugh G. (P) 1901, 8th Ave.
Brown, Miss Cora Allie (P), 1902.
Bullington, Oscar, (P), 1902.
Bullington, David Walter (P), 1902.
Bartlett, Miss Mary (P), 1903, Pennsylvania Ave.
Bullington, Miss Maggie (P), 1903, B Street.
Bullington, Miss Alice (P), 1903, B Street.
Bown, A. L. (L), 1903.
Blair, Mrs. Lou Crawford (P), 1879, B Street.
Baldwin, Mrs. Minnie Jones (P), 1885, Fourth Ave.
Bowman, Miss Carrie (P), 1905, Lewis Street.
Carel, Mrs. Alice (P), 1870, B Street.
Capeheart, Mrs. Susan (P), 1870.
Crawford, Miss Sarah J. (L), 1875.
Crawford, Mrs. Mary F. (L), 1875.
Campbell, Miss Bettie (L), 1875, B Street.
Campbell, James W. (P), 1876.
Campbell, Mrs. Adaline (P), 1876, B Street.
Cunningham, Mrs. Nannie (P), 1876.
Crawford, Miss Lou, (P), 1879.
Capeheart, Miss Fanny Teays, (P), 1880.
Campbell, Mrs. Georgiana S. (P), 1883.
Crawford, Miss Allice B. (P), 1885.
Campbell, Miss Emma F. (P), 1885.
Carel, Miss Mary J. (P), 1885.
Carel, Miss Sallie L. (P), 1885.
Campbell, Myron Grant (P), 1888, Pratt, W. Va.
Coney, Miss Emma (P), 1885.
Carel, Morris Whitney (P), 1886.
Capeheart, Andrew Woods (P), 1886.
Campbell, J. Mills (P), 1888, Pratt, W. Va.
Carpenter, Miss Burton (L), 1892.
Campbell, Miss Lucy M. (P), 1894, B Street.
Crawford, Henry (P), 1894.
Campbell, Mrs. Mills (P), 1894, Pratt W. Va.
Cochran, Loyola (L), 1895.
Cochran, Mrs. Loyola (L), 1895.
Capeheart, John C. (P), 1896.
Capeheart, Mrs. John C. (P), 1896.
Carel, Mrs. Abbey (L), 1897.
Carel, Frank (L), 1897.
Carel, Miss Kate (P), 1899.
Clark, Mrs. Emmett M. (L), 1899.
Colcord, Edward Clarke (P), 1900, Morganstown.
Colcord, Francis Carlton (P), 1900, Morganstown.
Colcold, Miss Sylvia Prudential (P), 1902, Pennsylvania Avenue.
Colcord, Mrs. Edward Clarke (L), 1902, Pennsylvania Avenue.
Counts, Mrs. Josephine B. Hill (P), 1885.
Colcord, Eugene Lyon (P), 1905, Penna. Ave.
Davis, Mrs. Virginia A. (P), 1881.
Davis, Baxter S. (P), 1882.
Doom, Charles Lee (P), 1886.
Dillon, Mrs. Adelia Alice (P), 1886.
Dillon, Mrs. Alice Adelia (P), 1899, Penna. Ave.
Dillon, Miss Clara Inez (P), 1902, Penna Ave.
Dillon, James (L), 1891.
Dillon, Mrs. James (L), 1891.
Davison, T. K. (L), 1891.
Davison, Mrs. T. K. (L), 1891.
Davis, Henry (P), 1896.
Dabney, Miss Elizabeth Littlepage (L), 1905, Pennsylvania Avenue.
Dabney, Miss Catherine Watkins (L), 1905, Pennsylvania Avenue.
Evans, Miss Jeanette Amelia (P), 1869.
Eells, Mrs. Edward (L), 1870.
Eells, Miss Minnie (L), 1870.
Eells, Miss Annie P. (L), 1870.
Eells, Edward B. (P), 1874.
Emschwiller, W. P. (P), 1878.
Ellis, Mrs. Elizabeth Blount Hill (P), 1872.
Fox, Mrs. Fanny (L), 1868.
Frazier, Miss Blanche (P), 1890.
Fleck, Mrs. Zero Woods (P), 1868, Penna. Ave.
Ferrell, Mrs. Clara D. (P), 1902, Penna. Ave.
Gardner, Mrs. Mary J. S. (P), 1871.
Goodall, Wm. L. (L), 1878, Scary Creek.
Goodall, Mrs. Bettie (L), 1878.
Goodall, Miss Lola (P), 1885.
Gary, Miss Ida (P), 1888.
Grogan, Mrs. Nathan E. (L), 1891, Lewis street.
Grogan, Nathen Elmer, (P), 1905, Lewis street.
Graham, Miss Mary E. (L), 1895, Kanawha and Richmond Pike.
Hill, Col. Jos. R. (L), 1868.
Hill, Mrs. Mary Jane (l0, 1868.
Hansford, James Frazier (L), 1868.
Hansford, Mrs. Annie N. (L), 1868.
Hodges, Mrs. (L), 1868.
Hudson, Mrs. Mary (L), 1868.
Henson, Wm. (P), 1869.
Hansford, Miss Cynthia N. (L), 1870.
Hill, Miss Louisa S. (P), 1871.
Hudson, Wm. (P), 1871.
Howell, David (L), 1871.
Howell, Mrs. Sarah S. (L), 1871.
Handley, Alexander (L), 1871.
Handley, Mrs. Alexander (L), 1871.
Huntington, Henry Edward (L), 1871.
Hanley, C. W. (L), 1872.
Hanley, Mrs. Fanny E. S. (P), 1872.
Hendrick, Johnson E. (L), Johnson E. (L), 1873.
Hendrick, Mrs. Margaret (L), 1873.
Hoyleman, Dr. David (L), 1873.
Hansford, Mrs. Bradford, N. (P), 1874.
Henderson, George H. (P), 1874.
Henderson, Mrs. Dr. George H. (L), 1870.
Hill, Miss Dora (P), 1875.
Hansford, Miss Sallie (P), 1876.
Holmes, Mrs. Mary A. (P), 1877.
Hodges, John (P), 1878.
Hodges, Miss Callie (P), 1878.
Hudson, Mrs. Mary Patton (L), 1878.
Henderson, Dr. George (L), 1879.
Henderson, Mrs. Dr. George (L), 1879.
Hays, Adam (L), 1879.
Hayes, Mrs. Adam (L), 1879.
Henderson, T. W. (L), 1885.
Henderson, Miss Belle M. (P), 1885.
Hendrick, Mrs. Minnie Blaker (P), 1886, Mouth of Coal.
Holmes, W. H. (P), 1887.
Handley, Samuel, (P), 1892.
Henley, Miss Kate, (L), 1894.
Holmes, John (L), 1895.
Holmes, Mrs. John (L), 1895, Penna. Ave.
Holmes, Miss Elizabeth M. (L), 1895.
Holmes, Miss Alice (L), 1895, Penna. Ave.
Handley, Mrs. Margaret (P), 1895, Seventh Ave.
Holmes, Miss Nancy (L), 1897, Seventh Ave.
Handley, Miss Bessie Burns (P), 1901.
Handley, Miss Maude Jennings (P), 1901.
Hereford, Dr. Will D. (P), 1906, Seventh Ave.
Hereford, Mrs. Dr. Will D. (P), 1906, Seventh Ave.
Judge, Hugh (P), 1871.
Judge, Mrs. Julia Simms.
Johnson, Wm. (P), 1872.
Jones, Mrs. Maria (P), 1876.
Jones, Miss Minnie Porter (P), 1885.
Jones, Robert W. (P), 1887, Lewis Street.
Jones, Mrs. Susie (P), 1887, Lewis Street.
Jones, Guy Orville (P), 1900, New Martinsville.
Kidd, Mrs. Martha Ann (P), 1870.
Kiser, Mrs. Mary Melvin (P), 1872.
Kidd, Wm. (L), 1876.
Kline, Mrs. Daniel J. (P), 1895, Penna. Ave.
Keck, Arthur Ellsworth (P), 1900.
Keck, Wm. J. (P), 1900.
Lewis, Mrs. Mary (L), 1868.
Lauck, Mrs. Jane (L), 1871.
Langhead, Wm. (L), 1871.
Langhead, Mrs. Hettie (L), 1871.
Langhead, Wm. H. (L), 1871.
Langhead, Miss Mary P. (P), 1872.
Love, Mrs. Mary Hester (P), 1872.
Lyle, Miss Kate (P), 1885.
Lyle, Mrs. Maria M. (L), 1885.
Lackey, Wm. Doddridge (P), 1886.
Lambdin, Mrs. Rev. M.B. (L), 1895
Lambdin, Allen B. (P), 1900.
Lambdin, Miss Marjorie (P), 1902.
Lambdin, Miss Janet D. (P), 1903.
Merritt, Miss Theresa (P), 1872.
Merritt, Mrs. Deborah (P), 1872.
Malcolm. Miss Margaret (P), 1872.
Mason, Mrs. Mary (P), 1878.
Mason, Miss Ella R. (P), 1878.
Mason, John R. (P), 1878.
Modisher, Mrs. Elizabeth, (P), 1878.
Mohler, Mrs. Wm. Edward (L), 1885.
Mohler, Wm. Edward (P), 1885, Penna. Ave.
Mason, Miss Anna Belle (P), 1885.
Moody, Benjamin (P), 1887.
Murrill, Robert Bruce (P), 1888.
Murrill, Mrs. M. E. (L), 1888, Lock Seven.
Moody, Miss Amy (P), 1891.
Mohler, Thomas H. (L), 1891.
Mohler, Mrs. Thomas H. (L), 1891.
Miller, Hugh (L), 1895.
Miller, Mrs. Alma T. R. (L), 1897, College Hill.
Mohler, Miss Reba Reeves (P), 1902, A Street
Mynes, Mrs. Kate Sutherland (P), 1892, A Street.
Maddox, Mrs. Ida Simms (P), 1899.
Mohler, Daniel Nathan (P), 1905, Penna. Ave.
McConiha, Mrs. John (L), 1871.
McAllister, Miss Mary Virginia (P), 1872.
McChesney, John (L), 1872.
McChesney, Mrs. Ellen (L), 1872.
McChesney, Wm. (P), 1872.
McChesney, Mrs. Margaret (P), 1872.
McChesney, Mrs. Agnes (P), 1872.
McChesney, John Sr. (P), 1872.
McConaha, Wm. Henry, (P), 1888.
McGhee, Mrs. Maria Sattes (L), 1891.
McKeny, Mrs. Nancy Holmes (L), 1897, Penna. Ave.
McClellan, Mrs. Cora Allie Brown, (P), 1902.
Neal, Mrs. Mary (P), 1871.
Oxley, Watt Smith (L), 1897.
Oxley, Mrs. Watt Smith (L). 1897, C Street.
Perkins, Miss Alice (P), 1870.
Plunkett, Mrs. Susan R. (P), 1878.
Patton, Col. R. (L), 1878.
Patton, Mrs. Nancy R. (L), 1878.
Plunkett, W. W. (P), 1885.
Plunkett, N. B. (P), 1887.
Peters, W. H. (L), 1891.
Peters, Mrs. W. H. (L), 1891.
Peters, Miss Violetta (L), 1891.
Peters, Wm. H. (L), 1895.
Peters, Mrs. Wm. H. (L), 1895.
Peters, Miss Violetta (L), 1895.
Rimmer, Mrs. Mary Margaret (L), 1873, Kanawha and Richmond Pike.
Robards, Mrs. Mary B. (P), 1876, Fourth Ave.
Rose, Wm. L. (P), 1878.
Roberts, Miss Fanny Oden (P), 1878.
Rust, Alfred H. (P). 1881.
Robards, Miss Belle Brooks (P), 1885.
Roberts, James Beniah (P), 1886.
Rimmer, Miss Mary Eliza (P), 1886.
Rimmer, Henry (P), 1889.
Robards, Miss Kittie (P), 1891.
Simms, Mrs. Ann (P), 1866 - 1868, First Member.
Sutherland, Mrs. Catherine F. (L), 1868.
Simms, Miss Margaret (P), 1870.
Sweetland, Mrs. Martha (L), 1870.
Seashoal, Mrs. America Hanley (L), 1871.
Simms, Miss Hattie (P), 1875.
Swindler, Thomas C. (P), 1875.
Swindler, Mrs. Parthenia (L), 1876, B Street.
Smoot, Wm. H. (P), 1877.
Simms, John T. (P), 1880.
Simms, Mrs. Laura Stephenson (L), 1881, Kanawha and Richmond Pike.
Smith, Wm. (L), 1882.
Sutherland, Dr. W. B. (P), 1882.
Sattes, F. A. (P), 1885.
Sattes, Mrs. Melissa A. (P), 1885, Sattes, W. Va.
Sattes, Mrs. Frank H. (P), Main Street.
Sattes, Mrs. Frank H. (P), 1885, Main Street.
Smith, Mrs. Belle Robards (P), 1885, Fourth Ave.
Simms, Mrs. Frances (P), 1885.
Smith, Mrs. Mamie Rimmer (P), 1886, Smith St.
Seashoal, Isaac (P), 1887
Scott, Harvey M. (P), 1887.
Swindler, Miss Lucile (L), 1888, B Street.
Sattes, Miss Maria (L), 1891.
Swindler, Miss Eliza Morris (P), 1891, B Street.
Simms, Robert T. (P), 1891.
Supples, Mrs. Katie Robards (P), 1891, Kanawha and Richmond Pike.
Seashoal, Miss Carrie (L), 1892.
Seashoal, Miss Minnie (L), 1894.
Sattes, George E. (L), 1894.
Specht, Christoph August (L), 1895, Penna. Ave.
Specht, Mrs. C. A. (L), 1895, Penna. Ave.
Seamonds, Mrs. Julia Capeheart
Shrewsbury, Mrs. In. N. (L), 1895, Two-mile-and-three-quarters Creek.
Sattes, Miss Daisy (P), 1896, Sattes, W. Va.
Shotwell, Mrs. Rose Carel (L), 1897, A Street.
Shields, Miss Mary Maude (P), 1897.
Sutherland, Miss Kate (P), 1899.
Simms, Miss Ida (P), 1899.
Staggs, Mrs. Kate Carel (P), 1899, B Street.
Sutherland, Dr. J. H. (P), 1900, Main Street.
Sutherland, Mrs. Norah Bell (P), 1900, 9 Main St.
Specht, Miss Louisa Viola (P), 1902, Penna. Ave.
Sommerville, Mrs. Chas. Wm. (L), 1905, Penna. Ave.
Stoutamoyer, Mrs. Delia B. (P), 1905, Penna. Ave.
Taylor, Francis H. (L), 1868.
Taylor, Mrs. Francis F. (L), 1868.
Turner, Mrs. Ella (L), 1868.
Talley, Mrs. W. N. (L), 1895, Kanawha and Richmond Pike.
Thomas, Mrs. Burton Carpenter (L), 1892, Bancroft, W. Va.
Thomas, Pleasant Elliott (P), 1901, Swindler's Creek.
Terrene, Otto (L), 1901.
Terrene, Mrs. Otto (L), 1901.
Terrill, Miss Lillian (L).
Vickers, Wm. P. (L), 1892.
Vickers, Mrs. Hattie B. (L), 1892.
Wood, Miss Zero (P), 1868.
Wheeler, Capt. S. C. (L), 1868.
Wheeler, Mrs. Jane (L), 1868.
Woods, Miss Mary (L), 1868.
Wilson, Oliver T. (P), 1869.
Wilkinson, Mrs. Lucy Lee (L), 1870.
Wiley, Mrs. Anna H. (P), 1870.
Woodcock, Mrs. Sarah (L), 1871.
Wheeler, Miss Ann (L), 1875.
Wallace, Miss Jeanette H. (P), 1878.
Wells, Mrs. Maria Jane (L), 1885.
Wilson, Joseph (P), 1886.
Wilson, Miss Fannie (P), 1886.
Wilson, Mrs. Wm. (P), 1886 - 1888.
Wells, Lewis Nathan (P), 1889.
Willard, Walter (P), 1891.
Window, J. W. (P), 1894?
Wall, Mrs. Roma (P), 1896.
Weimer, Mrs. Zella Lee (L), 1900, Fourth Ave.
Wise, Miss Beulah S. (L), 1902.
Wallace, Mrs. Beulah Wise (L), 1902, Quincy, W. Va.
Wright, Mrs. Louis B. (L), B Street.
Weimer, Mrs. Carrie B. (P), 1905, Lewis St.
Zerkle, Mrs. Charles A. (L), 1889, Eighth Ave.
Zerkle, Miss Edythe Chilton (P), 1905, Eigth [sic] Ave.
Zerkle, Charles Allen, Ph.G. (P), 1905, Eigth [sic] Ave.
"Everyone therefore who shall confess me before mew him will I also confess before my Father who is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my father who is in heaven."
"If thou shalt confess with thy mouth Jesus as Lord, and shalt believe in thy heart that God raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved."
"Not everyone that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father who is in heaven."
Index of Growth
Sessional records and Assembly's Minutes indicate the following yearly addition of members. The years end March 31st.
N.B. - The Woman's Missionary Society was reorganized February 23, 1906, with Mrs. Sommerville, president, Miss Schofield, vice-president, and Miss Specht, secretary and treasurer.
Mr. Sommerville gives his fourth Sundays to Lyle Kirk and Buffalo, Putnam County.
Register of Baptisms
The records are quite defective, and many names are not doubt omitted. Please notify the pastor of such omissions.
Mrs. Ann Simms, about 1866.
Miss Zero Wood, about 1866.
Sallie Hansford, about 1866.
Morris Hansford, about 1866.
Edward Hudson, August 23, 1868.
Bessie Fox, August 23, 1868.
Minnie Fox, August 23, 1868.
Mr. William H. Henson, November 21, 1869.
Fannie Henson, November 21, 1869.
Eliza Henson, November 21, 1869.
Belle Henson, November 21, 1869.
Frank H. Seashoal, January 23, 1870.
Carrie Seashoal, January 23, 1870.
Frank C. Bowyer, January 23, 1870.
Earl Clifton Strawn Bowyer, January 23, 1870.
Miss Margaret Simms, April 3, 1870.
Mrs. Alice Carel, May 1, 1870.
Fanny Taylor Turner, May 7, 1871.
Sarah Garnett Turner, May 7, 1871.
Lydia Leonora Bowyer, June 25, 1871.
Mary Blackford Lauck, September 17, 1871.
Harriet Liza Woodcock, November 6, 1871.
Mrs. Mary Melvin Kiser, July 12, 1872.
Mary Epa Neil, December 17, 1872.
Sallie Ritchie Neil, Dec. 17, 1872.
Clara Herbert Carpenter, August 10, 1872.
Minnie Katie Seashoal, October 6, 1872.
Minnie Lee Johnson, October 20, 1872.
George H. Johnson, October 20, 1872.
Maggie Theresa Johnson, October 20, 1872.
Theodore Columbia Merritt, October 20, 1872.
J. Linwood Blunt, December 18, 1872.
John McChesney, December 18, 1872.
Elizabeth McChesney, December 18, 1872.
Agnes McChesney, December 18, 1872.
Charles E. Hedrick, April 6, 1873.
Johnson E. Hedrick, April 6, 1873.
Maretia Ellen Hedrick, April 6, 1873.
Thomas M. Hedrick, April 6, 1873.
Margaret H. Hedrick, April 6, 1873.
John A. Bolling, May 25, 1873.
Eunice Barton Laidley, August 31, 1873.
Clement Waring Laidley, August 31, 1873.
Mary Hasalet Henderson, September 13, 1874.
Richard Franchot, June 13, 1875.
Miss Hattie Simms, May 2, 1875.
Oden Hansford, July 8, 1875.
Felix Gilbert Hansford, July 8, 1875.
Ella Eliza Cunningham, June 19, 1876.
Percy Melville Cunningham, June 19, 1876.
Andrew Cunningham, June 19, 1876.
Nannie Silby Cunningham, June 19, 1876.
Mrs. Adaline Campbell, March 31, 1876.
Lavinia E. Campbell, June 19, 1876.
James A. Campbell, June 19, 1876.
John Mills Campbell, June 19, 1876.
Frank A. Campbell, June 19, 1876.
Emma F. Campbell, June 19, 1876.
Myron G. Campbell, June 19, 1876.
Lucy M. Campbell, June 19, 1876.
Wm. Homer Wilson, April 2, 1876.
Minnie Edna Blunt, Sept. 7, 1870.
Isidore Addie Shanklin, September 7, 1876.
Rosa Adaline Hudson, March 5, 1876.
Robert Stockton, June 5, 1876.
Belle Robards. (?)
George Wiltberger Henderson, Sept. 2, 1877.
Wm. Yancy Wallace, Sept. 2, 1877.
George Preston Wallace, September 2, 1877.
Margaret Louise Wallace, Sept. 2, 1877.
Mary Elizabeth Wallace, Sept. 2, 1877.
Jennie Josephine Wallace, Sept. 2, 1877.
Samuel Joseph Wallace, Sept. 2, 1877.
Miss Fanny Oden Roberts, May 4, 1878.
Miss Lou Crawford, March 2, 1879.
Margaret Baxter Eells, August 1, 1879.
Samuel Spencer Wilson, August 1, 1879.
Paul Baird Cunningham, August 24, 1879.
Leslie Vaughan Cunningham, August 24, 1879.
Annie Powers Henderson (?).
Mr. John T. Simms, September 5, 1880.
Miss Jennie Teays Capeheart, October 24, 1880.
Mr. Alfred H. Rust, January 23, 1881.
Mrs. Virginia A. Davis, November 21, 1881.
Ida Eells Simms, June 4, 1882.
Mr. Baxter S. Davis, Sept. 10, 1882.
Ora Beard, October 29, 1882.
Edward Eells Cunningham, November 5, 1882.
Josephine Hansford, December 3, 1882.
Ida May Campbell, September 30, 1863.
Mr. F. A. Sattes, May, 1885.
George Ellwood Sattes, May, 1885.
Maria Christian Sattes, May, 1885.
Fred N. Sattes, May, 1885.
Daisy Sattes, May, 1885.
Mrs. Frances Simms, June 21, 1885.
Burton Sternberger Counts, November 5, 1885.
Frank Brown Counts, November 5, 1885.
Mr. A. Woods Capeheart, February 21, 1886.
Mr. Morris w. Carel, February 21, 1886.
Miss Mary E. Rimmer, February 21, 1886.
Miss Fannie Wilson, February 21, 1886.
Mr. Gustavus B. Bailey, February 21, 1886.
Mr. William D. Lackey, February 21, 1886.
Mr. Joseph Wilson, February 21, 1886.
Mr. John W. Bailey, February 21, 1886.
Miss Minnie M. Blaker, February 21, 1886.
Frederick Simms, January 30, 1887.
Mabel Simms, January 30, 1887.
Inez Simms, January 30, 1887.
Mr. N. B. Plunkett, April 18, 1887.
Kate Lyle Simms, June, 1887.
Mrs. Susie Jones, December 4, 1887.
Mr. Benjamin Moody, December, 1887.
Mr. William Henry McConaha, March 18, 1888.
Mr. Robert Bruce Murrill, July, 1888.
Reba Reeves Mohler, September 2, 1888.
Jessie Mabel Capeheart, September 16, 1888.
Ray Capeheart Seamons, September 16, 1888.
Emma Stern Hansford, October 10, 1888.
Frazier Hansford Doddridge, October 10, 1888.
Hope Cunningham (?).
Mr. Joseph Anthony, March 3, 1889.
Willis Lyle Burdett, February 27, 1893.
Sallie Margaret Burdett, February 27, 1893.
Eunice Jane Burdett, February 27, 1893.
Daniel Nathan Mohler (?).
Charles Howard Zerkle, April 2, 1893.
Anna Berry, Thanksgiving Day, 1893.
Eugene Colcord, Thanksgiving Day, 1893.
Mary Ogden Hansford, May 24, 1894.
Mrs. Margeret Handley, October 20, 1895.
Mrs. D. J. Kiline, October 20, 1895.
Mr. Hugh Miller, October 20, 1895.
Miss Kate Carel, April 2 (?), 1899.
Mrs. Dillon, April 2, 1899.
Mr. Pleasant Elliott Thomas, March 10, 1901.
Miss Bessie Burns Handley, June 2, 1901.
Miss Maude Jennings Handley, June 2, 1901.
Mrs. Lula Aug. Apperson, October 6, 1901.
Alice Elizabeth McKeny, June 26, 1904.
Olive Ruth McKeny, June 26, 1904.
Wm. Colcord, June 26, 1904.
Ruth Edward Mohler, Easter Sunday, 1904.
Mary Isabel Grogan, April 21, 1895.
Elmer Holmes Grogan, December 18, 1897.
Viola Alene Grogan, May 4, 1901.
Frances Elizabeth Weimer, May 4, 1901.
Dorothy Gertrude Weimer, June 26, 1904.
Elizabeth Marquess Sattes, Easter, 1897.
Frederick Lyle Sattes, May 6, 1901.
Frank Herbert Sattes, Jr., July 19, 1904.
Lucie Myron Campbell, April 21, 1895.
Frank Elliott Campbell, Dec. 25, 1896.
Howard Mohler Campbell, June 16, 1901.
John Hill Bullington, July, 1899.
Blanche Bullington, July, 1899.
Owen Roy Bullington, May 11, 1902.
Quinton Shields Kline, Oct. 17, 1902.
Carl Emmons Kline, July 30, 1905.
Enola Kline, July 30, 1905.
Mr. Nathan Elmer Grogan, Oct. 15, 1905.
Dr. Will Delafield Hereford, April 1, 1906.
Mrs. Sarah Eliza Hereford, April 1, 1906.
"And I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean; from all your filthiness, and from all your idols will I cleanse you. A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you a heart of flesh."
"Then were there brought unto Him little children, that He should lay His hands on them, and pray; and the disciples rebuked them. 'But Jesus said, Suffer the little children, and forbid them not, to come unto Me for of such is the kingdom of Heaven. And He took them in His arms, and blessed them, laying His hands upon them."
Register of Marriages
"Let marriage be had in honor among all."
"Wives, be in subjection unto you own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the Church."
"Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the Church, and gave Himself up for it. Even so ought husbands also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He that loveth his own wife loveth himself."
"The two shall become one flesh, so that they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let no man put asunder."
---- ----- 1884 -----, Bradford, N. Hansford and Anna Wheeler.
Aug. 27, 1884, Robert Wells Milner and Leonora Clayton Swindler.
June 2, 1891, George Crittenden Moore and Emma Florence Campbell.
Oct. 12, 1893, Nathan Elmer Grogan and Violetta Peters.
Dec. 19, 1894, Alexander Murray and Annie M. Fisher.
Aug. 8, 1895, Frank W. Handley and Filona A. Sanders.
Nov. 28, 1895, Frank Herbert Sattes and Kate Lyle.
July, 1896, Dr. Thomas Logan Douglas and Sadie M. Sattes.
Sept. 16, 1896, James Weimer and Gertrude D. Thompson.
Feb. 3, 1897, D. E. Chipps and Bess W. Chepley.
Sept. 9, 1897, Charles E. Burns and Margaret A. Sattes.
June 1, 12898, James B. Morgan, Jr., and Sallie R. Fife.
Sept. 19, 1898, Mason W. Smith and Mrs. Belle Smith.
June 1, 1899, Wm. Josiah Thomas, M.D., and Mary Burton Carpenter.
Aug. 30, 1899, Emera D. McKeny and Nancy M. Holmes
Nov. 12, 1899, Malcolm J. McCuing and Alice A. Lackey.
Jan. 9, 1900, James Cromwell and Sallie Dodson.
March 21, 1900, George C. Weimer and Zella Lee Betterton.
April 26, 1900, Robert A. Childers and Jessie J. Winkler.
Oct. 17, 1900, Wm. Walter Venable and Annie Randolph Sterrett.
Nov. 22, 1900, Elmer J. Alexander and Clara M. B. Fisher.
Dec. 24, 1900, Marcus M. Blaker and Alice B. Crawford.
Oct. 23, 1901, Lindsey J. Wilmer, M.D., and Maria W. Gray.
Nov. 28, 1902, George W. Moore and Emma Bryan.
Dec. 18, 1902, Fred W. McConnell and Mrs. Emma M. Workman.
April 22, 1903, Ingram Fordyce Stewart and Elizabeth M. Holmes.
May 12, 1903, Charles E. McCoy and Carolyn Alexander.
June 3, 1903, Frank Calvert and Hattie F. Bullington.
Feb. 24, 1904, Charles Dodson Mynes and Sarah C. Sutherland.
June 7, 1904, H. J. Estep and Marie Adkins.
April 19, 1906, Hugh Garrison Burns and Miss Maude J. Handley.
May 16, 1906, William Weimer and Miss Carrie Bowman.
It is to be regretted that this list of marriages is so incomplete. Even this record has been possible only by painstaking inquiry.
No register of deaths is to be found in the church books. Only after painstaking inquiry and searching have these scanty facts been obtained, imperfect as they are:
Mrs. Ann E. Burdett, March, 1893.
Mr. Andrew J. Bailey, Nov. 4, 1904.
Miss Minnie Blount, July 11, 1903.
Mrs. Susan Capeheart.
Miss Sarah J. Crawford.
Mr. Henry Crawford.
Miss Lula Goodall.
Col. Joseph R. Hill, May, 1892.
Mrs. Mary Jane Hill.
Elder James F. Hansford, May 7, 1889.
Mr. W. H. Holmes.
Mrs. John Holmes, Aug. 11, 1896.
Mrs. Maria M. Lyle.
Miss Ella R. Mason.
Mr. Hugh Miller.
Mr. Wm. H. McConaha.
Miss Alice Perkins, June 5, 1870.
Mr. W. W. Plunkett, February 8, 1892.
Mr. Alfred H. Rust (before) April 5, 1884.
Mr. Henry Rimmer.
Mrs. Ann Simms, Oct. 25, 1897.
Mrs. Catherine Sutherland.
Miss Margaret Simms, May 2, 1899.
Mr. Thomas C. Swindler, March 2, 1904.
Mr. John T. Simmes, June 11, 1901.
Dr. W. B. Sutherland (before) April 19, 1885.
Mr. Isaac Seashoal, September, 1892.
Elder Francis H. Taylor, December 29, 1891.
Mr. Thomas A. Teays.
Mr. Joseph Wilson.
Mr. L. N. Wells.
Mrs. Wm. E. Mohler, April 8, 1905. She sleeps in Teays' Hill Cemetery.
Mrs. Maria Beard Chambers, July 14, 1905. Teays' Hill.
Miss Hattie A. Simms, July 1, 1838.
Mrs. Lethe Dailey, July 14, 1905.
Mr. James Albert Campbell, March 20, 1884.
Mr. Frank Allen Campbell, Aug. 29, 1887.
Mr. Charles Dodson Mynes, July 21, 1905, Teays' Hill.
Mrs. Georgiana Campbell, Oct. 23, 1903, Teays' Hill.
Quenton Shields Kline, Oct. 17, 1902, Teays' Hill.
Capt. S. C. Wheeler, Sept. 19, 1904, Teays' Hill.
Mrs. Mary Francis Crawford, Sept. 6, 1905, Teays' Hill.
Miss Florence Kincaid, Nov. 19, 1905, Teays' Hill.
"Take ye heed, watch and pray; for ye know not when the time is. It is as when a man, sojourning in another country, having left his house, and given authority to his servants, to each one his work, commanded also the porter to watch. Watch therefore: for ye know not when the Lord of the house cometh, whether at even, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning; lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch."
First Annual Report
C. W. Sommerville, Pastor, to the Session of St. Albans Church
Following a plan that has proven to be beneficial in my former charge, you are herewith presented a review of the life of our church for the year ending March 31, 1906:
By your invitation I visited you in February, 1905, remaining a portion of the 14th, 15th, 16th and 17th, and preaching on the 15th from I John 5:10. On the first Sunday in March the Rev. Dr. Barr moderated a meeting at which you extended me a unanimous call to undertake among you the duties of an under shepherd. May the unanimity of that action presage all our relations to each other.
The removal from Baltimore, attended with feelings of true sorrow, for my former people had endeared themselves to me by their zealous cordiality, was nevertheless lightened and relieved by the generosity of one of you number. Arriving among you May 6, we found a home at Mr. Mohler's for a fortnight, while we unpacked our household stuff, which he had removed from the car. Not only had he paid for the freight, the hauling and unpacking, but he had introduced water into the house, supplying the new range the ladies had provided. Mr. Mohler had further placed in the dining groom a buffet, and laid in the parlor a handsome Axminster carpet, one of the last generosities of her who now is fallen asleep.
At an adjourned meeting of Kanawha Presbytery, held in this church, May 11, the new pastor was installed, and the period of vacancy which had continued about ten months was terminated.
It is gratifying to note that during the vacancy the Sunday School was regularly maintained by one of your number. The pulpit, however, is still unoccupied on the fourth Sundays.
Session held nineteen meetings; twice convened the congregation for the election of officers, have installed two elders and three deacons, and have received into the church ten members. Two have been removed by death. The new membership is now seventy-six.
The pastor has preached elsewhere, baptized 1 adult and 2 infants, attended 4 funerals, preached here 154 sermons, distributed 200 tracts, and made 819 visits.
III The Board of Deacons having now five members have done excellent service and deserve the approval and confidence of the congregation. This report shows that they began the year with three members. Three new members have been elected and one has been transferred to the session.
The deacons have organized themselves under a constitution, and the business of the church has been conducted in an orderly and systematic manner.
It is to be noted that their treasurer has been present at every meeting since his installation. The deacons and elders have met in joint session each quarter. The church has been supplied with new Psalms and Hymns, and with pew racks for them (the gift of Mr. Specht), and the building has been lighted and heated with gas. Minor improvements include hitching posts, church sign, thermometers, Bible rest and scarf, and a clock.
There are four organizations reporting to the Session, the Sunday School, Ladies' Aid Society, Missionary Society and a Young Ladies' Club. The latter two were only organized in the past month or so.
The activities of these societies are indicated below by the tabulated results.
The Sunday School has been regularly held. Children's Day and Sabbath School Day were observed, and for the social good of the school a picnic and a Christmas festival were given them. Many of the teachers and officers have been regular and faithful. Most gratifying is the normal class led by Edward Zirkle, an apt teacher.
The Ladies' Aid Society has put a new gas range in the manse, gas heaters in the church, provided pulpit scarf and cover, given a donation party at the manse, made fifteen visits to the sick, and collected in all $74.92.
The pastor cannot willingly close this report without referring to the kindness and courtesy he has received from the officers and congregation, especially from one of the elders who has spared no pains to make the minister comfortable. There is nothing that he could have done that he has not done to add to the comfort and convenience of the manse. Of the $2,321.17 included in this year's budget at least $11,450.19 have been given by our senior elder.
May the King accept the offerings and service of all and make us more diligent in his vineyard.
Fraternally, Your Pastor 4.4.'06
"Resolved, That the Presbytery has never had any kinder of more hospitable entertainment or deeper interest in its sessions than it has received at St. Albans, and we return our thanks to Dr. Sommerville and his good people for this, and while we cannot single out the good things, would especially mention the music by the choir."
Voted April 12, 1906
Compiled by the Pastor
Session Minutes, 1868 - 1905
Missionary Society Minutes
Ladies' Aid Society Minutes
General Assembly Minutes
"Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price."
"Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto you souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Presbyterian is from "presbyter," the Greek word for "elder." Senior, Senator are corresponding Latin terms. The Presbyterian church is governed, not by one man, nor by the crowd; but by representatives chosen by the people. The Bible shows that the government of the church is properly committed to the session of elders, a senate of presbyters. These ruling elders, presbyters, or senators, are elected by the free choice of the church members, and are ordained to exercise authority not singly, but only when sitting together in a presbytery, or, as it is called, a session.
How to Join the Church
You may join the church at any time. Give your heart to God first, repent of sin, believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, then notify the pastor, who is the teaching elder, or one of the ruling elders, of your desire to profess your faith, and to unite with God's people. The session will convene for you to confer with them.
"Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if any man hear my voice and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."
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