The illustrated west shore. (Portland, Or.) 1891-1891, April 04, 1891, Page 219, Image 5

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One of the prominent figures in. charitable, moral and humanitarian move
ments, in Portland, is Rev. T. L Eliot, pastor of the Unitarian church of
Our Father, corner of Seventh and Yamhill streets. Mr. Eliot was born
forty-nine years ago in the city of St. Louis, Mo., and is the eldest son of
magnificently endowed the Portland library and Boys and Girls' Aid society
besides making bequests to other philanthropic societies. The parish is a
great factor in the elevation of the community, and reflects in its work the per
sonality of its pastor.
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Rev. W. G. Eliot, D.D., LL. D., Chancellor of Washington University of
St Louis. Mr. Eliot was graduated at this institution in 186a, in which year he
saw something of army life in the cause of the union in the Missouri militia. In
1865 he received (he degree of A. M. and the same year graduated from the
Harvard school of divinity. His first pastorate was the First Unitarian church
of St. Louis, where he served as colleaRue in 1866-7. In 1867 he was called
to the pastorate of his present charge, the First Unitarian church of Portland,
where he has remained continuously, except one year, 1876, snt in Europe.
From 1871 to 1876 he was superintendent of schools of Multnomah county.
In 1890 Harvard college conferred the degree ol D.D. upon him. Mr. Eliot
is a polished speaker, a thorough student and one whose brain and heart com
bine to lend great influence and power to his utterance Personally he is a
most courteous and kindly gentleman, of somewhat retiring disposition, though
by no means so when necessary to push to the front in the cause of morality,
humanity and good government. He has continually had a guiding hand in
the affairs of the Oregon Humane society, the Boys and Girls' Aid society,
the Home, the Ladies' Relief society and the City Board of Charities, either
as an officer or director. The Church of Our Father, or the First Unitarian,
was founded in 1866, through the preaching of Rev. Dr. Horatio Stcbbins,
of San Francisco, and until the present year Mr. Eliot was its first and only
pastor, a continuous service of twenty-four years, proving that unity is a senti
ment, and not a mere name, in that organiiatkin. An associate pastor of mark
ed ability, Rev. E. M. Wilbur, is now assisting Mr. Eliot in his work. The
parish numbers 300 families, and is distinguished for its philanthropic work, the
culture of its members and its refining influence upon the community. The
Sunday school has 27$ members. Several branch missions are maintained,
and courses of lectures upon social science and kindred topics have been giv
en for a number of years. One ol its members, the late Miss Ella M. Smithy
On the' seventeenth of March, the day universally observed by Catholics
of Irish nativity in memory of St. Patrick, the new church on the comer of
S and Eighteenth streets, bearing the name of that patron saint was dedicated
with appropriate ceremonies. The services were conducted by His Grace the
Most Reverend Archbishop William H. Gross, the highest church dignitary
in Oregon, whose portrait is here presented by courtesy of the Catholic StH
linel. Archbishop Gross is a man of fine mental endowments and lofty sen
timent, and occupies a high position in the esteem of his fellow prelates and
the people generally. He was born June 13, 1837, and was ordained to the
priesthood in 1863. His work for ten years was in the eastern states, and in
1873 he was appointed bishop of Savannah, being promoted to the archbish
opric of Oregon three years ago.
St. Patrick's church is a beautiful edifice, of a style of architecture some
what novel (or a structure of that character, yet very imposing in appearance
and pleasing in design. It is Bassilican and Romanesque in its characteris
tics, and is built of Butte quarry stone, with trimmings of Tenino buff sandstone.-
It has a frontage of forty-five feet on Eighteenth street and 135 feet
on S street, and the dome rises too feet above the basrment, which is ten
feet high. The ceiling of the auditorium is thirty-seven feet above the floor.
Above the main entrance is the inscription " Gloria in Excelsis Deo," accom
panied by an Agtrn IM. The edifice, when fully completed, will have a
seating capacity of 1,000, and will cost $30,000. Work upon It was begun
more than two years ago, the comer stone having been laid on St. Patrick's
day, 1889.
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St. Patrick's church is (he result of th; tcaloui ami unflagging efforts of
Father P. F. Gibney, pastor of St. Patrick's parish, which numbers a mem-