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About The Yamhill County reporter. (McMinnville, Or.) 1886-1904 | View Entire Issue (July 12, 1901)
Entered fttthe Postoffice in McMinnville,
M’MINNVILLE, ORE., FRIDAY, JULY 12, 1901.
Oldest Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Oregon or
West of The Rocky Mountains.
1896, and on Oct. 24, 1897, the present
edifice was dedicated.
It cost about
The dedicatory sermon was
by Rev. R. F. Powell of Seattle. The
old pulpit was one of the few articles
rescued from the fire. The parsonage
was constructed in 1893.
The pastors and terms of service are
Jos. A. Cornwall..................... 1851 to 1867
D M. Keene, brief supply.
February 12th last, was the oldest sur
viving charter member, and was held in
the highest esteem by all the members
as long as she lived. The lack of a re
cent photograph was all that prevented
her portrait appearing in this sketch.
The clerk of the church is Charles P.
Nelson, who has served in that capacity
with great efficiency for a number of
years. He has also been superintendent
of the Sunday school for several years,
The Cumberland Presbyterian church of McMinnville is this week observing
the passing of its half-century mark
The program begins today, and in general
outlines is as follows:
___________ FRIDAY. JULY 12----------------
8 p. tn.—Meeting will be presided over by the pastor. Musical num
bers will be rendered by the choir, interspersed with informal addresses
by former pastors and friends, followed by a social hour, in charge of the
Ladies' Aid Societv.
_1_____ SATURDAY. JULY 13-----------------
9 a. m.—Workers’ Conference.
3 p. m—Meeting of Woman’s Missionary Society, presided over by
Mrs. Elizabeth Mills, when papers will be read treating of the history of
the Society by former officers.
8 p. m.—Sermon by Dr. J. J. Dalton.
___________ SUNDAY, JULY 14-----------------
9 45 a. ni.—Sunday School Decision Day, conducted by Rev. Elmer E.
ii a. m.—Sermon by Rev. C. A. Wooley, followed by communion ser
vice, conducted by Rev. W. R. Bishop.
3 p. m.—Historical Service, participated in by visiting and local pas
8 p. nt.—Sermon by Rev. E. E. Thompson.
REV. GEO W. FENDER, Pastor.
NOTE—A special musical program will be prepared by the choir lor all of the above
services, which will be an attractive leature.
Neill Johnson......................... 1867 to 1884
T. H. Henderson................ 1884101887
P. F. Johnson.............. Sept., 1887 to 1888
W. W. Beck, brief supply.
N. L New.................. July, 1888 to 1889
Wiley B. Knowles . . .
1889 to 1891
John R. Hume, brief supply.
W. H Jones .
Elmer E. Thompson ...... 1894 to 1898
Geo. W. Fender
1898 to 1901
Of these Cornwall, Keene and Neill
Johnson are dead. Henderson is at Sa
lem, Johnson at Rives, Tenn.. Beck
and Thompson at Seattle, New at Plains-
boro, N. J., Knowles at Madera, Calif ,
Hume in Missouri and Jones at Mill City.
Other elders who have set veil the
church are: J. T. Gowdy, J J. Hender
son, John Narver, A. Washburne, C. P.
Bishop and J. W. Ballinger. The pres
ent eldership is: R. Nelson, J. M. Fink.
J B Gardner, F. E Rogers, Win. Gun
ning and J. G. Eckman.
Rev. Geo. W. Fender will close his
pastorate August 1st, 1901, and will go
to the Walla Walla church. There have
been 51 additions during his service
here, and the total roll now aggregates
161 members. The church property is
CUMBERLAND PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, MCMINNVILLE.
The local church was organized by
Rev. Jos. A Cornwall July 12, 1851, at
the home of Uncle Jesse Henderson,
three miles northwest of this city. From
its organization until April, 1884, it was
called the “Yamhill Congregation,” af
ter that date, the “McMinnville” church.
Its first elders were Jesse Henderson,
Hiram Foster and Richard Booth.
Jesse Henderson was a delegate from
this church to the organization of the
first presbytery in Oregon on November
3, 1851, at which meeting there were five
January, 1867, J. W. Rogers and Robt
Henderson were ordained as elders. The
first church building was erected in 1858,
and stood on the present site. For sev
eral years it was used as a union “meet
ing house,” other denominations being
permitted to worship therein. When de
mand came for a larger structure, the
old building was traded to Bratnen Clark
for a new pulpit, which is still in use in
the present church. Clark used the
building for a furniture factory, mo.ing
it to the present location of Secular hall.
Rev. Cornwall, the first pastor, and un
der whose ministrations the building
was erected, is thus described:
“In personal appearance he was not
He was tall and
rather slender, and just a little stoop
shouldered, bad long arms, hands and
feet; a small round head covered with
straight black hair. His eyes and visage
suggested that there might possibly be
a few drops of the blood of Pocahontas,
or of Oceola, coursing through his veins.
His gestures in the pulpit were not
graceful, but awkward. His enunciation
was decidedly southern, and his delivery
was slow and sometimes positively
tedious. He could preach two hours any
time and then not tell the half of what
he knew about the subject, especially if
he were preaching upon ’water-baptism'
or 'the final perseverance of the saints.'
These were favorite themes with him,
and upon which he was well posted and
perfectly familiar. His mind worked
slowly, but decidedly logically and
forcibly. He was quite a writer; even
when he was yet a candidate for the
in which capacity he has been diligent
A good likeness is presented this week
REV. ELMER E. THOMPSON.
of F. E. Rogers, church treasurer, elder,
and choir manager. He has managed
t ie finances of the church with decided
ministry his written discourses usually
covered eighteen or twenty pages of
large sized foolscap.” He became en
tirely blind before his death, which oc
curred in California.
Rev. Neill Johnson was a native of
North Carolina, born in 1802, removed
to Kentucky, and was inducted into the
ministry by the Sangamon presbytery
in Illinois, where the fruits of his labors
are yet seen in the oldest and best or
ganized churches in that state
came interested in Oregon as early as
1848. and his plan was to collect a com
pany of C. P. families in Illinois and
Iowa, emigrate to Oregon and select a
suitable location in some rich valley
valued at $4,500.
REV. WILEY B KNOWLES
He came to this state in 1831. He was
an ordained preacher over 60 years. As
a citizen of this city for 17 years, he
wielded a strong influence, and served
as justice of the peace a number of years.
He died at the age of 88 years, and is
buried at Woodburn, at which place
one of his daughters resides.
The second building was erected in
1887, and was a more imposing structure.
It was consumed by fire in the spring of
F. E. ROGERS, Treanurer
Mr*. Rhoda Henderson, who
ability. No one knows the degree of at
tention necessary to the successful con
duct of this branch of church work until
he has tried it. Mr. Rogers’ record* are
models, and in all his official relations
he is a worthy scion of his father
McMinnville has had few citizens, who
for real personal worth, fund of general
information, and quiet, unobtrusive
and kindly demeanor, ranked as high
as Rev. Wiley Knowles. He is now of
Madera, Calif., and hi* enfeebled health
prevented hi* attending this anniversary,
much to the regret ot his many friend*.
The familiar and classic face of ex
Pastor Thompson will be recognized by
all former acquaintance*. He will ar
rive in the city today, with his estimable
family, from Seattle, and will preach
next Sunday evening. Rev. Thompson
is preeminently a social character, and
a profound theological student thorough
ly consecrated to his work. Hi* many
friends will take pleasure in welcoming
died him on this occasion.
One Dollar if paid in advance, Single number! five cent!,
D. M. Kirby and family of Bellevue
visited with Mrs. Cronin Sunday.
John Eborall and Jasper Agee are
among the number now at Salmon river
putting their ranches in order.
The citizens are all suffering from
that tired feeling which usually follows
the celebration of the 4th of July.
Frank and Leander Johnson came from
Hoquaim to spend a few weeks with
their parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. Johnson.
A fair sized congregation listened to
the interesting sermon delivered by Mr.
Deibel of McMinnville Sunday morning.
Hay harvest is in full blast. On every
side the mower can be heard and men
can be seen handling pitchforks as only
Mark Agee, who has employment near
Blalock, came down to spend the week
with relatives. He retuined to Blalock
Mr. Don Lewis of Monmouth visited
from Friday until Monday with his
schoolmates, Sam Evenden aud Miss
Miss Mollie Thompson has returned
home from a long visit in McMinnville
and Portland. She was accompanied by
Mrs. Renzenback, who will spend two
weeks with relatives and friends in this
Most of our people celebrated at Sher
idan and report a very enjoyable affair.
We are pleased to say that Gopher car
ried off two of the prizes; Mrs. M. Potter
was the best lady rider and Mrs. J. Eb-
orall’s baby daughter won the prize tor
best looking baby.
Miss Mary Simler of Tillamook is vis
iting here with her mother.
Mrs. E. E. Martin sold her stock of
millinery to Mrs. Pearl Crabtree and ex
pects to move at once to Seattle, Wash.
Miss Ida Trobridge has gone to Trask
toll gate to take care of her father, who
was badly injured a short time ago on
the North Yamhill toll road.
Jno. Fletcher and family expect soon
to go to the coast for an outing.
Many went from here to Dayton on
the Fourth of July.
Miss Ina Gould is with her parents
for the summer, having closed her school
Clarence Butt leaves for the east on
Thursday, where his wife and children
He will be away two
Miss Elnora Satchwell, and Mrs. Ida
Hall were in Portland a few days last
week visiting friends.
A wheeling party went to Lafayette
on Monday evening and attended the
meeting of the Artisan lodge.
On Tuesday evening the following
were installed officers ot Vesta Rebekah
lodge of Newberg : N. G., Mrs. Adelle
F. Story; V. G., Mrs. Prudy C. Mount;
treasurer. May Bond; conductor, Mrs.
Mary Evans, warden, Mrs. Mary Keller.
Quite a number front Lafayette were in
A very bountiful lunch
Miss Mabel Hale of Portland is in
Quite a lot of oak wood is being hauled town, the guest of Mrs. W. N. Sutton.
here for shipment.
Tils Spirit of Patriotism.
Amity people mostly celebrated the
national day at Sheridan
Away up in the Coast mountains west
J. B. Williams moved to Salem last of McMinnville the people held an en
Friday, where he has a position in a joyable celebration on the 4th, in which
about 100 people took part. The meet
The Rev. Douglas has leased the Jef ing place was on Deer creek, and this
fries residence and will occupy same in year marked the beginning of patriotic
demonstration in that place.
a few days.
Galloway was the orator, and Chas.
M. E. Holmes went to Salem the first Grissen read an original poem for the
of the week to do a job of paper hanging occasion. Miss E. Edmiston read the
for Mr. Williams.
declaration of independence, and Miss
Mr. Smith, the S P. agent, will move Gill, school teacher of the district, ar
to the building occupied by Rev. Doug ranged a program which was rendered
las as soon as vacated by him.
by the school children. W. W. Walker
The Putman boys took their famous was president of the day. Mr. Osborn
bucking mule to Sheridan the 4th to aud Mr. Watiless had prepared arborous
stage, and plenty of seats, and John
help out with the celebration.
J. W. Booth and sons went to Eugene Wortman furnished gunpowder enough
last Wednesday to visit relatives and to ro blow down the mountains. Enthusi
help along the celebration at that place asm was immense, appetite great, and
the supply of good tilings to eat and the
Rev. Claud Lemasters of Williams purest of mountain water being abun
California, preached at the Christian dant, everybody was happy,
church last Sunday at 11 a. m. Claud is
an Amity boy that we feel proud of.
' A Hood Cough medicine.
J. W. Roth went to Portland Saturday
thousands have been restored to
last to purchase a threshing outfit with
which to help save the big crop of grain health and happiness by the use of
Chamberlain's cough remedy. If af
that is rapidly maturing.
flicted with any throat or lung trouble,
J. W Briedwell, Jr., returned from his give it a trial, for it is certain to prove
eastern trip last Wednesday. He visited beneficial. Coughs that have resisted
Chicago, New York, and many other all other treatment for years, have
points, including the Pan-American ex yielded to this remedy and perfect
position at Buffalo.
health been restored. Cases that seemed
Now that the weather has become set hopeless, that the climate of famous
tled, the good old Oregon dust is once health resorts failed to benefit, have
more with us. It is the same old mud been permanently cured by its use. For
we had last winter, only it comes this sale by Howorth & Co.
time of year in a different shape.
aside from the dust and mud we have
Capital Bummer Normal.
many things to be thankful for in
second term of the Capital Sum
this beautiful old Oregon of ours.
mer Normal opens July 1st, to continue
until the August examination. Classes
will be formed in all branches required
for state and county papers. Tuition $5
Dr. Coffeen and wife went to Tilla for the term. The prospect is good for a
large attendance Address
mook on Monday.
J. J. K raps , Salem, Or.
The celebration of the 4th of July at
this place was a success in every way, Slop* the Co ii ah and Wark* «lit
and all who were present went home
feeling glad that they had spent the 4th
Laxative Bro no-Qninine Tablet* cure*
at Carlton. The fire works in the eve
ning were especially enjoyed and would cold in one day. No cure, no pay. Price
have been a credit to a larger town.
Mr. George Roberts lost a valuable
The directors of the White Mountain
cow this week by foundering.
Oil Co. have secured by perpetual lease
Miss May Caldwell and Mr Hoffman 448 acres of land in Folk county, three
miles south of McCoy, which the di
spent Sunday at Meadow Lake.
rectors have added to the company's
Miss Della Messenger is sick with California property, and have such con
fidence in the Oregon holdings that
The potatoes that were dried during they have ordered the standard rig from
the winter are being canned at the pres the east and will put down a well just as
soon as the machinery can be placed in
Miss Maggie Fouts returned home position. This aition on their part is
from Albany on Tuesday after an ex significant of a great oil boom in this
part of the valley, for oil companies do
not usually bore wells unless the geo
Misses Alice Kidder and Nellie logical formation favors their line of
and Jessie Findley are among Port business.
land visitors this week.
In the write-up of the pioneer reunion
Mr. Lee Peters spent Thursday, Friday
in the Oregonian of June 14th the state
and Saturday in Portland.
ment was made that Mr*. Mary Gilkey
Mr. Charley Converse of Eugene was of Webfoot was the first white child
a visitor at his Grandmother's, Mrs. born ia Yamhill county. This is incor
Blood, on Sunday.
rect as will be seen by comparing datqp.
Mr. W. A. Howe returned home from Mr*. Gilkev’» parents, Benjamin Robin
son and Elizabeth Chrisman, reached
the east on Monday.
Oregon in 1844 and were married April
Rev. Day is acting as druggist during 22d, 1845. Francis Fletcher, pioaeer of
the absence of the doctor.
1840, and Elizabeth Smith, pioneer of
1842, were married Dec. 28th, 1843.
Their eldest child, John W. Fletcher,
now of Dayton, Oregon, was horn near
When the quantity of food taken is too Lafayette, Yambill county, Dec 4th,
large or the quality too rich, heartburn 1844, thia being before Mr*. Gilkey’*
is likely to follow, and especially so if parent* were married.
the digestion has been weakened by con
stipation. Eat slowly and not too freely
Charlen Grissen left Wednesday morn
of easily digested food. Masticate the
food thoroughly. I-et six hour* elapse ing, clad in umbrageous straw hat, low-
between meals and when you feel a full necked shirt and corker! shoes, for “Soli
ness and weight in the region of the tude” or “Marathon” his mountain
stomach after eating, indicating that ranch, where he is summering with hi*
you have eaten too much, take one of family. He call* it Marathon becaoee,
Chamberlain's stomach and liver tablets s* the Greek* had all they could do Io
and the heartburn may be avoided. For defeat the Persian«, so it Is an Herculean
>a*k to clear up a mountain ranch.
sale by Howorth 8t Co.
H iwever, he seems to regard it a* the
best thing in life.
When you want a modern, up-to-date
physic try Chamberlain's stomach and
liver tablets. They are easy to take and
pleasant in effect.
Price, 25 cents.
Samples free at Ilowortb 4 Go’s, drug