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THE GABDEN ISLAND, TUESDAY, NOV. 2. 1919
of Twenty Years
By REV. J, M. LYDGATE
(Continued from last week)
Organization of Lihue Union
The Church was organized Dec. 6,
1898, with 10 charter members. Judge
Hardy, Mr. and Mrs. Purvis, Mrs.
Purvis, Mrs. Boswell, Eva Boswell,
Mr .and Mrs. Wells, Mr. do Lacey and
Mr. and Mrs. Lydgate.
It was done without much eccle
siastical ceremony by associating our
selves together, and adopting a sim
The Watmea organization ante
dated ours by Ave of six years but
they had not seen their way to organ
ize as a regular church and they
never have done bo.
A Church Edifice
It now became evident to the com
munity that the church was to be a
permanent institution, before that
there had been some doubt about it
in the minds of some people, and at
the end of the first year there was
some considerable discussion as to
the advisability of continuance there
had been one or two attempts before
that Issued in failure but the major
ity decision was to go on. With the
assurance of continued and growing
prosperity, and of Increasing popula
tion, a suitable church building be
came a necessity, which ,was met by
Mr. and Mrs. A. S. Wilcox who came
to me one morning and told me that
they wished to, build and present to
the community a suitable church that
should be available for both congre
gations, the foreign and the Hawaii
an, and suggested that I go to Hono
lulu and see about plans, which I did,
and the final outcome was this church.
While the plans were being made,
Mrs. M. S. Rice, "Mother Rice," begged
to be allowed to put in a stained
glass window," Suffer the Little Child
ren," to the memory of her husband,
and Mrs. Isenberg another, "The Good
Shepherd," to the memory of her
mother. Mr. O. N. Wilcox gave the
church lot, and the pulpit and com
munion furniture, and other friends
and patrons helped out generously in
The church was built by Southern,
who had done other good work in the
community. The seats and pulpit
furniture had to come from the East
which caused some delay so that It
was not finally dedicated until 1901.
I still have the program of the exer
cises. Of the participants more than
half are dead.
In the meantime, about 1899 at my
request Mr. O. N. Wilcox had built
the parsonage, In its original form,
about half the present size, on the
basis of a rental which should be 6
per cent on the investment.
At the time of the dedication he
presented this property with the gen
erous lot to the community, and the
whole property. church and parson
age was put into the hands of a board
of trustees consisting of R. L. Wilcox,
Chas. A. Rice and H. K. Kahele.
A Union Church
This church building was then to
serve the two congregations and an
amicable arrangement was made by
which the Hawaiian congregation
used It from 9 to 11 a. m. for both
Sunday school and church service,
and the foreign ongregation from
II to 12.
The Hawaiian church building was
utterly deserted and various sugges
tions were made in regard to pulling
it down, or disposing of it as a mis
sion chapel to some needy commun
ity, but this was never done, though
the seats were given the Haena
church, where they now are. The
building naturally fell into a state of
neglect and threatened to become a
menace. It was used however for
our Sunday school classes and week
days for clubs and classes which we
had with the children and young
Hawaiians Return to Their Own
rThe Hawaiians were not entirely
satisfied with the schedule of time
for the use of the church a church
service that didn't fall within the tra
ditional church hours, 11 to 12, didn't
seem quite right and to have to stop
right on the hour because another
congregation was waiting for the
place, hampered them unduly. And
perhaps after so many years of the
old historic church they had an aloha
for it, and didn't feel quite at home
In the new surroundings. At any rate
they finally concluded to return to
their former home, which through the
generous assistance of good friends
was much enlarged and improved,
and comfortably furnished as it now
Union 8ervice a Failure
Along about this time the doctrine
of union services was much talked of,
It was the ultimate solution of the
church difficulties in small communi
ties, the fusion of the different races
into one service.
We tried it, and for a time had
union services once a month, the two
congregations uniting in a service
that was partly Hawaiian and partly
English. It was never a conspicu
ous success; there was more or less
constraint so that neither congregat
ion felt at home and it was finally
My first wedding in the community
was that of W. I. Wells and Miss
Parr. Mr. Wells was Principal of the
Hanamaulu school and Miss Farr was
Mrs. Boswell's sister. It took place
in the Hawaiian church which was
beautifully decorated for the occa
sion with such a display of roses as
would cost a fortune now. Miss Helen
Elwell now Mrs. Lydgate, was brides
maid and Mr. de Lacey best man.
The church was crowded. It was an
evening wedding and following the
ceremony, there was a grand recep
tion at the Boswell's and it poured,
as it always does in Lihue for a big
wedding. The first wedding in this
shurch was that of Etta Wilcox to Mr.
Slogget, and it too was accompanied
by a big kewal rain.
As the first bride of the new church
Bhe received a bible properly" in
scribed, which no doubt she still has.
My first funeral I think was Miss
Mary Hardy. The first baptism in the
new church was my own child Morti
mer, my wife saw to that. Several
other children however were bap
tized at the same time.
Annual Art Exhibition
In those days there was very little
In the line of social entertainment
and by way of furnishing such enter
tainment and at the same time help
ing along some worthy cause we had
some kind of a show from time to
time. For 10 or 12 years beginning
in 1899 we had an annual art exhibi
tion in the fall before Christmas.
Perhaps art exhibition was a mis
nomer. It was a loan exhibition for
one evening, or afternoon and even
ing, of art needle-work, laces, em
broideries, drawn work, drawing,
painting, china painting, wood carv
ing, burnt work, Hawaiian work, etc.
from all over the island; and some
very excellent work was shown.
(Continued next week.)
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