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The Florida agriculturist. [volume] (DeLand, Fla.) 1878-1911, January 17, 1906, Image 7

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Churches and Religious Organizations
The people of DeLand are moral moraland moraland moraland
and religious Twelve churches min minister minister minister ¬
ister to their spiritual needs These Thesechurches Thesechurches Thesechurches
churches are filled every Lords day daywith daywith daywith
with worshippers during the tourist touristseason touristseason touristseason
season and college terms have settled settledpastors settledJdstors settledcastors
pastors and have all the usual depart departments departments departments ¬
ments of church work under ener energetic energetic energetic ¬
getic management Talmage is re reported reported reported ¬
ported to have said that if he were wereblindfolded wereblindfolded wereblindfolded
blindfolded and taken to the churches churchesof
of any community and then allowed allowedto
to suspect the buildings he could from fromtheir fromthei fromtheir
their character and condition give a acorrect acorrect acorrect
correct estimate of the culture of the thepeople thepcopll thepeople
people Judged from this standpoint standpointthe
the people of DeLand would certainly certainlysland certainlvland certainlystand
land > high for the church buildings buildingsand
and heir interior furnishings are far farabove farabove farabove
above the average of places of a sim similar similar similar ¬
ilar size A visitor on a Sunday morn morning morning morning ¬
ing when listening to the cultured culturedsinging culturedslllging culturedsinging
singing of the choir and on seeing the thewelldressed thewelldressed thewelldressed
welldressed congregation of any anyone anyoneof one oneof oneof
of our larger churches might easily easilyimagine easilyimagine easilyimagine
imagine himself in one of the church churchedifices churchedifices churchedifices
edifices of our great cities Its an anadvantage anadvantage anadvantage
advantage in a growing town to have havea
a variety of churches so that new newcomers newcomers newcomers
comers can as soon as they arrive arrivecome arrivecome arrivecome
come into touch with the denomina denomination denomination denomination ¬
tion of their choice If you should shouldsettle shouldsettle shouldA
A settle in DeLand and you can in all allprobability allprobability allprobability
probability be gratified in this respect respectas
as the following denominations have havegood havegood havegood
good church buildings and organized organizedchurches organizedchurches organizedchurches
churches Baptist Catholic Chris Christian Christian Christian ¬
tian Episcopal Methodist North and andSouth andSouth andSouth
South and Presbyterian PresbyterianFIRST
October 31 1880 the DeLand Bap Baptist Baptist Baptist ¬
tist church was organized with thir thirteen thirteen thirteen ¬
teen members Their first care was to toerect toerect toerect
erect a suitable place of worship and andon andon andon
on April 23 ground was broken for a anew anew anew
new church Rev A L Farr of San SanMateo SanMateo SanMateo
Mateo was called to the pastorate pastorateSeptember pastorateSeptember pastorateSeptember
September 18th of the same year Sun Sunday Sunday Sunday ¬
day April 16th was a great day for forthe forthe forthe
the Baptists of DeLand for on that thatdate thatdate thatdate
date the new church was dedicated dedicatedfree dedicatedfree dedicatedfree
free of debt In 1894 after a lapse of oftwelve oftwelve oftwelve
twelve years the progressive city of ofDeLand ofDeLand ofDeLand
DeLand had grown to such an extent extentthat extentthat
that the question of a more commod commodious commodious commodious ¬ I
ious church building became a press pressing pressing pressing ¬
ing one and the amount necessary to toerect toerect toerect
erect a fine brick building was quick quickly quickly quickly ¬
ly pledged The great freeze from fromwhich fromwhich fromwhich
which we have come to date every everyimportant everyimportant everyimportant
important event in Florida ruined ruinedmany ruinedmany ruinedmany
many of the members of this flourish flourishing flourishing flourishing ¬
ing church with the consequence that thata
y a debt of 4700 was left on the new newbuilding newbuilding newbuilding
building For a number of years this thisdebt thisdebt thisdebt
debt was a great burden In the fall fallof fallof fallof
of 1905 the whole amount with all allaccruing allaccruing allaccruing
accruing interest was raised and thus thusthe thusthe thusthe
the First Baptist church is free from fromdebt fromdebt fromdebt
debt once more It has also a beau beautiful beautiful beautiful ¬
tiful parsonage worth 3000 a de devoted devoted devoted ¬
voted membership of over 250 per persons persons persons ¬
sons a fine Sunday school and a flour flourishing flourishing flourishing ¬
ishing B Y P U UThe UThe I IThe
The DeLand Baptist church is the
mother of John B Stetson Universi University ¬
ty Dr Fenner came to DeLand from fromWestern fromVestern fromWestern
Western Neyv New York and opened a pri private private private ¬
vate school in the prayer room of the theBaptist theBaptist theBaptist
Baptist church It prospered and af after after after ¬
ter ter his death the pastor of the church churchcontinued churchcontinued churchcontinued
continued the work From that small smallbeginning smallbeginning smallbeginning
beginning has grown the great John JohnB
B Stetson University UniversityI
t St Barnabus Episcopal church is a aneat aneat
I neat edifice on the corner of Clara ClaraI Claraand
j I and Wisconsin avenues noted for its itsbeautiful itsbeautiful itsbeautiful
beautiful interior It was built in
1883 Rev Mr Wolseley was the i
first rector Rev C F A Beilby the thesecond thesecond thesecond
second Among the well known knownclergymen knownI knownclergymen
clergymen in charge of this parish
I have been Rev Father Huntington
O H C and Rev Henry W Little
The present rector is the Rev Camp ¬
bell Gray son of the bishop of South Southern Southern Southern ¬
ern Florida The parish has a hand handsome handsome handsome ¬
some rectory Frequent services are
held with good congregations The Theparish Theparish Theparish
parish has about seventy resident residentcommunicants residentcommunicants residentcommunicants
communicants communicantsTHE
The Church of Christ of DeLand
Florida was organized March nth
1883 The following were charter chartermembers chartermembers chartermembers
members membersE
E B Wm J Edw C and Chas
S McPherson John Julia and Lizzie
Pearse L H and Julia Anderson J
G Cornelia H and Martha D Owen
Claude D Benjamin and Joseph Gail Gailbreath Gailbreath Gailbreath I
breath Mrs A H Jackson W W WI i
Alcott AlcottF
F J Longdon Jr was the churchs
first pastor called in June 1883 After Afteran
an efficient service of ten years he hewas hewas hewas
was succeeded by Wm W Frost FrostVithin
Within one year Elder Frost resigned
from the pastorate of the church to
become Professor of English Litera Literature Literature Literature ¬ I
ture in Stetson University DeLand
In February 1905 the th present pastor
C Prentice Parker was called to the I
field In December he was recalled by
the church for a period ending June Juneist June1st June1st I
1st 1907 1907The 1907The 1907The
The church occupies a small but butcommodious butcommodious
commodious brick building in the thetwelfth thetwelfth thetwelfth
twelfth century English chapel style I
Its public services are interesting and
its people locally celebrated for their
largehearted social qualities Regular Regularservices Regularservices Regularservices
services are held at n i i A M and 730 730P 730P 73oP
P M Sundays summer and winter winterAlso winterAlso winterAlso
Also morning Sunday School and andevening andevening andevening
evening Y P S C E sessions Mid Midweek Midweek Midweek ¬
week prayer meeting Wednesday at
730 P M MThe 11The ATThe
The church looks forward to an aneffective aneffective aneffective
effective season of work during the theyear theyear theyear
year 1906 The stranger within the thegates thegates thegates
gates from far or near never fails failsto failsto failsto
to receive a warm welcome welcomeFIRST welcomeFIRST welcomeFIRST
This church was organized by the theRev theRev theRev
Rev Gilbert Gordon July 2 1882 with withtwentyfour withtwentyfour withtwentyfour
twentyfour members The first pas pastor pastor pastor ¬
tor was Rev J W Shearer from 1883
to 1885 Then was called and installed installedthe installedthe installedthe
the Rev H W Gelston who served servedthe servedthe servedthe
the church fifteen years From 1901 1901to 1901to 1901to
to 1905 the church was ministered to toby toby toby
by temporary supplies suppliesOn
On September 6 1905 the church churchcalled churchcalled churchcalled
called the Rev B B Knapp to the thepastorate thepastorate thepastorate
pastorate who was regularly installed installedNovember installedNovember installedNovember
November 23 by the Presbytery of ofSt ofSt ofSt
St Johns In 1888 the present church churchedifice churchedifice churchedifice
edifice was dedicated which is well wellap wellappointed ap appointed appointed ¬
pointed and centrally located on onWoodland onVoodland onWoodland
Woodland Boulevard The manse is isjust isjust isjust
just completed The working force is isstable isstable isstable
stable and well defined Session SessionBoard SessionBoard SessionBoard
Board of Trustees Sabbath school schoolY
Y P S C E both Senior and Junior JuniorWomans JuniorWomans JuniorWomans
Womans Missionary society and andLadies andLadies andLadies
Ladies Aid society The aim of the thechurch thechurch thechurch
church is to be a factor in the life of ofthe ofthe ofthe
the city as well also as a force for forrighteousness forrighteousness forrighteousness
righteousness in the activities of men menGRACE menGILCE menGRACE
Grace Methodist Episopal Church ChurchSouth ChurchSouth ChurchSouth
South is located on Rich Avenue A venue near nearthe nearthe nearthe
the Boulevard BoulevardIn
In 1897 a permanent organization organizationof
of this congregation was effected effectedalthough effectedalthough effectedalthough
although services of one sort or oranother oranother i ianother
another had been held for years pre previous previous ¬ I Ivious
vious to this date under the circuit circuitplan circuitplan
plan Rev Eugene A Harrison A AB AB AB
B was appointed pastor at DeLand in
1897 and under his wise administration administrationfoundations administrationfou
foundations four dations were laid which were soon sooncrowned sooncrowned sooncrowned
crowned with the successful instituting institutingof
of what is now Grace Church After the theexpiration theexpiration theexpiration
expiration of his full pastoral term he hewas hewas hewas
was succeeded by Rev Jno E Mickler MicklerA
A B During Mr Micklers pastorate pastorateevery pastorateevery pastorateevery
every interest of the Church was advan advanced advanced advanced ¬
ced cedThe
The present pastor Rev R L Honi Honiker Honiker Honiker
ker came to the work Jan I 1905 1905From i9o5From
From a small beginning the church churchhas churchhas churchhas
has grown to spiritual influence and andpower andpower andpower
power in the community The pulpit pulpithas pulpithas pulpithas
has been filled by devout men and andscholary andscholary andscholary
scholary minjsters ministers whose godly counsel counseland counseland counseland
and admonitions have been heard and andfollowed andfollowed andfollowed
followed by a loyal and loving people peopleThe peopleThe
The Sunday School Epworth League Leagueand Leagueand Leagueand I
and Womens Missionary Societies are arefaithful arefaithful arefaithful
faithful helpers in carryng forward the thework thework thework
work of the church churchThe churchThe churchThe
The church property propertyneat neat and invit inviting invitingwell invitingwell ¬
ing ingwell well warmed and lighted and free freeof freeof freeof
of debt is admirably adopted to its uses usesA usesA usesA
A generous and warmhearted people peoplestand peoplestand peoplestand
stand ready to welcom wecom residents and vis visitors visitors visitors ¬
itors to all the public services servicesCome servicesCome servicesConte
Come in Rest Pray PrayFIRST PrayFIRST PrayFIRST
The First M E Church of DeLand DeLandwas DeLandwas
was organized by Rev J T Lewton Lewtonthen Lewtonthen Lewtonthen
then presiding Elder of St Johns district districton
on Sunday Aug 1st 1880 1880The 1880The i88oThe
The following named were received receivedby
by letter on that day Mr and Mrs H HB HB HB
B Austin Dr and Mrs Voorhis Mr Mrand I Iand tand
and Mrs Vincent Kirk and Miss Addie AddieHinkle AddieHinkle AddieHinkle
Hinkle who later married Mr O J
Hill HillMr
Mr and Mrs Chas Miller l1 iller were receiv received received received ¬
ed on probation probationBrother probationBrother probationBrother
Brother Lewton was appointed to the thecharge thecharge thecharge
charge in connection with Orange City
in 1882
The Baptists had completed their theirchurch theirchurch theirchurch
church and kindly invited us to worship worshipin
in their building which invitation we weaccepted weaccepted weaccepted
accepted meeting on Sunday afternoons afternoonsat
at three oclock oclockThe oclockThe oclockThe
The church was begun in the Spring Springof
of 1882 and by the next Conference in inJanuary inJanuary
January was near completion being beingdedicated beingdedicated beingdedicated
dedicated February 23rd 1883 Rev Re E T TCurnick TCurnick
Curnick of New Albany Ind preaching preachingthe
the sermon sermonBrother sermonBrother
Brother Lewton worked faithfully for forthis forthis forthis
this church both as its pastor and Pre Presiding Presiding Presiding ¬
siding Elder and always had its best in interests interests interests ¬
terests at heart heartIndeed heartIndeed heartIndeed
Indeed he gave the best y ars of his hislife hislife hislife
life to the upbuilding of Gods church churchand churchand churchand
and cause in Florida laboring for years yearsin yearsin yearsin
in the St Johns Conference when whenmembers whenmembers whenmembers
members were few and compensation compensationsmall
small only giving up the work when wheni whenhealth whenhealth
i health failed him and he could work no nolonger nolonger nolonger
longer All honor to such brave good goodmen goodmen goodmen
men menLater Later on as the church grew stronger strongera
a comfortable house of nine rooms was wasbuilt wasbuilt wasbuilt
built for a parsonage in rear of the thechurch thechurch thechurch
church on Hovry ave avei aveIn aveIn
i In January 1886 M I S Leelc was ap appointed appointed appointed ¬
pointed to supply this charge and reap reappointed reappointed reappointed ¬
pointed in 1887 He has left on record recordthe recordthe recordthe
the following At this date May 4th
1 1887 which is is my 53rd birthday I am amable amable amable
able to record for the church temporal temporaland
and spiritual success and for myself myselfspiritual myselfspiritual myselfspiritual
spiritual prosperity Never loved any anychurch anychurch anychurch
church more truly was never more morekindly morekindly morekindly
kindly sustained sustainedThe sustainedThe sustainedThe
The church was enlarged and greatly greatlyimproved greatlyimproved greatlyimproved
improved under the pastorate of Rev RevAddyman RevAddyman RevAddyman
Addyman Smith in 1903 has about sev seventy seventy seventy ¬
enty members and is served at present presentby presentby presentby
by the Rev W V E Dean lately from fromIowa fromIowa fromIowa
The Catholics had no stated place placeof placeof placeof
of worship until 1884 when their pres present present present ¬
ent edifice was erected It was dedi dedicated dedicated dedicated ¬
cated in April of that year by Right RightReverend RightReverend RightReverend
Reverend John Moore Bishop of St StAugustine StAugustine StAugustine
Augustine and given the name of St StPeter StPeter StPeter
Peter It was ministered to for a atime atime atime
time by Father Kenney but in 1885 1885Father 1885Father i885Father
Father Foley took the congregation congregationunder congregationunder congregationunder
under his care and through his able ableleadership ableleadership ableleadership
leadership the church made advance advancein
in many directions He remained remainedeight remainedeight remainedeight
eight years when his health was suf sufficiently sufficiently sufficiently ¬
ficiently restored to admit of his re returning returning returning ¬
turning to Maryland After Father FatherFoleys FatherFoleys FatherFoleys
Foleys departure the church had no noregular noregular noregular
regular pastor but was supplied from fromthe fromthe fromthe
the Palatka parish pari > h until November
1904 when Rev M F Curley was wasniiulc wasmade
made pastor of the church He is ispower islOWII ispower
power The church is being strength strengthened strengthened strengthened ¬
ened and built up spiritually pirituall under underhis underhis underhis
his able leadership leadershipDESIRABLE lculelshipDESIRABLE leadershipDESIRABLE
You may buy one of the handsomest ten acres acresin acresin acresin
in Florida with Rood 100 < 1 comfortable house barn barntenant barntenant barntenant
tenant house and fruit and shade trees all piped pipedwith pipedwith pipedwith
with a very superior water from a rock spring
for 1230 1230See 12 2iO 2iOSee O OSee
See illustration on page plI e 4 4Three 4Three J JThree
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