The First Presbyterian Church
1833-1913 (only 1894-1913 is transcribed here)
A History of the Oldest Organization in Chicago
With Biographical Sketches of the Ministers and Extracts from the Choir Records
by
Philo Adams Otis
Member of the Committee on Music Since 1874
FIRST EDITION
Clayton F. Summy Co.
Chicago, 1900
Second and Revised Edition
Fleming H. Revell Co.
Chicago, 1913

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Dr. Charles Gilman Smith

David W. Irwin

Rev. Robert W. Patterson

Mr. O.D. Ranney

George Francis Bissell

James Otis

John Ratcliffe Dyson

Mrs. Flora Fisher

John B. Drake

Charles Mather Henderson

Harriet Gaylord Smith

Mrs. Willard F. Myrick

Willard Franklin Myrick

Pauline Louise Otis

Horace Bird

Matthew Laflin

George Darrow (Mrs. is mentioned too)

Charles S. Lee

Henry Botsford

Edward Allen Packard

Franklin Chamberlain

Antoinette W. Freer

A.P. Kelley

Rev. Franklin W. Fisk

Mary Brewster

Joseph E. Otis

Dr. Barrows

Mr. H.M. Sherwood

William John Chichester

Frederick Raymond Otis

John Kirk Stearns

Charles Councilman

George H. Laflin

Theodore Thomas

Charles Davison Hamill

Mrs. Daniel A. Jones

Addison Ballard

John H. Brown

Marshall Field

Elisah Paxton Whitehead

Emeline Tillinghast Otis

Carl Young

Mr. and Mrs. McCaughan

Joseph Beckel

Raymond Wells

Mrs. W.B. Jenks

Stephen A. Douglas

Rev. William Rodman Notman

Mrs. Augustus N. Eddy

Mrs. Charles D. Hamill

William E. Kelley

Mrs. Joseph Edward Otis

Frank E. May

Mrs. Harriette L. Humphrey

Moses Wells

Adam Craig

Florence Otis Buckingham

Mrs. John Drake

Mrs. Alexander Murison

Dr. Daniel Kimball Pearsons

William Morris Baker

Rev. David C. Marquis (footnote)

Rev. Theodore L. Cuyler


1894

PULPIT and CHOIR

JANUARY 13 - Saturday P.M., funeral services of Dr. Charles Gilman Smith, at his late residence, 94 Calumet avenue, conducted by Dr. Barrows, with the assistance of the Church Choir.
Dr. Smith's grave at Graceland is marked by a plain headstone, bearing the inscription, "Charles Gilman Smith, a Succorer of Many." For forty years, he had been prominently identified with the social, literary and professional life of Chicago. He was born at Exeter, N.H., January 4, 1828; prepared for college at Phillip's Academy; graduated from Harvard in 1847; came to Chicago in 1853. He was one of the six physicians who had the care of the Confederate prisoners at Camp Douglas during the war; consulting physician at the Hospital for Women and Children and the Presbyterian Hospital, and for some years was a Trustee of the Peck Home for Incurables.

JANUARY 26 -- Friday. Funeral services of Mr. David W. Irwin, at his late residence, conducted by the Rev. E.C. Ray, D.D., and the Rev. Charles M. Morton. Choir: Mrs. John A. Farwell (S.), Mrs. Christian N. Dreier (A.), Mr. George Hamlin (T) and Mr. Edward A.Allen (B.).
Mr. David Wickham Irwin was born at Sodus, Wayne County, N.Y., December 14, 1830. He came west early in the "fifties" to start in business in Saginaw, where he remained about a year, going from there to Canada to enter the grain business. In 1862, he established the firm of D.W. Irwin & Co., in Chicago. Mr. Irwin was an early member of Calvary Church and at various times, a member of the Board of Trustees and Board of Deacons of the First Church. He was a Trustee of the Orphan Asylum and a member of the first Board of Trustees of the Art Institute. Mr. Irwin died in Chicago, January 24, 1894. His son, Mr. Charles D. Irwin, succeeded (1895) Mr. Eddy as organist of the First Church.

FEBRUARY 4 - Mr. John A. West [original footnote: organist and composer, died June 1, 1913 in Chicago. He was a pupil of Mr. Clarence Eddy (organ) and Mr. Frederic Grant Cleason (theory); graduated (1881) from Hershey School of Music in Chicago. Mr. West's principal works are:Cantata, "Faith and Praise", organ works, "Melody in C," "Fantasie B Flat" "March in A"; anthems: "Light's abode," "Now is Christ Risen," Sing O Heavens," and "While the Earth Remaineth"] in the absence of Mr. Eddy.

MARCH 4 -- Dr. Barrows in California. Sermon by Dr. Herrick Johnson, in which he spoke of the recent death of the Rev. Robert W. Patterson, DD., for 32 years Minister of the Second Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Patterson was born January 21, 1814, near Maryville, Blount County, Tenn,; died at Evanston, IL, February 28, 1894,

MARCH 5 -- Monday. Death of Mr. O.D. Ranney announced; one of the oldest members of the Session. Mr. and Mrs. Ranney were admitted to membership in this Church July 2, 1858.

MARCH 25 -- Easter Celebration [list of songs omitted] The regular Choir was assisted by Mrs. Virginia Evans, Miss Jessica Jenks, Miss Jeanette F. Russell and Miss Jennie Grey, sopranos; Miss Viola Miksch, Miss Rose Bilton and Miss Anna Millar, altos; Mr. P.V.R. Key and Mr. Philo A. Otis, tenors; Mr. Charles H. Bushnell and Mr. Charles S. Lee, basses.

MAY 27 -- The Rev. Charles M. Morton closes his long and useful work at Railroad Chapel, and is succeeded by the Rev. S.M. Johnson.

JULY 22 -- Sermon by the Rev. L.A. Ostrander of Lyons, N.Y., a member of this Church in 1858.

OCTOBER 7 -- The Rev. Dr. Jessup of Beirut, Syria, spoke this morning on his forty years of work in that country. [song omitted]

NOVEMBER 29 -- Union Thanksgiving service [songs omitted]

DECEMBER 30 -- Christmas Celebration: [songs omitted] The regular Choir was assisted by Mrs. Eunice St. Clair Martens, Miss Lillian E. Randall and Miss Pauline Stein, sopranos; Miss Anna H. Clarke, Miss Jennie R. Holmes and Miss Rose Bilton, altos; Mr. Frank W. Holder and Mr. Philo A. Otis, tenors; Mr. Charles H. Bushnell and Mr. Charles S. Lee, basses.

1895

The Choir: Miss Electa Gifford (s.), Mrs. Christine N. Dreier )A.), Mr. Frank K. Root (T.) and Mr. Edward A. Allen (B). Mr. Clarence Eddy, organist and director.

FEBRUARY 17 -- President Harper [original footnote: The Rev. William R. Harper, D.D., was born July 26, 1856, in New Concord Muskingum County, Ohio; was graduated from Yale College in 1875; entered on his duties as President of the University of Chicago July 1, 1891; died January 10, 1906, in Chicago.] of the University of Chicago spoke at the morning service. Subject, "Why should I study the Bible." The Rev. Frank W. Gunsaulus, D.D., of Plymouth Congregational Church, preacher at the evening service.

MARCH 10 -- morning service [songs omitted] Miss Blanche Dingley (harp), and Mr. Adolph Rosenbecker (violin), assisted at the evening service. [Original footnote: Mr. Rosenbecker is now (1912) a member of the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra.]

MARCH 31 - [sermon and song info omitted]

APRIL 14 - [songs omitted] The regular choir was assisted by Miss Jessica Jenks, Miss Alice Ettinger and Miss Lillian E. Randall, sopranos; Miss Anna H. Clarke, Miss Jennie R. Holmes and Miss Rose Bilton, altos; Mr. William A. Lamson and Mr. Philo A. Otis, tenors; Mr. Charles T. Atkinson and Mr. Charles S. Lee, basses, Miss Lee Timmons (harp); Mr. Edwin S. Timmons (flute).

MAY 19 -- Mr. Eddy's last Sunday as organist and director of the Choir. [songs omitted]
Mr. Clarence Eddy was born in Greenfield, Mass., in 1851. His first musical studies were pursued in Greenfield; afterward in Hartford, Conn., with Mr. Dudley Buck. From 1869 to 1871, he resided in Montpelier, Vt., as organist of Bethany Church. In the autumn of 1871, he went to Berlin, remaining there several years, studying with Haupt (organ) and Loeschhorn (piano). He was called to Chicago (1875) as organist of the First Congregational Church, remaining there two years. He began his work at the First Presbyterian, January 12, 1879. In 1876, he became general director of thershey School of Music in Chicago, and while with this school gave his famous series of one hundred organ recitals, without any repetitions. Is studied the theory of music with Mr. Eddy from 1876 to 1881. Mr. Eddy and Mrs. Sarah Hershey were married July 1, 1879. Mrs. Eddy died in Paris, France, July 8, 1911. Mr. Eddy is now (1912) director of the Siegel-Myers Correspondence School of Music, Chicago, and associated with the Walter Spry School of Music.

JUNE 2 - A magnificent window in memory of Dr. Mitchell, displayed this morning; the work of the Tiffany Co., N.Y. Subject, "Paul Preaching to the Athenians."

JUNE 28 -- Friday afternoon, funeral services of Mr. George Francis Bissell, President of the Board of Trustees, held at the church, conducted by Dr. Barrows, assisted by the Choir.
Mr. Bissell was born June 23, 1827, at Manchester, Conn., He went to Dubuque, Iowa, in 1857, came to Chicago in 1861, and entered the employ of the Hartford Fire Insurance Co. He was appointed western manager of the Company in 1866, retaining the position until his death. Mr. and Mrs. Bissell were received into the membership of the Church, January 4, 1862. Mr. Bissell was a member of the Session for many years, and, at the time of his death, was chairman of the Board of Trustees and a member of the Committee on Music. He was succeeded on the Board of Trustees by Mr. William H. Swift.

SEPTEMBER 17 -- Tuesday afternoon. Funeral services of Mr. James Otis (who died September 14) from his late residence, 1722 Michigan avenue, conducted by Dr. Barrows and the Rev. Charles M. Morton. Choir: Mrs. John A. Farwell (S.), Mrs. Oliver K. Johnson (A.), Mr. Robert T. Howard (T.) and Mr. John M. Hubbard (B.)
Mr. James Otis was born April 1, 1818 in Montville, Conn., a village not far from New London. In 1823, his parents removed to Berlin, Erie County, Ohio. On October 24, 1845, he married Margaretta, daughter of Deacon Philo Adams of Huron, Erie Co., Ohio, and in 1856 came to Chicago. He was one of the founders of the Interior, and Treasurer of the Presbyterian Theological Seminary of the Northwest form 1870 to 1884. The Rev. Marcus Whitman,a missionary, largely instrumental in saving Oregon to the United States, was a lifelong friend of Mr. Otis. When Mr. Whitman was on his way to Washington in 1834 (Transcriber's note: this is crossed out and "1842" is hand-written in pencil in the margin) to see Daniel Webster and the President, Mr. Otis traveled with him from Cleveland to Buffalo, and in after life often related the history of the Oregon trouble, as told to him by Mr. Whitman.
Mr. Otis was one of the founders (1859) of Calvary Presbyterian Church; member of the Board of Trustees of the united First and Calvary Churches, chairman of the building committee of the present edifice (1870-1873), and member of the Session until 1884.
The Rev. Edward anderson, second Minister of Calvary Presbyterian Church (1860-61), who was present at the funeral, writes of his Church work in Chicago, and his recollections of Mr. Otis:
"My acquaintance with your father began in 1859, when he came to invited me from St. Joseph, Mich., to the pastorate of Calvary Church, and my earliest impression of him is through his enthusiastic devotion to that enterprise, which was then in its infancy. He was surrounded by a goodly array of men: Bennett B. Chambers, Joseph Meeker, Willard F. Myrick, Daniel A. Jones, George Gilbert, all of whom are gone before him, and Joseph N. Barker, who survives him, and who held the superintendency of the Sunday-school for many years.
I shall never forget the day, when, rising in my pulpit at St. Joseph, I saw two strangers present who had a different tone from my usual parishioners. St. Joseph was then a small village, with the peach interest just started; we had built the church with great effort. I think it was Mr. Chambers who accompanied your father to St. Joseph, but I am not sure. After service, your father walked home with me, and told me with the deepest interest, of the new work that had been started on Indiana avenue, just beyond Ringgold Place (now 22nd St.), as he urged me to consider the call to become pastor of the Church for whose future he had such a prophetic prescience.
It is interesting to remember that at that time (1860) all beyond my house, which was on Michigan avenue, a few blocks south of Ringgold Place, was given up to market gardening, and that Mr. Myrick had the first stock yards on Cottage Grove avenue at about 30th St. Your father used to prophesy the greatness that he lived to see of this South Side. But I could not credit him in what seemed to me wild hopes. I am now writing at 55th St., and seem yet to be in theart of the city. I do not know where in the present city was the Reform School, but we rode through wild roads then to reach it, and all about it was farms with little promise of streets, still less of a great city."

Mr. James Otis is survived by two sons,Mr. Philo Adams Otis, and Dr. Walter J. Otis of Boston, Mass.

The month of December witnessed the retirement, by reason of the infirmities of old age, of Mr. John Ratcliffe Dyson, the faithful sexton of this Church who began his duties April 1, 1863, during the ministry of Dr. Humphrey.
Mr. Dyson was born January 12, 1818, in Manchester, England; came to Chicago in 1845. He remained here a few years and then went to Milwaukee, where he was sexton of Plymouth Congregational Church during the time Dr. Humphrey was its pastor. Mr. Dyson returned to Chicago to be sexton of the First Church, at the suggestion of Dr. Humphrey; died February 4, 1902, in Chicago.

OCTOBER 8 - Funeral services of Mrs. Flora Fisher, conducted at her late residence, 2419 Michigan avenue, by Dr. Barrows, Mrs. Fisher was born in 1799, and had been a member of the First church for more than forty years. In speaking of her great age, Dr. Barrows said she might have seen all of the Presidents of the United States save one, George Washington.

NOVEMBER 16 - Saturday. Funeral services of Mr. John B. Drake, conducted by Dr. Barrows, with the assistance of the Choir.
Mr. John Burroughs Drake was born in Lebanon, Warren County, Ohio, January 17, 1824. In his address, Dr. Barrows said:
"This man, who has been taken from us, filled a large place in the life of this community and of the nation. He was honored throughout the country, and was well known in other lands. He was one of the men who make the strength of a community like ours."

NOVEMBER 24 - The Rev. John H. Barrows, D.D., tendered his resignation as Minister of the Church.

DECEMBER 29 - Christmas Celebration [songs omitted]

1896

The Choir: Miss Electa Gifford (S.), Mrs. Oscar Remmer (A.,), Mr. Frank K. Root (T.) and Mr. Edward A. Allen (B.), Mr. Charles D. Irwin (O.)

JANUARY 25 - Saturday P.M., funeral services of Mr. Charles Mather Henderson, at his late residence, 1816 Prairie avenue, conducted by Dr. Barrows and the Rev. Charles M. Morton, assisted by members of the Choir.
Mr. Henderson was born in New Hartford, Conn., March 21, 1834; came to Chicago in 1854. He was for many years President of the Young People's Missionary Association of this Church, Superintendent of Railroad Mission Sunday School, and for some time a member of the committee on Music.

FEBRUARY 9 - Sunday evening. A great meeting was held in Central Music Hall, as a farewell tribute from the people of Chicago to Dr. Barrows. Addresses by Dr. Hensen, Bishop Fallows, the Rev Frank Bristol and Mr. H.N. Higinbotham.

FEBRUARY 12 - Wednesday evening. A service in memory of Mr. Charles M. Henderson. Addresses by the Rev. John H. arrows, DD., the Rev. Charles M. Morton and the Rev. D.A. Mcwilliams. Members of the Choir took part in the service.

FEBRUARY 14 - Friday evening. A farewell reception to the Minister and his wife at the Church. Dr. Barrows read an address in which he set forth some of the duties and responsibilities in the active life of a city pastor. The followed remarks by Bishop Cheney, F.L. Ensign, the Rev. Dr. McClure of Lake Forestand the Rev. Mr. Robinson of Englewood.

FEBRUARY 16, - The Rev. John H. Barrows, D.D., preached his last sermon this morning from the text, "Faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity." (1Cor., xiii;13)

APRIL 5 - Easter Celebration [songs omitted]

APRIL 11 - Saturday, 2 p.m. funeral services of Mrs. Harriet Gaylord Smith, widow of the late Dr. Charles Gilman Smith, were held at her late residence, 2220 Calumet avenue. Mrs. Smith died on Wednesday last, April 8. She was a member of the First church, a director of the Erring Woman's Refuge and of the Fortnightly Club.

MAY 31 - Mr. Frank K. Root (original footnote: Secretary & Treasurer of the McKinley Music Company, Chicago, organized in 1896) and Mr. Charles D. Irwin (original footnote: Mr. Irwin is now (1913) organist and director of the Choir in the Leyden Church, Brookline, Mass.) having resigned, are succeeded by Mr. William S. Hine (T.) and Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.). The Church will always be under obligations to Mr. Irwin for his work on the Music Committeeand the interest he has taken in the Choir. The hydraulic motor attachment to the organ was secured principally through his effortsand the larger part of the cost was borne by him.

JUNE 22 - Monday morning. Funeral services of Mrs. Willard F. Myrick, one of the oldest members of the Church, were held at her late residence, 2967 Vernon Ave; conducted by the Rev. E.C.Ray, D.D. Mrs. Myrick was 80 years of age. At the conclusion of Dr. Ray's remarks, Mr. Fernando Jones, one of the pallbearers, arose and begged to add his testimony regarding Mrs. Myrick, (whom he had known for more than 50 years) and her life of benevolence and charity. He said her great mission in this world was to feed the hungry and clothe the naked. Mr. Jones spoke of Mrs. Myrick's devotion to the soldiers at Camp Douglas and her efforts to relive the sufferings of the poor Confederate prisoners who were confined there during the war.

Mr. Willard Franklin Myrick, died January 27, 1889, at the age of 80. His home on Vernon Ave., built in 1854, has been a landmark in that part of our city, and was well known for its hospitalities and abounding charities. Mr. Myrick came to Chicago in October, 1836, from the shores of Lake Champlain, Vt., where he was born, July 11, 1809. Soon after his arrival in Chicago, he bought seventy acres on the lake between the present 26th and 31st Streets. From 1839 to 1854, he kept the Myrick House,a noted stopping place for drovers and cattle men. Here the first stock yards was organized.

SEPTEMBER 27 - Sermon by Dr. Ray on the benefit of a collegiate education.

NOVEMBER 8 Festival service (songs omitted). This was Miss Gifford's last service in the Church. After 2 years of study in Paris, she was engaged for the Royal Opera in Amsterdam, Holland. On her return to America, in 1900, she made her home in New York City. During the next 6 years, Miss Gifford sang with many of the large orchestras of the United States, notably with the Theodore Thomas Orchestra of Chicago, the Boston Symphony Orchestra, William Gericke, conductorand with Emil Paur in New York. In 1903, she bought a home on Long Island, N.Y., at Rockville Centre, and accepted a position with the Hanson Place M.E. Church, and with the Temple Betheloim Choir, where she is now engaged. Miss Gifford is interested in the real estate business on Long Island and in Florida.

NOVEMBER 29 - [songs omitted]

DECEMBER 27 - Christmas Celebration [songs and choir info omitted] [Original footnote: #1: Rev. Samuel Ives Curtiss, D.D. died in London, September 22, 1904; footnote #2: Miss Lucinda B. Lee is now Mrs. Edward Buxton, and resides 1913 in West Superior, Wisconsin.]

1897

The Choir: Miss L. May Gurler (S.) until May 1, 1897, when she was succeeded by Mrs. Clara G. Trimble; Mrs. Christine N. Dreier (A.), Mr. William S. Hine (T.) and Mr. Edward A. Allen (B.) Mr. Francis S. Moore (O).

FEBRUARY 17 - Funeral services of Miss Pauline Louise Otis (died January 29, in Paris France), daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Otis, from their residence, 1730 Prairie avenue, conducted by the Rev. S.J. McPherson, D.D., and the Rev. Charles M. Morton. A few familiar hymns were sung by Mrs. Christine N. Dreier.

FEBRUARY 28 - Mr. Arthur Dunham (O.,) in the absence of Mr. Moore: [songs omitted]. Prof M. Bross Thomas of Lake Forest University occupied the pulpit this morning

APRIL 11 - Announcement was made form the pulpit of the death on April 7, of Mr. Horace G. Bird, organist of this Church in 1868, when Dr. Mitchell began his pastorate.

APRIL 18 - Easter Celebration [songs and choir info omitted]

MAY 9 - [songs omitted]

MAY 22 - Saturday morning. Funeral services of Mr. Matthew Laflin, one of the oldest members of the Congregation, at his late residence, conducted by Prof. Franklin W. Fisk, D.D. A few familiar hymns were sung by Mrs. Genevieve Clark Wilson and Mrs. Christine N. Dreier.
Mr. Laflin was born in Southwick, Mass., December 16, 1803; came to Chicago in 1837. He brought his family to Chicago the following year an, during the winter of 1838-39, they occupied quarters in Fort Dearborn. Mrs. Laflin was received into the membership of the church, March 23, 1839. The present home of the Chicago Academy of Sciences in Lincoln Park was a gift from Mr. Laflin.

MAY 30 - Decoration Day [songs and choir info omitted]

JUNE 13 - Pulpit occupied by Prof. M. Bross Thomas of Lake Forest, Ill.

JUNE 20 - Sunday afternoon. Funeral services of Mr. George W. Darrow (original footnote: Mrs. Darrow died at Devon, Pa., October 30, 1902. Funeral at this church November 3, 1902) - conducted by the Rev. John H. Barrows, D.D. with the assistance of the Choir.

JUNE 30 - Wednesday evening. A formal call was extended by the Society to the Rev. W.J. Chichester, D.D., of the Immanuel Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles, Cal., to become the Minister of this Church.

JULY 7 - Wednesday evening. Dr. Chichester's letter of acceptance read. He will begin his labors October 1, 1897.

AUGUST 1 - The Rev. W.B. Jennings, D.D. Louisville, Ky., preacher. Death announced on July 30, at Ypsilanti, Mich., of Mr. Charles S. Lee, member of the Session, former Superintendent of Railroad Chapel Sunday-school, leader of the music at the evening services and a member of the church Choir on festival occasions.

AUGUST 22 - [songs omitted]

SEPTEMBER 26 - Sunday evening. Memorial service for Mr. Charles S. Lee, at Railroad Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Charles M. Morton and the Rev. D.A. Mcwilliams

OCTOBER 3 - Dr. Chichester preached his first sermon. Text, "So, as much as in me is, I am ready to preach the gospel to you that are at Rome also." (Romans i:15) [songs and choir info omitted]

OCTOBER 20 - Wednesday evening. Installation services of Dr. Chichester. The following members of the Chicago Presbytery took part: The Rev. Charles S. Hoyt, the Rev. John H. Barrows, D.D., the Rev. Willis G. Craig, D.D., the Rev. Edward C. Ray, D.D., the Rev. C.A. Lippincott and the Rev. D.A. McWilliams [songs and choir info omitted]

DECEMBER 26 - Christmas Celebration [songs and choir info omitted]
[Original footnotes concerning choir members: Miss Mertie M. White was soloist at the "Messiah" concert, by the Apollo Musical Club, December 30, 1899 Miss Anna Millar was manager of the Thomas Orchestra (1895-98) and is now engaged in the real estate business in Florida and on Long Island, N.Y. She resides in Rockville Centre, Long Island, N.Y. Mr. Leopold Kramer was concert meister of the Thomas Orchestra (1897-1910)]

1898

The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble (S.), Mrs. Christine N. Dreier (A.), Mr. William S. Hine (T.), Mr. Edward A. Allen (B.), Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.)

JANUARY 30 - [songs and choir info omitted]

FEBRUARY 20 - Dr. Chichester's sermon was on the life and influence of George Washington

MARCH 30 - Wednesday afternoon; funeral services of Mr. Henry Botsford, conducted by Dr. Chichester. Mrs. Trimble and Miss Evans sang familiar hymns.

APRIL 10 - Easter Celebration [songs and choir info omitted]

MAY 1 - Messrs. Hine and Allen having resigned, are succeeded by Mr. Glenn Hall (T.) and Mr. Alfred Williams (B.)

MAY 22 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

JUNE 19, 26- [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

JUNE 17 - Dr. Chichester on his vacation. The Rev. Sylvester Scovel, D.D., Worcester, Ohio, preacher. Subject, "The Martyr Sprit" Text, "and they stoned Stephen" Acts vii: 59-60

JULY 31 - The Rev. L. F. Laverty of Los Angels, Cal., preacher. The speaker said the present war with Spain will call the attention of the whole world to the power of the Anglo-Saxon race. In 1700, the Anglo-saxon people numbered 6,000,000; in 1800: 20,000,000; in 1900, there will be 115,000,000

AUGUST 28 - The Rev. John C. Watt, D.D., First Presbyterian Church, Columbus, Ohio, preacher.

SEPTEMBER 11 - The Rev. S.C. Palmer, D.D., preacher.

SEPTEMBER 25, OCTOBER 23 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

NOVEMBER 13 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] The Rev. W.J. McCaughan began his labors today, as Minister of the Third Presbyterian Church.

NOVEMBER 27 & DECEMBER 4 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

DECEMBER 15 & 16 - Thursday and Friday evenings. Mr. Tracy C. Drake gave his lecture "With a Kodak in Japan, China and Hawaii" in the Church parlors for the benefit of the Bureau of Associated Charities, the Marguerite Ayres Kindergarten at Kioto, Japanand the Sunday-school of the Church. The lecture was illustrated with many beautifully colored views.

DECEMBER 25 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

1899

The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble (S.), Mrs. Christine N. Dreier (A.), Mr. Glenn Hall (T.) and Mr. Alfred Williams (B)., Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.)
During the absence of Mr. Hallin the summer, his place was filled by Mr. Alfred Rollo.

JANUARY 8, 29, FEBRUARY 12, APRIL 2, 9, 23, 30 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MAY 7 - [songs omitted] Dr. McPherson tendered his resignation this morning as Minister of the Second Presbyterian Church, to become head master of the school at Lawrenceville, N.J.

MAY 14 - The Minister's sermon was on the text, "When though buildest a new house, then thou shalt make a battlement for they roof." Dr. Chichester in conclusion made an earnest appeal for the work of Railroad Chapel; $2,000 subscribed

JUNE 11 - Children's Day. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

JUNE 25 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] A tablet has been placed in the Church during the past week, bearing this inscription:
In MEMORY OF ASA PAGE KELLEY, 1822-1893
SOME TIME AN ELDER IN THIS CHURCH.
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY HIS DAUGHTER, MARY KELLEY SHUFELDT.

JULY 16 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] The Rev. David C. Marquis, D.D. of the McCormick Theological Seminary, preacher. [Original Footnote: Dr. Marquis retired form the Seminary in 1909; died in Chicago, October 8, 1912]

JULY 23-30 The Rev. W.N. Page, DD., of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, preacher. The Church was closed during the month of August

SEPTEMBER 3-10 - Dr. Hartley of La Porte, Ind., preacher

SEPTEMBER 17 - Dr. Chichester resumed his work this morning, subject "Spiritual Effectiveness"

Sunday afternoon: funeral services of Mr. Edward Allen Packard, conducted by Dr. Chichester. Mrs. Christine N. Dreier sang the hymns "Lead, Kindly Light" and "Abide with Me" Mr. Packard was admitted to the membership of this Church, March 26, 1866, by letter from the First Congregational Church of Stockton, N.Y.

OCTOBER 29 & NOVEMBER 12- [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

NOVEMBER 18 - Saturday afternoon - funeral services of Mr. Franklin Van Tuyl Chamberlain at his late residence in Evanston, conducted by Dr. Chichester, and Dr. Boyd of the First Presbyterian Church of Evanston. Mr. Chamberlain was born in Seneca Falls,N.Y., December 26, 1820. He came to Chicago in 1849, and, with his wife, was admitted to membership in this Church, March 9, 1850. He was elected an Elder, February 27,1853 and was Clerk of the Session from June 27, 1853 to March 25, 1861; succeeded by Mr. E.S. Wells. In 1861, he removed to Cincinnati, returning to Chicago in 1878, when he was again chosen an Elder, retaining the office until his death, November 16, 1899.

NOVEMBER 30 - Thursday morning. Union Thanksgiving service of the Plymouth Congregational, Trinity M.E., First Christian, First and Second Presbyterian Churches, held in the First Presbyterian Church. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

DECEMBER 24 Celebration: [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

1900


The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble (S.), Mrs. Christine N. Dreier (A.), Mr. Glenn Hall (T.) and Mr. Alfred Williams (B)., Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.)

JANUARY 21, FEBRUARY 11 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MARCH 11 - Second Presbyterian Church destroyed by fire Thursday night, last. By invitation of De. Chichester, members of the Second Church with their Assistant Minister, the Rev. C.A. Lippincott, worshipped with us this a.m.

MARCH 14- Wednesday afternoon, funeral services of Mrs. Antoinette W. Freer, widow of Mr. L.C.P. Freer, at the residence of Mr.O.K. Johnson, 4527 Greenwood avenue. Mrs. Freer died Sunday, March 11. She was received into the membership of the First church, April 5, 1845, and at the time of her death was the oldest member.

APRIL 15, 22 & 29 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MAY 13 - The bulletin announces the death of Mrs. A.P. Kelley, an old member of this Church.

MAY 31, JUNE 17, JULY 8, 15, 22 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

SEPTEMBER 16 - Dr. Chichester in the pulpit, after the summer vacation; spoke on the recent disaster at Galveston.

SEPTEMBER 23, OCTOBER 7 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

NOVEMBER 25 - Mr. Clarence Eddy, organist of the church *1879-1895) was present this morning. After the last hymn, Dr. Chichester spoke of Mr. Eddy's long service with the Church, and said the people would love to see him in his old place at the organ. After the benediction, Mr. Eddy played a portion of Widor's "Second Symphony," and the "Meditation" by d'Evry

DECEMBER 23 - Christmas Celebration - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

1901


The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble (S.), Mrs. Christine N. Dreier (A.), Mr. Glenn Hall (T.) and Mr. Alfred Williams (B)., Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.)

JANUARY 20 - Miss Grace E. Dudley (S.) assisted. The Minister spoke on "The Limitations of Life"

FEBRUARY 10 - the Minister spoke on Home Missions.... Out of a population of 1,855,000 in Chicago (1900), only 500,000 are of American birth. There are twice as many Irish today in America as there are in all Ireland.

FEBRUARY 17 - A fierce snowstorm. The service this morning was in the interest of the Citizens' League..... [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

FEBRUARY 24 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

APRIL 7 - EASTER CELEBRATION - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

APRIL 28 - A lovely spring day. Mr. Coffin (T.), in the absence of Mr. Hall. [Sermon omitted]

MAY 12 - The Rev. John H. Barrows, D.D. preacher. Text, "Our Father who art in Heaven"

MAY 19 - Dr. Chichester spoke on the parable, "The withering of the fig tree" [Sermon omitted]

JUNE 2 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]
BAPTIZED BY THE REV. W.J. CHICHESTER, D.D.
James Otis - son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph C. Otis
Otis Buckingham - son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry W. Buckingham

JULY 5 - Friday - I attended the funeral services of the Rev. Franklin W. Fisk, D.D. at 4 p.m. in Fisk Hall of the Chicago Seminary. Dr. Fisk passed away yesterday, July 4, in his eighty-second year. After graduating from Yale, he came to Beloit College, Wisconsin, and later to Chicago, as professor in the new Chicago Seminary. DR. Fisk will always be held in grateful remembrance by the people of the First church for his faithful work with them as permanent supply after the removal of Dr. Mitchell to Cleveland in 1880

JULY 21 - [Sermon info omitted] Preacher the Rev. E.B. Newcomb of Keokuk, Iowa

SEPTEMBER 22- Dr. Chichester resumed his work, speaking on the "Parable of the Talents" [Sermon info omitted]

OCTOBER 13, DECEMBER 1 & 22 - [Sermon info omitted]

1902

The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble (S.), Mrs. Christine N. Dreier (A.), Mr. Glenn Hall (T.) and Mr. Alfred Williams (B)., Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.)

JANUARY 12 - [song info omitted] In the afternoon, funeral services of Mary Brewster, wife of Mr. George H. Laflin, from her late residence, 1614 Michigan avenue, conducted by Dr. Chichester, assisted by the Church Choir. Mrs. Laflin was born in Pittsfield, Mass., of a family line directly descended from Elder Brewster of the Mayflower Company. She was deeply interested in all the activities of the First Church, especially Home and Foreign Missions. For 30 years, she had been connected with the management of the Home for the Friendless. Mr. and Mrs. George H. Laflin were admitted to the membership of the First church, December 26, 1864. Mrs. Laflin died January 10, 1902

FEBRUARY 23 - The annual collection for Home Missions. The Minister gave some interesting data regarding modern city life.
Life in the city affords great opportunities. The cost of living is less. Chicago has less past and more future than any other city in the world. The preacher referred to the extraordinary growth of the modern city. Paris has doubled its population four times in a hundred years. The population of Berlin increases faster than that of any other city in Europe. No city in the world has exceeded the growth of Chicago, from a population of 300, when Dr. Porter organized the First Church in 1833, to fully two million at this date (1902)

MARCH 9 - [Songs & choir info omitted]. 3:00 p.m." Funeral services of Mr. Joseph E. Otis (died March 7) from his late residence, 1730 Prairie avenue, conducted by Dr. Chichester, assisted by the Imperial Quartette. Mr. Otis was born in Berlin, Erie County, Ohio, April 30, 1830. His education was acquired at the common school; later he had a 3 years' course at the Huron institute in Milan, Ohio. In 1855, he was appointed cashier of the Milan Bank (andrews & Otis), with which he continued until 1862. While living in Milan he married Maria, daughter of Judge Taylor. In 1860 he came to Chicago, and for four years had control of a line of vessels on the lakes, carrying grain from Chicago to Buffalo. After discharging their cargoes of wheat at Buffalo, his schooners would run "light" to Erie, Pa., there to load with coal for Chicago. Mr. Otis disposed of his vessel interests in 1864, and began investments in real estate. He was a member of the common Council of Chicago at the time of the fire (1871), having been elected on the Republican ticket from the second ward. Mr. and Mrs. Otis were received into the membership of this Church, October 5, 1866. his widow and four children survive him; Mrs. John E. Jenkins, Mr. Joseph E. Otis, Jr., Mr. Ralph C. Otis and Mrs. Henry W. Buckingham.

MARCH 30, APRIL 20, MAY 4 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MAY 25 - [songs & choir info omitted] The Minister spoke of the recent earthquake in the island of Martinique and the general subject of such disturbances in nature.....

MAY 26 - Monday. The evening papers announced the serious illness of Dr. Barrows at Oberlin, Ohio.

JUNE 3 - Tuesday. Telegram from Miss Mary Eleanor Barrows: "Father died at two o'clock this a.m." It is too sudden and sad for belief.

JUNE 8 - Sunday morning. Memorial service for Dr. Barrows, conducted by Dr. Chichester, assisted by the Choir. [Songs & choir info omitted]

JUNE 22 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

JUNE 29 - The Minister's sermon was on "Crowns and Coronations"... Dr. Chichester referred to the historical crowns of Europe, among them the Iron Crown of Lombardy, richly jeweled and enameled, preserved at Monza, Italy. A legend says the inner band of iron was hammered out of a nail of the true cross. Another historical crown is that of Charlemagne, preserved at Vienna, composed of a series of plaques of gold, richly ornamented with emeralds and sapphires. At Madrid, is preserved the crown of Svingtilla, King of the Visigoths (621-631), consisting of a circlet of thick gold set with precious stones. The crown worn by Queen Victoria at her coronation, June 28, 1838, was that of Edward II, the most graceful and elegant of all the forms which the English medieval crown had assumed, altered, however, for this occasion, with arches made of oak leaves in gold. Dr. Chichester spoke of the approaching coronation of Edward VII of England.

JULY 6 - Last service in the Church before vacation. Miss Grace E. Dudley (S.) assisted. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] At 4:00 p.m., funeral services of Mr. H.M. Sherwood, from his late residence, 4529 Greenwood avenue, conducted by Dr. Chichester with the assistance of the Choir. Mr. Sherwood came to Chicago in 1858; was admitted to membership in the First Church, July 1, 1864; member of the Board of Trustees and Treasurer of the church (1874-1888)

SEPTEMBER 28 - First service after vacation days, held in the Sunday-school room. Sermon by Dr. Chichester; text, "and Jacob was left alone."

OCTOBER 26 - Service held in the newly decorated audience room. The enlarged space of the choir gallery will be greatly appreciated at the Christmas and Easter Festivals. Mr. Frederick Clay Bartlett assisted the Trustees in selecting colors and decorations.

DECEMBER 1 - Annual meeting of the church and Society, Report of the Trustees was read by Mr. William H. Swift, President, giving data as to the cost of recent improvements on the church. The exterior work cost $5,000; interior, $8,400. Of this amount, $2,500 was contributed at Christmas, one year ago; $8,400 was raised through the efforts of Dr. Chichester; and $735 by Mrs. Chichester, toward cost of the carpet.

DECEMBER 28 - Christmas Celebration [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]. The regular Choir (Mr. Karl W. Knorr (T.), Mr. Hall having resigned (original footnote: Mr. Glenn Hall, on leaving Chicago, sang in the Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City, for several years; later studied in Germany and Italy, returning to America for two seasons with the Metropolitan Opera Co. Mr. Hall now (1912) resides in Florence, Italy.) was assisted by the Lyric Choral club (16 voices), Mr. Alexander Krauss (violin), Mr. Bruno Steindel (violoncello), Mr. Alfred Quensel (flute), Mr. Leopold de Mare (French horn) and Mrs. Emma W. Bichl (harp) Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.

1903

The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble (S.), Mrs. Christine N. Dreier (A.), Mr. Karl W. Knorr (T.), Mr. Alfred Williams (B.), Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.)

JANUARY 25 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

FEBRUARY 8 - Mr. Alfred D. Shaw (T.), succeeding Mr. Karl W. Knorr. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

FEBRUARY 15 - Mr. W.A. Willett (B.), in the absence of Mr. Alfred Williams. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] The Rev. Clifford W. Barnes,, preacher. Dr. Chichester ill.

MARCH 22 - Dr. Noble of Los Angeles, Cal., preacher. He announced the serious illness of Dr. Chichester, at Atlanta, Ga.

MARCH 24 - Tuesday. Telephone message to me from Mr. Caryl Young, that Dr. Chichester had passed away at Atlanta, Ga., Monday evening. It does not seem possible! A meeting of the Session was called at the Sherman House in the afternoon. Messrs. Dudley, Baker and myself were appointed a committee to make arrangements for the funeral.

MARCH 26 - Thursday. Funeral services of our beloved Minister were held in the Church at 3:00 p.m. The Rev. James G.K. McClure, D.D., officiated, assisted by the Choir. Address by the Rev. Frank W. Gunsaulus, D.D. Moore played the "Funeral March" of Chopin at the opening of the service, and the "Chant Seraphique" of Guilmant at the close. Mr. Glenn Hall sang the aria by Gluck, "O Saviour, Hear Me."

MARCH 29 - Memorial service for the Rev. William John Chichester, D.D., the seventh Minister, conducted by the Rev. Thomas Marshall, D.D. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] The regular Choir was assisted by Miss Grace E. Dudley (Original Footnote: Afterward, Mrs. W.T. Fenton; now (1913) resides in Grand Rapids, Mich.)

APRIL 12 - EASTER Celebration. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]
Miss Edna K. Wooley wrote of this service in the Chicago Evening Journal of Monday, April 13:
"I decided to attend service at the First Presbyterian Church on Easter Day, and to sit once more in the warm, dim light of this famous old house of worship.
The present edifice, at 21st St. and Indiana Ave., has been standing since the great fire. Before that, the Church was situated down town - on Wabash avenue, near Congress street, opposite the Auditorium, It has always been a Church of the substantial and best class of people, and today, it is a pleasure to sit among them, for they are mostly Chicago-born, and thoroughly American.
This is a beautiful old Church -- for memory's sake, for the harmonious richness of its interior architecture, and for the glory of its wonderful windows.
Now about the preacher today -- Dr. Hartley.
He is a Nathaniel Hawthorne sort of man. Of poetry, he is the breathing essence. To hurts and happiness, he is highly sensitive. OF sorrow he must know much, for he understands so well the pangs of others' sorrows.
What drew me to this Indiana preacher, was the tenor of his first prayer. In it, he showed so great a tenderness, so large a knowledge, so wide a sympathy, that unwilling, the tears came into my eyes, and I know that other eyes than mine were wet as well.
'Dear God,' said he, 'let me understand a little more of the Easter joy. We all know the agonies, the pains, the despairs, the disappointments of the seventh day, but not enough of us know the Easter joy.'
'Victory in the finals,' was the subject of Dr. Hartley's sermon.
Each year, after the birds are gone, after the last leaf has fallen, and theart of every brook is frozen; after the long white silence of the snows, theavens make a new convenant with the earth.
Let us all feel the Christ's victory in ourselves today and for all our time to come - as a tribute to this Eastertide. We must all suffer - many most unjustly - but let us be entered in the lists for the finals. Once can do nothing greater than strive for victory of a Christ.

APRIL 26 - Mr. Albert E. DeRiemer (B.,) succeeds Mr. Alfred Williams (original footnote: Mr. Williams is now [1913] Musical Director of the Redpath Lyceum Bureau. Chicago.), resigned Professor M. Bross Thomas, preacher [sermon info omitted]

MAY 17 - The Rev. F.M. Carson, D.D. preacher. [sermon info omitted]

MAY 31 - The Rev. Benjamin S. Terry, of the University of Chicago, preacher. [sermon info omitted]

JUNE 14 - Children's Day. The Rev. Alexander Patterson talked to the little folks on the subject, "In the Garden" [sermon info omitted]

The Church was closed during the month of August and for the first two Sundays in September; opened on September 20, with the Rev. Samuel A. Fiske, of Avon, Ct., preacher; and on September 27, October 4 and October 11, Prof. Nathaniel Butler, preacher. Mr. Charles D. Irwin was organist during the absence of Mr. Moore.
Some of our vacation days were spent in England.

OCTOBER 11 - Sunday, in London; a heavy rain all day. We attended morning service at Westminster Abbey, where we heard Garrett's Service in F, and for the anthem, the quartette from "Elijah" "O Come, Every One that Thirsteth" The boys' voices were particularly good. Sir Frederick Bridge, organist.

OCTOBER 18 - London; morning service at the Inner Temple. In the Chapel of this ancient building,t he Crusaders were wont to assemble for Divine service, before going forth to the Holy Land. Choir of boys and men. The Church was filled with law students and barristers. Dr. E.J. Hopkins, author of the hymn "Saviour, Again to Thy Dear Name," has been organist of the Temple since 1843.

NOVEMBER 15 - Home again. Prof. Terry, preacher.

DECEMBER 17 - Death of Mr. Frederick Raymond Otis announced. Mr. Otis was born in Berlin, Erie county, Ohio, February 10, 1825. His early years were divided between the hard work of the farm and attendance at the district school. Soon after becoming of age, with his brother James, he founded the bank of andrews & Otis, in the adjacent town of Milan. In 1849, Frederick visited the new city on the lake, called "Chicago," making the trip by horse and buggy, and arriving in September of that year. Here he visited his uncle, Asahel Otis, who lived on a dairy farm on the West Side of the city, near Harrison street bridge. From this time on, Mr. Otis made frequent visits to Chicago, constantly investing in real estate, as he had great faith in the future of the city. His investments, like those of his three brothers, were in central business property.
Funeral services, on Saturday, December 19, from his late residence, 2033 Prairie avenue.
Mr. Otis was married, December 25, 1848, to Emeline Tillinghast, daughter of Oliver Cromwell Tillinghast, of Berlin, Ohio. the widow and six children survive him; Mrs. H.H. Deming, Mrs. Lucius A. Hine, Mrs. William G. Sage, Miss Margaretta E. Otis, Mr. Charles Tillinghast Otis, Treasurer (1912) of the Board of Trustees of this Church, and Mr. Lucius James Otis, Treasurer (1913) of the Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Fund.

DECEMBER 27 - Christmas Celebration [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

1904


The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble (S.), Mrs. Christine N. Dreier (A.), Mr. Alfred D. Shaw (T.) Mr. Albert E. DeRiemer (B.) and Mr. Francis S. Moore (O).

JANUARY 2 - Saturday. Mr. John Kirk Stearns passed away today at the age of 63. He was born in Tolland, Conn.; came to Chicago in 1860. Mr. Stearns was agent of the Connecticut Mutual Life Insurance Co., and had been with the company 43 years. HE was received into membership of the First church, December 31, 1866. From 1869-1870, he was Superintendent of Railroad Mission.

JANUARY 27 - Wednesday evening. At a meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society, a formal call was extended to the Rev. John Archibald Morison, Ph. D., of St. John, N.B., Canada, to become the Minister of this Church. Messrs. Samuel Baker, Ernest A. Hamill and Philo A. Otis were appointed a committee to prosecute the call.

FEBRUARY 28 - Mr. Glenn Hall (T.) assisted. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MARCH 6 - Letter of acceptance from the Rev. John A. Morison, Ph.D., read from the pulpit by Prof. Terry. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MARCH 20 - Mr. Marion Green (B.), in the absence of Mr. DeRiemer. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] Prof. Terry spoke on "College Education"

MARCH 23 - Wednesday p.m. Funeral services of Mr. Charles Counselman, who died at Virginia Hot Springs, Sunday, March 20, were held at his late residence, 5035 Greenwood avenue, conducted by the Rev. W. Francis Irwin, former Minister of the Fifth Presbyterian Church, Chicago. The grain stock and bond house of Counselman & Co., in Chicago was established in 1871. Mr. Counselman was born in Baltimore, Md., December 25, 1849; came to Chicago in 1867. He married, in 1875, Jennie E., daughter of the late Lucius B. Otis. Mr. Counselman was instrumental in the removal (1882) of the Board of Trade to its present location. The Counselman cottage, at the Chicago Orphan Asylum, was one of his many benefactions. He was received into the membership of the First Church in 1808.

APRIL 3 - Easter Celebration. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] Beautiful day; a large audience in attendance. The new Minister was introduced by Elder Henry W. Dudley

APRIL 17 - Dr. Morison chose for his subject "The wonderful ladder which Jacob saw in his dreams. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

APRIL 24 - The subject of the Minister's sermon was Paul's message to the Galatians. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] Mrs. Dreir leaves the Choir today after a faithful service of 18 years; succeeded by Miss Helen Hall (original footnote: afterward, Mrs. Frederick W. Upham), followed later by Mrs. Sarah S. Maxon

APRIL 28 - Thursday evening; installation service of the Rev. John Archibald Morison, Ph.D., as eighth Minister. The Moderator of the Presbytery, the Rev. Augustus Stiles Carrier, D.D., presided, assisted by the Rev. William Robson Notman, D.D., Minister of the 4th Presbyterian Church, the Rev. William John McCaughan, Minister of the Third Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Cleland Boyd McAfee, D.D., Minister of the 41st Presbyterian Church. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MAY 15 - [song info omitted] Mr. Julia M. Worthing (B.) succeeds Mr. Albert E. DeRiemer, resigned. The Minister's sermon was in reference to the work at Railroad Mission.

JUNE 29 - Some of our vacation days were spent in Italy. This (Wednesday) being a
fete day, we heard a Mass by Mancinelli at the Church of Annunziata in Florence, sung by 30 boys and 15 men, with the unusual accompaniment of four double basses, four 'cellos and two organs. The large organ, in the nave of the Church, was used only in the fortissimo passages of the Mass. The other organ, a small one, was in the choir, back of the chancel, with the singers and instruments. After the service I met the conductor and he explained to me the choir arrangements and the band parts. The use of double basses and 'cellos in Church music is confined to the Churches of Italy and France. At the Church of St. Sulpice in Paris, these instruments are employed with two organs at Every Sunday service.
During the month of August, and until the second Sunday in September, the morning services in the First Church were omitted.

SEPTEMBER 4 - Home again; attended the Second Presbyterian Church in the evening. Preacher, the Rev. Mr. Odell of Birmingham, England. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

SEPTEMBER 11 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] The bulletin records the death of Mr. George H. Laflin at Pittsfield, Mass., July 24. Mr. and Mrs. George H. Laflin were admitted as members of the First Church, Dec. 26, 1864.

OCTOBER 2 - The Rev. John Balcom Shaw, D.D., begins his work as Minister of the Second Presbyterian Church. The installation services took place Thursday evening, October 27. The Rev. Prof. Augustus S. Carrier, D.D., Moderator of the Presbytery, presided, assisted by the Rev. John Archibald Morison, Ph.D., the Rev. J.G.K. McClure, D.D., the Rev. John E. Bushnell, D.D., of the Westminster Church, Minneapolis, and the Rev. Prof. George l. Robinson, Ph.D.

OCTOBER 16 - Mrs. W.S. Bracken (A.), succeeds Mrs. Sarah S. Maxon.

NOVEMBER 23 - Wednesday evening. Memorial service for the former Ministers:
Founder - The Rev. Jeremiah Porter, D.D. (1933-1835) Died July 25, 1893. Remarks by Mr. Henry W. Dudley
First Minister - The Rev. John Blatchford, D.D. (1837-1839) Died April 8, 1855. Remarks by Mr. Philo A. Otis.
Second Minister - The Rev. Flavel Bascom , DD. (1840-1849). Died August 8, 1890. Remarks by the Rev. John Archibald Morison, Ph.D.
Third Minister - The Rev. Harvey Curtis, D.D. (1850-1858). Died September 18, 1862. Remarks by Mr. E.S. Wells
Fourth Minister - The Rev. Zephaniah Moore Humphrey, D.D. (1859-1868) Died November 13, 1881. Remarks by Prof. Albert McCalla
Fifth Minister - The Rev. Arthur Mitchell, D.D. (1868-1880) Died April 24, 1893. Remarks by Mr. Addison Ballard
Sixth Minister - The Rev. John Henry Barrows, D.D. (1881-1896) Died June 3, 1902. Remarks by Mr. Charles Alling, Jr.
Seventh Minister - the Rev. William John Chichester, D.D. (1897-1903) Died March 23, 1903. Remarks by Mr. H.H. Munger.
The proceedings of this service afterward appeared in pamphlet form, by order of the Session.

DECEMBER 11 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

DECEMBER 25 - Christmas Celebration - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

1905

The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble (S.), Mrs. Willard S. Bracken (A.), Mr. Alfred D. Shaw (T.) Mr.J.M. Worthington (B.) and Mr. Francis S. Moore (O).

JANUARY 8 - Memorial service for Mr. Theodore Thomas, conductor of the Chicago Orchestra, who died January 4. All the Choir numbers from Handel's "Messiah." [songs & choir info omitted]

JANUARY 13 - Friday; funeral service of Mr. Charles Davison Hamill, who died January 11, were held in the Church at 12:30 p.m., conducted by Dr. Morison, assisted by the brass choir of the Chicago Orchestra, under the direction of Mr. Stock. [songs & choir info omitted]
Appropriate hymns were sung by the Choir of the Church.

Five sons and a nephew of the deceased acted as pallbearers- an impressive sight. 30 years and more of my life have been associated with two men in the development of music in Chicago, Theodore Thomas and Charles D. Hammill, men who stood for the highest in musical art. Mr. Hamill was one of the founders of the Mendelssohn Society (1858-1865), of which Mr. A.W. Dohn was the conductor. My recollections of Mr. Hamill date from a series of concerts given by Mr. Thomas in Chicago in November, 1870, in Farwell Hall. The concert on the 14th of November, included the Choral Fantasie of Beethoven for piano solo (miss Mehlig), chorus and orchestra; Mr. Hamill and I were members of the chorus. In 1877, Mr. Hamill became a member of the Apollo Musical Club, founded in 1872, and in the season of 1886-87, was its President. He was chairman of the Music Committee in the May Festivals of 1882 and 1884, of which Mr. Thomas was conductor. To the Chicago Art Institute, he also gave much of his time and thought, being one of its founders and a member of its Board of Trustees, until his death. He was a Charter Member of the Orchestral Association, organized in 1891; was instrumental in bringing Mr. Thomas to Chicago, as conductor of the Orchestra, and was a member of its Board of Trustees at the time of his death. During his last illness, Mr. Hamill's mind constantly dwelt upon the completion of Orchestra Hall, to the building of which he had devoted much effort in the closing year of his life. Mr. Hamill was born, November 14, 1839, in Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. and Mrs. Hamill were received into the membership of the First Church, April 4, 1862.

JANUARY 22 - The entire musical service consisted of selections from the works of Mendelssohn. Miss Emma Rommeiss (A) assisted. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

FEBRUARY 7 - Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. A number of ladies met in the Church and organized the Fort Dearborn Guild, at the suggestion of Dr. Morison, an organization open to all women who loved the traditions of the Church and who were interested in its prosperity. The Guild held public meetings at various times during the winter, with exercises, consisting of music, papers on popular subjects, recitations, etc.

FEBRUARY 12 - The Choir was assisted by Miss Grace Kennicott (S.), Miss Emma Rommeiss (A.), Mr. G.M. Hobbs (T.) and Mr.Charles T. Atkinson (B.) [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

FEBRUARY 19 - Memorial service for Mrs. Daniel A. Jones, whose death occurred in Pasadena, Cal., February 10. [songs & choir info omitted] Dr. Morison spoke from the text, "This woman was full of good works and alms deeds which she did." Acts ix: 36) Mr. and Mrs. Daniel A. Jones were admitted to the membership of Calvary Presbyterian Church, January 1, 1860. Mr. Jones died January 11, 1886.
Mrs. Jones, in her will, gave twenty thousand dollars to the Trustees of the First Presbyterian Church, to be held by them and their successors in said office, in accordance with the following proviso: "If changes take place in said Church which result in a sale or other disposition of its present edifice, the Trustees may use said fund as they deem for the best interests of said Church, provided, however, that they shall always give one hundred dollars a year to the Sessional Fund, and shall always maintain a Daniel A. Jones family pew. IF a fund shall be raised to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the founding of said Church, $10,000 of this legacy of $20,000 shall be considered as my contribution to said fund."

MARCH 5 & 19 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

APRIL 23 - Easter celebration ([Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MAY 14 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MAY 15 - Monday, 10:45 a.m. - The 400th Anniversary of the birth of John Knox, was celebrated in this Church. The sermon delivered by the Rev. William J. McCaughan of the Third Presbyterian Church. The service was quite unusual; a feature being the singing without the aid of Choir and organ, but led by the Precentor, the Rev. Alexander C. Manson, Ph.D., as in the days of the great Scottish Reformer. The Edinburgh edition (1565) of the Psalms was used (omitted). "John Knox," said Mr. McCaughan, "was the first man in Great Britain to propose a system of general education, and had it not been for the greed of the Scottish nobility, his system would have been started forthwith. He proposed that the great ecclesiastical wealth which the Church had accumulated should be divided into three equal parts; one to maintain the ministry, another to take care of the poorand the third to educate the people. *** The plans of Knox undoubtedly gave shape to the plans of Witherspoon, when the form of government in these United States was organized. He knew no fear, save the fear of God. He fought every evil, injustice and tyranny and denounced the iniquity of men to their faces"

MAY 21- [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] Sermon by Prof. Benjamin S. Terry of the University of Chicago.

JUNE 4 - The sermon by Dr. Morison this morning on the subject "My Own Religion" was afterward published by one of the members of the Church for private circulation.

JUNE 28 - Wednesday. Death announced of Mr. Addison Ballard, an Elder in this Church. Mr. Ballard was born November 30, 1828, in Salem, Lebanon County, Ohio. He visited Chicago in 1843; came here to reside in 1853. In the autumn of 1872, the building committee placed Mr. Ballard in charge of the construction of the present edifice of the First church, and through his efforts the church was completed and ready for the Dedication Concert, February 6, 1873. He was an active worker in Railroad Mission. For many years, Mr. Ballard was alderman from the second ward.

JULY 23 - Mr. Marion Green (B.) in the absence of Mr. Worthington. Preacher, the Rev. James Russell of Wolseley, Canada. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

JULY 30 - The Rev. James Russell occupied the pulpit again today. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

SEPTEMBER 10 - Some of our vacation days were passed at Lake Mohonk, New York. Divine service this morning in the parlor of the hotel with a sermon by the Rev. Theodore L. Cuyler, D.D. (original footnote: Dr. Cuyler died February 26, 1909 in Brooklyn, N.Y.) Text, "Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul," etc. [Sermon info omitted]

OCTOBER 8 - Home again. A glorious autumn day. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

OCTOBER 15, 20 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

NOVEMBER 14 - Meeting of the Fort Dearborn Guild in the Church parlors this morning. Subject, "The Chicago Fire" Convener, Mrs. William G. Sage.

DECEMBER 3 - Choir assisted by Miss Amy Leech (S.,) Mrs. Sarah S. Maxon (A.), Mr. F.S. Russell (T.) and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson (B.) to continue during the month of December. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]
The bulletin announced the death, on November 26, of Mr. John H. Brown, an Elder in this Church.

DECEMBER 4 - At the Annual Meeting, held this Monday evening, Mr. William H. Swift announced that he would make his home for the future in Pittsfield, Mass., and accordingly tendered his resignation as President and member of the Board of Trustees. This will be a great loss to the Congregation. Mr. Swift was wise in counsel, held sound views on Church finance and kept in close touch with every activity of the Society. He was succeeded on the Board by Mr. S. Leonard Boyce.

DECEMBER 10 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

DECEMBER 24 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] Christmas Celebration

1906

The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble (S.), Mrs. Willard S. Bracken (A.), Mr. Alfred D. Shaw (T.) Mr. Julian M. Worthington (B.) and Mr. Francis S. Moore (O).

JANUARY 16 - Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. At the regular monthly meeting of the Fort Dearborn Guild, held in the Church parlors, a paper was read by Mrs. William E. Kelley. Subject, "Illuminated Missals and Manuscripts" Mrs. Kelley's rare collection of old missals, prints and embroideries, was exhibited. Convener, Mrs. Charles T. Atkinson.
Mr. Marshall Field, a member of the Board of Trustees of this Church, (1875-1902) died today at the Holland House, New York City.

JANUARY 19 - Friday noon. Funeral of Mr. Marshall Field, held in the Church, conducted by the Rev. John A. Morison, Ph. D. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

JANUARY 21 - Memorial service for Mr. Field held in the Church. [songs & choir info omitted] Dr. Morison in his sermon text: "A time to wee" (Eccl. iii:4) said, "Whether as members of this Church, which for long years was the spiritual home of Marshall Field, or citizens of this might city of Chicago, with all today, there is one thought that is uppermost in mind and heart - Marshall Field is dead. The pulpit of this Church, in which for so many years Marshall Field worshippedand whose interest as a Trustee he so long promoted, may not be silent at this time with regard to his life. Yet, how difficult it is to speak. We gather as it were in the darkness, beside the margin of that vast mysterious sea over which his spirit has gone. With us is the darkness and the sense of loss- the sagacious man, the captain of industry, the generous philanthropist, the loyal and distinguished friend, has gone to return no more."

Mr. Field was born at Conway, Mass., August 18, 1835; came to Chicago in 1856.

JANUARY 28, FEBRUARY 4, 11 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

FEBRUARY 25 - Mr. F.S. Russell (T.) and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson (B.) assisted. [songs omitted] The minister spoke on Home Missions and furnished some startling figures at to the population of Chicago today: 40 languages spoken, 10 foreign newspapers printed; 27,000 children in one ward, of whom 7,000 were arrested in one year for crime; Chicago, the largest Polish city in the world next to Warsaw - 250,000 Poles; we have 750,000 Roman Catholics; 1,000,000 people do not go to Church at all.

MARCH 11 - Mr. Forest D. Carr (B., Mr. J.M. Worthington, resigned. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MARCH 13 - Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. At the meeting of the Fort Dearborn Guild in the Church parlors, the subject for discussion was "Music". Paper by Mr. Philo A. Otis, "Personal Experiences in Church and Choir Work." Mrs. Theodore Thomas read a paper on "The Orchestral Association." Piano solos by Miss Edna Peterson. Convener, Miss Whitehead.

APRIL 1 - Mr. Marion Green (B.) The regular Choir assisted by Miss Amy Leech (S.) Miss Emma Rommeiss (A.) Mr. Frank T. Johnson (T.) and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson (B.) [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

APRIL 15 - Easter Celebration. A cold raw day, but a great audience in attendance. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]
The offering for the Presbyterian Hospital - $2,400

Our vacation days were passed in Spain and the south of France.

MAY 21 - Monday, at Cordova Spain. Fete day. Attended Mass at the Cathedral, formerly a mosque, built by the Moors in 756. This great Mosque, with its 1,200 columns, the glory of Cordova, was much impaired in 1523, by Bishop Alonzo Manrique, who built chapels around the inner walls and removed 60 columns to make room for the choir. This brought forth the stern rebuke from the Emperor, Charles V, :You have built here what you or anyone might have built anywhere else, but you have destroyed what was unique in the world." as we entered the Church, the Choir (boys and men) were going from the Sacristy to the altar for the celebration of the Mass. The processional was led by two priests playing bassoons of antique form, in order to keep the singers in pitch with the organ. The Choir, in their gorgeous vestments, winding in and out through the forest of columns, ?? singing, the deep toned organ 0 all suggested a picture of the time of Charles V.

JUNE 10 - B---? (splotch) France. Attended morning service in the English Church, a pretty gothic edifice, with a monument in the vestibule to the English officers who died in the battles hereabout *1813-1814). The Minister, a pale, careworn man, discouraged looking, had for his theme, "A Useless Life" We thought of this good man and his family, working for a pittance, and the scores of people who come and go to his Church, leading "useless lives" and spending vast sums of money.

JUNE 17 - Arels, France. Morning service at St. Trophime where we heard the famous chimes which suggested to the composer, Biset, the theme for the "Carillon" in his orchestral suite "l'Arlesienne"

SEPTEMBER 16 - Chicago. The Bulletin of July 15 announced the death on July 11 of Mrs. William L. Grey, an old member of this Church.
The Rev. Dr. McClure of McCormick Theological Seminary, occupied the pulpit July 22 and 29. During August and the first two Sabbaths in September, the morning service was omitted. Some needed improvements have been made in the organ; all the pipes have been take out and thoroughly cleaned; the low or international pitch has been installed; a new soft stop, the Aeoline, has been added to the swell organ; a new combination pedal to the choir organ; the action has been repaired and the whole organ tuned.
Dr. Morison, having returned from his vacation, spoke this morning on the text, "For I am not ashamed" (Romans i:16)

OCTOBER 9 - Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Regular monthly meetings of the Fort Dearborn guild was held in the Church parlors. Subject "Music" Miss Tina Mae Haines read a paper on the "Seven States of Music" Convener, Miss Grace Chamberlain.

OCTOBER 21 - Services in connection with the unveiling of a tablet placed in this Church "in loving memory of the Rev. John Blatchford, D.D.and of Frances Wickes, his wife," by their sons, Mr. Eliphalet W. Blatchford, Mr. John S. Blatchford and Mr. Nathaniel H. Blatchford. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] The inscription on the tablet reads:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD and LOVING MEMORY OF THE REVEREND JOHN BLATCHFORD, D.D., 1799-1855
THE FIRST INSTALLED PASTOR OF THIS CHURCH, JULY 1, 1837-AUGUST 18, 1839
A CONSECRATED MAN, CHARITABLE IN SPIRIT, WINNING IN ADDRESS, LOYAL IN FRIENDSHIP; AS A PREACHER, ELOQUENT, PERSUASIVE, EVANGELISTIC.
HIS WORK ABIDES;
and OF HIS BELOVED WIFE,
FRANCES WICKES BLATCHFORD, 1805-1875,
THIS TABLET IS ERECTED BY THEIR GRATEFUL SONS, OCTOBER, 1906

"Today, after a lapse of 68 years of marvelous change in the complexion of this Church and city," said Dr. Morison, "we are thinking of that faithful servant of God, the Rev. John Blatchford, the first Minister of this Church." Chicago in 1833 consisted of a "trading village and a military post with rows of log cabins and three frame stores, along the line of a single street at the mouth of a river that crept over a sand-bar to reach Lake Michigan; 300 people, including two companies of soldiers at the fort, comprised the entire population." Among the historical incidents mentioned by Dr. Morison, was one of particular interest to the old settlers and their descendants who filled the Church, "the last Indian war dance on the town site, enacted by 800 Pottawatomie Indians in 1835, outside the door of the First Presbyterian Church".
The closing of the service was almost dramatic. Mr. Fernando Jones, one of the few members of Dr. Blatchford's Congregation still living, was in the audience. Dr. Morison, in closing the service, asked Mr. Jones to come to the platform that all might see him.
"Big John Blatchford, as we all knew him in the early days," said Mr. Jones, his voice trembling, "wasn't only a preacher, he was a big brother to us all - a statesman and an orator, who swayed his hearers by his eloquence and fellow feeling. There were three Johns among us then "Big John" Blatchford, "Long John" Wentworth, and "Little John" Haynes. The last two named were pioneer mayors of Chicago."

NOVEMBER 11 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

NOVEMBER 18 - A serious of Special musical Services commended, to continue through the winter months. The regular Choir will be assisted by Mrs. Amy L. Northrup (S.), Mrs. Emma R. Campbell (A.), Mr. H.A. Keesler (T.), Mr. Charles T. Atkinson (B.) Mr. Alexander Krauss (violin) assisted in this morning's service.

NOVEMBER 29 - Thursday 10:30 a.m. Union Thanksgiving Service of the Plymouth Congregational, Wabash Avenue M.E. Trinity M.E. and Immanuel Baptist Church, held in the First Presbyterian Church. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

DECEMBER 2 - Mr. Alexander Krauss (violin) and Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp) assisted. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

DECEMBER 16 - The Choir was assisted by Mr. Alfred Barthel (oboe and English horn), Mr. Bruno Steindel (cello( and Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp) [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

DECEMBER 22 - Saturday afternoon. Funeral services of Mr. Elisah Paxton Whitehead, a member of the Board of Deacons of this Church, held from the family residence, 1932 Calumet avenue, conducted by Dr. Morison. Mr. Marion Green (B) sang a few hymns. Mr. Whitehead died December 20, 1906.

DECEMBER 23 - Christmas Celebration [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

DECEMBER 30 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

1907


The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble and Mrs. Amy L. Northrup (S.), Mrs. Willard S. Bracken and Mrs. Emma R. Campbell (A.), Mr. Alfred D. Shaw and Mr. Frank T. Johnson (T.) Mr. Marion Green and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson (B.) and Mr. Francis S. Moore (O). Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster

JANUARY 20 & 27 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

FEBRUARY 17 - [songs & choir info omitted] Preacher Rev. E.M. Wherry of Lodiana, India, spoke of his many years of missionary work in India.

FEBRUARY 24 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MARCH 3 - Communion. Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp) assisted the Choir. [songs & choir info omitted]

MARCH 17 - Memorial Service for Mrs. Frederick Raymond Otis, whose death occurred March 8, 1907. Mr. Alfred Quensel (flute( Mr. Bruno Steindel (cello) Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp) assisted in this service. [songs & choir info omitted]

Emeline Tillinghast, daughter of Oliver Cromwell Tillinghast, was born May 19, 1828 in Berlin, Erie County, Ohio, and was married to Mr. Otis, December 27, 1848. The family came to Chicago in 1869. On November 4, 1870, Mrs. Otis was received by letter from the Congregational Church of Berlin, Ohio, into the membership of the Calvary Presbyterian Church. For 25 years Mrs. Otis had been a member of the Board of Managers of the Old People's Home.

MARCH 24 - Palm Sunday. Special musical service. Mr. Marc Lagen (T.) in the absence of Mr. Shaw. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

The funeral services of Mr. Carl Young were held at 2:00 p.m. from his late residence, 4723 Woodlawn avenue, conducted by Dr. Morison, with the assistance of the Imperial Quartette. In the passing of Mr. Young, the First Church loses an earnest, faithful friend, one who was devoted, heart and soul to its interest. Mr. Young was elected a member of the Board of Trustees, December 2, 1895, which office he held until his death. Mr. Young was a member of the Board of Managers of the Chicago Orphan Asylum. He was born December 13, 1836 in Schenectady, N.Y.; came to Chicago in 1857, died March 22, 1907.

MARCH 31 - Easter Celebration [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

APRIL 7 - The regular Choir only. [songs & choir info omitted] The Rev. Hugh Black, preacher. [Sermon info omitted]

APRIL 28 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

MAY 5 - Preacher, Rev. Dr. Dickey, of the American Chapel in Berlin. [Sermon info omitted]

MAY 10 - Friday evening, 7:45 p.m. 50th Anniversary of Railroad Mission, under the auspices of the First Presbyterian Church. The exercises consisted of addresses by the Rev. Albert McCalla, the Rev. John Archibald Morison, D.D., the Rev. Charles M. Morton and the Rev. Sherman L. Devine.

JUNE 3 - Monday, 10:30 a.m. Presbytery met in this Church to receive the resignation of the Rev. W.J. McCaughan, Minister of the Third Presbyterian Church, Chicago (October 1898-June 1909), who has accepted a call to the May Street Presbyterian Church of Belfast, Ireland. (Original footnote: Mr. and Mrs. McCaughan were seriously injured July 26, 1910, while escaping from a burning hotel at Belfast. Both died soon after; Mr. McCaughan, July 31 and his wife, August 11.)

Some of our vacation days were passed at the Jamestown, Va., Exposition.

JUNE 23 - Richmond, Va., Morning service at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, at which President Jefferson Davis was a regular attendant in war-times. On a Sunday evening in April 1865, Mr. Davis was in his customary place at Church when a message from General Lee was brought to him,that Richmond must be evacuated that night.

In the afternoon, to the Third Presbyterian Church, of which the Rev. Arthur Mitchell, D.D., was Minister (1859-1861)

The Church remained open during the summer months with regular Sunday morning preaching services; The Rev. Edgar P. Hill, D.D.occupied the pulpit July 14, 21, and 28.
The Rev. J.G. K. McClure, D.D., August 4, 11, 18 and Sept. 1
The Rev. E.V. Newcomb, D.D. of Keokuk, Iowa, August 25.
Dr. Morison returned from his summer vacation, occupying the pulpit on September 8.

OCTOBER 13 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

OCTOBER 20 - Preacher, the Rev. Edgar P. Hill, D.D. [Sermon info omitted]

NOVEMBER 24 - A series of Special Musical Services commenced, to continue until Easter, April 19, 1907, the additional cost being borne by a few men and women of the Congregation. [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

DECEMBER 1 and 8 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted]

DECEMBER 10 - Tuesday 10:30 a.m. The regular meeting of the Fort Dearborn Guild was held in the Church parlors. Reading by Mrs. Burton Hanson and songs by Miss Lulu Chilson. Conveners, Miss Elizabeth Baker and Miss C.B. Neeley.

DECEMBER 22 & 29 - [Sermon, songs & choir info omitted] (original note: Mr. Joseph Beckel, principal bass and a faithful member of the Thomas Orchestra since its organization in 1891, died in Chicago, April 4, 1908.)

1908


The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble and Mrs. Amy Leech Northrup (S.), Mrs. Willard S. Bracken and Mrs. James C. Ames (A.), Mr. Alfred D. Shaw and Mr. C.H. Ogden (T.) Mr.Graham Smith and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson (B.) and Mr. Francis S. Moore (O). Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster

JANUARY 19 - The following men of the Congregation acted as a Reception Committee during the winter months:
Col. Charles Alling, Jr., Chairman
Mr. William Sumner Smith
Mr. Earl C. Greenman
Mr. J.A. Mitchell
Mr. Henry C. Davis
Mr. Walter B. Smith
Mr. Bradford Wells
Mr. F.E. May
Mr. Henry W. Dudley
Mr. Alfred E. Hamill
Mr. Augustus H. Downs
Mr. Albert J. Little
Mr. Wm. A. Magie
Mr. Edward J. Dykstra (B.), Mr. Smith, resigned

[Song info omitted]

FEBRUARY 2 - Mr. Wilhelm Middleschulte (O.) in the absence of Mr. Moore (Original footnote: Mr. Wilhelm Middelschulte, organist and composer, came to Chicago in 1891. He has filled positions at the Cathedral of the Holy Name, People's Church and University Congregational Church. In recent years he has been with the St. James Roman Catholic Church. His principal works are for orchestra and organ: "Passacaglia", "Toccata" and Concerto on a Theme from Bach," and were written fro the Chicago Orchestra, of which he is the organist.). Mr. William Beard (B.), Mr. Dykstra, resigned.

FEBRUARY 16 - We celebrated today in this Church, the anniversary of the capture of Fort Donelson, February 16, 1862, 46 years ago. The surviving members of Taylor's Battery, who took part in the battle, worshipped with us this morning. Taylor's Battery was organized in Chicago in the spring of 1861. Five days prior to their departure for the front, on Sunday morning, May 28, 1861, the men attended Divine worship in the First Church, then on Wabash avenue at Congress street, and were addressed by the Minister, the Rev. Z.M. Humphrey, D.D. [song and sermon info omitted]

MARCH 8 - [song and sermon info omitted] The Rev. H.G. Underwood, preacher, for many years a missionary in Korea.

MARCH 15 - [song and sermon info omitted]

MARCH 24 - Tuesday, 8 p.m. Stereopticon lecture on "Japan" by Mr. Tracy C. Drake, for the benefit of the Men's League. 200 beautifully colored pictures were shown.

MARCH 29 - Lenten Service - [song and sermon info omitted]

APRIL 12 - The Choir was assisted by Messrs. Krauss (violin), Steindel ('cello), Barthel (oboe and English horn), Klemm and Parbs (double basses) and Tramonti (harp). [song and sermon info omitted]

APRIL 19 - Easter Celebration. [song and sermon info omitted] The regular Choir of 8 voices (Mr. Edward J. Walker (T.) in place of Mr. Alfred D. Shaw, resigned ... (original footnote: Mr. Shaw, on leaving Chicago, went to the First Presbyterian Church, Pittsburgh, Pa; thence to the Central Congregational Church of Brooklyn, N.Y.; later to the West End Presbyterian Church, New York City. He is now (1913) with the Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City) was assisted by the Lyric Choral Club (14 voices)
The orchestra: Mr. Alexander Krauss and Mr. Frederick Stock (violins), Mr. Bruno Steindel (violoncello) Mr. Louis Klemm and Mr. Hans Parbs (double basses), Mr. Alfred Quensel (flute), Mr. Alfred Barthel (oboe and English horn), Mr. Leopold de Mare (French horn), Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Joseph Zettlemann (kettle-drums) Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.
Mr. Frederick Stock, who has taken part for some years past in our Christmas and Easter Celebrations, came form Cologne in 1894, as a member (viola) of the Chicago Orchestra. On the death of Mr. Thomas, January 4, 1905, Mr. Stock was elected conductor. The large Choir with the instrumental players, was discontinued today, to be resumed in the autumn.

MAY 31 - [song and sermon info omitted]

JULY 5 - [song and sermon info omitted] Mr. Albert Borroff (B.) in the absence of Mr. Beard. The bulletin announced the death of June 26th, of Mr. Raymond Chapin Wells, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Wells. (original footnote: Mr. Robert M. Wells was born August 30, 1848, in Connecticut; came to Chicago when a lad; member of hardware firm of Wells & Neilegar; later Vice-President of Bankers' National Bank; for many years an active worker in the First Church; died September 8, 1913 in Chicago.]
Preaching services were maintained during the summer months.

JULY 19 - The Rev. A.C. Manson, D.D., Chicago

JULY 26 - Prof. Nathaniel Butler of the University of Chicago.

AUGUST 2 to 30 - The Rev. A.B. Marshall, D.D. of Minneapolis, Minn.

SEPTEMBER 6 - Prof Nathaniel Butler of the University of Chicago. During August, services were held in the lecture room in order that repairs might be made in the main audience room.
The bulletin of August 30, announced the death on August 25 of Mrs. W.B. Jenks, mother of Miss Jessica Jenks and Mr. John G. Jenks. Mrs. Jenks was an old member of the Church and greatly interested in mission and benevolent work.

Dr. Morison resumed his work on September 13.

SEPTEMBER 27 - Mr. Albert DeRiemer (B.0 in the absence of Mr. Beard. Choir assisted today by Miss Piralda Boedisch (S.) and Mrs. James C. Ames (A.)

OCTOBER 4 - Mr. Adair Hickman (T.) in place of Mr. Edward J. Walker (resigned).

OCTOBER 18 - Bulletin announced the death of Mr. Stephen A. Douglas, October 8, 1908. Mr. Douglas was the son of Judge Stephen A. Douglas, Democratic candidate for President of the United States in 1860, who was defeated by Abraham Lincoln. Mr. Douglas, the younger, was for many years an earnest, faithful worker at Railroad Chapel.

NOVEMBER 15 - Special Musical Services similar to those of the preceding winter, with large Choir and instrumental players, were resumed today. Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble and Mrs. Amy L. Northrup, sopranos; Mrs. W. S. Bracken and Mrs. James C. Ames, altos; Mr. Adair Hickman and Mr. C.H. Ogden, tenors; Mr. William Beard and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson, basses. [song info omitted]

NOVEMBER 26 - Thursday, 11:00 a.m., Union Thanksgiving Service; Dentral Immanuel Baptist, Trinity M.E., Wabash avenue M.E., Armour Mission, Doremus Congregational, Plymouth Congregational and the First Presbyterian Churches, held in the First Presbyterian Church.
The Choir: Miss Delia Henney and Mrs. J.R. McGlashan, sopranos; Mrs. James C. Ames and Miss Borglgot Aalrud, altos; Mr. Adair Hickman and Mr. C.H. Ogden, tenors; Mr. Gustave Holmquist and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson, basses. [song and sermon info omitted]

NOVEMBER 29 - [song and sermon info omitted] - A letter was issued December 2, by Dr. Morison and the Session to members of the church, regarding the approaching Diamond Jubilee:

"Doubtless it is well known by all our members that our beloved First Church, in the Providence of God, completed its 75 years of active Church work in June, last, and that we are about to celebrate its Diamond Jubilee.
"The Session extends its affectionate greetings and wishes all members might be present with us during the coming week and share in the joys and festivities of the occasion.
"That our Church may continue its influence and work with ever increasing power, the Session has proposed that a DIAMOND JUBILEE COMMEMORATIVE FUND be raised and placed in the hands of a representative committee; the fund so raised to be held in trust by said committee, the uses and disposition of said fund to be determined upon by the Session of the Church."
JOHN ARCHIBALD MORISON, Ph.D., Minister
Charles Alling, Jr.; Charles E. Baker, Samuel Baker
Hamilton Borden
S. Leonard Boyce
Henry W. Dudley
James M. Emery, James W. Janney, George S. Matheson, Philo A. Otis, Josiah W. Perine, Henry H. Munger, Clerk

75TH ANNIVERSARY (DIAMOND JUBILEE)
1833-1908
DECEMBER 6, 8, 9, 10
1908


DECEMBER 6 - [song and sermon info omitted] Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Mrs. Amy Leech Northrup and Miss Lillian White, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, Mrs. James C. Ames, and Miss Margaret Blood, altos; Mr. Adair Hickman and Mr. C.H. Ogden, tenors; Mr. William Beard and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson, basses. [song info omitted]
The orchestra: Mr. Alexander Krauss and Mr. Richard Seidel (violins), Mr. Franz H. Esser and Mr. George Dasch (violas), Mr. Louis Klemm and Mr. Hans Parbs (double basses), Mr. Alfred Barthel (oboe and English horn), Mr. Leopold de Mare (French horn), Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Joseph Zettlemann (kettle-drums), Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.) Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.
The presence at this service of Company A, First Regiment, In.N.G. seemed fitting, as the Church was founded amid military surroundings.

Jubilee Celebration by the Home Sunday-school - 12:15 p.m., Col. Charles Alling, Jr. Superintendent.. Addresses on the history of the school by Mrs. Charles T. Atkinson and Mr. Henry M. Curtis.

Jubilee Celebration at Railroad Mission, 3:00 p.,. Col. James M. Emery, Superintendent. Addresses: "Historical Data of Railroad Mission," Mr. Henry M. Curtis.; Early Days of the Mission," Mr. N.D. Pratt; "Old Time Superintendents," Mr. H.M. Bacon.

Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor , 6:30 p.m. Short addresses by the State and City Presidents of the Society and by Charter Members.
The Celebration of the Lord's Supper, 7:45 p.m. Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble and Mrs. Amy L. Northrup, sopranos; Mrs. W. S. Bracken and Mrs. James C. Ames, altos; Mr. Adair Hickman and Mr. C.H. Ogden, tenors; Mr. William Beard and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson, basses. [song info omitted]

Tuesday Evening, December 8th, 8:30 P.m.
Diamond Jubilee Function of the Fort Dearborn Guile. An original monologue by Miss Marjorie Benton Cooke

Wednesday Evening, December 9th, 8:00 p.m. Fellowship Meeting. Short addresses were made by and messages were read from early members of the Church.

Thursday Evening, December 10, 6:00 p.m. Diamond Jubilee Meeting of the Men's League.
Dinner was served in the lecture room of the Church under the management of the Men's League, to 110 guests representing the Presbyterian Brotherhood of Chicago.
The speakers at the dinner were: The Rev. John Balcom Shaw, D.D., Second Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Martin D. Hardin, D.D., Third Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Charles M. Morton, former Minister of Railroad Mission, the Rev. Edward H. Curtis, D.D., Woodlawn Park Presbyterian Church, the Rev. William C. Covert, D.D., 41st Street Presbyterian Church, the Rev. James Frothingham, D.D., stated Clerk Presbytery of Chicago.
At the meeting following the dinner in the auditorium of the Church, 8:00 p.m., addresses were made by Judge Charles G. Neely, President of the Presbyterian Brotherhood of Chicago, the Rev. William P. Merrill, D.D., Sixth Presbyterian Church, Mr. Charles S. Holt, President Brotherhood of America, Mr. William R. Stirling, Brotherhood of St. andrew, the Rev. Austin K. de Blois, D.D., First Baptist Church, Hon. Thomas C. MacMillan, Moderator National Congregational Councils, the Rev. Lorenzo D. Case D.D., St. Paul's Universalist Church, and the Rev. E.W. Oneal, First Methodist church. Mr. Adam Craig led the singing, with Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.)

DECEMBER 13 - [song and sermon info omitted]

DECEMBER 27 - Christmas Celebration: [song and sermon info omitted] Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Mrs. Amy Leech Northrup, Mrs. J.R. McGlashan and Mrs. W.P. Todd, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, Mrs. James C. Ames, Miss Eleanor Switzer and Miss Margaret Blood, altos; Mr. Adair Hickman, Mr. R.J. Evans, and Mr. C.H. Ogden, tenors; Mr. William Beard, Mr. L.A. Denney and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson, basses. [song info omitted]

The orchestra: Mr. Alexander Krauss and Mr. Richard Seidel (violins), Mr. Bruno Steindel (violoncello), Mr. Franz H. Esser and Mr. George Dasch (violas), Mr. Alfred Quensel (flute), Mr. Louis Klemm and Mr. Hans Parbs (double basses), Mr. Alfred Barthel (oboe and English horn), Mr. Leopold de Mare (French horn), Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Joseph Zettlemann (kettle-drums), Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.) Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.

DECEMBER 31 - The Rev. William Rodman Notman, D.D., former Minister of the Fourth Presbyterian Church, Chicago, passed away at Bermuda.

1909

The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble and Mrs. Amy Leech Northrup (S.), Mrs. Willard S. Bracken and Mrs. James C. Ames (A.), Mr. Howard D. Kellogg and Mr. C.H. Ogden (T.) Mr. William Beard and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson (B.) and Mr. Francis S. Moore (O). Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster

JANUARY 6 - Wednesday. funeral services of Mrs. Augustus N. Eddy, at 1910 Calumet avenue, conducted by Dr. Morison, assisted by Mrs. Lucille S. Tewksbury (S.), Mrs. Annie R. Thacker (A.) and Mr. H.A. Mix (T.) of the Second Presbyterian Choir, and Mr. William Beard (B.) of the First Presbyterian Choir. Mrs. Eddy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.F. Spencer of Chicago, died in Washington, D.C., January 2, 1909.

JANUARY 31, FEBRUARY 7 - [song and sermon info omitted]

FEBRUARY 14 - Abraham Lincoln Centenary. The worst blizzard Chicago has had in years; streets and walks covered with ice. [song and sermon info omitted]

MARCH 21, 28, APRIL 4 - [song and sermon info omitted]

APRIL 11 - Easter Celebration. [song and sermon info omitted]

APRIL 12 - Monday, 2 p.m. Funeral services of Mrs. Charles D. Hamill, in the Church, conducted by Dr. Morison. Mr. William Beard sang a few familiar hymns. Mrs. Hamill, an old member of the First Church, was deeply interested in all its mission and hospital work. Her death occurred April 10.

MAY 23- Calvin Quarto-Dentenary (1509-1564) [song and sermon info omitted]
John Calvin was an acute theologian and an able statesman, but had little of the genius of song.
Martin Luther, a musician, as well as priest, stirred thearts of all Germany with his rich psalmody.
and yet, strange to say, it is to Calvin that we owe the introduction of metrical psalmody into the Reformed Churches of France. In the early part of the 16th Century, two French poets, Marot and Beza, set the Psalms to verse. The effect on the French people was magical. Marot's Psalms became the rage of the day. All classes sang them to their popular ballad tunes. Calvin, seeing their religious value, engaged musicians to set these verses to music. Guillaume Franc, one of the best composers of that day, wrote a melody for the 134th Psalm, now well known as "Old Hundred."
The tune "Navarre" well illustrates the style of the melodies of the French Reformation. Claude; Goudemil, its author, was one of the men selected by Calvin to compile the Genevan Psalter, and was one of the "noble army of martyrs." Goudemil, born in 1505, near Avignon, went to Rome to study, where he founded a school of music and had several illustrious pupils, among them, Palestrina. On his return to France, Goudemil became a music director at Lyons, where he re-nounced Romanism for Protestantism. On "Black, Bartholomew's Day," August 24, 1572, he was brutally massacred for his Huguenot tunes. Goudemil was a holy man and one of the first musicians in France.

JUNE 3 - Thursday evening. Installation service of the Rev. John Timothy Stone, D.D., as Minister of the Fourth Presbyterian Church. The Rev. Louis P. Cain, D.D., Moderator of the Presbytery, the Rev. John Balcom Shaw, D.D., Second Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Edgar P. Hill, DD., Secretary of the Church Extension Committee, the Rev. John Newton Freeman, DD., Assistant Minister, Fourth Presbyterian Church, the Rev. Charles Wood, D.D. of the church of the Covenant, Washington, D.C., and the Rev. J.G.K. McClure, D..D., McCormick Theological Seminary, took part in the services.

JUNE 6 - Mr. Frank A Preisch (B.) in place of Mr. William Beard, resigned (Original footnote: Mr. William Beard, came to Chicago in 1902. Soloist in concerts of the Theodore Thomas Orchestra and Mendelssohn Club; has been associated with the Cosmopolitan School of Music and Chicago Conservatory. Mr. Beard is (September, 1913) with the Walter Spry School of Music.)

JUNE 13 - Children's Day [song and sermon info omitted]

JUNE 27 - [song and sermon info omitted]

Preaching services were continued in the main audience room until August 1, when the Minister and his family went away for their summer vacation. During the month of August, services were held in the lecture room. The pulpit was supplied as follows:
August 1, the Rev. Clarence G. Reynolds, DD., Asheville, N.C.
August 8, Dr. J.F. Horton, Chicago
August 15 and 22, Prof. Nathaniel Butler, university of Chicago;
August 29 and through September, Prof. W.A. Ganrield of Carroll College.
In the absence of the regular Choir, during vacation, the music at the Sunday services was led by Mrs. Ada M. Sheffield (S.) Mr. Morton H. Eddy (O.)

OCTOBER 3 - Mr. David D. Duggan (T) in place of Mr. H.D. Kellogg, resigned. Mr. Ellis P. Legler (B.), in place of Mr. Frank A. Preisch, resigned. Dr. Morison back from his vacation.

OCTOBER 17 - [song and sermon info omitted] Annual collection for Railroad Mission

OCTOBER 24 - [song and sermon info omitted]

The Special Musical Services began November 7, similar in character to those of last year, to continue until Easter, 1910.

NOVEMBER 14 [song and sermon info omitted]

DECEMBER 5 - The regular Choir of 8 voices, assisted by Miss Mabel J. Chamberlin (S.) and Miss Charlotte Ellicksen (A.); Messrs. Krauss (violin), Esser (viola), de Mare (French horn) and Tramonti (harp) [song and sermon info omitted]
In the evening at 8:00, a meeting in the interest of the Anti-saloon League was held in our Church. Mr. Moore gave a preliminary organ recital, commencing at 7:15. Selections were sung by the Choir and an address was given by the Rev. James Alexander Patterson, D.D., of New York City.

DECEMBER 12 - The choir was assisted by Messrs. Krauss (violin), Esser (viola,) Steindel (violoncello) and Tramonti (harp) [song info omitted]

DECEMBER 16 - Thursday evening. The second banquet of the Presbyterian Social Union, held in the parlors of this Church. Dr. Edgar P. Hill, chairman, introduced the new President of the Union, the Rev. John S. Nollen, Ph.D. Invocation was offered by the Rev. John A. Morison, D.D. at the conclusion of the banquet, a paper was read by Mr. Philo Adams Otis on "The Church and Choir of Yesterday, with Thoughts on the Choir of Today and Tomorrow." After the reading of the paper, the audience adjourned to the auditorium above, to hear a musical service given by the First Church Choir (ten voices), assisted by Messrs. Kraus (violin), Esser (viola), Quensel (flute), Barthel (oboe and English horn), de Mare (French horn, Tramonti (harp), and Zettlemann (drums) The purpose of this service was to show how these instruments can be employed in Church with the best results. [song info omitted]

DECEMBER 26 - Christmas Celebration [song and sermon info omitted]
Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Mrs. Amy Leech Northrup, Mrs. C.A. Fieldcamp and Miss. Mabel J. Chamberlin, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, Mrs. James C. Ames, Mrs. Ione Sutherland and Miss Charlotte Ellicksen, altos; Mr. D.D. Duggan, Mr. Curtis Williams, and Mr. C.H. Ogden, tenors; Mr. Ellis P. Legler, Mr. Frank A. Preisch and Mr. Clark Leaming, basses.

The orchestra: Mr. Alexander Krauss and Mr. Richard Seidel (violins), , Mr. Franz H. Esser and Mr. George Dasch (violas), Mr. Alfred Quensel (flute), Mr. Louis Klemm and Mr. Hans Parbs (double basses), Mr. Alfred Barthel (oboe and English horn), Mr. Leopold de Mare (French horn), Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Joseph Zettlemann (kettle-drums), Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.) Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.
[song info omitted]

1910

The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Mrs. Amy Leech Northrup,and Miss. Mabel J. Chamberlin, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, Mrs. Ione Sutherland and Miss Charlotte Ellicksen (original footnote: afterward Mrs. James W. McCulloh), altos; Mr. D.D. Duggan, and Mr. C.H. Ogden, tenors; Mr. Ellis P. Legler, Mr. Charles T. Atkinson, basses, Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Francis . Moore (O), Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.

JANUARY 23 - Mrs. Ione Sullivan sang today in the absence of Mrs. James C. Ames (A.) and Mr. Curtis Williams, in the absence of Mr. D.D. Duggan (T).

JANUARY 30, FEBRUARY 6, 27 - [song info omitted]

MARCH 8 - The regular meeting of the Fort Dearborn Guild, was held in the Church parlors. Convener, Mrs. Philo Adams Otis. Paper by Miss Elizabeth Risser; subject, "A Winter in Rome."

MARCH 13 - [song info omitted] Christ Reformed Episcopal Church celebrated this morning, the 50th year of the Rectorship of Bishop Charles Edward Cheney, D.D., S.T.D.

MARCH 27 - Easter Celebration - [song info omitted] The regular Choir was assisted by Mrs. C.A. Fieldcamp (S), Mrs. Ione Sutherland (A), Mr. Albert H. Hancock (T) and Mr. Clark Leaming (B), (14 voices in all)
The Orchestra: Mr. Alexander Krauss and Mr. Richard Seidel (violins), , Mr. Franz H. Esser and Mr. George Dasch (violas), Mr. Bruno Steindel (violoncello), Mr. Alfred Quensel (flute), Mr. Louis Klemm and Mr. Hans Parbs (double basses), Mr. Alfred Barthel (oboe and English horn), Mr. Leopold de Mare (French horn), Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Joseph Zettlemann (kettle-drums)

APRIL 10 - The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Mrs. Amy Leech Northrup, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, Mrs. James C. Ames,, altos; Mr. Albert H. Hancock (T) in the absence of Mr. Duggan, and Mr. Ellis P. Legler, bass (song info omitted)
Dr. Morison spoke from the text, "I am debtor both to the Greeks and to the Barbarians" (Romans i:14)

APRIL 17 - [song and sermon info omitted] Rev. Martin D. Hardin, D.D., Third Presbyterian Church, Chicago.

MAY 8 & 22 [song and sermon info omitted]

MAY 31 - Funeral services of Mr. William E. Kelley, at his summer home, Lindenmere, Oconomowoc, Wis., conducted by Dr. Morison. Familiar hymns were sung by Mr. Ben Q. Tufts. Mr. Kelley had been a member of the Board of Trustees of the Church since December 5, 1892, and Treasurer since June 3, 1896. Mr. Kelley was born in Chicago, August 27, 1850; died at Oconomowoc, May 27, 1910.

JUNE 12 - Children's Day. [song and sermon info omitted]

JUNE 19 - [song and sermon info omitted]

JUNE 22 - Wednesday. At a meeting of the church and Society, held this evening, the resignation of the Rev. John Archibald Morison, D.D., Minister of this Church, was read and accepted. Resolutions were passed, expressive of the affectionate regard in which Dr. Morison was held by the Session, the Board of Deacons, and by the other bodies in the organization of our Church, and in acknowledgment of his exceptional ability as a theologian and preacher.

JUNE 26 - [song and sermon info omitted]

JULY 3 - The regular Choir was assisted by Miss Mabel J. Chamberlin and Miss Eleanor Switzer (S), Mrs. Ione Sutherland and Miss Hazel Heimbeck (A.), Mr. C.H. Ogden (T), Mr. Charles T. Atkinson (B), Mr. Paul Schoessling (violoncello) [song and sermon info omitted]
Dr. Morison's last Sunday as the Minister of our Church. He spoke from the text, "We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle," Hebrews xiii:10) The whole Congregation remained at the conclusion of the service to saw a word of farewell to their Minister. For over 6 years, Dr. Morison has been the beloved Minister of this Church and today takes leave of us in accordance with his letter of resignation of June 11. During all this period he has labored with the utmost zeal for the advancement of the work of the Church, and has devoted himself faithfully and conscientiously to its interests. We feel assured of his continued love and prayers, and he may rest in full confidence of the continued love and prayers of his people.

From July 10, until September 4, Miss May D. Laukart was organist in the absence of Mr. Moore, During the month of August, in the absence of the regular Choir, Miss Martha Jones (S.), led the singing. The pulpit was supplied during the summer, as follows:
JULY 10 - Prof. Benjamin S. Terry - of the University of Chicago
JULY 17 - The Rev. Jesse W. Brooks, D.D.
JULY 24 and 31 - Rev. Prof. Nathaniel Butler
AUGUST 7 and 14 - Rev. Prof. W.A. Canfield
AUGUST 21 and 28 -The Rev. A.B. Marshall, D.D.

SEPTEMBER 4 - The regular Choir resumed its work for the winter months. [song and sermon info omitted] The pulpit was occupied September 11, 18, 25 and October 2, by the Rev. John Newton Freeman, D.D.

OCTOBER 4 - Tuesday p.m. funeral services of Mrs. Joseph Edward Otis at her residence, 1730 Prairie avenue, conducted by the Rev. John Balcom Shaw, D.D. of the Second Presbyterian Church, assisted by the Choir of the First Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Maria Taylor Otis was a daughter of Hon. Sebastian Frederick Taylor and Judith Kellogg Taylor. Mrs. Otis was born at Conneaut, Ohio, August 30, 1836; married to Joseph Edward Otis, May 3, 1859 in Milan, Ohio; came to Chicago with her husband in 1860. She was received into the membership of the First Church, October 5, 1866.

OCTOBER 16 - [song and sermon info omitted]

NOVEMBER 1 - Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. Funeral services of Mr. Frank E. May (died October 30), conducted by the Rev. William C. Covert, D.D. of the 41st Street Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Frank W. Gunsaulus, D.D. of the Central Church. Mr. May was a member of the Men's League, and took a great interest in all the activities of the Church.

NOVEMBER 13 - The Special Musical Services resumed for the winter months: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Miss Mabel J. Chamberlin and Miss Margaret Stevenson, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, Mrs. James C. Ames and Mrs. F.F. Bradley, altos; Mr. John B. Miller (Mr. Duggan resigned) and Mr. C.H. Ogden, tenors; Mr. Marion Green and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson, basses. Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.). Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster. [song and sermon info omitted]

NOVEMBER 20, 27 - [song and sermon info omitted]

DECEMBER 5 - Monday, 3:00 p.m. In the Chapel of Graceland Cemetery, funeral services of Mrs. Harriette L. Humphrey, widow of the Rev. Z.M. Humphrey, D.D., fourth Minister of the First Church, conducted by the Rev. J.G.K. McClure, D.D. After the death of Dr. Humphrey, November 13, 1881, Mrs. Humphrey resided for some years in Lake Forest. While there she prepared a series of Bible lectures which she delivered successfully several winters in Chicago, Philadelphia, New York and other cities. Her life was devoted to promoting religious and missionary enterprises. Mrs. Humphrey died at her home in New Haven, Conn., December 2.

DECEMBER 11 - The Choir was assisted by Messrs. Quensel (flute), de Mare (horn) and Tramonti (harp) [song info omitted]

DECEMBER 16 - Friday p.m. The funeral services of Mr. Moses D. Wells (died December 14), were held at his late residence, 2550 Michigan avenue, conducted by the Rev. J.G.K. McClure, D.D. Mr. Wells was one of the oldest members of the Congregation of the First Church, and had been a regular attendant at its services during his residence in Chicago. He was born in Otis, Mass., August 9, 1837; came to Chicago in 1852, and was engaged in the manufacture of boots and shoes. His factory was the first of its kind in the West. He was married in 1866 to Miss Frances Searles, of Buffalo, N.Y., whose death occurred in 1873. Their daughters, Mrs. Charles T. Atkinson and Mrs. Howard Van Doren Shaw, now reside in Chicago. In 1883 Mr. Wells married Mrs. Frank Daggett, daughter of the late Mr. Nathan Corwith, of Chicago.

DECEMBER 18 - The Rev. Wilson Aull, preacher, in the absence of Dr. Freeman. Text, "If a man die, shall he live again." (Job xiv:14). The Choir was assisted by Messrs. Barthel (oboe and English horn), Brueckner (violoncello) and Tramonti (harp) [song info omitted]

DECEMBER 25 - Christmas Celebration. [song info omitted]

The regular Choir was assisted by Miss Mabel J. Chamberlin, Miss Margaret Stevenson and Mrs. Katherine M. Sweeney, sopranos; Mrs. James C. Ames, Mrs. Ione Sutherland and Mrs. F.F. Bradley, altos; Mr. C.H. Ogden and Mr. Vernon Smith, tenors; Mr. Charles T. Atkinson, Mr. Frank A. Preisch and Mr. Ralph B. Throop, basses.
The Orchestra: Mr. Alexander Krauss and Mr. Richard Seidel (violins), , Mr. Franz H. Esser and Mr. George Dasch (violas), Mr. Alfred Quensel (flute), Mr. Louis Klemm and Mr. Hans Parbs (double basses), Mr. Alfred Barthel (oboe and English horn), Mr. Leopold de Mare (French horn), Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Joseph Zettlemann (kettle-drums), Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.) Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.
The Sermon - Rev. James G.K. McClure, D.d., in the absence of Dr. Freeman

1911


The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Miss. Mabel J. Chamberlin, and Miss Margaret Stevenson, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, and Miss Margaret Giles, altos; Mr. John B. Miller and Mr. C.H. Ogden, tenors; Mr. Marion Green and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson, basses, Mr. Francis S. Moore (O), Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.

The Special Musical Services will continue until Easter Day, the Choir being assisted by Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp) and other instrumental players.

JANUARY 1 - [song info omitted] The Sermon by the Rev. Edgar P. Hill, D.D., in the absence of Dr. Freeman.

JANUARY 8 - Mr. Frank A. Preisch (B.), Mr. Marion Green having resigned (original footnote: Mr. Marion Green, sang in the Choir of the First Church at various times (1907-1910); resigned January 1, 1911, and is now (1913) with the First M.E. Church of Evanston, IL. He organized the Sunday Evening Choral Club (Orchestra Hall), and was its director (1907-1911)

JANUARY 10 - Tuesday, 10:30 a.m. Regular meeting of the Fort Dearborn Guild. Paper, "A Winter in Spain," was read by Mrs. William C. Free, with stereopticon views. Convener, Mrs. William G. Sage.

JANUARY 22 - [song and sermon info omitted]

FEBRUARY 5 - Mr. O. Gordon Erickson (B.) in place of Mr. Preisch, resigned. (Original Footnote: Mr. Frank A. Preisch (B.), began his professional career in a Church Choir in Buffalo, N.Y. He spent 4 years in France, singing in opera in Paris and Toulouse, later going to England for 8 years, including four seasons at the Covent Garden Opera In London. On his return to America, he was engaged for the Metropolitan Opera of N.Y. City. In May, 1913, he had a leading part in the Pageant, "Darkness and Light," at the Auditorium, Chicago.)
[song and sermon info omitted]

FEBRUARY 12 - Abraham Lincoln Memorial service. [song and sermon info omitted]

MARCH 12 - [song and sermon info omitted] For the successive Wednesday evening services until Easter, Dr. Freeman will lead in the study of Christ's Words from the Cross.

MARCH 26 - [song and sermon info omitted]

APRIL 2 - The Choir was assisted by Messrs. Steindel (violoncello), Barthel (oboe) and Tramonti (harp) [song and sermon info omitted]

APRIL 16 - Easter celebration [song and sermon info omitted] Easter Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Miss. Mabel J. Chamberlin, Miss Nellie Overpack, and Miss Margaret Stevenson, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, Mrs. James C. Ames, Mrs. F.F. Bradley, and Mrs. H.A. Salchert, altos; Mr. John B. Miller and Mr. C.H. Ogden,Mr. Carl L. Morse, tenors; Mr. Oscar Erickson, Mr. J.L. Porter, and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson, basses, Mr. Francis S. Moore (O), Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.

The Orchestra: Mr. Alexander Krauss and Mr. Richard Seidel (violins), , Mr. Franz H. Esser and Mr. George Dasch (violas), Mr. Alfred Quensel (flute), Mr. V. Jiskra and Mr. Hans Parbs (double basses), Mr. Alfred Barthel (oboe and English horn), Mr. Leopold de Mare (French horn), Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Joseph Zettlemann (kettle-drums), Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.) Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.

MAY 7 - The bulletin records the death, May 2, of Mr. Adam Craig, for 20 years or more the faithful leader of music in our Sunday-school.

MAY 27 - Saturday. Through the courtesy of Mr. Wallace G. Clark, a Trustee of the Sanitary District of Chicago, who gave us the illustrated lecture on the Drainage Canal in the Church parlors on Thursday evening, May 18, the Men's League and its friends were again highly favored by him.
Mr. Clark generously offered the use of the Drainage Board's private launch, "Robert R." for a trip through the Canal and a visit to the controlling works, locks and power plant at Lockport. 60 members of the League and their friends had a delightful and instructive outing. Mr. Clark accompanied the party and explained the elaborate machinery and engineering employed by the Sanitary Board in the construction and operation of the Canal. A luncheon served on the launch added much to the enjoyment of the occasion.

MAY 28 - [song and sermon info omitted]

JUNE 18 - Mrs. Frances C. Libbe (A.), in the absence of Mrs. Bracken, who has gone abroad for a few months of study. [song info omitted]

JUNE 25 - Mr. Milton B. Griffith (T.) in the absence of Mr. Miller. [song info omitted]

JULY 2 - Bulletin announces the death, June 25, of Mrs. Florence Otis Buckingham, at Pittsfield, Mass. Mrs. Buckingham was a daughter of the late Mr. Joseph E. Otis of Chicago, and is survived by her husband, Mr. Henry W. Buckingham, one daughter and three sons. She was a sister of Mr. Joseph E. Otis, Jr., Mr. Ralph C. Otis and Mrs. John E. Jenkins, all of Chicago.
Sunday morning services were held through July, Dr. Freeman in the pulpit. Mrs. Helen G. Barrows (A.), and Mr. Edward J. Walker (T.)

During August, the Sunday morning services were omitted. The mid-week services were conducted by the Rev. C.E. Boyer.

SEPTEMBER 13, 20, OCTOBER 22 - [song and sermon info omitted]

OCTOBER 28 - Saturday. Funeral services of Mrs. John B. Drake, from her late residence, 2114 Calumet Avenue, conducted by Dr. Freeman, with the assistance of the Choir. Mrs. Drake died October 25, 1911. Mrs. Drake was born in Madison, Indiana, April 16, 1843; came to Chicago in 1855; married Mr. John B. Drake, February 24, 1863; had been a member of the First Church for 35 years. At a special meeting of the Elders, Trustees and Deacons held Monday evening, October 30, resolutions were adopted, expressing to the family of Mrs. John B. Drake, the sincere sympathy of the officers of the Church and their high appreciation of her long, devoted services, her loyalty to the Church and its interests. Her noble Christian character possessed a love and tenderness which found expression in quiet, personal interest, devotion and charity, and enriched the lives of all who knew her. Her daughter, Miss Helen V. Drake, is deeply interested in the Church Sunday-school, Presbyterian Hospital, and Mission Boards. Mr. Tracy C. Drake, son of Mrs. John B. Drake, was Superintendent of the Sunday-school for some years; member of the Board of Trustees (1900).

OCTOBER 29 - The bulletin announced the death, October 21, 1911, of Mrs. Alexander Murison, mother of Mrs. Henry M. Curtis and Mr. George W. Murison. Mrs. Murison was born June 22, 1825 in Montrose, Scotland; came to Chicago in 1870; admitted to membership in the First Church in the autumn of 1870. Mr. Alexander Murison died March 14, 1876, in Rome, Italy.

NOVEMBER 5 - The Special Musical Services were resume this morning for the winter months. The regular Choir will be assisted by Miss Mabel J. Chamberlin and Mrs. F.E. Sorensen, sopranos; Mrs. James C. Ames and Miss Hazel Heimbeck, altos; Mr. C.H. Ogden (T.) , Mr. Norman R. Rose (B.), and Mr. Enrick Tramonti (harp) [song and sermon info omitted]

NOVEMBER 8 - Wednesday evening. DR. Freeman spoke on "Foregleams of theavenly Dawn," being the last of his mid-week series of addresses on "The 23rd Psalm"

NOVEMBER 12 - [song and sermon info omitted]

NOVEMBER 27 - Monday. evening. An illustrated lecture on "Italy, her People, and her Cathedrals," was given in the parlors of the Church, by Mr. Albert L. Berry, under the auspices of the Men's League and was attended by a large representation of the men and women of the Congregation.

DECEMBER 3, 10, 17 - [song and sermon info omitted]

DECEMBER 24 - Christmas Celebration. [song and sermon info omitted] The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Mrs. Frederick E. Sorensen, Miss Mabel J. Chamberlin, and Miss Claribelle Rice, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, Mrs. James C. Ames, Miss Hazel Heimbeck, and Miss Ethel Hall, altos; Mr. John B. Miller, Mr. C.H. Ogden, and Mr. Edward Munsen, tenors; Mr. O. Gordon Erickson, Mr. Norman R. Rose, and Mr. Otto Highfield, basses.
Mr. Alexander Krauss and Mr. Richard Seidel (violins), Mr. Franz H. Esser and Mr. George Dasch (violas), Mr. Bruno Steindel (violoncello), Mr. V. Jiskra and Mr. Hans Parbs (double basses), Mr. Alfred Quensel (flute), Mr. Alfred Barthel (oboe and English horn), Mr. Leopold de Mare (French horn), Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Joseph Zettlemann (kettle-drums). Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.), Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.

DECEMBER 31 - [song and sermon info omitted] The regular Choir was assisted in this service by Mrs. Frederick E. Sorensen and Miss Claribelle Rice, sopranos; Miss Ethel Hall and Miss Hazel Heimbeck, altos; Mr. C.H. Ogden (T.) and Mr. N.R. Rose (B.) Messrs. Krauss (violin), Esser (viola), Hess (violoncello), de Mare (horn) and Tramonti (harp)
Dr. Freeman spoke on the subject, "God's Timely Gift" Text, "A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you," etc. (Ezekiel xxxvi:26)

1912

The Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble and Miss. Mabel J. Chamberlin, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, and Mrs. James C. Ames, altos; Mr. John B. Miller and Mr. C.H. Ogden, tenors; Mr.Mr. O. Gordon Erickson and Mr. Norman R. Rose, basses. Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Francis S. Moore (O), Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.

JANUARY 28 - [song and sermon info omitted]

JANUARY 31 - Wednesday evening. Mr. W.R. Stirling gave an informal talk to the members of the Men's League and their friends, on "Grenfell of Labrador," in the parlors of the Church. The lecture was illustrated with stereopticon views. Last summer, Mr. Stirling spent 6 weeks in northern Newfoundland and Labrador, investigating Dr. Grenfell's work and local conditions, and this evening set forth the methods and purposes of the noted missionary explorer.

FEBRUARY 11 - Abraham Lincoln Memorial service: Choir was assisted by Messrs. Krauss (violin), Hess (violin-cello) de Mare (horn), Zettlemann (drums) and Tramonti (harp). Dr. Freeman spoke on "Lincoln the Dedicated." [song and sermon info omitted]

MARCH 24, 31 - [song and sermon info omitted]

APRIL 7 - Easter Celebration [song and sermon info omitted]
The Easter Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Mrs. Lucille R. Lenox, Miss Mabel J. Chamberlin, and Miss Claribelle Rice, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, Miss Ethel Hall, Miss Lyravinne Votaw and Miss Melicent Waterhouse, altos; Mr. John B. Miller, Mr. C.H. Ogden, and Mr. Edward Munsen, tenors; Mr. O. Gordon Erickson, Mr. Norman R. Rose, and Mr. Edward Quinn, basses.

Mr. Alexander Krauss and Mr. Richard Seidel (violins), Mr. Franz H. Esser and Mr. George Dasch (violas), Mr. Bruno Steindel (violoncello), Mr. V. Jiskra and Mr. Hans Parbs (double basses), Mr. Alfred Quensel (flute), Mr. Alfred Barthel (oboe and English horn), Mr. Leopold de Mare (French horn), Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Joseph Zettlemann (kettle-drums). Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.), Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.

APRIL 11 - Thursday evening. Lecture in the parlors of the Church, before the Men's League, on "The History of the Pilgrims," by Mr. Seymour Morris. The lecture was beautifully illustrated with colored views of England and Holland, where the Pilgrim Movement startedand of that portion of America where the Pilgrims made their first settlement.

APRIL 21 - Memorial service for victims of the "Titanic" disaster. Dr. Freeman's theme was "Singer and Song Master"
Only the brave, the buoyant, the cheerful can sing in the hour of peril. Paul and Silas in their dungeon; Rutherford, the English martyr in prison; and Mme. Guyon in the Bastille, all sang, knowing they were facing death. The whole of this awful sea drama was in a quiet, reposeful tonality; no excitement, no insubordination. Survivors in the boats and those on the ship, singing with the band, "Nearer, my God, to Thee" Astor, Butt, Strauss Ryerson, Captain Smith - all died bravely, upholding the traditions of the Anglo-Saxon race, "Noblesse Oblige"

MAY 5 - The bulletin announces the death on April 26, at the Sanitarium in Hinsdale, Illinois, of Dr. Daniel Kimball Pearsons, philanthropist and a former Trustee of this Church, who has given 6 million dollars to schools and colleges in the United States. He was born April 14, 1820 in Bradford, Vt. This farmer's boy inherited no money, but managed, by hard work, to save a little, with which he acquired a year of study at Dartmouth College. Then he studied medicine at Hanover, N.H., and afterward attended a medical school at Woodstock, Vt. In 1851, he was married, and with his wife, came to Janesville, Wis. The young Yankee doctor, not satisfied with the returns from medical practice, put all his money into farming lands. The Chicago Tribune said of him: "He bought timber lands, when timber was worth but little. His friends said he would lose all the money he had, but he kept right on buying. Finally he had all the loose timber lands he could buy. Then his friends came back to him to buy the timber. He sold it for more than he paid for the land and timber, and then sold the land itself for an additional profit. His dollars grew into hundreds - hundreds into thousands - thousands into millions."
Dr. Pearsons said to a Tribune reporter a few weeks before his death"
"I know what money means and how hard it is to acquire. I know it is a sin to waste money; for it can do much good. When money is not doing positive good, it is doing positive harm. There is no such thing as harmless idleness."
Dr. Pearsons was a member of the Board of Trustees of this Church from October, 1871 until December 1885. At a meeting of the Church and Society, held December 9, 1885, the following resolution, offered by Mr. H.M. Sherwood, was adopted:

"That the thanks of this Church and Society are due to and are hereby tendered Dr. Daniel K. Pearsons, who was President of the Board of Trustees for several years (until his recent removal to a suburban town), for his faithful and devoted services, wise counsel and liberal gifts, especially during the financial distress of this Church."

APRIL 28 - [song info omitted] - The Journal says "A wet, cold day." Dr. Freeman's subject, drawn from Daniel iii:18, "But if not, *** we will not serve they gods," etc. Watson, the English poet, in a recent lecture before the Twentieth Century Club of this city, spoke of the Bible stories as unsurpassed for poetic beauty, picturesqueness, and conformity to the highest form of dramatic action. This is especially true of the stories of Ruth, Esther, and Daniel. "Whether the third chapter of Daniel," said Dr. Freeman, "be history or romance, the dramatic features are intense. Here we have true manhood, true courage. The real heroes of this world, men and women, have stood for Christian faith."

MAY 12 - Choir assisted by Miss Mabel J. Chamberlin (S), Mrs. James C. Ames (A) and Mr. Hans Hess (violon-cello) [song info omitted]

JUNE 9 - Children's Day. Exercises under the direction of Col. Charles Alling, Jr., Superintendent of the Home School, and Col. J.M. Emery, of the Railroad Mission School. [song info omitted] Dr. Freeman spoke about "The Growing Lilies" [sermon info omitted]

JUNE 16 - Miss Martha Jones (S) in the absence of Mrs. Trimble. [song info omitted] Dr. Freeman's subject was "My Possible Self" [sermon info omitted]

JUNE 19 - Wednesday evening. Special meeting of the Church and Society. The report of the Joint Committee of the 1st and 41st Street Presbyterian Churches was presented by Mr. S. Leonard Boyce, chairman, and on motion received. After discussion it was voted to postpone action on the report until the Annual Meeting, December 2, 1912. On motion, a special committee of 5 women and 4 men was appointed to investigate the plan of building a new Church in Kenwood, and to report at the Annual Meeting in December.

JUNE 23 - Sunday afternoon, Second Presbyterian Church; funeral services of Mr. William Morris Baker, conducted by the Rev. John B. Shaw, D.D. Mr. Baker died June 20, aged 76. My friendship with him dates from the days of Calvary Presbyterian Church (1868-1871). After the consolidation of the First and Calvary Presbyterian Churches, Mr. Baker withdrew to the Second Church, and in 1888 was elected an Elder. "In such a life as his," said Dr. Shaw, "we find a picture of Thyself, O Lord' sincerity, piety, and fidelity."

JUNE 24 - Monday, 4:00 p.m. Wedding ceremony of Mr. Addison Ballard Bradley and Miss Catherine D. Shedd in the First Church, conducted by the Rev. John Archibald Morison, D.D. assisted by the Rev. John Newton Freeman, D.D. Dr. Morison came from his home in St. John N.B., Canada to take part in this wedding. He was present at the prayer service in the evening, and was welcomed by many of his old friends.

JUNE 30 - Mrs. Ruby C. Ledward (s) in the absence of Mrs. Trimble, Mr. William B. Ross (T), in the absence of Mr. Miller and Mr. Albert Borroff (B) in the absence of Mr. Erickson. [song info omitted]

JULY 14 - Mr. Albert DeRiemer (b) in the absence of Mr. Erickson. [song info omitted]

JULY 28 - All the Choir numbers from the works of Mr. Philo Adams Otis. [song info omitted]

During the month of August and until September 8, the Sunday morning services were omitted. Our vacation days were again spent among the mountains of New Hampshire. On our return from summer wanderings, we spent a few days in New York City.

SEPTEMBER 29 - 10:30 a.m. Service at the Brick Presbyterian Church, New York City, of which the Rev. William Pierson Merrill, D.D., formerly of the Sixth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, is Minister, and Mr. Clarence Dickinson, another Chicago man, is organist and choirmaster. [song info omitted]
In the absence of Dr. Merrill, the Rev. John Winthrop Platner, D.D., of andover Theological Seminary, was the preacher. Dr. Platner called attention to two directly contradictory verses in the Scriptures: "That which is crooked cannot be made straight," (Ecc. i:15) "The crooked shall be made straight," (Isaiah xl:4) [sermon info omitted]

OCTOBER 6 - Mr. Erickson (B) resumed his place in the Choir last Sunday, September 29. [song info omitted]

OCTOBER 27 - [song info omitted] Dr. Freeman spoke on "The Parable of the Lamp: [sermon info omitted]

NOVEMBER 10 - [song info omitted] The Minister spoke on the theme "He and All His" [sermon info omitted]

NOVEMBER 17 - The Special Musical Services are resumed, to continue until December 29, at which time the committee on the new Church will be ready to report.
Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Miss Mabel J. Chamberlin and Miss Claribelle Rice, sopranos; Mrs. W.S. Bracken, Mrs. James C. Ames and Miss Lyravinne Votaw, altos; Mr. John B. Miller and Mr. Walter H. Chambers, tenors; Mr. O. Gordon Erickson and Mr. John B. Plasman, basses. [song info omitted]
Dr. Freeman spoke on "Christ for our Country," the first of a series of sermons on "Timely Themes," to continue until December 29.

NOVEMBER 24 - The Choir, assisted by Mr. Hans Hess (violin-cello) and Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp) [song info omitted] Sermon by the Rev. Edgar P. Hill, D.D., on the subject of Home Missions.

DECEMBER 1 - [song info omitted] Dr. Freeman spoke on the "Mystic Ladder," the second of his series of discourses on "Timely Themes." [sermon info omitted]

DECEMBER 2 - Monday 8 p.m. Annual meeting of the Church and Society. On motion, Mr. Henry W. Dudley was made chairman of the meeting, and Mr. Henry H. Munger, Secretary. The report of the Treasurer, Mr. Charles T. Otis, was then read and accepted. The Secretary of the meeting was authorized to cast the ballot for the former Board of Trustees; Messrs. S. Leonard Boyce, Charles T. Otis, Philo A. Otis, E.C. Greenman, and William Sumner Smith. On motion, the following Music Committee was appointed: Messrs. Philo A. Otis, Ernest A. Hamilland Francis S. Moore. The Chairman then called for the report of the committee on new building, appointed at the meeting held June 19. Miss Helen V. Drake, chairman of said committee, reported that after earnest, faithful and self-sacrificing efforts, the funds could not be raised for the new Church, and on behalf of the committee, tendered their resignations.

Miss Margaretta E. Otis, Treasurer of the committee, then reported that in cash and pledges (conditional), the committee had received upwards of $83,000 only. On motion, the report was accepted and an unanimous vote of thanks was given to the committee.

The meeting thereupon sustained by ballot, the report of the Joint Committee, adopted June 7, 1912, favoring the union with the Forty-first Street Presbyterian Church, and instructing the Session and Trustees to carry out the provisions of the report.

DECEMBER 8 - [song info omitted] Sermon by the Rev. Charles L. Thompson, D.D., of New York City, on the general work of Home Missions.. Text, "and when the cherubims went, the wheels went by them." (Ezekiel x: 16) The preacher suggested three thoughts in this sermon: (1) The complex social problems facing the people of the United states today are of the gravest character. No nation was ever confronted with such a condition. The United States is spoken of a "The Melting Pot," of the world. (2) Civilization is advancing with such tremendous strides that it will soon outstrip the capabilities of man. (3) The first note of socialism was sounded in the last election. The preacher closed with the hope that a higher type of manhood many be evolved out of the conglomerate mass of aliens now pouring into the United States. He referred to the tragic scenes he had witnessed in the office of the Emigration Bureau on Ellis Island, New York, amid the efforts of the authorities to keep out the undesirables. [song info omitted]

DECEMBER 15 - [song info omitted] Dr. Freeman spoke on "invisible Allies," the third of the series of sermons on "timely Themes" [sermon info omitted]

DECEMBER 22 - [song info omitted] Dr. Freeman spoke on "White gifts for Christ," the fourth of the series on "Timely Themes" [sermon info omitted]

DECEMBER 29 - Christmas celebration. Union service, in which the members of the 41st Street Presbyterian Church, with their Minister, the Rev. William Chalmers Covert, D.D., took part; the last service in this building, which was dedicated February 6, 1873. [song info omitted]

The Christmas Choir: Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Mrs. Lucille R. Lenox, Miss Mabel J. Chamberlin, and Miss Claribelle Rice, Miss Hilda Brown and Miss Ruth Sharp, sopranos; Mrs. Willard S. Bracken, Miss Lyravinne Votaw, Miss Edna Wilson, Miss May Welch and Mrs. Huldah Beers, altos; Mr. John B. Miller, Mr. Mr. Edward Munsen, and Mr. Walter Chambers, tenors; Mr. O. Gordon Erickson, Mr. John B. Plasman, Mr. David Merriam, and Mr. Charles T. Atkinson, basses.
The orchestra (Chicago Symphony): Mr. Alexander Krauss and Mr. Richard Seidel, Mr. Alexander Zukowsky and Mr. Luther Nurnberger (violins), Mr. Franz H. Esser and Mr. George Dasch (violas), Mr. Bruno Steindel (violoncello), Mr. V. Jiskra and Mr. Hans Parbs (double basses), Mr. Alfred Quensel (flute), Mr. Alfred Barthel (oboe and English horn), Mr. Leopold de Mare and Mr. Max Pottag (horns), Mr. Enrico Tramonti (harp), Mr. Joseph Zettlemann (kettle-drums). Mr. Francis S. Moore (O.), Mr. Philo Adams Otis, choirmaster.

Dr. Freeman's theme was "A Glorious Inventory" Text, "Therefore let no man glory in men; for all things are yours." (I Cor. iii:21,22) The Minister reviewed the work of the Church in its 80 years of life, referring especially to the five houses of worship it has occupied since its foundation in 1833. He paid a glowing tribute to the founder, Jeremiah Porter, and the eight Ministers who succeeded him; all of whom have passed away, excepting John Archibald Morison, now of St. John, N.B., Canada. Dr. Covert, of the 41st St. Presbyterian Church, followed, "Morturi te salutamus" "The First Church will live, will be given a newness of life, will become of greater community service. This crisis is only another step, another of the many crises that the Church has met courageously." Dr. Covert was most enthusiastic as he spoke of the future of the new First Church in the great field at 41st Street, "already white for harvest"

The Chicago Record-Herald said, on Monday, December 30, of the above service:
"The music yesterday, with Alexander Krauss, Bruno Steindel, Enrico Tramonti, Joseph Zettlemann, and many others of the Thomas Orchestra, and with Mrs. Clara G. Trimble, Mrs. W.S. Bracken, Mr. John B. Miller, and Mr. O. Gordon Erickson as soloists, in itself was a tribute to the Choirmaster, of nearly half a century - Philo Adams Otis."


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