to be allowed to raise the whole debt of the church, $13,000. After much earnest and prayerful deliberation the Official Board
accepted the offer, and this tireless man went to work.
He published a four-page monthly called The Enterprise
, which proved very helpful in many ways.
The Ladies' Social Circle
held fairs, suppers and entertainments, the various societies of the church put their shoulders under the load and with a ‘long pull, a strong pull, and a pull all together,’ the big mortgage was lifted and the church was free from debt.
On March 27, 1888, Mr. Bragg
announced that enough money had been secured to cancel the mortgage and pay all accrued interest, nearly $14,000. The pastorate closed with a grand jubilee, with resolutions of love for the pastor and his family, and with thanksgiving to God for his blessing to us.
Rev. E. T. Curnick
followed Mr. Bragg
He found the church free from debt, even the current expenses of previous years being paid in full, a novel experience.
During this pastorate, women were first elected as stewards in the church, Mrs. J. W. Saxe
and Mrs. Celia M. Vining
being appointed at the First Quarterly Conference, held May 8, 1890.
A Junior Epworth League was formed and conducted by the pastor, the children were well instructed, and later furnished many members of the church.
was followed by Rev. Fayette Nichols
, and he by Rev. O. W. Hutchinson
During Mr. Hutchinson
's ministry the Sunday-school was reorganized into a thoroughly graded school, and the Ladies
' Social Circle
was reorganized with a new constitution as the Ladies
' Aid Society.
was followed by Rev. Alexander Dight
, who remained one year.
He was succeeded in April, 1897, by Rev. George S. Chadbourne, D. D.
During his first year the church was thoroughly repaired and remodelled, a parlor and kitchen added and furnished, new entrances to church and grounds made, painting, frescoing,