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hurch choir, Miss Anna Florence Smith, soprano, Mrs. William E. Miller, alto, W. H. S. Hill, tenor, and E. S. Drowne, basso, rendered the anthem, The Lord is my Light. Rev. Francis A. Gray read the scriptures, and prayer was offered by Rev. Charles A. Skinner, a former pastor. Rev. H. D. Maxwell preceded his introduction of the first speaker with a few eloquent words of welcome. The city of Somerville, said he, has many things of which to be proud. Its soil has been pressed by heroes andlowing which Rev. Charles Conklin, superintendent of the Universalist churches of Massachusetts, in his short one-minute speech expressed the pleasure and congratulations of the other churches of the state in such an auspicious event. Rev. Charles A. Skinner touched many tender associations of the past in his brief address. The greetings of the Winter-hill Universalist Church, now approaching a quarter-century of history, and whose original members were parishioners of the First Universalis
peak. He made a very happy address full of stories, and feelingly told of the place in his heart for the people of this church. Rev. William M. Kimmell brought the greeting of the mother church in Charlestown. The last speaker was Rev. Charles A. Skinner, another former pastor, and who has a warm place in the hearts of the people of this church, if the way they greeted him as he rose to speak is any criterion, for the applause was long continued. He gave one of his characteristic addresre was a general renewing of old acquaintance and hand-shaking. The decorations consisted of greens wound about and from the pillars. A large 1854-1904 motto was on the wall just above the centre of the head table. At the head table were seated Rev. H. D. Maxwell and wife, Rev. Charles A. Skinner, Rev. L. M. Powers, Rev. R. Perry Bush, Rev. William M. Kimmell, Rev. Chester Gore Miller, Charles A. Kirkpatrick, Mrs. M. M. Runey, Mrs. Parnell M. Hayes, Miss Angie Williams, Mrs. L. A. Shaw.
ng. Rev. F. A. Gray 5. Prayer. Rev. Charles A. Skinner. 6. Address—Charles Tufts. Rev. Eev. Charles Conklin. 10. Address. Rev. Charles A. Skinner. 11. Anthem—Rock of Ages..........Du Mrs. N. T. Munroe. 10. Benediction. Rev. C. A. Skinner. In January, 1861, Mr. Clark sent in hiested its right good sense by calling Rev. Charles A. Skinner, of Melrose. For ten years, as you k or anniversary occasion. At the time of Mr. Skinner's coming, we can judge somewhat of the streto time for upbuilding the denomination. Mr. Skinner, in behalf of the society, accepted the porar affair occurred when the crayon portraits of Rev. and Mrs. Charles A. Skinner were presented, thrMrs. Charles A. Skinner were presented, through the efforts of the same friend, a short time after the above took place. The portrait of Mrs.Mrs. Skinner was duly presented, and, by way of a surprise to Mr. Skinner, his own portrait was brought Mr. Skinner, his own portrait was brought forward. As in the case of the presentation of the Tufts pictures, there was an attractive dramati[1 more...]<
Rev. Charles A. Skinner A favorite pastor of the church, who served in that capacity for ten years, was Rev. Charles A. Skinner. He was born in Brownville, Jefferson county, N. Y., on April Rev. Charles A. Skinner. He was born in Brownville, Jefferson county, N. Y., on April 19, 1824, but before he was a year old his parents moved to Langdon, N. H., and then shortly afterward to Cavendish, Vt., and Mr. Skinner never saw his birthplace again until he was called there to hMr. Skinner never saw his birthplace again until he was called there to his first pastorate many years later. When he was still a mere boy, he left home and went to live at his grandfather's home in Westmoreland, near Keene, N. H., where he worked on the farm for four n running a mowing machine and a power churn. It meant hard, back-breaking work; and from it Mr. Skinner got the splendid physique that distinguishes him today in his eightieth year. After the fais frequently called upon to act in his ministerial capacity at occasions of prominence. Rev. Mr. Skinner resides in Cambridge, and in June, 1903, celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his first s
History of the church (Supplementary.) Arthur W. Glines Eleven months elapsed between the time that Mr. Skinner left us and Mr. Powers came. In that long, weary period the parish went through an inquisitorial experience of occasional candidates and numerous supplies. We listened to a superannuated clergyman one Sunday, with his seventhlies and eighthlies, his lastly, and his word to close; to a young theological student the next Sunday, who gave us vivid descriptions of the Holy Land—which he had never visited—and interlarded his discourse with real Hebrew and Greek quotations. Another day we would have a college professor, with his one sermon, which he had preached until the manuscript was dog-eared, full of details—everything minutely explained—so that the members of the congregation had no use for brains; they only needed ears and strength of will to keep awake. Needless to record, during this martyrdom the congregations dwindled until only the faithful few remained.
ted with forty-one members. The first president was Mrs. Nancy T. Munroe, for many years the editor, in connection with Mrs. E. A. Bacon, of the Ladies' Repository, since merged into the Christian Leader. The first treasurer was Mrs. Charles Tufts, wife of the founder of Tufts College. We have not been able to ascertain the name of the first vice-president, or that of the first secretary. The following have been the successors of Mrs. Munroe in office: Mrs. Bradshaw, Mrs. Fuller, Mrs. Skinner, Mrs. Haven, Mrs. Carvill, Mrs. G. W. Ireland, Mrs. Ralph, Mrs. James Lombard, Miss Fannie Glines, Mrs. Eccles, Mrs. F. B. Burrows, Mrs. F. E. Borroughs, Mrs. E. C. Hall, Mrs. C. H. Pratt, and Mrs. L. H. Brown. In the early days of the society the meetings were held at the homes of the members. This was in the days of the chapel, and the basket of work was carried from place to place. After the building of the first church, which was afterwards destroyed by fire, the meetings were he
ting of February 9, 1889, was a social one, that of April 4, Fast Day, was an out-of-doors affair, when the club and their friends took an outing to Blue Hills, via Readville. Each season the club made a visit on the pastor of the society, Rev. C. A. Skinner; the evening of April 18 was so observed. In the fall of 1889 a chairman for each meeting was appointed, a corresponding secretary was elected, also a treasurer. Mr. Glines was the first chairman, Mr. Earle, corresponding secretary, andnjoyable one, and financially successful. Comments on the performances appeared in the Boston papers and the next week's Somerville Journal. With a part of the proceeds a gold-headed cane, fittingly inscribed, was presented to the pastor, Rev. C. A. Skinner, June 1, 1891, in recognition of his ten years pastorate and his forty-five years in the Christian ministry. Saturday, May 30, the second outing with ladies was made to the Lynn woods. The occasion was even more successful than the year
Stevens, who served during 1888-1889; Seth Mason in 1890; Arthur W. Glines, 1891 to 1895, inclusive; and A. A. Wyman from 1895 to the present time. In 1895 the school reached high-water mark in membership, as the report shows a total of 453 active members in attendance. Friday night was decided upon as the regular meeting night of the teachers in September, 1881. And in 1884 the first teachers' sociable, as they are now known, was held at the house of John F. Ayer. The pastor, Rev. C. A. Skinner, entertained the next year, and Mr. and Mrs. John F. Nickerson the following year. Since that time the gatherings have been held in the vestry, although on several regular meeting nights the teachers were pleasantly entertained by Miss Mary Clark, who conducted the infant class successfully for so many years. The school met with an irreparable loss when this good woman died two years ago. Three generations of Sunday School scholars had grown up under her guidance, and her influence i
History of young people's Christian Union Rev. George F. Fortier On January 8, 1888, Rev. C. A. Skinner gave notice from his pulpit that on that evening a meeting of the young people (fifteen to eighty years of age) would be held for the purpose of forming a religious society. In response to the call, about sixty persons gathered in the vestry, and after the plan had been explained by H. E. Robinson and H. R. Rose, students at Tufts Divinity School, it was voted to form a society; and committees were appointed to draw up a constitution, decide upon a name for the society, and bring in a list of names for officers. At the next meeting of the society, the name Young People's Society of Christian Endeavor was adopted, and the following officers were elected: President, F. M. Hawes; vice-president, Lillian F. Ayer; secretary and treasurer, William Moore. It was voted to hold weekly devotional meetings and monthly business meetings. It was also voted that all funds be raised by
ss Martha J. H. Ireland. Miss Adaline Louise Sanborn. Mrs. J. H. Aldrich. DeceasedMiss Etta K. Dow. Frank Leland. Mrs. J. L. Norcross. Irving Smith. Mrs. Clara Ide Smith. J. Walter Sanborn. Mrs. Hattie Gooding. DeceasedMrs. S. E. Haskell. DeceasedMrs. E. M. Earle. Joseph L. Scoboria. Miss Julia W. Sturtevant. Mrs. Lydia Annie Sturtevant. Mrs. Mary Thorndyke Prescott. Fred T. Farnsworth. DeceasedMrs. Maria A. Murphy. William E. Murphy. DeceasedMrs. Charles A. Skinner. Frank H. Oliver. Miss Lillian Frances Ayer. Miss Gertrude A. Earle. Wentworth R. Libbey. Mrs. Sophia A. Shedd. DeceasedMrs. Georgiana P. Nickerson. Mrs. Julia L. Sanborn. Miss Nellie L. Thompson. Miss Mabel W. Houghton. DeceasedSamuel S. Rice. Miss Marion E. Prescott. Rev. Charles Macomber Smith, D. D. Leslie Moore. Horace T. Harwood. Miss Jennie Estelle Harwood. George F. Fortier. Mrs. Clara P. Haven. Miss Dorothea Benson. Miss Amy Meserve. Frank B