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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA, SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1C, 1901
ESTABLISHED IN ISSfi
AN EDIFICE MAGNIFICENT
Methodists of Lincoln to Dedicate New
House of Worship Sunday, November 17
Siarcely two yeais have passed since
the destruction of St. Paul's Methodist
Episcopal church in one of the most
disastrous fires that ever occurred in
the history of Lincoln, yet a beautiful
ami magnificent edifice has been
reeled on the site once occupied by
the burned building at M and Twelfth
streets, and the members of the con
gregation will meet tomorrow for the
purpose of celebrating their triumph.
It was one cloudy September morn
ing in 1S99 that Slethodists in all parts
if the city and in all sections of the
-tate wer shocked by the intelligence
that the magnificent home of the first
ongregation in the city of Lincoln had
been destroyed. The structure had
been erected at a cost of $45,000 and the
debt had been wholly paid.
In the same conflagration the city
library was also wiped out. This dis
aster was soon repaired by thegen
irosity of Andrew Carnegie, who gave
$73,000 for a new building. Xo such
benevolence was in store for the
. lurch people.
J Hut the pastor and the leaders of the
ongregation did not yield to despair.
Mmost before the ruins had ceased
burning a meeting had been called to
onsider the situation. From all parts
"f the state came messages of con
dolence and assurances of financial
Arrangements were made to hold
meetings each Sunday in the Oliver
theatre. A subscription list was at
nce started and a committee appoint
"1 to canvass for funds. Discouraging
obstacles were swept aside by the en
thusiasm of the members and in an
incredibly short time work was com
menced on the new building.
The building as completed at a co.-t
of 163,000. Material worth fully $3.m"
as available from the old structure.
With furniture and interior decorations
the church as it will appear to the
ongregation and visitors tomorrow.
ill cost between $S.",000 and $90,000.
!t. many it is claimed that St. Paul's
the most magnificent church building
in the state.
The main entrance is at the corner
,,f M and Twelfth streets. From the
vestibule one can get to the auditorium
" the right or the primary department
n the left while a eorri-Jor leads one to
the Sunday school room, which is sepa
rated from the auditorium by a mov
The pulpit, organ and the loft for
the choir occupy the northeast corner
of the church. The auditorium has a
bating rapacity of 7.10 and the Sunday
sehool room seats 3."0. In all 1,200 or
1,300 People can listen to exercises in
'n the primary room of the chinch.
'e seating capacity is 2C0. This room
'an also he used for minor meetings.
sMak an,i miscellaneous entertain
ments. Quarters for the Kpworth Leagueis
have been provided in the northwest
'orner of the building. The room will
ronifoi talil seat l-. worshipeis and
the minor entertainments and business
meetings of the organization can also
There are severalsmallerrnoms which
will be utilized for the pastor's study
and various other purposes.
Itev. r. F. Creightoii of Circlevlllo.
O.. was the first pastor, succeeding
Rev. Mr. McKaig by appointment. In
the fall of 1SS7 he was chosen chancellor
of the Nebraska Wesleyan university.
The second year of his work was high
ly successful, the membership roll be
ing increased to about I.20O.
itev. Mr. Marine of the Indiana con
ference, succeeded Rev. Mr. t'reighton.
During the first year the new pastor
was sick throughout the -summer, and
his illness brought on an attack of
brain trouble which incapacitated him
for labor. He was returned for the
second year, but was again attacked by
brain trouble soon after he began his
work. He tendered his resignation in
; 'iMr- .V.y- '
THK NEW HOME OF ST. PAl'L'S M. E. C'Hl'KCH
AT M AN'I) TWELFTH STKEETS.
The structure represent- an outlay of .UOO and with the fixture
and fiimi-Iiing-added tiie total cost approximate- .-s.'.noo. It i-easily
one of the mo-t imposing rliurcli edifice- in the W'e-t.
Tomorrow. Sunday. Xovemlx-r 17. 1!M1, in special program the
congregation of St. Paul'- will dedicate the -triicture to the Chri-tiati
In the summer of ISs.:. the authorities
of the Methodist church gave their con
sent for the erection of a new house of
worship. A Minneapolis architect fur
nished the plans and the building was
to cost $2.".000. It was soon perceived
that the structure would cost almost
twice this amount, but the work was
continued, the members exerting them
selves to raise the deficit.
Itev. Mr. Williams was the pastor
when the church was completed in
1SS.-.. It was then called the First M.
E. church, but the name was after
wards changed to St. Paul's.
Rev. It. X. McKaig was the next pas
tor, remaining for a period of three
years. It was during his pastorate that
the stone church, which burned two
yeais ago. was built. He was an es
pecially active and popular pastor. At
present Itev. Mr. McKaig is pastor of
the Fir-t M K. church. Sioux City. la.
lsv and Itev. F. S. Stein, of Milwaukee.
Wis., succeeded him.
Following Rev. Mr. Stein was Itev.
( C. U-isby. He remained until 1S96.
when he was succeeded by Rev. V. R.
Halstead. He was pastor until 1S9S.
Three years ago Rev. Fletcher L.
Wharton took charge of the pastorate,
and is still the minister in charge.
After the loss of the church by fire he
worked with tireless energy for the
restoration of the building, and the
work has been accomplished.
Musical numbers, addresses and the
dedicatory ceremonies will be some of
the interesting things at the formal
opening of the church tomorrow. In
the morning at 9:."!0 o'clock the orches
tra, composed of Miss Lucy Hey wood.
Miss Ina Ensign and Miss Lillian
Eiche. will furnish music. Rev. Hiram
Lturch will lead in prayer. Presiding
Elder J. F. Kemper anil Rev. .Taptha
Marsh will lead the scripture readings.
Mrs. Mark Woods will sing a solo and
also appear with Miss Maud Hawk in it
In the afternoon at :! o'clock Mayor
H. J. Wlnnett. G. W. Ilerge and J. W.
Powell will deliver addresses. .Miss
Grace Franks will sing a solo. Resides
there will be music by the orchestra
and singing by the school.
In the evening at 7 o'clock. Rev. II.
T. Davis will dedicate the church. Itev.
A. P. Hull will read the scripture les
son and Mrs. Mark Woods and Miss
Maud Hawk will sing.
The program complete is as follows:
9:00 Informal greeting.
i:.-i0 Orchestra Miss Lucy Heywood.
piano; Miss Ina Ensign, violin; Mis.
Lillian Eiche. cello.
10:00 "The Gloria. Hie Lord's
Hymn Xo. 13fi.
Prayer, Rev. Hiram Ilurch.
Scripture lessons Rev. J. F. Kemper,
presiding elder; Itev. Jephtha Marsh.
Hymn Xo. 6.
Duet Mrs. Mark Woods, Miss Maud
Sermon. Rev. C. II. Wilcox, D. D.
Solo, Mrs. Mark Woods.
Offerings, J. W. Powell.
Benediction. Dr. David Mamuette.
5:00 Sunday school and platform
Singing Vested choir.
Prayer Rev. G. II. Moulton.
Singing Vested choir.
Address Mayor II. J. Wlnnett.
Address G. W. I Serge.
Solo Miss Grace Franks.
Address Mr. J. W. Powell.
S:lrf Kpworth League.
7:00 Orchestra. "The Gloria.' "The
Hymn Xo. 7-4.
Prayer Rev. Hiram Burch.
Scripture Rev. A. P. Hull.
Hymn Xo. 102.
Solo Miss Maud Hawk.
Sermon Itev. C. B. Wilcox. D. D.
Solo Mrs. Mark Woods.
Cello Obligato Miss Lillian Eiche.
Offerings Mr. J. W. Powell.
Dedication Rev. II. T. Davis. D. D.
Xine trustees control the affairs of
the church. At present they are
George A. Adams. T. F. Lasch. H. K.
Rurket. A. R. Talbot. J. E. Miller.
George Parrish. C. W. Rieger. W. II.
Hargreaves and L. A. Sherman. The
board consists of business men. law
yers and educators and Its members
are well qualified to cope with the
questions of management constantly
The stewards of the church are nine
in number. They are especially dele
gated to raise the revenues needed for
church maintenance and support. The
board comprises: A. SI. Davis. 1. C.
Richards. J. S. Leonhardt. D. E. De
Putron. A. H. Dorris, J. T. Mastin. E.
It. Wells, E. R. Steckley. M. B. Reese.
G. F. H. Schwake. H. A. Tebbetts. M.
A. Warren and D. A. Itisser. Philip
A. Sommerlad is treasurer and Wil-li.-.m
H. Hargreaves secretary.
The Epworth league Is in a flourish
ing condition and is one of the strong
est religious organizations in the city.
The society is primarily for the young