Essex, Mass.
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Congregational Church Papers, 1900 - 1909



ItemDateDocument Description/ Transcription
11900 Blank printed bill form:
L. E. Perkins, dealer in staple and fancy groceries.
Reverse side: letter about hymn from Herbert to mother.
21 Jan 1900 Treasurer's report for North Congregational Church
[signed] Mary C. Osgood
Income 271.66; expenses 168.74; contributions 96.60; balance on hand $6.32
Expenses items: Louis B. Burnham, blowing organ .50
31 Jan 1900 Printed bill for 26 ft. gutter, Portland cement, a cord of pine wood, cord sawed pine wood, telephoning, postage - $13.13;
from Lyman D. Low "milk, vegetables and farm produce"
44 Jan 1900 Program from annual church supper and roll-call.
523 July 1900 Warrant for special Parish meeting
[signed] Lyman D. Lowe, Everett Burnham, Gardner Burnham } Parish committee; Alden C. Burnham, constable.

To see what action the Parish will take with regard to the supply of their Pulpit and to determine the length of time of such supply.

626 Nov 1900 Warrant for special Parish meeting
[signed] Gardner Burnham, Everett Burnham, Lyman D. Lowe } Parish committee; Alden C. Burnham, constable
    Articles include:
  1. To see what action the Parish will take in regard to the supply of their pulpit.
730 Jan 1901 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] Lyman D. Lowe, Everett Burnham, Gardner Burnham } Parish committee; Alden C. Burnham, constable
  1. To choose a moderator
  2. To see if the Parish will unite with the Church in extending a call to the Rev. Edward A. Lathrop to become their Pastor. And raise and appropiate money therefor.
815 April 1901 Auditor's report
[signed] Gardner Burnham

Expenses 1235.51; income 1267.37; balance on hand 31.86; debt 779.78

97 Jan 1902 Church treasurer's report
[signed] Mary C. Osgood
1019 April 1902 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] Leonard A. Story, Caleb M. Cogswell, Caleb Low } Parish committee; Alden C. Burnham, constable
    Articles include:
  1. To see if the Parish will instruct their committee to have their yearly supply of wood cut and hauled from the Parish lot.
  2. To see what action the Parish will take to meet any deficit that may arise in connection with the Parish expenses.
1115 April 1903 Auditor's report
[signed] Gardner Burnham
Expenses 1168.78; income 1178.86; debt 797.32
127 Jan 1904 Treasurer's report of Essex Cong'l Church
[signed] Mary C. Osgood
1318 April 1904 Letter from Edward A. Lathrop resigning as Pastor after more than 3 years service.
1415 June 1904 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] J. Horace Burnham, Caleb Low, B. F. Raymond } Parish committee; Charles R. Lane, constable
    Articles include:
  1. See what action the Parish will take towards repairing their meeting house and take such action as is considered necessary.
155 Jan 1905 Treasurer's report of Essex North Cong'l Church
[signed] Mary C. Osgood
1618 April 1905 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] J. Horace Burnham, Caleb Low, B. Frank Raymond } Parish committee; Charles R. Lane, constable
    Articles include:
  1. To see what action the Parish will take in regard to supply of their pulpit.
  2. To see if the Parish wish to make any repairs on its meeting house.
171906-1939 Notebook of the Sunday School, listing Sunday School attendance and collection, activities, gifts to the Sunday School. 152 pages
18[1 Jan 1906] Report form for 1905 Congregational Year-Book

Church clerk: Rufus Choate;
Minister: Rev. Edward Allison Lathrop (ordained 26 Nov 1895; called 10 Feb 1901)
Membership last year 121; now 117 (32 men, 85 women; 16 non-residents); none added; 4 removals, all by death; 130 families in Parish
Sunday School: Dea. Gardner Burnham, supt.; 233 enrolled incl. Home Dept.; 80 in Young People's Soc.
Pastor's salary $800 + parsonage; value of property 12,500; invested funds 1,000; debt on property $1,000

199 Jan 1906 Treasurer's report of Essex North Cong'l Church
[signed] Mary C. Osgood
Income 148.77; expenses 141.65 (incl. Ralph B. Low, blowing organ .60)
2015 April 1906 Auditor's report. Expenses $1,155.90
2120 Dec 1906 Letter from Charles W. Prest of Lynn, Mass. requesting dismissal from church membership.
2211 Jan 1907 Letter regarding membership.

Copy of a letter sent to Charles W. Prest of Lynn - a member of this Church - in answer to a letter of his requesting to be released from Church membership. His letter was dated Dec. 20, 1906.

My dear Mr. Prest
Your letter of Dec. 20, 1906 addressed to the Pastor of our Church concerning a release from Church membership came into my hands as clerk, insomuch as we are now without a Pastor. Our Pastor's resignation took effect in July last.

Your letter was read in our weekly Church meeting soon after it was received but no action was taken upon it. It was again read at our annual meeting last evening but the members present could not see their way clear to grant your request.

A brother or sister uniting with the Church enters into covenant with God and the vows are made to Him. No membership or Church organization can release anyone from those vows. Moreover the Church is receiving new members covenant with God, also to watch over the new members and assist them in the divine life. If the Church after making those vows, should vote to dismiss a member back to the world would they be true to their covenant vows? These were some of the difficulties in the way of granting your request which were expressed at the meeting last night. the Church did not vote on the matter but desired the clerk to acknowledge the receipt of your letter and to express the hope that you may see your way clear to continue the fellowship with us. with pleasing recollections of the years during which you were with us and with the kindest wishes for your welfare - I am your in behalf of the Church
[signed] Rufus Choate } clerk

2325 Feb 1907 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] B. Frank Raymond, Caleb Low } Parish committee; Charles R. Lane, constable
    Articles include:
  1. To see if the Parish will unite with the Church in extending a call to Rev. E. C. Davis to become their pastor.
  2. To see if the Parish will sell a number of oak trees now standing on the Parish wood lot.
  3. To see if the Parish will repair their Parsonage.
2414 Sept 1907 Receipt for roofing leanto at parsonage - $23.00; 46 ft. 2 ply roofing - $1.38; stock and labor on hen house roof - $15.00; total $39.38
[signed] I. R. Gates & son, dealers in native lumber
2528 Oct 1907 Note to Parish clerk that church voted to extend call to Rev. Henry M. Goddard of West Concord, N. H.
2625 Nov 1907 Printed bill. Pulpit supply ministers needed room & board each weekend.

Hotel Essex, J. B. Fuller, prop. Essex, Mass. Nov 25 1907
First parish congregational church to J. B. Fuller Dr.
Oct 23Mr. Goddard$2.00
" 27Mr. Boicourt2.00
Nov 10Mr. Murry2.00
" 17Mr. Pitts2.00
" 23Mr. Cutter2.00
Paid [signed] J. B. Fuller$10.00

2717 Dec 1907 Printed bill.

Town of Essex, Mass., Brown tail and gypsy moth dept.
Dec. 17 1907 First Parish To Otis O. Story Dr.
Tinning bolting & cleaning trees 21 hours labor $5.25
Stock 1.95; Total - $ 7.20
(Local Supt. G.M. &. B.T.M.) paid [signed] Otis O. Story

2818 Dec 1907 Printed bill.

From Barstow Stove Company, Boston, Mass.
for 1 grate #40 Don. Wil. Furnace $4.00 + .40 tax - $4.40.
[signed] A. French

299 Jan 1908 Treasurer's report for Essex North Cong'l Ch.

Income of 152.02; expenses of 40.52 and contributions of 84.54. Balance on hand 26.96.
Expense items included choir 13.50, blowing organ 1.00, communion wine 2.50. Also $167.05 collected in S. School.
[signed] Mrs. C. Osgood

3015 April 1909 Auditor's report
[signed] Gardner Burnham

Income 1310.03 (incl. pew rent 875.81, Church collection 252.56, sale of wood 4.50)
Expenses 1281.26 (incl. pulpit supply 840.04, Mrs. Frank Goodhue 70., John Fuller 2.00)
Debt $809.20

3117 April 1909 Warrant for Parish meeting (copy).

Essex S. S. To either of the constables of the town of Essex, County of Essex, State of Mass. Greeting In the name of the Commonwealth of Mass. you are directed to notify and warn the voters of the First Congregational Parish of Essex, county of Essex, State of Mass. qualified to vote in Parish affairs to meet in their basement on Monday evening April 26th at 7-30 oclock then and there to act on the following articles, to wit

    Articles:
  1. To choose a moderator to preside at said meeting.
  2. To hear the report of the Auditor and other Parish Officers.
  3. To choose necessary Parish Officers.
  4. To see what action the Parish will take to supply their pulpit for the coming year.
  5. To see if the Parish wishes to make repairs on their meeting house or other Parish properties.
  6. To see if the Parish will elect Horatio H. Story to be a member of the Parish and to see of the Parish will elect David F. Choate to be a member of the Parish.

And you [are] directed to serve this warrant by posting an attest[ed] copy at the meeting house of said Parish one week at least before the time of holding said meeting. Here of fail not and make due returns of this warrant with your doing thereon to the Parish clerk at the time and place of the meeting aforesaid. Given under our hands this 17th day of April 1909.
[signed] Arthur D. Story, B. Frank Raymond, Caleb Low } Parish committee

[reverse] Essex S. S. April 21st 1909. To the clerk of the first Parish in Essex

I have served the within warrant by posting up an attested copy on the meeting house of said Parish in Essex, seven days at least before the time of holding said meeting.
[signed] Charles R. Lane, Constable of Essex

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