Essex, Mass.
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Congregational Church Papers, 1910 - 1919



ItemDateDocument Description/ Transcription
118 Jan 1910 Treasurer's report, Essex North Cong'l Ch.
[signed] M. C. Osgood
210 March 1910 Letter from National Council of Congregational Churches requesting donation for meeting in Boston.
325 March 1910 Letter from Francis H. Bigelow, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass. concerning exhibition of church communion silver.
412 April 1910 Invitation from the Dane Street Church, Beverly to installation of Rev. Judson Van Clancy
522 April 1910 Note from Hanford L. Story, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston regarding tickets.
628 April 1910 Handwritten receipt.

Essex, Mass., April 28th 1910. Congregational Parish. To Chas. R. Lane, Dr.
for constable services posting warrant April 23rd.
recd payment $1.00 [signed] Chas. R. Lane

710 June 1910 Handwritten receipt.

June 10, 1910. First Parish of Congregational.
For labor hauling away ashes, cleaning out vault, cutting and cleaning away brush on back side of church. $4.50
Recd payment [signed] Frank E. Watson

8August 1910 Receipt for room & board of pulpit supply minister.

Essex August 1910. Congregational Church Dr.
To Board for Mr. Routan $2.00.
Rec'd payment [signed] Annie M. Fuller

917 Aug 1910 Letter from Temple and Rhoda M. Cutler of Ipswich, Mass. thanking Mr. Morris for 50th wedding anniversary gift.
1031 Aug 1910 State, County and town tax bill for 1910.
Real estate 36.11
Moth work3.00
Amount39.11
int. 6%.12
39.23
119 Sept 1910 Receipt.

First parish in Essex To Mrs. W. Burnham Dr.
Aug 28 Board for minister $2.50 [signed] W. Burnham

121 Oct 1910 Printed bill.

Essex Congregational Ch.*, Essex, Mass., Gloucester, Oct 1 1910 To Gloucester Electric Co., Dr. for electric lighting 9 kilowatts at 18 cents $1.62 -discount .16 - $1.46

with handwritten note "* will you kindly change this to Cong. Parish, as the Parish pays all bills. B.F.R."

131 Oct 1910 Receipt.

Essex, Mass. Oct 1, 1910. First Parish Congregational Church to Florence W. Goodhue, Dr.
to 3 months services as organist, ending Oct 1, 1910 - $17.50
received payment [signed] Florence W. Goodhue

147 Dec 1910 Invitation from Second congregational Church in Beverly, Mass. to installation of Rev. Henry F. Smith.
153 Jan 1911 Receipt.

First parish Dr to C. F. Patch
May 2, 1910 - 2 loads of gravel - $2.50

1628 April 1911 Letter from Henry M. Goddard agreeing to be pastor if in addition to the $800 the same amount he has received per year for the past two years can be raised for the coming year.
1712 June 1911 Letter of dismissal from the South Congregational Church, Ipswich, Mass. for George A. Hart to Essex.
181 Aug 1911 Receipt.

Cong. Church & Parish Dr.
July 6. to 4 hrs labor at 37 (guilding organ pipes) - $1.50
[signed] D. E. Burnham

199 Jan 1912 Printed letter from Henry M. Goddard, pastor, to all members of the Church to attend annual roll call of members.
2019 Nov 1912 Resolution by Rev. H. M. Goddard, Helen E. Andrews, and Gardner Burnham that Rufus Choate be commended for his service to the Church , and accept his resignation as church clerk, which he has held for the past 38 years.
21[30 Dec 1912] Report of the Foreign Missions Committee for 1912
[signed] Maidee P. Polleys, secy.
221 Jan 1913 Congregational Year-Book report form for 1912

church clerk: Leonard A. Story; church treasurer: Mary C. Osgood
Minister: Henry M. Goddard, ordained 3 Jan 1894, called 1 Dec 1907
membership: last year 122; now 120 (34 men, 86 women), absent 24; admitted 0, removed 2 ( 1 died, 1 dismissal); 1 infant baptism; 130 families under pastoral care
Sunday School: Dea. Gardner Burnham supt.; 212 enrolled; 63 in Young People's Soc.; no Men's organization
Pastor's salary $800; value of church property 12,500; invested funds 2,000; no debt

2320 Sept 1913 Letter from Laurie Wetmore Harris of Griswoldville, Mass. requesting letter of transfer from Essex to Methodist Church.
2421 Sept 1913 Invitation from South Congregational Church, Peabody, Mass. for their 200th anniversary, with program
2519 Oct 1913 Letter from Henry M. Goddard resigning after serving as Pastor for six years, effective the first Sunay in November. He will become pastor at the Union congregational Church in North Reading, Mass. and chaplain of the sanatorium there.
2625 Oct 1913 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] Caleb Low, Benjamin F. Raymond, Arthur D. Story } Parish committee; Charles R. Lane, constable
    Articles include:
  1. To see if the Parish will accept the resignation of their Pastor as tendered at morning service of the church on Sunday, October 19th.
278 Nov 1913 Letter from the First Baptist Church in Salem dismissing Mrs. Grace Fuller Moore to Essex.
285 Dec 1913 Letter from Frank E. Raymond, attorney, 47 Main St., Essex, re resolution at Parish meeting.
291 Jan 1914 Congregational Year-Book report form for 1913

church clerk: Dea. Leonard A. Story
treasurer of church: Mrs. Mary C. Osgood
minister: -
last minister: Henry M. Goddard left 2 Nov. 1913 to Reading, Mass.
total membership: last year 120; now 114 (33 men, 81 women); incl. 23 non-resident members; 4 deaths, 2 dismissals; 130 families in Parish
Dea. Gardner Burnham, Supt. of Sunday School; 201 teachers and scholars; acive home dept. 45 members of Young People's Society
Pastor's salary $800; value of church property $12,500; invested funds $2,000; debt: none

30January 1914 Invitation from the Orthodox Congregational Church in Manchester, Mass. to installation of Rev. Charles A. Hatch.
3121 April 1914 Letter from Rev. Henry M. Goddard requesting dismissal to Union Congregational Church in North Reading.
3227 April 1914 Receipt for entertaining minister 2 Sundays, $5.00.
[signed] D. L. Haskell
3314 May 1914 3 letters from the Union Congregational Church, North Reading, certifying that Rev. and Mrs. Henry M. Goddard and Paul Goddard were received into membership on 3 May 1914.
3423 June 1914 Invitation from the First Congregational Church in Ipswich, Mass. to ordination and installation of Paul G. Macey.
3529 Oct 1914 2 letters from the Bethany Congregational Church of Worcester, Mass. dismissing Rev. Albert G. Todd, Mrs. Julia Holmes Todd and Helen H. and Margaret C. Todd to Essex.
3628 Nov 1914 Letter from Christ Church Parish, Waltham, Mass., dismissing Edith F. Mears to Essex. She had joined church there 18 May 1902.
3710 Dec 1914 Invitation from the First Congregational Church in Danvers, Mass. to installation of Rev. Albert V. House.
3817 Dec 1914 Invitation from the Dane Street Congregational Church in Beverly, Mass., at installation of Rev. Richard H. Bennett.
3931 Dec 1914 Printed receipt for 2 cords soft wood @ $5/cord; 1 cord hard wood @ $6/cord - total $16.00.
[signed] L. D. Lowe; Lyman D. Lowe, "teaming and jobbing of all kinds"
4020 Jan 1915 Invitation from Trinity Congregational Church, Gloucester, Mass. to confer regarding resignation of Rev. Charles H. Williams.
4129 April 1915 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] Arthur D. Story, Caleb Low, Benjamin F. Raymond; Charles R. Lane, constable
    Articles include:
  1. To see what action the Parish will take in repairing their meeting house or other Parish property.
4214 May 1915 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] Arthur D. Story, Caleb Low, Benjamin F. Raymond; Charles R. Lane, constable
    Articles include:
  1. to elect a treasurer.
  2. to see if the Parish will extend the time of renewing the pastorate of Rev. A. G. Todd from October 1915 to the time of the annual meeting of the Parish in 1916.
4311 July 1915 Receipt.

First Parish to Edward H. Lander Dr.
to watching church July 3rd 4th & 5th - $4.00
paid [signed] E. H. Lander

4430 Aug 1915 Receipt
for entertaining minister, Sunday, August 22nd; $1.25.
[signed] D. L. Haskell
4527 Oct 1915 Receipt
for 3 months services as organist, ending October 1st; $25.00
[signed] Florence W. Goodhue
4622 Dec 1915 Receipt
for sawing 9 crds wood @ $1.10 per crd. $10.45
[signed] Zeno Elwell
47about 1916 Receipt.

$2.50 Congregational Parish to Elmer Steeves Dr.
Blowing organ 3 months to date.
paid [signed] Elmer Steeves

489 Jan 1916 Letter from the Trinity Congregational Church in Neponset, Mass. certifying that Mrs. Alice L. Oxner was received into membership by them
499 Feb 1916 Letter from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Mass. concerning communion silver in vault there. The items were four two handled cups, one goblet, 1 mug and two pewter flagons.
5021 Feb 1916 Receipt.

Essex Feb 21st 1916. First Parish. To Edward H. Lander Dr.
To services as sexton from Nov. 20th 1915 to Feb 20st 1916 (3) months - $21.25.
Paid [signed] E. H. Lander

5119 April 1916 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] Arthur D. Story, Caleb Low, Benjamin F. Raymond; Charles R. Lane, constable
    Articles include:
  1. To see what action the Parish will take in regard to removing their fence between the land of Mrs. Sarah Polleys and the land of said Parish.
5229 April 1916 Note from Alice P. Burnham saying that Mr. Frank E. Burnham, clerk of the Parish, will accept appointment to become Parish treasurer.
5310 May 1916 Program for Spring Session of Essex South Association.
5416 Sept 1916 Receipt, pulpit supply.

Essex Mass. Sep 16th '16 Cong'l Society Dr. To Hannah M. Burnham
for entertaining the minister Mr. Kelley from Sat night until Monday A.M. $2.00
Rec'd payment Sep 15th 1916 [signed] H. M. Burnham

552 Oct 1916 Invitation from the Tabernacle Church of Salem, Mass. to installation of Rev. Oliver H. Bronson.
5630 Jan 1917 Letter from Mary C. Osgood resigning as treasurer, effective at the annual meeting.
5715 April 1917 Auditor's report
[signed] Gardner Burnham
Income: 1460.76; expenses 1443.56
5823 April 1917 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] Caleb Low, Benjamin F. Raymond, Arthur D. Story } Parish committee; Charles R. Lane, constable
    Articles include:
  1. To see if the Parish will elect Henry O. Story to its membership
  2. To see if the Parish will continue its envelope collection system
5929 Dec 1917 Letter from Mary A. Coffill of Gloucester, Mass.
6015 April 1918 Auditor's report
[signed] Gardner Burnham
Income: 16088.87; expenses 1592.30
6122 April 1918 Warrant for annual Parish meeting
[signed] Arthur D. Story, Caleb Low, Benjamin F. Raymond } Parish committee; Charles R. Lane, constable
    Articles include:
  1. To see if the Parish will elect George A. Hart a member of the Parish
6225 Sept 1918 State,county and town tax bill for 1918
Real estate 43.66; Moth work 3.50; total 47.16
6323 Oct 1918 Letter from Albert G. Todd resigning as Pastor.
641 Nov 1918 Receipt.
for care of Meeting house lawn for season 1918 $6.00;
removing ashes 1.20; total $7.20;
[signed] David L. Haskell
6530 Dec 1918 Printed receipt for Penn. Fire Insurance Co., $500 on church building from
[signed] Albion Riggs, fire insurance agent
661 Jan 1919 Report for 1918 of treasurer of Women's Missionary Society
[signed] Julia S. Mears
671 Jan 1919 Printed bill/receipt from Albion Riggs, insurance agent,
for Abington Mutual Fire Ins. Co. (church building) $29.70, less 10.80 dividend - $18.90.
6820 Feb 1919 Printed receipt from Leighton E. Perkins, groceries and hardware,
for 4 panes of glass and putty delivered to D. E. Burnham $ .91;
[signed] L. E. Perkins
698 April 1919 Receipt.

First Parish in Essex To Rachel C. Burnham Dr.
To services as collector of pew rent from Feb 1 to May 1 $6.25
rec'd payment [signed] Rachel C. Burnham

7015 April 1919 Receipt for 6 months services as treasurer $7.50.
[signed] Alice P. Burnham
7116 April 1919 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] Arthur D. Story, Caleb Low, Benjamin F. Raymond } Parish committee; Charles R. Lane, constable
    Articles include:
  1. To see if the Parish will change its procedure in drawing its dividends of the "Hope Fund" from the bank
7228 June 1919 Certificate [signed] Albert G. Todd

Dana Adams Story, son of Arthur Dana and Ruby Marion Story, born April 10th 1919; baptized June 22d 1919 in the home of Mrs. [Philip T.] Adams

7329 August -
[1910's?]
Western Union Telegram from Albert G. Todd of Worcester, Mass. to David L. Haskell.

I accept call to Essex Congregational Church, letter will follow.

7427 Oct 1919 Letter from Leonard A. Story, church clerk to Frank E. Burnham, Parish clerk.

Enclosed you will find the resignation of the Rev. Albert G. Todd as pastor [of] our church which was read Oct. 19, 1919. P.S. This resignation has been accepted by the church.

753 Nov 1919 Warrant for Parish meeting
[signed] Arthur D. Story, Caleb Low, Benjamin F. Raymond } Parish committee; Charles R. Lane, constable
    Articles include:
  1. See what action the Parish will take in regard to the resignation of Rev. A. G. Todd, their pastor
  2. See if the Parish will elect Millard C. Moore a member of the Parish

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