Society Book of the Presbyterian Church
1851-1945
Fredonia, NY

Transcribed by Marsia Painter with Douglas Shepard

 

[Transcribers’ notes: Last names and years are in bold type. Transcriber’s notes are in [brackets]. The transcribers have made an effort to preserve the spelling quirks present in the original, handwritten document. (?) denotes an uncertainty about the spelling in the original document.]


Society Book of the first Presbyterian Church of Pomfret

No. 2

Opening Oct. 7, 1851

 

Society Records of the first Presbyterian Church and Society of the Town of Pomfret

No. 2

Opening Oct. 7, 1851

For previous record see Society Book No. 1

 

Trustees

R. W. Mason Elected Oct. 3, 1845. Term Expires Oct. 7, 1851.

Salmon Hart Elected Oct. 3, 1845. Term Expires Oct. 7, 1851.

Orson Simmons Elected Oct. 1849. Term Expires Oct. 1852.

Norman Neff Elected Oct. 1849. Term Expires Oct. 1852.

A. H. Walker Elected Oct. 1850. Term Expires Oct. 1853.

H. C. Frisbee Elected Oct. 1850. Term Expires Oct. 1853.

Philander Sprague Elected Oct. 1850. Vice [i.e. replaced] R. W. Mason Resigned.

Philander Sprague Elected Oct. 7, 1851. Term Expires Oct. 1854.

A. H. Barker Elected Oct. 7, 1851. Term Expires Oct. 1854.

S. M. Clement Elected Oct. 4, 1852. Term Expires Oct. 1855.

Calvin Hutchinson Elected Oct. 4, 1852. Term Expires Oct. 1855.

C. E.(?) Washburn Elected Oct. 3, 1853. Term Expires Oct. 185(?).

O. W. Johnson Elected Oct. 3, 1853. Term Expires Oct. 185(?).

H. J. Miner Elected Oct. 2, 1854. Term Expires Oct. 1857

Willard McKinstry Elected Oct. 2, 1854. Term Expires Oct. 1857

Erastus Holt Elected Oct. 2, 1853. Term Expires Oct. 1858.

Eli Roberts Elected Oct. 2, 1853. Term Expires Oct. 1858.

C. E. Washburn Elected Oct. 7, 1856. Term expires Oct. 1859.

S. M. Clement  Term expires Oct. 1859.

Eli S. Gates   Term expires Oct. 1857

 

Guarantors of Ministers Salory(?) for the year Ending Sept. 1, 1852.

John Seymour

Salmon Hart

Philander Sprague

S. M. Clement

N. H. Whitcomb

A. F. Taylor

H. Bosworth

H. Pemberton

A. H. Walker

H. C. Frisbee

J.(?) Starr

J.(?) Crane

C. A. Seley(?)

A. Hinckley

Saml Barker

W. McKinstry

F. A. Redington

A. H. Barker

E. S. Ely(?)

Norman Neff

 

1851

At the annual meeting of the first Presbyterian Church Society held in accordance with due notice in the session room(?) Oct. 6, 1851. John Seymour was called to the chair and the records of the last annual meeting read and adopted. On motion P. Sprague and A. H. Barker were elected Trustees in place of P. Sprague & S. Hart whose term of Ofice[sic] Inst(?) expired. The report of the committee previously appointed to secure as many Slips from the owners of the Same as practicable(?) for(?) now(?) was then read and laid on the table. On motion Resolved that the Trustees shall rent the Slips on Thursday Oct. 17 to the highest bidder. On motion Resolved that the Trustees shall raise by subscription the balance over & above the rent of the Slips to pay the minister the organist and the other expenses of the Society the Salary of the organist to be $100 per annum. On motion Resolved that the Trustees be empowered to sell the old organ and purchase a new one with the proceeds of such sale and the subscription raised for that purpose. On motion Resolved that H. Pemberton be a committee to raise by subscription the amt requisite to purchase a new bell(?). On motion F. A. Redington was elected clerk of the Society for the year ensuing.

F. A. Redington, Soc. Clerk

 

At a meeting of the first Presbyterian Church & Society of Pomfret in accordance with a call previously made by the Trustees and Elders for the purpose electing a Pastor Rev. Mr. Hamilton was chosen moderator. On motion of A. F. Taylor it was resolved to Elect a pastor of the first Presbyterian Church of Pomfret by ballot. Whereupon the society proceeded to ballot and Rev. Daniel A. Clark Jr. was unanimously elected Pastor. On motion Resolved to extend a call to Rev. Danl A. Clark to become Pastor of the First Presybterian Church of Pomfret. On motion Resolved that the Elders & Trustees be a committee to sign said call in behalf of the Church & Society. On motion Resolved that the Presbytery be invited to hold a special meeting at Fredonia on the fourth Tuesday of Oct. inst to install Rev. Dan’l A. Clark in the pastoral office of the first Presbyterian Church of Pomfret.

F. A. Redington, Soc. Clerk

Dated Fredonia Oct. 6, 1851.

 

1852

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret held at the church in Fredonia in accordance with due notice previously given Dea John Seymour was appointed chairman on motion of A. F. Taylor. The Trustees then rendered their report of the financial condition of the ch & Soc as follows:

Receipts for the current from(?) rent of Slips & other sources $818.8(?)

Due on Subscriptions 64.9(?)

Total $873.7(?)

Paid Pastor $709.78

Paid organist 59.49

Paid Sundry accts for current expenses 52.38  $820.65

Balance to be raised to cancel indebtedness 125.41

Expenses of the year $946.06

Resolved to pay A. H. Barker for Lumber & paper $7.50

Resolved that Messrs J. Crane, S. M. Clement, S. Hart be a committee to solicit Subscriptions to meet the indebtedness of the Society and that the balance not then obtained be assessed upon those who guaranteed the pastor Salary for the year past. The Society next proceeded to elect by ballot two trustees in place of O. Simmon and Norman Neff when term of office has expired and Messrs S. M. Clement & Calvin Hutchinson were duly elected said Trustees. F. A. Redington was elected clerk for the year ensuing.

Dated Fredonia Oct. 4, 1852

F. A. Redington Society Clerk

 

1853

At the annual meeting of the first Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at the church on due notice given on the 3d day of October 1853, on motion Dea. John Seymour was appointed Chairman. On motion Resolved that the committee on getting the Slips given up make their report. Whereupon said committee reported as far as they had gone, and were requested to finish their mission. On motion proceeded to elect two Trustees in place of A. H. Walker and H. C. Frisbee, whose term has expired. Charles E. Washburn and Oscar W. Johnson were chosen to fill said vacancies. On motion Resolved that the Trustees(?) assess(?) the Slips in the church, which are not given up, to the owners of the same and give the owners notice of said assessment; and those not taken at the assessment(?) be sold with the rest to the highest bidder. On motion Resolved that there be raised the ensuing year Twelve(?) Hundred Dollars, to pay debts now(?) due and for accruing expenses. On motion, Resolved that a committee of three(?) be appointed by the chair(?) to obtain of Calvin Hutchinson the Lot adjoining this church bid (?) (?) him at the sale of the Barker estate. Whereupon H. C. Frisbee, A. H. Walker and P. Sprague were appointed said Committee. Resolved that H. C. Frisbee act as Clerk for the ensuing year. Resolved that H. C. Frisbee and A. H. Barker seat strangers. On motion adjourned.

A. H. Barker

Clerk pro tem

 

1854

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at the Church on due notice on the 2d day of October 1854, A. F. Taylor was chosen Chairman. Report from the committee appointed at last annual meeting to purchase lot, alter fences(?), &c, read, approved and accepted. Balance due H. C. Frisbee $19.54. H. J. Miner and Willard McKinstry appointed Trustees for three years. A. H. Barker for the east side & A. F. Taylor and E. S. Ely for west side of the house were appointed to seat strangers. Ordered that the Slips in the House be sold for the ensuing year on Tuesday the 17 Oct. 1854 Trustees reported for past year as follows.

Amt secured & due for rent of 34 ½ Pews $654.75

Amt. secured & due on subscription from occupants of 39 ½ Pews not given up 180.50

(average from Pews given up $19.31; not given up $4.57) 835.25

Expenses

Pastor’s Salary 800.00

Paid Pastor interest on notes 5.94

Paid for sexton’s services 37.75

Paid Organist & blower 110.00

Paid Repairs on Organ 10.00

Other Repairs 2.25

Wood & Lights 37.86

Pews rented of Mrs. Munson 10.00 – 1013.80

Balance not provided for $178.55

Amt of arrearage(?) on previous year unprovided for 50.89

$229.44 [Seems to be the total]

(Balance due on Lot & Fences – 19.5(?)

On motion, adjourned sine die.

H. C. Frisbee Clk

 

1855

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church of Pomfret held at the church on due notice, on the 2d day of October, John Seymour was chosen Chairman. Minutes of the previous annual Meeting were read and approved. Report of Trustees called for and read, as follows: Oct. 2, 1855.

Collected on Notes & subscriptions to date 646.44(?)

Disbursed as follows: Paid Pastor on Salary 479.90

Paid discount on Pastor’s notes at Bank 3.67

Paid organist in full for the year 61

Paid Sexton for care of house &c in full 36.06

Paid for Wood in full 14.13

Paid A. N. Clarke (?) Act 8.25

Paid S. M. Clement & co & F. & S. B. Clement 15.09

Paid for repairing Windows, glass, putty &c 83

Paid Insurance assmt. 14 Blowing organ 11.25  25.25  645.72

Bal. cash on hand .72

Balance due on Notes & Subscriptions 168.0(?)

Salary 800  168.78

Due Pastor bal. of Salary 479.90   320.10

Bal. unprovided for 151.32

Due Pastor on previous year 279.97

Execution against Society in favor of L. M. Walker 41.45

Balance on Lot & Fence act H. C. Frisbee 19.54

3(?)0.96

Due Society on Notes & Subs on previous year 43.00

Cash on hand 6.46  49.46  291.5(?)

Whole amt of Society’s indebtedness above its resources 442.8(?)

1855

On motion Resolved that the Trustees rent all the Slips, except Ministers. Elected as Trustees for the three years ensuing, Erastus Holt and Eli Roberts. Voted that J. Crane seat strangers. Voted that H. C. Frisbee be Clerk. Adjourned sine die.

H. C. Frisbee Clerk

 

At a Meeting of the church and Society called by the Trustees and held in the basement room on Tuesday 27th Nov. 1855, A. F. Taylor was chosen Moderator and H. C. Frisbee Secretary. A communication was presented by S. M. Clement from Rev. D. Clark, Pastor, requesting the church and society to unite with him in asking the Presbytery to dissolve the existing relation of pastor with said Church and Society. On motion that the request be complied with the vote stood, Ayes 6, Noes 5. On motion, said vote was reconsidered. On motion, a committee was appointed consisting of C. Hutchinson, Ensign Baker and Ezra S. Ely to ascertain, if the terms required by Mr. Clark of the Society, could be complied with and report to an adjourned meeting to be held at same place on Friday Nov. 30. On motion, adjourned to that day.

 

Friday Nov. 30, 1855. Society met according to adjournment. A. F. Taylor in the chair. Committee appointed at preceding meeting made a report. Sufficient(?) not being(?) subscribed for paying up arrearages and meeting advanced salary and expenses for coming year a motion was made and carried that the committee aforesaid E(?) Ely being excused and Oscar W. Johnson appointed to circulate subscription papers for ascertaining how much can be raised for salary and expenses for the current year, and report at an adjourned meeting one week from date. Adjourned to said day.

 

Friday Dec. 7, 1855. Met pursuant to adjournment. Committee reported available Pew rent and subscriptions to be rebid on(?) at $976.00. Mr. Washburn offered the following resolution which was passed unanimously. Whereas our Pastor Rev. Daniel Clark has requested us as a Society to unite with him in petitioning Presbytery to dissolve the pastoral relation: Resolved that while we comply with his request, we do so with hearty reciprocation of the kind feeling expressed in his communication and with high regard for his personal & Christian character. On motion H. C. Frisbee was appointed committee to report action to Presbytery, and S. M. Clement to report to Pastor. On motion, adjourned sine die.

 

At a special meeting of the Society held at the church April 22, 1856, pursuant to notice given from the pulpit on the preceding Sabbath for the purpose of acting upon the subject of obtaining a Pastor, Rev. Timothy Stillman moderator, it was on motion Voted that a call be given to the Rev. Edwin S. Wright at a salary of one thousand dollars payable quarterly. Voted, that A. F. Taylor, H. C. Frisbee, & F. H. Reddington be a committee to obtain the names of individuals who will be responsible for arrearages for salary and necessary expenses of the House, during the pastorship(?) of Mr. Wright. The names of the individuals following for this purpose were given in at the meeting viz. John Seymour, S. M. Clement, H. Pemberton, E. Holt, C. Hutchinson, C. E. Washburn, W. McKinstry, Joseph Starr, E. G. Cook, T. Kapple(?), Eli Roberts, P. Sprague, F. A. Redington, A. H. Barker, H. C. Frisbee, A. F. Taylor, D. J. Pratt, E. S. Ely, N. H. Whitcomb, Salmon Hart. On motion adjourned.

 

1856

At a special meeting of the first Presbyterian Church & Society of Pomfret held in the Sessions(?) Room of the church June 9th 1856, pursuant to a call by the Trustees of said Society – given from the Pulpit on the preceding Sabbath[.]

Rev[.] Timothy Stillman was chosen Moderator & S. M. Clement Temporary clerk[.]

The meeting was opened with prayer by the Moderator. The Moderator then read the notice of the Trustees above referred to stating of the object of the meeting to be “for the purpose of fixing and arranging about the Ministers Salary.” The Moderator further stated that some members of the Society were apprehensive that there was a technical irregularity in the call for the Meeting of the Society held on the 22d of April last at which a Pastor was called and his Salary fixed as recorded on the pages next preceding this. Whereupon the following preamble & resolution were unanimously adopted.

Whereas apprehension exists in the minds of some members of the Society that there was a technical irregularity in the call for the meeting of the Society on the 22d of April last at which a Pastor was called & his salary fixed therefore

Resolved that we now ratify the proceedings of that meeting as to the call which was made to Rev. Edwin S. Wright to be our

1856

Pastor and as to the amount and terms of payment of his salary and as to the vote directing the Trustees of the Society and the Elders of the Church to execute the call in their official capacity. On motion adjourned sine die.

S. M. Clement Clerk protem

 

At the annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held pursuant to due notice at this Church on the 7th day of October 1856, John Seymour was appointed Moderator. Minutes of preceding Meetings were read and accepted. Voted to proceed to election of Trustees S. M. Clement and C. E. Washburn were elected for three years, and Eli S. Gates for one year to fill vacancy of H. J. Miner. Voted that A. F. Taylor, S. M. Clement, Watson(?) H. Barker and Avery Barmore be Collectors. Voted that A. F. Taylor seat strangers. Voted that H. C. Frisbee be Clerk. On motion, Adjourned.

 

1857

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held pursuant to due notice at their Church on the 6th day of October 1857 John Seymour was appointed Moderator.

The minutes of the preceding meeting were read and approved.

On motion it was voted to proceed to the election of two Trustees in place of Willard McKinstry and Eli S. Gates whose term[s] had expired. Eli S. Gates and F. A. Redington having received the highest number of votes were duly elected for three years.

H. C. Frisbee was elected Clerk for the ensuing year.

H. Pemberton and A. H. Barker were appointed to seat strangers.

C. Hutchinson and L. Avery Barmore were appointed to take collections.

Willard McKinstry was appointed to solicit subscriptions to pay off balance due on Organ.

On motion adjourned.

 

1858

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in pursuance of due notice at the Session Room on the (?) day of Oct. John Seymour was chosen Moderator. Minutes of former meeting read and approved. On motion, Eli Roberts and Calvin Hutchinson were elected Trustees for three years ensuing. H. C. Frisbee was appointed Clerk. L. Avery Barmore and Sterne Frisbee were appointed to seat strangers. On motion Allen Hinkley was added Willard McKinstry, as a committee to collect money to pay balance of organ note. On motion, Resolved that it is expedient (?) build a session house as soon as practicable(?) & that action be taken at this meeting having end in view. Whereupon a subscription was started for that purpose. On motion, adjourned.

 

1859

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in pursuance of due notice at the Session Room, on the 3d day of October 1859. Deacon John Seymour was chosen Chairman. On motion Stephen O. Day and Henry C. Frisbee were elected Trustees for three years ensuing. On motion H. C. Frisbee was elected Clerk. On motion, L. Avery Barmore and Abner Roberts(?) were appointed to seat strangers. On motion, voted that five dollars be paid out of the Societys funds to make the final payment on the Organ note. On motion Adjourned.

 

1860

At the annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their church on the 3d day of Oct. 1860 A. F. Taylor was chosen chairman. Minutes of last annual Meeting read & approved. On balloting for three Trustees, A. S. Moss was elected for two years to fill vacancy made by nonacceptance of H. C. Frisbee, and A. F. Taylor and A. S.(?) Roberts for three years. H. C. Frisbee was Chosen Clerk. A. S. Roberts and Walter Hart were chosen to seat strangers. On motion adjourned.

 

1861

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret, held at the Presbyterian church on the 1st day of October 1861, S. O. Day was chosen chairman. On motion, Calvin Hutchinson and Orson Stil(?) were elected Trustees for three years. On motion A. S. Roberts and A. F. Taylor were chosen to seat strangers. H. C. Frisbee was appointed Clerk. A communication was received from the Rev. E. S. Wright, remitting one hundred dollars from his salary for the year beginning December 1, 1861. On motion adjourned.

 

1862

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at the Presbyterian Church on the 6th of Oct. 1862 A. S. Moss was chosen chairman. On voting for the election of Trustees, Stephen M. Clements and Eli S. Gates were elected for three years, and (?) S. Moss for one year to fill out the unexpired time of A. F. Taylor, resigned. H. C. Frisbee was elected Clerk for the ensuing year. J. C. Moss and W. D. Kellogg were chosen to seat strangers. A communication was received from Rev. E. S. Wright remitting $100 from his salary for the ensuing year from the 1st of December 1862, upon which a vote of Thanks as follows was passed, and H. C. Frisbee appointed a committee to communicate the same to him.

 

1863

Voted, that the thanks of this society be rendered to their Pastor, Rev. Edwin S. Wright, for his liberality in remitting from his salary for two successive years the sum of one hundred dollars; that the Society duly appreciate these acts of liberality, and gratefully accept them as an evidence of the mutual good feeling and harmony existing between Pastor and People. On motion voted to adjourn.

 

1863

At the Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret, held in the basement of their Church on the 5th day of October 1863, John Seymour was chosen chairman. The minutes of the last meeting and the report of the Trustees were read and accepted. On voting for two Trustees, Wm. A. Johnson and Allen Hinckley were elected for three years. A. S.(?) Roberts and L. Avery Barmore were appointed to seat strangers. On motion of P. Sprague, it was voted that the arrangement entered into at the special meeting of the society held April 22, 1856 (See record of that date) by twenty members of the society to become responsible for arrearages for salary of the pastor and necessary expenses of the house, be discontinued. Voted, to adjourn.

 

1864

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their Church on the 3d day of October, A. S. Roberts was chosen chairman. On motion, John B. Forbes and Luther (?) were chosen Trustees for three years. H. C. Frisbee was chosen clerk. A. S. Roberts and A. F. Taylor were chosen to seat strangers. On motion adjourned.

 

1865

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their church on 2d day of October 1865, A. S. Roberts was chosen chairman. On motion, Jas. B. Caruth and C. T.(?) Wygant were elected Trustees for three years, and S. Clement Trustee for one year to fill the vacancy made by decease of Allen Hinckley. H. C. Frisbee was chosen clerk. John B. Forbes and A. F. Taylor were appointed to seat strangers. On motion adjourned.

 

1866

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their church pursuant to notice on the first day of October 1866. A. F. Taylor was chosen chairman. On motion of S. M. Clement it was voted to adjourn to the first Monday(?) of November(?) next.

 

At the adjourned meeting held November 5th 1866 John Seymour was chosen Chairman. On motion John B. Forbes one of the Trustees, was requested to make a full report of the present financial condition of the Presbytery(?) (?) that it be recorded. S. M. Clement and Eli Roberts were elected Trustees for three years and Calvin Hutchinson for two years to fill the vacancy occasioned(?) by the removal of J. B. Caruth. H. C. Frisbee was elected Clerk. J. B. Forbes and W. T. Wygant were elected to seat strangers. On motion adjourned.

Mr. J. B. Forbes reported cash on hand September 1, 1866, after paying Pastors salary and all expenses of society to that date $107.52.

 

1867

At the annual meeting of the First Presybterian Society of Pomfret, held at their Church Monday 7th day of October, John Seymour was chosen Moderator. Last years proceedings read and adopted. L. Avery Barmore was elected a Trustee to fill the vacancy made by the decease of C. T. Wygant(?). J. Beman Putnam and Abner S. Roberts were elected Trustees for three years. H. C. Frisbee was elected Clerk. Albert L. Keller and John Hunn were elected to seat strangers. On motion it was Resolved to increase the salary of our Pastor Rev. E. S. Wright three hundred dollars. On motion H. C. Frisbee was appointed committee to notify owners of sheds(?) needing repairs to make the repairs without delay. On motion, report of Trustees was made and accepted. On motion adjourned.

 

1868

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret, held at their church on Monday the 5th day of October, John Seymour was chosen Moderator. The Minutes of last year’s proceedings were read and adopted. Report of Trustees called for, and a verbal report made by J. B. Putnam. On motion, the Trustees were requested to make a written report of the state of the Treasury – The amount received during the past year and from what sources, and the amt. paid out and for what purposes. L. Avery Barmore and Thos. L. Higgins were elected Trustees for three years. S. M. Clement resigned his office of Trustee – resignation accepted, and Stephen Snow elected to fill out his term, ending Oct. 5, 1869. H. C. Frisbee was elected Clerk. Albert Keller and John Hunn elected to seat strangers. Motion made by S. M. Clement and carried, that the Trustees be authorized and instructed to raise $400.00 to pay the pastor’s increase of salary of $300. and arrearages of last year now due. On motion adjourned.

 

The following Report on finances was made by J. B. Putnam, Treasurer, in accordance with foregoing resolution: - Fredonia Oct. 6, 1868

Annual Report of the financial condition of the first Presbyterian Society of Pomfret.

Amt received from Sept. 1, 1867 to Oct. 6, 1868

From Pews rented 1245.84

From Subscriptions 318.00

1563.84 [Total]

Balance now due on Pew rents 101.38

Cash on hand from J. B. Forbes 2.49, subscriptions 18.00, Pew Rents 10.01  30.50

Expenses from Sept. 1, 1867 to Oct. 6, 1868

Paid Rev. E. S. Wright 1185.55

Paid Capt. Curtis for Singing from Sept. 1, ’67 to Jan. 1, ’68 50.00

Paid S. M. Clement for 6 Cords wood 15.00

Paid for Jacks, Glass (& setting same) Oil, Pipe & Elbow 3.14

Paid for Wood 6.75

Paid Roberts bill for Stove Pipe, Nails &c 15.58

Paid Capt. Curtis for singing 61.00 do  do 39.00 100.00

Paid Gas Lighter & fixing same 1.75

Paid Alcohol for do. .72 Brooms 1.00  1.72

Paid E. Forbes Gass Bill 39.38

Paid Geo. Smith regular salary 100.00 Extras 6.60 106.60

Paid Wood (3 cords 20/) 7.87

1533.34

[This line is crossed out]: Cash on hand, viz. from J. B. Forbes 2.49, subscriptions 18.00 Pew rents

Due Rev. E. S. Wright 114.45

Due Capt. Curtis to date, about 40.00

 

1869

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at the church Oct. 5, 1869, John Seymour was appointed chairman. The report of the Trustees was called for and read by S. Snow, giving a full statement of the financial condition of the Society. A communication was received from Rev. E. S. Wright in reference to a proposed Legacy or donation from Mr. Calvin Hutchinson to this Society. On motion Resolved that the Trustees take such action in reference thereto as shall be proper. Resolved, That the clerk be authorised[sic] to return to Mr. Hutchinson an acknowledgement of their gratitude for the donation. On motion of A. F. Taylor, Resolved that the Trustees request Rev. E. S. Wright to accept $1000.00 as the amount of his Salary for the ensuing year. J. Seymour and H. C. Frisbee were appointed a committee to confer with Mr. Wright on this subject. H. C. Frisbee was elected Clerk. Resolved that when this meeting adjourn, it be to the 3d Tuesday in Oct. inst. at 2 P.M. Motion that we adjourn. Carried.

 

Report of the Trustees above mentioned 1869 Oct. 5

Amt. recd for rent of Pews, during the year 1109.14

Amt. recd. From subscription 282.50

1391.64

Amt. paid Rev. E. S. Wright towards his salary 826.70

Amt. paid E. A. Curtis for singing 199.00

Amt. paid Geo. Smith for services 129.75

Amt. paid Fredonia Gas Co. for light 38.96

Amt. paid for Wood 16.75

Amt. paid for coal 69.5(?)

Amt. paid for cartage of coal 06.82(?)

Amt. paid to Thos. H. Gage for repair of furnace 27.00

Amt. paid to G. N. Frazine do 6.25  33.2(?)

Amt. paid to Mr. Tremaine for insurance of church for 3 yrs 62.50

Amt. paid for sundry small items of expenses by Treasurer 21.70

1404.96

1391.64

Due Barmon Treasr. 13.32

Amt. of indebtedness due by the Society Oct. 5, 1868

Due J. B. Putnam Treas. Of Board Trustees 1868 28.82

Due Rev. E. S. Wright for salary unpaid up to Sept. 1, 1868 42.80

Due E. A. Curtis singers 25.00

Due Thos. H. Gage(?) for repairs furnace 27.00

Due G. N. Frazine do 6.25  33.25

129.87

Amt. of indebtedness due by the Society Oct. 5, 1869

The old balance due J. B. Putnam 28.82

Due Rev. E. S. Wright last year’s balance 42.80

Due Rev. E. S. Wright for salary ending Sept. 1, 1869 1300.00

1342.80

Less amount pd by L. A. Barmore 826.70

Leaving a bal. due of 506.10

Present indebtedness of the society 534.92

Contra

Amt. due on subscriptions 74.00

Amt. due rent of Pews to Sept. 1, 1869 156.00  230.00

Deficiency over all present means for payment 304.92

 

Oct. 19, 1869

Society met according to adjournment of annual meeting. J. Seymour in the chair. Minutes of former meeting read and approved. Report of committee to confer with Rev. E. S. Wright on subject of salary called for. Letter from Mr. Wright read (in which he consents to receive $1000. as his salary for the ensuing year, and for what time he remains with the Society.) The report of the committee was accepted & committee discharged. Mr. Snow announced the resignation of A. S. Roberts as Trustee, and Dr. Landon was elected to fill his unexpired term of one year. On motion of A. S. Moss, the Trustees were requested to circulate a subscription to raise the amount of arrearage against the Society. On motion adjourned sine die.

 

1870

At a special meeting of the Society and Church convened according to proper notice on Tuesday the 27th of Sept. 1870, John Seymour was appointed Moderator, who stated the object of the meeting: which was to unite with(?) the Rev. E. S. Wright in asking for a dissolution of the relation of pastor and people now existing. On motion, Resolved, that we unite with our Pastor, Rev. Doct. E. S. Wright, at his request to ask the Buffalo Presbytery to dissolve the Pastoral relation between him and this church. Carried: As an expression of the feelings of the meeting(?) towards our pastor, for the fourteen years he has labored among us, a warm testimonial was unanimously voted to be presented to him. On motion, voted that the Trustees proceed without delay to circulate a subscription to obtain the amount of arrearages now standing against the Society. On motion, adjourned.

 

1870

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held Oct. 4, 1870, John Seymour was appointed moderator. Minutes of former meetings were read and approved. On motion, S. O. Day and J. B. Putnam were elected Trustees for three years. L. A. Barmore offered his resignation as Trustee, which on being put to vote, was lost. H. C. Frisbee was elected Clerk. A motion was made and carried that the chair appoint a committee of three from the Trustees to unite with the Session in having the pulpit supplied. S. O. Day, J. L. Higgins and L. A. Barmore were appointed said committee. On motion, adjourned.

 

1871

In accordance with a notice read from the pulpit on the 3d day of September (the Sabbath) a special meeting was held on the 4th of Sept. (John Seymour ch’n) to take into consideration the subject of inviting the Rev. Mr. Schofield (who preached the preceding Sabbath) to supply the pulpit of this church. On motion, it was voted that the Rev. Mr. Schofield be invited to preach one year at $1500. per year. On motion, voted to adjourn.

 

1871

At the annual meeting of the 1st Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held the 3d day of Oct.(?) A. F. Taylor(?) was appointed Chairman. Report of Treasurer (L. A. Barmore) read and accepted. J. B. Putnam resigned office of Trustee. H. C. Clark and Reuben Pettingill(?) were elected Trustees for three years and L. A. Barmore to fill the place of J. B. Putnam. A motion was made and carried that the Trustees be instructed to rent no Pew less than half(?). H. C. Frisbee was elected Clerk. John Hunn and L. Caruth chosen to seat strangers. On motion voted to adjourn sine die.

 

1872

At a special meeting held July 16 pursuant to a notice from the pulpit, L. A. Barmore was chosen chairman. On motion, a committee was appointed to collect arrearages amounting to about $400. On motion Resolved that a call be given Rev. Schofield to become our pastor provided a salary of $1,500.00 and the necessary expenses, of the church can be raised. On motion voted to adjourn, but before the motion was put, Voted to pay W. McKinstry $25 for procuring man for repairing church last year.

 

1872

At a special meeting of the first Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their church on the 4th day of Sept. in accordance with a notice given from the pulpit the preceding Sabbath, Willard McKinstry was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by Dea. J. Seymour. Resolved, on motion of A. F. Taylor that the meeting proceed to vote, by ballot, to give Rev. Wm. C. Scofield a call to become their Pastor at a salary of $1500.00 per year. On motion, H. C. Clark and O. R. Burchard were appointed Tellers. On counting the votes, the whole number given being 94, there were For the call 46, Against the call 48. On motion of A. F. Taylor, Resolved that this meeting now adjourn. Carried.

 

At a meeting of the church and society held in the basement of the church on the 30th of Sept. 1872 in pursuance of a notice read in the pulpit on the preceding Sabbath, Dea. John Seymour was chosen chairman, and O. R. Burchard secretary. Meeting opened with prayer by bro. Burchard. Verbal report was made by a committee consisting of J. B. Wygant, O. R. Burchard, R. P. Clement, & Mr. & Mrs. L. A. Barmore to go to Buffalo and hear the Rev. Mr. A. L. Benton preach and have an interview with him in regard to becoming a pastor of this church. After the report and some discussion there on was moved and seconded that Mr. Benton be invited to come and preach one month with the view if agreeable to both parties he be given a call to become Pastor of the Church. On motion, voted to adjourn.

 

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret was held in the basement of their church on the 1st day of October 1872 A. F. Taylor was appointed Moderator. L. A. Barmore Treasurer of and for Trustees read report which on motion was accepted. Proceeded to elect Trustees. J. B. Putnam and T. L. Hubbard were elected for three years, and D. Fairbanks was elected for one year to fill vacancy of A. F. Taylor, resigned. On motion of H. C. Frisbee, Jesse Starr was elected Clerk. On motion, John Hunn and Charles Webster were appointed to seat strangers. On motion, adjourned.

 

Special meeting held Monday Oct. 14, 1872, in pursuance of a notice read from the pulpit the day before, for the purpose of “taking further action in regard to procuring a pastor for the Church.”

On motion Dr. John Gilbert was appointed moderator. Meeting opened by prayer by the moderator. Motion made that the call before extended to the Rev. Mr. Benton at a salary of Fifteen hundred dollars and a parsonage be renewed.

Moved that the above be amended by adding that this society also pay the expenses of moving Mr. Benton’s family and goods to this place, amendment accepted and vote taken on the question as amended; carried unanimously.

Moved that the Trustees be appointed a committee to make out and sign the call. Carried.

Moved that we now adjourn. Carried.

Jesse K. Starr  Clerk

 

1873

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in the basement of the church on Tuesday Oct. 7, 1873, the following business was transacted.

On motion D. Fairbanks was elected Chairman of the meeting and R. P. Clement Secretary. Meeting opened by prayer by H. C. Frisbee.

Minutes of preceding meeting read and approved.

Treasurer’s report was read.

On motion of J. B. Forbes, L. A. Barmore was re-elected as trustee for another term.

On motion of J. B. Forbes, D. Fairbanks was re-elected trustee for another term.

On motion of J. B. Forbes, J. K. Starr was re-elected Clerk for another year.

On motion Charles L. Webster & John Hunn were appointed to seat strangers.

On motion, the meeting was adjourned.

 

1874

At a special meeting of the first Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in the basement of the church Feb. 6, 1874, pursuant to a call from the trustees, read from the pulpit on the preceding Sabbath, the following business was transacted.

On motion L. A. Barmore was elected Chairman of the meeting.

Meeting opened by prayer by Dea. John Seymour.

The Chairman then stated the object of the meeting to be to hear the report of the subscription committee, and devise means to raise the balance of the twenty thousand dollars.

The chairman of the committee reported about $17000 on the paper besides a little over $900, on cards making all $18.134.00 pledged, but stated that the amount on the cards could not be counted in the amount until transferred to the original subscription paper.

On motion the report was accepted. Bro. Ely moved that the report and paper be recommitted to the same committee to obtain the balance necessary and report at some future time.

Remarks made by Bros. Hubbard, Forbes, Barmore, Fairbanks, and Putnam. On vote the motion was declared carried.

Moved that the trustees be requested to call another meeting on Monday next.

Carried.

A reconsideration was moved and carried and the motion was then lost.

Moved that when this meeting adjourns it adjourn until Monday afternoon next. Carried.

Moved that the committee be instructed to get the sums now on cards transferred to the subscription paper. Carried.

The following sums were pledged on condition that the whole amount be raised before March 1st 1874.

Thos. L. Higgins  $100.00

T. S. Hubbard   $300.00

N. A. Putnam   $100.00

R. P. Clement    $100.00

L. A. Barmore   $100.00

Mrs. G. M. Tremaine   $50.00

J. B. Putnam   40.00

On motion the meeting then adjourned until Monday next Feb. 9, 1974 at 3 o’clock P.M.

J. K. Starr   Clerk

 

1874

At a special meeting of the First Presbyterian Society held in the basement of the church Feb. 9th 1874 pursuant to adjournment from Feb. 6th the following business was transacted.

L.A. Barmore acting as chairman.

Meeting opened by prayer by A. S. Moss.

Minutes of last meeting read and approved.

The committee on subscriptions reported the amount actually on the paper at $18,145.00 and $40 still on cards. Moved that we now call for volunteer subscriptions in this meeting until the amount is raised. Carried.

T.S. Hubbard then stated that he was authorized to offer for Mrs. A.S. Moss $100.00 and for Dea. Eli Roberts 100.00.

The following additional sums were then subscribed.

Mrs. A. F. Taylor   25

Miss Nannie Taylor  25

Miss Eliza Holt  10

Mrs. McNeil  25

Dr. John Gilbert  25

A McElwer  15

Mrs. E. S. Gates  100

H. C. Clark 100

A. N. Dodds  10

 

Mr. Fairbanks stated that he was authorized to state that Mrs. E. F. Warren would subscribe 50.00. The chairman stated it to be the wish of the trustees that the society elect a building committee. Moved that a nominating committee of three be appointed to nominate a building committee of three. On motion it was voted that the above motion be laid on the table. Moved that we now hear a further report from the committee. The subscriptions pledged on Saturday and also those pledged at this meeting having been placed upon the paper and also a subscription from J. Condit Smith of Buffalo for 500.00. The committee reported $19,970. Actually on the paper and the pledge of Mrs. E. F. Warren which they would have on the paper before night making the full amount of $20,000 and a few dollars to spare. The communication from J. Condit Smith offering the subscription of $500. to the Society was then read. Moved that the thanks of this society be tendered to Col. J. C. Smith for his liberal donation. Carried unanimously. Moved that the report of the committee be received and the committee continued and that Thos. L. Higgins be added to the committee. Carried. On motion the meeting adjourned sine die. J. R.(?) Starr Clerk

 

1874

Feb. 16, 1874

Special meeting held pursuant to call from the Trustees and noticed from the pulpit on the Sabbath previous to elect a building committee and transact such other business as might come before the meeting relative to building. On motion A. S. Moss was chosen chairman. Meeting opened by prayer by Bro. Ezra Ely. Bro. Ely offered the following resolution, Resolved that the building committee when elected be instructed to adopt their plans and let their contracts so that the amount shall come within the subscriptions on the paper and not run the Society in debt. Resolution carried. Moved that we elect an executive committee who may consult with the Trustees, but shall have full power to adopt plans and build according to their own judgment and draw on the Trustees for the necessary funds. After some discussion the motion was withdrawn. Moved that the Trustees six in number be the committee. Moved as an amendment that three more be added. Vote taken and the amendment declared carried. Vote then taken on the motion as amended and carried. On motion W.(?) B. Archibald, Thos. L. Higgins and Chas L. Mark were then elected as the three to form the committee in conjunction with the Trustees. Moved that the Village Trustees be requested to remove the Town Clock from this building when the Trustees of the Society direct. Carried. The meeting then adjourned sine die. J. R. Starr Clerk

 

Special Meeting held in the basement of the Church June 3rd 1874 at 3 o’clock P.M. according to notice given from the pulpit on the Sabbath previous. Prof. O. R. Burchard chairman. Meeting opened by prayer by J. B. Putnam. Mr. Fairbanks stated the object of the meeting to be for the building committee to report as to their plans and ask further instructions from the society in regard to further action, and reported that there was some difference in opinion among the committee as to the cost of a church built after the present plans, five of the committee thinking it would cost from 28 to 30,000 dollars, but the rest of the committee think it can be built inside of 25,000 dollars. After considerable discussion it was moved that the committee be authorized to proceed with the building of a new church according to their present plans at an expense not to exceed 25,000 dollars and the old church. Carried by a vote of 10 for & 5 against. Some of the committee then stated that the attendance and vote was so small they were not willing to go on with the work by running the society in debt without a much larger vote on the matter. L. A. Barmore and T. L. Higgins wished to resign their places on the building committee. Moved that Mr. Higgins’ resignation be accepted, lost. Moved that Mr. Barmore’s resignation be accepted, lost. It was then moved that this meeting adjourn until Monday next at 3 p.m. Carried.

 

Adjourned meeting of the first Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in the Free M. E. Church Monday June 8th 1874 at 3 P.M. On motion J. B. Wygant elected chairman. Meeting opened by Prayer by Rev. Mr. Benton. Moved that the minutes of the business transacted June 3rd be expunged there being some doubt about its being a strictly legal meeting and that we now proceed to business under the new call read last Sabbath. Carried. Moved that this society direct the building committee to proceed on their present plan using their best judgment, and that they be allowed to expend not to exceed 25,000 dollars and the old church. Mr. Fairbanks stated the object of the meeting to be to obtain instruction from the society as to what the building committee should now do, and stated that the estimates of the probable cost on the present plan was from 23,000 to 25,000 dollars, others of the committee thought it would cost as high as 28000 to 30000 dollars. Letter from the architect read. After considerable talk in regard to expense of the present plan &c. the motion was withdrawn.

Mr. Moss then offered the following. Moved that the building committee be authorized to build a church on the plan submitted by Mr. Valk, subject to such modifications as the Committee may suggest, and go as far as the money lasts, and then stop until more is raised, if more should be necessary. Carried. On motion the meeting then adjourned.

J. K. Starr, Clerk.

 

Monday July 27th 1874

Special meeting of the first Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in the Free M. E. Church pursuant to call read from the pulpit on the Sabbath previous, to raise money to pay the arrearages of the current year (about 500.00). On motion L. A. Barmore elected Chairman, Opened by Prayer by J. B. Putnam.

The chairman stated that the object of the meeting was expressed in the call given by the Trustees which he read as follows. “Your board of Trustees would state(?) that they are unable to meet the demands already due against the Society. This state of affairs is owing to delinquencies in the payment of that which they had reason to expect for the support of the Gospel the current year. When all resources at our disposal are exhausted there will remain an indebtedness of nearly or quite Five Hundred Dollars ($500.00) on Sept. 1st 1874. Unless the means is provided the Trustees will be unable longer to provide for the expenses of the Society. In view of these facts, and the urgent necessities of the case, a meeting of the Church and Society is called for Monday July 27th (tomorrow) at 8 A.M. in  this house.” Signed L. A. Barmore, Chairman of the board of Trustees.

After some conversation it was moved that Mr. Forbes, Mr. Barmore, Mr. Hubbard and Mr. Fairbanks be appointed a committee to solicit subscriptions.

Moved that the motion be amended by adding the names of Mr. Goulding and Mr. Webster.

Vote first taken on the amendment and carried, and then taken on the question as amended and also carried.

Moved that we adjourn for one week to receive the report of the committee. Carried.

Adjourned to August 3rd at 8 A.M.

J. K. Starr, Clerk

 

Adjourned meeting held Aug. 3, 1874. Opened by prayer by J. B. Putnam, D. Fairbanks in the chair. Moved that the committee be continued and do all they can in raising funds and that this meeting adjourn to Thursday evening Aug. 13 immediately after Prayer Meeting. Carried. Adjourned to Aug. 13, 1874.

J. K. Starr, Clerk

 

Adjourned meeting held Aug. 13th(?). [The rest of this page is blank.]

 

1874

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in the Free Methodist Church on Tuesday Oct. 6th 1874, the following business was transacted.

On motion D. Fairbanks elected Chairman. Meeting opened by Prayer by Dea. Seymour. Minutes of preceeding[sic] annual meeting read and approved.

On motion H. C. Clark was re-elected trustee for another term.

On motion R. P. Clement was re-elected trustee for another term.

On motion J. K. Starr was re-elected Clerk for the coming year.

On motion Chas. L. Webster and John Hunn were appointed to seat strangers.

Moved that this Society instruct the trustees to hire Rev. Mr. Benton for the coming year at the same salary as last year. Carried.

Motion made that the trustees of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret be instructed to borrow not to exceed Two Thousand dollars ($2000.00) in order to proceed with the building of the church, and the money first raised for building purposes aside from the present Church Subscription Shall be used to cancel this above mentioned loan. Carried. After considerable talk about finances &c a motion to adjourn was made and carried.

J. K. Starr Clerk

 

1875

Special meeting held May 24th 1875 by the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret in the new Church. O. R. Burchard, elected Chairman. Meeting opened by prayer by Rev. A. L. Benton. Building committee reported the funds used up and a debt incurred of about(?) 26.00 [sic] dollars.

On motion the report was accepted.

On motion voted, that when we put Heating apparatus in the new church shall be a steam heater. Resolved that the building committee be instructed to solicit further subscriptions, that the amount raised be applied 1st to the payment of the existing debt then for Glass, Chandelier, Pulpit and Steam Heater and then if enough is raised to carpeting and cushions.

Moved as an amendment that a committee be appointed to solicit subscriptions outside of the building committee.

Vote taken on question as amended and declared carried.

Moved that the chairman of this meeting, Prof. O. R. Burchard be one of the committee, carried. On motion the following were then added to the committee J. B. Forbes, Miss Anna Jones, Mrs. O. R. Burchard, Mrs. J. B. Putnam, Mr. E. Gates & Rev. A. L. Benton. Moved that the trustees be authorized to borrow 2600 dollars to pay the present debt for borrowed money and the debt to Mr. Harrison. Amendment offered that the amount be paid out of the first money raised for building purposes. Motion carried as amended.

Meeting adjourned.

J. K. Starr, Clerk

 

Annual meeting of the first Presbyterian Society of Pomfret, held Oct. 5th 1875. On motion Prof. O. R. Burchard was elected chairman. Meeting opened by prayer by D. Fairbanks. Minutes of preceeding [sic] annual and special meeting read and approved. Moved that Mr. Putnam and Mr. Hubbard (the two Trustees whose terms are expired) be re-elected. Motion carried.

On motion J. B. Forbes was elected Clerk for the ensuing year.

On motion Messrs. J. B. Putnam and O. R. Burchard were elected ushers. On motion Messrs. R. P. Clement and Chas. Webster were also elected ushers. The treasurer made his report showing the financial condition of the society to be about the same as last year.

On motion the report was received.

On motion the Trustees were authorized to borrow such an amount of money as is necessary to complete and furnish the new church, not to exceed $3,000 dollars and get it on as favorable terms as possible, for a term not exceeding five years, with authority to secure it by mortgage on the property or otherwise as may be required.

On motion the meeting adjourned.

J. K. Starr, Clerk

 

Sept. 1, 1876 Put up notice of Pew renting Sept 25 Monday at 2 o’clock P.M.,(?)for Election of Trustees Oct. 3 2P.M.

J. B. Forbes, Clerk

 

1876

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at this church on Tuesday 3 October 1876 on motion D. Fairbanks was chosen moderator. Meeting was opened by prayer by D. Gilbert.

On motion, D. Fairbanks was Elected Trustee for regular term. Also Eli Roberts on motion was elected Trustees for regular term. On motion Jas. B. Carruth was elected Clerk for ensuing year. On motion John Hunn, Henry McNeil, Frank Wheeler & Carlton Moss were elected ushers. Treasurers report being read making a deficiency to this date of Eight Hundred and eight dollars and eleven cents $808.11 up to this date[.] [W]as on motion accepted.

It was moved by S. S. Riggs in writing and carried being read to the meeting “That in view of the stringency of the terms we regard the necessity which compels us to offer our pastor only Seventeen hundred dollars ($1700.) but we, under the circumstances, feel obliged to endorse the action of the Trustees in this offer & we sincerely hope our pastor will feel inclined to accept the offer. We should feel that a great calamity would threaten us if our Pastor should leave. On motion the meeting adjourned.

J. R. Carruth Clerk

 

1877

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their Church on Tuesday 2 of October 1877. On motion Eli Roberts was elected Chairman. Proceedings of last meeting read and approved after Prayer by E. S. Ely.

Geo. Hutchinson and R. P. Clement were Elected Trustees for regular term of three years from this date.

“Moved by (by “T. S. Hubbard”)” Inasmuch as J. B. Putnam has removed from the place that he has not acted as trustee for six months thus vacating the office. Therefore this meeting elects in his place and stead his brother Nathan A. Putnam for his remaining term. Carried. On motion Jas. B. Carruth was elected Clerk for the ensuing year.

Treasurer’s report

Mortgage on the church 3000.00

Note to Corwin(?) 500.00

Deficiency at the end of this year 1165.71

Report accepted

Alford Hutchinson, Prof. Burchard, Frank Wheeler & Henry McNeil were Elected ushers. Minutes read and approved. On motion adjourned.

J. B. Carruth Clerk

 

1878

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their church in Fredonia NY on Tuesday the first (1) day of October 1878 On motion Dr. R. B. Landon was chosen Chairman. Proceedings of last annual meeting were read and approved. T. S. Hubbard, and J. Henry Clark were elected Trustees for the regular term of three years from this date. Jas. B. Carruth was elected Clerk for the ensuing year. The Treasurers report was on motion accepted. Prof. O. R. Burchard, Alford Hutchinson, Frank Wheeler, Henry McNeil and W. V. Smith were elected ushers. On motion meeting adjourned.

J. B. Carruth, Clerk

 

1879

At the Annual meeting of The First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their Church in Fredonia NY on Tuesday the Seventh (7) of October 1879 on motion W. McKinstry was elected Chairman. On motion Jas. B. Carruth was elected Clerk for the ensuing year.

Treasurers report was read and on motion accepted.

Proceedings & minutes of last annual meeting were read and approved.

On motion Eli Roberts was elected Trustee for regular term of three (3) years from this date.

On same motion John B. Forbes was elected Trustee for regular term of three years from this date. Frank Wheeler, Henry McNeill, W. V. Smith, Frank Jones & Jas. W. Carruth were elected ushers. On motion meeting adjourned.

Jas. B. Carruth Clerk

 

1880

At the annual meeting of the first Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their Church on Tuesday the 5th day of October 1880 on motion W. McKinstry was elected Chairman.

On motion J. B. Carruth was elected Clerk for the ensuing year. Proceedings & minutes of last annual meeting were read and approved.

Treasurers report was read & on motion accepted. On motion Geo. Hutchinson & R. P. Clement were each elected Trustees for the regular term of three years from this date. On motion of R. P. Clement “Whereas Bro. J. B. Forbes who was elected Trustee at the annual meeting held Oct. 7th 1879 has declined to accept the office or to act as such Trustee therefore resolved that the office be declared vacant.” On motion Nathan A. Putnam was elected to fill the vacancy occasioned by the omission of J. B. Forbes to serve, Nathan A. Putnam’s term as Trustee expiring at the end of the regular term in 1882. On motion Frank Wheeler, Jas. W. Carruth, Henry McNeil, Walter Gibbs, O. R. Burchard & Leonard Young were appointed ushers. On motion Resolved that the accounts for Pew rents and subscriptions amounting to $664.62 be offered to R. P. Clement for $300.00, Mr. Hubbard agreeing to pay 67.00 on condition that R. P. Clement accepts this offer. On motion adjourned.

J. B. Carruth  Clerk

 

1881

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their church on Tuesday the 4th day of October 1881, On motion W. McKinstry was Elected Chairman. Proceedings & minutes of last annual meeting were read and approved.

On motion O. R. Burchard was Elected Trustee for the term of three years.

On motion J. Henry Clark was Elected Trustee for the term of three years.

Jas. B. Carruth was Elected Clerk for the Ensuing year.

On Motion Frank Wheeler, J. H. Clark, O. R. Burchard, W. B. Smith, Henry McNeill & Leonard Young were appointed ushers. Treasurer’s report was read & on motion approved.

On motion meeting adjourned.

J. B. Carruth, Clerk

 

1882

In accordance with due notice given at the church of the first Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret on Sunday the 26 of March (Sabbath) a special meeting was held in their said Church on the 28 day of March 1882 for the purposes following. On motion of T. S. Hubbard, Oscar R. Burchard was elected Chairman. By request T. S. Hubbard offered prayer. In the absence of the Clerk, Frank C. Wheeler was [appointed] Clerk Pro Tem. By request, T. S. Hubbard stated that this meeting had been called to take action in regard to the resignation of the Rev. A. L. Benton as Pastor of this Church, which has been placed in the hands of the session of the church. Mr. Hubbard then read the following resignation.

“Pastors Study, Presbyterian Church”

“Fredonia NY”

“To the session of the Pres. Ch. Fredonia NY. Dear Brethren, allow me to present to you and through you to the church which you represent & the congregation connected therewith my resignation of the office of Pastor to which you called me nearly ten years ago. Such resignation to take effect at the close of the third Sabbath the 16th day of April next. I cannot do this without a pang of sorrow at the thought of severing ties which have become very strong. But believing that my own usefulness will be increased by accepting another charge & that you will be profited by a change of Pastors & the Kingdom of Christ advanced thereby, I am led to it. Please accept for yourselves & the Church grateful acknowledgements from myself & family, for the many acts of kindess & evidence of confidence we have received at your hands since I became your Pastor. With the prayer that the good master will direct you in the choice of my successor, I am with warmest affection your obedient servant & Pastor”

Fredonia N.Y. March 22 1882. A. L. Benton

T. S. Hubbard stated that the Pew rents had fallen off considerably and occasioned a reduction of Pastor’s salary. The chair stated Mr. Benton had expressed at different times during the past two years a desire to go to a new field of Labor and had now fully decided to leave this charge and, by accepting his resignation, it would not be necessary for Mr. Benton to apply to the Presbytery to obtain his release.

On motion of Dr. Gilbert, seconded by Mr. George Hutchinson, the resignation of Mr. Benton was accepted with the same kind wishes as tendered by him.

On motion of Dr. Gilbert, a committee was called for to draft appropriate resolutions and on Motion of Mr. Hutchinson, O. R. Burchard & T. S. Hubbard were appointed such committee, R. P. Clement being called to the chair while the committee was out.

The committee presented the following resolutions which were adopted.

Resolved That the Presbyterian Church and Society of Fredonia in accepting the resignation of their beloved pastor Rev. A. L. Benton wish to express the very high regard in which they hold him as a pastor and a friend and their appreciation of his faithful and efficient service with us, which, under the blessing of God have been productive of so great prosperity, both spiritual & temporal. It is with exceeding regret that they learn they must part with him, and that the pleasant relations which have so long existed must be severed. They would also express to himself and his family the wish which they believe is universal with this church and congregation for their well-being, usefulness and happiness in the new field of labor to which Providence has called them, and would pray that God’s blessing may be with them in all the thoughts of their hearts and all the labors of their hands.

On motion the Chair appointed Frank C. Wheeler, R. P. Clement and Dr. Gilbert were appointed a committee to wait on Mr. Benton and notify him of the action of the meeting and present the resolutions.

On motion of R. P. Clement, voted that a committee be appointed to suggest and present names for a permanent committee to supply the Pulpit. An amendment was offered by T. S. Hubbard that the members of this committee should be seven and that three of them be Ladies. The motion as amended carried. Names of committee appointed were R. P. Clement, Wm. Fraser, Mr. A. Morey, Geo. Hutchinson, Mrs. Hale, Mrs. Barmore and Miss Christine Gilbert. This committee reported that they thought it best that a permanent committee of 9 be appointed to secure a pastor for the Church and would present the following persons as such committee. O. R. Burchard, Willard McKinstry, T. S. Hubbard, O.W. Johnson, R. P. Clement, George Hutchinson, Geo. S. White, A. Y. Freeman & J. H. Clark, which report & suggestion were accepted and adopted.

On motion it was voted that so much of the proceedings of this meeting as pertains to Mr. Benton be published in the Village Papers and in the New York Evangelist. On motion meeting adjourned.

 

1882

At a special meeting of the first Presbyterian Church and society of Pomfret held in their church at Fredonia N.Y. on the 27 day of June 1882 due notice having been given the Sunday previous to the congregation assembled in this Church. The following business was transacted.

T. S. Hubbard was chosen Chairman by request. Prayer was offered by Prof.(?) Geo. L. White. The committee appointed at the last special [meeting] of this church & Society to procure the services of a pastor for the church composed of the following persons O. R. Burchard, Willard McKinstry, T.S. Hubbard, O. W. Johnson, R. P. Clement, Geo. Hutchinson, Geo. L. White, J. H. Clark, & A. Y. Freeman reported through their Chairman Prof. Geo. L. White as follows. “Report” The Committee appointed to recommend a suitable minister to succeed Rev. A. L. Benson, as permanent pastor of the Presbyterian Church Fredonia N.Y. beg to submit the following report. The committee held its first meeting within rooms of the Fredonia National Bank, Friday Evening April 7th and organized by electing Geo. L. White Chairman and R. P. Clement Secretary. Other meetings were held from time to time and a full discussion and exchange of views resulted in substantial agreement on a few essential points which the committee have kept before them in all this investigation and search 1st – It was believed that the present condition and needs of the church require the services of a young and growing man of assured success as pastor and preacher. 2d It was considered that such a man would be most likely to be found employed and out of reach of the ordinary system of candidacy: in view of this and the unfortunate differences and divisions which so often result from having a number of candidates some of whom please one class and some another, it was recommended by the Committee and concurred in by a resolution of the Session that no possible candidate should be admitted to the pulpit until a thorough investigation had been made and recommendation given by the Committee. 3d It was felt that such a man as we could heartily recommend as suited to the needs of the church and able to satisfactorily perform the duties devolving upon its pastor would be worthy of a hearty and generous support, and inasmuch as this church is without a parsonage, and it has been found difficult to always rent a house adapted to the needs of a pastor, it appeared to your committee essential that this part of the provision for the comfort of the minister should receive immediate attention and steps taken to raise the sum required to buy or build a parsonage. Early in our work the name of Rev. Martin D. Kneeland of Waterloo N.Y. was suggested to the committee in a way that invited further investigation. Correspondence was instituted regarding him, and three members of the church including two of the committee visited Waterloo and attended the services of his church one Sabbath. An exchange between Mr. Kneeland and the pastor of LaFayette St Church, Buffalo, as the former was on his way to the General Assembly at Springfield, Ill. Afforded opportunity for others of the church and committee(?) to hear him preach. He was invited to visit Fredonia, which he did, spending a day and night with us and meeting socially most of the members of the church Session and committee, these opportunities for seeing and knowing Mr. Kneeland strengthened the impression that he was the best fitted for our work and the most available of any within our knowledge and reach. We did not however confine our efforts to him alone but had correspondence with and about ten or twelve other possible candidates and read, inquired about and looked up the records of many men. Of this whole number of ministers thus considered, there were a few others whom your committee could have recommended but it would have been clearly wrong to have disturbed existing relations as the Churches needed these pastors; and they had no desire to change. In addition to the opportunities for judging personally of Mr. Kneeland’s character and work we have received many testimonials from which we present a few extracts (here followed the extracts from letters, etc.) It was Mr. Kneeland’s desire and purpose not to appear as a candidate and does not now as in any sense an applicant for the place but his yielding his judgment and feelings to the wishes of your committee in occupying the pulpit each Sabbath on his return from the west he has offered an opportunity for all to see and hear him, and thus enable you to estimate in the light of personal impressions the testimony and recommendations we present. In view of the foregoing considerations your committee have respectfully to recommend

1. that Rev. Martin D. Kneeland of Waterloo N.Y. be called to the pastorals of this church.

2. that his compensation be fixed at $1800 dollars per annum, with parsonage and moving expenses additional.

3. that the steps be taken at once to raise the necessary funds to provide a parsonage for the church as respectfully submitted R. P. Clement, Secretary. Signed Geo. L. White, Chairman

On motion the report of the committee was accepted. On motion of L. A. Barmore it was moved that Martin D. Kneeland be called as pastor of this church. This motion was carried. A motion was then made by J. B. Forbes that the compensation shall be 1600 dollars per year and Parsonage be furnished him & moving Expenses from Waterloo N.Y. to Fredonia be allowed him. That a month vacation Each year be allowed him. This motion was amended on motion of O. R. Burchard inserting 1800 dollars in place of 1600 dollars. Motion as amended was carried.

On motion it was moved and carried that steps be taken at once to raise necessary funds to provide a parsonage for the church and that T. S. Hubbard, R. P. Clement, Geo. Hutchinson, O.R. Burchard and O. W. Johnson be and are appointed a committee to raise funds for a parsonage and that this committee be authorized to purchase or build such parsonage when forty five hundred to five thousand dollars shall be raised for this purpose.

It was also moved and carried that the committee heretofore mentioned for securing a pastor be authorized to make a call to the Rev. Martin D. Kneeland in accordance with the action of this meeting and to take all necessary steps to(?) prosecute(?) said call. The proceedings of the last Special meeting of this church and Society were read & on motion approved. On motion adjourned.

J. B. Carruth, Clerk

 

1882

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret in their church on Tuesday the 3d day of October 1882 on motion George L. White was elected Chairman. On motion of R. P. Clement the minutes and proceedings of the last annual meeting were read and approved. Also the proceedings and minutes of the last Special meetings of the Church and Society were read & approved.

The Treasurer’s report was read & on motion accepted and approved.

On motion of J.B. Forbes, Geo. L. White and Eli Roberts were Elected Trustees of this society for the regular term of three (3) years by ballot.

On motion O. R. Burchard’s place as trustee was declared vacant by his removal and absence from place. On motion John Hunn was Elected by ballot as Trustee in place of O. R. Burchard & to fill his unexpired term ending Oct. 1884.

On motion R. P. Clement’s resignation of the office of Trustee was accepted. On motion T. S. Hubbard was Elected Trustee of this Society by ballot for the unexpired term for which R. P. Clement was chosen which term Expires Oct. 1883. On motion Jas. B. Carruth was Elected Clerk for the Ensuing year. On motion the Following ushers were appointed: J. B. Forbes, John Miller, Frank Wheeler, Joseph W. Carruth, Leonard I. Young, W. V. Smith, Chas. Wygant & Henry McNeill. The committee appointed at the last Special  Meeting on the Parsonage informally report that about $5500 has been pledged and that they have purchased a lot for the Parsonage and they ask that their authority be extended to the raising of $6000 instead of or in place of the 5000 dollars first granted. On motion this extension for the above purpose of raising the six thousand dollars was authorized and the motion carried. On motion the meeting adjourned.

Jas. B. Carruth, Clk.

 

 

1883

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret at their Church on Tuesday the second day of October 1883. Prayer was offered by Wm. Fraser. On motion Eli Roberts was chosen Chairman. On motion the minutes and proceedings of the last annual meeting were read and approved. The Treasurers report was called for and in the absence of the Treasurer R. P. Clement, Mr. T. S. Hubbard made a statement as follows, Total indebtedness on parsonage and current expenses account amounts to about Eight hundred dollars as near as I can estimate them. On motion George Hutchinson and T. S. Hubbard were elected Trustees of this society for the regular terms of three years by ballot each separately.

On motion a ballot was taken and Prof. A.Y. Freeman was Elected Trustee of this Society to fill the unexpired term of Prof. Geo. L. White made vacant by his removal to a distant State and whose term expires 1885.

James B. Carruth was elected Clerk for the ensuing year.

Wm. Fraser and J. B. Wygant were appointed a committee to examine the collectors reports or accounts and to report to the Trustees.

On motion of T. S. Hubbard, J. B. Wygant and George Hutchinson were appointed a Committee to solicit subscriptions for the payment of the debt of the Church & Society.

On motion J. B. Wygant and Wm. Fraser were appointed a committee to examine the Treasurers report and themselves to report to the Trustees.

On motion the following persons were chosen ushers for the ensuing year Fred Keller, Wm. Smith, Leonard I. Young, Chas. Wygant, Theo. Clark, T. S. Hubbard, John B. Forbes, Eli Roberts. On motion adjourned.

J. B. Carruth, Clerk

 

1884

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret at their Church on Tuesday the Seventh day of October 1884 On motion Eli Roberts was chosen Chairman. Prayer was offered by D. Gilbert. The minutes of the last annual meeting were read and approved. The Treasurers report was read by T. S. Hubbard in absence of H. J. Clark the Treasurer Mr. Clark being too ill for attendance at this meeting. On motion of Eli Roberts the account of receipts and expenditures of the Society for the last thirteen months shall be handed to the society Clerk for entry in these minutes by the trustees. On motion of Mr. Hubbard it was required that the Ladies of the society be asked to assist in raising the deficiency arising from shortage in rental of Pews. On motion J. Henry Clark and John W. Hunn were elected separately by ballot for Trustees for the regular terms of three years from this date.

On motion Jas. B. Carruth was elected Clerk for the ensuing year. The following persons were appointed ushers for the ensuing year Leonard I. Young, T. S. Hubbard, Chas. Wygant, Walter Gibbs, Theo. Clark, Eli Roberts, Arthur Sloan & Henry McNeill.

“Treasurer’s Report”

Recd

R.P.C.Tr. Bal. on hand  35.02

Abbey 20.00

Hymn Books   5.25

From Collection  738.15

[Total  799.15]

 

Recps

Added from RPC  799.15

(?) J. C. Frisbee (?) 50.00

Abbey 85.00

Burchard 75.00

T.S. Hubbard 21.00

Bal Parsonage a/c  13.31

J. C. Frisbee (sub) 25.00

Sub for Mr. Godard  25.00

Sub. For purpose of Paying indebtedness of Society & Current Exp  800.84

Jno. Sheffield (Col)  595.70

W. L. Hart (Col)  563.10

L. S. Young  (Col)  480.18

John Hunn  (Col)  767.66

Balance  96.24

[Total] 4,397.19

 

Disbursed

Rev. Kneeland  300.00

Wood & Coal  107.00

Gas Co  13.75

Mrs. Cotton  50.00

[Total]  $470.75

 

Disbursed

Amt from bal. for[ward](?)  470.75

RPC Treas Henry Martin(?)  9.00

[ditto] Mrs. Tiffany  10.00

[ditto] Will Scott  19.50

[ditto] Geo. Smith  40.00

[Total]  549.25

IHC Treas. Rev. Kneeland  1800.00

[ditto] Wood & Coal  35.00

[ditto] Gas Co to May 1   75.50

[ditto] Mrs. Cotton  200.00

[ditto] Mrs. Cotton for (?) (?)  24.75

[ditto] Henry Martin  26.80

[ditto] Mrs. Tiffany  84.25

[ditto] Will Scott  43.00

[ditto] Mr. Godard sub  25.00

[ditto] Mr. Godard  25.00

[ditto] Geo. Smith  105.00

[ditto] Insurance  112.50

[ditto] Allen & Edmunds  86.00

[ditto] Case & Zahm  114.00

[ditto] Note at Bk & int   753.20

[ditto] Bill to T. S. Hubbard  190.80

[ditto] Repair Organ  14.50

[ditto] Taxes & other incidentals as per Book(?)   132.64

[Total]  4,397.19

 

On Motion adjourned

Jas. B. Carruth, Clerk

 

1885

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their church on Tuesday the Sixth of October 1885 On motion of T. S. Hubbard, Dr. N.(?) G. Richmond was chosen chairman. On motion the minutes of the last annual meeting were read and approved. On motion Jas. B. Carruth was elected Clerk for the ensuing year. On motion Eli Roberts and A. Y. Freeman were elected separately by ballot Trustees for the regular term of three years from this date. The following persons were chosen ushers for the ensuing year L. I. Young, T. S. Hubbard, Jas. Adams, Wm. V. Smith, Harrison Wilbur, Walter Gibbs, Will Hart, Louis Rosch. On motion Dr. N. G. Richmond and J. B. Carruth were appointed a committee to examine reports of Trustees and collectors and report to Trustees. On motion T. S. Hubbard, A. Y. Freeman, Mr. Keller and Dr. N. G. Richmond were appointed a committee to raise two hundred dollars to make up estimated deficiency for the present fiscal year. The Treasurers report was received and placed on file which is made up of entrys [sic] as follows approved by the Meeting.

(Copy)

Treasurers Report Presbyterian Society year ending October 6 1885

1885 Amts rec & from whom

Jno Schifferli Col 899.22

L. I. Young Col 464.60

W. S. Hart Col 473.36

Jno W. Hunn Col 793.12

Niag Falls Excursion(?) 703.29

Ladies Aid Society 25.00

Resources [total]  3,358.59

 

Cash on hand  161.28

Estimated Pew Rents from Collections

L.I. Young  37.70

W. L. Hart  10.35

Jno Schifferli  51.10

Jno Hunn 21.50

Rev. Kneeland  150.00

[Total] 431.93

 

Amts Paid out & to whom

Bal last report  96.24

Rev. M. D. Kneeland 1800.00

Will Scott 97.00

Mrs Tiffany 23.00

Mrs. Cotton 200.00

Jno S. Lathrop  18.75

Insurance 112.50

Geo. Smith 206.80

Taxes 46.73

Taxes 1883  24.92

Wood & Coal 115.25

Gas Co to Oct 1 1885 124.68

Pulpit Supply 128.00

Blow Boy  20.75

Repair on parsonage M.D.K.   55.00

Other incidental expenses during the year such as music, repairs & c & c as per church book kept by Treas.   125.69

Cash in hands of Treasurer 161.28

[Total]  3358.59

 

Obligations

G. W. Smith 16.00

Mrs. Cotton 21.00

Will Scott 4.81

Blow Boy 9.50

On motion adjourned

J. B. Carruth, Clerk

Oct. 9-85 Report accepted, examined and approved. J. B. Carruth N. G. Richmond Com. Appointed by Society Oct 6th 1885

 

1886

At the annual meeting of the First Presybterian Society of Pomfret held at their church in Fredonia N.Y. on Tuesday the fifth day of October 1886 Prof. White offered prayer. On motion E. S. Roberts was chosen chairman. The minutes of the last annual meeting were read and approved. On motion Geo. Hutchinson and Nathan A. Putnam were elected separately by ballot Trustees for the regular term of three years from this date. On motion Jas. P. Carruth was elected Clerk for the ensuing year. If for any reason the Clerk should be absent or his place vacant the Clerks duties may be performed by the secretary of the board of Trustees acting as and in place of the above named Clerk. The following persons were chosen ushers for the ensuing year. L. I. Young, Walter Gibbs, W. V. Smith, Harrison Wilbur, Will Hart, John Shifferli, Jr. Treasurers Report (Henry J. Clark) was read and placed on file, approved by the meeting. On motion Dr. N. G. Richmond and Jas. B. Carruth were appointed a committee to examine reports of Treasurer and collectors and report to the Trustees. The following is a copy of Treasurers report on opposite page.

 

Report of J. H. Clark Treas Oct 5 1886

Receipts

Bal on hand last rept 161.28

Recd of Hart Col 471.70

Recd of Hunn Col 757.82

Recd of Young Col 516.07

Recd of Shifferli Col 909.76

Rev. M. D. Kneeland 100.00

Soc of Children(?) 15.00

Keller (?) 1.00

Keller Spc col 39.75

Subscription for Band  50.50

Cleaning & repair(?)  fund 134.69

Support Sub Prof White 90.02

July (?) to Loans(?) at Bk 500.00

[Total]  3747.59

 

Disbursed

Paid Rev. Kneeland 1650.00

Blow Boy Goulding 36.85

Jno L. Lathrop 106.25

Mrs. Jno Cotton 118.31

Will Scott 33.43

Insurance 93.00

Coal & wood 99.90

Geo. Smith 156.00

Geo. Smith Extra(?) 13.25

Nat Gas Light Co 123.00

Mrs. Gibbs 40.00

Taxes 39.53

Miss Putnam 8.00

Pulpit Supply 60.00

John Hart “Barn”(?) built(?) $90 re barn 102.00

Disbursements by T. S. Hubbard 104.06

Pd(?) John Hart (subscription) 50.00

F. W. Scott & Co (Furnace) 151.47

Libbie(?) Wilson(?) Itemized on book of Mrs. White  25.00

Labor in cleaning(?) church 85.32

a/c F. W. Scott 25.35

a/c Barons(?) & Wolfers(?) 226.55

a/c H. Dunkley(?) 26.63

a/c Mixer Bros 30.25

a/c Geo. H. White 89.98

a/c Adam(?) M(?) & Anderson(?) 18.60

Sunday a/c on church Books 72.71

Cash on hand 162.15

[total]  3747.59

 

Brot [sic] forward   Report Continued

Resources

Cash on hand 162.15

Unpaid pew rents

 

Liabilities

Note at Bank 500.00

a/c Jas W. Mosher 40.00

Geo. Smith 13.00

Mrs. Gibbs 8.00

Miss Pierce(?) about 10.00

On motion adjourned.

Jas. B. Carruth Clerk

 

Oct. 9 ’86

Treasurers report examined and found correct. Jas. B. Carruth, N. G. Richmond Committee

 

1887

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held at their Church in Fredonia NY on Tuesday the fourth day of October 1887 prayer was offered by Prof. A. Y. Freeman, On motion Eli Roberts was chosen Chairman. The minutes of the Last annual meeting were read and approved. On motion Louis Roesch and John W. Shifferli Jr. were each elected by ballot Trustees for the regular term of three years from this date. On motion Jas. B. Carruth was chosen Clerk for the ensuing year. If for any reason the Clerk should be absent or his place vacant the Clerks duties may be performed by the secretary of the board of Trustees acting as and in place of the above named Clerk. Upon the election of the above named trustees their election was made unanimous by the meeting. J. Henry Clark the treasurers report was on motion read and placed on file, approved by the meeting. On motion Dr. N. G. Richmond and J. B. Carruth were appointed a committee to examine report of Treasurer and collectors and report to the Trustees. The following persons were chosen ushers for the ensuing year L. I. Young, Harmon Wolber, W. S. Hart, J. H. Clark, John Hun [sic] & W. S. Rann(?) The following is a copy of Treasurers Report

 

Report of J. H. Clark, Treasurer of Presbyterian Society for year ending Oct. 4 1887

Amounts received

Bal on hand last report 162.15

Received on Subscriptions 405.75

Loan on Bank note  300.00

Stove Sold 1.00

W. S. Hart Collector   528.32

John W. Hunn Collector   698.25

John W. Shifferli Collector   731.89

L. I. Young Collector   398.91

[Total]  3226.27

 

Resources

Cash on Hand 167.38

Rec  of Ladies Aid Soc 30.00

Rec of Soc of C E  50.00

247.38

 

Amounts Disbursed

Paid Rev. Kneeland 1550.00

Geo. Smith 157.00

Taxes 87.76

Pulpit Supply 35.00

Mrs. Gibbs 98.00

Insurance 93.75

Blow Boy 27.30

Coal & Wood 1118.00

Note and Int at Bk  507.75

Miss Pierce   25.00

Jno. S. Lathrop 97.00

Miss Libbie Wilson 75.00

Miss May Powell 20.40

Gas Light Co 59.39

Other incidental bills not enumerated above as per Treasurers Books 107.54

Cash on hand 167.38

[Total]  3226.27

 

Liabilities

Note at F. N. Bk  300.00 & int

Gas Light Co about 35.00

Insurance (about) 75.00

Pritchard & Woodcock about 125.00

Painting Parsonage above  125

[Total] 660.00

 

On motion adjourned.

Jas. B. Carruth Clerk

We the committee appointed for the purpose of examining Collectors & Treasurer Report hereby certify we have examined the reports and find them correct.

Dated Oct. 12/87  Jas. B. Carruth  N. G. Richmond

 

The congregation of the Presbyterian Church Fredonia N.Y. met at the joint request of the Session and Board of Trustees after the morning service Sabbath Nov. 29 1887 to take action on the resignation of Rev. M. D. Kneeland D. D. as Pastor of the Church.

The meeting was organized by calling Deacon Eli Roberts to Preside. The resignation of Dr. Kneeland was read.

On motion it was voted that the church unite with Dr. Kneeland in requesting that the pastoral relations be dissolved. W. McKinstry Esq. was duly delegated to represent the Church and Congregation in presenting the action of the church to Presbytery. On motion Messrs. John Hamilton Jr., W. McKinstry, Dr. N. G. Richmond, Prof. A. Y. Freeman, O. W. Smith, W. S. Rann, and Geo. L. White were appointed a committee to recommend to the church and congregation a Suitable man as pastor of the Church. Adjourned and the meeting closed with prayer.

Fredonia NY  Nov 27 1887

 

April 21 1888 Pursuant to the the call of the Session in due form the congregation of the Presbyterian Church in Fredonia N.Y. convened in the Lecture Room of the church Saturday April 21 1888 to hear the report of the Committee appointed to recommend a Suitable minister as pastor of the Church. The meeting was called to order and opened with prayer by Rev.(?)  C. Burgess moderator. The moderator explained the object of the meeting and the proper method of procedure in the election of pastor. The minutes of the vote calling the meeting was read. The report of the committee was read and accepted. On motion of John W. Hunn the congregation proceeded to elect a Pastor by ballot. The moderator announced the result -- Eighty Eight votes were cast. Eighty being in favor of Rev. Thos. E. Calvert(?) as pastor and Eight opposed. On motion of O. W. Johnson Esq. the call was made unanimous.

On motion of O. O. Smith Esq. the recommendation of the committee that Mr. Calvert be paid for his support(?) the sum of eleven hundred dollars per annum with the use of the parsonage was approved. Prof. Geo. L. White was chosen to represent the Church and O. W. Johnson Esq the congregation in presenting the call to the Presbytery.

On motion of Prof. T. C. Burgess the members of the Session and board of Trustees were authorized to sign the call. After remarks by the moderator the meeting was closed with prayer and the benediction.

 

1888

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in their church in Fredonia NY on Tuesday the second day of October 1888. Ezra(?) Ely offered prayer on motion Eli Roberts was chosen Chairman.

The minutes of the last annual meeting were read and approved. On motion Eli Roberts and J. B. Wygant were each separately elected Trustees for the regular term of three years from this date and Leonard I. Young was elected trustee to fill vacancy occasioned by the death of John W. Shifferli all by ballot -- Jas. B. Carruth having been chosen Clerk for the ensuing year.

If for any reason the Clerk should be absent or his place vacant the Clerks duties may be performed by the secretary of the board of Trustees acting as and in place of the above named Clerk.

The Report of the Treasurer J. H. Clark was read and approved and entered below. The following persons are chosen ushers for the ensuing year Leonard I. Young, Harmon Wolber, W. S. Hart, J. H. Clark, John Hunn and and[sic] Frank Shifferli. The following is a copy of Treasurers report.

 

J. H. Clark Treasurer report for year ending October 2nd 1888.

 

Bal on hand last report 167.38

Rec of Ladies Aid Society 139

Rec of Society of Christian Education  211

Rec of W. S. Hart Collector  258.96

Rec of J. H. Clark  Collector 531.20

Rec of J. H. Hunn Collector  606.76

Rec of L. I. Young Collector  446.24

Rec of J. D. Maynard  Sub   9.50

Rec of Loan(?) of S. Roesch 70

[Total]  2440.04

 

Disbursed

Paid Shifferli Sexton  26.00

Paid Roberts  Sextion  65.50

Paid Taxes  75.48

Paid Insurance  112.50

Paid Rev. Kneeland  200.00

Paid Pulpit Supply  431.00

Paid Note & Int. E. Roberts  313.50

Paid Coal & Wood 154.00

Paid Gas Light Co  75.00

Paid Mrs. Allen Organ  79.25

Paid Blow Boys  26.00

Paid Miss Libbie Wilson  42.30

Paid Mrs. Tiffany  44.00

Paid Miss Pettit (?)    20.00

Paid a/c P. Barber  65.24

Paid a/c M. M. Munger  27.50

Paid a/c J. D. Maynard  44.08

Paid a/c Case & Zahm  29.81

Paid a/c Geo. W. Wiley & Co  11.67

Paid Mrs. Reed  (Ch?)  15.87

Paid Geo. L. White  (?)  48.00

Paid Loan to Lewis [Louis(?)] Roesch  70.00

Paid Rev. Calvert on Salary  290.00

Paid Geo. Smith on Salary  30.00

Paid other bills on Church Books  77.50

Cash on hand  65.89

[Total]  2440.04

 

Resources

Cash on hand  665.89

Due for Pew Rents and (?)  229.00

[Total]  294.89

 

Liabilities

Rev. Colbert  169.00

Gas Light Co 71.76

Geo. Smith 48.00

[Total] 288.76

 

On motion adjourned. Jas. B. Carruth  Clerk

 

1889

At the annual meeting of the first Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in their Church in Fredonia NY on Tuesday the first day of October 1889 Eli Roberts was chosen Chairman. Prayer was offered by J. B. Wygant. The minutes of the last annual meeting were read and approved. On motion Jas. B. Carruth was chosen Clerk for the ensuing year. On motion Mrs. Harriet Hale and Nathan A. Putnam were each separately elected Trustees for the regular term of three years from this date. The following persons were chosen ushers for the ensuing year Leonard Young, Harmon(?) Wolbur(?), W. S. Hart, J. H. Clark, John Hunn and Mr. Hopkins(?). The report of the Treasurer J. H. Clark was read and approved and entered as follows.

J. H. Clarks Treasurers Report October 1 1889.

Cash on hand last report  65.89

Collector W. S. Hart  278.97

[Collector] L. I. Young  333.89

[Collector] John W. Hunn  641.72

[Collector] J. H. Clark  555.19

Music Sold  .90

Loan of E. Roberts  350.00

Ladies Aid Soc. 175.00

[Total]  2401.56

 

Resources

Cash on hand 68.58

Pew Rents 209.86

[Subtotal]  278.44

Ladies Aid pd 175.??

[Total]  453.44

 

Disbursements

Rev. T. E. Calvert  1188.60

Organist  75.00

Miss Libbie Wilson 12.50

Mrs. Tiffany 104.00

Blow Boy 25.50

Taxes  51.44

Insurance  92.00

Coal & Wood  141.50

Gas Light Co 125.80

Geo. Smith 204.00

N. A. Putnam 65.65

E. Roberts on note  175.00

Pulpit Supply 5.00

a/c Case & Zahm 19.29

C. S. Lewis  Repair Organ  4.00

Incidental Items on Treasurer Books 42.70

Cash on hand 68.58

[Total] 2401.56

 

Liabilities

Rev. Calvert(?) 80.40

Note E. Roberts 175.00

Ladies Aid Society 175.00

[Total] 430.40

 

On motion adjourned.

Jas. B. Carruth

 

1890

At the Annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in their church in Fredonia NY on Tuesday the seventh day of October 1890 Eli Roberts was chosen Chairman. Prayer was offered by J. B. Wygant. The minutes of the last annual meeting were read and approved. On motion Jas. B. Carruth was chosen clerk for the ensuing year. On motion Miss Martha Stevens and H. C. Roberts were each separately elected Trustees of the church for the regular term of three years from this date. The following persons were chosen ushers (same as last year) Leonard J. Young, Harrison Wolber, W. S. Hart, J. H. Clark, John Hunn and Mr.(?) Hopkins. The report of the Treasurer J. H. Clark was read and approved and entered as follows.

“Annual report of the Treasurer of the Presbyterian church of Pomfret for year ending October 1st 1890 J. H. Clark Treasurer”

Cash Received

Cash on Hand last Rept 68.58

Recd from W. S. Hart Col 271.47

Jno(?) W. Hunn Col 541.66

L. S. Young Col 304.01

J. H. Clark Col 509.46

Carried for’d $695.18

Cash Paid out

Cash paid Rev. Calvert 99(?)

Miss Jones Or fund 76(?)

Mrs Tiffany leader 7(?)

Sam Smith Blowboy 2(?)

Geo. Smith sexton 117(?)

Coal Bill 77(?)

Insurances 93(?)

Taxes 72(?)

Forward 1695.18

1695.18

Resources

Cash on hand 77.25

Pew Rents dues 239.89

Short 205.18

$522.32

For’d

Genl assembly 50.00

Incidentals a/c 36.44

Cash in hand Treasurer 77.25

1695.18

Obligations

Due Rev. T. E. Calvert 183.34

Geo. Smith 39.00

Mrs. Tiffany 26.00

Gas Light Co. Gas bill 59.17

Bill for plumbg(?) at Parsonage Repares on church & sewer pipe 39.81

Note to Roberts 175.00

$522.32

On motion adjourned.

Oct. 7 1890

Jas. B. Carruth Clerk

 

[The following record is crossed out with a line through most of it that seems to read “Repealed[or repeated] – next page]

1891

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in their church in Fredonia NY on Tuesday the sixth day of October 1891 J. B. Wygant was chosen chairman. The minutes of the last annual meeting were read and approved. On motion Jas. B. Carruth was chosen clerk for the ensuing year. On motion O. W. Johnson and [crossed out: J. B. Wygant] Dr. Dods were each elected separately by ballot trustees of the church for the regular term of three years from this date and [crossed out: Dr. Wilson Dods was excused(?)] J. B. Wygant was elected by ballot Trustee for two years from this date to fill the unexpired term of H. C. Robinson. Report of J. H. Clark Treasurer was read and approved and entered as follows [This crossed out record ends here]

 

1891

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in their church in Fredonia Ny on Tuesday the sixth day of October 1891 J. B. Wygant was chosen chairman. The minutes of the last annual meeting were read and approved. On motion Jas. B. Carruth was chosen Clerk for the ensuing year. On motion O. W. Johnson and Dr. A. Wilson Dods were each elected separately by ballot Trustees of the church for the regular term of three years from this date. J. B. Wygant was elected by ballot Trustee for two years from this date to fill the unexpired term of J. H. Robinson who has omitted to serve sinse his election last year. Ushers were appointed as follows. Leonard J. Young, Harrison Wolber, W. S. Hart, J. H. Clark, John Hunn and Mr. Hopkins. On motion of O. W. Johnson it was resolved that the annual meeting if there are no legal bars to it be changed to Dec on action of the trustees. Resolved also that collectors Report to the Treasurer all their collections quarterly. The report of J. H. Clark Treasurer was read and and[crossed out] and[sic] approved and entered herein as follows.

“Annual report of the Treasurer of the First Presbyterian church of Pomfret” for the year ending Oct. 6 1891

Copy. Report of Treasurer Presbyterian Society of Fredonia Ny October 6th 1891.

Amounts Received and of whom

Bal last Report 77.25

J. W. Hunn Col 424.92

W. S. Hart Col 228.97

L. S. Young Col 271.24

J. H. Clark Col 528.01

Ladies Aid Soc. 28.00

N. A. Putnam Sub 168.50

E. Roberts Sub 5.00

Miss Stevens Sub 11.50

Mrs. Young sub 1.00

Mrs. Gibbs Sub 10.00

Note at Bk 300.00

Note at Bk 450.00

Note E. Roberts 500.00

3004.39

Amounts Disbursed and to whom

Paid Rev. T. E. Calvert 1140.00

Natural Gas Light Co 115.89

Coal & Wood 96.10

Taxes 73.6?

Geo. Smith 117.00

Miss Augusta Jones 45.2?

Mrs. Tiffany 86.00

Mrs. Gibbs 44.00

Miss Libbie Wilson 26.00

Insurance 120.37

Saml Smith Blow Boy 22.00

a/c N. H. Putnam 46.6?

a/c Case & Zahm 37.44

Note & Int to E. Roberts 182.34?

Trustee Note at Bk 300.00

Trustee Note at Bk 450.00

Incidental Items 33.35

Cash on Hand 68.37

3004.39

Resources

Pew Rents Due

J. W. Hunn Col 187.40

J. H. Clark Col 132.95

L. S. Young estimated 100.00

W. S. Hart 102.38

Ladies Aid Society 200.00

Cash on hand 68.37

791.10

Obligations

Due Rev. T. E. Calvert 143.3?

Due Geo. Smith 78.0?

Due Miss Libbie Wilson 20.00

Due Saml Smith 5.00

Note E. Roberts 500.00

746.34

Amendment On motion of Mrs. Clothier it was moved and carried that the financial condition of the church be published. Brot up a/c On motion adjourned Oct. 6 1891

J. B. Carruth Clerk

 

1892

The regular Annual meeting of the members of the First Presbyterian Society of Pomfret was held pursuant to notice in their church on Dec 6 1892. Prayer was offered by Bro. Robinson. J. B. Wygant was chosen chairman. The minutes of the last annual meeting were read and approved. The resignation of J. B. Carruth as clerk was received and accepted. On motion a vote of thanks was given Mr. Carruth for his long and faithful service. On motion Jno. W. Hunn was chosen clerk of the Society. H. C. Robinson was chosen clerk protem. On motion of W. McKinstry a vote of thanks was given Mrs. Hale and others who had raised $1144.28 to pay the indebtedness of the church. On motion Jno. W. Hunn and W. L. Hart were elected trustees to serve three years. Lewis Roesch to serve two years in place Dr. Dods resigned, and Fred W. Case to serve one year in place of Martha Stevens resigned. Motion carried that a committee of(?) three be appointed by the chairmen to investigate as to the rights and privileges of the congregation. W. McKinstry, Prof. Burgess and Geo. Hutchinson were appointed such a committee. The following report of the Treas was read and on motion adopted. On motion adjourned.

H. C. Robinson Clerk protem

Report of Treasurer of Presby church Oct. first 1891 – to Sept 21 1892

Cash on hand last report 68.37

Cash rec’d Miss Gilbert 7.00

Cash rec’d Mrs. Hale 3.

Cash rec’d Ladies Aid Soc. 200.

Cash rec’d Miss Knight 9.90

Cash rec’d J. W. Hunn “Col” 381.52

Cash rec’d L. J. Young “Col” 186.31

Cash rec’d W. L. Hart “Col” 244.62

Cash rec’d J. H. Clark “Col” 469.50

1570.72

Paid

Blow Boy to Sept 20/92 30.00

Geo. Smith to Oct 1/91 28.00

Libbie Wilson 26.00

Rev. Calvert to May 1/92 785.00

Mrs. Gibbs to Jany 1/92 24.00

Miss Jones to Jany 4/92 20.00

G. M. Tremaine Insur. 93.00

OK Dean Coal Bill 76.25

Eli Roberts on Note 200.00

Libbie Wilson Music 3.85

Water Rent to Sept 1/92 2.50

Slat .25

State & Co. Taxes 21.26

School Taxes 1.67

Int Paid 9.4?

Rev. Calvert order service(?) 3.7?

Rev. Calvert 2 bibles 1.5?

Rev. Calvert Genl Assembly 25.49?

Rev. Calvert Plumbing Bill 70.4?

Rev. Calvert Sly & Coddington 19.16

a/c C. C. Lewis Estate 5.20

a/c J. D. Maynard 15.00

Geo. Smith 56.00

Balance on hand 2.86

1570.72

Sept 20/92 J. N. Clark Treas

Treasurers Report from Sept 20 to Dec 1/92

Cash rec’d

Balance from J. H. Clark $2.86

H. W. Wolber “coll” 137.44

W. V. Smith “coll” 86.50

L. J. Young “coll” 94.02

J. W. Hunn “coll” 148.92

Mrs. Hale on subscriptions 1144.28

C. E. Randall for Rent parsonage 20.00

C. P. Hubbard 5.00

1639.02

Paid Out

1892 Oct. 4

Blank Book 1.35

Repairs 12.29

Case of Zahm A. R. Moore Atty for W. D. Lord, Calverts salary May, June & July Int & Costs

275.00, 27.22

A. R. Moore Atty for Calvert for salary Aug. & Sebt[sic] 183.32

Bernice Jones Jany 4 to Nov 1/92 86.00

Water Rent Sept. to Mch 3.50

Mrs. Gibbs Jany 1 to Oct 7 80.00

Geo. Smith balance to Dec 1st/92 124.00

F. W. Scott a/c 1.4?

Eli Roberts note & int 331.53

N. A. Putnams bill for monies advance on bills paid 140.37

W McKinstry Print(?) 4.25

Taxes on Parsonage 5.66

Pew Rent – Errs(?) 1.00

Coal Bill 32.04

Gas Bills to date 129.71

Pulpit Supply to Dec 1/92 149.94

Balance on hand 50.44

1639.02

Pew rent due 195.03

Cash on hand 50.44

245.47

(no obligations)

W. L. Hart Treasurer

 

1893

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian church and society of Pomfret was held pursuant to notice Dec 5 1893 in their church at 4 P.M. Prayer was offered by J. B. Wygant. On motion Mr. Wygant was chosen chairman. Minutes of last meeting were read and approved. On motion F. W. Case and O. O. Smith were elected trustees to serve the unexpired terms of O. W. Johnson and Dr. Dodds which expired in 1894. On motion Leonard Young, H. W. Wolber, William Hart and J. W. Hunn were elected ushers for ensuing year. To look into the matter of Insurance on church at a less premium J.(?) W.(?) Henry(?) and W. L. Hart were named as a special committee by the chair. The following report of the treasurer was read and adopted. On motion meeting adjourned.

J. W. Hunn Clerk

Treasurers report Presby Society for year ending Dec 1/93.

Cash on hand last report 50.44

Received from Pew Rent & other sources 1676.60

Total 1727.04

Cash Paid

Pulpit Supply Dec 1/92 to Sept 1/93 666.25

Rev. D. W. Teller Sept 1 to Dec 1/93 315.00

For Sexton 153.25

Coal & Wood 55.43

Gas 108.86

Taxes 24.62

Assembly Tax 33.90

Insurance 76.67

Printing & Stationary[sic] 34.40

Repairs church & Parsonage 130.78

Mr. Teller moving expenses 95.10

Other incidental expenses 32.78

1727.04

There is no cash on hand in Treasury or debts against the church. There are Pew Rents due & unpaid amounting to about $130.00.

W. L. Hart Treas

 

1894

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian church and society of Pomfret was held in their church in Fredonia N.Y. pursuant to notice Tues Dec 4 1894 at 4 o’clock P.M. Prayer was offered and on motion Geo. Hutchinson was chosen chairman and W. L. Hart Secty of meeting. Minutes of last annual meeting were read and approved. On motion Jno W. Hunn was chosen clerk for the ensuing year. On motion the following were elected trustees to serve for the full term of three years, which term expires in 1897. Fred W. Case, Louis Roesch, O. O. Smith. The following were elected to serve as ushers for ensuing year. Harman(?) Wolber, L. J. Young, Leonard Young, W. L. Hart. The Treasurer submitted his annual report as follows, which [was] read and ordered placed on file. On motion meeting adjourned. W. L. Hart clerk protem

Treasurers Annual Report Ending Dec 1 1894.

Cash received since last report $1680.67

Cash disbursed as follows

Paid Organist to Nov 1/94 122.50

Paid Janitor to date 152.10

Paid Pastor 967.00

Paid Gas bills 71.80

Paid Insurance G. M. Tremaine 83.87

Paid Taxes Sewer 68.14 Other 21.97  89.91

Paid Repairs church & Parsonage 103.34

Paid Coal & Wood 80.50

Cash on hand 9.65

$1680.67

Resources

Pew rent due and unpaid 111.13

Cash on Hand 9.65

120.78

Bills due and unpaid

Organist 10.00

Pastor 12.50

Coal & Gas bills 110.00

Case & Zahn 105.00

Mr. Barber 80.00

317.50

deduct Pew Rent due 120.78

Total Short 196.72

W. L. Hart Treasurer

 

1895

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian church and Society of Pomfret was held in their church in Fredonia NY pursuant to notice Tues. Dec (?) 1895, at 4 P.M. As there were only two trustees present Jno W. Hunn and Lewis Roesch besides the Treasurer W. L. Hart, the meeting was not called to order. All the officers whose term expires hold over one year by default. The treasurer submitted his annual report as follows.

Cash on hand at last report 9.65

Cash received 1946.49

1956.14

Cash Disbursed

Pd Mrs. Gibbs a/c 119.50

Gas Co. a/c 26.00

Coal & Wood 78.00 (?)

Pastor Rev. E. P. Cleaveland 1147.50

Hart for (money advanced) 56.33

Janitor 148.65

Insurance 53.00

Taxes Village, water & assembly tax 91.75

Envelopes 8.42

Philander Barber Painting 80.40

1809.55

Brot ford 1809.55

Case & Zahn on a/c repairs 71.98

Sly & Coddington repairs 42.50

Hymn books 23.14

Other small items 8.52

1955.69

Cash on hand .45

$1956.14

Resources

Pew Rents due and unpaid considered good $213.21

Obligations

Due Rev. Cleaveland 125.00

Due Mrs. Gibbs 33.00

Due F. E. Cook coal 1895 70.00

Due Gas Bills 1895 58.41

Due Case & Zahn 1895 84.30

Due Insurance 1895 40.00

Due N. A. Putnam Postg etc 1.05

Due Treasury over drawn on accounts paid 50.00

461.76

deduct resources 213.21

Total Shortage 248.55

Dec 1/96[sic]

W. L. Hart Treas

 

1896

The Annual meeting of the first Presbyterian Church & Society of Pomfret was held in their Church in Fredonia N.Y. pursuant to Notice Dec 1st at 3 PM. Prayer was offered by offered and on motion of Louis Rosche Mr. J. B. Wygant was made chairman and J. W. Hunn Secty. Minutes of last annual meeting were read & approved. On motion the following were elected trustees to serve for the term of two years which term expires in 1898.

J. W. Hunn

W. L. Hart

 

[Records for the years 1897 and 1898 are missing; the record book goes straight from 1896 to 1899.]

 

1899

At the meeting of the First Presbyterian church and Society of Pomfret held at their church in Fredonia N.Y. Dec 5/1899 meeting called to order by Mr. Leonard Young. Dr. Nelson G. Richmond was made chairman and J. W. Hunn Clerk. Prayer was offered by the Rev. Mr. Cleveland, after which Report of Treasurer was read. Adoption of the same was moved by Mr. Harman(?) Wolber. The election of Trustees being next in order. The following gentlemen were Elected for 3 years Mr. French, Mr. Young, Mr. Hart and for one year Mr. Roesch, Mr. Case. Following elections of Trustees Dr. Richmond & Rev. Mr. Cleveland addressed the meeting, after which a vote of thanks was moved by Mr. Young and voted by the meeting.

J. W. Hunn

 

1900

At the annual meeting of the First Presb Church and Society of Pomfret held in their church parlors on the 3rd day of Dec 1900 at 7.30 P.M. Prayer by the pastor Rev. E. S. Cleveland. Dr. N. G. Richmond was chosen chairman. Minutes of last meeting were read and approved. On motion Dr. N. G. Richmond and Louis Roesch were nominated and elected Trustees to serve for three years their terms expiring Dec 1 1903. Reading of Treasurers Report. It was moved by Mr. French that the same be accepted and placed on file adapted. Moved by Mr. Hart that Stanley Martin, Mome(?) Sweatland(?), Harry Harrison, Scherral(?) Cleveland, Mr. Pratt & Guy(?) Tambling be elected ushers. Carried & clerk was instructed to notify. On motion of Mr. Hart, Mr. Louis Rosche was given a vote of thanks for donating Fruiting(?) and ornamental shade trees on the lawn of the church. On Motion of Mr. Young meeting was adjourned. J. W. Hunn Sey

 

1901

At the meeting of First Presbyterian Church & Society held at the parsonage Dec 18th 7.30 PM. Called to order by Dr. Nelson G. Richmond. Elder H. C. Robinson was chosen chairman. Prayer was offered by our pastor Rev E. S. Cleveland. There being no vacancies in the board of Trustees no election was made. The Minutes of last annual meeting being read and approved. The next business was the reading of the Treasures Report it being the most satisfactory of any such Report which had been made in several years. The Society being at this date out of debt and money in the Treasurey[sic] for the first time since 1894. The adoption of the Report was moved. Carried unanimously. Followed by congratulatory Remarks by Dr. Richmond & others. Moved by Prof. Freeman that the board of Trustees be given a vote of thanks for their services in bringing the church & Society to its present prosperous condition financially. Carried with much enthusiasm. Also it was moved and carried that our Treasurer Mr. Wm(?) Hart be given a vote of Thanks for his verry[sic] efficient services as Treasurer for so many years. The same being carried with much enthusiasm. Moved by Dr. Richmond that Harlem Freeman be named as an usher to take the place of Morice Sweatland who would be out of town the most of the church year. Carried. The ushers for the present year being Stanley Martin, Harry Harrisan, Sherrll(?) Cleveland, Guy Tambling and Harlin Freeman and it was moved & carried that the ushers be given a vote of thanks for so faithfully performing their duties the past year. At the suggestion of the chairman Mrs. Walter Gibbs was called to preside at the piano, and all joined in singing. Praise God from whom all blessings flow after which the meeting was adjourned to hold a social hour and partake of refreshments.

John W. Hunn

 

1902

The annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church & Society was held pursuant to notice in their church on Monday evening Dec 8th at 7.30 PM. Elder H. C. Robinson was chosen chairman. J. W. Hunn was chosen clerk. Prayer was offered [by] our pastor. The minutes of last meeting were read and approved. On motion Mr. L. J. Young was elected Trustee to serve for 2 years term expiring Dec 1 1904. On motion Mr. W. L. Hart & A. F. French were elected trustees to serve three years terms expiring Dec 1/1905. On motion Mr. Sidney Roesch was elected usher to succeed Mr. Harry Harrisan who has left town. After the reading of the Treasurers Report it was moved & seconded that the same be received and placed on file and on motion of Dr. Richmond, our Treasurer was given a vote of thanks for his long and faithful service. On motion meeting adjourned.

J. W. Hunn Clerk

 

1903

The annual meeting of the first Presbyterian Church & Society of Pomfret was held persuant[sic] to notice Dec 1st 1903 in their church at 7.30 PM. The meeting was called to order by Dr. N. G. Richmond, who upon motion of Cam(?) Holcomb was chosen Chairman for the evening. On motion J. W. Hunn was elected Clerk. After prayer by our pastor the minutes of last meeting were read after which our Treasurer Mr. W. L. Hart read his annual report which upon motion of Mr. Robinson 2nd by Mr. Gould was voted to be accepted & placed on file. On motion of Cam(?) Holcomb 2nd by Mr. French, Dr. N. G. Richmond and Mr. Louis Roesch were elected Trustees to succeed them selves their terms of office to expire Dec 1st/(?) There being no other business to come before this meeting it was moved to adjourn after which the Ladies of the congregation served light Refreshments & members of the Choir favored us with selections of Music.

J. W. Hunn clerk

 

1904

The annual meeting of the first Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held pursuant to notice Dec 2nd 1904 in the Church Parlor at 7.30 PM. On motion of commissioner(?) Holcomb, Dr. Richmond was elected chairman and J. W. Hunn Clerk. Prayer was offered by our pastor Mr. Cleveland. Minutes of the last annual meeting were read for the instruction of those present, followed by the reading of the Treasures[sic] report which upon motion of Mr. Gould, was voted to be accepted and placed on file. Following the reading of the Treasurers Report, was a general discussion of the Church finances for the coming year, as reported by the different committee who had the matter in charge. The out look seemed(?) to indicate a shortage of about $150.00 to meet the fiscal[sic] expenses for the year. On Motion of Mr. Cory, seconded by Mr. Hart it was voted to change the number of Trustees from 5 to 7. On motion of Commissioner Holcomb & seconded by Mr. Hart. Mr. L. J. Young was elected trustee to succeed him self, and Mr. James Adams, and Mr. Frank Kaughman were elected the new additional Trustees, the terms of these three trustees expires Dec 1/1907. After the Reading of the Minutes, which were adopted, meeting adjourned.

J. W. Hunn Clerk

 

1905

The annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in their Church, pursuant to notice Dec 7th 1905. Meeting was called to order by Dr. Richmond, and upon motion of Mr. Gould. Mr. W. L. Hart was elected chairman and J. W. Hunn Clerk. Prayer was offered by our pastor. Minutes of last meeting were read and approved. Upon motion of Mr. Robinson, Mr. W. L. Hart and Mr. A. F. French, were elected to succeed them selves as Trustees, their terms of office to expire Dec 1/1908. Next in order was the reading of the Treasurers Report, which upon Motion of Mr. Holcomb was voted to be accepted & placed on file. Following general remarks by Dr. Richmond, Com Holcomb, Mr. Cleveland and Mr. Robinson, the thanks of our Church and Society were unanimously voted the board of Trustees for their valuable service on behalf of the Church & Society. Following the reading of the minutes which  we approved. Meeting adjourned. J. W. Hunn Clerk

 

1906

The annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in their Church pursuant to notice Dec 4th 1906. Dr. Nelson G. Richmond was chosen chairman. J. W. Hunn was chosen clerk. Prayer was offered by the pastor. The minutes of last meeting were read and approved, after which the Treasurers Report was read. Upon motion of Mr. Robinson, it was voted that the Treasurers Report be accepted and placed on file. Following the reading of the Treasurers Report, estimates of the receipts and expenditures for the next church year, were read and discussed. Indications are that the receipts for this year will be about $150.00 short of the expenditures or fixed charges of the Society. On motion of Mr. Robinson 2nd by W. O. Smith, Mr. Louis Roesch, and Dr. Nelson G. Richmond, were unanimously elected as Trustees to succeed them selves, their term of office to expire Dec 1909. On motion of W. V. Smith it was voted to have the annual financial report printed and copies of same mailed to each family of the church. On motion voted to adjourn.

J. W. Hunn Sec

 

1907

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret at their Church on Thursday evening. Dec 5th 1907. Meeting called to order by Dr. Nelson G. Richmond. On motion Prof. A. Y. Freeman was chosen chairman, J. W. Hunn Secy. Prayer was offered by the pastor Rev. E. S. Cleveland. Minutes of last meeting were read for the instruction of those present, after which the Treasures Report was read by Mr. William(?) Roesch, which showed a much more favorable conditions of our financial conditions for the past year than seemed possible at the previous annual meeting. Upon motion of Dr. Richmond it was voted that the Trea’s Report be adopted and placed on file. Mr. Roesch also gave an “estimated” report upon the pledged and anticipated subscriptions for the church year of 1907 & 1908 from which there would seem to be a prospective deficit of about $200.00 caused by deaths, removals(?) & reduction of subscriptions to the maintenance of the church. The next in order being the election of Two Trustees in place of L. J. Young and James A. Adams whose terms of office expire with this meeting. It was moved and seconded that these Two gentlemen be reelected to succeed them selves and was carried unanimously. The Treasurers Report showed a donation to our Society funds of $28.00 as having come from the German Lutheran Church of Dunkirk, and upon inquiring it was learned that the above society had disbanded, and sold their church property, the different members, not taking their pro sotie(?) interest for them selves, were allowed to name such institution as they wished their each individual share to be given. Mr. Chas. J. Hart father of our former Treasurer Wm. L. Hart requested that his share of $28.00 be given to the First Presbyterian Church of Pomfret. Upon motion of Mr. Geo. L. Knight a vote of thanks to Mr. Hart was unanimously voted for the abrupt(?)/above(?) gift. It having been stated by Dr. Richmond that oweing to ill health and a pressure of personal business, Mr. Louis Rosch was obliged to give up the Treasurership of our Society. It was moved & unanimously carried that Mr. Roesch be given a vote of thanks for his service as Treasurer. Mr. Carl A. Thother will succeed Mr. Roesch as Treasurer. Upon motion J. W. Hunn was elected Secretary for the ensuing year. Upon motion of Dr. Richmond meeting adjourned.

J. W. Hunn Secy

 

1908

At the annual meeting of the first Presbyterian Society of Pomfret held in the parlors of their church December 3rd 1908 7.30 PM. Meeting was called to order and on motion Dr. N. G. Richmond was elected Chairman, and J. W. Hunn Clerk. Prayer was offered by our pastor after which minutes of last meeting read for the information of those present. The Treasurers Report was then read and upon motion same was accepted and ordered placed on file. The Election of Two Trustees in place of W. L. Hart & A. F. French whose terms expire (?) this meeting being next in order. Mr. Hart & Mr. French were elected to succeed them selves their terms of office to expire on the regular annual meeting of this Society in 1911. There being no other business to come before this meeting. On motion it was voted to adjourn.

J. W. Hunn Clerk

 

1909

Congregational Church Meeting called by Request of our Pastor for Oct. 21st 1909 in church Parlors. Prof. Freeman as chairman pro tem called the meeting to order. On motion voted that Dr. Richmond act as chairman carried. Prayer was offered by our pastor. On motion voted that Richard Hall act as Secy. On motion voted that this congregation regretfully accepts the resignation of our pastor Rev. E. P. Cleveland. Remarks by Mr. Cleveland. On motion voted that two commissioners be appointed to present the Pastors Resignation to the Presbytery. Such commissioners to be Prof. A. Y. Freeman and Dr. N. G. Richmond, (?). On motion voted Mr. Robinson & Dr. Richmond be a committee to look after the Pulpit Supply. Carried. On motion of Mr. Wolber voted that Prez Freeman, Prof McEwen, and Dr. Richmond be the committee to take the necessary steps towards permanently supplying Pulpit and to recommend their choice for pastor to the congregation. Carried. Prof. Freeman suggested that the congregation should not consider each man who supplied the pulpit as a possible candidate for pastor. Mr. Hart suggested that the committee seek(?) some one to supply the pulpit each Sunday until the permanent pastor has been appointed. Remarks by Dr. Hollister, Miss Treadway, Prof. Dahl, Mr. Smith & Mr. Cleveland. Minutes read corrected and approved. No further business to come before this meeting. Voted to adjourn.

R. Hall Secy Pro tem

 

1910

The regular Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in their Church on Thursday evening December 2nd. Meeting was called to order by Mr. W. L. Hart and upon motion Dr. N. G. Richmond was elected chairman and J. W. Hunn Sec’y. The meeting was opened by Prayer by Mr. Robinson after which minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Upon motion of Mr. Gould, seconded by Mr. Hart, Dr. N. G. Richmond and Mr. Louis Roesch were elected trustees to succeed themselves, their terms of office to expire 1912. The treasures Report was read, and the same voted to be accepted. After the reading of a letter from Arborn(?) Seminary recommending supply for pulpit on Sunday Dec 5th. Remarks were made by many of those present with Refference to calling a permanent pastor, after which upon motion of Mr. Wolbur the meeting adjourned.

J. W. Hunn Sec

 

1910

Fredonia N.Y Dec 1/1910

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret held in the parlors of their church on Thursday evening Dec 1st 1910. Meeting was called to order by Dr. N. G. Richmond and upon motion Dr. Richmond was made chairman, and J. W. Hunn Secretary. After prayer by our pastor. Minutes of last annual meeting were read for the information of those present. On motion of Mr. Wolbur and second by Mr. Gould the secretary was instructed by the meeting to cast a ballot for Leonard J. Young, J. Frank Kaughman and James Adams as trustees to succeed themselves, their terms of office to expire with the regular annual meeting in 1913. Treasurers Report was read and on motion the same was voted to be received and the same placed on file. Following the reading of the Treasurers Report there was a general discussion regarding the present and prospective financial situation of the society. From reports read there seems(?) to be a verry satisfactory condition of the Resources of the Society. On motion the meeting then adjourned.

J. W. Hunn Secy

 

1911

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret held in the parlors of their Church Wednesday evening Dec 6/1911. Meeting was called to order by the pastor Rev. Stanley Upton Mock. Upon motion W. L. Hart was elected Chairman and J. W. Hunn Secretary. Prayer was offered by the Rev. Stanley Upton Mock. Minutes of last meeting which were read and and[sic] approved at that time were read again for the information of those present. Upon Motion the secretary was instructed to cast a ballot for W. L. Hart and A. F. French for trustees to succeed them selves, their terms of office to expire with the regular annual meeting in 1914. Treasurer Karl Thatcher read his annual report of receipts and expenditures for the past year. Also read his report on the estimated amt of money required to meet the expenses of the church for the ensuing year, which seemed(?) to indicate a shortage of about seven hundred dollars more than had been pledged to date both reports were voted to be received and placed on file. Upon motion of our pastor the Rev. Stanley Upton Mock and seconded by Mr. Rosche it was voted to hold our Regular Annual Meetings in the f(?) on the first Thursday following the 1st Sunday in December, as by having a stated date upon which our annual meetings are to be held the Society would more closely comply with a state law governing societies of this kind upon motion which was seconded meeting was adjourned.

J. W. Hunn Sec

 

1912

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian church and Society of Pomfret Dec 5/1912 at 7.30 PM upon motion, Mr. A. F. French was choosen[sic] Chairman J. W. Hunn Secretary. After prayer by the pastor Rev. S. U. Mock the meeting proceeded to its regular order of business the first being the Election of two trustees in the place of Dr. Richmond and Mr. Louis Roesch whose terms of office expire with this meeting. Upon motion of Miss Lottie Thatcher, seconded by Mr. W. L. Hart the Secretary was instructed to cast ballots for Dr. N. G. Richmond and Mr. Louis Rosche[sic] to succeed themselves, their terms of office expiring Dec 1915. Following the Election of Trustees, Treasurer Karl Thatcher read his report of Receipts and Expenditures for the past year, the same showing the receipts were about $300.00 less than the amt required to meet the current expenses for the year. Following the Reading of the Treasurers Report general discussion as to how to get more revenue to meet the necessary expenses of the Society which for the ensuing year will amount to about Twenty Eight hundred dollars $2,800 engaged the attention of the meeting after which the Report was voted to be received and placed on file. Following a discussion relitive[sic] to our System of making annual pledges for the support of the church, a motion was made by the Rev. S. U. Mock and seconded by Mr. Pratt that the pledges in the future be considered continuous from year to year unless the giver give notice of a change or discontinuance. Passed by unanimous vote. On motion of Mr. W. L. Hart and seconded by Mr. Mock the Treasurers Report is to be published also Mr. Hart as auditor of the church finance a/c complemented Mr. Thatcher upon the accuracy of his accounts, and moved that he be given a vote of thanks for his services in the past and reelected for the ensuing year which was voted unanimously. Upon motion the meeting was adjourned.

J. W. Hunn Sec

 

1913

At the annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret held the parlors of the Church Dec 4th 1913 at 7.30 PM the meeting was called to order by Dr. Richmond who was elected chairman. After prayer by the Rev. Mr. Larabee Minutes of the previous meeting were read for the Information of those present. Upon vote of the meeting Mr. James Adams, Leonard Young and J. Franck Kaughman were elected trustees to succeed themselves, their terms of office to expire December 1916. The Treasurer Mr. Karl Thatcher read his Report of Receipts and Expenditures for the past year. Also an approximate statement of Receipts and expenditures for the ensuing year which the later [latter?] showing a possible deficit of about $168.00 On motion Report of Treasurer was voted to be accepted. After the Regular order of business was closed there followed a general discussion in regard to arrangements for the future heating of the church as the prospect of getting heat another year from the Steam(?) plant was not encouraging. Mr. A. H.(?) French and J. W. Hunn were named a committee to arrange for other means of heating the church in case it was impossible to get Steam from the local plant. Upon motion of Mr. Ralcomb(?) and seconded by W. V. Smith Mr. Karl Thatcher who has so faithfully served the church as Treasurer was unanimously elected for another year. Upon motion meeting was adjourned. J. W. Hunn Sey

 

1914

At the regular annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret held in the parlors of their Church Friday evening Dec 4/1914 by vote of the meeting  Dr. N. G. Richmond was unanimously elected Chairman, and the meeting opened by prayer by our pastor Rev. Mr. Larabee. Following Mr. Larabees prayer the secretary was called upon to read the minutes of previous meeting for the information of those present. Next in order was the election of two trustees to succeed W. L. Hart & A.(?) F. French. Upon motion which was seconded the Secretary was instructed to cast a ballot for Mr. W. L. Hart and Mr. A. F. French trustees to succeed themselves, their terms of office to expire Dec 1917. Said ballots being duly cast Mr. Hart & French were duly declared elected. Church Treasurer Karl Thatcher being called upon for his annual Report the same was read by him and in addition(?) the Report was given a blackboard exhibit which displayed the money situation of the Society – still more thoroughly to those present(?). The Report shows a deficit of about $268.00 when compaired[sic] as an estimated income(?) and an estimated resource of the Society for the church year 1914 & 1915. Following the discussion of the financial situation of the society – the Treasurers Report was voted to be accepted and a rising vote of thanks given Treasurer Thatcher for his faithful and patient care and attention to the more or less discouraging job of church Treasurer, and as a further evidence of our appreciation of Bro. Thatchers long service as financial agent of the Society – he and Miss(?)/Mrs.(?) Lottie Thatcher were presented with a beautiful office desk, which was accepted in behalf of the donees by the pastor. Next in order came the selection of a Treasurer to succeed Mr. Thatcher who announced that he could no longer continue this service to the Church. Miss Jacoba Bakers name being proposed she was unanimously elected to succeed Mr. Thatcher as Treasurer of this society. Following informal remarks by different interested people the meeting moved to adjourn. J. W. Hunn Sec

 

1915

Minutes of the Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian church and Society of the town of Pomfret, held in the parlors of the church, Dec. 9th 1915. The meeting was opened with prayer by the pastor, Rev. B. F. Larrabee. Mr. A. F. French was chosen chairman. The Secretary being absent on motion H. C. Robinson was chosen Secretary pro tem. On motion Mr. John W. Hunn was elected to succeed himself as Secretary. On motion Mr. Allen Bartlett was elected Treasurer for one year. On motion Mr. Louis Roesch and Dr. N. G. Richmond were elected trustees to succeed themselves for three years. The Clerk being instructed to so cast a ballot. The Treasurer’s Report was read by Mr. W. L. Hart. On motion the report was accepted, approved and ordered placed on file. On motion a vote of thanks was given Miss Jacoba Baker for her faithful service as Treasurer, and to Mr. W. L. Hart for his service as Auditor. A vote of thanks was given to the Ladies Aid Society for the work done in the cleaning and relaying the carpets and making needed improvements in the church(?). Also for their gift of a beautiful Communion Table and Chair, purchased with money left them by Miss Joanna Loeb for a memorial. The thanks of the church were also extended to Mrs. Mary Strunk for the Fount given in memory of her mother, Mrs. Love Bosworth Snow, who was a faithful member of the church for seventy-eight years. After discussion of other matters of interest to the church, on motion, the meeting adjourned.

Signed, H. C. Robinson Clerk pro tem

 

1916

Annual Meeting of the members of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the parlors of the Church, Fredonia N.Y. on Thursday Eve at 7.30 P.M. Dec 7, 1916. On motion Dr. N. G. Richmond was chosen chairman and W. L. Hart Secty of the meeting. Prayer was offered by our Pastor Rev. Benj.(?) R. Larrabee. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. On motion John W. Hunn be elected Clerk for the ensuing year to succeed himself. Carried unanimously. On motion Allen W. Bartlett was elected Treasurer of the Society for the ensuing year. On motion Jas. R. Adams, Leonard Young and J. H. F. Kaufman be elected Trustees for the term of three years to succeed themselves and the Secty instructed to cast one ballot and they were declared duly elected. The Treasurer then made his report which(?) was accepted and ordered placed on file. A rising vote of thanks was given the Treasurer for his efficient work in the fulfillment of his office. Adjourned. W. L. Hart Secty

 

1917

Annual Meeting of the members of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the parlors of the church, Fredonia, on Wed. Dec 5, 1917 7.30 P.M. On motion Dr. Richmond was chosen chairman and H. C. Robinson Secty of the meeting. Prayer was offered by the Pastor. Minutes of last meeting were read and approved. On motion John W. Hunn be elected Clerk for the ensuing year to succeed himself. On motion that A. F. French and W. L. Hart be elected Trustees for the regular term of three years to succeed themselves. Carried. The meeting next proceeded to the election of a Treasurer to succeed Mr. Allan W. Bartlett, Mr. Bartlett stating he could not accept the position further. On motion Mrs. Kincaid was unanimously chosen as Treasurer for the ensuing year at $50.00. A vote of thanks was given Mr. Bartlett the retiring Treasurer for his faithful service. Following a statement that the balance due on the Furnace fund had been donated by certain persons, unknown to the Church, on motion Mrs. Richmond was appointed a committee to express to the Donors the gratitude of the Church. A vote of thanks was given to the committee who had worked out the plan that is so very helpful in the church night service held on Wednesday evenings. Adjourned. H. C. Robinson Clerk Pro tem

 

1918

Annual Meeting of the members of the First Presbyterian Church and Society was held Wednesday Eve Dec. 11th 1918 at 7.30 PM in the Church Parlors. Dr. Richmond was chosen chairman and W. L. Hart Secretary of the meeting. Prayer was offered by our Pastor Mr. Larrabee. Minutes of last meeting were read and approved. Mr. Jno W. Hunn was elected Clerk for the ensuing year to succeed himself. Meeting next proceeded to the election of two Trustees in the place of Dr. N. G. Richmond and Lewis Roesch whose term expires. On motion, which was duly seconded, Dr. N. G. Richmond and Lewis Roesch were nominated to succeed them selves and the Secty was directed to cast one ballot and they were declared duly elected. The Treasurer made a report of the monies received and paid out during the year and on motion the Treasurers report was accepted and ordered placed on file. An expression of thanks to the Treasurer for faithful and careful work was given by a rising vote. The Treasurer Mrs. Kincaid stated she could not accept the office of Treasurer for the coming year and on motion Miss Clara J. Brown was duly elected to the office of Treasurer to serve the ensuing year. Mr. W. L. Hart was appointed to committee to audit the Treasurers books and the receipts and disbursements were checked and examined and found correct. No further business the meeting was adjourned. By W. L. Hart Clerk Pro-tem

 

1919

The Annual Meeting of the members of the First Presbyterian Church and Society was held in the Church Parlors Thurs Dec 11th 1919 at 7.30 P.M. according to notice read from the Pulpit for two Sundays previous to the meeting. Dr. N. G. Richmond was chosen chairman and Wm. L. Hart Secty of the meeting. Prayer was offered by Prof. Freeman. Minutes of the last meeting were read. John W. Hunn was unanimously elected Clerk of the Society to succeed himself. The following Trustees term of office expires – Leonard I. Young, Jas. R. Adams and J. H. F. Kaufman. On motion duly seconded Mrs. Lucy H. Parker, James R. Adams and J. H. F. Kaufman were nominated to serve as Trustees for the full term of three years and the Secretary was ordered to cast one ballot and they were duly declared elected. The Report of the Treasurer was read and showed a small balance on hand after all pledges are paid in and expenses paid, and it was ordered placed on file. Miss Clara J. Brown stated she could not accept the office of Treasurer for the coming year and on motion Wm. V. Smith was nominated and unanimously elected to serve the ensuing year. The following letter from our Pastor Benj. R. Larrabee tendering his resignation as pastor this church was read – To the Session and Members of the First Presbyterian Church, Fredonia NY. Each of my physicians has advised me, that because of my recent illness I ought not to engage in active church work for some time. For this reason and this reason alone, I am hereby presenting my resignation as minister of the church, to take effect immediately. These six years have been the richest and best of my service as a minister of Jesus Christ. I am deeply grateful for all the Church has done for me my family, and for your cooperation in so many ways. Because my heart is in the best interest of the Church, and because I think you ought not to be without a minister longer than necessary, I am presenting my resignation at this time rather than to wait until a later date. I should be pleased if the Church would appoint Dr. Nelson G. Richmond and Wm. L. Hart to be the delegates from the session to ask the Presbytery of Buffalo for the dissolving of the pastoral relation. I shall of course act as moderator of the Session until formal action by the Presbytery. If there is any possible service I can render in helping you to secure my successor, it will make me happy to be of help to you. May the richest blessing of Our Lord Jesus Christ be with you one and all. Sincerely, your Minister Benj. R. Larrabee Fredonia N.Y. Dec. 11th 1919. On motion the resignation of Benj. R. Larrabee as minister of this church be accepted and Prof. Freeman was appointed a committee to express to Mr. Larrabee our appreciation of his six years of ministry among us and the regret of the Session and Church at the termination of the cordial relation existing between the Pastor and the Church. On motion Dr. Nelson G. Richmond and Wm. L. Hart were duly elected delegates to the Presbytery for the purpose of asking that them to dissolve the Pastor relation of Benj. R. Larrabee with this Church. The following Committee were elected by ballot, to look up investigate and recommend the call of a new minister Mrs. Grace S?/I? Richmond, Mrs. D. B. Dean, Prof. Geo. E. McEwen, Wm. L. Hart. No further business the meeting was adjourned. Wm. L. Hart Secty

 

1920

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret, was held in the Church parlors Dec. 8th 1920. On motion Dr. N. G. Richmond was chosen Chairman, and H. C. Robinson Clerk of the meeting. Minutes of the last annual Meeting were read by W. L. Hart. Nominations for church clerk were made as follows Mr. John Foster, Mr. De Forest Pratt, Mr. L. C. Steele. Upon ballot Mr. Foster received 5, Mr. Pratt 14 & Mr. Steele 8. On motion voted Mr. De Forest Pratt was unanimously elected. On motion the clerk was instructed to cast one ballot for Mr. A. F. French and Mr. W. L. Hart to succeed themselves as Trustees, for three years. The report of the Treasurer was read by Mr. Hart, in the absence of Mr. Smith. On motion voted that the report be received, adopted as read and placed on file. On motion, Mr. Wm. V. Smith was re-elected Treasurer. On motion, it was voted that hear-after[sic] our Sunday morning service should begin at 10:30. The Trustees reported that the budget for(?) the coming year of 1920-21 had bee(?) raised. On motion the trustees were authorized to add $50.00 to the budget for the work(?) of the Sunday School. On motion adjourned. H. C. Robinson Clerk Pro-tem

Treas Report 1919-1920.

Balance on hand Dec./19(?) 220.27

Received from pledges 3770.89

Received from back pledges 34.54

Plate collections 287.11

Interest received 91.50

One Passaic(?) Water(?) bond(?) 1000.00

One check not cashed 23.50

Total 5407.81

Expenses

Pastor Salary 1050.

Pulpit Supply 440

Music 53.6

Janitor & labor at Manse 26.00

Repair church & Manse 59(?)

Supply & labor 215

Light & gas 44

Taxes 161

Notes paid 20

Paid Mr. Larrabee 137

Insurance 98

Box rent c.t.co(?)

L. Roesch transferred 90

Bond investment 100(?)

Interest paid 15(?)

Printing 26

Water rent 28

Treasurer Salary 50

Incidentals 174(?)

Balance on hand 28

5407.8?

 

1921

The Annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret, was held in the Church parlors Dec. 8, 1921. On motion Mr. G. G. McEwen act as chairman of meeting. Prayer by Mr. H. C. Robinson. Minutes read and approved of the last regular meeting. On motion voted Dr. N. G. Richmond and John H. Foster were elected Trustees for a term of 3 years. On motion voted the church express their deep appreciation of the long and faithful services of Mr. Lewis Roesch as trustee. On motion D. J. Pratt was re-elected clerk. Treasurers report read and approved and voted to be incorporated in the minutes of this meeting. Report by the trustees that $4267.35 had been raised by pledges. The trustees also announced that the Ministers salary would be increased from $1800 to $2000. On motion of Mrs. Parker it was voted to express the church appreciation of the generous services of Mrs. Allen. On motion Mr. Wm. V. Smith was reelected Treasurer. Adj. D. J. Pratt Secy

Treasurers report 1920-21

Received on Pledges & interest $4100.56

Plate Collections 317.72

Balance on hand 280.40

Total 4698.68

Expenses

Pastors Salary 1800.00

Pulpit supply 85.00

Janitor 320.00

Choir 393.66

Fuel(?) & Lights 214.70

Insurance 189.38

Printing 200.48

Taxes 219.39

Miscellaneous 85.46

Repair & Supplier 198.88

Notes paid 800.00

Water rent 20.60

Treasurer salary 50.00

Balance on hand 121.08

4698.68

 

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec. 7 1922. On motion Mr. G. G. McEwan was chosen chairman. Prayer by Mr. H. C. Robinson. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. On motion Mrs. J. J. Parker, Mr. J. F. Kaufman, and Mr. Horry(?) Clark were elected trustees for a term of 3 years. On motion Mr. D. J. Pratt was re-elected clerk. Treasurers report read, received & approved and on Motion voted they be incorporated in the minutes. Remarks by Dr. Richmond and Mr. W. L. Hart on the Treasurers report. Mr. Wiltse(?) reports that the new chimney works fine. Dr. Richmond gave the trustees report which showed that the budget had been successfully raised, remarks by Mr. G. G. McEwen on the good financial condition of the Church which was followed by several others who were in favor of raising the pastors salary. On motion voted the pastors salary be increased to $2200. On motion voted that this(?) meeting(?) express their appreciation of the (?) of Mr. and Mrs. Allen during the year especially do they commend their work with the young people. This meeting also expresses the wish that the dramatization of the Bible stories, such as was done Sunday at the vesper service be continued. On motion this meeting expressed their appreciation of the faithful and generous service of the officers of the church. Mr. Henry Stone gave secretary’s report of the Sunday School. On motion Mr. Day(?) Hover(?) was elected Treasurer, salary $50.00 a year. This Meeting expresses their appreciation of the services of Mr. Wm. V. Smith as treasurer. Adj D. J. Pratt

Treasurer report 1922-23

Balance on hand Dec 1921 $121.08

Received on pledges 4340.26

Received on pledges 1921 50.30

Received interest on bonds 90.57

Received lose [loose?] collections 340.57

$4942.78

Disbursements

Pastors salary $2000.00

Pulpit supply 117.33

Choir 477.57

Printing 230.73

Janitors Salary 320.00

Repair 337.47

Heat & light 151.45

Water rent 20.50

Sunday School 60.00

Taxes 215.02

Insurance 82.73

Miscellaneous 75.91

Treasurer 50.00

$4138.73

Balance on hand 804.05

$4942.78

Unpaid bills

Printing $27.50

W. J. Apthorp Chimney 139.00

Bierce(?) & Schrac 240.00

Treas. Missionary fund 25.00

Light bill of Nov. 5.76

Fredonia Hardware Co 3.00

$440.16

Balance on hand $363.89

 

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec 7, 1923. W. L. Hart was chosen chairman. Prayer by Rev. Walter A. Henricks. Minutes of the last meeting read and approved. On motion D. J. Pratt was elected [clerk(?)]. On motion Mr. A. F. French and W. L. Hart were elected Trustees for a term of 3 years. Report of Treas. Day Hover(?) was (?) and approved and ordered incorporated in minutes(?). On motion voted Mr. J. F. Kaufman, A. F. French & W. L. Hart act as committee to investigate the insurance on the church. Report of Trustees by Dr. N. G. Richmond who reports very favorably on raising the (?). On motion Mr. Day Hover(?) was elected Treas. Miss Emily Hayward(?) reported on prices and construction of combination range for the Manse. On motion voted Miss Hayward, Mrs. Henricks & Mrs. A. E. Spencer be a committee to purchase range for the Mans(?). Adj D. J. Pratt Clerk

Treas. Report

Receipts

Balance on hand Dec. 1 1922 $804.05

Pledges 3928.67

Interest 149.87

(?)  Collections 414.98

Note 492.50

$5790.07

Paid pledges $200.00

Disbursements

Pastor salary $1741.50

Pulpit supply 248.60

Fredonia Censor 219.25

Janitor 415.00

Choir 617.65

Supplies 55.20

Insurance 361.95

Sunday School 100.00

Missionary fund 25.00

Taxes & paving 253.16

General Assembly 24.50

Ladies Aid 100.00

Moving expences[sic] 168.55

Note 500.00

Light & Heat 280.67

Repairs 559.33

Envelopes 12.25

Treasurer 75.00

$5757.59

Balances Dec. 1 $32.48

 

The Annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec. 11 1924 at 730 P.M. Mr. W. L. Hart was chosen chairman. Prayer by Rev. Walter A. Henricks. Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved. On motion D. J. Pratt was elected Clerk. On motion N. G. Richmond and J. H. Foster(?) were elected trustees for three years. On motion voted that the report of the treasurer Day Hover be excepted[sic] and incorporated in the minutes. On motion voted the Clerk and Mr. W. L. Hart act as a committee to look into the legality of (?) the number of trustees from seven to nine. On motion Mr. Day Hover was elected Treasurer for the ensuing year and that his faithful (?) of the past year be commended. Adj D. J. Pratt Clerk

Receipts

Balance Dec 1 1923 $32.48

Pledges 3915.71

Interest 44.34

Loose Collections 460.88

Notes 450.00

Sale of old radiator 17.50

$4920.91

Disbursements

Pastors Salary 2200.00

Sunday School 91.12

Pulpit supply 70.00

Int on note 3.00

Taxes and water rent 362.34

Janitor 420.00

Censor printing 203.70

Repairs 428.50

Supplies 82.37

Insurance 215.10

Choir 572.56

Light & heat 232.52

Mission fund 25.00

4906.21

Balance 14.70

Unpaid bills

Notes 450.00

Censor 24.50

Beck electric 11.71

Treasurer 75.00

561.21

Unpaid pledges 368.40

 

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held at the White Inn(?)  Dec. 9 1925 at 7:30 P.M. After a bounteous repast(?) the meeting was called to order by De Forest Pratt and Dr. N. G. Richmond was chosen chairman. Prayer by Rev. George H. Allen of Bath N.Y. who was the speaker of the evening. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. On motion, Mrs. J. J. Parker, Mr. J. H. Frank Kaufman, and Mr. Harry Clark were chosen Trustees for (?). Report of Treasuer Mr. Day Hover and on motion voted that the report be received and incorporated in the minutes. On motion Mr. De Forest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. On motion Mr. Day Hover was elected treasurer for the ensuing year. Remarks by Mr. W. L. Hart as to the fine financial condition of the church and the excellent work of our pastor and wife Mr. & Mrs. Walter A. Hendrics[sic]. On motion by Mr. Hart and seconded by everyone present it was voted to increase the pastor salary from $2400 to 2600. Adj D. J. Pratt Clerk

Treasurer report

Balance Dec 1 1924 $17.62

Pledges 4315.12

Loose collections 477.59

Secondhand radiator 10.00

Interest 153.83

Special Collection 169.66

$5143.85

Disbursements

Pastor salary $2400

Note 200.00

Choir 559.50

Light & heat 248.52

Sunday School 101.00

Pulpit supplies 95.00

Interest 25.30

Taxes 501.71

Janitor 420.00

Printing bulletins etc 210.08

Repairs 86.60

Supplies 92.92

Insurance 86.09

Treasurers 75.00

Miscellaneous 41.00

$5142.77

Unpaid bills

Printing $20.00

Fredonia Censor adv(?) 4.19

Choir 10.00

Treasurers 75.00

$109.19

Due on pledges $299.10

 

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the parlors of the church Dec 1926 at (?) P.M. Mr. W. L. Hart was chosen chairman. Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved. Report of the Treasurer was given by W. L. Hart for Day Hover. On motion voted that the report be received and put(?) in the record book. On motion Mr. A. F. French and W. L. Hart were elected Trustees for 3 years. Resignation of Dr. N. G. Richmond read(?). Dr. Richmond stated that as he would be(?) away from Fredonia a great deal of the time that he thought it best to resign a trustee of the Church. On motion voted that the resignation of Dr. Richmond be received and that the church (?) his long and faithful services as trustee and that he be notified of the action. A Nominating committee comprised of Mr. Mc(?) Mr. French & Mrs. Herbert Porter reported following Herman Graf(?) 1 year Murray Butler(?), Roscoe White 1 year to fill the vacancies made by Mrs. J. J. Parker and J. H. Foster Deseased[sic] and Dr. Richmond resigned. Mr. Graf(?), White and Bortley were unanimously elected. On motion Mr. De Forest Pratt was elected Clerk of the church for the ensuing year. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected Treasurer for the ensuing year. On motion a vote of thanks be given Mr. W. L. Hart for assisting Mr. Hanes[I still haven’t figured out if this guy’s name is Hover, Hones, Hanes…] as treasurer. On motion a vote of thanks be given Mr. Day Hones(?) for his faithful service as a treasurer and that a letter be sent to him expressing our sympathy for him in his sickness. On motion adj. D. J. Pratt Clerk

Treasurers Report for year ending Dec. 1 1926

Receipts

Balance on hand $1.08

Received from pledges 4716.02

Received loose coll 387.78

Received Interest on bonds 170.95

Received Notes 1317.50

Received Connie(?) M. Hubbard 1000.00

$7593.32

Report of endowment fund

Caroline Blood 300.00

Willard McKinstry 100.00

Betsey Nichols 1000.00

Mrs. Morris 500.00

Mrs. McLoud 50.00

Edwards P. Cleaveland 500.00

Caroline M. Hubbard 1000.00

3450.00

Disbursements

Pastor’s salary 2600(?)

Choir 62(?)

Janitor 42(?)

Janitor extra 1(?)

Coal 36(?)

Taxes 40(?)

Electric bill 8(?)

Gar.(?) bill 1(?)

Treas. Salary 1925 75.00

Treas. Salary 1926 75.00

Bulletin & printing 136(?)

Bibles for S. S. 22(?)

Insurance 30(?)

Pulpit Supply 12(?)

Int paid on note 67(?)

Repairs on church  86(?)

Repairs on Manse 159(?)

Paid S. S. Hubbard(?) 71(?)

Purchased bond 1000(?)

Miscellaneous 13(?)

75(?)

Cash on hand 29(?)

 

The Annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec. 7 1927 at 8 P.M. Mr. W. L. Hart was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by Rev. Chas. H. Dayton. On motion De Forest Pratt was elected clerk of the church for the ensuing year. Minutes of previous meeting read and approved. On motion Herman Graf and Roscoe White were elected Trustees for 3 years. Report of our Treasurer Miss Emma Hart received and ordered placed on file. Report by our pastor Rev. Chas. H. Dayton on the condition and activities of our church for the past 5 ½ months. There are 342 members. There have been 24 morning services, average attendance 155 + 12 evening services attendance 90; 12 Union eve services, attendance 162; 20 Sunday School sessions attendance 102; 13 Young peoples meetings attendance 14; 3 baptisms, 3 weddings, 9 funerals, 185 pastoral calls. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected Treasurer for ensuing year. Report of the every member canvas by W. L. Hart. The results were about the same as last year. Adj. De Forest Pratt Clerk

Treasurers report

Bal. on hand $29.99

Rec’d pledger 4381.63

Int. Bonds 219.62

Notes at bank 1000.00

Liberty bonds, called 500.00

Mrs. Cora Kaufman 200.00

Memorial Gift by friend 2000.00

$8331.24

Disbursements

Pastor salary $2184.00

Choir 567.19

Janitor 420.00

Janitor extra 37.00

Coal 8.23

Taxes paving(?) Village Water 380.61

Electricity 68.97

Gas 26.45

Printing 304.60

Insurance 310.20

Pulpit supply 210.00

Int on note 214.32

Repairs on church 157.39

Repairs on Manse 222.66

Sunday school 62.00

Miscellaneous 211.4(?)

Bought bonds 500.00

Bought Bonds 200.00

Paid note 2000.00

Pension fund 120.75

Church Treas 50.00

Benevolence Treas 25.00

$8280.

Bal. on hand Dec. 1 $50.43

Unpaid pledges 620.00

Unpaid bills coal 10.64

 

The Annual Meeting of the members of the First Presbyterian Church and Society was held in the Church Parlors on Dec 5 1928 at 8 o’clock P.M. pursuant to notice read for two weeks. W. L. Hart was chosen chairman of the meeting. De Forest J. Pratt was Secty. The meeting was opened with Prayer by our Pastor, Rev. Charles H. Dayton. Minutes of the last meeting were read and approved. Mr. De Forest J. Pratt was elected Clerk of the Society to succeed himself. On motion, carried, that Murray H. Bartley, J. H. F. Kaufman and Harry Clark were elected Trustees to succeed themselves for the full term of three years. The Treasurer, Miss Emma D. Hart made her report which was received and ordered placed on file with these minutes. Miss Emma D. Hart was reelected Treasurer for ensuing year. The following Ushers were appointed to serve. Amos E. Hall, Harry Schwartz, Herman Graff, Clarence Paul, Manley Sessions, Wm. Henderson, Howard Miller, Ronald Cave. Report of Ladies Aid Society made by Mrs. F. E. Newton shows receipts $178.11, Disbursements 167.54 balance 10.54. Report of the Missionary Society was made by Miss Lottie Thatcher. Report of Sigma Beta Club was read by Mr. Dayton. Meeting closed with Prayer and Benediction. D. J. Pratt Clerk

Treasurers Report Dec. 5 1928

Receipts

Bal. on hand 50.43

Pledges 4311.72

Int. on Bonds 278.63

Bequest from Margaret Thayer 1942.63

Bequest from Ruby Abbey 1000.00

Bequest from Fred W. Case 1000.00

Liberty Bond 50.00

Note at Bank 297.00

Ladies Aid 100.00

Westminster Club 100.00

$9130.41

Disbursements

Pastors Salary 2400.

Choir 526.49

Janitor 420.

Janitor Extra work 13.30

Coal 433.17

Taxes 349.19

Electric bill 76.74

Gas bill 12.10

Printing bill 196.67

Insurance 87.09

Pulpit Supply 25.

Int on Notes 73.20

Repairs at Church 143.95

Repairs at Manse 179.84

Sunday School 53.40

Bonds for Endowment Fund 1550.00

Paid Notes at Bank 2000.00

Pension fund 207.

Salary Treas 75.

Miscellaneous items 182.99

9005.13

Balance 125.28

 

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret, was held in the church parlors Dec 4 1929 at 7:30PM. The meeting was called to order by De Forest Pratt and W. L. Hart was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by our pastor Rev. Chas. H. Dayton. The minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. On motion De Forest Pratt was elected clerk to succeed himself. Mr. W. L. Hart, A. F. French were nominated for trustees for a term of 3 years and R. H. Watson for a term of 2 years. Mr. W. L. Hart asked to be released of the work as he had been a trustee for 35 years and would like a rest but it was held that he was a valuable man on the board and upon ballot was unanimously elected, also Mr. A. F. French and Mr. R. H. Watson were unanimously elected. Report of the Treasurer Miss Emma Hart was given and explained by W. L. Hart. Report of Treasurer ordered placed in the minutes. Rev. Mr. Dayton announced that Mr. Henry T.(?) Fuller had given $1000 and that it cleared(?) up the improvement fund debt. A rising vote of thanks was given Mr. Fuller and the clerk was instructed to write Mr. Fuller thanking him for his generous gift. Report of R. C. White on the improvement fund. Mr. White reported that the money had all been raised. On motion the Building Committee was discharged with a vote of thanks. A raising vote of thanks was also given Mrs. H. M. Sweatland for her generous gift to the building fund. We next proceeded to burn(?) the note and as it burned we stood in[sic] sang the Doxalogy[sic]. Report of the Canvas Com. was read by the Clerk. Report of the Endowment fund was read by W. L. Hart. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected Treasurer to succeed herself. On motion the following ushers were appointed Amos Hall, Harry Schwartz, Herman Graff, Clarence Paul, Manley Sessions, Wm. Henderson, Guy Tambling & Ronald Cave(?). Reports of the Primary department and the Sigma Bata[sic] Club were read by Miss Eva Schuler. Report of Missionary society was given by Mrs. Dayton. Adj De Forest Pratt Clerk

Treas. Report

Receipts

Bal. on hand $125.28

Collections & pledges 4434.68

Ladies Aid 100.00

Westminster Club 100.00

Mrs. Sherman estate 25.00

Int. from bonds 301.00

Bonds called 1100.00

Note at bank 300.00

Mr. Henry Fuller 1000.00

$7485.96

Disbursements

Pastors salary 2400.00

Choir 523.98

Janitor 420.00

Janitor extra 7.80

Coal 192.50

Taxes 353.91

Electric 67.09

Gas 45.10

Bulletins 212.05

Insurance 384.72

Pulpit supply 60.00

Interest on notes 67.15

Repairs at church 131.03

Repairs at Manse 197.81

S. School 202.50

Pension fund 207.00

Supplies 72.97

Miscellaneous 98.91

Notes paid 625.00

Bonds bought 1100.00

Treas. Salary 75.00

7444.34

Bal. Dec. 5 1929 $41.62

 

The Annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the parlors of the church Dec. 3 1930 at 7:30 P.M. The meeting was called to order by the clerk De Forest Pratt and W. L. Hart was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by our pastor Rev. Chas. H. Dayton. The minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. On motion De Forest Pratt was elected clerk of the church for the ensuing year. On motion R. C. White and Herman Graf were elected trustees for 3 years. The report of the treasurer Miss Emma Hart was read and explained by Mr. W. L. Hart and ordered filed. On motion voted the following ushers were elected Amos Hall, Harry Schwartz, Herman Graf, Clarence Paul, Manley Sessions, Wm. Henderson, Guy Tambling, and Ronald Cave. On motion a vote of thanks was given the Board of Trustees who have so ably served the past year. Adj. De Forest Pratt Clerk

Receipts

Balance on hand $41.62

Received from Pledges 4752.54

Received Ladies Aid 150.00

Received Westminsters Soc. 100.00

Received Int. on bonds 309.50

Borrowed at bank 300.00

5653.66

Unpaid bills

Censor $62.50

Tremain In. Co 51.40

Rev. Dayton Salary 216.66

Miss Lake Organist 25.00

Treasurer 75.00

Bock & Ludwig Plumbing 87.32

Hubbard Press(?) 19.00

Sessions & Sessions Ins. 52.21

Tremain Ins Co manse 20.00

$609.09

Disbursements

Pastors Salary $2383.34

Choir 626.48

Janitor 480.00

Coal 10.50

Taxes 248.03

Elect 71.64

Gas 24.25

Printing 112.90

Insurance 300.60

Pulpit Supply 75.00

Int. paid on notes 29.00

Repairs on church 100.40

Repairs on Manse(?) 148.90

To Sunday School 260.00

Note Paid 300.00

Pension fund 241.41

Supplies 73.40

Deaconess(?) fund 54.00

To county S. S. work 20.00

Miscellaneous 75.78

$5635.63

Balance on hand Dec 4 1930 $18.03

 

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the parlors of the Church Dec 2, 1931 at 7:30 P.M. The meeting was called to order by the Clerk DeForest Pratt and Rev. Chas. H. Dayton was chosen chairman. The Meeting was open[sic] by prayer by our pastor Rev. Chas. H. Daton[sic]. The minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. On motion DeForest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. On motion Mr. Harry Clark, R. H. Watson, and M. H. Bartley were elected Trustees for term of 3 yrs. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected Treasurer for the ensuing year. On motion the following ushers were elected Harry Schwartz, Herman Graf, Clarence Paul(?), Ronald Cave, Guy Tambling, Kenneth Austin, Ben Schneider and Harry Dankert. On motion the following were elected to Music Com. Mr. G. G. McEwen, Frances Diers, and Mrs. Earl Bowen. The report of the Treasurer was read and approved and ordered filed. An incomplete report of the every member canvas was made. $3100 to date pledged. Adj.

D. J. Pratt Clerk.

Receipts

Balance on hand Dec 4 1930 $18.03

Received from pledges 4455.47

Received Gift Rev. Dayton 100.00

Received Westminster Club 250.00

Received Ladies Aid 100.00

Received Int. on bonds 274.25

Borrowed of bank 250.00

5447.75

Note at bank 250.00

Unpaid bill Censor 91.00

F. L. Miller Co 93.75

$434.75

Unpaid pledges $250.00

Disbursements

Bal. pastors Salary 1930 $216.66

Treas. Salary 1930 75.00

Pastors Salary 1931 2600.00

Choir 554.12

Coal & Wood 45.50

Janitor Salary 480.00

Taxes 250.05

Elect. 72.24

Gas 20.95

Bullitin[sic] & printing 196.55

Insurance 158.49

Pulpit supply 20.00

Interest on notes 38.75

Repairs on church 98.07

Repairs on Manse 60.06

S. S. support 150.00

Board of pensions 224.16

Supplies 45.07

Miscelaneous[sic] items 39.28

Treas. Salary 1931 75.00

$5422.95

Dec. 2 1931 Balance on hand $24.80

At a special meeting held Apr. 6 1932 M. H. Bartley chairman. It was voted to increase the trustees from 7 to 9. E. M. Brown and Otis Swift were elected. D. J. Pratt Clerk

 

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec. 7 1932 at 7:30 P.M. The Meeting was called to order by the clerk DeForest Pratt and Mr. M. H. Bartley was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by Rev. C. H. Dayton. The reading of the last regular and special meeting were read and approved. On motion DeForest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. On motion Mr. A. F. French, Chas. Spittell(?) and Otis Swift were elected Trustees for 3 yrs. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected Treas. for the ensuing year. On motion Mr. G. G. MacEwen, Frances Diers and Mrs. Earl Bowen were elected for Music Committee. On motion the following were chosen for ushers for the ensuing year. Mr. Harry Schwartz, H. B. Graf, C. L. Paul, Ronald Cave(?), Guy Tambling, K. S. Austin, Robert Spittal & Arthur Oldenburg. The canvase com. reported $2900 pledged to date. A unanimous vote of thanks and appreciation (suggested by Dr. Richmond) was given to William S. Hart who retires from trustee ship after many years service. A vote of thanks was also passed for the choir, mentioning particularly F. H. Diers who in donating his service as Choir director and Mrs. H. B. Graf who as organist donated two months service. The young people society was thanked for the new curtains decorating the chapel. Rev. Dayton presented as a Christmas gift a bound volum of church bulletins for the past few years. Treas. report received and ordered filed. On motion adj.

DeForest Pratt clerk

Treas. report showed cash on hand 1931 24.80, receipts of $3166.00 from pledges, $449.00 from offerings, $469.00 from gifts, $100.00 from Ladies Aid $250.00 from Westminster Club, $142.54 from interest, Debt at Citizens Trust 500.00 making a total $5096.54.

Expeditures Pastors salary $2100.00 Choir $374.50, Janitor $420.00, Coal $244.90, Gas $14.30, Elect. $74.14, Supplies $51.23, Bulletins & printing $185.75, Taxes $213.98, Insurance $300.16, Interest $35.50, Notes paid $500.00, Pension fund $224.53, Pulpit supply $50.00, S. S. Support $135.00, benefit fund $15.00, Repairs on manse $105.75, Repairs on church $3.41, Miscelanious[sic] items 37.27. Total $5085.42. Balance $11.62. Unpaid bills Sunday School $100.00, Treas salary $75.00, Note of $500.00, Unpaid pledges ok(?) $300.00.

 

The Annual Meeting of the First Presby Church and society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec. 6 1933 at 7:30 P.M. The meeting was called to order by the Clerk DeForest Pratt and Mr. E. M. Bowen was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by Rev. Chas. H. Dayton. The minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. On motion De Forest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. On separate motion Robert Lagan(?), Herman Graf, and Earl Bowen were elected trustees for three years. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected treasurer for the ensuing year. On motion Mr. Geore(?) McEwen, Frances Diers[I can’t seem to figure out this guy’s name.] and Mrs. Earl M. Bowen were named as music committee for the ensuing year. On motion the following were chosen as ushers for the ensuing year – Mr. Harry Schwartz, H. B. Graf, C. Paul, R. Cane(?), Guy Tambling, Robert Spittal, Arthur Oldenburg, and William Cook. The canvas com. reported $2200.00 pledged to date. On motion a vote of thanks was extended to the Chair and especially to Mr. F. H. Diers and Mrs. H. B. Graf. Rev. Mr. Dayton read a communication from the First Pres. Church of Westfield telling that they were celebrating their 125 anniversary this week. On motion the clerk was instructed to send greetings and congratulations. Treas Report received and ordered filed. Mrs. Ellis reported that the Ladies Aid had raised $100.00 the past year and pledged $100.00 for next year. Mrs. Bartley repored[sic] that the Westminster Club had made $293.56 this year and that they had paid a note of $250.00. On motion a vote of thanks was extended to the Ladies Aid and Westminster Club. Mr. C. H. Paul gave & Finantial[sic] report of the Sunday School. On motion adj.

DeForest Pratt Clerk

Treas. Report

Receipts

Bal. on hand Dec. 6 1932 $11.12

Pledges & Collections 3336.01

Ladies Aid 100.00

Westminster Club 250.00

Sale of bonds 294.38

Int. on bonds 70.26

4061.77

Unpaid bills

Mrs. Graf $5.00

Miss Hart Treas. 75.00

80.00

Disbursements

Pastors Salary 1925.

Treas. Salary 75.

Choir 291.50

Janitor 360.

Electric 62.82

Gas 15.93

Insurance 241.05

Interest paid 46.19

Bulletins & printing 65.33

Taxes 216.34

Pension fund 181.13

S. S. support 150.00

Repairs at church 14.67

Repairs at Manse 67.39

Supplies 33.68

Miscellaneous 44.93

Notes paid 270.00

4060.98

Bal. on Hand Dec 6 1933 .79

 

The Annual meeting of the First Presby Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec. 5 1934 at 730 P.M. The meeting was called to order and Mr. E. M. Bowen was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by our pastor Rev. Charles H. Wood. The minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. On motion DeForest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. On separate Motion Mr. R. H. Watson, M. H. Bartley and H. A. Cark were electen [sic] trustees for three years and James Stone for one year to succeed Mr. Otis Swift who resigned. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected treas. for the insuing[sic] year. On motion Mr. Geo. McEwen, F. H. Diers & Mrs. Earl Bowen were elected Music Com. On motion the following ushers were elected Mr. Harry Schwartz, H. B. Graf, C. Paul, R. Cane(?), Guy Tambling, R. Spittall, A. Oldenburg, Wm. Cook & M. J. K. Varney. The Canvas Committee reported 111 pledges which amounted to $2150.00 to date. Report of the Ladies Aid Society by Miss Ottenson(?). Average attendance at meetings 20. Report of Westminster club. Average attendance 35. Treas. Report received and placed on file. On motion voted a vote of thanks be given our choir. On motion a letter appreciation be sent to Mrs. Kincade for faithful and efficient work in our Church & S. School. Adj.

DeForest Pratt Clerk

Receipts

Bal. on hand $.79

Pledges 3332.89

Westminster Club 150.00

Ladies Aid 89.00

Int. from bonds 13.80

Chas. Hibbs estate 50.00

Miscellaneous 31.96

Borrowed from bank 385.00

$4053.44

Unpaid notes

Bank $485.00

Thotcher(?) 250.00

Disbursements

Treas. Salary 1933 $75.00

Pastors Salary 1925.00

Choir 297.50

Janitor 360.00

Elect. & gas 51.46

Printing 162.41

Coal 173.31

Taxes 132.77

Ins. 186.34

Int on notes 43.61

Note paid 180.00

Pension fund 181.08

S. S. support 60.00

Repairs on church 6.94

Repairs on manse 167.67

Supplies 13.60

Miscellaneous 60.53

Treas. salary 75.00

$4052.22

Bal. $1.22

 

The Annual Meeting of the First Presby Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the Church parlors Dec. 4 1935 at 7:30 P.M. The meeting was called to order and Mr. Earl Bowen was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by our Pastor Rev. Chas. H. Wood. On motion DeForest Pratt was chosen clerk for insuing year. Minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. On separate motions Mr. A. F. French, Mr. James Stone, and Chas. Spittall were elected Trustees for 3 years. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected Treas. for the ensuing year. Regularly moved and seconded that Mr. Geo. McEwen, F. H. Diers and Mrs. Earl Bowen be the music committee for the ensuing year. On motion the following were elected ushers Harry Schwartz, H. Graf, C. Paul, G. Tambling, A. Oldenburg, Wm. Cook, John Cane, H. Schneider, A. Brunson. Treas. Report received and placed on file. Reports of the Ladies Aid society held 9 meetings, average attendance 16, receipt of year $80.05. Proceeds of Turkey supper $72.45. Report of the Westminster Club & meetings ave. attendance 35 receipt during year $250.83. Regularly moved and seconded that the clerk convey a message of appreciation to our choir and especially Mrs. Graf and Mr. Diers. The Treas. reported that 73 pledge cards had been turned in to date totaling $1530.00 and that the canvas had not been made yet. Adj.

D. J. Pratt Clerk

Receipts

Balance on hand $1.22

Pledges 3056.40

Ladies Aid 71.00

Westminster Club 145.00

Miscellaneous 55.40

Int from bonds 13.04

Charlotte Landers(?) est 1000.00

Irene Gilbert est 3000.00

Total $7484.20

Disbursements

Pastors Salary $2143.69

Choir 286.00

Janitor 370.00

Elec & gas 69.20

Printing 143.23

Coal 276.69

Taxes 132.75

Tax & service charge 7.91

Insurance 380.38

Int. on notes 30.65

Note paid C.F. Co 485.00

Pension fund 181.39

S. S. Support 75.00

Repair of Manse 197.38

Repair on church 272.00

Supplies 35.24

Treas salary 75.00

Miscellaneous 27.96

$5189.22

Balance on hand $2294.98

 

The Annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret, was held in the Church parlors Dec. 9, 1936 at 7:30 P.M. The Meeting was called to order by the Clerk DeForest Pratt and Rev. C. H. Wood was chosen chairman. The Meeting was opened by prayer by Rev. C. H. Wood. Minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. On motion DeForest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. On motion Mr. Arthur Porter, Herman Graf and Earl Bowen were elected Trustees for 3 years. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected treasurer for the ensuing year. On motion Mr. Geo. E. McEwen, F. H. Diers and Mrs. E. M. Bowen were elected Music Committee for the ensuing year. On motion the following ushers were elected Harry Schwartz, H. Graf, A. Oldenberg, John Foster, H. Schneider, Jack(?) Rabin(?), John Cane and William Schwan. Report of Treasurer received and placed on file. Canvas committee reports $1800 to date. Adj.

D. J. Pratt Clerk

Receipts

Balance on hand $2294.98

Ladies Aid 122.45

Westminster 175.00

Int on Bonds 14.72

John 100.00

Old pledges 98.65

Miscellaneous 10.00

Pledges & cash 2582.69

$5398.49

Disbursements

Pastor Salary $2100.00

Choir 262.0?

Janitor 370.0?

Electricity 44.69?

Gas 33.84

Printing 119.20

Ins. 271.80?

Pension fund 181.08

S. School 85.0?

Supplies 123.9?

Taxes 131.48

Int on note 12.50

Loaned to Mr. Wood 200.0?

Miscellaneous 139.10

Repair on Manse 17.55

Repair on church 822.4?

Treasurer 75.00

$5269.1?

Bal. on hand $129.38

 

The Annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec. 8 1937 at 7:30 P.M. The meeting was called to order by the clerk and Mr. E. M. Bowen was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by Rev. C. J. Wood. The minutes of the previous meeting was read and approved. On motion De Forest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. On motion M. H. Bartley, R. H. Watson & Wm. Cook were elected Trustees for three years. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected Treasurer for the ensuing year. On motion Geo. E.(?) McEwen, F. H. Diers and Mrs. Earl Bowen were elected Music Committee for the ensuing year. On motion the following were elected ushers Harry Schwartz, Herman Graf, Edward Green, John Cane, Harrison Schneider, Jack Rabin, John Foster & Wm. Schwan. Reports of Ladies Aid & Westminster clubs were given by Mrs. M. H. Bartley. On motion a vote of thanks be given Mr. Francis Diers and the Choir. Adj.

De Forest Pratt Clerk

Receipts Dec 8 1937

Balance on hand 129.38

Ladies Aid 50.00

Westminster Club 133.00

Int. on bonds 16.18

Borrowed at C. T. 300.00

lose[sic] Collections 301.81

from old pledges 222.70

Pledges 2425.16

Miscellaneous 47.72

Special gift Trustee 79.20

3700.18

Disbursements

Pastor Salary 2100

Choir 247

Janitor 360

Pension 60.36

Insurance 170.10

Taxes 142.87

S. S. 90.50

Coal 48.25

Electric 37.56

Gas 39.69

Bullitin[sic] 111.72

Supplies 32.19

Int on note 22.60

Repairs on Manse 18.84

Repairs on church 84.74

Benevolence budget 39.94

Miscellaneous 85.67

3691.43

Bal. $8.75

 

The Annual meeting of the First Presby. Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec 6 1938 at 730 P.M. The meeting was called to order by the clerk DeForest Pratt and Rev. C. J. Wood was elected chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by Rev. C. J. Wood. The minutes of the last regular meeting was read and approved. On motion DeForest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. On Motion voted that Mr. A. F. French and James Stone be made honorary Trustees and that no other trustee be elected at this time thus reducing the number of active trustees to six. The report of the Treasurer Miss Emma Hart was read and approved, placed on file. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected Treas. for the ensuing year. On Motion the following ushers were elected Harry Schwartz, Herman Graf, Edward Green, John Cane, Harrison Schneider, Jack Rabin, John Foster, Wm. Schwan, and Allen Sisson. Reports of the Ladies Aid Society and the Westminster Club was given by Mrs. Murray Bartley. Report of the Sigma Beta society was given by Mrs. Arthur Porter. On motion Geo. E. McEwen, Francis Diers and Mrs. Earl Bowen were elected Music Com. Adj.

DeForest Pratt clerk

Receipts

Balance on hand Dec 9 1937 8.75

Ladies Aid 50.00

Westminster 200.00

Int on Bonds 4.06

Borrowed from C. T. Co 200.00

From old pledges 40.70

From Mr. Wood on note 125.00

Pledges & special gifts 2813.06

Loose Collections 232.89

Miss. receipts 115.63

3790.09

Disbursements

Pastors Salary 2100.00

Janitor 360.00

Pension fund 185.39

Ch. Treasurer 1937 70.00

Insurance 206.78

Taxes 159.20

Choir 205.50

Electric 34.08

Gas 35.14

Int 36.00

Repairs to manse 61.04

Repairs at church 33.98

Coal 99.33

Supplies 30.25

Bulletins & printing 25.40

Miss. items 62.80

Church Treas. 1938 75.00

3779.89

Balance on hand Dec 7 1938 10.20

 

The Annual meeting of the First Presby. Church and society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec. 12 1939 at 7:30 P.M. The meeting was called to order by the clerk De Forest Pratt and Mr. E. M. Bowen was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by our pastor Rev. Chas. J. Wood. On motion De Forest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. The Minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. On motion – Mr. A. W. Porter, Herman Graf and E. M. Bowen were elected trustees for 3 years. Treas. report given by Miss Emm[sic] Hart. On motion approved and ordered placed on file. On motion Miss Emma Hart was elected Treas. for the ensuing year. On motion the action of the Trustees in cutting the Ministers salary $300.00 due past year was approved. On Motion the following were chosen ushers H. Schwartz, H. Graf, H. Schneider, J. Rabin, Wm. Schwan, H. Huntley, H. Diers, P. White & R. Pheel. On Motion Frances Diers, Mrs. Wm. Judson and Miss Lottie Dean were elected Music Com. Reports of the several societies were given and approved. Ladies Aid Mrs. Hartman Powel(?) Westminster Club Mrs. M. H. Bartley Sigma Beta Mrs. Arthur Porter Mens Club Mr. Arthur Porter Canvas Com by Miss Hart To date $2716.00. Discussion of condition of the finances of the church and the pastor’s salary. On motion the Budget was voted with the understanding that the plan to raise $300.00 to pay on notes at the bank be raised by the church banks or be dudected(?) from the salary. Adj. De Forest Pratt

Receipts

Balance on hand Dec 7 1938 10.20

Home Bureau 20.00

Mens Club 20.00

Westminster Club 380.03

Ladies Aid Soc. 73.80

Sigma Beta 25.00

Isabelle White est 62.06

Borrowed &(?) C. T. Co 300.00

Old pledges 33.65

Miscellaneous receipts 54.88

Pledges & collections 2925.53

3905.15

Disbursements

Pastors salary $2025.00

Previous balance 1938 123.69

Taxes 148.76

electric 34.80

gas 92.02

Janitor 360.00

Buletin & printing 21.36

Supplies 37.79

Ins 196.68

Choir 202.00

Coal 100.50

Paid on note 200.00

Repairs on church 82.70

Repairs on manse 29.63

Int & Bank service 32.93

Miscellaneous items 12.22

Pension 150.00

Treas. 75.00

3899.10

Balance on hand $6.05

 

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian church and society of Pomfret was held in the parlors of the church Dec 11, 1940 at 7:30 P.M. The meeting was called to order by the clerk De Forest Pratt, and Mr. Murry Bartley was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by our pastor Rev. Chas. J. Wood. The minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. On motion voted De Forest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. On separate motions Murray Bartley, William Cook & Joseph Spencer were elected Trustees for three years. Report of the Treasurer Miss Emma Hart received and ordered filed. On motion voted Miss Emma Hart was elected Treasurer for the ensuing year. On motion the following were chosen ushers Harry Schwartz, Herman Graf, Jack Rabin, Wm Schwan, Hubbard(?) Huntley, Paul White & Richard Phiel(?). On motion, Mr. Frances Diers, Mrs. Wm Judson and Miss Lotta Dean were elected Music Com. Report of Westminster Club by Mrs. Murray Bartley. Report of Sigma Beta club by Mrs. Arthur Porter. Report of Mens club by Mrs. Mn Schuler for Marion Schuler. Report of Canvas com. $2119.00 to date and talk on the budget by chairman of trustees Murray Bartley. A vote of thanks is given Mr. Wood for collection of money in church banks and that they be continued another year. It was also reported that our securities were valued at 1300.00 to 1400.00 at present values. Talk by our Pastor on condition of church & our(?) sup’t of S. S. and Mrs. Tallman(?) which in very good condition.

Receipts

Balance on hand Dec 11 1939 6.05

Westminster club 330.00

Church banks 310.13

Sigma Beta 25.00

Youth budget 114.62

Old pledges 42.37

Int. on bonds 4.96

Pledges 2773.37

Turkey dinner 126.87

Miscellaneous 52.86

Loose collection 198.82

3990.05

Unpaid

Pastor 114.45

Janitor 30.00

Treas. 50.00

H. L. Miller Roofing(?) Co 20.90

215.35

Notes

Thatcher 250.00

Bank 100.00

350.00

Disbursements

Pastor 1985.55

Choir 230.50

Janitor & extra work 342.00

Notes paid C. T. Co 500.00

Pension fund 220.17

Taxes 159.35

Electric 38.72

Gas 42.69

Supplies 30.88

Coal 105.25

Insurance 66.10

Int. on notes & charges 43.25

Repairs on church 71.40

S. S. supplies 94.24

Treasurer 25.00

Miscellaneous items 27.35

3982.45

Bal on hand 7.60

Adj. DeForest Pratt Clerk

 

The annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec. 10 1941 at 7:30 P.M. Meeting was called to order and Rev. Chas. J. Wood was chosen chairman. Prayer by Mr. Wood. On motion DeForest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. Reading of minutes of last regular meeting were read corrected and approved. On motion Mrs. Harry Schwartz was elected Treasurer for the ensuing year. On motion Mr. Chas. Spittle was elected Trustee for 2 years. A vote of appreciation was given Miss Emma Hart for the faithful and efficient services as treasurer of our church and that they owe a great debt of gratitude for such services and this letter(?) be spread(?) on the minutes. On motion Mrs. Wm. Judson, Miss Lotte Dean and Miss Vivian Robe were elected Music Com. for the ensuing year. The following were chosen ushers Harry Schwartz, Herman Graf, Mr. Austin, John Cane. Treasurer’s report received and ordered filed. Cash on hand $885.12. Report of canvas committee was $2118.00 to date. On motion the budget of $3950.00 as suggested by the trustees be adopted. Reports of the Sigma Beta by Mrs. Glen Kent, and Westminster club by the pastor for Mrs. Bowen were received both fine reports. Mr. Wood gave a report of the Sunday school and spoke very highly of the work of our Supt. Mrs. Robert Tallman. He also reports a new interest in the church and expects a banner year. He also announced a prayer meeting to be held at Mrs. Wm. Judsons Thur. eve at 7.30 Dec. 16. On motion it was voted the Clerk send letters of appreciation to Mr. A. F. French and Mr. Murry Bartley for their long and efficient services as Trustees. Mr. French had served since 1899. On motion the proceeds of the little church bank be used for repairs on manse. Adj.

DeForest Pratt Clerk

Receipts

1940 Dec 12 Bal on hand 7.60

Westminster club 250.00

Sigma Beta 50.00

Easter special offering 40.53

Painting fund 249.75

Church banks 170.38

Youth budget 112.90

Bonds 6 old 13??.85

Pledges 2571.28

Lose collection 213.48

Old pledges 62.25

Ernest Coney(?) Est. 1000.00

Int from bond 75.00

Ins. rebate 240.23

use of church parlors 25.00

Miscellaneous receipts 21.15

6390.40

5505.28

Bal. on hand 885.12

Disbursements

Bal on Mr. Wood Salary 121.45

Janitor for Nov. 30.00

Treasurer 50.00

Rev. Wood 1941 2100.00

Choir 258.50

Taxes 174.30

Pension fund 183.38

Gas 37.25

Electric 30.96

Repairs 235.35

S. S. supplies 100.64

Fuel 198.38

Ins. 300.22

Int on note 12.50

Janitor 360.00

Bulletin 58.16

Bonds bought 1050.00

Note to C. T. Co 100.00

Treasurer 75.00

Miscellaneous 36.19

5505.28

 

1942

The postponed annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec 9th 1942 at 7:30 P.M. The meeting was called to order by the clerk DeForest Pratt and Mr. Robert Tallman was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by Mr. Chas. J. Wood. On motion, DeForest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. Minutes of the last regular meeting was read and approved. On motion Mrs. Harry Schwartz was elected treasurer for the ensuing year. On motion the following trustees were elected for three years Mr. Earl Bowen, Mr. Arthur Porter and Mr. Herman Graf. On motion, the following persons were elected music committee Mrs. Wm. Judson, Miss Lotta Dean and Miss Vivian Robe. On motion, the following were elected ushers. Harry Schwartz, Herman Graf, Mr. Austin, John Cane, Edward Clark & Harold Wood. The report of the Treasurer was read by Miss Lotta Dean, was approved and ordered placed on file. Report of the Westminster Club by Mrs. C. U. Walker was received and excepted[sic]. Report of Sigma Beta Club by Miss Rogger was received and excepted[sic]. Mens Club report was given by Mr. Wood. Report of the church and S. S. by Mr. Wood very good percentage attendance at Sunday School. On motion the budget of $3950.00 be adopted. The Canvas Committee reports $2662.00 to date. Report on repairs on the Manse by Mr. Wood. Proceeds from the church banks to be used toward painting the manse. On motion a vote of thanks was given the officials of the Church and especially the Treasurer Mrs. Schwartz. On motion voted that the report of the congregational meeting be given on the Jan. Bulletin. Adj.

DeForest Pratt Clerk

Receipts

Bal on hand Dec. 10/41 885.12

Pledges 2808.91

Old Pledges 18.50

Loose collections 344.60

Youth Budget 99.19

Int from bond 75.00

Donation for coal 18.00

Use of parlors 42.50

Mrs. Minnie Ellis Est 100.00

Sigma Beta 60.00

Westminster Club 250.00

Church banks 178.39

4880.21

Disbursements

Pastors Salary 2100.00

Janitor salary 360.00

Choir 376.00

Taxes on Manse 123.55

Ins. 18.60

Fuel 86.45

Water Tax 25.25

Pension fund 181.08

Repairs on church manse 276.61

Electric 28.68

Gas 43.78

Int on note 12.50

Sunday School 77.65

Printing 18.75

Postage 6.56

Janitor supplies 25.13

Treasurer 75.00

Misc. 18.58

3854.17

Bal on hand Dec 2/42 1026.04

 

The Annual meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec. 7 at 7:30 P.M. 1943. The meeting was called to order by the clerk and Mr. Herman Graf was chosen chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by Rev. C. J. Wood. On motion Mr. DeForest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. Reading of the minutes of last regular meeting. On motion Mrs. Harry Schwartz was elected Treasurer for the ensuing year. Report of the Westminster club by Mrs. H. B. Graf. Report of the Sigma Beta club by Mrs. A. Porter. On separate motions the following Trustees were elected for 3 years Wm. J. Cook, Manley Sessions and John Rathbun. On motion Mr. Harold Duncan was elected chairman of ushers for ensuing year. Report of Music Committee and on motion the following were elected for the ensuing year Mrs. Wm. Judson, Miss Lotta Deane, Miss Vivian Robe. On motion the budget of $4050.00 was adopted. Pledges to date $2900.00. Report of the Treasurer Mrs. Harry Schwartz was excepted[sic] and ordered filed. A vote of thanks was given the ladies for the wonderful job of cleaning the church. The Resignation of Mr. Frank Wiltse as Janitor of the church was received and excepted[sic] and the following resolution was made. Resolved that we the Congregation of the First Presbyterian Church of Fredonia express our regret ill health makes it necessary for Mr. Frank Wiltse to tender his resignation as Janitor after about 35 years service and wish for him speedy recovery and many years of health. Talk by Mr. Wood on the condition of the church and the necessity of welcoming the new families of our church. Adj

DeForest Pratt Clerk

Treas. Report 1943

Receipts

Bal on hand Dec 2/42 1026.04

Pledges 3064.91

Plate Collections 421.52

Youth Budget 108.52

Int. on Bond 75.00

Presby War time service fund 140.00

Use of church parlors 32.50

Sigma Beta 50.00

Westminster Club 250.00

Donations 9.84

5178.33

Disbursements

Pastors Salary 2100.00

Janitors Salary 360.00

Choir 366.00

Treasurer 75.00

Taxes 131.60

Fuel 180.29

Pension fund 195.50

Electric 30.48

Gas 45.35

Int on note 12.50

Presby war fund 150.00

Bock & Ludwig 356.86

S. S. Supplies 118.50

Printing 37.70

Church envelope 20.49

Fredonia Hardware 3.09

Misc. 32.28

4215.86

Bal. on hand 12/7/43 $962.47

 

1944

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church parlors Dec 6 1944 at 7:30 P.M. The meeting was called to order by the clerk DeForest Pratt and Rev. C. J. Wood was chosen Chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by our Pastor Rev. Chas. J. Wood. The Minutes of the last regular meeting were read and approved. On motion DeForest Pratt was elected clerk for the ensuing year. Report of the Westminster Club was given by Mrs. Herbert Mackey. Average attendance 48-9. Report of the Sigma Beta club was read by Mr. Wood. Report of the Treasurer Mrs. Harry Schwartz was received and ordered filed. Report of the little church banks by Mr. Wood showed a balance of $158.97. On motion the budget $4260.00 was adopted. On motion Mrs. Harry Schwartz was elected Treasurer for the ensuing year. On motion Harold Duncan was elected chairman of the ushers for the ensuing year. On motion Mrs. Wm. Judson, Miss Lotta Dean & Miss Vivian Robe were elected as Music Committee for the ensuing year. Rev. Chas. J. Wood gave a report of the church and also said that a new furnace had been installed in the Manse. Adj

DeForest Pratt Clerk

Treasurer Report 1944

Receipts

Bal. on hand Dec 7/43 962.47

Pledges 3100.15

Plate Collection 397.81

Youth budget 103.24

Int on Bond 75.00

Westminster Club 255.00

Donation 27.78

Sigma Beta 25.00

War Service Fund 132.00

Use of Church Parlors 82.50

Repair Fund 625.50

Borrowed Bank 400.00

$6168.45

Disbursements

Pastors Salary 2100.00

Pulpit Supplies 40.00

Janitor 492.50

Choir 378.91

Treas 75.00

Bd. of Pensions 193.47

Taxes 112.42

Electric 48.46

Gas 94.99

War Service Fund 130.00

Int on tatcher(?) note 12.50

Bock & Ludwig, Plumbing 20.96

Sq Kut Lumber Co 170.16

Damon Electric 34.55

Hubbard press 15.62

b. f. Fuel Co 152.14

S. S. Supplies 75.46

Insurance 329.63

Printing, Censor 52.85

Fredonia Hardware 7.35

Repairs 601.20

Misc. 73.48

Note paid with int. 402.10

5215.77

Bal. Dec 6/44 $552.68

 

1945

The Annual Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the Church parlors Dec. 5 at 7:30 P.M. 1945. The meeting was called to order by the clerk DeForest Pratt and Mr. Manley Sessions was elected chairman. The meeting was opened by prayer by our pastor Rev. Richard Firth. Minutes of the last regular meeting read and approved. A report of the activities of the Trustees was given by Mr. Manley Session. Report of the Treasurer Mrs. Harry Schwartz was received and ordered filed. Report of Westminster Club by Mrs. John Rathbun. Report of visitation com. by Dr. Murdock(?) Dawley(?). Pledges to date $4238.90. *The following Trustees were elected for three years Herman Graf, Arthur Porter, Earl Bowen, and for two years Harry Solhof, Harry Schwartz, Roscoe White. *On motion the Board of trustees be increased from 6 members to 9 members and that the ones re elected serve for three years and the new ones for two years. On motion Mrs. Harry Schwartz was elected Treasurer for the ensuing year. On motion a Youths Budget be created and a Treasurer be elected. On motion Miss Arline Douglas was elected Treasurer of the Youths Budget for the ensuing year. On motion DeForest Pratt was re-elected clerk. Report of Flower com. by Mrs. Wm. Barth. There were three nominations for chairman of ushers Harold Duncan, James Wells, Otis Swift. On ballot Mr. Duncan 1(?) James Wells 13. Otis Swift 4. Mr. Wells was declared elected. Mr. Manley Sessions spoke of converting the basement under the Church parlors for Kitchen, Recreation rooms and toilets to be attempted in the near future. On motion a committee be appointed to get and print a suitable parchment and present to Mr. Herman Graf in appreciation of his untireing efforts in re modeling the Manse. Mr. Sessions, Mr. Pratt & Mr. Firth Com. On motion a house committee be appointed by Trustees to take care of properties of the church and aid the janitor. On motion the budget of $5395.00 was adopted. Adj.

D. J. Pratt Clerk

Treasurer Report 1945

Receipts

Balance on hand 12/6/44 $552.68

Pledges 2952.56

plate 526.21

youth budget 121.04

Int. on bond 75.00

Repair Fund 247.50

Donations 42.60

Music Fund 48.05

Special Offering 115.66

Westminster Club 250.00

Penny Banks 159.00

War Service Fund 93.00

Use of Church Parlors 7.50

Refund on Ins. Policy 7.08

5197.88

Disbursements

Pastors 1715.84

Choir 507.39

Janitors 586.41

Taxes 93.64

Repairs 590.98

Pension Fund 201.29

Electric 57.22

Gas 98.96

Ins 40.00

Moving Rev. Firth 131.33

War Service Fund 144.00

Treasurer 75.00

Rug Cleaning 23.25

H. F. Salhoff 14.69

Printing 46.26

Int. on Thatcher note 12.50

S. S. Supplies 117.38

Damon Electric 11.69

Hubbard Press 17.96

Postage 29.65

Gideon So. 20.00

Fuel 215.82

Repair Organ 47.55

Miscellaneous 56.65

4855.46

Bal. Dec. 5 1945 $342.42

 

A special Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church and Society of Pomfret was held in the church at the close of the morning service Nov. 10, 1946, for the purpose of acting on the proposed budget. Mr. Firth presided and ask[sic] Mr. Harold Duncan as clerk of the session to explain the meeting and actions of the three boards Session, Trustees & Deacons in regard to the purposed budget. On motion of J. Murdock Dawley and second by Manley Session the Budget as set up of $6745.00 was adopted. Adj

DeForest Pratt Clerk

 

Trustees continued from (?) fore part of this book

Eli S. Gates Elected Oct. 6, 1857 – Term expire Oct. 1860

F.(?)  Redington

Eli Roberts Elected Oct. 5, 1858 – Term expires Oct. 1861.

C. Hutchinson Elected Oct. 5, 1858 – Term expires Oct. 1861.

S. O. Day Elected Oct. 3, 1859 – Term expires Oct. 1862.

A. S. Moss(?) Elected Oct. 3, 1860 (???) – Term expires Oct. 1862.

A. F. Taylor – Elected Oct. 3, 1860 Term expires Oct. 1863. Resigned Dec. 3, 1861.

A. S. Roberts - Elected Oct. 3, 1860 Term expires Oct. 1863.

C. Hutchinson Elected Oct. 1, 1861. Term expires Oct. 1864.

Orson Stiles Elected Oct. 1, 1861. Term expires Oct. 1864.

Stephen M. Clement Elected Oct. 6, 1862. Term expires Oct. 1865.

Eli S. Gates Elected Oct. 6, 1862. Term expires Oct. 1865.

Adial S. Moss – Elected to fill A. F. Taylor’s term, expiring Oct. 1863.

Wm. A. Johnson Elected Oct. 5, 1863. Term expires Oct. 1866.

Allen Hinckley [deceased] Elected Oct. 5, 1863. Term expires Oct. 1866.

John B. Forbes Elected Oct. 1864 – Term expires Oct. 1867.

Luther Webster Elected Oct. 1864 – Term expires Oct. 1867.

Jas. B. Caruth Elected Oct. 1865 For 3 years – Term expires Oct. 1868.

C. T. Wygant Elected Oct. 1865 For 3 years – Term expires Oct. 1868.

S. M. Clement, to fill Vacancy (A. Hinkley) deceased, term expires Oct. 1866.

S. M. Clement Elected Oct. 5, 1866 – Term expires Oct. 5, 1869.

Eli Roberts Elected Oct. 5, 1866 – Term expires Oct. 5, 1869.

Calvin Hutchinson elected Oct. 5, 1866 (Vacancy J. B. Caruth) Term expires Oct. 5, 1868.

J.B. Putnam Elected Oct. 7, 1867 Term expires Oct. 1870

A. S. Roberts Elected Oct. 7, 1867 Term expires Oct. 1870

L. Avery Barmore to fill term of C. T. Wygant, term expires Oct. 1868.

Thos. L. Higgins Elected Oct. 5, 1868 – Term expires Oct. 5, 1871.

L. Avery Barmore Elected Oct. 5, 1868 – Term expires Oct. 5, 1871.

Stephen Snow, elected Oct. 5, 1868, to fill vacancy of S. M. Clement, resigned, Term expires Oct. 5, 1869.

Stephen Snow Elected Oct. 5, 1869. Terms expire Oct. 5, 1872.

Henry H. Hall Elected Oct. 5, 1869. Terms expire Oct. 5, 1872.

Dr. Landon elected at ad. meeting Oct. 19, to fill unexpired term of A. S. Roberts, resigned. Term expires Oct. 5, 1870.

A. F. Taylor Elected Oct. 4, 1870 for 3 years Oct. 1873.

S. O. Day Elected Oct. 4, 1870 for 3 years Oct. 1873.

J. B. Putnam Elected Oct. 4, 1870 for 3 years Oct. 1873.

H. C. Clark Elected Oct. 3, 1871 for 3 years to Oct. 1874.

Reuben Pettingill Elected Oct. 3, 1871 for 3 years to Oct. 1874.

L. Avery Barmore Elected to supply vacancy of J. B. Putnam Term expires Oct. 1873.

J. B. Putnam Elected for 3 years, till Oct. 1, 1875.

T. S. Hubbard Elected for 3 years, till Oct. 1, 1875.

D. Fairbanks elected for 1 year to fill vacancy of A. F. Taylor – Expires Oct. 1, 1873.

L. A. Barmore Elected Oct. 7, 1873 for 3 years to expire Oct. 1876.

D. Fairbanks Elected Oct. 7, 1873 for 3 years to expire Oct. 1876.

Eli Roberts elected 1879 Expires 1882

Nathan Putnam in place of J. B. Forbes 1882

Geo. Hutchinson Elected 1880 Expires 1883.

R. P. Clement Elected 1880 Expires 1883.

J. Henry Clark(?) Elected 1881 Expires 1884.

Oscar R. Burchard Elected 1881 Expires 1884.

Geo. S. White Elected 1882 for three years Expires 1885.

Eli Roberts Elected 1882 for three years Expires 1885.

John Hunn Elected to fill O. R. Burchards term ending Oct. 1884.

T. S. Hubbard chosen Trustee for unexpired term of R. P. Clement. Expires 1883.

Geo. Hutchinson Elected 1883 Oct. Meeting(?) Expires 1886.

T. S. Hubbard Elected Oct. 1883 Expires 1886.

Prof. A. Y. Freeman Elected in place of Prof. Geo. S. White Expires 1885.

J. Henry Clark Elected Trustee for regular term 3 years Oct. 7 1884 Expires 1887.

John W. Hunn Elected Trustee for regular term 3 years Oct. 7 1884 Expires 1887.

Eli Roberts Elected for regular term Oct. 6, 1885 Expires 1888.

A. Y. Freeman Elected for regular term Oct. 6, 1885 Expires 1888.

Geo. Hutchinson Elected Trustee for Regular Term of 3 years from Oct. 5 1886 to 1889. Expires Oct. 1889.

Nathan A. Putnam Elected for regular term Expires Oct. 8(?) 1889.

Louis Roesch Elected Trustee for Regular Term of 3 years from Oct. 4 1887 to 1890.

John W. Shifferli elected Trustee for regular term of 3 years from 6 Oct. 1887 to 1890. Died Feby 27 1888 aged 25 years.

Leonard J. Young term expiring in place of Shifferli 1890.

Eli Roberts Elected for Regular term expires 1891.

J. B. Wygant Elected for Regular term expires 1891.

Mrs. Harriet Hale for regular term. Expires 1892.

Nathan A. Putnam for regular term. Expires 1892.

Miss Martha Stevens 1890 3 years – 1893

[This line crossed out, and written next to it “Refused to serve”] H. C. Robinson 1890 3 years 1893.

J. R. Wygant in place of H. C. Robinson 2 years Expires 1893.

O. W. Johnson 3 years 1894.

Dr. A. Wilson Dods 3 years 1894.

J. W. Hunn ex 1895. Held over 1 year. Exp. 1896.

W. L. Hart ex 1895. Held over 1 year. Exp. 1896.

F. W. Case ex 1894

Louis Roesch ex 1894

O. O. Smith ex 1894

Fred Case ex 1897

[O. O. Smith’s name crossed out.]

L. J. Young ex 1897

Lewis Roesch ex 1897

W. L. Hart ex 1896

Jno. W. Hunn ex 1896

W. L. Hart ex 1898

J. W. Hunn ex 1898

F. W. Case ex 1900

A. F. French ex 1902

W. L. Hart ex 1902

L. Young ex 1902

[From here on out there are no ditto marks in the “Ex” column, but I assume that in the rest of the list, the year given is the year that the person’s term expired.]

Dr. N. G. Richmond 1903

L. Roesch 1903

L. J. Young 1904

A. F. French 1905

W. L. Hart 1905

Dr. N. G. Richmond 1906

Louis Roesch 1906

L. J. Young 1907

James Adams 1907

J. H. Frank Kaughman 1907

W. L. Hart 1908

A. F. French 1908

Dr. N. G. Richmond 1909

Louis Roesch 1909

L. J. Young 1910

James Adams 1910

J. Frank Kaughman 1910

W. L. Hart 1911

A. F. French 1911

Louis Roesch 1912

Dr. N. G. Richmond 1912

L. J. Young 1913

James Adams 1913

J. Frank Kaughman 1913

W. L. Hart 1914

A. F. French 1914

Dr. N. G. Richmond 1915

Mr. Louis Roesch 1915

Mr. James Adams 1916

Leonard J. Young 1916

J. Frank Kaughman 1916

L. W.[sic] Hart 1917

A. F. French 1917

Lewis Roesch 1918

Dr. N. G. Richmond 1918

James Adams 1919

Leonard J. Young 1919

J. Frank Kaufman 1919

W. L. Hart 1920

A. F. French 1920

3 year Term Expires [ This is part of a heading at the top of a column]

Helen T. Parker 1922

James R. Adams 1922

J. Frank Kaufman 1922

Lewis Roesch 1921

Dr. N. G. Richmond 1921

W. L. Hart 1923

A. F. French 1923

N. G. Richmond 1924

John Foster 1924

Mrs. J. J. Parker 1925

J. H. Frank Kaufman 1925

Harry Clark 1925

W. L. Hart 1926

A. F. French 1926

N. G. Richmond 1927

Herman Graff 1 year 1927

John Foster 1927

Roscoe White 1 year 1927

Mrs. J. J. Parker 1928

Murray Bartley 2 year 1928

J. H. Frank Kaufman 1928

Harry Clark 1928

W. L. Hart 1929

A. F. French 1929

Herman Graf 1930

L. C. Steele 1930

resigned Roscoe C. White 1930

Murray Bartley 3 year 1931

Resigned 208(?)/29 J. H. F. Kaufman 3 year 1931

R. H. Watson 3 year 1931

Harry S. Clark 1931

W. L. Hart 1932

A. F. French 1932

Herman Graf 1933

L. C. Steele 1933

E. M. Bowen 1933

Harry A. Clark 1934

Robert H. Watson 1934

Murray H. Bartley 1934

A. F. French 1935

[Gone is written here next to the crossed out name of Otis Swift]

Chas. Spittal 1935

Robert Logan 1936

H. B. Graf 1936

E. M. Bowen 1936

Murray Bartley 1937

Robert Watson 1937

Harry Clark 1937

A. F. French 1938

James Stone 1938

Chas. Spittall 1938

Arthur Porter 1939

H. B. Graff 1939

E. M. Bowen 1939

Murray Bartley 1940

Robert Watson 1940

Wm. Cook 1940

Arthur Porter 1942

H. B. Graff 1942

E. M. Bowen 1942

Wm. Cook 1943

Joseph Spencer 1943

Chas. Spittle 1943

H. B. Graf 1945

E. M. Bowen 1945

Arthur Porter 1945

Wm. J. Cooke 1946

Manley Sessions 1946

John Rathbun 1946

Harry Sahlof 1947

Harry Schwartz 1947

Roscoe White 1947

Walter Crocker(?) 1947

Herman Graf 1948

E. M. Bowen 1948

Arthur Porter 1948

Marion Schuler 1948

B. O. Schlender 1949

Marrison(?) Ellis 1949

Elmer Musaccio 1949

Wm. Powers 1949

 

[The following is a typewritten document with the names of committee members handwritten at the top.]

Committee

Leon Steele, Miss E. Hayward, Mrs. K. Lovelee, Mrs. H. A. Clark, Dr. N. G. Richmond, J. H. Foster, R. C. White.

Fredonia, Dec. 4, 1929

Financial Report of Building Committee, First Presbyterian Church of Fredonia.

Receipts;

From Pledges, 6,219.01

From Society Circuses, 942.99

From Westminister[sic] Club, 625.00

From Choir Fund, 223.02

From A. Y. Freeman Fund, 227.05

From Spencer Bible Class, 150.00

From Mrs. Swetland, 2,000.00

From All other sources, 1,588.06

Total, $11,975.13

Expenditures;

Jos. Varga & Sons, Decorating Auditorium, 3,900.00

B. H. Luke, Remodeling S. S. Rooms, 2,486.60

Note, Heating plant at Parsonage, 1,500.00

Electric Service Shop, Rewiring Church, 960.74

Lamps, 950.51

F. C. Ahrens, Staging for painters, 441.87

Geo. Graff Co. Carpets, 435.71

Interest, 396.61

Electric Blower for Organ, 330.42

George Breed, Remodeling heating plant, 190.59

Otto Andrle, 100.00

A. G. Bolling, painting S. S. Rooms, 97.00

Olson Rug Co., 78.85

Tuning Organ, 40.00

Miscellaneous, 66.23

Total, $11,975.13

Respectfully Submitted,

R. C. White Sec. &