Joseph S. Grimes
S. Grimes was the fifth minister of the First Presbyterian Church, New
Castle. He served the Congregation from 1861-1865. Years
later Mr. Grimes became minister of the Mahoningtown Presbyterian
From Tales that Were
Told: While still an infant in arms, one of our living members
being baptized by Rev. Grimes, grabbed his whiskers. She must have known
he was a bachelor!
Rev. Grimes, bachelor, kept
company for a time with the young lady of a certain Christian home. On
each evening visit, when family bedtime came (and it came early in those
days), the girl’s parents came into the “parlor” with a Bible and
invited Mr. Grimes to conduct family worship. This he had done on
several occasions, thereafter taking his departure at once as expected.
Now as a minister Mr. Grimes advocated family worship but as a bachelor
he came to feel more and more deeply that even a good thing could be
carried too far. Being a minister he couldn’t openly object to the
practice, yet something must be done and tactfully too. So the next time
it occurred, he slowly read the 119th Psalm. There are, you know, 176
verses in this Psalm, and for length that evening his prayer matched the
Anniversary of the Dedication of the Church, 1896-1946, First
Presbyterian Church, New Castle
Rev. Joseph S.
Grimes, a native of Ohio, and, it is believed, a graduate of
Franklin College, who was installed July 9, 1861, and who was pastor [at
the First Presbyterian Church, New Castle] until
September 27, 1865. He was a man of earnestness and ability, and his
labors were attended with valuable results. He was pastor, however, during
the troublous times of the Civil War, and the dissensions which then arose
among the congregation resulted finally in his resignation.
Century History of New Castle and Lawrence County, 1908, page 207