to preach, 1872; admitted to Erie Conference on trial, 1872: admitted
into full connection and ordained deacon, by Bishop Peck, 1874: ordained
elder, by Bishop Peck, 1876: located, 1887.
1872. Clymer: 1873-4. Leon: 1875-7. Youngsville; 1878. Troy; 1879-81,
East Brady: 1882, Edenburg; 1883-6, supernumery 1895. Knox, supply.
writer knew Brother Riley intimately only after his retirement from
active service, as a minister and special agent of the Anti-Saloon
League, and the establishment of his home in Kane., Pa., but these years
reveal a man so charged with the power of the truth as he saw it, and so
fearless in the denunciation of evil, that he still took his place as a
leader in the ranks of religious and temperance reform. Few men have
excelled him in the power to stir the hearts of men, either in the
proclamation of the blessings of Divine salvation, or in the scathing
arraignment and unqualified indictment of the atrocious liquor traffic.
Both as a pastor for years and as a leader in the temperance movement,
he was a very useful man, and won admiring adherents and friends. His
vigor of action enabled him to reach and bring to punishment the
violators of law, and for several years he was known as a terror to
evil-doers, especially to the corrupt liquor dealers of Pennsylvania.
But beyond all other qualities and achievements was the magic of high
ideals he wove in hundreds of human lives, the impression he left
everywhere of a very strong and wholesome life. He was not faultless,
as, indeed, who is? but even his faults leaned to virtue. They were the
outgrowth of a nature of warm and burning feelings, impatient of
indifference, and intent for the time being on one noble object. He is
survived by his wife and a family of children who have proved themselves
to be valuable citizens and Christian helpers in the communities where
R. F. Randolph, Memoirs of Deceased Pastors, Journal and Yearbook, Erie
Conference, 1912, page 120.