Mattituck Presbyterian Church History

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8 i THE BROOKLYN ' 1 1 x ! s 4ii WITH A FINE HISTORY Presbyterian Society Dates Back to 1716; Antedates the LI. Presbytery. EDIFICE IS NOW MODERNIZED. Brooklyn Members and Friends of the Congregation Generous Contributors Contributors to the Work. .Mattituck, L. I., January 2 The Presbyterian Presbyterian Church of this place, one of the oldest on Long Island, and a house of worship that la very dear to the hearts of many Brooklynites, has lately been rejuvenated through most extensive Improvements, Improvements, inside anfl out in fact, the Interior has been so changed that some of Its oldest friends would hardly recognize recognize their favorite old church. The rededication has just taken place, find now the congregation is again holding holding Its regular services In the old build-Jug, build-Jug, build-Jug, which has been made at least a hundred hundred per cent, more comfortable. New eats, a new private lighting plant, new decorations Inside and new white paint from the top of the tall spire to the foundation on the exterior; new carpets, fiew upholstery throughout, a new heating heating plant, and stained glass windows in place of the ordinary kind, are among the most notable improvements made. Several Thousand Dollars Expended. Brooklynites Donors. To do all of this work required several .housand dollars, but the residents who worship in this church, aided by many good friends in Brooklyn, were so gen- gen- !i v y ' V " ... 4 v. .-.8 .-.8 .-.8 Mattituck Presbyterian Church. erous in their contributions that the payment payment of the bills was no hardship. Some Brooklynites hold membership in the church. Others from the same city are stanch friends of the society In the matter of being liberal contributors for Its support, and dozens of others are regular regular communicants there while spending summer vacations In this place; bo, . 'taking it altogether, the church is one of tie best-known best-known best-known country churches to Brooklynites of the many on the Island. ' All of the new windows are memorials. They are of elaborate design and expensive expensive make. One of the best of theso represents represents "Christ the Good Shepherd." It was presented by Mrs. Charles R. Silk-man Silk-man Silk-man of Brooklyn, in memory of her father, father, the late Thomas A. Hallock. Mrs. Sllkman is a member of the church. Two of the smaller windows, of very rich design, nevertheless, were presented in memory of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas F. Shay of Brooklyn by their daughters. Mrs. John Geery of Brooklyn and Mrs. William Worth of Washington. D. C. A dozen other windows were presented by residents residents here who , love their old church. One of the large Brooklyn contributors of the church Is F. M. Lupton, a wealths-publisher. wealths-publisher. wealths-publisher. . . Church Has a Fine Becord. The ancient history of the church, as given in Craven's History of Mattituck. ) highly interesting. It was organized June 15, 1715, antedating the organization of the Presbytery of Long Island, which came into being in 1716. The Mattituck ehurch united with the presbytery the following year, 1717. On June 15. 1715. "Sundry persons," inhabitants inhabitants of the Town ot Southold, "indented "indented with each other to build a Meeting Meeting House at a place called Mattetucko In the said Town Ship." so says the ancient ancient deed whereby 2d James Reese, five months later, conveyed "unto ye said Inhabitants and to their Heirs and Successors Successors forever" the half acre of land on which the church now stands. The church was erected immediately. The original building stood on the site of the present edifice for 115 years, until 1830, when the second edifice was built. The original house was drawn to Green-port Green-port Green-port by oxen, where it stood until re-tent re-tent re-tent years near the dock, serving as a sail loft. Zeal Kept Early Churchgoers Warm. It was a plain, shingled building. Overhead Overhead on the interior the oak beams and shingles were plainly visible. The swallows swallows passed in and out beneath the saves. There was plenty of ventilation. One portion of the church was filled with private chairs, owned and occupied by matrons who brought, their babies to :hurch. Immediately In front of the pul-iplt pul-iplt pul-iplt the small boys were seated, that they might be directly under the "awful eye of the minister." The old church up to the time of its removal removal In 1830 was never warmed in the winter. The old women had their little toot stoves, and the men and women thought nothing of sitting on a winter's Babbath in the unheated church for two flours in the morning and again through an afternoon's service. The temperature was low, and the uncushioned seats were hard, yet the worshippers, forefathers of the present generation here, forgot the creature comforts in their close attention to the sermons. First Pastor Served 25 Years. The first pastor in Mattituck was the Rev. Joseph Lamb, one of the five Yale Tarfi.ates. class of 1717. All of theso five became ministers, as did all of the six in the two succeeding years. Mr. Lamb remained here twenty-five twenty-five twenty-five years or more. He was burled in Basking Ridge. N to which place he went from Mattituck. Mattituck. He married a Mattituck girl. She died twenty years before him, and her grave is in cemetery. From time to time since 1S30 the church edifice has been added to and altered, until until the present evolution of modernism and comfort in church building was reached. One of the later ministers of the church Fas the Rev. James T. Hamlin, vho ! d (he parish flock from 1S46 until he died in 18i)2 loved, revered end respected as h preacher and man. Sumo of his family family still live h'-re. h'-re. h'-re. His widow di.d but a few years ego in RiviThc.i1. He was a power for good in th" church, placing It upon a secure foundation in temporal as well as spiritual ways. : Present Preacher an Historian. The present pa?. or is the Rev. Charl-s Charl-s Charl-s S. Cravc-u, Cravc-u, Cravc-u, brother of Lieutenant John Craven. United States Navy. Mr. Craven ! came here September 1, 1895. and people ; of all creeds say he is doing a wonderful wonderful work for the church. Aside from his In "Re abilities as a preacher and church worker his is a genial, affable tcmpera- tcmpera- nu-nt nu-nt nu-nt that makes him an estimable clti-: clti-: clti-: zen and one who is identified with all things that make for the advancement OI MatlllUCK. ASIUC II.MU Uia uiuim work since coming here he has performel a valuable service for Mattituck In publishing publishing a complete and accurate history of the place from Its earliest days to the present time. Mr. Craven is yet a young man, and his cn-worlters cn-worlters cn-worlters hero trust t hat he still has (before him many years in which to carry on the good work he is doing. The church has within it all the usual societies. Its Sunday school has over 200 members. Other societies are comparatively comparatively prosperous as to members and finances; in fact all are a wonderful aid to their parent. As a summary It can be said that the church to-day to-day to-day is a live, progressive, prosperous society, made so by the love, patriotism, fortitude, hard work and deprivations deprivations of Its pastors and members from its early days to too present In fact. It is one of tbe most prosperous of those to-day to-day to-day connected with the Presbytery Presbytery of Long Island. TAX LIST INVALIDATED. Babylon Town Carried a Clerical Error in Its Books, Which Causes Trouble, (Special to the Eagle.) Rlverhead, L. I., January 2 The rather startling discovery has been made by John Bagshaw, clerk of the Suffolk supervisors, supervisors, that the cntiro tax book of Babylon town for 1909 is wrong and must be thrown away and a new one made before before the tax collector can begin his work. It was discovered, too, that there was an eror of $10,000 in the county taxi and that this made the entire book wrong, for the other items had been adjusted adjusted to this one. Incidentally it may be mentioned that the error will increase the total amount to be raised in the town, and also the rate, nearly one-third. one-third. one-third. The rate in the town was $1.18 and in Babylon village .33; these will probably be increased about one-third. one-third. one-third. The error was a clerical one iust the mere losing of a figure "1" in the column for cents but It will cost a lot of money in addition to a lot of trouble. As soon as Mr. Bagshaw discovered the matter (and if he had not been working overtime to make up his state reports it is likely that collecting would have commenced commenced hcfnPA ft- ft- n.nt. ril.nn., .1 some thereby paid less taxes than they will under the corrected book), he notified notified Supervisor Daily, who in turn took lc6i tmn.-e tmn.-e tmn.-e una was nnany instructed tO thrOW the hook nwnV nnrl liav. o now one made. This means that the book must be rewritten rewritten and the taxes readjusted to each Oerson for the entiro tnnin .htl. mnonE, a lot of clerical work. The error occurred this way: Babylon's share of the county tax was $11,219.31. -As -As 'it was written in the book and Placed unon the warrant It appeared that her share was but $1,124.93. The little figure "1" on the extreme right of the row of figures in the original amount was' lost and then the dec'al point was put' in the wrong place. . ... The amount to be raised in that town for county and town purposes was about $30,000, according to the way the warrant read. - After the lost $10,000 is' added it will be changed to read nearly $40,000 which will be correct, and the total, amount of the warrant will be increased from $30 000 odd to nearly JiiO.OOO.". Mr Daily's clerk is now at work on the book, and it is believed the matter will be straightened out at the meeting of the supervisors here January 6 As the collector has until the first of June to collect his taxes the error won't make so much difference this year as it might in some years, when taxes must be in by the 1st of Februarj-. Februarj-. Februarj-. KILLED BY OWN TRUCK. Driver Boddy F311 From Seat and Wheels Crushed Out His Life. Within a few minutes after being admitted admitted to the J. Hood Wright Hospital yesterday afternoon. John Roddy. 24 years old. died from injuries he received by being run over by a coal wagon which he was driving. Roddy was going north in St. XieholaB avenue and at One Hundred and Twenty-second Twenty-second Twenty-second street started to crosB the car tracks. The front wheels caught in the tracks and the two ton coal wagon lurched to one side, pitching him from his seat. He fell directly under one of the wheels, which passed over his body The man was carried Into a garage an.1 placed in a machine, which sped to the hospital, where he died while being examined examined by the surgeons. LAD FELL DOWIT SHAFT. Lenned Against Door Which Opened In Hospital and May Die. Suffering from internal injuries and lacerations about the face and body, Charles Koch, 13 years oid, was taken to Bellevue Hospital yesterday. The boy fell down an elevator shaft at 6"1 West Thirty-sixth Thirty-sixth Thirty-sixth sircet, Manhattan, while leaning against the djor, which was suddenly suddenly opened. With three other boys. Cliariie was leaning egninst the street door of an elevator elevator shaft. Fred Keiffer. the elevator runner, was going down the shaft with a freight car and as ho nearod the door against which the boys were leaning, he opened it. The boys were thrown suddenly suddenly forward, and tho Koch boy roiled backward into the elevator shaft. lie fell a distance of about eight feet. At Belicvue his condition wn3 frai.l to be serious. Keiffer was arrested and held in $!," bull for further examination. JERSEY COMPANY ASSIGNS. Tho Canadian I-ow I-ow I-ow I'hosjiorous Iron Otps Company, a Now Jersey corporation, with an efflif ai 20 Broad street. Min-ha'.tan. Min-ha'.tan. Min-ha'.tan. assigned for the benefit of creditor creditor to Robert F. Ranrlnll of 153 EUiith avenue. Brooklyn, yesterday. The uffi.-or.- uffi.-or.- uffi.-or.- uffi.-or.- are. G ;orj? W. Johnstoii vi' e presidont and Elias Vjudtr Horst, secretary. imitators. particularly humanity pay fairly to" or easy-going easy-going father by covery h The then To-day country who advertising cases but Gordon impudent ourselves which the a public pirates advertising. or lost we are we by the a full in In or sign by most published. will be 01 1 x IS H . " I 1 IV' LflllU FOR Admiral Competition THERE MAY Governor Either The United has long warships and minff in Admiral Caspar commandant of the announced a series of the latter part This news bv the navy whom, in the be ardent local navy yard thirty-six of the finest Thev are the tendent of housed in large art date Of the determined, but be set for the so that all upon any of the to do so. According to Goodrich is S Overton, the sometime ago uses in which establtah a on the island have the fight and of outcome without journeys to In his for'h that ho prize fights the local or isi-nd isi-nd isi-nd was a tinder the direct partment. LiKe lyn Navy Yard reservation the Navv sheriff nor the County has navy yard walls. himself has no comes to the .tdmiral a hat he says Admiral account of his oonth; hut it h;t he will be 1'rosideiit that his

Clipped from The Brooklyn Daily Eagle03 Jan 1909, SunPage 44

The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)03 Jan 1909, SunPage 44
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