E. Clark Fields & family-TDN-p.6-7 Aug 1954

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E. Clark Fields & family-TDN-p.6-7 Aug 1954 - DO YOU REMEMBER? BY HELEN T. BARTSCHAT THE...
DO YOU REMEMBER? BY HELEN T. BARTSCHAT THE FILLER CHOIR When the chimes in the tower jof the First Methodist Church at | Mount Union are played and th* j music of favorite hymns of the j, church is wafted on the air,-many 1 folks enjoy it and just take it for j granted. But there must be many I longtime residents of Mount Union who remember the old Methodist Church that stood on the same spot as this beautiful edifice stands the Summertime when the windows and doors were opened. Many will remember that Mr. Miller for many years was the agent of the Adams Express Company, which at that time did a thriving- business. The little Adams Express office was located on the same property and faced Pennsylvania .Avenue. Until the present building of the Snow Motor Com- today/Now an organ recital is play- pany was built that little building ed and the chimes sound far and '""" ** *"" " *•"*"*""• ! near for a short period of time before each Sunday service and for special services at other times. Do you remember years ago when a choir called "TJi'e Casner Miller Choir" led the singing; in the Methodist Church and he and his family formed the choir? Mr. Miller was the leader, his voice full toned and vigorous. His older daughter, Minnie, the wife of Clark E. Fields, sang the soprano with him and his younger daughter, Lizzie, the wife of John Norton, sang alto. Mr. Fields and Mr. Norton sang bass and tenor. I am told that Mr. Miller sat in front of the choir in a big chair. The »choir faced the East, sitting on a platform a little higher auditorium floor. than the was used, for a number of purposes and was always called the Adams Express building. Mrs. Aliller was a good woman and was a faithful mother and homemaker. The; Miller family has p'assed ' but their service in the church and the community is not lo.st, for many older Mount Union' residents remember them well. Others continued to carry on their work. From the records of the church owned by Mrs. Grace Hooper Rohm we find this record of the organists of the church in years gone by: Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffman Lukeris was the first organist in the- church erected. Mrs. Lukens was the wife of George Lukens and the mother of Mrs. Pearl Long. Mrs. Ella Aultz Bingham, Mrs. | We cannot remember this but Annie Morgan Maxwell, Mrs. we are told toy residents who attended the First Methodist Church that the Miller family served faithfully. All have passed away but a number of grandsons surt vive. Casner Norton of Mount Union, one of the young business- Effie Stewart Shaver, Mrs. Cora Foreman Gamble, Mrs. Elva Foreman Cox, Mrs. Amanda Drake, Mrs. Edna Hart Moore, and Mrs. Arlene Moore Detwiler followed. Mrs. Charles Suders and Mrs. it*>2s.-. .^ Laird are the present i men, here, is the lone survivor of organists, the No'rton family. | Some of the choir leaders of the | Do you remember the old red early days were Casner Miller, j brick church ? It is a pity triat the old churches of fifty years ago could not have been preserved. It was two stories, with the Sunday i School room and class' rooms on ! the first floor and th'e sanctuary above. From the entry on Shirley Street two stairways led to the church auditorium. The organs Joseph. 'Gilliam, William May, Clark Fields, and later Peter Buys, i The First Methodist Church has more than 1200 members today and is one of the town's mighty factors for good. Rev. W. Murray Young- is the pastor..A vast army of Christians have served and have then were pedal power and the j passed to their reward, org-anist was supposed to help j Remember? j sing; as she played. : The Miller choir was well trained. The group arose as one person and they sang joyfully as one voice. The psalmist wrote "Sing- songs and hymns to the Glory of God, making vmelody- with joy in . , . f -. .< • __ .1 the BLAIRS MILLS AREA •Lv'c Shearer of Path Valley recently visited his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B.. Shearer. Glyde Oisney and sou put a roof sang "joyfully with them. • Now the First Methodist Church has-had many choir leaders f among them Joseph Gilliam, and they have completed their tasks on earth long ago. The church now has three robed choirs", a handsome pipe organ, complete with chimes, and their fine music is always a feature of the worship '.sen-ices. In the early days there' were no robes worn and the special numbers siing by soloists, duets or quartettes were usually beloved hymns from the hymnal. Choir practice was held one evening each week at the Miller home on Pennsylvania Avenue; their home being the one now owned and occupied by Mr. and Mrs. Robert Gates and'family. The neighbors : enjoyed this music, especially in Mi's, M.-u-y Pyles of Williams- oort is visiting her sister, Mrs. F A. Blair. Wayne Goshorn, - son of Edgar W. Goshorn, left for service in the U. S. Army on Wednesday. His wife end daughter will reside with her pa rants in Orbiso.nia. Mr. and Mrs Wade Klin? of NPW Castle, Delaware, spent last weak-end at the E. B. Kling home. Mrs. James Slioop visited her brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mfts. Janies Eaton of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I Dr. Paul Brawn left on Saturday | of last week for Cambridge j Spr'r.gs. ."Mr. "and 1 Mi-s Anthony Dunn of Altnona and Mr. and Mrs. Ira Querry of Allenport visited their brother and sister-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Dolph Parks. The Rev. Malcolm Brown returned in

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  2. 07 Aug 1954, Sat,
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