Col. Abijah J. Wellman contribution to founding of church in Friendship.
Historic Friendship church to note 150th anniversary of its founding By BETTE STOCKMAN FRIENDSHIP — People driving through Friendship may, in their travels, pass by Island Park. In the park sets a building commonly known as the 'old G.A.R. Hall' or, in more recent times, the "Community Center." At one time, this building was the First Baptist Church and was situated on East Main Street near the present brick sanctuary. The forming of the First Baptist Church of Friendship goes back 150 years to a meeting of 16 people in the school house in 1822. The first minister was the Rev. Jesse Braman. His wife and James Reed, Moses B. Sherwin, Jonathan Savage and Henry Hayden made up a part of the first congregation. The Rev James Reed was the minister in 1824, at a salary of $150 a year. It was this year that members voted to build a church instead of meeting in the school. "Convetousness" was cited when the dues were neglected. "Perfection in all manner of life" was strived for in the early church which in the first 20 years had more than 300 members. During the 1890s, questions bringing moral issues before the church were ever present, and much mention is made in the early history about 'secret organizations', 'Free Masonry' and the question of keeping slaves. The early church resolved "that we regard the holding of human beings as goods, a great moral evil'. We will not admit to fellowship slave holders, or those who justify slavery." The drive for a newer, more permanent structure was sparked by Abijah J. Wellman, former colonel in the Union Army, who gave the gift of music with an organ designed to match the interior of the church. The cost of the present edifice erected in 1878-1880, was $24,600. A.W. Miner gave $15,000, and Col. Wellman gave $7,500 as well as the organ. Mr. Miner was the grandfather of Guy Wellman, whose widow, Agnes Wellman, lives on West Main Street in Friendship and has also been a strong supporter of the church. Mrs. Wellman celebrated her 97th birthday anniversary on July 18. A week-long celebration was held for the church's 1922 centennial celebration, with speakers and dignitaries participating. participating. • There have been 32 ministers in the 150-year history with the longest pastorate being 'that of the Rev. Martz Snyder, who came to Friendship in 1931 and resigned the pastorate in 1961 after 30 years of service. In November 1948, the tower chimes were installed in memory of Guy Wellman and in recognition of the church members who had served in World War II. A former pastor, the Rev. Robert E. Washer, will preach the sermon at the 11 a.m. worship service on Sunday, July 30, Local churches have been invited to participate. A display of pictures ana other articles of interest will be on tables in the sanctuary and may be viewed following morning worship. At 1:30 p.m., a dinner for church members and invited .guests will be served in .the dining room, with a short program to follow the meal. Full return of judgment after recovery from mental depression By FRANK CAREY AP Science Writer WASHINGTON (AP) — The American Psychiatric Association, Association, without direct reference to Sen. Thomas Eagleton, says the judgment of a person who suffered mental depression would be completely restored following recovery from the illness. illness. "During an episode of depression," depression," the APA said in a special special statement, "a person's judgment may be affected in proportion to the degree of severity severity of the depression. "The distortion of judgment by disclosures earlier this week by Sen. Eagleton, the Democratic Democratic nominee for vice president, president, that he had been hospitalized hospitalized and received psychiatric treatment on three occasions during the 1960s, and that on two of those occasions he had received electroshock treatment treatment for depression. "Electroshock," said the APA, "has been a highly effective effective treatment for moderate and severe depressions since it was introduced in 1938." Defining depressions as being "essentially disorders of mood" — with many of them triggered "by stressful life experience"