Covina Argus from Covina, California on December 26, 1908 · Page 27
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Covina Argus from Covina, California · Page 27

Covina, California
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Saturday, December 26, 1908
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FAITHS FOLLOW FORTUNES TO WESTERN HOMELAND Religions of Christian World Assembled Covina, Housed in Modern Structures, Beautiful in Type and Architecture. in The old architecture of the Christian Church gives It an appearance like that of a small temple of the old world. This church was one of the first structures to bo built along mod ern lines in this part of the valley. It stands at the juncture of two beautiful streets, one of them lined with ancient pepper trees and the gleaming white of its outer masonry is a striking and beautiful contrast to the foliage of the overtopping trees. Inside the door one is impressed immediately with the fact that economy has been employed to utilize every possible foot of the interior. The auditorium comfortably seats four hundred people, and the position of the altar commands a view of the farthest corner of the interior. The acoustics have been carefully thought out and planned, so that this church is known as a pleasant one to sing or play in, which, in these days is an extremely important, feature in the architecture of public buildings. Not only la it necessary from the standpoint of harmonized sounds, but it assists the addresses of public speakers and ministers. One often has been seated in an immense auditorium where the voice of the speaker seemed large for the building, even though the area was great. The tones were billowy, and seemed to richochet about the pillars and rafters of the building. This is an improper condition of acoustics, and however small the building or public hall of the present day, it is necessary to take this important feature into consideration. The Christian Church is removed a little way out of the center of the city. Its front entrance faces nearly the grammar school campus. Its proxlm- young people especially were made members of the church. People for miles around came to these great jubilee revivals, so that it was not an unusual thing of any night, in the week to .see as many as two hundred carriages and automobiles ranged about the street in front of (he edifice. This church has done a grer-t amount of good, uniting whenever asked to do so, with other evangelical churches in the town tor the purpose of general uplifting of the moral welfare of the community. Presbyterian Faith. It was not until a few months ago that the people of the Presbyterian faith were able to dedicate their splendid new stone building which stands facing Covina's 100-foot boulevard. The Presbyterian Church is without doubt the best appearing, most commodious and richly furnished edifice in this portion of the valley. The building is erected of California prepared, and has the exterior appearance of a heavy stone building of the eastern states. Its tower is. like a Norman battlement, square and severely beautiful. Large oriel windows are to be found in the front and sides through which in the evening a pleasant, glow of light gives the impression of one gazing upon one of the European houses of worship. The interior of the Presbyterian church is the largest in Covina. It has a sealing capacity of over eight hundred. The auditorium is augmented by a balcony. The tinting and shading have been done by artists, and the ef feet is very pleasing and restful to the eye. A large choir-loft directly in front of the auditorium, has good seat- ing, and the pastor. Rev. S. \V. Gage, gave a Inrue portion of his own lime in the actual rough work of placing one 'stone upon another. The Rev. Mr. Gage ia n virile, broad-minded, bighearted man of the South, who fits in perfectly'In this land of the semi- tropics. In his years of ministry here, he has grown into the hearts of his followers, and has become vitally a part of the structure which he assisted so materially in building. Rev. Mr. Gage has the peculiar power of the man gifted of oratory. Perhaps this power is only that of sincerity, but he holds large audiences weekly with the ease which only comes to men who have not mistaken their calling. The Raplist Church, in common with the 1 other evangelical churches of the town, numbers many members high in civic and business circles of the valley. It Is u compliment worth while to any that while Covina Is a city of three thousand inhabitants, ii maintains with ease this large number of denominational churohej. Methodists Are Active. Wherever one goes in I lie Pulled States as well as in (he old world, we find (he followers of ,lohn Wesley numerous. In Covina the Methodist Kpis- copul Church is a large and healthy organization; in fncl this church IK much larger than would naturally ho expected of a city of this size. Two years ago the old building was moved back from its lot on College street and completely remodeled at heavy cost. This work was done under the super- intemlency and leadership of Rev. Harry W. White, a young man full of energy and fervor, whose work in Los Angeles in building a new church edifice gave him prestige, and which has subjected him to frequent and persistent calls oL other fields. He was unanimously returned to the Coviir.t church tills year, the presiding elder heeding the pin of his congregation and installing h.-i- once more. II has been a question of unremitting label- on his part, in pushing forward the Improvements of the pas! two yeavv 1 ,. such labor as only (lie pastor of n country parish can know. Here too, In this church are the young people to be found in evidence. The Methodist Sunday School is probably the largest in lown. Music Is a feature of this church. A very creditable orchestra is maintained, and I he choir umlev the leadership of Prof. ' Groom. It is tho intention of this church to bill . a handsome stone edifice on the lot formerly occupied by the now remodeled building and io make the present building the headquarters of their rapidly growing Sunday School. Holy Trinity Church. The vrslry and congregation of the Church of the Holy Trinity (Kplweo- pal) will build n handsome and commodious chinch edifice. In the near future, on their fine property on Third and liadillo streets, fronting on the car line. The plans of the now church are being furnished by Arthur H. Henton, of Los Angeles, the architect of the Woman's Club House, this city, of the Glonwood Hotel, Riverside, ami of many Itnndsomc churches throughout the slate. Accompanying this article is a sketch of the proposed church which, while it has not yet church. The members of the choir 1 have by their united efforts procured n new organ which will he of sufll- clcnt power and capacity until It can be replaced by a pipe organ. The officers of the church are Rev Alfred Fletcher, rector; William Crook, senior warden; George N. Atwood, junior warden; A. R. ICvans, treasurer; W. H. Collins, clerk. Church of Brethren. Covlnti has a large parish of the Brethren fnlth, and the church accommodates a large audience. In this church no regular pastor Is over ordained, but the service IH conducted by oldors. Rov. Goorgo Chomborlon Is one of the ciders most active In tho work of the parish. It In a faith that linn been Identified with the lowt.' since the very first, and numbers a large number of wealthy and prosperous ranchers in Its congregation. While their religion is n separate one from that ol the evangelical churches. club has been organized for the purpose of giving tin 1 young men of the town a social homo for evenings, where they may congregate and enjoy the privileges of a society of their own. The club IH fashioned somewhat after the stylo ol the V. M. ('. A., and may ai some time bo affiliated with this association, but at the present (he board of directors considers It best to wall for a few years until the club Is one of the shoug organizations of the stale. One of the largest halls in (he city has boon leased exclusively for Ibis club, and filled will 1 , up-to-date gymnasium paraphernalia. The large stagi 1 Is used as a club parlor, excepting on evenings when concerts are being held. There Is a membership of ILT), and as the club progi esses It will become stronger in membership. O. ('. Loguo Is physical director, a man who has bad much experience In V. M, C. A. work, and under his direction the, boys are rapidly getting Into lino form. Concerts and enterlaliuneiils are hold Christian Church. Ity to the school, however, has nothing to do with the horde of young people who seem to prefer this church, for it is a fact that the Christian Church of Covina has more young men and women in constant attendance, and in full membership, than any other church in the valley. As is quite often the case in churches of this faith throughout the United States, there Is an atmosphere of enterprise and energy surrounding it, an atmosphere which works well with t he- high standard of religious endeavor which this organization maintains. During the time that the Christian Church has been a vital organization in Covina it has taken the initiative in many public events. This has been due largely to the young, earnest minister holding pastorate hero. The present minister, Rev. W. (1. Conloy, has seemed to have; the power of uniting the sympathies of the younger generation with his church. Ho has earned tho name of being an earnest man of God. The people of bis church are justly proud of him. During the past year the Christian Church has held monster revivals lasting several weeks, in which world-famous evangelists figured prominently. The work of saving souls went on at the height of fervor nightly for several weeks, and a large number of Ing capacity, and It is here that, the people of Covina hear some of the finest music. The church Is fitted with both a piano and a large organ. In the person of H. 0. Wells, the present choir-master, the church has an able master of music, and his efforts have much to do with the crowded audiences which this church enjoys. Since. Rev. Paul (!. Stevens, a comparatively young pastor, accepted this ministry, the now $20,000 edifice has been eroded. Mr. Stevens has b"on the heart and soul of I he work of this new parish, and has been largely responsible for building up the large congregal ion. Church of Baptists. A .short distance from the Presbyterian Church, on the samo nMo of this beautiful boulevard, is the Baptist, edifice, built of stone, plain in its exterior, but modernized and serviceable. While not HO large as the Presbyterian church, it easily accommodates throe hundred and fifty people, and is tastily furnished in the Interior. This church has done wonders In building the present structure under circumstances which would have appalled an organization of the name size in other communities. Many of the church members worked with their own hands in constructing the build- church is recognized for that portion of the service supplied by the chorus Presbyterian Church. >oon definitely accepted, is regarded favorably—al'lor some proposed alter •it.ions have boon made. The material consists of split granite rock Io the window sills with shingles above the windows and limber-work between (lift Cables. The present intention is Io l)ulld on the site occupied by the old ;:hurcli, this being moved to the rear md used as a Sunday school room and parish house, and the rectory being omovod (o (he cxli'emo north side of he lot. The lolal cosl, U Is estimated, will be about $l(),t)00. The church will he built In such a way as to admit of the extension of ts floor space by I he addition of transepts, when this shall be needed In the development of the future 1 . Thin will greatly Increase the seating capacity which, under the present plan, is UfiO. Tho structure Is one which will he a, credit to Covina, and of which not only I he members of the congregation but the people of 'he community may be proud. It Is of a handsome and unique appearance, being of modified Gothic style of architecture, and of chaste, ecclesiastical design. The young people of the congregation have already acquired a considerable fund for (he purchase of a beautiful chancel window, which will always stand as a memorial of grateful effort In behalf of Christ and His not allowing of milled meetings, organization In many olhor ways been Insl rumontal In benefiting community a I. largo, and has at the llHH the all limes taken a keen InlorcHl In faro of Covina and vicinity. the Lodges and Clubs. (Coulinucil from |mn» <H The Country Club. For the gentlemen of the town there Is also 11 handsome homo, whore club members and guests may bo entertained in a lilting manner. The Country Club of Covina Is a quiet organization, maintained for the club members and Intimate friends who miiy 1m strangers within the city's gales, bin is a powerful factor In making the community an hospitable one. Mayor K. II. Lahee Is president, a! I he present time. ISach month tlui hoimo Is thrown open for one evening Io the ladles, when an elaborate entertainment Is provided. Covina Athletics. Within the past year there has boon organized a healthy club for young men, known as the Covina Christian Culture tiiid Athletic Club, with Prof. A. Harvey Collins as Us president. Tho In the (dub quarters, whore a big crowd an be sealed. The townspeople take a decided Interest In Hie work, and the success of the organization is assured. Odd Fellows. One of the si rung lodges In this slate Is Covina Canton No. 17 P. M., I. O. <>. , with a largo subordinate lodge of Odd KVIIows. Covina Canton has a good rating In the Depart monl of California. C. K. Clapp IH captain of the uniform rank, with C. I). (Irlflllhs, lieutenant, Waller Armel ensign, C. W. Coolman clerk, and M. L. Mohnorl ae- connlanl. The subordinate lodge ban men in existence over l.wolve yours. The, ItohcktiliH have an exceptionally largo organization. Masonic Lodge. Covina Lodge \<\ & A. M. has a membership of eighty, and has experienced a steady growth In strength since Us Inception. A. K. Collrln Is worthy master. Ui Paloina chapter, Order of ICaslorn Star, ban Mrs. .lolui Coolman at HH head, Among other lodges In Covina aro (he Woodmen of I he World, Circle of Woodcraft, A. O. U. W., and the Fraternal Aid society. The A. O. l r . W. IIHH a lame building of Us own, ona of lh>! largo brick buildings In the town. Church of Baptists. I WANT YOU To Communicate Directly With Me When You Receive This Paper. YOU WANT ME To Select a Home For You in This Glorious Valley of San Gabriel. WE WANT YOU To come here and live, and 1 can sell you a profit-bearing orchard-home where you can live and at the same time make money. I handle hundreds of acres of lands. Read the long article on Irwindale in this paper. My lands are situated there and in Covina. Write me immediately. Ask questions. You'll never regret it. Jerome Reynolds ORANGES LEMONS WALNUTS ALFALFA COVINA AND IRWINDALE

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