The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on June 22, 1961 · Page 7
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The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa · Page 7

Algona, Iowa
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Thursday, June 22, 1961
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Presbyterians To Dedicate New Church Here On Sunday * * * i * • * ^f ""*• •'-••- M • • • . . „ . . . - * . * r , * * * - * m ALOONA, IOWA, THURSDAY, JUNE 22, 1961 To the members of the FIRST PRESBYT/ERIAN CHURCH Church Site Had Pop Plant, Vault Works Two years ago the block bounded by East State street, Main Street, Acldey and Call streets contained a pop factory and a burial vault manufacturing .c&ncern. Today the same ground is occupied by a new Presbyterian church. Cost of the actu'al construction and furnishing of the church comes to $215,OOQ. With the real estate and landscaping,' the church property easily reaches a value of <a quarter of a million dollars. Beck and Fisher 'were the general contractors, at a cost of $128 934. . ' Garner Plumbing & Heating did the plumbing and heating work at a bid price of $35,890. Pratt Electric of Algona handled, the electrical contract with a bid of $13,498. Thorsen, Gjelten & Schellborg were the architects at a fee of $10,820. Th building site cost $17,000, and church furnishings and fixtures came to about the $10,000 mark. New Church Will Seat 470 Total The nave of the new Presbyterian church will seat 340, and the gallery an additional 55, the narthex 75. Congratulations on your beautiful rtew church, your progress! veness and community spirit. We are genuinely proud to have had a part in its construction. Your beautiful building is an asset to Algona ! ELECTRICAL INSTALLATIONS BY LBRATT ELECTRIC CONST. GO ALGONA, IOWA • <>), There is seating r»jom in the social hall, at tables, for 140 persons. The main entrance to the church proper is from Main Street on the east side, but there are also two other entrances. Facilities include a pastor's study, church office with work arqa, fireside room with kitchenette, a kitchen, workshop center, choir room, and Sunday School classrooms somewhat similar to school rooms. Heating is by forced air in the sanctuary and fin type radiation in the educational units. To the members of the First Presbyterian Church The American Institute of Architects, Iowa Chapter, congratulates you on the completion of your new church building. Your new edifice is a tribute to your progressiveness. CONGRATULATIONS and BEST WISHES PRESBYTERIANS on Your Beautiful New Church The Furnishings By GUNDER MANUFA C TURING Ample Parking Welcomed At New Church Local Presbyterians feel thiai their new church has not only solved the need for more aclua'l room for church, Sunday School and weekday activities, but has solved the pressing problem of parking space. The old church, at the .corner of .Call and Minnesota streets, was a bottle neck for traffic despite widening of one block foi curb to sidewalk parking. The old location was at the in- ;ersection of a traffic area fairly heavy with cars at all times. At the new location, there is marking completely around the Dlock occupied by the church, and on both sides of the street, -hurches, like business areas, 'ace a parking problem on rr.a- or occasions. The Presbyterians eel they have this problem ''solved, too, along with the spact. problem. , HUMBOIDT, IOWA ***®®^^ COMPANY ' 50-YEAR CLUB Miss Florence F. Clark.of Adel w'as inducted intr> the Drake Un- versity 50-Year Club recently at he annual commencement.. Miss rk was one. of fifteen mem- jers of the Drake class of 1911 who returned to the campus to be inducted into the club. Church Tours Follow Formal Ceremonies Newest addition to the church life of the community will be formally dedicated next Sunday, June 25. Membership of the new $250,000 Presbyterian church will observe the occasion with a morning, afternoon and evening program. The dedication service will be icld at 2 p.m. in the afternoon, followed by Open House and refreshments. Rev. Myron Brower, church pastor, will preach the morning service at the 10:15 a.m. program. Special choir numbers Will be presented. At the dedication service, starting ai 2 p.m.. Dr. Robert H. French, Iowa Presbyterian synod executive, will deliver the sermon. The chancel choir, directed by Mrs. Casey Loss, will provide special music, and Miss Judy Gerber will be organist. A sextette, consisting of Mrs.. D. T. Hemmingsen, Mrs. H. H. Brower, Mrs. A. J. Huenhold, Mrs. Keith Christie, Mrs. Charles Hardgrove and Mrs. J. Honken, will sing a special number. Greetings will be offered by Joseph A. .Skow for the building committee, Gordon. O. Gjelten, the architect, and Rev. Newton Coughenour for the Algona Ministerial Union. Dr. Gqylord Couchman, president of the University of Du- buqiie, will deliver the evening sermon. Communion will also be part of the evening program. Refreshments will be served following this service by the United Presbyterian Women. 50 Mr. arid Mrs. Gerrit Eilderts of Grundy Center recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They are the parents, of 11 children and. they have : 19 grand children. GROUND BREAKING -APRIL 10, 1960 Church Has Had Twenty As Pastors Since 1850 Twenty ministers have served the Algona Presbyterian church, if you include a missionary 'who served the 'area when the total population was loss than 100. The missionary was Samuel T. Wells, who traveled through the area prior to 1857. Rev. D. S. McComb founded Ihe first Presbyterian church In 1857 and served for 10 years. Other ministers were: 1868-1869: Rev. Y. L. Lyons. 1869-1873: Rev. J. McDonald. 1873-1895: No regular minister, 1896-1897: Rev. J. N. Innis. 1897-1898: Rev. D. D. Buchan- i. 1898-1901: Rev. S. Ollerenshaw, church dedicated Dec. 18, 1898. 1901-1904: Rev. Harry Kremers. 1904-1906: Rev. D. K. Miller. 1907-1909: Rev. W. N. Gilles. 1909-1910:: Rev. Newton Metier. 1910-1917: Rev. Foster Smiley, present manse built. 1917-1929: Rev. Alexander Eng- lash, 1930-1932: Rev. J. L. Coleman. 1933-1937: Rev. C. Paul Carlson, church remodeled. 1938-1941: Rev. Charles W. Pfeiffer. . 1941-1945: Rev. Clarence Richardson. 1940-1952: Rev. Gilbert J. Kuyper. Reverend Brower has served the congregation since 1952. CORNER STONE LAYING - AUGUST 28, 1960

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