Sunday Gazette-Mail from Charleston, West Virginia on June 20, 1976 · Page 80
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Charleston, West Virginia
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Sunday, June 20, 1976
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L G l_:± U _ n ! 2() ' 197f Sunday C --Charleston. West vim ·Mail Religion Strong By Mid-1870s 1876 ELECTION Organized religion was well established in the Kanawha Valley by the mid-1870s. Baptists, Catholics. 'Episcopalians. Jews. Methodists and Presbyterians- both north and south branches,--were represented. St. Marks Episcopal Church was organized in St. Albans in 1825. St. Johns, now at Quarrier and Broad streets, opened in 1834 at McFarland and Virginia streets, the present site of Kanawha Drug Co. In 1876 St. Johns pastor was the Rev. R. A. Cobbs. The West Side Episcopal church, St. Lukes, started in 1874. One of the oldest churches in the Kanawha Valley is the Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church at Maiden. It was dedicated in 1840. After the split in the Presbyterian church, the local southern branch's church was on Virginia Street at the site of the Masonic Temple building. The present church, at Virginia and Broad streets, was built in 1915. The Kanawha Presbyterian Church, the northern branch, held services initially in the Methodist Episcopal chapel on Virginia Street, now location of the National Furniture Store. The cornerstone of the present church, in the 1000 block of Virginia, was laid in 1873 and the structure fin- ished in 1886. The Methodist church also had a north- south split. Locally, the northern Methodist church was at the corner of Court and State (now Lee) streets in 1876. Christ Church (United) Methodist opened at 1910 at Quarrier and Brooks streets. The southern Methodist church, St. Marks, originally was across Washington Street from its current Washington-Dickinson Streets location. It stood on the site of the Charleston Post Office. There has been a Roman Catholic church in Charleston since 1866. The first one was on Virginia Street between Dunbar and Broad. Baptists organized a church in Charleston in 1869. The first pastor of the chapel at Laidley and Donnally streets was Patrick Murray. There had been a Baptist church at Pratt since 1793. The blacks started a Baptist congregation in 1873. Prior to the Civil War blacks sat in the balconies of white churches during services, according to deGruyter's history. The present First Baptist Church was built in 1890. It was 1871 when the first Jewish service was held in the Kanawha Valley. Two years later a Hebrew Educational Society was founded with 16 members. A small temple was built on Lee Street in 1875. First Presbyterian Church 16 Broad Street Charleston, West Virginia On March 14, 1819- a dozen people met in the Mercer Academy for a Communion Service. Under the guidance of the Reverend Mr. Henry Ruffner, they were organized as "The Presbyterian Congregation of Kanawha." From this beginning came the First Presbyterian Church of Charleston, the Kanawha United Presbyterian Church and the Kanawha Salines Presbyterian Church. The First Presbyterian Church through its history has been served by men of vision. Dr. John Calvin Barr was the first Pastor, followed by Dr. Ernest T. Thompson, Dr. Wallace McPherson Alston and Dr. George H. Vick, Dr. William A. Benfield, Jr. is serving as Senior Pastor, with Associate Pastors-- the Rev. R. teon Carroll, Jr., the Rev. David S. Deaderick, Dr. Percy R. Hagan, Jr., and the Rev. J. Harrell Harper. In the spirit of dedication and in keeping with its heritage, the First Presbyterian membership continues to witness to faith in Jesus Christ through the preaching of the Word, through teaching and study, through recreation, through service in community projects, and through making available to community groups the church facilities. If you were not a Democrat or a former Confederate, you would have had a hard time getting elected to West Virginia offices in 1876. That year the entire eight-man Democratic ticket was elected by majorities of 1,200 to 16,000 votes. Seven of the eight winners had worn gray in the Civil War. In June the State Democratic Convention in Charleston nominated Maj. Henry Mason Mathews for governor. The Huntington Advertiser had endorsed P.C. Eastham of Mason County, a Democrat, for governor. Why? Because he was a farmer and there were 74,000 farmers in the state in 1876, opposed to 41,000 persons in all other fields. Mathews' opponent, chosen at the July Spirits, Award Given to State By Same Man The same Virginia governor who gave West Virginia the annual Golden Horseshoe awards introduced spirits to the state. He was Alexander Spotswood. In a journal by one of the 50 men who crossed the mountains into what is now Pendleton County in 1716, it is written: "We had a good dinner, and after it we got the men together and drank the king's health in champagne, and fired a volley; the prince's health in burgundy, and fired a volley; and all the rest of the royal family in claret, and fired a volley. "We drank the governor's health and fired another volley. We had several sorts of liquor--Virginia red wines and white wines. Irish usquebaugh brandy, shrub, two sorts of rum, champagne, canary, cherry, punch, cider, etc." After the Virginia governor returned from his western adventures he awarded each of his men with a golden horseshoe. That is the origin of yearly honoring outstanding eighth grade students of West Virginia history as "Knights and Ladies of the Golden Horseshoe." BIBLE CENTER CHURCH 1111 OAKHURST DRIVE, CHARLESTON, W. VA. ROBERT K. SPRADLING, PASTOR TELEPHONE 346-0431 SEATING FOR 1000 CHURCH IS FOR BABIES! HISTORICAL HIGHLIGHTS In 1937 a group of Christians from Charleston and the surrounding area sponsored i a tent meeting in South Charleston, conducted by The Rev. L.E. Maxwell, President of Proirie Bible Institute, Three Hills, Alberi ta, Canada. Following these meetings,'his nephew, R.M. Maxwell, conducted Bible classes to i establish new believers. As the classes de- I veloped in interest and number, it became ' necessary to call a minister. The Rev. A. Reid Jepson began his ministry in the fall of 1942, while Mr. Maxwell continued to conduct weekly Bible classes in the area until he went to be v/ith the Lord in June, 1945. The church relocated to 419 Broad Street, in October, 1945. Services had previously '· been held in facilities ranging from a deportment store to a tailor shop. In 1956, the church moved again to 1418 Kanawha Blvd., East and occupied a newly I constructed church f a c i l i t y . Additional ' buildings near the church were purchased in 1966 and 197-1 and used for offices and Sunday School. ' The Rev. A. Reid Jepson resigned in 1958 and the church was without a full-time pastor until the Rev. Charles Hendricks became ' the second pastor in June, 1961. The church thrived under his ministry for the next seven years, filling the facilities. The present poster, The Rev. Robert K. · Spradling, began his ministry here in September, T968. During his pastorate it be- · came evident that new facilities were needed to meet current and projected growth. j The purchase of the present 8.5 acre site ·v\ on Oakhurst Drive in the heart of ths Charit leston residential area and easily accessible I from the surrounding area, was the initial '\ step in the current development program. I Construction of the new building began in ' November, 1974. The new church facilities were occupied fifteen months later on April 11, 1976. KIDS CAN "LEARN, fob! TIME FOR TEENS ADEQUATE PARKING FACILITIES A CHURCH FOR THE ENTIRE FAMILY SUNDAY SCHOOL: MORNING WORSHIP: EVENING SERVICE: WEDNESDAY PRAYER SERVICE: 9:45 A.M. 11:00 P.M. 7:00 P.M. 7:30 P.M. // Candidate Wasn't a Democrat Or Ex-Confederate, He Was Loser Republican convention in Parkersburg, was Nathan Goff of Harrison County. Mathews was elected by the largest majority-15.000 votes--given to that date in the governor's race. A Greenbrier County native. Mathews was educated at the Lewisburg Academy, the University of Virginia, and the law ' school of Judge John W. Brockenbrough in Lexington, Va. He began practicing law in Lewisburg in 1857 and also taught at Alleghany College at Blue Sulphur Springs. When Mathews returned to Greenbrier County after the Civil War, he could not practice law nor take a Senate seat he won because of a test oath officers of state and federal government, attorneys, teachers and school trustees were made to swear. He would have had to testify he "had not aided or abetted the rebellion." an impossible task for a former Confederate officer. The oath, made part of the State Constitution in 1866. was repealed in 1872 and Mathews ran and was elected West Virginia's seventh attorney general. A biography describes the state's fifth governor as "smart, amiable and courteous" and said the "patriotic, broad and liberal-minded ex-Confederate had fully accepted results of the Civil War." Preceding Mathews as governor the early part of 1876 was John J. Jacob, the first Democrat elected to the state's highest office. The Hampshire-County born lawyer was elected to the House of Delegates in 1869 and governor in 1870. At the Democratic Convention in 1872 Johnson K. Camden was nominated but enough prominent, state leaders felt Jacob's administration deserved another term and launched an independent movement. Republicans endorsed him and he was re-elected in 1873. Jacob completed his term in Wheeling, where the capital returned in 1875, and practiced law there when he left office. Other state officers during West Virginia's 13th year were Auditor Ed Bennett, acquitted earlier that year of misconduct of office; Treasurer Sobieski Brady, appointed after John Burdette was impeached, convicted and removed from o f f i c e ; Schools Supt. Benjamin Byrne; Secretary of State Charles Hedrick, and judges of the Supreme Court of Appeals John Hoffman, A.F. Haymond, Charles P.T. Moore, Thomas C. Green, and Matthew Edmiston. Twenty-five persons were in the State Senate that year. Representing the Sixth District, of'which Kanawha County is part, were W. T. Burdett of Kanawha and Winston Shelton of Nicholas County. Local representatives in the House of Delegates were Sylvester Chapman of Coalburg, Samuel Miller and Agee Hezekiah of Charleston, and M.S. Kirtley of Hurricane Station. Virginia-born farmers made up the bulk of the legislature. There also were 17 attorneys and a blacksmith, a minister and a physician. In 1876 the state attorney general and the Capitol janitor made the same sala- $1.000. The governor received $2,700; the auditor. $2.000; superintendent of schools. $1,500. and treasurer $1,400. In the U.S. Senate from West Virginia were A.T. Caperlon of Monroe County and ·Henry G. Davis of Mineral County. Sen. Caperton. who had represented Monroe County in the General Assembly of Virgin- ia, died in 1876 and was replaced by Samuel Price. Frank Hereford, also of Monroe County, represented the Third Congressional District in Congress. The district, in part, included Kanawha. Putnam, Clay. Lincoln, Boone and Cabell counties. West Virginia Republicans included a black man in the state delegation to the GOP National Convention in Cincinnati in June 1876. Nominated was Rutherford B. Hayes of Ohio. William A. Wheeler of New York was named Hayes' running mate. Democratic National Convention delegates tapped New York Gov. Samuel J. Tilden as a presidential candidate and Gov. Hendricks of Indiana as vice presidential nominee. The convention, also in June, was held in St. Louis. In Octboer 1876 West Virginia voters elected Matthews and the Democratic party to state offices. It also went with Democrat Tilden for president, 56,565 to 42,001. The rest of the country felt differently, however, and Hayes' election became official Dec. 8, The decision was delayed nearly two months by court fights in South Carolina. Florida and Louisiana. E Ikview Baptist C hurch Bobby M, Sizemore, Pastor THE ELKVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH IS LOCATED TEN MILES NORTH OF CHARLESTON ON ROUTE 119 ONE BLOCK ABOVE THE PINCH ROAD INTERSECTION. Bicentennial Service The ELKVIEW BAPTIST CHURCH WITNESSING FOR CHRIST for fifty-nine ol the Nations two-hundred years invites you !o its special Bicentennial Service on Sunday. July 4th at 10:00 AM. The church choir will be presenting the special musical "I Love America," and the congregation will be having lunch together on the church grounds. Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church "A Church Concerned for all People" Highway 119-- Elkview Mt. Pleasant was founded in November of 1870 at what is now known as the New. Hope Road and the New Hope School. Charles S. Meadows, Pastor Mf. Pleasant as it looks today in 1976, over 100 years offer Us founding. Pleasant Island Mt. Pleasant owns a six-acre island that is used for recreation for children aged 7 through teens. Full time summer camping is available to all children FREE of charge on a first come, first served basis. Opened in 1973, Pleasant Island has regular camping dormitories and a cafeteria. Directed by John Dugan, the summer camp averages 100 campers per week. Pleasant Island is truly an island in the sun, built on Faith and Devotion. View of Pleasant Island -- "The Place Designed for Boys and Girls to find the answer of Life." Elk Valley Christian School Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church also operates a school which is approved by the Kanawha County Board of Education. Thirty full and part time personnel instruct students from Kindergarten through twelth grade. Current enrollment is 400. For more information about Elk Valley Christian School, call 965-7062. Bus transportation is available throughout the Kanawha Valley. C/assrooms are located in the Church Building. * * * Christian Heritage Bicentennial Celebration - "For God and Country" July 2 , 3 , 4 Old fashioned "brush arbor" camp meeting (Friday through Sunday afternoon). Special Gospel music by Servants Quartet, Tammy Towmend (ond God's Little Gospel Singers), Living Word Ouortet, and the Gospel String Band (from Monroe County) with noted Christian speaker, Dr. Louis Arnold. After Sunday Service, an Ox Roost will be served to those attending with dessert being a special Bicentennial "Liberty Bell" Birthday Cake baked by women of the Church and headed by Mrs. Ollie Conners. The Cake is a tier cake which will serve 1500 people. llT'lRE WELCOME TO JOIN MT. PLEASANT CHURCHFOR mTENHy LEBRATIONSMl^I2.U

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