by Kathy Warnes
Chapter Eight (Conclusion)
People Lift Their Debt in Seventeen Minutes
Tuesday morning, September 22, 1903
There was a scene in the Presbyterian Church Sunday morning which will be long remembered in the church as well as in Union City proper.
At a joint meeting of the Session and Trustees of the church, the pastor, Reverend A.J. Herries, appealed to the people to lift the debut which had accumulated on several different accounts. He said freedom from debt would emancipate the church and make worship pleasanter. The amount of debt was $744.00. It took exactly seventeen minutes for Reverend Herries to deliver his appeal. The response was about $800.00. The people were delighted and when the result was announced they broke forth into singing the long meter doxology.
The young people of the church provided one of the most delightful features of the emancipation service. They spontaneously held up their hands to indicate their dollar subscriptions. The Union City Times commented that “the spirit in which this event was conducted is a splendid manifestation of the harmonious and united feeling which prevails among the people in the Presbyterian Church.”
Reverend Herries announced in connection with the day’s doings that since his advent as pastor eight years ago, the church had raised for all purposes, $22,851.00, a record of which he felt proud and which must be stimulating and satisfactory to all concerned.
In the evening service, Mr. William Herries of Brooklyn, addressed the people on the subject of Temperance. There was a large congregation who seemed to enjoy the occasion. The speaker discussed temperance from the standpoint of church responsibility and individual duty by law of Christian love rather than by the law of the State. He sought to impress upon parents the home duty of caring for the young and the importance of earnest and fervent prayer for the redemption of the erring and for the protection of the innocents. Mr. Herries expressed himself thankfully in having been able to be present with the people of the Union City Presbyterian Church as a witness of their day of triumph and joy.
Friday March 6, 1903. Reverend A.J. Herries went to Franklin yesterday to assist in the installation of a new pastor in the Presbyterian Church. He was in Wattsburg this week and preached three sermons in a series of evening meetings being held there in the Presbyterian Church.
Tuesday, April 28, 1903. At a meeting held last evening, the Session of the Presbyterian Church unanimously refused to take any action looking to the dissolution of the pastorate of Reverend A.J. Herries.
Tuesday, May 26, 1903. Reverend Charles R. Hunt, a former pastor of the Union City Presbyterian Church, is presently located at Mt. Vernon, Kentucky where e is president of the Mt. Vernon Collegiate Institute. Mrs. Hunt is a member of the faculty, teaching piano and vocal music.
Tuesday September 8, 1903. At the conclusion of the morning service in the Union City Presbyterian Church last Sunday Dr. J.F. Read, who was the pastor of the church in the early sixties said goodbye to his many friends. He is leaving for Pittsburgh, where he will live with his daughter. He is 92 years old.
Friday, November 13, 1903. Reverend A.J. Herries, who has been in rather poor health for several weeks, went to the Corry Hospital Wednesday evening. Yesterday he underwent an operation performed by Drs. A.C. and Andrew J. Sherwood. It will probably be some days before he will be out again.
Presbyterian Participation, 1904
January 1, 1904. On Sunday morning at the Presbyterian Church, the pastor, Reverend A.J. Herries, will preach on “The Sin of Ingratitude” In the evening there will be a specially arranged musical program as follows:
Music Bartholme’s Orchestra Chorus of young people
“Rock of Ages, Cleft for Me”
Solo Dr. Andrew Jackson Sherwood
Offertory Bartholme’s Orchestra
Lecture The Ages
Violin Solo Miss Grace Main
The offering taken at this service will be for the Butler fever sufferers and it is earnestly desire that the offering be a liberal one.
Tuesday, March 8 1904. The Presbytery of Erie has appointed Reverend A.J Herries of Union City to preach the opening sermon at the spring meeting of the Presbytery to be held in the First Church of Erie on the second Tuesday in April.
Friday March 11, 1904. The Brooklyn Eagle of March 7th contained a sermon delivered by Reverend A.J. Herries of the Union City Presbyterian Church. His subject was “Lost Through Neglect.”
April 1, 1904. Miss Katherine Agard was elected musical director of the Young People’s Choir.
Friday April 8, 1904. The Annual Congregational meeting of the Presbyterian Church was held last Monday night. The attendance was large with deep interest manifested in the affairs of the church. J.W. Middleton and Fred J. Shreve were elected to the Eldership for a term of three years. J.D. Westcott and James H. Bonney were elected Trustees for three years. W.B. Fulton was elected Treasurer for one year.
The Session’s report showed that the congregation had raised and disbursed $475.00 for benevolent work. The Trustee’s report showed that the church was $879.00 in debt on April 1, 1903, and now on April 8, 1904, it had a debt of $40.00. The Trustees reported that every dollar of the special subscription to the debt fund had been paid.
The Session signed a resolution saying that the church was in the most prosperous condition, temporally and spiritually, than it has ever been in and this condition was due to the earnest and faithful service of Reverend Herries during his 8 ½ years at the church. They will ask the Presbytery of Erie not to accept his request to resign.
Tuesday, April 19, 1904. The Presbytery of Erie in session last week emphatically refused to entertain the request of Reverend A.J. Herries for a dissolution of the pastoral relations existing between him and the Presbyterian Church of Union City. Mr. Herries, therefore, remains the pastor of the Presbyterian Church.
Tuesday, April 19, 1904. The 66 churches with 52 ministers and 11, 858 members in the Erie Presbytery met in Erie last week. The church and ministers contributed during the fiscal year $169,479 for congregational an benevolent purposes.
Tuesday, May 31, 1904. The Presbyterian Church was filled last Sunday morning. The G.A.R. Post, Sons of Veterans, and the Women’s Relief Corps were present to hear the excellent Memorial Day sermon delivered by Reverend A.J. Herries.
Tuesday, August 2 1904. The primary department of the Presbyterian Sunday School will picnic at Dick’s Grove tomorrow. Teams will be at the church at 10:00 to convey the little ones to that place.
Friday August 5, 1904. Reverend A.J. Herries, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, has been granted a vacation for the month of August.
Friday, November 15, 1904. Those wishing to contribute to the Christmas box for Miss Lee will please do so at their earliest convenience. Partly worn clothing for boys toys or candy gratefully accepted. Leave your contributions at the lecture room of the Presbyterian Church Thursday evening.
Friday, November 18, 1904. On next Sunday evening there will be a Thanksgiving praise service at the Presbyterian Church. The young people’s choir, assisted by Miss Lenore White will render the following program:
Organ voluntary; anthem; hymn; scripture text; prayer; response; offering; anthem; violin solos Miss Lenore White; Remarks; Reverend Herries; prayer; hymn; benediction.
Friday, January 15, 1904. Miss Margaret Herries of Long Branch, New Jersey, was the guest of her brother, Reverend A.J. Herries, at the Presbyterian parsonage a few days this week.
Friday February 5 1904. Reverend A.J. Herries suffered a relapse soon after he reached home from the morning service at the Presbyterian Church last Sunday. He has been confined to his room all the week.
Friday March 11, 1904. The remains of Mrs. Dilworth, wife of Reverend R.B. Dilworth, who for many years was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Union City, were brought here for burial beside their children in Evergreen Cemetery yesterday afternoon.
The funeral party was met at the Erie Depot by a large number of sympathizing friends and former neighbors, many of whom had not heard of her illness in Pittsburgh until the announcement of her death was received on Wednesday afternoon.
Mrs. Dilworth was a woman of more than ordinary lovable character and making friends, readily retained them. Her last illness, we understand, extended over a long period of time. The surviving husband and three children have the deepest sympathy of a large circle of friends. Brief services as conducted by Reverend A.J. Herries, were held in the new chapel.
Tuesday March, 15, 1904. A large congregation was in attendance at the Presbyterian Church last Sunday evening to listen to a sermon delivered by former pastor Reverend R.B. Dilworth.
April 22, 1904. Upon the invitation of Reverend A.J. Herries, the Union City Fire Department will attend services at the Presbyterian Church in a body, accompanied by Burgess and Borough Council on Sunday evening, April 24, at 7:30 o’clock.