The Persevering Presbyterians of Union City, Pennsylvania
Reverend C.H. Williamson
Reverend Edgar M. Smead
Reverend E.E Lashley
(Continued from May 3, 2014)
By the time the Smead’s celebrated their second wedding anniversary in their new home in the Presbyterian parsonage, they had become well liked in Union City. The largest audience at the Presbyterian Church for many months greeted the new pastor and his wife at the February 10, 1909 service, his first communion service at the church. Nearly every sat was filled and all were deeply interested in the service throughout. Eleven members were admitted to the church, eight on their profession of faith and three by letter. Four people were baptized. The attendance at the Sunday School after the morning service was larger than usual and the numbers in the pastor’s class increased from 17 to 28 in one week. The recent series of meetings at the church awakened a new and greater interest in the work of Christ among the members of the church.
Reverend Smead served the Presbyterian Church at Union City faithfully and efficient for nine years from 1908-1917. During his pastorate the Men’s Bible Class expanded threefold, he gave popular illustrated lectures, and helped the church celebrate its 100th anniversary. He led the church to participate in successful revival meetings and oversaw repairs on the church as well as an addition to the chapel.
On Sunday, January 28, 1917, Reverend Smead conducted his last serve at the Union City Presbyterian Church, since he had accepted a call to the Presbyterian Church at Olean, New York. On February 6, 1917, the Presbyterians and townspeople of Union City held a farewell reception for Dr. and Mrs. Smead at the church. The reception honored their tenth wedding anniversary and also served as a farewell party. Coleman’s Band was present and played several favorite selections which Dr. Smead and the large crowd appreciated. Mr. F.B. Reynolds, chairman of the evening, called Dr. Smead to the platform and presented him with a purse of gold containing $100. The large crowd warmly applauded Dr. Smead and his family and expressed its appreciation of their contributions to the church and community.
The Presbyterian congregation held a meeting on Thursday, March 21, 1917, to decide on a new pastor to fill the pulpit and take up the work of the church. Reverend Robert Clements of the First Presbyterian Church in Erie moderated the meeting. Revered E.E. Lashley of Galion, Ohio, who occupied the pulpit of the Union City Church on March 18, was extended a call by a vote of the congregation. Reverend Lashley came to the Union City Church highly recommended by residents of Galion and other cities where he had served as pastor and entered upon the duties at Union with the hearty support of all families of the church. He was married and had one son who was ready to enter college in the fall of 1917.
Reverend Lashley began his pastoral duties at Union City on Sunday, April 8, 1917. He oversaw continued growth in the church and a new spirit of improvement in the Sunday School and the Men’s Bible Class. But after three years at the Union City Church, Reverend Lashley accepted a call to a church in Pittsburgh. On October 28, 1920, the congregation met for a special session moderated by Dr. C.L. Mead. The people regretfully accepted Reverend Lashley’s resignation and once again began the search for a new pastor.
Presbyterian Participation – 1905
March 27, 1905. At a special congregational meeting, Reverend C.H. Williamson was elected as pastor from among three other candidates and extended a call which he accepted.
Friday morning, April 7, 1905. The Annual Meeting of the members of the Presbyterian Church and congregation was held last Monday evening. Dr. A.C. Sherwood acted as moderator and J.W. Middleton as Secretary. The following church officers were elected:
Ruling Elders: Dr. William J. Humphrey and Hon. John R. Mulkie
Trustees: E.B. Landsrath and E.D. Clough
Treasurer: W.B. Fulton
It was decided at this meeting to change the date of holding the annual meeting from the first Monday in April to the first Monday following the last Sunday in March of each year.
Tuesday morning, April 18, 1905. The annual meeting of the Presbyterian Men’s Club was held last Sunday afternoon in the church parlors and the attendance was good. The officers elected for the years were:
President F.E. McLean
Vice-President Roy Mulkie
Secretary Eugene D. Clough
Treasurer Comer H. Fuller
Executive Committee: John R. Mulkie, D.A. Wright, James S. Thompson, C.B. Geer, E.B. Landsrath
Enrolling Committee: Charles E.B. Hunter, H.S. Thompson, W.L. Mitchell, E.D. Clough
June 1, 1905. Miss Sarah Oneland met the Session and on confession of faith was admitted to the sealing ordinances of the church.
Friday, July 21, 1905. Beginning next Sunday, the Presbyterian Church will have printed each week a neat little calendar, containing an official directory of the church officers and program of services for the week for distribution among the members of the church and visitors to our city.
Tuesday morning, August 1, 1905. The Presbyterian and Baptists churches have united forces fort he month of August. The following fraternal arrangements have been made. Sunday, August 6,Reverend C.H. Williamson will preach in the Baptist Church in the morning and in Presbyterian Church in the evening. On August 13 at the Presbyterian Church in the morning and the Baptist Church in the evening.
On August 20, Reverend W.H. Marshall will preach in the Presbyterian Church in the morning and the Baptist Church in the evening and on August 27th, in the Baptist Church in the morning and the Presbyterian Church in the evening.Music will be furnished by the church where the congregation convenes and the collections will go to the church where the services are held. Let the members of both churches not only attend, but earnestly pray that these union services may bring a great spiritual blessing.
Friday, September 1, 1905. Next Sunday evening the Baptists, Presbyterian, and Methodist congregations will join in a mass meeting at the Methodist Church. The meeting is a celebration of the signing of the Peace Proposals between Russia and Japan. All the people of Union City are invited to come together and celebrate of this notable event. The service will consist of address and music appropriate to the occasion. The service will begin at half past seven,as all Sunday evening services do after the first of September.
Friday morning, September 15, 1905. The oratorio of The Holy City will be given at the Presbyterian Church in about three weeks, under the direction of William F. Parsons. The first rehearsal will be held at the church this evening.
Tuesday, October 10, 1905. A large number of persons were disappointed in not being able to hear the oratorio of The Holy City at the Presbyterian Church last Sunday evening,the church being completely filled long before the hour of services arrived. William F. Parsons of New York directed the oratorio. The soloists were Miss Gertrude Amidon of New York, soprano; Miss Mayme Cooney of Warren, contralto; Henry W. Manville of Meadville, tenor; and Mr. Parsons who sang the bass solos as well as conducting. Grace Main played a violin obbligato and the introduction of both the first and second parts as solos.
October 12, 1905. The Session decided that the proceeds from the oratorio, The Holy City, should be turned over to the music committee to be deposited in the bank as an organ fund.
November 12, 1905. Mr. Abram Buller came before the Session and on his confession of faith in Christ was admitted to the sealing ordinances of the church. Mrs. Linda Buller presented her letter from the Lutheran Church of Elizabethtown, Pa., and by a unanimous vote both Mr. and Mrs. Buller were received into full communion of the church and their names ordered
placed on the church roll.
Tuesday, November 28, 1905. Reverend J.P. Irwin delivered an interesting historical address before the Erie County Historical Society, at Erie, on the evening of November 21st, regarding the Presbyterians of Erie County. Among other things he said were that the Presbyterian Church of Union City was organized in the year 1811, consisting of eight members with Matthew Gray as elder. The present membership is 254, with a Sunday School attendance of 167. The contributions made by this church amounts to $67,974. Since 1801 the Presbyterians of Erie County have organized 21 churches, 18 of which remain with a combined membership of 3,906. There are now 93 ruling elders in the churches of the county.
December 3, 1905. Mr. J.S. Thompson was instructed to procure a case of grape juice for use at Communion services and present a bill for same to the Board of Trustees.
Tuesday, December 5, 1905. The person who took a black silk muffler from the Presbyterian Church parlor during the morning service last Sabbath is requested to return the same to W.F. Olberg.
Tuesday, December 5, 1905. The solemn ordinance of baptism was observed at the morning service in the Presbyterian Church last Sunday. Six new members were also received into the Church.
December 8, 1905. The Men’s Club of the Presbyterian Church will welcome all of their friends at the church this evening, where a fine musical program awaits them. Every member of the church and congregation, both old and young as well as the public in general, are most cordially invited to be present. The entertainment is free.
Vocal Solo: Miss Ethel Hunter
Address: Reverend C.H. Williamson
Piano Solo: Miss Bessie McLean
Vocal Solo: Miss Rachel Taber
Violin Solo: Miss Grace Main
Whistling Solo: Mr, Ray Brown
Male Quartet: Mr. Middleton, Sherwood, Williamson, Boyd
Tuesday, December 12, 1905. The ladies of the Presbyterian Church last week forwarded to the South two barrels of clothing to be used by missionaries there for the poor children.
Presbyterian Pastors- 1905
Tuesday morning, June 20, 1905. Reverend D. Cleon Eberhart, will fill the pulpit at the Presbyterian Church next Sunday morning in the interest of the Anti-Saloon League. Reverend Mr. Eberhart has recently been assigned to the Northwestern District of Pennsylvania by the League. He is said to be a great worker and an able speaker.
Friday, October 20, 1905. Mrs. C.H. Williamson had a very narrow escape from death last Tuesday evening. In passing through a dark room at the Presbyterian parsonage, she tripped and fell, striking her head on a piece of furniture. She cut a long gash in her forehead and bruised her cheek and head. Dr. A.C. Sherwood attended her.