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Alderson, Pa.


After the Conference of 1888 the to-be-developed Harvey's

Lake, and Kunkle, which was taken from the Dallas charge, were

put together and constituted a charge, to which R. P. Christopher

was sent as supply. There was no organization at the Lake and no

place for holding services. The first preaching service was at the

picnic ground on the north end of the Lake, on April 22, 1888.

Services were held there for several weeks, with large congrega-

tions. Knowing that this outdoor work would be temporary, the

pastor secured the use of the Lehigh Valley passenger coaches

which lay at the Lake over Sunday. On Sunday, May 13, 1888,

the class was organized in car No. 94, with thirteen members, of

which Alfred Honeywell was made the leader. On the same Sun-

day a Sunday school was organized with thirty members. Meet-

ings were held in the cars until December 9, 1888, when the so-

ciety took possession of a building built as a schoolhouse and place

of worship. This was accomplished through the kindness of Mr.

Albert Lewis.


"The Methodist Episcopal Church of Alderson, Luzerne County,

Pa.," was incorporated on May 28, 1896, with George E. Morris,

A. V. Honeywell, Adam Stull, Arthur L. Stull, and G. D. Can-

field trustees.


On August 17, 1896, Albert Lewis and wife Lillian deeded the

society a lot containing about one half acre for $300. The lot was

valued at $1,000. On August 23, 1896, the church, which had cost

$3,100, was dedicated. Rev. O. J. Cowles, D.D., of New York,

preached morning and evening. The sum of $650 was needed and

readily raised. Rev. J. G. Eckman, D.D., conducted the dedicatory

service at the close of the evening sermon. The auditorium seats

two hundred and fifty, and the Sunday school room, which seats

one hundred, may be opened into the auditorium. At an after-

noon service addresses were made by Revs. J. W. Price and J. G.

Eckman, several adults were baptized, and a number received into

the church.


The parsonage was built in 1897 at a cost of $1,200.


The Ladies' Aid Society was organized on October 25, 1888.



Ashley, Pa. 845


Harvey's Lake appointment appeared in the Minutes of 1889, and

its present name was assumed in 1895.


Kunkle Methodism began about 1853, when the Lehman pastor

began holding meetings biweekly at the home of Conrad Kunkle.

The first class consisted of Conrad Kunkle, leader, and wife, Henry

King and wife, John King, Mrs. Steele, and Mrs. John Fisher.

The meetings were taken from Mr. Kunkle's home to the school-

house where they were continued until the building of the church.


"The Methodist Episcopal Church of Kunkle" was incorporated

on October 29, 1887, with Samuel R. Hess, John D. Isaacs, Gordon

C. Boice, O. L. Fisher, and James P. Fisher trustees. John D.

Isaacs was class leader ten years or more prior to his death in

1897. On April 1, 1888, Theodore F. Ryman and wife Eliza B.

W. P. Ryman and wife Charlotte M., Ruth E. and Leslie Ryman

deeded the society a lot in consideration of $1. Prior to the con-

veying of the lot the church had been built at a cost of $1,300. It

was dedicated on Wednesday, March 14, 1888, by Rev. A. H.

Tuttle, D.D. The church was repainted and a bell purchased in



Kunkle was with Lehman a while, subsequently with Dallas,

and put with Harvey's Lake in 1889.




1888, R. P. Christopher; 1889, W. E. Vandermark, J. W. Price

(each serving part of the year); 1890, J. W. Price; 1891-94,

J. Benninger; 1895-99, C. B. Henry; 1900-01, H. L. Ellsworth;

1902-03, J. C. Leacock.



Ashley, Pa.


Ashley goes into history as the place of many names, having

been called Skunktown, Hard Scrabble, Peestown, Hightown,

Newtown, Hendricksburg, Coalville, Nanticoke Junction, and

finally Ashley, when by petition to court the borough of Ashley

was created. This place was a part of the Hanover, subsequently

called Newport, Circuit at its formation in 1842. (See Askam.)

At that time it was called the Pees neighborhood, and the class con-

sisted of Elijah Richards, leader, and wife Louisa, Samuel and

Lydia Pees, Thomas and Maria Brown, Joseph and Sarah Barnes,

Phoebe and Deborah Williams, Christian Saums, Hannah Miller,

and Rachel Crosby.


In 1866 we find M. Swallow appointed to Newtown, and A. D.

Alexander in 1867. From 1868 to 1870 the place is called Hen-

dricksburg, and in 1871 Ashley appears in the Minutes.



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In the winter of 1868-69 a revival work brought "scores of the

business men of the town and whole families to God." Early in

the spring of 1869 work was commenced on a brick church, the lot

having been donated to the society by the Lehigh and Susque-

hanna Coal Company. The church, which cost $9,500, was dedi-

cated on November 11, 1869. Rev. B. I. Ives preached in the

morning from Matt, v, 16, and Rev. George Peck, D.D., in the

evening from Eccles. v, 1,2.


From 1866 to 1868 some adjacent places were with this society,

but in 1869 it was alone.


The parsonage was built in 1870, costing $3,000, and on Novem-


        ASHLEY CHURCH [photo]


ber 2 it was dedicated, a district meeting being held there at the



In 1872 Mr. J. C. Wells, in memory of his deceased wife, Jane

Fellows Wells, presented the church with its bell.


In 1881 $1,200 was raised to free the society from debt.


After an expenditure of $2,800 in new windows, lighting, heat-

ing, and other improvements the church was reopened on Septem-

ber 26, 1884. Rev. A. Griffin preached in the morning and Rev.

J. G. Eckman at night. In 1890 the Sunday school room in the

rear of the church was built at a cost of $1,600. On August 15,

1891, the corner stone of the new front was laid by Rev. M. S.

Hard, D.D., assisted by several former pastors. After an expend-

iture of $6,000 in building the new front, refitting and furnishing

the auditorium and Sunday school room, the building was reopened

on Sunday, January 31, 1892. Rev. W. H. Pearce, D.D., preached



Askam, Pa. 847


in the morning and Rev. M. S. Hard, D.D., in the evening. The

sum of $1,500 was asked, and $2,881.75 was raised during the day.

Mr. J. C. Wells led the choir of this church over thirty-two





1866, M. Swallow; 1867-69, A. D. Alexander; 1870-71, A. C.

Bowdish; 1872, J. G. Eckman; 1873-74, J. F. Wilbur; 1875-76,

W. S. Wentz; 1877-79, Jonas Underwood; 1880-82, J. F. Warner;

1883-85, M. D. Fuller; 1886-88, John Bradshaw; 1889-91, W. M.

Hiller; 1892-95, J. B. Sweet; 1896-99, S. Jay, 1900, H. H. Dresser;

1901, A. J. Van Cleft; 1902-03, H. L. Ellsworth.





As Askam is the remnant of the Newport Circuit we give here

some facts concerning it. Rev. J. K. Peck said:


"The circuit and society were formed in the last century [writ-

ing in 1897], I think in 1793. In 1788 Anning Owen organized a

class on Ross Hill, near Kingston, another class in Hanover, on the

green, and another on Ruggles or Hoover Hill. These were the

pioneer classes of the whole of the old Genesee Conference. The

Hanover and Hoover Hill classes are still existent, and were a

part of the Newport Circuit. They built a small meetinghouse on

Hanover Green, and the first travehng Methodist preacher, Wil-

liam Colbert, preached in it on May 19, 1793. Until this meeting-

house was under roof the society had worshiped in private houses

and once in a gristmill. There were then no other churches of

any denomination between Baltimore and the North Pole. So

Hanover was the first church of all in this territory. It stood as

the mother of all for half a century, and was seen by my uncle,

George Peck, in 1818. I saw the outlines of the foundation, in

1887, pointed out to me by Abner Hendershot, an aged man, who

remembered a Sunday school in it when he was a small boy. The

churches now standing as historical relics were built after this

one, the old Forty Fort church having been built fourteen years

after this one. The old structure was never rebuilt. Bishop

Asbury preached in it when it was new, and just fifty years later,

in 1853, I was sent to Newport Circuit. Hanover Green and

Hoover Hill were regular appointments of mine, and not one

Methodist church had been erected on that circuit during all that

half century. The charge was my first in the Conference, and I

preached in eight schoolhouses and one Presbyterian church in

Newtown (Ashley). I remained only one year, and during the



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year I was ordered by the school officers to vacate the school-

houses. I commenced to build a church, and had it nearly done

when I left for Conference. I laid plans to build another, when

one of the lawyers in Wilkes-Barre told me to go into the school-

house and preach, whether the doors were locked or not. He drove

the school directors out of his office when they went to consult him

as to locking the schoolhouses against us. He told me if I had

any legal trouble I should come to him and he would defend me

for no fee. He was E. B. Harvey, a teacher in Wyoming Semi-

nary when I was a student there. I had an appointment at Hoover


        ASKAM CHURCH [photo]


Hill one Sunday evening, when a large congregation gathered and

found the door locked. A man named Fisher loosened a window

and put a boy inside, who pushed the bolt and opened the door.

When I arrived the congregation was seated inside, and I preached

my sermon. That was the last of the locking out.


"I went on with the church building, procured the deed, wrote

it myself, got the owner and his wife to sign it, and recorded it in

Wilkes-Barre, and it holds the coal under it yet. It is the Wan-

amie church.


"The people of the circuit had been supplied from Wilkes-Barre

nearly fifty years from the time that Colbert, Asbury, Owen, and



Askam, Pa. 849


Cook founded the classes. Uncle George preached on Hoover

Hill when I was a young man, and stationed in Wyoming, as long

ago as 1818. I heard David A. Shepard preach on the Green in

1845. I was not a preacher then, but marched with the soldiers

and carried a musket, and fired shots over the grave of the de-

ceased, because he was a soldier and fought in the Wyoming

battle and escaped the massacre. He was the grandfather of Mrs.

Safford, whom you know.


"When I was preaching on the charge Priscilla Lee was one

of my members. She afterward became the wife of Hon. Ziba

Bennett, and was one of the noblest of all noble women in the

whole country.


"Three men who are immortal in history escaped the massacre

and settled on that charge, built houses and reared their families —

Richard Inman, in whose house Asbury preached. He it was who

shot the Indian, in the deathly pursuit on the bloody day, and

saved the life of Rufus Bennett. Rufus Bennett settled there and

built his log house, which is still standing with its logs and stone

chimney and hearthstone. It stood when I was on the charge last

within a dozen rods of my residence. Blackman, Inman, and

Bennett died and left their descendants on the soil of Hanover."


This circuit included Peestown, Hoover Hill, Hanover, Nanti-

coke, Lutzville, Mountain Top, Alden, Wanamie, and Glen Lyon.

It was first supplied from Wyoming Circuit and subsequently was

with Wilkes-Barre as Newport Mission, receiving aid from the

Missionary Society until 1853.


Another writer says that Anning Owen formed the class at

Hanover Green in 1790. The class included Ashbel and Joseph

Waller, John How, Abram Adams, with a number of women.

Ashbel Waller was the first class leader, and subsequently became

a local preacher.


Another historian records the following: Askam used to be

known as Hanover Center. The society was organized in 1820,

in an old log schoolhouse on Hoover Hill, on the Middle road, a

little northwest of Plumbton. The first class leader was Nathan

Carey, and the early members of the class were Sarah Carey,

Sally Bennett, Harvey and Celestia Holcomb, Elsie and William

Askam, Catharine, Angeline, and Lorenzo Ruggles, Sarah Black-

man, Ruth Ann Eggleston, Sarah Downing, Ehsha Blackman,

Lovinia Smiley, Mary Ann Carey, Joseph, Sarah, and Margaret

Steele, Elizabeth and Joseph Inman, and Lucinda Marcy.


In 1861 the society built a wooden church 28x36, costing $500.


The site for the present church was a gift to the society. The



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church, which cost $4,000, was dedicated by Bishop Foss on April

4, 1889, nearly one hundred years after the dedication of the first

church of any denomination in northeastern Pennsylvania, the old

Hanover church. The building was extensively repaired in 1900,

at a cost of $1,200.


The parsonage was built in 1893, at a cost of $1,000.


Wanamie was with Hanover, or Askam, until 1886.


        SUGAR NOTCH CHURCH [photo]


From the opening of the Sugar Notch mines in 1860 there was

occasional preaching by Methodist preachers in the schoolhouse

until 1878, when the Ashley pastor formed a class with William

Vance and Thomas Prisk as leaders. The class included Mrs.

Vance, Mrs. H. Floyd, Mrs. I. Hoskins, George Lewis and wife,

Noah Pursell and wife, John Fowler and wife, William Carpenter

and wife, William Reese and wife, James Thomas and wife,

William Netherton and wife, Thomas Fulton, and Earnest Floyd.

Public services were held in the hall over Conyngham's store.


The society was with Ashley, subsequently with Mountain Top,

and in 1886 became a part of Askam charge.


The site for the church was given the society, and the church,

which cost $4,000, was dedicated by Bishop Foss on June 7, 1889.




Hanover: 1842, Epenetus Owen; 1843, Thomas Wilcox.


Newport Mission (the circuit): 1846, G. B. Cooper; 1847, J. D.

Safford; 1848, T. D. Walker; 1849, Z. S. Kellogg; 1850-52, O. F.

Morse; 1853, J. K. Peck; 1854-55, F. Illman; 1856-57, Erastus



Avoca, Pa. 851


Smith; 1858, Melville Smith; 1859-60, W. Keatley; 1861, J. La

Bar; 1862-63, A. J. Van Cleft; 1864-65, M. Swallow; 1866, George

Pritchett; 1867-68, R. Hiorns; 1869, O. M. Martin; 1870-71,

F. A. King; 1872, J. Madison; 1873, J. H. Paddock.


Hanover until 1889, when it took the name of Askam: 1874-76,

J. R. Wagner; 1877-78, F. A. Dony; 1879-80, J. B. Davis; 1881-

82, P. Houck; 1883-85, Jonas Underwood; 1886-89, J- K. Peck;

1890-91, L. E. Van Hoesen; 1892, A. Schofield; 1893-94, F. N.

Smith; 1895-96, W. S. Wilcox; 1897-99, N. J. Hawley; 1900-02,

J. R. Wagner; 1903, J. N. Bailey.





Avoca formerly called Pleasant Valley, was an afternoon ap-

pointment on the Lackawanna charge a few years before it be-

came a charge in 1880, when the charge was called Pleasant Valley

and Hughestown.


A chapel was built in Pleasant Valley in 1878 and dedicated on

December 8, 1878, by Rev. A. Griffin. About the same time a




chapel was built at Hughestown. This was disposed of in 1881,

and Pleasant Valley constituted the charge. The name was

changed to Avoca in 1889.


The parsonage was built in 1881, costing $900.


In 1890 the church was enlarged to 35x56 feet utilizing the

old chapel in the new building. The audience room seats three

hundred and sixty and has a gallery which seats one hundred. A

steam-heating plant was installed which heats both church and



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parsonage. These with other improvements cost $2,600, $1,600

of which was raised on the day of reopening. May 8, 1890. Rev.

W. L. Phillips, D.D., preached in the morning and Rev. J. R.

Angel in the evening, after a praise service conducted by Rev.

W. B. Westlake. In 1895 a bell was purchased and flagstone

walks laid. In 1903 $725 was expended in a steel ceiling, decora-

ting, new carpets, and the installation of electric lights.


"The Methodist Episcopal Church of Pleasant Valley and

Hughestown" was incorporated on June 12, 1880, with George W.

Shales, Courtland E. Rolles, William H. Hollister, Henry Chap-

man, Charles W. Mattheson, Charles Hine, and Jacob W. Welter

trustees. On March 24, 1882, R. W. Lacoe, Jeremiah B. Shiffer

and wife Almeda B. deeded the society, for $150, the lot upon

which the chapel and parsonage were built.


Most of the pastors have seen accessions by revival work. How-

ever, the revival of 1888-89, in which over one hundred were con-

verted, is the most extensive revival in the history of the church.




1880-81, C. H. Sackett; 1882-83, G. C. Lewis; 1884-85, W. W.

Smith; 1886, E. L. Santee; 1887, S. Elwell; 1888-92, F. P. Doty;

1893-94, G. T. Price; 1895, J. R. Wagner; 1896-98, L. E. Van

Hoesen; 1899-1901, R. M. Pascoe; 1902-03, D. L. McDonald.



Carverton, Pa.


Documentary evidence concerning this charge is somewhat

meager. This territory was first in the Northmoreland Circuit,

then in the Lehman Circuit, subsequently in the Truxville Circuit,

which included the territory now in Carverton, Dallas, Truxville,

and part of Northmoreland.


"In 1799 a class of forty members was organized at this place

[Harris Hill]. Prior to this, however, Gilbert Carpenter, an

earnest and successful local preacher, had a regular appointment

here. David Stevens was the first traveling preacher to visit the

place. Charles Harris, 'Father Harris,' was one of the first fruits

of Methodism in this place. He lived to be over ninety years of

age, a happy, highly respected, and greatly loved old man."


The church at Carverton was built in 1854, upon a piece of

land containing forty perches, deeded to the society by Rufus

Carver and wife Nancy in consideration of $25. The trustees at

the time were Samuel C. Durland, Hiram Harris, Elisha Harris,

Jacob Heft, George Frantz, Solomon Frantz, William Frantz,



Carverton, Pa. 853


David A. Reeve, and Samuel Jackson. On April 7, 1860, Rufus

Carver and wife deeded the society ninety-four perches of land

for $25. A parsonage was built on this lot the same season, cost-

ing $900, which was rebuilt in 1883 at an expense of $500.


"The Methodist Episcopal Church of Carverton" became in-

corporated on November 1, 1866, with Horatio Mulford, John

Hay, David Reeves, Samuel Honeywell, George Frantz, Miller

Montanye, and Samuel Jackson as trustees.


Mount Zion church is in Exeter township. This society was

formed from parts of two societies or classes, Sutton's Creek and

the Old Red Schoolhouse district. The first class leader and

Sunday school superintendent was Levi C. Lewis. The society

worshiped in the schoolhouse at Mount Zion until the building

of the church in 1851. On January 25, 1851, Valentine De Witt

deeded the trustees, Levi C. Lewis, Isaac Stephens, and Eri Wil-

son, the site, containing forty-nine perches, for $1. The corporate

name of the society is "Trustees of the Methodist Episcopal

Church in Exeter." On February 19 of the same year the trustees

entered into a contract with Levi C. Lewis to build a church "in

as good a style as the Truxville meetinghouse." The building was

finished November 1, and cost about $1,000. It was dedicated by

Rev. D. A. Shepard. The amount was pledged in subscriptions,

and the contractor took the pledges in settlement.


Orange. That Methodism began here at an early date may be

seen from the following: On May 10, 1837, Almanzo Rogers

and wife Sarah, in consideration of $1, deeded to Oliver Lewis,

Benjamin Chandler, John C. Winters, Henry Isakwish, Almanzo

Rogers, and Daniel Bodle, "trustees of the Union meetinghouse of

the Methodist Episcopal Church," forty-two perches of land

"south of the meetinghouse." This lot was for a cemetery. In

April, 1839, twenty-five rods more were purchased of Mr. Rogers

for $2, and on December 16, 1882, a strip fourteen feet wide

adjoining the above was purchased of William Heisler for $1.


The present church is located in the center of the village, on a

lot adjoining the store and post office. The corner stone was laid

on June 1, 1893, by Rev. J. G. Eckman. The church, which cost

$3,200, was dedicated on Wednesday, December 27, 1893. Rev.

J. R. Boyle, D.D., preached in the morning and Rev. J. F. Williams

in the afternoon. Rev. J. G. Eckman managed the finances and

conducted the dedicatory services. During the day $980 was

raised. At the time this church was built the society purposed sell-

ing the old church and lot and using the proceeds in building sheds.



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This society was once called Union and was a part of North-

moreland Circuit until 1872, when it became a part of Carverton



Extensive revivals occurred in 1873-74, 1879-80, 1881-82,





1860, C. L. Rice; 1861-62, J. W. Hunger; 1863, Y. C. Smith;

1864-65, A. J. Van Cleft; 1866-68, J. La Bar; 1869-71, J. Madison;

1872-74, Isaac Austin; 1875-77, S. Elwell; 1878-80, F. A. King;

1881-82, G. C. Lyman; 1883-84, D. A. Sanford; 1885-87, C. H.

Sackett; 1888-89, H. G. Harned; 1890-93, L. C. Murdock; 1894-

97, A. Wrigley; 1898-1902, Clark Callendar; 1903, C. E. Sweet.



Centermoreland, Pa.


The territory of this charge was reached by the preachers of

Wyoming as early as 1818. "The class at Centermoreland was

organized before 1820, and included members of the Brown, Pace,

Hallstead, Vincent, Snyder, and Weld families. The class met

for some time at the homes of different members, and the preach-

ing services were usually held during the week. The first Sunday

service was at the home of Mr. Pace in 1819. The first church

was built and dedicated in 1829." It became too small and was

sold and removed, and is now used as one of the public school-

rooms for primary work. The present church was dedicated on

Thursday, February 17, 1870, Rev. D. C. Olmstead preaching in

the morning and the Rev. George Landon in the evening. The

building cost $3,000, $1,000 of which was raised on the day of

dedication. Prominent among the workers at this time were Levi

Howell, Theodore Smith, S. G. Smith, George Perrin, Joshua

Griffin, and William Thompson. In 1889 $500 was expended in

building a tower, purchasing a bell, and painting the church, and

in 1896 $650 was spent in building and fitting up the basement.


The parsonage property was purchased in 1840, and comprised

quite a number of acres. Land has been sold off so that now there

are about two acres in the parsonage property. The parsonage

burned in 1860, and a new one was built in 1861. In 1899 $250

was spent in repairing it.


This charge was known as Northmoreland from its formation

in 1841 until 1890, when its name was changed to Centermoreland.

Mrs. J. D. Safford, whose husband was one of the preachers on

the circuit in 1848, says: "Northmoreland Circuit included all

the charges from Union to Tunkhannock, twenty-two appoint-



Centermoreland, Pa. 855


ments, one hundred miles around the circuit. I only saw him

[her husband] one day each month unless I went along. So we

almost lived in our carriage. He used to say, 'This is all the

home we've got, and it's all the home we want in this world.'"

In 1860 the circuit comprised Northmoreland, Union (Orange),

Eaton, Thurston Hollow, Dymond Hollow, Green Woods, Monroe

(Beaumont), Phenix, Marsh Creek, and Bowman's Creek. Sub-

sequently classes were formed at Michigan and Lake. In 1872

the Union class was transferred to Carverton, and in 1882 Thurs-

ton Hollow to Eaton. In 1892 Noxen was taken up, and later

StuU and Exeter, and in 1896 De Munds. The charge now has

the following appointments: Centermoreland, Beaumont, Vernon,

Dymond Hollow (Lockville), and De Munds.


Dymond Hollow is located in the town of Exeter. It is claimed

that the itinerant preacher found his way to this place as early as

1800. It is very probable that work was commenced here about

the same time it was at Centermoreland. Joseph Whitlock, an

old settler, was the first class leader, and meetings were held in

his house.


After the schoolhouse was built the services were transferred to

it. The coming of some Protestant Methodists into the neigh-

borhood created an amount of friction, which led, at last, to the

erection of a church by the Episcopal Methodists in 1835. The

present church was built in 1869, and dedicated on Saturday,

November 27, of that year, by Rev. D. C. Olmstead. Andrew

Montanye, Enoch Whitlock, and John Dymond constituted the

building committee.


Beaumont. The class at this point owns a quarter share in the

Union church. Notwithstanding this fact, the society purchased

the present church lot in 1866. O. C. Orcutt, S. J. Clark, Amos

Jackson, Elijah Lewis, Will Carle, W. F. Clark, E. W. Parrish,

Abram Frear, S. J. Howell, and J. W. Brown being prime movers

in the project. This lot lay idle until the building of the church,

which cost $1,600. It was dedicated on Sunday, May 28, 1893,

Rev. J. G. Eckman preaching in the morning and Rev. J. F.

Williams in the evening. Between two and three hundred dollars

was raised on the day of dedication.


Vernon. This class was formed before 1860, and was called

Green Woods. Meetings were first held here by a local preacher,

Samuel Harrison. William Moore was the first class leader. The

society worshiped in the schoolhouse until the church was built



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in 1874-75. The church cost $2,500, and was dedicated on

Wednesday, January 13, 1875. Rev. J. K. Peck preached in the

morning and Rev. Luther Peck in the evening, $800 being raised

during the day. Prominent among the promoters of the enter-

prise were Thomas Pinder, Jacob Weaver, George Waters, and

Henry Webb.


De Munds was once on the Carverton charge, but was dropped

in 1882. Meetings were held here by the Protestant and Free

Methodists, but no class farmed by either. In 1896 the Center-

moreland pastor organized a class here, which gives promise of

great usefulness. Services are held in the schoolhouse.


In 1887 one hundred and ninety-five conversions occurred on

the circuit. Other ingatherings have been experienced, but this

was the most extensive.




1841, King Elwell; 1842, J. O. Boswell; 1843, J. O. Boswell,

Lewis Brown; 1844, John Mulkey, J. B. Cooper; 1845, John

Mulkey, George P. Porter; 1846, _____; 1847, E. Smith; 1848,

J. Young, J. D. Safford; 1849, C. E. Taylor; 1850, C. E. Taylor,

F. S. Chubbuck; 1851, A. Bronson, A. H. Schoonmaker, O. F.

Morse; 1852, S. Wells; 1853, F. S. Chubbuck; 1854, C. L. Rice,

S. S. Kennedy; 1855, C. L. Rice; 1856-57, J. La Bar; 1858, D.

Personeus; 1859-60, P. Holbrook; 1861-62, J. S. Lewis; 1863,

T. D. Swartz; 1864, _____; 1865, J. G. Eckman; 1866, Isaac

Austin; 1867-68, George Greenfield; 1869-71, A. J. Arnold; 1872-

74, S. E. Walworth; 1875-77, W. Shelp; 1878-79, Isaac Austin;

1880-81, W. Keatley; 1882-83, W. H. Gavitt; 1884, R. J. Kellogg;

1885-86, J. B. Santee; 1887-89, G. F. Ace; 1890-91, J. R. Allen;

1892-93, W. R. Cochrane; 1894-96, J. W. Price; 1897-98, J. N.

Bailey; 1899-1903, Frank James.



Clark's Summit, Pa.


During the summer of 1890 a Sunday school was organized at

Clark's Summit, the first record of which bears date of September

7, 1890, and gives the election of Mrs. Belle Perkins, superintend-

ent; Asa Nichols, assistant superintendent; Charles Singer

secretary; Mrs. Etta Beemer, organist; Miss Lydia Perkins,

assistant; and Mrs. Ellen King, treasurer. There were six classes

and a total attendance of forty-one. The school was held in the

reading room of the hotel, the building not being in use at that

time. During the following winter preaching services were held



Clark's Summit, Pa. 857


in the same room by the Waverly pastor. The place then became

a part of Waverly charge and continued until Clark's Summit

charge was formed in 1896. The school and church services were

fallen into the annex, known as the ballroom, permission being

given to partition off a portion of this room and use it for religious

work. The school grew until in December, 1891, it had one hun-

dred and five members. Preaching services were held on Sun-


        CLARK’S SUMMIT CHURCH [photo]


day afternoons, the Methodist and Baptist pastors of Waverly



The necessity of a church building soon became apparent. A

meeting was held on September 8, 1891. However, some work

had been done prior to the meeting. M. E. Clifford presided and

George Ludlow acted as clerk. Through the pastor lot 157 on

Patrick and Powell's plot was given to the society for $1 by B. F.

Evans, through his attorney in fact, H. N. Patrick. The gift was

gladly accepted. M. M. Hufford was asked to submit plans for a

building to cost from $800 to $1,200. At a meeting held on Sep-

tember 22 W. M. Atherton was elected treasurer, a plan for the

building selected, and a resolution passed to build at once, pur-

chasing the lumber of M. M. Hufford. As a number desired to



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contribute labor, the building was erected by days' work under

the supervision of Mr. Hufford. The church cost $1,272, and

was dedicated on January 14, 1892. Rev. Mr. Perry, of the

Baptist church, preached in the afternoon, and Rev. M. S. Hard,

D.D., in the evening. A total of $204 was raised during the day.

The dedication was followed by a revival which greatly strength-

ened the society.


On November 28, 1892, the Ladies' Aid Society purchased a

lot adjoining the church lot of B. F. Evans for $115. Church

sheds were built upon this lot costing $125.


The society became incorporated as "The Clark's Summit

Methodist Episcopal Church" on January 2, 1893, with M. E.

Clifford, Sylvester H. Isby, George L. Coon, John B. Riker, and

William Atherton trustees.


The society grew so that in 1894 the church was too small. On

September 6, 1894, two lots directly opposite the church were

purchased for $275. The corner stone for the present church was

laid on Thursday, October 11, 1894, by Rev. J. G. Eckman. The

church, which cost $4,791, was dedicated on Thursday, March 14,

1895. Rev. W. H. Pearce, D.D., preached in the morning, and

Rev. J. W. Webb, D.D., in the evening. After the evening sermon

Rev. J. G. Eckman conducted the dedicatory, services. During the

day $3,000 was raised.


On December 3, 1898, a contract was made for $1,297 to move

the sheds from the old lot to the new one and to transform the old

church into a parsonage, ready for occupancy by April 1, 1899.


Chinchilla. The first Methodist sermon preached in Abington

township was delivered by Rev. George Peck, in the house of

Ephraim Leach, in 1818. The members of the first class were

Gideon Ellis and wife, James Ross and wife, Ephraim Leach and

wife, John Weiss and wife, and David Silsbee.


Preaching was had at irregular intervals in the house of

Ephraim Leach, which stood about thirty rods south of the spot

now occupied by the church. Later the services were held in the

schoolhouse, known as the Leach's Flats schoolhouse. In 1865

this society was attached to the Clark's Green charge, and so re-

mained until 1878, when it became a part of Waverly charge, and

when Clark's Summit charge was formed it became a part of that



The church was built in 1868, costing from $1,200 to $1,500.

The sum of $1,150 was paid in cash, and in addition to this Giles

Leach gave all the hemlock lumber. The church was dedicated



Courtdale, Pa. 859


in 1868 by Rev. George Peck. The promoters of the enterprise

were Giles Leach, James Kiersted, Egbert Snyder, Charles Gernon,

Norman Leach, Isaac Leach, Nathan Bailey, and Joseph Leach.


"The First Methodist Episcopal Church of Chinchilla" became

incorporated on October 21, 1889, with William Streeter, Ernest

F. Snyder, and Egbert M. Leach trustees.




1896-98, F. W. Young; 1899-1900, C. H. Reynolds; 1901, T. R.

Warnock; 1902-03, J. S. Custard.





The class at Courtdale, until 1898 called Pringleville, was or-

ganized in 1884 by Rev. William Keatley, services being held in

the school building, the only convenient place available for public

worship. The work developed. A church site was donated by

Mr. George Courtright, and by the help of generous friends out-

side the borough a church was built, costing about $2,300. It

was dedicated on Sunday, February 5, 1888, at 2:30 p. m. Rev.

J. G. Eckman preached, and Rev. R. W. Van Schoick conducted

the dedicatory service. The dedication was followed by a good



The lot for the parsonage was contracted for on July 30, 1894,

and on January 4, 1898, George Courtright deeded the lot to the

Courtdale Methodist Episcopal Church for $350. The trustees

at the time were John W. Dodson, S. A. Dodson, James Dodson,

Frank Hawley, and William Courtright. The parsonage was

built in 1899 at a cost of $1,500. In 1900 the debt of $1,000 was

reduced to $230, and $200 spent in furnishing the parsonage.


The Ladies' Aid Society has been an important factor in the

church work here. It has paid heavily on the pastor's salary,

bought the bell, at $82, carpet, which cost $70, took $200 toward

building the church, paid $100 toward the parsonage lot, and

several minor improvements have been made by it.


From the formation of the class until 1887 this society was with

Larksville, and from 1887 to 1898 it was served by students from

Wyoming Seminary as follows: 1887-88, R. W. Lowry; 1889-

90, William Smith; 1891-92, E. G. Heal; 1893, William Keatley;

1894, E. G. Heal; 1895-97, R. H. Reidy; 1898, A. H. Whitaker.

In 1899 Courtdale and Larksville were joined together.


Larksville. It is difficult to get at the beginnings of Methodism

in this place. The class was at one time a part of Plymouth Cir-




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cuit. Subsequently it is claimed to have been supplied by a trio

of Wyoming Seminary students — Roe, Ramsay, and J. F. Wil-

liams. The first church, which cost about $4,000, was dedicated

in February, 1872. At this time the class formed a part of Kings-

ton charge. The burning of the Kingston church on February

10, 1872, forced the Kingston people to withhold the support

which had been promised to the Larksville people. The little class

was hopelessly involved in debt and the church was finally sold at

sheriff's sale and fell into the hands of the Christian denomination,

who now occupy it. After this loss the society held services in the

schoolhouse, the Presbyterian church, and the homes of the people.

In 1884, Larksville appears among the appointments, with William

Keatley as pastor. The society was encouraged, and in 1886 built

the present church, which cost $1,300, and in 1887 spent $500 in

improvements. The society has purchased a new lot and work

has been begun on a foundation for a new church.


Larksville was supplied largely with students from the semi-

nary until Courtdale charge was formed in 1899, when Larksville

became a part of it: 1884-86, William Keatley; 1887, H. L. Ells-

worth; 1888, G. E. Van Woert; 1889-90, F. N. Smith; 1891-92,

M. V. Williams; 1893, B. R. Hanton; 1894, G. N. Underwood;

189s, W. H. Decker; 1896, Floyd Leach; 1897, C. L. Hand;

1898, L L. Snyder.




1899, E. L. Sabin; 1900-01, G. C. Jacobs; 1902-03, H. A.




Dallas, Pa.


Dallas was a part of Wyoming Circuit in 1818, and the following

picture is of the Kunkle house, in which meetings were regularly

held in those days. The house was standing, in 1896, on the main

road from Dallas to Northmoreland, and about one half mile from

the Dallas church. Philip Kunkle was from Connecticut, and was

the class leader. He bore the reputation of a saint. Subsequently

services were held in a log schoolhouse situated on the same lot

now occupied by the Dallas schoolhouse. About 1829 a school-

house was built by William Honeywell and others on ground later

occupied by a schoolhouse known as the Goss schoolhouse, on the

north side of Dallas borough. After this schoolhouse was erected

services were usually held in it by both Episcopal and Protestant



The first church was built in 1854, on a site which was given

the society by Henry King and wife Margaret, the deed being




Dallas, Pa. 861


executed on November 1, 1854, and was on the road leading from

Dallas to Harvey's Lake. The trustees at the time were William

Honeywell, Abraham Ryman, Simon Spencer, Richard S. Ryman,


        KUNKLE HOUSE, DALLAS [photo]


William C. Roushey, Christian Rice, and Jacob Rice, 2d. After

the building of the present church this property was sold and con-

verted into a broom factory. It is now called "Sunset Hall" and

rented to summer boarders.




The present church was built in 1889, and was dedicated on

June 5 of that year by Bishop Foss. It is situated on the north

side of the village on the brow of a little hill, on the Bowman's



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Creek road, overlooking the village. The lot was bought of Mrs.

Almira Kirkendall for $700. The church cost $11,300. Mrs.

Lynd, of Scranton, raised $600 among Scranton friends to further

the project.


In 1902 a pipe organ was purchased, and in 1903 $700 was ex-

pended in improving the church and parsonage.


The first parsonage was bought in 1883 for $1,800, and was sit-

uated next to the public school building. The present parsonage,

beside the church, was built in 1891 at a cost of $2,500. The old

parsonage was sold and proceeds used in building this one.


In 1890 the society raised $1,650 to liquidate the indebtedness

on the church.


This society was first on the Wyoming Circuit, and subsequently

on the Northmoreland and Carverton Circuits, and was on the

Lehman Circuit when it was taken off in 1882 and made an

appointment. Kunkle was with Dallas prior to being put with





1882, E. L. Santee; 1883-84, G. C. Lyman; 1885-87, S. J.

Austin; 1888-89, F- Gendall; 1890, J. B. Cook; 1891-92, Jonas

Underwood; 1893, J. F. Williams; 1894-97, W. B. Westlake;

1898, G. T. Price; 1899-1902, F. W. Young; 1903, David Evans.

W. B. Westlake died in the fall of 1897, and the year was filled

out by G. C. Lyman.





Dorranceton society is the outgrowth of a Sunday school work

which was organized in 1890. The use of the public school build-

ing was granted for Friday nights and Sundays, but no revival

services were to be held. Mr. Noah Pettebone was the first su-

perintendent. In 1891 the school was taken to a newly constructed

hall over Vaughn's store, where the school remained until going

into the church. The school was a union school for some time,

other denominations being recognized in the election of officers.

While in the school building and hall preaching services were

held, and at one time a plan was outlined by which various sur-

rounding Methodists and Presbyterian pastors officiated. During

these years the Methodists held cottage prayer meetings, and the

Methodist element in the community gradually strengthened.


About 1893 the official board of the Kingston Methodist Epis-

copal Church began canvassing the advisability of buying a lot at

Dorranceton and fathering a church project. Shortly after this

Mrs. Van Loon, of Kingston, offered to give $1,000 toward build-



Eaton, Pa. 863


ing a church here, providing she might have interest on the money

during her life. This proposition gave life to the project. A com-

mittee was appointed to solicit subscriptions, and a building

committee was also appointed. Mr. G. L. Marcy made plans for a

building. On November 18, 1896, Mr. Marcy laid out the church

and drove the first stake, and on January 7, 1897, the corner stone

was laid, the services being held in Vaughn's hall. Rev. W. H.

Pearce, D.D., made the address, and Rev. J. G. Eckman, D.D., laid

the stone. The church was dedicated on June 6, 1897. The build-

ing cost about $2,000 and lots $1,000. The dedicatory sermon was

delivered by Rev. C. E. Mogg, D.D. On Christmas Eve, 1901,

the last of the church debt was paid and the mortgage publicly

burned. That evening, about midnight, a brother stood upon the

entrance steps and thrice sang the doxology.


The growth of the place and society made it advisable to enlarge

the church. The corner stone of the enlarged building was laid

on Wednesday, July 1, 1903, the addresses being made by Mr.

G. K. Powell and Rev. A. Griffin, D.D. The new church will be

thoroughly modern, and will cost about $11,000. It is nearing

completion as this book goes to press.




1898-99, W. I. Andrews; 1900-01, G. S. Connell; 1902-03, S.




Eaton, Pa.


Eatonville is the center of Eaton township and about two miles

from Tunkhannock. Prior to 1881 the churchgoing population of

the place were largely Baptists. Some, however, had moved into

the community who were Methodists and formed a nucleus for a

Methodist church. The church at Eatonville was dedicated on

September 18, 1881, at 2 p. m., by Rev. Austin Griffin. Mrs. W.

Dana, Charles Jayne, Edward Jayne, and D. Herman were the

moving spirits in the enterprise.


The parsonage was built in 1895, costing $800, though not com-

pleted. In 1896 some plastering was done and the grounds



Eatonville was on the Mehoopany Circuit some time, and from

1881 to 1886 was with Tunkhannock. Rev. G. M. Chamberlain

acted as pastor at Eatonville in 1886. In 1887 the circuit was

formed by adding Union Hill and Sugar Hollow from the Me-

hoopany Circuit, and Thurston Hollow and South Eaton from

Centermoreland Circuit to Eatonville. There is but one church



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on the circuit, though at one point the class worships in a Baptist

church. No definite information has been secured concerning the

origin or history of most of these societies. Revival work from

time to time has strengthened the circuit.




1887-88, George Pope; 1889, J. W. Harrison; 1890, J. S.

Crompton; 1891, J. H. Perry; 1892, E. L. Davis; 1893, F. D.

Cornell; 1894, W. S. Wilcox; 1895, E. D. Cavanaugh; 1896-98,

Frank James; 1899-1900, G. A. Warburton; 1901-02, H. E.

Wheeler; 1903, A. H. Brink.



Forty Fort, Pa.


Bishop Asbury visited the work in Wyoming in the summer of

1807. His journal states that on Sunday, July 19, "I went to

the woods and preached, and ordained Christian and Thomas

Bowman deacons. Before I got through my discourse the rain

came on, and I made a brief finish; the people were attentive.

In the afternoon the preachers and many of the people went to


        OLD CHURCH, FORTY FORT [photo]


a barn; there were showers of rain and thunder while service

was performing. My first visit to Wyoming was in great toil and

to little purpose. I am afraid I shall have no better success now."

The woods he refers to were a grove by the old Forty Fort

church. "This was the year that church was built, and the timber

was lying about at the time Bishop Asbury was there. A stand

was prepared for the preachers under the shade. When the



Forty Fort, Pa. 865


bishop kneeled to pray it began to sprinkle, and William Butler

kneeled by his side and held an umbrella over him. Before he

had finished his sermon sharp lightning flashed and terrible

thunder roared. Many were alarmed and fled, but the good

bishop was calm as a summer evening. A little girl who was

brought by her mother to hear the bishop was frightened by the

thunder and lightning; observing the calmness of the good man,

she thought, 'It is religion that makes him so fearless amid the

storm.' The impressions which she received on that occasion

never left her until she found the Saviour."


The church was so far completed this year as to be used for

services. It was agreed that the Methodists and Presbyterians

should have the use of it alternately.


In 1809 a notable quarterly meeting was held at Forty Fort.

We quote an extensive account of it, as it is typical of the times:

"There was a great crowd present at the meeting on Saturday.

Hopbottom [Brooklyn], Canaan, Salem, Black Walnut, Wyalus-

ing, Huntington, Berwick, Brier Creek, and Northumberland

each contributed its share. It was feared that accommodations

could not be provided for so many. After all had been quartered

in the neighborhood that could be, Darius Williams mounted his

horse and rode up, singing, with great spirit and power:


        " 'I'm happy, I'm happy; O wondrous account!

        My joys are immortal; I stand on the mount;

        I gaze on my treasure and long to be there,

        With angels, my kindred, and Jesus my dear.'


"When he had concluded the verse he said: 'I've got a house

that will hold forty, and a heart that will hold a hundred; all who

want places follow me!' and as he rode off a large train followed

him. As the company arrived his good wife had half a barrel of

potpie smoking, which she had cooked in a large iron kettle. The

potpie, and other things on the same scale, supplied the company

with a plentiful dinner. The table was cleared away, and then

came on the singing, and praying, and shouting. The sound of

that old-fashioned quarterly prayer meeting rolled up the side of

Ross Hill and sent its echo across the river, and was reechoed

from the Wilkes-Barre Mountain. It was a holy season and a

glorious triumph. Late in the evening the men went to their

lodgings in the barn, singing and shouting, and the women spread

down beds on the floor, and when sufficiently free from excite-

ment fell asleep. On Sabbath morning the love feast was one of

the old sort. Speaking, rejoicing, singing, and shouting — each



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occupied a place. The whole mass was in a blaze, and great and

amazing was the triumph of the happy and entranced multitude.

That was one of the good old times never to be forgotten."


This church is kept in a good state of preservation, and is used

only occasionally for a funeral. It was one of the preaching

places on the Wyoming Circuit. For some years Forty Fort was

a part of Kingston charge.


Forty Fort charge was organized in 1871, and included Forty

Fort and Luzerne, the pastor living at Luzerne.


On December 21, 1871, John S. Pettebone, of Kingston, sold

to J. C. Tyrell, James Pettebone, and Jacob Struck, the building

committee of Forty Fort Methodist Episcopal Church, the church




lot for $800, on contract, the purchase price to be paid before

December 21, 1881, with interest. On December 30, 1872, he

gave the society a deed for the lot. "The Methodist Episcopal

Church of Forty Fort" was incorporated on November 20, 1872,

with Joseph Smith, Adam Heitz, John S. Pettebone, A. B. Tyrell,

S. A. Barber, and Isaac Trips trustees. The church was dedi-

cated on July 5, 1875, costing $3,200. Rev. R. Nelson, D.D.,

preached the dedicatory sermon.


In 1886 the lot adjoining the church was purchased of E. H.

Snowden for $1,500, the deed for which was executed on Feb-

ruary 15, 1889. A parsonage was built costing $1,603, and the

church was rebuilt at a cost of $7,926, both built the same year.

The church was dedicated on Tuesday, October 18, 1887. Rev.

William Searls, D.D., preached in the morning and Rev. A. H.



Glen Lyon, Pa. 867


Turtle, D.D., in the evening. A total of $4,200 was raised during

the day. During the time the church was being built the society

worshiped in the church built by the Hon. John B. Smith for the



This society has had a vigorous growth.


        NEW CHURCH, FORTY FORT [photo]




1871, H. Trethowan; 1872, W. J. Hill; 1873-74, J. Madison;

1875, J. F. Wilbur; 1876, J. Underwood; 1877-79, J. La Bar;

1880-82, J. S. Lewis; 1883-85, George Greenfield; 1886-88, F. A.

Chapman; 1889-93, W. R. Netherton; 1894-95, L. E. Van

Hoesen; 1896-96J4, F. A. Chapman; 1896˝-1900, E. V. Arm-

strong; 1901-03, B. P. Ripley.



Glen Lyon, Pa.


Before becoming an appointment in 1894 Glen Lyon formed a

part of Wanamie charge. The society first worshiped in a red

schoolhouse, located on what is now Market Street, not far from

what is known as the old Morgan property. In 1888 John Hill

and Thomas Morgan, leaders in the society, secured from the Sus-



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quehanna Coal Company, as a gift, the lot on which the church

stands, on condition that it be used solely for a place of worship

by the Methodist Episcopal Church. The church was erected in

1888 at a cost of $2,000, and dedicated on July 22, 1888, by Rev.

R. W. Van Schoick. The Rev. H. M. Crydenwise preached both

morning and evening. During the day $1,255 was raised. The

church is 30x50 feet, with a basement fitted for Sunday school

and social work.


The lot for the parsonage, adjoining the church, was given the

society by the Susquehanna Coal Company, and the parsonage

was built in 1901, costing $1,500. The church and parsonage are

lighted by electricity.


Glen Lyon was formerly called "Morgantown."




1894, G. M. Chamberlain; 1895, J. S. Lewis; 1896, J. H.

Brunges; 1897-98, G. S. Connell; 1899-1900, W. L Andrews;

1901-02, G. A. Warburton; 1903, J. E. Bone.



Kingston, Pa.


In the spring of 1788, under the labors of Anning Owen, a

revival broke out at Ross Hill, in what is now Edwardsville. The

meetings were held in the house of Captain Ebenezer Parish,

which was located just east of the present High School building.

Just after the revival Mr. Owen organized the first class in

Wyoming Valley, which included Anning Owen and wife, Mr.

Gray and wife, Stephen Baker and wife, Abram Adams, Mrs.

Wooley and Nancy Wooley; subsequently Mrs. Ruth Pierce,

Alice and Hannah Pierce, Samuel Carver and his father, Darius

Williams and wife, Ebenezer Parish and wife, Joseph Brown,

Mrs. Deborah Bedford, and Benjamin Carpenter. Speaking of

the services of those days, Mrs. Bedford said, "Father Owen

hammered away for us, and we did very well. We were all happy

in God, and not very particular."


The class was not recognized as an appointment until 1791,

when it became a part of the newly formed Wyoming Circuit,

where it remained until Kingston charge was created in 1840.

However, the class was visited in 1789 by Rev. Nathaniel Mills,

pastor of Newburg Circuit, and by his successor in 1790. During

1791 the first quarterly meeting was held in Captain Parish's

barn, and was "a season of great refreshing and solemn con-

sciousness of the presence of the Lord."


William Colbert's journal of Sunday, October 27, 1793, has the



Kingston, Pa. 869


following: "This morning held a love feast, preached at Squire

Myers's. Brother Paynter preached on Matt, x, 32, 33. After

him I preached from Luke xxii, 19, and administered the Lord's

Supper; Brother Owen assisted. Brothers Paynter and Turck

exhorted powerfully." Dr. Peck says these labors were within a

few rods of the site of the Methodist church and the Wyoming

Seminary. "The place is now (1860) occupied by the descend-

ants of the man Mr. Colbert frequently mentions, and calls 'my


        KINGSTON CHURCH [photo]


friend Abram Goodwin.'" On December 2 Mr. Colbert is at

Stephen Baker's, in Kingston, where he preached and Brother

Turck formed four bands. Baker lived on the old road between

Forty Fort and Wilkes-Barre, on what is now (1860) called

the Church place. This was thenceforth a place of resort and

rest for the preachers, and frequently a preaching place."


The first house of worship owned by the Methodists of Kings-

ton was a small building located just north of the present Main

Street school building, and called the "Class Room." In 1841

the first church was erected near the present site and facing east-

ward. It was 36x50 feet, and cost $2,300, which was fully pro-

vided for and the building "dedicated without encumbering



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debts." The building committee were Madison Myers, Thomas

Pringle, and William Hancock, who were the trustees at the time.

The site was deeded to the society on February 24, 1841, in con-

sideration of $300, by Thomas Myers and wife. About 1865 the

church was enlarged by the addition of 27 feet to its length, the

interior being remodeled at the same time. A new sexton had

been hired, and during his first day's service a fire broke out in

one of the storerooms, and the church burned to the ground on

Saturday evening, February 10, 1872. The corner stone of the

present church was laid on August 19, 1872. The building is

65x80, built of brick, and cost $56,500, including additional lot,

organ, sidewalks, etc. Prior to the day of dedication, Wednesday,

May 20, 1874, $25,000 had been raised, leaving $31,500 to be pro-

vided for on that day. Rev. W. P. Abbott preached in the morn-

ing from Rev. vi, 2, after which Rev. B. I. Ives raised $32,000.

Mr. Ives preached in the evening, and at the close of his sermon

solicited funds until a total of $35,000 was reached. Dr. Nelson

conducted the dedicatory service. The building committee at

this time were A. J. Pringle, R. Nelson, D.D., and Abram Nesbitt.


The presiding elder in his report of 1886 says: "Much intense

solicitude has been felt, and no small amount of fear, lest Kings-

ton Methodism would suffer serious damage before the debt was

removed. A Romish priest said but a few months ago, 'We will

have the Methodist church in Kingston before long.' They did

not get it. The work of redemption was consummated last Sab-

bath, April 2, led by the pastor, who was ably assisted by a band

of heroic, devoted brethren. The amount needed to meet the

indebtedness fully was most cheerfully contributed by the congre-

gation and friends of the church ($13,000), has been secured, and

the church is free."


In 1897-98 the interior of the church was extensively improved,

and a three-manual pipe organ purchased, at a total cost of

$10,000, which was fully provided for on the day of reopening.

The building committee at this time were Abram Nesbitt, P. M.

Carhart, W. P. Billings, and Rev. L. C. Murdock.


The parsonage was built in 1871, and cost about $6,000.


Larksville and Dorranceton societies are children of the Kings-

ton church.


The church has two perpetual policies of insurance, amount-

ing to $20,000, the gift of the late George Nesbitt.


The society has enjoyed a number of very gracious revival




Lackawanna, Pa. 871


The charge was known as Wyoming from 1840 to 1855, and

took the name of Kingston in 1856. From 1850 to 1853 New

Troy (Wyoming) was associated with it. In 1860 Kingston

and Wyoming were united under the name of New Troy and

Kingston, and in 1861 the name was changed to Wyoming and

Kingston. In 1864 the charge was divided, since which time

each point has been a charge.


Forty Fort was with this charge in 1848.




1840-41, John B. Benham; 1842-43, L. S. Bennett, W. Reddy;

1844-45, P- G. White; 1846, F. Humphries; 1847, T. H. Pearne;

1848, E. P. WilHams, B. Hawley; 1849, H. R. Clarke; 1850, A.

Bronson, B. W. Gorham; 1851, C. H. Harvey; 1852, T. D.

Walker; 1853, T. D. Walker, L. D. Tryon; 1854, C. W. Giddings,

G. M. Peck; 1855, S. S. Kennedy; 1856, W. W. Welch; 1857,

C. Perkins; 1858, S. S. Kennedy; 1859, C. Perkins, Y. C. Smith;

1860, A. Brooks, W. J. Judd; 1861, W. J. Judd; 1862-63, L. Cole;

1864-66, B. D. Sturdevant; 1867-69, I. T. Walker; 1870-72, G. R.

Hair; 1873, H. V. Talbot; 1874-75, P. Krohn; 1876-78, H.

Wheeler; 1879-80, O. W. Scott; 1881-82, J. O. Woodruff; 1883-

84, R. W. Van Schoick; 1885-86, A. Griffin; 1887-91, J. G.

Eckman; 1892-96, H. C. McDermott; 1897-1903, L. C. Murdock.



Lackawanna, Pa.


"The early Methodists held their meetings, in what is now

Marcy township, in a log schoolhouse which stood on the lot

where the present schoolhouse stands, on the township line near

the brick church." It is believed a class was formed here as early

as 1815, Ebenezer and Jonathan Marcy being among the original



In 1842 the class was a part of Pittston Circuit, and at that

time contained thirteen members. In 1843 Lackawanna appears

among the appointments, and continues until 1848, when it dis-

appears, probably becoming a part of Pittston Circuit again. In

1856 it reappears, the circuit including the Lackawanna class

and Hyde Park, and all the territory lying between.


Hyde Park was cut off early in the sixties, Taylorville in 1876,

Avoca in 1880, Rendham in 1891, Moosic in 1896, and Old Forge

in 1898.


The society at Lackawanna worshiped in the schoolhouse many

years. The site for the church and parsonage was purchased of



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Ebenezer Marcy for a nominal sum. The church, which is of

brick, is 40x60, and was built in 1852-53, costing $2,000, and was

dedicated in August, 1853. In 1875-76 $1,200 was spent in re-

pairs, the steeple being built at this time. After expending $900

for carpets, altar, pulpit furniture, and other repairs the church

was reopened on January 4, 1885, by Rev. A. Griffin, assisted by

Rev. H. H. Dresser. In 1899 $2,000 was spent in constructing

a new basement, purchasing new pews, furnace, organ, carpets.




etc. At the watch-night service of 1901 a fifteen-hundred-dol-

lar mortgage was burned.


This society has been familiarly called the "Brick Church"

many years. A very interesting "Twentieth Century Home Gath-

ering" service was held on Tuesday, March 5, 1901. About this

time $1,000 was raised to apply on indebtedness.


The parsonage was built about 1867.




1843, Epenetus Owen; 1844, Ira Wilcox, J. D. Safford; 1845,

E. B. Tenny; 1846, John Mulkey; 1847, J- Mulkey, Z. Kellog-g;

1848-55, with Pittston; 1856, F. Illman; 1857-58, J. S. Lewis;



Lehman, Pa. 873


1859-60, S. S. Barter; 1861, N. W. Everett, J. T. Crowell; 1862,

T. D. Swartz; 1863, J. S. Lewis; 1864-65, Isaac Austin; 1866-68,

R. S. Rose; 1869-71, J. C. Leacock; 1872-74, J. La Bar; 1875-76,

J. Madison; 1877-79, J- R- Wagner; 1880, N. J. Hawley; 1881-83,

S. Elwell; 1884-86, L N. Shipman; 1887-88, F. A. King; 1889-

90, J. R. Angel; 1891-94, J. L. Race; 1895-98, E. L. Santee;

1899-1900, G. F. Ace; 1901, H. A. Green; 1902-03, G. C. Jacobs.

From 1843-47 this was the old Pittston Circuit called Lacka-




Lehman, Pa.


Methodism sent its preachers into this territory as early as

1824; according to Major Case, before 1820. Lehman Circuit

lies among the hills, about eleven miles from Wilkes-Barre and

ten to twelve miles east of the North Mountains, in an exception-

ally healthful locality. The circuit in early days was a part of

Wyoming Circuit, and subsequently a part of Northmoreland

Circuit (see Centermoreland), and was formed into a charge in

1852. Lehman Circuit formerly comprised much more territory

than at present. In 1867 the circuit had eleven preaching places.

Maple Grove Circuit was taken from Lehman Circuit in 1877.


The site for the Lehman church was purchased of William

Major for $100, and contains about one half acre. A parsonage

was built on the lot in 1852-53, costing between $1,100 and $1,200.


The church was built in 1856, costing $1,500, and dedicated on

Tuesday, November 25, of that year. After an expenditure of

$1,000 the church was reopened on Sunday, August 11, 1872,

Rev. A. H. Wyatt preaching from Acts v, 20. During the day

$253 was raised to fully provide for the improvements. After

spending $1,800 in enlarging and modernizing the church, pur-

chasing a bell, and building new sheds, the church was reopened

on February 24, 1893, Rev. M. S. Hard, D.D., preaching the

dedicatory sermon. Among the improvements were an alcove

for the pulpit, circular pews, which cost $300, the gift of A. D.

Hay and C. H. Major, and a commodious Sunday school room.


The lot for the present parsonage was purchased in 1899 from

Mrs. Charrie Worthington for $200, and a house built the same

season costing $2,000. It has modern improvements, and is an

attractive house.


Levi Rice is the oldest member of this society. Mrs. William

Major is superintendent of the Sunday school, and William R.

Neely the class leader.


The present board of stewards are: Lehman, A. D. Hay, Frank



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Searfoss, James Hildebrandt, W. R. Neeley, T. A. Brown; Ide

Town, Frank Ide, Harry Ide, Burton Ide, Ellis Ide, E. E. Allen;

Jackson, Ziba Smith, Charles Ehret, Douglass Case, and Leonidas



Ide Town society was organized about 1865, and is situated

three miles north of Lehman. A lot containing sixty-seven and

a half perches was purchased of Mrs. Mary Oliver, on May 18,

1893, for $100. The church and sheds cost $2,150, and the

church was dedicated on Thursday, December 7, 1893, by Rev.

J. G. Eckman. The sum of $650 was raised at the time to fully

provide for the cost. Solomon Ide, now eighty-five years of age,

is the oldest member at this point, and gave $250 toward the

enterprise. Frank Ide is the class leader. From eighty to ninety

attend class regularly, and from thirty to fifty the prayer meeting.

Adelbert Husted is the Sunday school superintendent.


Jackson is about four miles south of Lehman. The site for the

church was given by Wilbur Rice, and the church, costing $1,500,

was built in 1883. Toward this enterprise Ziba Smith gave $300,

Wilbur Rice $100, I. H. Hale $100, and among those who gave

smaller amounts, yet liberally, were Thomas Atkinson, James

Nelson, Major Case, and Charles Ehret. The church was re-

painted and sheds built in 1893 at a cost of $300.


Major Case, the oldest member at Jackson, thinks Methodism

was introduced into this section before 1820. He recalls the visit

of Rev. H. F. Rowe to the place, which occurred when he was but

a small boy. The Lameraux class was formed in the lower part

of Jackson, and subsequently the De Forest class in the upper

part of Jackson. These classes were united about the time the

church was built. There is a tradition among the older members

that Father Davey, in early days, refused admission to love feast

to those who wore feathers or jewelry. He acted as doorkeeper,

and requested such to repair to another place and remove the

evidences of worldliness.


This society has been visited by many very gracious and ex-

tensive revivals.


Ziba Smith is the Sunday school superintendent.




1852, C. Perkins; 1853, F. Illman, L. Cole; 1854, W. Smith;

1855-56, G. L. Griffing; 1857-58, P. Holbrook; 1859-60, J. S.

Lewis; 1861-62, J. G. Eckman; 1863-64, D. Personeus; 1865-66,



Luzerne, Pa. 875


G. Greenfield; 1867-68, J. C. Leacock; 1869-71, Isaac Austin;

1872, F. A. King, P. M. Mott; 1873, F- A. King, J. T. Burrall;

1874, F. A. King, C. W. Sartell; 1875, J B. Santee, I. B. Wilson;

1876, R. C. Gill, I. B. Wilson; 1877, R. C. Gill; 1878-80, D.

Larish; 1881, W. Shelp; 1882-84, C. H. Sackett; 1885, N. M.

Bailey; 1886-88, P. M. Mott; 1889-90, J. L. Race; 1891, Isaac

Jenkins; 1892-94, J. R. Wagner; 1895-97, J. Benninger; 1898,

A. Wrigley; 1899-1900, H. D. Smith; 1901, W. T. Blair; 1902,

A. David; 1903, J. Brundle.



Luzerne, Pa.


Luzerne was called "Mill Hollow" for some time, and it is

claimed that a class existed here as early as 1825, which met in

the old schoolhouse on the island, where meetings were held some

time. In 1873 Mill Hollow formed a part of Forty Fort charge,

meetings being held in the afternoon. In 1883 the place became

a charge and appeared in the appointments.


"The Methodist Episcopal Church of Mill Hollow" became in-


        LUZERNE CHURCH [photo]




corporated on February 3, 1874, with S. D. Fisk, James Thomas,

Thomas Reese, Joseph Welter, Charles Lapha, Daniel Harris,

John Matthews, John Bartholomew, and George H. Rice trustees.

The site for the church was given the society by Mrs. Sarah

S. Bennett, widow of Charles Bennett, of Wilkes-Barre, and was

deeded to the society on August 6, 1874. The church was erected

on contract by S. W. Bennett, and cost about $4,000. It was



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dedicated on July 5, 1874. Rev. R. Nelson preached in the

morning and Rev. P. Krohn in the evening. A total of $2,550

was raised during the day, enough to fully provide for the church

and $300 to apply on the parsonage lots belonging to the Forty

Fort charge. The Wyoming Trio added to the pleasure of the



On March 16, 1884, the church was reopened, after an ex-

penditure of $4,470, in enlarging and improving the building.

Rev. H. A. Buttz preached in the morning and afternoon and

Rev. S. C. Fulton in the evening. Rev. A. Griffin had charge of

the finances. The sum of $3,200 was raised during the day. The

young people of the church gave the pulpit furniture, and the

Ladies' Aid Society the carpet. Tuesday, March 16, 1886, was

a jubilee day. Hard times had caused a shrinkage in dedicatory

subscriptions, and it was necessary to raise a deficit at this time.

Revs. R. W. Van Schoick and A. Griffin were present and made

addresses. The services closed with great rejoicing, and the debt

fully provided for.


The bell was purchased in 1893. The church was again re-

built in 1896, doubling the seating capacity, at a cost of $4,000.

Mr. J. L. Crawford bore one tenth of the expense, and Mrs. P.

L. Bennett, Miss Martha Bennett, Mrs. P. Pettebone, Mrs. Dick-

son, Mrs. Derr, and Mrs. R. Nelson helped liberally. The church

was reopened on January 29, 1897. Rev. W. H. Pearce, D.D.,

preached the dedicatory sermon, and Rev. J. G. Eckman, D.D.,

conducted the dedicatory service. The pipe organ was purchased

in 1899.


The parsonage was bought on August 24, 1886, of Michael

Lapha for $2,135. In 1888 $1,000 was raised to apply on the

parsonage debt and the balance in 1899. In the fall of 1902 the

parsonage was thoroughly modernized and a Brussels carpet laid

in the church, the whole costing $1,500.


In January and February, 1894, a revival swept the whole com-

munity, in which there were over two hundred conversions and

one hundred and fifty-five accessions to the church. There have

been other ingatherings, but none so extensive as this.




1883-85, H. B. Johnson; 1886, W. H. Turkington; 1887-88,

Jonas Underwood; 1889-93, F- A. King; 1894-95, J. F. Williams;

1896-98, J. R. Wagner; 1899-1902, W. A. Wagner; 1903, C. B.

Henry. W. A. Wagner left in the middle of 1902, and C. B.

Henry began his work soon after.



Maple Grove, Pa. 877



Maple Grove, Pa.


The early history of this circuit is with Lehman Circuit, of

which it formed a part prior to becoming a charge in 1877.


John Baird in his will directed the giving of a lot to the society

for a church. Accordingly, on January 5, 1872, in consideration

of $1, Simeon Lewis and wife Sarah deeded the society the site

for the church. The trustees at the time were W. H. Edwards,

Joel Roberts, William White, J. W. Matthews, Albert S. Steel,

Hiram Steel, Isaac B. Wilson, F. W. Kindred, Jonah R. Bron-

son. On January 24, 1873, the society became incorporated as

"The Maple Grove Methodist Episcopal Church," with the trus-

tees the same as above, with one exception — E. B. Mott took the

place of William White. The church, which cost about $2,000,

was dedicated on December 20, 1872. After expending $600 in

repairs the building was reopened on September 25, 1903, by Rev.

A. Griffin, D.D.


The parsonage is located at Maple Grove, and was built in

1879, costing $1,200.


The society is about to build a hall for public use, and some



F. W. Kindred has been a trustee of this society thirty-six

years, and is still serving in that capacity.


Mooretown, known also as Retreat, received its building site as

a gift from Archibald Moore. The land reverts to the giver

should it at any time cease to be used by the Methodists for re-

ligious purposes. The church, which cost $2,000, and is now

valued at $1,200, was dedicated on Wednesday evening, October

20, 1875. Rev. G. R. Hair preached the dedicatory sermon, after

which the cost of the building was provided for.


Ruggles church is five miles southeast of Maple Grove. John

J. Shonk gave the building site, and the church, which cost $1,200,

was erected in 1874. After expending $250 in repairs the church

was reopened on December 30, 1885.


Loyalville, also called Chestnut Grove, is three miles south-

east of Maple Grove, and is sometimes called the Allen appoint-

ment. The church, which cost $1,400, was built on land donated

by Henry Randalls, and was dedicated in the fall of 1885. It is

now being repaired at a probable cost of $500.


Meeker is a schoolhouse appointment two miles east of Maple




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1877, I. B. Wilson; 1878-80, P. Houck; 1881-83, G. W. Leach;

1884-86, G. F. Ace; 1887-88, J. W. Harrison; 1889-90, W. Raw-

lings; 1891-93, J. W. Price; 1894-97, F. D. Cornell; 1898, J. A.

Transue; 1899-1900, T. J. Vaughn; 1901-02, H. G. Harned;

1903, W. H. Craig.



Moosic, Pa.


Work here was organized on February 9, 1892, at the home of

Frank L. Mostello, when a Ladies' Aid Society was formed,

electing the following officers: Mrs. F. L. Mostello, president;

Mrs. George Tregellas and Mrs. M. H. Edsal, vice presidents;

Mrs. E. C. Berlew, secretary; Mrs. C. S. Snyder, assistant secre-

tary; Mrs. William Lieberheim, treasurer. This was under the





direction of the pastor of Lackawanna, who preached for a time

in the Welsh church. Being refused further use of this, cottage

prayer meetings were held at private houses until the church

was built.


"The First Methodist Episcopal Church of Moosic" was in-

corporated on December 19, 1892, that is, the court granted the

charter on that date, with C. D. Snyder, F. J. Schoonover, E. H.

Berlew, J. A. La Bar, William M. Westcott, Harvey Jacques,

and F. L. Mostello trustees.


Through the kindness of S. Judson Stark, the heirs of Samuel

Stark gave the society a lot 75x150 feet. The corner stone of the

church was laid on July 22, 1893, by Rev. J. G. Eckman, Rev.



Moosic, Pa. 879


W. H. Pearce mal<ing the address of the day. The church,

which cost $3,500, was dedicated on September 16, 1894. Rev.

J. G. Eckman preached in the morning. Rev. J. B. Sweet in the

afternoon, and Rev. J. H. Race in the evening. Mrs. P. Pette-

bone presented the society with the bell. One thousand dollars

was raised during the day.


The parsonage was built in 1899 beside the church, a strip of

land having been leased of the Spring Brook Water and Supply

Company, so as to secure room for the house. The building

cost $1,028.66 in cash, besides a great deal of labor donated by

members and friends of the church, among the latter being

several Catholics. During the year $500 was raised, and the

balance, $528.66, was borrowed. The pastor moved into the

parsonage on November 22, 1899.


A debt of $1,000 remained on the church, which with the

parsonage debt made a total indebtedness of $1,528.66 in the

spring of 1900. In 1900 the indebtedness was reduced to $1,080,

and in 1901 to $300.


Emmet Broadhead has been Sunday school superintendent and

Edward Miller class leader since the society was organized.


Revival work in 1898 and 1899 greatly strengthened the



The Ladies' Aid Society has been an important factor in the

work of the church from the beginning.


The society formed a part of Lackawanna charge until it

became an appointment in 1896.


The flood of October 9 and 10, 1903, damaged the property

greatly, carrying away a large part of its lawn, and some of the

wall on the rear side of the church. It is estimated that it will

cost $2,000 to restore the property to its former condition.




1896, J. S. Lewis; 1897-98, John Humphrey; 1899-1902, J. N.

Bailey; 1903, W. A. Edwards. In August, 1902, J. N. Bailey

was transferred West and W. A. Edwards transferred in to take

his place.



Mountain Top, Pa.


Mountain Top formed a part of Newport Circuit (see Askam),

and in 1872, together with Rippletown, Stairville, and Slocum,

was formed into a circuit. In 1880 Rippletown, Stairville, and

Slocum were taken from Mountain Top and added to the

Wapwallopen charge in the Central Pennsylvania Conference.



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"The Methodist Episcopal Church of Mountain Top" became

incorporated on April 26, 1880, with Eleazer Carey, Robert H.

Nicholas, John W. Houck, Charles D. Clarke, and Daniel

Messenger trustees. The lot for the church was deeded to the

society by the Lehigh Coal and Navigation Company on June

28, 1881, and the lot for the parsonage on April 2, 1894. The

church was built in 1881, after one of the Church Extension

plans, and cost about $1,600. It was dedicated on Thursday,

November 24 (Thanksgiving Day), 1881. Rev. A. Griffin

preached the dedicatory sermon from Matt, xxvi, 6-13, after

which he raised $600.


The parsonage was erected in 1887, costing $1,000, and in the

same year the church bell was purchased and some repairs made

on the church costing $300.


Sugar Notch was with this charge for a while.


Revivals have been characteristic of almost every pastorate.




1872-73, J. R. Wagner; 1874, J. T. Burrall; 1875, W. Treible;

1876, J. H. Ruggles; 1877, W. Edgar; 1878, J. A. Transue; 1879,

J. Underwood; 1880-81, with Ashley; 1882, T. Harris; 1883,

W. A. Davies; 1884-86, J. W. Harrison; 1887-89, J. C. Hogan;

1890, E. W. Thomson; 1891-92, W. H. McCauley; 1893-95,

L. E. Sanford; 1896-97, P. Houck; 1898-1901, T. M. Furey;

1902-03, G. S. Connell.



Nanticoke, Pa.


It is believed that a class was formed here about 1812, com-

posed of David and Susan Thompson, Martha and Priscilla Lee,

Mary Miller, Richard Keithline, Hannah E. Stiles, James and

William Thompson, and Elizabeth Mills. The log houses of the

early settlers furnished a place of meeting until a log schoolhouse

was built. The class worshiped in this until the union church

was built in 1830. This church was built on the site of the

schoolhouse, the basement being used for school purposes and the

upper part for church purposes. It was 24x36, with no gallery,

and the entrance was in the rear of the building. The church

was particularly to be used by the Methodists and Presbyterians;

however, other orthodox denominations might use it at such

hours as would not interfere with the societies named. The lot

was deeded to David Thompson, James Lee, Henry Linn, Silax

Alexander, Washington Lee, and others.


From 1861 to 1874 inclusive the society worshiped in the




Nanticoke, Pa. 881


Presbyterian church, and in 1875 and part of 1876 in Snyder

Hall. "The Methodist Episcopal Church of Nanticoke" was

incorporated on December 13, 1875, with Thomas Hill, George

O. Williams, John Puckey, John Letcher, and Luther Curtis



The site for the church was donated the society by the Susque-