844 Wyoming Conference
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.
"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-
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 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 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.
846 Wyoming Conference
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
848 Wyoming Conference
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-
"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
"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
850 Wyoming Conference
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
A chapel was built in Pleasant Valley in 1878 and dedicated on
December 8, 1878, by Rev. A. Griffin. About the same time a
AVOCA CHURCH AND PARSONAGE [photo]
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
852 Wyoming Conference
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.
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.
854 Wyoming Conference
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.
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
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
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
856 Wyoming Conference
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
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
858 Wyoming Conference
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-
860 Wyoming Conference
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.
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
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.
DALLAS CHURCH AND PARSONAGE [photo]
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
862 Wyoming Conference
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
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.
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
864 Wyoming Conference
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
866 Wyoming Conference
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
INTERIOR OF OLD CHURCH, FORTY FORT [photo]
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-
868 Wyoming Conference
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.
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
870 Wyoming Conference
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-
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.
"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
The society at Lackawanna worshiped in the schoolhouse many
years. The site for the church and parsonage was purchased of
872 Wyoming Conference
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.
LACKAWANNA CHURCH AND PARSONAGE [photo]
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-
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
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
874 Wyoming Conference
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-
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 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
876 Wyoming Conference
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
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
878 Wyoming Conference
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.
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
MOOSIC CHURCH AND PARSONAGE [photo]
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
"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
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.
880 Wyoming Conference
"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.
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.