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Presbyterians To Present 'Centennial Of Memories'

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WOMEN’S^SOCIEIY, 1869: Minutes from Weed and Mrs. Robert Dey as Mrs. D. C. a meeting of the WomenVsForeign Missionary Batchelder, who stands reading the treas-Society in 1869, were used tiKreconstruct this urer’s report. In the role of other members scene for the “Centennial of Memories” pag- are (left to right, back row) Mrs. Archie eant of the First Presbyterian Church, Ypsi- Smith, Mrs. James Weir and Mrs. Robert lanti. Participating are (left Lo^'fight, front Pate. Mrs. Clifford Woodside (right) takes the row) Mrs. William Brvaa-"T>s Mrs. B. D. role of Mrs. Gus Tindale as the group’s Greene, Mrs. Jack Wehking as Miss Carrie presiding officer.<br><br>Presbyterians To Present ‘Centennial Of Memories'<br><br>By Margaret Craig<br><br>YPSILANTI — A ‘‘Centenmat of Memories” will be packed into one hour of pageantry on stage tomorrow night at the Estabrook School when Ypsi-lanti Presbyterians celebrate the 100th anniversary of their church.<br><br>Presbyterianism, however was brought to Ypsilanti in 1827 when the city was only four years old. The missionary work was done by two visiting ministers, the Rev. William Page of Ann Arbor and Rev. N. M. Wells of Detroit.<br><br>In 1829 the Rev. Mr. Page organized a Presbyterian group of 12 members. The present First Presbyterian Church roll lists a membership of 600.<br><br>Met In Schoolhouse<br><br>Early meetings were held in a building on the corner of Michigan Ave. and Washington St., where the First National Bank row stands^ Later meetings were held in a schoolhouse near the southwest corner of Michigan Ave. and Adams St.<br><br>The Rev. I. M. Weed became the permanent minister in October, 1934. There were 13 members in his congregation. The minister’s yearly salary was $400, part of which was<br><br>paid in potatoes, meat or other<br><br>produce.<br><br>In 1836, the First Presbyte-j rian Church building was dedicated. It was located near the I corner of Adams and Pearson Sts.<br><br>Church Remodeled<br><br>The present -church building was dedicated on Sept. 23, 1857. Located at N. Washington and Emmet Sts., it has since been remodeled and reconstructed and is known today as “the church with the two spires.”<br><br>Many of the successes and failures of the First Presbyte- [ ■rian Church during the past 100 years will come to life during j the pageant, which begins at 8 p.m.<br><br>Under the direction of Mrs. Milton Mott, men, women and children will re-create the roles of past congregations in seven scenes. Authentic costumes and properties have been collected, many of which will be exhibited during a refreshment hour after the show.<br><br>Others on Mrs. Mott’s committee are Mrs. Raymon B.<br><br>Bair, wife of the paster, Mrs. Clyde Corrello, Miss Evria Tefft, Mrs. Alan Stewart, Mrs. Ralph Gregg and Mrs. R. A. LaBounty.<br><br>Mrs. Jesse Mangas heads the refreshment committee. Members of the staging committee are Milton Mott, Jack R. Lock-wood, Alan and Gary Stewart.<br><br>Mrs. Lawrence Milbourne is president of the Women’s Association.