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A History of Old St Andrew's Church

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Contlaued from oase 2. Two iustallments of Miss Oorselins' nterestiug paper on the early liistory of St. Andrews' church have airead; jeen ran. The concluding portiou of ïer paper is as follows : Soine of these early cfenrch peopie have left indelJible impressions on ruy nemory. One of thern was Mrs. J. D. jyman. ' She was tall aud very dark and wore her black hair iu three ringets ou each side of her face. She had a deep contralto voice which she nsed effectively in the ohoir aud to 'righten children iuto good behavior. tfrs. Lyman possessed nirnble fiugers as well as a lively tongue, with which he diligently plied her ueedle for the welfare of the churcli; for our ladies worked those days as they have ever since aud have corried the dear old church through mauy perils with which the masculine element was too weak to cope uuaided ; indeed tbere were times u its history when there were but few male inenibers and if the woineu had not put their shoulders to the.wbeel St. Audrew's would not be where it is today. Col. Lyman kept a pottery and made earthen jars from a vein of clay west of the town For many years alter his death the old pottery stood on the brow of the hill on W. Huron st. Mrs. Hugbes was the music teacher and lived in cup and saneer hollow, opposite where the fortune teller lived lat;er. Mr. Hnghes cut steps in the side of the steep hill for the pnpils to go up and down and fnrther made himself useful by turning the childrec towards these steps away form the dangerons at:ractions of the river. The school in :he basement was taught by Mrs. Milen, Mr. Ohancey Millen's rnother and afterwards by Win. Branuagau. Many of our early citizens received instruo;ion in this school. Mr. Mr. Braunagan was sexton of tlie chorch as well as school teacher and lived in a small house which stood on the lot where my aome is now. During the Rev. C. O. Taylor's rectorship the two classes of little Sunday school weretaught by Mrs. Kingsley and Mrs. Caleb Clark. These ladies both labored faithfolly year aftsr year throagh summer's heat and winter's cold, endearing themselves to their pupils while they taught by precept and example the beautifnl lessons of the church. Afterwards Mrs. Clark did missionary work by starting out early Sanday morning with her democrat wagon and gathering the poor children wherever she could find them and bringing them to church and Sunday school. She usually had three of the front pews filled. During the singiug she woul.. turn aroond and shake hei finger first at one aud theu another anc say in an audible whisper Sing! Sing Later on Mrs. Clark became oñ'ender a sornething audl eft us for the Presbyte rians. Some years ago she died in Washington and her remains were brougnt here and buried from the Pres byterian church. Notwithstandiug this departure from churchly ways for the gloomy paths o predefltination and election, I have no doubt she is reaping her reward for the good work she wronght while amoug us;forisit not written "They tha1 turn many to righteousness shall shine like the stars forevcr and ever." Mrs Clatk not only tnrned many to ri-gbte ousness but went out iuto the highwajs and hedges after them and brough them in in her wagon Our beautifal oaks which help to make our grounds so attractive were more nnmerons in the older days, some of them having to be cut down to make room ftr the new buidings Mrs. Kingsley appreciated their beauty and loved every tree. It was her custom to go over every Saturday afternoon with her man Saín, if he could be spared otherwise her housemaid, and tie boards around the trees to prevent the horses that were tied to them during service j time from doing them injury. Hei church and all that appertained to il were very dear to Mrs. Kiugsley's heart. While it was undergoing its transfor mation under Mr. Lumsdon's supervisión Mrs. Kingsley was very ill. One day shortly before her sun of life was set, she asked to have her bed rollee up to the window so she could. look out and see the ohurch. A few days after this her dear form was carried into these sacred courts on its way to its lasi resting place. Mrs. Volney Chapin planted the Jndas tree which now stands in front of the rectory. Dear Mis. Brighum was spared to us nntil little over a decade ago. We many of us remember how glad we were to see her cross our thresholds anc enter our homes. Hers was truly a beautiful old age. Of her fanily o) nine children but two ï, Mrs. Kate Molouey, of Detroit, and Mrs. Janaes, of Texas. Most of these were baptized in St. Andrews and severa' were married at her altar and her minister performed the last sad rites over their remains. In 1839 Miss Mary and Miss Chloe Clark moved to Ann Arbor and established a young ladies' school. Fornearly 40 years these ladiea shared the fortunes of St. Andrew's through weal and woe. Many souls were added to the church throagh their inflnence. It would take a paper by itself to chronicle their good deeds, yet a sketch of the old church would be incomplete without a few words about them. Miss Mary Clark was a remarkable womau. Her insatiable thirst for knowledge, retentive meinory, fine conversational powers together with a kind sympathizing manner and a keen sense of humor made her a very entertaining pesron. No receptiou or entertainment was complete without her presence. Always at her place in church at the head of her girls, she ever had a kind greeting for everybody-, Wheu slie was aken trom us we all feit, citizens and chnreh people alike, as if we had lost a friend. Miss Cbloe Clark was also a woman of stroug iudividuality ; but very diferent from her sister. She spent ruuch iiue duriug her last years in roinisterug to the sick aud ueedy. The disabilty which cansed hei' rnnch suffering aud flually euded her life was incurred by going out with Dr. Hall, her rector, after a heavy fall oï snow pluugiug through drifts nearly waist deep to adnrinister the Loid's supper to a dyiiig woruan. I write this frorn personal iuowledge for I went with thetu. As far as I have been able to ascertaiu Mrs. Francés Chapín is the oldest baptized menibsr of the chnrcb. We can none of us forget the venerable Dr. Williams who catne arnong us vvhen the nuiversity first opened and leit us only a few years ago. He was ever ready to aiü bis church, assistiug the rector on comniuDion Sunday's, rilling the pulpit during vacaucies, opeuing and closing Sunday school iuscructing tne Bible class, oflficiating at baptisms and ruarriages aud bnryiug the dead. His genial, kindly ïuauner endeared him to all. As oíd age crept on he grew more and more like the rnaster whoin he served and v?hen he was called away we feit that a saint had been among us and let a benediction over us all.