Friday, May 3, 2013

St. Gabriel's "In the News" as work begins on the new church

April 19, 1888
--Work on the new Episcopal Church commenced on Monday.   We look to see Mr. Decker push the work forward to completion.

--Episcopal service will be held in Wager's Hall, on Sunday morning at 10:30 o'clock.  There will also be evening service. The Rev. Archdeacon Carpenter will officiate.

April 26, 1888
--A play entitled "A Scrap of Paper"  is now being arranged for the benefit of the Episcopal Church.  With good luck, it will appear before the footlights n about a month.

--On Sunday evening,  aside from the regular evening service at the Presbyterian Church, Episcopal service was held at Wager's Hall by Archdeacon Carpenter; and also at the Court House by the Rev. J. Bolton.  By including the colored church, services were held by four denominations.

May 10, 1888
--The new Episcopal Church is reaching pleasing proportions to the eye, and by another week will be half completed

--Episcopal service will be held in Wager's Hall, on Sunday morning next, at 11 o'clock.  The Rev. Archdeacon will officiate.

--The  presentation of the play entitled "A Scrap of Paper"  has been postponed for a short time.  It was set for next Tuesday evening, but disagreeable weather has prevented the parties for perfecting their parts.

May 17, 1888
--There will be entertainment at Wager's  Hall to-night(Thursday) consisting of recitations, tableaux and music, both vocal and instrumental, the proceeds to be devoted to the completion of the Episcopal Church.  The admission is only 25 cents, and we hope to see a large attendance.  Children 10 cents only.

--Bishop Weed will arrive at Titusville on Thursday, the 31st, inst., and at that time will confer the rites of confirmation upon those candidates who are properly prepared.  The service will be held in the evening, at the new church, if sufficiently completed; if not, at Wager's Hall.

May 24, 1888
--On Thursday next,  Bishop Weed will visit Titusville to confer the rights of confirmation upon those who have been prepared.  The service will probably be held in the new church, in the evening.

--Mr. R.L. Decker fell from the roof of the chancel of the Episcopal Church Monday afternoon, about three o'clock, and fractured three ribs on his left side.  The staging, which was very slight gave way while he was fastening the cross to the peak of the roof and fell down the roof on to another staging, and from thence to the ground, where he was found in an unconscious condition and remained so even after he had been home for some time.  Had it not been that he struck the staging below the roof he would, undoubtedly been killed by the fall, as he would have struck upon a large tool box just below.  Dr. Wilson was hastily summoned to the relief of the suffering man, and on Tuesday afternoon he was able to sit up in a chair.  Yesterday he walked around a little, but complained of pain from the fractured ribs.  While he was very unfortunate in receiving such a fall, it is quite wonderful that he escaped injuries, that were not more severe or fatal.

--The entertainment, given at Wager's hall, last Thursday evening for the benefit of the Episcopal Church, although it was not as largely attended as it would have been had the townspeople been given longer notice, realized the sum of about twenty-five dollars.  The programme was a most interesting one, and consisted of recitations, tableaux and music.  Miss Walker recited, in her usual good style, "The Legend of Bregenz", and "William Brown and Mary Jane."  Mrs. Brown recited a selection which is a general favorite, the title of which we are not acquainted with.  All the recitations were encored.  The tableaux, "Town Pump", "The First Cigar", and "The Barn-yard Party", were all loudly applauded.  Mrs. Turner gave two instrumental selections on the piano, which were highly appreciated, and Miss Edith Altree sang, "I Heard a Spirit Sing", and "Pass Under the Rod."   After the entertainment was over ice cream and cake were served, and many boquets were disposed of by the little flower girls.  We hope to see another entertainment of this kind given ere long, and hope that a little more time will be given to advertise it to the people.

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