In Mr. Spayd's ministry the Westminster Lessons, at the very beginning of the system, were taken up and the school held all the year. There was a new library, both books and case, and the check system adopted for the preservation of the books. Miss Jennie Love was secretary eighteen years, until her removal, then Miss Martha Miller, followed by Joseph Mackay, who has been faithful for many years. Contributions for Missions in the classes, separately, were begun, Mr. and Mrs. Spayd leading in their large classes.
After the rebuilding of the church in Mr. Cobb's time and conveniences of the new Sunday School room the school was very large. Mrs. Cobb taught a large class of adults, all ladies. Mr. Cobb taught the men. The Primary Department was inaugurated and continued under different teachers to the present time. The old books were again thrown out and an almost entire new library selected under the supervision of a committee.
The Woman's Auxiliary Foreign Missionary Society, named "The Love Memorial," in memory of the third pastor, was organized March 2, 1876, by Mrs. Thomas McCauley, president of the Newton Presbyterial Society. About fifty members jointed at the first two meetings. The first officers were: President, Mrs. Mary Barber Raub; vice-president, Mrs. Samuel Depue; secretary, Miss Jennie Love; treasurer, Mrs. Irwin Miller. Mrs. Spayd was afterwards treasurer until her removal from Harmony, and Mrs. Irwin Miller succeeded Miss Love on her removal to Trenton after a service of eighteen years, and MIss Jennie Cline was treasurer until her call to the home above. When Mrs. Raub removed to Stewartsville Mrs. Susan Cline was chosen president and faithfully served until her death in 1906, except during Mr. Decker's pastorate, when Mrs. Decker was the efficient president. Mrs. Snyder has succeeded to the work. May she have the encouragement and success it deserves.
In the second year of the society Home Missions Work was added to Foreign, and the Young People's Band was organized, and under Mrs. Spayd's control did good work for several years. It was finally merged in the Auxiliary Society, and Mrs. Cobb organized an "Earning Workers' Band." True to their name, the members earned their money. After Mrs. Cobb left it flourished for a time under Mrs. Amzi Miller's care, and then Miss Martha Miller, but finally disbanded for want of a leader. The twenty-fifth anniversary of the organization of the society was celebrated in this church in connection with a Fall meeting of the Newton Presbyterial Society, and by invitation the first secretary returned and made the quarter of a century report. $2,066.66 was reported for the twenty-five years from the Auxiliary Society, Young People's Branch and Earning Workers' Band; an average of $82.64 a year. This was widely dispersed in India, Africa, Japan and other foreign countries, and throughout our own land, including the Freedman. Meetings have been held monthly, and in our reports to the Presbyterial Society we were often complimented on our average attendance, comparing well with town societies. The larger part of the original members have joined the church above, and numbers of our former young people are active, efficient members in other flourishing churches.
The People. We mention some of the past generations, within our recollection, who have worshiped here. Time will not permit us to name all. Squire Jacob Cline, an elder in every sense of the word, with his estimable family. Peter Winter, another member of the session, superintendent of the Sabbath School for many years, translated in a moment of time and followed to the grave by the whole school. Squire Jacob Winter a brother. They lived on contiguous farms, now owned by the Amys, one of which was formerly the Kennedy property. Both brothers moved to the vicinity of the church. Robert Davison and his interesting family, who could recite his Catechism perfectly in church in clear, ringing tones so pleasant to hear. General James Davison and his family. William Hutchison, with his large family of fine singers. John Barclay was the father of Mrs. Samuel Depue, Mrs. E. C. Cline and James K. P. Hutchison, who died in youth. The different DeWitt families, always important factors in this church and the M. E. Church. We recall the helpfulness in later years of Elder James DeWitt. The Millers--Andrew, his son Joseph with his family of church-goers, one of whom is Elder Irwin Miller; Major Jacob Miller, precentor, singing school teacher and choir leader. His son Henry, recently deceased, was a life-long help in choir and Sabbath School, with his family. John Fair and his estimable wife and family. Mrs. Fair's kindness to the poor was proverbial. Squire Thomas D. was trustee and treasurer for many years. In early days the Fair homestead was the "Minister's Home." Adam Ramsay and his helpful wife. Elder Charles Ramsay is a linieal descendant of the Greenwich mother church, of which his grandfather was an elder. The Vannattas--Samuel Vannatta, Sr., was one of the original highly respected members of the church, always loyal to the church and pastor. The pleasant voice in song of Silas B. Vannatta lingers with us still. Elder William Vannatta, whose commodious home, now Dr. Bozzard's became the resting place of the minister. The Klines--two families side by side for several generations. Mr. and Mrs. Peter Kline, Jr., are keeping up the succession. It is one of the old homesteads not devastated by time. Elder George Brakeley, such a genial whole-souled man. Mathias was long a trustee. The brakeley home became a later "Minister's Home," in the times of candidates and supplies. The Hoffs--We recall Abel and John in the old stone homestead, now the Vannatta property. The Youngs, descendants of a first elder. Henry Young, a trustee, who was always helpful to church and pastor. Mrs. Elizabeth Miller was a Young. She is one of the oldest members. You know her quiet, gentle demeanor, friendship for her pastors and love for the study of God's word. The Kochs--Jacob and his sons. Joseph was a respected and useful elder here for many years, until his removal to Pen Argyl, where he again served until his death. The Ameys--Peter and sons and grandsons with their families. Mrs. Hollaway Amey (nee Koch) is probably the oldest member in the church. Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Mackey, Sr. We remember their comfortable home on the hill, which was previously the "Insley home." the maternal ancestors of John I. Blair. The Reileys--Burroughs Reiley, who owned the mill and the property which became the parsonage, was a brother of Rev. John Reiley, so long pastor at Blairstown, and an uncle of J. I. B. Reiley, of Phillipsburg. William Reiley, a Greenwich man and a trustee, is now with his family in Phillipsburg. The Galloways--Lemuel Leake, Garner and Robert, the latter a sexton. Jacob Randall was one of the earliest sextons. Morgan B. Hineline was sexton for many years and the friend of everyone. He sometimes "started the hymns" in prayer meeting and Sunday School, singing the good old tunes we still love to hear. Marshall Engler was a later sexton. The Allens--What a load of them came to church. The Raubs--Mrs. Lydia Raub is one of the oldest living members of the church and Missionary Society. Mr. Hiram Bachman has long been a faithful trustee and treasurer of the church (since deceased, June 6, 1908). Elder Jacob Shimer was a strong advocate of the Bible Society. Dr. G. H. Cline and his large family, who all professed Christ in early youth. Elder Garner Cline is now in Westminster Church, Phillipsburg; also John Kiefer's family. John L. Cline has been a ruling elder many years and his son, Howard, a trustee.
Mrs. Irwin Miller came to this church from Grovesland, N.Y., and has been a constant help. Mrs. Jesse Raub, from Mt. Bethel, is faithful in all good work. Mrs. Charles Ramsay, in close proximity to the church, her home has ever been at its convenience and her help gratefully recalled. The wives of Madison Amey, George and John came to us from neighboring churches; also Mrs. Peter Kline, from Hope, so that this church has received as well as given. Mrs. Joseph Mackey, Jr., has recently been called away, leaving a vacant place in home and church.
The Sons of the Church, who have entered professions. In the ministry--Rev. Abraham DeWitt, who had a life-time charge in Maryland. Rev. Samuel Galloway, one of Mr. Leake's students of wonderful memory, went westward. Rev. E. Clarke Cline, son of Elder Jacob Cline, baptized by Rev. Mr. Love, has been for forty years stated clerk of Newton Presbytery. His book of Presbyterial Records is pronounced "Finest in the Synod." He was chaplain of the 11th Regiment of New Jersey Volunteers in the civil War and yet meets with his comrades. Was graduated from Lafayette College and Princeton Theological Seminary; pastor at Oxford Second for many years, then organizer and pastor of the Westminster Church, Phillipsburg, which was built through his efforts; now pastor emeritus. His bow still abides in strength. Rev. John Carroll Davison, son of Robert, a student of Drew Theological Seminary, has been fore thirty-five years a highly-valued missionary in Japan in the M. E. Church. His sister Mary Frances, is the wife of the REv. Dr. Julius Soper, of the M. E. Mission, Aoyama, Japan, who has had honorable mention for his great services, especially in the temperance cause. Mrs. Soper has addressed churches and societies on mission work on her home visits. The children of both families are following in the footsteps of their parents. Rev. Thomas T. Mutchler, M.D., of Philadelphia, son of Garner Mutchler and grandson of General James Davison, is president of the International Federation of Sunday Rest Associations of America and secretary of the Philadelphia association. Dr. Mutchler gave up a lucrative medical practice that he might preach the Gospel. He is doing a grand work in civic reform. His wife is a daughter of the late Silas B. Vannatta. William Cline, son of Dr. G. H. Cline, cut off his college course, preparatory to entering the ministry. Rev. Joseph Howell, the popular pastor of Hamilton Square, N.J., Presbyterian Church and so prominent in the temperance cause and all municipal reform, is a grandson of the church in the Eseck H. DeWitt family.
In the medical profession--Dr. J. J. H. Love, son of the third pastor, late of Montclair, N.J., who stood at the head of his profession, loved and honored and active in all progressive movements. His sister, Rebecca Fair Love, wife of Dr. David Warman, has long occupied an important place in Trenton churches and in benevolent and charitable organizations. Dr. Jacob Castner Winter, early taken away. Dr. Peter Winter Brakeley, of Dunellen, N.J., the son and grandson of Elders Dr. William Kline, of Phillipsburg; Dr. Charles Cline, of Hackettstown. Dr. Arthur Weller, of Orange. Dr. Calvin Davison, of Stanhope, son of Robert Davison, Barclay Hutchison, son of Samuel Depue, a promising young man, called to the better land while pursuing his medical studies. Clyde Kennedy Miller is in Philadelphia, taking his medical course (since graduated).
Some other professional men, who have gone from this church, attendants and graduates of Lafayette College--Judge Silas B. DeWitt. Profession Jacob Person, a talented young man, early deceased. Hugh McNair Miller, a successful chemist in Braddock, Pa. John Carroll DeWitt, whose heart was in the study of medicine, but prevented from taking his course, is now a good business man, and his wife a talented singer. Arthur Snyder, son of the pastor, an honor graduate of Blair Hall, is in college. Raymond Raub, in Classical School, preparing for college, and other young men are pursuing their studies, while many of the baptized sons and daughters of the church are in positions of usefulness in other communities. Hervey Love, grandson of the pastor, is an elder in Olivet Church, Easton. Susan Raub Hartung, the wife of an elder, in the same church. Anna Hess became the wife of Rev. Dr. James H. Hunter, a pastor at Deerfield, N.J., Green Castle, and Norristown, Pa.
How wide-reaching is this church in its influence. We have seen it from its feeble beginning, with 37 communicants in 1809. The next year there were 53; the next 77, and in 1813 increased to 109, on down through the century; 270, its highest number, and now holding its way through the difficulties of changed conditions with 140 communicants, and its sons and daughters active in nearby and remote fields, even beyond the ocean. We do not know how many members in all have been on the roll.
In bygone days it was not an easy field of labor. Other pastors than Mr. Carroll have occasionally thrown grape shot, and yet forgetting the hindrances of the way all have looked back with pleasure to their labors and residence here. Differences among the people have been laid aside and with the coming of a new pastor together have started anew.
The length of time traversed causes this narrative to be wearisome, and much is left unsaid.
We hope and pray for Heaven's best blessings to rest upon this church. How beautiful for situation it is! What a grand panorama, in these hills and valleys, is spread out before us! With numbers so diminished, by death and removal, we cannot expect "the former days," but we will cherish their memory, and with this new century of the church hope for new spiritual life and temporal growth.
May you and your descendants,
who remain here, ever be faithful to it in all its interests. Love
it, make it your chief joy. Delight in its worship and ordinances.
Be the friends and helpers of the pastor and this time-honored church may
yet "Blossom as the rose." Let each one of us, from the depths of
our hearts, say:
"I love Thy kingdom, Lord,
The house of Thine abode,
The church our dear Redeemer saved
With His own precious blood.
"I love thy church, O God:
Her walls before Thee stand,
Dear as the apple of Thine eye,
And graven on Thy hand.
"Sure as Thy truth shall last,
To Zion shall be given
The brightest glories earth can yield,
And Brighter bliss of heaven."