Vol. 1. Newark, Wayne Co. N.Y., March, 1885. No. 6


Is published in the interest of the First Presbyterian

Church of Newark, N.Y.


Newark, New York.

A. Parke Burgess, Pastor

-Presbytery meets in our Church, April 13, at 7 p.m.

-Mrs. R.A. Langdon has purchased, and will occupy after April 1st, the house on Church Street long the home of Wesley Drake.

-A consistent christian - the Church member in Newark who said: "I don't find time to go to the prayer meeting, and I can't conscientiously go to the theatre."

-At our Communion March 8th, which was a season of tender interest, two were received to membership: Mrs. Rachael A. Langdon, by letter from the Lyons church, and Arthur D. Hull, by profession.

-In a letter of recent date Hattie G. Culver, whose address is now 902 Fairmount street, Cleveland, Ohio, says of her brother: "I have good news from Willie; he is well, and seems happy and well cared for."

-One pleasant feature of this little paper enterprize is that persons once members of our church, and now residing elsewhere are sending in their subscriptions. To them it is a reminder of other days - a "link in memory's chain."

-Mrs. Noah King, of Memphis, Michigan, accently fell and injured herself severly. At last account she was not able to walk. Mr. King's family are pleasantly remembered by the older people of our Church, as he was for many years a "door keeper in the house of the Lord" for them. They have a pleasant home and church relations in Memphis.

-When Mrs. Pettis breathed her last, a sufferer entered into rest, a soul redeemed escaped like a caged bird, and flew Heavenward. Her spirit was ready, and her wings were plumed. Her last earthly wish was fulfilled when all of her sons, having reached home, kneeled at her bed-side in prayer. Faith, expectant, only awaited the Master's will, and the final release. After years of frail health, and in all, solid years of suffering, all patiently endured, a gracious voice said "It is enough!" and taking leave of mortal ills she passed beyond the reign of death. Mrs. Pettis became a member of our Church some ten years ago, by letter from Canastota.


-The following is an extract from a private letter. It is warm with a glow of personal friendship which expresses itself in flattery; but it carries us back over a quarter-century of life's devious road, and starts up a train of roseate memories that make life's young, fair morning seem real again. The author of this letter was one of a noble and faithful young company in the "Old Pratham Church." We were all young then; but the years since have plowed many a furrow on cheek and brow. Scattered is that goodly band.

"Some have already crossed the flood."

-Mr. Ward began life with high hopes of a useful career in the ministry; but health failed. And now after so long a time our acquaintance is renewed:-

Malabar, Breyard Co., Fla.

March 1st, 1885

Dear Friends:-

You may be somewhat astonished to hear from me at this place. I learned from Miss Lida Bostwick (Lyons) that you were still at Newark. She is stopping with Mrs. Stacy near here - both acquaintances of yours. I had heard nothing from you in 8 years; and thought probably you had left Newark.

The very thought of your names brings to my mind the times and scenes of other days, - among the most pleasant I ever enjoyed. I shall never forget the associations that cluster around the parsonage and Church at Prattville, with its devoted and beloved pastor. In looking over the past I recall the faces of many true friends, but none who so completely won my heart, and so deeply sympathized with me in all my boyish troubles, or so encouraged me in my ambition to become useful in the world.

Alas, Time has made many changes, - other friendships have been formed and forgotten - but there has always been and always will be a warm place in my heart for those who by precept and example showed me the "more excellent way."

Your friend,

R.A. Ward.

-Louise Pitts was home on vacation one week from Andover, returning to school duties the 18th.

-Wm. New, of East Newark, who died March 19, age 77, had been 11 years a member of our Church.

-Our friend Morris Briggs recently opened sale and repair rooms for sewing machines on Palmyra St., next door west from A.E. Williams' grocery store.

-Mrs. Salem G. Tinney, who has been sick all winter is now slowly recovering. Ladies, call upon her, next door south of West Shore railroad on west side of Willow Avenue.

-A letter from P.A. Burdick brings intelligence of a good work in Knowlesville. A campaign of one week secured 747 names to the pledge, and in the union meeting on Sunday morning, eleven persons arose for prayers. Mr. B. is now in Batavia.

-No town in Wayne county made for itself a better record on town-meeting day for temperance than our own. Hosts of men worked valiantly at the polls. The noble women of the W.C.T.U. kept open and hospitable doors all day in Sherman block, and served at low rates excellent rations of coffee, sandwitches and doughnuts, and held a public meeting in the evening. The temperance commissioner was elected by a majority of 18 votes.


We have given an interesting old-time sketch from Mrs. Bryant and have promise of more. We intend also to button-hole Elias Howell and others. This month we spent a pleasant afternoon with one of the most jolly and motherly of our octogenarians, Mrs. James H. Burroughs, who resides with her son, Captain Silas Burroughs, on VanBuren street. Mrs. B.'s maiden name was Polly Dunwell; her father's name, Stephen Dunwell.

"Seventy-nine years ago," began Mrs. B., "my father removed with his family from Berkshire County, Mass. We came with a team, and were 27 days on the road. Now I suppose it would take only a few hours to make the journey. I was then three years old. I can just remember one circumstance. A man caught me up and ran to the door-steps, and called to my father who was just driving, with the rest of the family, out of sight. There were so many of us they had not missed me. This was at the tavern in "Old Onondaga;" now Syracuse. It was then a swamp, and the team got mired. We found this, when we reached here, a howling wilderness.

The Marbles were already settled at "Tannton," now Marbletown, when Mr. Dunwell arrived, and settled on the hill where Luther Benton now resides.

The nearest store was at what is now Geneva. The mother used to go there twice a year, on horse-back, to trade; bringing home her frugal purchases in the saddle-bags which her husband had used in the Revolutionary war, under Washington. There was no grist mill nearer than Preston's mills, built and then owned by Dr. Lummis, father of the family now extensive owners about Sodus Bay.

The people made their sugar from maple trees, and raised gigantic corn, by planting in spots on the new clearings where log-heaps had been burned.

Clifton Springs "Brimstone Spring,"- was then a swampy region, a gloomy wilderness, with one residence, and a spring dug out with a "shower-house" near it, to which, even then, the sick were wont to go for treatment. A Baptist minister brought his invalid wife there for treatment, and the shower killed her - pouring did not agree with her.

At Union Village lived John Decker Robinson and Elisha Granger. Harry Robinson was the first white child born in Phelps. The first marriage in Phelps was that of a dairy-maid, who must have been as artless and sweet as Whittier's Maud Muller. It was a quite romantic affair. The marriage of the youths was opposed by the parents, and with the usual result. It had been arranged that the laddie and "Squire" should happen at the place where the lassie worked, at close of day. They came, and found her milking. She at once arose, took her place modestly beside her rustic lover under an apple-tree, the knot was quickly tied, when she resumed the stool and finished milking the cow.

The elder Marble was the second person buried in the little cemetery, enclosed with a stone wall, just west of Marbletown. The first buried there was a woman whose name we have not learned. Mother Marble lived to the age of 100 years.

Of the three sons, Nathaniel Marble owned three hundred acres of land laying between Marbletown and the Vienna road. Ephraim Marble built a chair factory, which did a thriving business for several years.

It was located by a pond near the present residence of Wm. Daniels. It was a fine shop for that day, and Mrs. Burroughs has now a rocker - the comfort of her old age - a cozy arm-chair made in this shop. Levi Marble kept a tavern on the corner near the spot on which R.H. Palmer's farm house now stands. John Granger lived in a log house hard by. Ezra Douglass came from the east and taught school in a log school house on the site of the present handsome brick edifice, on land given for the purpose by Mr. Marble.

Douglass afterward kept store; and Mrs. B. remembers how they laughed at him when he said he wanted a cellar to "keep his whisky from freezing." Mr. DuBois came from New York and bought of Matthew VanDusen the farm now occupied by Ebenezer Lake, known as the "old Rush farm". Jonathan Fisk owned and carried on some years a tannery on the place where the watering trough now stands by the highway. There was a large pond near the present site of J.H. VanDusen's place, and on this pond Mr. Hecock built a wooden bowl factory. The forests were ransacked for knots and gnarls which were turned out into nobby wooden ware, articles of which found way into every house. Marbletown was then a metropolis.


We have received a good letter from a dear friend of former years, Mrs. M.L. Stratton, president of the W.C.T.U. of Du Page County, Illinois, and wife of Rev. L.N. Stratton M.A., President of Wheaton Theological Seminary. Mrs. S. says: "I love to read the little 'Consecrated Worker' over and over again.

-Old time incidents to be continued.

-Our paper will be on time next issue.

-All sessions of Presbytery are open to the public. You are invited.

-Only a small attendance of ministers at Presbytery this year - so many of the Churches are in widowhood.

-Mrs. John G. Scott has returned home from Clifton Springs, where she has been spending a few months for her health.

-A.H. VanDerbilt has been confined to the house several weeks with a hard cold.

-Nelson P. Rowe is in quite poor health, and has not been out much for several weeks.

-Mrs. Michael Flynn, Palmyra street is very low. Her trust in Christ is as an anchor. She has sweet peace.

-Proffessor L.H. Clark will give an address on Monday evening the 13th, and Rev. L.A. Ostrander will preach on Prophesy and the Eastern War, Tuesday evening, the 14th.

-The pastor's family can now be most easily reached by the west door. T.B.Sargeant and family occupy the east portion. All callers and friends of either family will be welcome at either door, at any time.

-Our usually bright and happy friend Mrs. Frank H. Jones, has been sick all winter, and has use for all the sunshine at her disposal. It is a pleasure to know that as winter begins to soften down, her health improves; and we may hope, ere long, to see her out again.

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