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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - March 6, 1909, Lethbridge, Alberta LfTHiRIDOE, AUTA., SATURDAY, MARCH I, TOM MARKS Welcome Back! Tom Marks Return Visit of Our Old Favorite TOM MARKS And His Own Company ALL NEXT WEEK, STARTING MONDAY Presenting New Dramas Every Night. Each one New to the Public of Lethbridge. Opening Bill, Monday Night "THB HYPOCRITE" Popular Now on Sale at Box Office TOM Knox Church Reminiscences 'Tomorrow the congregation of Knox Presbyterian church of this city will worship for 'the first time in. their splendid new church building on the corner of Dufferin and Burdette Sis. While-the entering, of the new Ibrrud- KIJT will stir the hearts of the people with amhiiipn, tharvkfillness and par- donable pride, the -leaving of the old cause feelings...of regret a ad sorrow that are when. :paniiiii scMit-s of many hal- lowed At" the evening service last Sunday liey. A; the present pas- taking as his gave a of congre- :-catio h; a ndV its aasociatir-n with the THE OLD KNOX, CHURCH :-'O--. building it "has .worshiped -for of a century. introducing his' subject, the preacher' remarked that it was very for the majority of the con- gregation as it 'ia'-toqay to understand the cpnditibris th at; obtained when the congregation- was organized. He the changes" that had taken place in the surrounding coun- try as well as in the city illustrating his points with several apt stories. Lethbridge had its' beginning; as a mining tqwn .and was not long in, ex- istence before in the summer of 1885 William- P. McKenzie, son of Eev. Wrn. McKenzie, held the first Presby- terian service in-the town. lu De- cember. 1885, the famous Eev. James Korjerteon, 3upt. Missions, vis- ited the town and organized the con- gregation and dispensed the commun- ion" of the Lord's Supper to ten per- sons. The first board of managers included William Stafford, Jc-hn D. Higinbotbam. Robert Niven and Dan- iel J. McKay. The little congrega- tion .was served for several months' by. Rev. .-Angus Robertson, who was followed by a cateehist named Cnmer- on. Early iu 1886, Kev. Charles MeKil- lop, who resigned the Admaston, Ont., charge after eight years of sen-ice to the mission work was appointed to Lethbridge by the Home Missions C-uriniiuee for -three years. On July 2, 1386, he arrived in Lethbridge and years served the' church- and conimmity. Seldom has it been the lot of a western mission to have such a pastor as Mr.. McKillop and few. indeed are the citizens, of western towns who wrought so mightily for righteousness 'as did this minister and man. The history of Knox 'Church is arid will be bound insep- ar.-ibV wiih thir'name of Killop. To continue the history' of the church, it was built previous to Mr. McKillop's arrival at a cost-of seven., toen hundred dollars and was-part- ly paid for. It was a frame struc- ture, unpointed, and seated with benches. On July 4r Mr. Cameron .preached his farewell sermon in the iniirriirur to twenty-four persons and Mr. McKillop preached his first ser- mon to forty persons. A Sunday School which had been started with two pupils jind J. D- Higinbotham a? teacher had been organized and when :Mr. McKillop arrived was or- with twenty-eight pupils and Mr. Higi.nb >iham was made superin- tendent, a position, he has held ever since. On. Sept. 12.. the new minister administered, the sacrament of the Lord'? Supper to sixteen persons, viz., Wm. Stafford, Mrs. Staf- Mrs. Hannah Hill, David Gibb, Mrs. David Gibb.. John Duff, Mrs. John -Duff.. Eo.bt. Mrs. Robert Charles, JolinrDr'Hig- inbotham, Mrs. Eli. Daniel J. McKay, Mrs. McKay, Mrs. James J. -McKay, .Christina McAuley. serious strike at the mines. Undaunt- ed the congregation undertook the erection of a manse which was built largely through Mr. McKillop's efforis and generosity. From that time the church's in- fluence increased. In 1898 the opien- ing of the irrigation system gave.the town, a new life and the church thriv- ed vigoryusly. "Failing health and in- creased labors caused Key.: Mr. Mc- Killop to resign, his charge to the ex- ceeding regret of'the people. He "took an easier charge at Raymond, which congregation he served faithfully and well- until a short time before InV death last year. He was succeeded" by ;Rev. A. M. Gordon, the present minister. Mr. his address on Sun- day evening modestly refrained from any reference to his own jninistry. The crowded church, the new church.] building, the augmented, membership and .other signs of the activity and zeal of the minister speak for them- selves as: evidences of the -work he'is so ably conducting; Among other incidents .in connec- tion with the history, of the old church is the fact that it was the first church erected in" Lethbridge and that .other religious bodies held services: here: in the early, days..: The .first- Methodist class-meeting was held in the old Knpx Entertainments of various kinds as long as they wer-e good >vere-held in the church. In 1887 a: -choir :was organized under leader- ship, of; G. H.: Johnston who held the position'for the next ten y During the course .of his address Mr. Gordon related several anecdotes showing the sterling worth of his predecessor as a minister and a man. And in closing remared that thjough- i out its history the congregation had j been' singularly free from' all bicker- ing and quarrelling.. Everything had been .quiet.and which peace, however, was not the, peace of stagnation which is death. The ready to problems that lay before it developing.city. THE LATE REV. For, Eighteen Pastor of Knox Church On October 2, J. D. ;and Daniel J. McKay were chosen I. elders and later: the late John Duff, was also chosen. The kept .increasing and the church prospered. In 1887, however, when the minister returned from die Assembly meeting in Win-ni., bringing with him Mrs. McKillop, j he found everything flat owing to a To build an air-ship that will fly like a bird, Is simple enough if you tafcc it. Find building inateriil lighter than air, And then go ahead and just make it. We the idea in the picture above. These biscuits of together, While not quite as light as the air, are as light As lightest "proverbial feather." THI MbOHCY tlVOUfT CANDY CO. UMITCD. lit TMt MW NMM OHUMN, WHICH II TO N OMMD ;