Threatening Weather Fails to Discourage Attendance at Sixtieth Church Anniversary.
(October 5, 1919)

S[c]ores attended the sixtieth anniversary of the founding of the Spring Grove (Quaker) Church which was held last Sunday and was marked by special services. The threatening condition of the weather did not interfere with the success of the attendance nor the ceremonials.

After the opening of the exercises and prayer by the well beloved and aged sister Rachel Woodard, of Lawrence, a brief history of the meeting was read by Pastor C. N. Averill. After which, President Edmund Stanley of Friends University, Wichita, gave the able address on "The Past of the Friends Church." He told of the great accomplishments of the church and for what it stands.

Another feature of the program was an address by Rachel C. Woodard. She is one of the [p]ioneers and gave personal recollections of the Spring Grove church and many of her experiences in attending the quarterly meetings here within the last half century. She is a most lovable woman and although becoming old continues to be decidedly instructive and entertaining and a splendid example for younger generations.

President Stanley again s[p]oke at the evening services. The attendance was large and the speaker given the closest attention. He discussed problems with which the American people must grapple during the next few years and urged that all prepare and earnestly cooperate to settle them properly. President Stanley is a close student, a pleasing speaker, and his address effected good results.

It is a noticeable fact that Rachel Woodard, President Stanley, Thoma Harris, and Mr. And Mrs. N. O. Harris, the latter three of Kansas City, Kas., have attended meetings at Spring Grove the last 50 years. Among the few remaining who have been attending services at Spring Grove for that period of time and who were present Sunday are Mr. and Z. H. Bones, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Chambers, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Ellis, G. W. James and C. N. Averill, of Lane and its vicinity; Horace Barnard, Osawatomie; Isaac Johnson and Mrs. Ida Coffee, Parker, Kas.  |  |  Site Map