A History of St Andrew's Church, Ann Arbor, Michigan
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.1906 Excerpt: ... A HISTORY OF ST. ANDREW'S CHURCH, ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN. CHAPTER I. The Beginnings Of The Paeish And The Building Of The First Church. ALTHOUGH its origin reaches back fL only five years beyond the three score and ten allotted to man, the church of St. Andrew stands as a venerable figure in the midst of its surroundings. Next to St. Paul's, Detroit, the oldest Episcopal Society in Michigan, it antedates the or-' ganization of the diocese by five years and the admission of the State by nearly ten. Strictly speaking, we are not concerned, in the present inquiry, with the shadowy beginnings of church life in this region during the colonial period, or even later, when it formed a part of the Northwest Territory of the United States. The Hon. C. C. Trowbridge, "next to his bishop, ... gratefully recognized as the father of his diocese," has touched somewhat on the early period in his genial History of the Church in Michigan, and the Reverend Dr. Rufus W. Clark, who has been investigating the subject for some years, has recently published the results of his findings in his i Annals of St. Paul's Church, Detroit. A few facts, however, may be of interest in the present connection. The Society for the Propagation of the Gospel sent the earliest missionaries into the field. In 1786 and 1787, the Rev. Philip Toosey and the Rev. George Mitchel came to Detroit and, as Dr. Clark tells us, "formed the first organization of Christian people worshipping in English west of the Ohio." But nearly forty years had yet to elapse before a permanent church was established under a settled minister. During the interval there are traces of the occasional presence of a chaplain at the garrison at Detroit, while the Rev. Richard Pollard, missionary for the Society at Sandwich, on the Cana...
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