CHURCHES

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EPISCOPAL

December 23, 1896: “Rev. H. P. Case conducted a Sunday school last Sunday afternoon in an unfinished building on Butte Avenue and had a fair attendance.  He also preached in the evening in a room adjoining the post office.  This shows that Randsburg is not wholly given over to the pursuit of gold.  Some people are also interesting themselves in a school, as there are a number of children here now and more coming in daily.”  — The Los Angeles Daily Times

February 17, 1897: “SAVING SOULS ON THE RAND — Churches to Be Established in the Mining Camps on the Desert. Evangelist Nagle Given Hearty Support in Randsburg and Johannesburg. LOS ANGELES, Cal., Feb. 16.— The latest project at the famous mining camp of Randsburg and its newer neighbor, Johannesburg, is in the line of evangelical labors, for which there is said to be “eminent domain.” Evangelist Nagle of the Episcopal Church has been preaching at various times in an improvised skating rink at Randsburg. He has had large numbers of rough but honest miners to hear his sermons and has been given substantial encouragement in his chosen work.

Parson Nagle has now decided to establish churches in both Randsburg and Johannesburg, having been given a lot and other substantial inducements in Johannesburg, with similar help in Randsburg. The two towns are so near together that he can easily work in both, and it may be truthfully said that both places afford a wide field for evangelical work.”  – The San Francisco Call

September 17, 1897:  “A social will be given next Wednesday evening at Randsburg, by the Ladies’ guild of the Episcopal church. Refreshments will be served and a musical program rendered during the early part of the evening, to be followed with a social dance.” – The Herald

November 29, 1897:  “Rev. Nagle has been at Fresno attending a convocation of churches of the Episcopal faith. He returned In time to preach the Thanksgiving sermon. ” – The Herald

November 29, 1897:  “Thanksgiving services were held at the Episcopal Church in the morning, and special music was provided for the occasion. The church was beautifully decorated with chrysanthemums sent from Fresno.” – The Herald

December 26, 1897: “Christmas day was observed at the Episcopal church by special Christmas services. The singing was especially good. The children will have their tree and services at the church on Monday evening.” — The Herald

January 3, 1898: “On Tuesday evening the Episcopal Church was beautifully decorated and the children of the Sunday school were treated to a genuine Christmas tree. Santa Claus arrived by the Mojave stage and was a little late in consequence. Rev. Nagle has been quite ill with pleurisy.” – San Francisco Call

January 16, 1898: “REV. MR. NAGLE, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Mission church, is convalescent after a serious illness. ” – The Herald

January 22, 1898: “For some weeks Rev. Nagle of the Episcopal Church has been quite ill, Tuesday he left for St. Luke’s hospital, San Francisco. His many friends herehope that the care and treatment he will receive there will soon restore him to health and his work here. Mr. Nagle has been wholly instrumental in giving Randsburg its only church building, nearly the whole of which has been built by the labor of his own hands. Whether he returns or not, the church edifice will remain to bear testimony to his faithful and self-sacrificing spirit. Bishop Nickols held service Monday evening at the Episcopal church.” – The Herald

January 25, 1899: “THE forty-ninth annual convention of the Episcopal Church of the Pacific Coast was inaugurated yesterday morning at 10:30 o’clock in St. Paul’s Church, on California street, near Steiner, with solemn and impressive services. The first business meeting of the convention was called to order by Bishop Nichols early in the afternoon. The following clergy and lay delegates with duly accredited credentials were accepted:

Randsburg, Trinity— l. M. Movers, G. W. Fox, Charles H. Wynn, Joseph H. Pearson.” – San Francisco Call


February 07, 1898: Rev. Mr. Linsley of Hanford filled Rev. Mr. Nagle’s pulpit today and administered the sacrament. Rev. Mr. Naglo has so far recovered from his recent illness that it is expected that he will return in time to fill the pulpit himself next Sunday. ” The Herald

April 9, 1898: “For the past week services have been held daily at Trinity mission church. On Sunday appropriate Easter services will be held. This mission has just received a gold and silver communion set and linen for the altar from the ladies’ auxiliary of the Episcopal Church, San Francisco. A box of Easter eggs and cards were also sent to the children of the Sunday school.” – The Herald

January 22, 1899: “TO BE MADE RULER IN A GREAT CHURCH –Rector of St. Luke’sto Be a Bishop. AN ECCLESIASTICAL PAGEANT GREAT GATHERING OF PACIFICCOAST PRELATES.” The First Consecration to the Episcopate Ever Held in the Far West – Sacramento to Have a Bishop. The consecration of Rev. W. H. Moreland, rector of, St. Luke’s Church, to the bishopric of the missionary diocese of Sacramento is absorbing the attention of Episcopalians of the State to the exclusion of all other subjects of church interest. It will be a historical event, In as much as it is the first consecration of a Bishop on the Pacific Coast, and is regarded as an indication of the increasing strength of the .denomination, Wednesday, in the church calendar, is the feast of the conversion of the Missionary Apostle St. Paul, and on that account this anniversary was designated for the great occasion. .The following is a complete list of the clergy who have signified their Intention of being present:…William P. Case, Randsburg.” – San Francisco Call

March 28, 1909:  “CONSOLIDATED MINES CO.  to Episcopal Bishop of Diocese of California, $10 Lots 2 and 4 Block C, Degroot addition to Randsburg.” –Bakersfield Morning Echo

METHODIST

March 30, 1898: “Rev. O. H. Hushaw has arrived from Bakersfield to take charge of the Methodist church recently organized here. Some Los Angeles friends have donated’ chairs, lamps and a stove for the church edifice recently erected, and an organ has been promised from the same source. There is one thing yet needful—a need especially felt on a mining camp—and that is a good supply of books for a Sunday school library. The young people of the Epworth league are using every effort to establish a reading room down town, where men may find plenty of books and  papers with which to spend their evenings.” —  The Herald

April 17, 1898: “On Tuesday evening a very pleasant social was given at the skating rink by the members of the Epworth league of the M. E. church. A good program was rendered, followed by refreshments, after which games, etc., were the order of the evening. An organ for the use of the church has been donated by Pasadena ladies, and it is expected to arrive in time for use at the Sabbath services. .” — The Herald

May 30, 1898: “The Methodists have just finished a neat parsonage for the use of their pastor. It was built on the lot adjoining the church. Children’s Day will be celebrated by appropriate services at the M. E. church, and as soon as the skating rink is ready for occupancy they will have a patriotic evening at that place. The interest in a reading room is being revived, and plans are being considered whereby it is hoped one may be started in a few weeks. Perhaps there is no place where the need of such a place is so felt as in a mining town. Many men are here away from home without a place to spend their idle hours and with nothing to read. The wonder is that a reading room was not provided long ago.” – The Herald

June 13, 1898: “Friday evening the Epworth league gave a patriotic social in the Broadwell building. The walls and booths were very prettily decorated with bunting and flags, and Uncle Sam and the Goddess of Liberty, impersonated by Mr. Hammond and Miss Pearson, presided over the festivities.” –The Herald

October 03, 1898:  “Through the efforts of Rev. George Smith of Los Angeles a neat frame church has been erected just above Fiddler’s gulch. A Methodist church has been organized and regular services, including Sabbath school and an Epworth League, will be held from now on. ” –The Herald

September 30, 1899: “THE MINER OFFICE, received a very pleasant call today from Rev. Clarence E. Smith, the new Methodist preacher.  Mr. Smith is a young man, but recently from Colorado, is of good address and appears to be a very pleasant gentleman.  He takes the place of Mr. Bryant and although Randsburg is not the most pleasant filed of work for any  minister, yet there are many excellent people here as Mr. Smith will find, and the Miner wishes him a successful and pleasant year’s work.” –Randsburg Miner

October 21, 1899: “THE METHODIST CHURCH HAS TAKEN OUT  an insurance policy against fire for five years.  The policy is for $350 and costs them $2.62 a month and is with a Chicago company.” –Randsburg Miner

January 16, 1900: Dr. Bowers, state mine Inspector, is on his way to examine the borax works and the mines at Ballarat. He will go as far as Independence and return here to continue his examination of the Rand district. He preached here Sunday at the Methodist church. “ –Los Angeles Herald

January 16, 1900: Rev. W. S. Bryant has left Randsburg for Los Angeles. Rev. C. W. Tarr of Florence succeeds him as pastor of the Methodist church.” – Los Angeles Herald

September 23, 1903: “Methodist Episcopal Conference Held in Los Angeles Completes Its Work.  Following are the appointments for the San Diego and Fresno districts: Randsburg, J. D. Monroe.” — San Francisco Call

March 07, 1908:  “Body to Be Sent to San Jose. The funeral of Rev. Allen Hartley will be held this morning at 10:30 o’clock at the chapel of Pierce Bros. Rev. Mr. Hartley was formerly pastor of the Methodist church at Randsburg and died at his home, 910 West Fourth Street. The body will be taken to San Jose for interment.” — The Herald

MORMAN:

April 05, 1902: “Elder Parley Nelson, in a letter dated-Los Angeles, Cal. March 27, reports as follows:…

In company with Elders W. C. Geddes, S. I.  Bunnell Jr.  and  J. W.  McDonald I went to Randsburg to open up practically a new field, Elder Harvey Row R W Nelson and myself having been there as traveling Elders last summer.

We were treated most kindly and much good seed has been, and is being sown in that mining district.

There are 11 of our good Utah Saints residing In Randsburg so the Elders have warm beds in which to sleep and good meals to eat.

I may mention that I had the privilege of blessing Brother and Sister Hyrum Duke’s baby while on the visit and it has been my privilege to perform three marriage ceremonies while laboring as a missionary in this State.” — Deseret Evening News.

CATHOLIC–

October 21, 1899: “FATHER REYNOLDS HOLDS MASS in the Miners’ Hall Sunday, Oct. 22, at 10 a. m.” –Randsburg Miner

January 22, 1922: Catholics of the Randsburg mining district are delighted over arrangements completed to have regular services in the future.  Mass will be said Sunday at 9 o’clock, with a sermon and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Christian doctrine and Bible study every Sunday following the mass.  Mrs. Thomas Royal, Mrs. D. Walsh and Miss Florence Gerblick are in charge of these classes.  Miss Gerblick is also leader of the church choir.

Father J. H. Phelan is the newly assigned resident priest of the district, and he is now contemplating the erection of a parish house in connection with St.  Barbara’s church.  Ed T. Grady, who has large mining interests in the community, has donated $1,000 toward the erection of the proposed parish house.

Women of the parish are planning a big bazaar for Feb. 14, St. Valentine’s day, to which everybody is invited.” –Bakersfield Californian

CHRISTIAN  SCIENCE

January 17, 1918: “STUDENTS OF CHRISTIAN SCEINCE in Randsburg, and Atolia organized a Christian Science Society.  Mr. Clegg was elected as first-reader and Mrs. Harriet E. Kain as second-reader of the society.  Regular services will be held every Sunday evening at 7:30 p. m. in the hall next to the Houser hotel.” –Bakersfield Morning Echo

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