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STAR VO L XXIV. EAST HAMPTON, N. Y., OCTOBER 29, 1909 NO. 48 Pastor Installed Rev. Norris W. Harkness Made Pastor of First Presby­ terian Church. Happiness, harm o n y and good feeling seemed to be the key note th a t rang thronghout the ceremony of installing Rev. N o rris W illiam H a rkness as pas­ tor of the Presbyterian church, on W ednesday evening. The big edifice was filled to the doors, for the most part with members of the church, and and after an organ prelude by Miss Grace P. Dayton the exercises were opened by Rev. Thomas Coyle, M oderator of the Long Island Presby­ tery, who made the invocation. The sermon of the evening was delivered by the Rev. George J . Russell, pastor of the Southam pton Presbyterian church. Rev. Mr. Russell said it made him extrem ely happy to extend greet­ ing from the oldest church to the second oldest church on Long Island, not only because of the relationship existing be­ tween the two churches but because of his personal feeling tow ard the new pastor, Mr. H arkness. Following the sermon Rev. Thomas Coyle, m o d erator of the Presbytery, read the resolution of the Session of the church upon the resignation of Rev. J. D. Stokes, D. D.. as pastar, and stated the action of the Presbytery approving the action of the church in accepting Dr. Stokes' resignation and m aking him Pastor Em e ritus, and read the resolu­ tion of the Presbytery. Rev. Mr. Coyle then proposed the constitutional q ’.es- tions, pastor and people responding while standing, after which be pro­ nounced Rev. N o rris W illiam H arkness to be regularly installed and constituted pastor of the church. The charge to the pastor was given by Rev. W illiam T. Edds, pastor of the Sag H a rbor Presbyterian church. The speaker began his charge by referring to the glorious history of the Presbyterian church of East Hampton and the suc­ cessful m inistry of the retiring pastor, Dr. Stokes. He said there bad been no installation of a pastor i«i the church since May 21, 1867. and he wondered if anyone could tell who deliveied the charge to the pastor at that time. Ad­ dressing the new pastor he said it should give great pleasure to engage in the work of such an historic church. It was a c h u rch that since 1650 had made a business of the church. \‘Strive to make your m inistry happy” said the speaker, urging him to study happiness and to keep a happy heart. He said there wqs danger of the m inister drift­ ing away from the common man. He advised being interested in the work and pleasures of the common people. Concluding the speaker said “ May God help you to rem ain true to your minis­ try, and go forth assured of this: ‘Lo, I am with you alw a y s.’ and your minis­ try will be as glorious as the m inistrys of those who have gone before you.” The charge to the people was deliver­ ed by Rev. J. D. Stokes in his usual happy vein. Dr. Stokes’ rem arks and adm onitions were of deep interest to the people because they knew he w asspeak- ing from experience. He said that many tim es the people did not under­ stand the m inister: that a great deal de­ pends upon the people being attentive and interested in the services. He said all the eloquence could be taken out of a sermon by a p a thy and indifference and especially by snoring. Dr. Stokes urged the people to have esteem for their m inister, to respect him, to yield obedience and to listen to instruction or else bis work would be in vain He further asked the people to pray for the m inister and to provide for him, not to criticise him; and to guard bis good nam e and bis position in the commu ity. He admonished the people not to expect too much of Mr. H arkness—a great sermon every Sunday—and to “ rem em b er th a t the serm on may not ways be of interest to you but it may be to a great m any others.” “ Tell him sometimes that you enjoy his sermons; d o n 't feed him on carrion; tell him things that a re good.’' Dr. Stokes urg ed regular a ttendance upon the services, and particularly urged that Mr. H ark ness be allowed to do his work in bis own way and he would then do it suc­ cessfully. T u rning to Mr. H arkness Dr. Stokes said, “ I welcome you as my p astor, a n d I will say it is a case of love at first sight, and m ay it last.” Rev. Mr. Coyle, in concluding the service, stated th a t m any m ight think th a t Rev. Mr. H a rkness had not had a fair chance to answ e r back during the ceremony, and assured ths people th a t Mr. H a rkness would give his reply in his sermons on Sunday next and urged all to go a n d hear them. The service closed with the singing of the doxology, and the benediction by the pastor. N early everyone in the audience w ent forw a rd, i a response to invitation, and shook hands w ith the new pastor. The New Pastor. Rev. N o rris W illiam H arkness came to East H am p ton, in response to a call from the F ir s t Presbyterian church to become its pastor, after having been pastor of the Second Presbyterian church, of T renton, N. J., nearly eight years. The sixth child of M a rtha Linton and N o rris W o rrell H arkness, he was born in Philadelphia, A u g u st 17, 1874. On his father’s side he is descended from Thomas H arkness, of Derbyshire, prom ­ inent among the Scottish Covenanters The Pastor Emeritus. Rev. John D. Stokes, D. D., the Pas­ tor Em e ritus, was called to the pastor­ ate of the church February 28, 1867, and was ordained and installed on the 21st of M ay following. He was gradu­ ated a t W ashington college, P a ., 1864, and at Princeton Theological Sem inary in 1867. Dr. Stokes closes his pastorate after forty-tw o years of service, there having been but three pastorates long­ er th a n his since the founding of the church. ltEV. NORRIS WILLIAM HARKNESS of the seventeenth century. His m o th­ er, M artha Linton, was of Anglo Saxon origin, through W illiam Linton. Scotch- Irisb farm e r of County Derry, Ireland. H e r grandfather, John Linton, came to this c o u n try prior to the Revolution, en listed for th a t conflict in the Second Virginia Regim e n t, and rose from the ranks to the position of lieutenant, when, in 1780, he was transferred to the F ir s t V irginia Dragoons with the same rank. His son, M artha Linton’s father, also took part in the war of 1812, returning im m ediately thereafter to Philadelphia. Mr. H arkness passed his boyhood in Philadelphia, getting his preparatory education at the P rotestant Episcopal Academy, and was graduated in 1892. He took his college course in Princeton, class of 1896; and his theological train ­ ing for the m iuistry at Princeton Semi­ nary, class of 1900. A fter a year of special study he was asked by the Sec­ ond Presbyterian church of Trenton, to come to them for the sum mer. The church, then situated at Union & Fall streets, was struggling for exist­ ence, in spite of the influx of Hebrews and other foreign speaking persons, and the consequent removal of large num ­ bers of the congregation. A fter three m o n ths’ work the Rev, Mr. H arkness was called to the pastorate and accept­ ed, with the understanding that a re­ moval to a more c entral location should be madb as soon as possible. In May he had .been licensed to preach by the Presbytery of Philadelphia, be­ ing a member of the old F ir s t Church, W ashington Square. Dr, George D. Baber was pastor of that church. On the first Sunday of November the Rev. Mr. H arkness began bis official work and was o rdained to the Presby­ terian m inistry. He was installed as pastor of the Second Church November 13. 1901, by the Presbytery of New Brunswick. The only other work the Rev. Mr. Harkness has had was as a mission worker among the m o u n taineers of the South in the sum m e r of 1899. In January, 1902, he m arried Miss A n na A y lett R u st, of G am b ler. O They have one child, N o rris W o rrell Harkness, 2d. Former Ministers. Following is a list of the m inisters of the church from 1650 to the present tim e: Thomas Jam es, Jr., 1650-1696 N a thaniel H u n tting, 1695-1746. Samuel Buell, D. D., 1746-1798 Lyman Beecher, D. D., 1799-1810. Ebenezer Phillips, 1811-1830. Joseph D. Condit, 1830-1835. Samuel R. Ely, D. D., 1836-1846. Alexander B. Bullions, D. D.; 1846- 1848. Samuel H u n tting, 1848-1849. Enoch C. W ines, D. D., L. L. D., 1850-1853. Stephen L. Mershon, 1854-1866. John D. Stokes, D. D., 1867-1909. Some History of the Church. The following historical facts relating to the early days of the Presbyterian church of E a st H am p ton, are taken from “ An historical Serm o n ,” delivered by Rev. John D. Stokes in 1887: “ T he Rev. Thomas Jam e s arrived on this, the field of his lifelong labors, some time in the year 1650, the exact date is not known, but in 1651, on April 22, an extension of tim e was given him to make his log fence, showing that he m u st have been on the field some time previous, and also that m inisters were no better at log-rolling at that early date tban they are now. On A u g u st 23, 1651. ■ it was ordained th a t Mr. Jam e s was to have £45 for his work in the m inistry for that ensuing year, and £50 for the future; his lands to lie rate- free during his standing in office.’ By common consent his grist was to be ground first, and a share in all the whales cast upon the beach was also given to him. In the next year. 1652, they erected their first bouse of wor­ ship—tw e n ty by tw enty six feet—cover­ ed with rough boards and a roof of thatch. Here we have the humble be­ ginning of the church in East Hampton, which has continued its existence unin­ terruptedly for two hundred and thirty- seven years. Its form of governm ent at the first was probably Simple and congregational. The civil governm ent of the place was held w ithin itself for nine years,after which they incorporat­ ed themselves with the rem o ter colony of Connecticut, consisting of H a rtford, W indsor and W ethersfield, instead of the colony of New Haven, whose con stitution excluded all who were not members of the church from the privi leges of electors. H ere was statesm an­ ship, breadth and liberality W hen Long Island was annexed to the Duke of Y o rk’s governm ent, they were much displeased, and made strenuous efforts to be restored to Connecticut, and were only reconciled to the change after a long struggle in 1683, by the accorded privilege of a representative in the a s­ sembly. The babe of the Republic was being rocked in its cradle. “ The governm ent of the church was solely within itself , for though the gen­ eral court (now the town meetings) fix ed the salary of the m inister, and pro vided for its paym ent, it never claimed nor exercised any authority in church governm e n t or m a tters of conscience. It continued congregational or inde pendent in its governm ent until the for­ m ation of the Suffolk Presbytery in 1747, and since th a t time it has been Presbyterian. It was one of the orig­ inal churches uniting to form the Suf­ folk Presbytery. The history of this church has been one of alm o st unbroken prosperity. It has passed through try ­ ing scenes, but w ithin itself there has always, for the most part, been har mony and peace. * * * * “ The c h u rch felt sorely the sad and blighting influences of the revolution­ ary struggle, for your ancestors were brave and patriotic, every individual to a m a n voting for and signing the con­ tinental a rticles of association—one of the proudest records in their early his- tjry , and perhaps w ithout a parrallel in any other town of the country—not­ w ithstanding their exposure to peril and insult; for this end of the island was occupied by British troops, who of­ ten caused needless fear and suffering. They seized upon their c a ttle and har- i and im pressed them into various K’nds of service w ithout any w a rrant or sufficient rem u n e ration, and subjected tb; .n often to violence, robbery, insult, -i and oppression. This com m unity n common w ith others, felt the baneful influence of the war and the wave of French infidelity that sw ept over the whole country im m ediately after, but not. perhaps, to the extent to which one of our modern historians paints it, since half dozen infidels, or men who im ­ agine they are such, can make more noise and gain more notoriety in such a village, by their very singularity as well as loud m o uthed manners, than a whole com m u n ity of orderly and con­ sistent believers. It was. no doubt, a dark period in the history of the church; * a tim e when iniquity abound­ ed, and the love of many waxed cold.” * * * * “ This church has always been on the alert, in the use of every suitable agen­ cy. for the advancem ent of C h rist's Kingdom And though some looked with suspicion on the effort, yet sixty-, three years ago, in 1824, its children and youth were organized into a Sab­ bath School, by the Rev. Jam e s M. H u n tting, tbeu principal of Clinton Academy, and a lineal descendant of a former pastor. The school has had a continuous and flourishing existence frt ra th a t day to the present, and has been the fountain whence have issued ‘ stream s to make glad the city of o u r God.” There are many scenes and in­ cidents germ ain to the history of this Church, that would be interesting to recall, but tim e forbids, and we m ust confine ourselves to its story alone. • The first movement in this direction was in 1651. On November 17, 1651, c r d n r d and agreed vpon by vs the Inhabitants, th a t there shal be a rneet- inge house built. 26 foote longe, 20 foote broade, and 8 foote stoode.’ It was built of rough-hewn boards, and was covered w ith a thatched roof. It was no doubt ample in size, for the small com m unity. It was enlarged in 1673, and was again enlarged in 1698, show­ ing th a t the Church was then a felt and growing power and influence, and th a t they loved the gates of Zion. I t was situated near the center of the old graveyard, a little to the north of the spot where they laid to rest its first echo of the tread of five generations along its aisles, it was sold for a pit­ tance and taken down. The present chaste, spacious and imposing edifice was built in 1860, largely through the influence of the Rev. S. L. Mershon, and is one of the largest and handsom ­ est churches on the island, w ith a su­ perb town clock in its tow er to record the flight of time. W h a t a contrast, between the first humble structure with its roof of straw , and the chaste and elegant appointm ents of to-day; the rough-hew n sides w ith the tinted walls; the hard bench w ith the upholsted cushion; the tiny windows w ith the stained and figured glass of to-dav. B u t all honor to a godly ancestry, for it is w h a t they were, that has given us such a goodly heritage. The commodi­ ous and indispensable lecture room, a distinct building, is not to be passed by unnoticed. It is th ir ty by forty feet, and seats an audience of about one hun­ dred and eighty, Above it swings the same bell, and rings the hour, that, rocked by the heaving of the billows, rang the requiem of the ill-fated crew of the John Milton, wrecked upon our shores. Railroad Farming. Long Island Railroad Shows Prac­ tical Results From Experi­ mental Farms. Railroad farm ing received the stam p of approval this year in New York when the two experim e n tal farm s operated by the Long Island Railroad Company received tw enty-four first, tw e n ty-three second, and six third prizes at the Riv- erhead F a ir, The American In s titu te of New York City and the H u n tington H o rticultural and A g ricultural Society E x h ibit. The e xhibits shown this year evidenced the fact th a t Long Island farm e rs are adopting modern scientific practices which, until the Long Island Railroad established its experim ent s t a ­ tions, had never been used on E a st Long Island. A t the Riverhead F a ir it developed that, through the efforts of the Long Island Railroad E x p e rim ental stations in exploiting the agricultural possibili­ ties of Long Island, hundreds of settlers had moved to that section. Some had come from Connecticut and M assachu­ setts, others from V erm o n t, M aryland, REV JOHN D. STOKES, D. D. pastor, the Rev. Thomas Jam es. He was thus buried under the very shadow of the little sanctuary th a t he had so often hallowed with prayer. “ In 1717 it became necessary to build a new church, at which tim e one of the handsom est and most spacious church edifices on the island was erected on east side of the street, directly opposite Clinton Academy. It was forty-five by eighty feet, and built in the then pre­ vailing style of architecture, w ith a high pulpit, and over it a large sound­ ing board, side and rear galleries, and box seats (at one time double galleries, taken down in 1797), two wide side aisles, two large front doors, w ith vesti bule. Its fram e was of ten inch w h ite oak beams, and its covering of cedar shingle, and hand-w rought nails. Its window fram es, four inches thick, and six inches breadth, were of red cedar. It had a lofty spire, and was furnished w ith a clock in 1734 and a bell. This building rem a ined very much as it was built, for more than a hundred years. In 1823 it was remodeled, and chang ed into a som ewhat more modern style It stood for nearly a hundred and sixty years, and probably would have stood for a century more, for its sills and beams were perfectly sound wnen taken down. Five generations had thronged its aisles, and worshipped round its altars. Doubtless time had given it an antiquated look, which awakened a de­ sire for som ething new, and forgetful of its historic associations, and deaf to the Lawyer’s Valuable Dog. The following good story is told by the Sea Side Times, of Southam pton. “ There is a law y er in town who has a large healthy dog with an unim paired appetite. A few days ago this dog w ent into one of the butcher shops and, when no one was looking, picked up a leg of lam b and ran off with it. “ A fter a few moments the leg of lamb was missed and the shop attend- ents w ent out into the street and there saw the big dog finishing the juicy m o r­ sel which he seemed to enjoy im mense­ ly. “ The proprietor of the m a rket went over to the law y e r’s office and said that he had come for some legal advice and as soon as the law y er was at leisure be stated his case w ithout mentioning any names and closed w ith the question ‘ W h a t can I do about it.” “ ‘ W h y you can make the owner of the dog pay for it,’ said the lawyer. “ ‘All right then.’ said the butcher, ‘it was your dog that took the m eat and I w a n t three dollars and seventy-five cents for th a t leg of lam b ’ “ W ithout a m o m ent's hesitation the law y e r drew out his purse and counted out three dollars and seventy five cents which he handed to the butcher who thanked him and turned to go. “ ‘Hold on a m inute,’ said the lawyer. ‘ w h at did you come in here fo r ? ’ “ ‘I came to g e t some legal advice.’ “ ‘And did you get it ?’ “ ‘Yes.’ “ ‘Well then I w a n t five dollars for my professional services.’ “ The butcher hesitated for a moment but saw the point and handed five dol­ lars to the law y er and w e n t back to his shop. “ The big dog had a good meal and his m a ster is $1.25 to the good while according to our best reckoning the butcher is out one leg of lam b and $1.25 cash by the transaction.” Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, A rkansas, Texas, Nebraska. Oregon. California. Ohio, Illinois and V irginia. The exhibits at the C o u n ty F n ir r tm Long Island this year gave evidence of the very results for which the railroad has been working. B e tter seeds are be­ ing used, new crops are grown, better methods of cultivation have been adopted, an increased acreage is plant­ ed every year, and a much greater pro­ duction is being secured. The Cranberry Crop. The eastern Long Island cranberry crop is now being gathered. The indi­ cations a re for a good yield again this year, rath e r better than last. S. H. W oodhull & Son. who own the largest marsh directly in Riverhead, have 37 acres in bearing and expect to gather about 6,000 crates. George W. Davis, of Manor, has the largest eastern Long Island marsh. He will pick from prac­ tically 40 acres, and will likely harvest upw a rd of 6,400 crates The Potato Situation in Maine. The potatoes around this section are pretty much all dug and m any have stored w h a t they could in their barns and potato houses. Only a few are now being hauled to the station on account of the uncertainty of the rot question. The buyers have somewhere between 35.000 and 40.000 barrels stored at the station, and are now racking the pota­ toes in the bins first filled. It is thought th a t fully a fourth of the stock in these bins will have to be throw n out many not being fit even for starch. The buyer paid in the neighborhood of a dol­ lar a barrel and m u st sell the starch quality for 40 cents. His only way now is, if the cold w eather checks the rot a t this stage the price on the rem aining part will perhaps make up in part for those throw n away. The m a rket at present on Aroostook potatoes is practically dead, bu t the shippers look for a change for the bet­ ter soon. A b o u t 75 carloads of the tubers have been shipped from this station this sea­ son, most of them in the early part of the digging .—Ashland Gazette. On Monday the factory of the Bay Shore L e a ther Goods Company com­ menced operation. About forty people are now employed, but it is expected th a t eventually the factory will give employment to one hundred or more. Traveling bags, tronks and leather nov­ elties of all kinds will be m a n u factured Pensioned by Railroad Co. P a trick Farrell, one of the oldest em­ ployees of the Long Island Railroad, who for forty-five years has been active­ ly engaged on the railroad as section man and boss, was pensioned last week by the railroad company at a monthly salary of $25 during the rem a inder of his life. Farrell was first engaged on the road in 1864, and in 1874 was made forem an, which position he has contin­ uously hel ‘. N early all of his employ­ m ent has been in the vicinity of H em p­ stead, G arded City and Valley Stream . D u ring his entire forty-five years of em ploym ent he has never once been reprim a n d e d for neglect of duty, but on the contrary has received m any prizes for excellent work. I {

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