Quaker Springs United Methodist Church

Some History of Our Church

The information below was taken from the 150th anniversary book of the Quaker Springs United Methodist Church
The article itself was written for the 100th anniversary book.

The exact date of the founding of the Methodist Church in Quaker Springs is unknown, but it is generally believed that the first church stood at the top of the hill, west of the noted Mineral Springs.

On November 1843, the church was incorporated and was named the Methodist Church of Quaker Springs. This may be found in records of religious corporation County Clerks office, Ballston Spa, NY Vol. 2, Page 48. That building it seems was not considered by its members worthy of such an organization, so they began plans for a new church.

The deed states that the land was sold by David Ray (deceased) to the trustees of the First Methodist Church of Quaker Springs and their successors for fifty dollars in 1842.

The church was built in 1844 and dedicated in 1845.

The guest speaker was J.T. Peck, principal of Poultney Academy. A complete line of records has not been found. The most interesting items were preserved for many years by the late Isaac W. Meader. He was at one time a store keeper here and a man with much local pride for civic affairs as well as church work.

I had been trying to find out who built the church when I received a card from Minnie King. She said that William Armstrong (a shoe maker) had told her that the church people bought the frame of a big barn and moved it where it now stands. Most of the people that hear this think it might be so.

He would have been much over 100 years old now. Mr. Armstrong lived there all his life. In 1914, I.W. Meader bought his three-quarters acre of land. This joined Mr. Meader as well as the church. He tor down the house and cleansed up the place. He didn’t want any undesirable building going up in front of the church. Nor anyone to sell it while the church stands.

The church seems to have stood as first built until 1875 when an 8 foot hall was added to the front. This probably gave warmth in winter. A belfry was built over the hall to include a new bell. This bell was given by Morgan L. Holmes, a trustee of the church. It still rings, telling the country side that it is time for worship. At a later date, the steps were removed and a large porch and portico were built on. This kept the ladies dry while alighting from the horse drawn carriage or surrey, according to the size of the family.

Today the choir sits at the minister’s left. In the olden days it was in the rear of the church. The seats were raised in three tiers. Of Course, the kerosene lamps were replaced by electric light in September 1927. What a change this made!

A few years ago, the two long seats in the northwest corner were removed to make room for an upright piano.

The church was incorporated under the laws of New York State in 1880. The name of the church was then called The United Episcopal Church.

In 1890 the papers of satisfaction of mortgage had been drawn up. One day soon afterward the mortgage was burned. The paper was placed on a dust pan. A small lad, Edgar Barker, now living in Watervliet, lighted the match and applied it to the paper. Many of the old members looked back with pride to that date.

Now I want to tell you how the $379.50 was raised for the mortgage. Whenever the church needed money I.W. Meader would hang up a paper in his store. When anyone came in the store he would ask them if they had seen the paper. This paper which I have is two feet long and over 54 years old. Sixty people signed this paper and paid their money.
The names appearing on the paper are as follows:

 Adsit, Rev. Spencer M.

 Agan, Jane

 Barett, John

 Bennet, Minnie

 Brightman, Charles

 Buck, Joseph

 Curtis, Frank

 Darling, Eliza

 Davis, Addie

 Davis, Anna

 Davis, Gideon

 Davis, John

 Davis, Nettie

 Dodd, Frank

 Dodd, Frederick, Jr.

 Dodd, Frederick, Sr.

 Dodd, Jessie

 Dodd, Joseph

 Dodd, Josephine

 Dodd, O.H.

 Dodd, Phebe

 Dodd, William H.

 Donnelly, Dr. W.S.

 Duell, George

 Esmond, Mr. Atwell

 Esmond, Mrs. Atwell

 Esmond, Reuben

 Esmond, Samual

 Gigallen, James

 Griffen, Mrs. Daniel

 Griffen, Daniel

 Griffen, Edward Sr.

 Hathaway, Fanny

 Holmes, George

 Holmes, Mary

 Holmes, Morgan L.

 Kitridge, George

 Lohnas, Elizabeth

 Lohnas, Elmire Jane

 Losee, Thomas

 Meader, Frederick W.

 Meader, Albert

 Meader, Isaac W. & Family

 Meader, Rinaldo E.

 Perkins, James Monroe

 Potter, Elnathan

 Potter, Hiram

 Russel, Edwin

 Sarle, Eugene

 Smith, Allen

 Smith, Austin

 Smith, Daniel

 Smith, Lewis

 Tanner, Charlotte

 Thomas, D.W.

 Van Arsdale, Mrs. Van

 Van Buren, Henry

 Van Wee, George

 Walker, James

 Wandall, George

 Wilber, Madison

 Wilson, Schuyler

 Wilson, Mrs. Warren

 Woodrow, Henry

 Wooley, Charles



The Yearly meeting notes of 1864 state that the church belonged to the Stillwater circuit and in 1866 it joined Ketchums Corners.

Rev. Milton M. Lavery was the first minister under this plan. Rev. Roy Honeywell was his successor

Not all the names of the circuit preachers are known but for the last 50 years about 18 have preached from this pulpit, married those who wished to be joined in wedlock, officiated at burials, cheered the sick and rendered to the community such services as only a man of God can give.

Among the many interesting items of the personnel are: The descendants of one Charles Esmond, a trustee in 1851, have always worshiped in this church. His great, great, grandson, Robert Wilson was Assistant Superintendent of the Sunday School and great great grand daughters Olive and Marie Blodgett are a great to the Musical part of the service.
The grandmother of those children, Kate Esmond Wilson, was organist and sang in this church for many years even as far back as when the music came from a melodeon in the back of the church.

Wallace Dodd who was past Superintendent of the Sunday School, is a great, great, grandson of Frederick Dodd, Sr.. He was a trustee of the church in 1859.

Several great grandchildren of Mr. and Mrs. Isaac W. Meader are active in the church work of the young people and are prepared to take their active places in the church of tomorrow.

When the reception was held to welcome Rev. Roy . Honeywell and family to our midst, one of the trustees of the church Isaac E. Griffen said, “My parents, my grand parents and my great grandmother, Elmira Jane Lohnes, worshiped in it.”

Surely it is wonderful, that spirit of many which gives promise to the continuation of the work of the “Church by the Side of the Road”

On October 20, 1940, at a special corporate meeting the name of the church was changed to the Methodist Church of Quaker Springs.

Honorable mention should be made of the efficient work of the following over a long period of years.

Edward C. Griffen – Former Treasurer and Chairman of the Board of Trustees
George H. Lohnes – Former Chairman of the Finance Committee
Lewis S. Lohnes – Recording Steward

The influence of the Methodist Church of Quaker Springs must be measured in its record of service. Of that record it may justly feel proud. It has given to the community for one hundred years. It has been a perpetual benediction. For that long period it has stood, one place, where the hungry soul might be nourished with spiritual food. As years of service endear it to us, we join our hands to make it better able to serve others also. It seeks nothing for itself. It gives freely to all. This is why it lives, and grows, and prospers.

by Marietta Griffen

Record of Pastors since 1845 

FORD, Marshal 1845 

FORD, Abel 1845 

CONNERS, Joseph 1851 

WILLIAMS, S P. 1855 

SIMMONS, George C 1863 

LEONARD, Jacob 1866 

EARL, William 1867 

BLANCHARD, E. A. 1868 

HITCHCOCK, W. D. 1876 

MEDCALF, John E. 1877 

Cox, William W. i 1879 

DOW, Purcell L. 1882 

BROOKS, Delos F. 1885 

ADSIT, Spencer M. 1887 

MCKENZIE, D. G. 1890

WINANS, F. O. 1893 

COMSTALK, Ebenezer 1894

CLARK, Algernon S. 1897 

WOLFORD, Anthony 1900

FISHER, Martin L. 1902 

BROWN, Charles 1909

SQUIRES, Leander E. 1910 

WOODRUFF, Almond M. 1912 

RANDALL, Leon B. 1916 

FRENCH, David H. 1919 

SPEAR, Samuel 1923 

ILLMAN, Robert I. B. 1926 

MERRIER, William H 1928 

MITTLER, Ralph 1932

LAVERY, Milton M. 1935

HONEYWELL, Roy J. 1939

COOPER, H. Allen 1941

REDFERN, Edgar F. 1946 

HILLS, Howard M. 1948 

BRANDON, Frank B. Jr. 1957 

COLE, Jordan D. 1965 

TOWNLEY, James A. 1968 

TEMPLETON, Hugh E 1974 

GARDNER, Barbara B. 1978 

MATTHEWS, Jeffrey A. 1983 

ADRIANCE, Carter B. 1989 

FORREST, Virginia 1993

BATES, Bonnie 2001

KNAPP, Jim 2010

JOHNSON, Al 2012

LALKA, Ben 2016

ISEMAN, John 2018