Wednesday, May 21, 2014

St. John's Episcopal Bell Tower

St. John's Episcopal held their first service in an old log courthouse at the corner of Water and Market (1837) with Major Ambrose Whitlock gifting the land and beginning funds for the first Episcopal Church of Indiana. This location was utilized until a lot was purchased at Pike and Green. The building was intended to be moved in winter 1872 after the land was purchased, but the ground was too soft and the church was left sitting in the middle of Water Street until spring 1873.

*Below is the receipt for the bell purchased in November 1867. This bell weighed 621 pounds and cost $279.45. There is also a $40 charge for mountings. Payment was received by E. A. Meneely on 1 January 1868.

Isaac Augustus Hagar was the Episcopal Priest.
Hagar was born 5 September 1834 and died
27 June 1870 and is buried in Oak Hill (Union).
Hagar was a member of Crawfordsville's Lodge 223 I.O.O.F.
The Lodge wore the badge of mourning for 30
days to remember their friend.

*The Meneely Company was founded in 1826 in West Troy (originally Gibbonsville -- but now called Watervliet) New York, thus, the bell traveled over 800 miles.

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