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PostPosted: Mon Apr 07, 2008 7:20 pm    Post subject: Religion Reply with quote

The first Protestant church service south of Drake's Bay was held August 2, 1846, by Walter Colton, a Congregational minister, on board the Congress, he being chaplain of the man-of-war. He remained in Monterey nearly two years, but there is no record of his having held service "on shore." On the steamer California in February, 1848, arrived the young Presbyterian divine, Samuel H. Wiley, who located in Monterey. He preached to a congregation of nearly three hundred, mostly soldiers and marines, and established a Sunday school. David Jacks being one of the teachers. Rev. Mr. Wiley remained some eighteen months and then removed to San Francisco.

The Methodist Episcopal Church North held their services as early as 1847, Eli Anthony, a young local pastor from Santa Cruz, conducting the services. The Rev. Henry Cole, three years later, organized a Methodist Church and services were held in the old Cuartel building, he being the pastor. During the Civil war, 1860-64, the Rev. A. C. McDongall was stationed there and pastors were there supplied until 1872. Rev. J. S. McGowan held his first service in Monterey March 14, 1875, in the old dance hall of the Washington Hotel, kept by Lockwood. From that time onward he held services in the town, the Methodist Episcopal Church North, worshiping with them, and in 1878 a little wooden building, costing $1,300, was erected and consecrated July 14, by Bishop Leonidas Kip.
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