This Week In History

August 3, 1879

On August 3, 1879, Presbyterian minister and Reverend Samuel Hall Young opened the Wrangell, Alaska, Presbyterian church with 18 native Alaskan Indians and 5 other communicants. It was one of the early successes of the Presbyterian Church mission in the territory. During 1879, Young also traveled Alaska islands with California naturalist John Muir.

August 5, 1657

On August 5, 1657, a letter to the Classis of Amsterdam from Johannes Megapolensis and Samuel Drisius read: "At Hempsted, about seven leagues from here, there live some Independents. There are also many of our own church, and some Presbyterians. They have a Presbyterian preacher, Richard Denton, a pious, godly and learned man, who is in agreement with our church in everything. The Independents of the place listen attentively to his sermons; but when he began to baptize the children of parents who are not members of the church, they rushed out of the church." From another letter dated Oct. 22, 1657, the same writers continue: "Mr. Richard Denton, who is sound in faith, of a friendly disposition, and beloved by all, cannot be induced by us to remain, although we have earnestly tried to do this in various ways. He first went to Virginia to seek a situation, complaining of lack of salary, and that he was getting in debt, but he has returned thence. He is now fully resolved to go to old England, because of his wife who is sickly will not go without him, and there is need of their going there on account of a legacy of four hundred pounds sterling lately left by a deceased friend, and which they cannot obtain except by their personal presence."

August 6, 1904

On August 6, 1904, President John Huyler and the Montreat board (interdenominational at this point) considered a proposal to turn over the operation of Montreat to the Presbyterian evangelist and Rev. John Wilbur Chapman, head of the Winona Lake, Illinois, religious conference center ("The World's Largest Bible Conference" at the time). Montreat would be run with conferences similiar to those at Winona Lake or at Northfield, Massachusetts. Nothing was ever implemented from this proposal. Montreat has easily outsurvived Winona Lake and Northfield — becoming the second oldest summer religious conference center behind Ocean Grove, NJ.