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The
125th Anniversary

of
The Consecration

of
Trinity Church

1861-1986







Sunday, May 18, 1986



Digitized by the Internet Archive

in 2010 with funding from

Lyrasis IVIembers and Sloan Foundation



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The
125th Anniversary

of
The Consecration

of
Trinity Church

1861-1986

Sunday, May 18, 1986



First Service 1698

Parish Organized 1702

First Church Building 1713

Second Church Building 1756

Charter granted by King George III 1769

Present Church Building 1860

Rectory 1670 St. Martha's House 1874

New Parish House 1956

Cloister 1970



The 125th Anniversary of

The Consecration of

Trinity Church

Woodbridge, New Jersey



THE PRESIDING BISHOP
The Most Rev. Edmund L. Browning, D.D.

THE BISHOPS OF THE DIOCESE OF NEW JERSEY

The Rt. Rev. G.P. MeUick Belshaw, D.D.

Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey

The Rt. Rev. Vincent King Pettit, M. Div. S.T.M.
Suffragan Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey

RECTOR OF TRINITY CHURCH
The Rev. Robert L. Counselman, B. Mus, M. Div.

RECTOR EMERITUS
William H. Schmaus, M.A., S.T.B.

CHURCH WARDENS
Howard C. Smith, Senior Warden
Allan R. Stewart, Junior Warden

THE VESTRY

Russell A. Bauer George A. Knopf

Valentine Blatz Thomas Perez

Robert E. Grandjean, Jr. Susan T. Saucedo-Sica

Virginia Kershaw Craig P. Smith

George Siddons

125 th ANNIVERSARY COMMITTEE
Chairman: Robert E. Grandjean, Jr.

Committee

Dorothy Corrado, Marilyn R. Grandjean, Joan Knopf,

Arthur Peters, Sue Peters, Charles Ruge, George Siddons,

Craig P. Smith, Doris Smith, Dorothy A. Smith,

Ruth Stoddard, Edna Takacs, Richard Takacs,

Howard L. Tune, Peggy Tune



Rectors of Trinity Church 1698-1986



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Edward Portlock, 1698-1699

George Keith, 1703

John Talbot. M.A., 1704

John Sharpc, 1704

Edward Vaughan, 1709-1714

Thomas Halliday. 1717-1718

James William Skinner, 1722-1752

Thomas Bradbury Chandler, D.D.,

1752-1763

Robert McKean. M.A., r63-1767

John Preston, 1767 1769

Abraham Beach, D.D., 1769;

1778-1784

Uzal Ogden, D.D., 1797-1804

Jasper David Jones, 1804-1809

James Chapman, 1809

John Croes, D.D., 1809

John C Rudd, D.D., 1810

Daniel Higbee, 1812-1813

Lewis P. Bayard. 1813

George Y. Morehouse, 1815-1816

Samuel C. Stratton, 1817-1818

Francis H. Cuming, 1819

Clarkson Dunn, 1819- 1822

John M. Ward, 1822

Robert B. Croes, 1823

John Croes, Jr., 1824-1825

Charles Smith, 1825

Benjamin Holmes, 1825-1827



28. William Douglas, 1S29- 1833

29. Frederick Ogilby, 1838-1842

30. Hamble James Ltacock, 1842-1843

31. James Chapman, 1843-1857

32. Henry N. Pierce, 1857

33. William R. Earle, 1857-1861

34. Eugene Augustus Hoffman, D.D.,
1858-1862

35. Peter L. Jcicques, 1862-1869

36. Robert C. Mcllwain, 1869-1871

37. J. A. Penniman, 1871-1872

38. T. Lewis Bannister, 1872-1875

39. Julian Edward Ingle, 1875-1879

40. Frank Kallarn, 1879-1880

41. Howard E. Thompson, 1880-1884

42. Lev/is H. Lighthipe, M.A., 1885-1895

43. Rudolph E. Brestell, D.D., 1896-1899

44. Scott B. Rathbun, 1899-1913

45. Henry Hale Giflord, Ph.D., 19141917

46. Reginald Harwood Thomas, 1918

47. Walter Herbert Stowe. D.D., 1919-1921

48. Edward Harold Vogt, 1921-1923

49. J. Benjamin Myers, L.L.B., 1923-1931

50. Edward Randolph Welles, M.A., S.T.B.,
1931-1934

51. Howard Frederick Klein, B S., 1934-1942

52. William Harold Schmaus, M.A., S.T.B.,
1942-1980 Reclor Emeritus

53. Robert L. Counselman, B. Mus.,
M. Div., 1981-Present



The Rector *s Message

Dear Friends in Christ,

The celebration which we are observing at this time of the
125th Anniversary of the Consecration of our present church
building is indeed a milestone for those of us who are present
here now, but we must remember that it is but one page in the
long and sometimes even difficult history of this parish.

We stand today on solid ground only as a result of the tre-
mendous work and faith of those who have gone before us and
it is to them that we should dedicate our celebration. For more
than simply celebrating the anniversary of a building, we are
celebrating the anniversary of one of the important events in the
on-going life of our parish. And in celebrating such an event we
must celebrate the people who constitute the Church both in the
past and the present.

We celebrate much more than 125 years in one building,
for however beautiful and uplifting it may be for us, it is only a
building and the essence of a parish is its people. It is they even
more than the building which we celebrate on this occasion and
I ask your prayers for both those who have gone before us and
those who will carry on the work of the Church in this place
after us.



Yours in Christ,




The Rev. Robert L. Counselman
Rector



Greetings from the President of the
United States of America



THE WHITE HOUSE

> WASHINGTON

April 7, 1986



To the Congregation of Trinity Church:

Congratulations on your 125th anniversary. I know you
must be very proud to have reached this milestone.

As a nation united under God, our best efforts are
directed toward the achievement of that enduring peace
which is founded on respect for the God-given worth and
dignity of every human person. In this commitment, the
work of America's religious institutions is more important
than ever. The comfort, compassion and moral guidance
traditionally provided by churches and synagogues con-
tinue to inspire men and women in their selfless pursuit
of the common good. We Americans are a proud and
patriotic people. But we have always recognized that we
owe our first allegiance to the God Who has so generously
endowed us, for it is by His blessings that we prosper.

Nancy joins me in sending warm best wishes for your
celebration. May God continue to bless you in all your
endeavors .



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Greetings from the Bishop of the
Diocese of New Jersey



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THE RT. REV G P. MELLICK BELSHAW
Bishop



April 10, 1986

Mr. Robert E. Grandjean, Jr.
Trinity Church
6 50 Rahway Avenue
Woodbridge, NJ 07095

Dear Mr. Grandjean:

Thank you so much for your kind invitation
to the gala celebration which will be
celebrated in honor of the 125th anniversary
of Trinity Church. It certainly is a
memorable occasion and I hope that you
will express to the whole congregation
my congratulations and best wishes.

Unfortunately, I have commitments that day
both a visitation and subsequent events
in Rumson. You certainly will be in my
thoughts and prayers.

Faithfully yours.




A.d pxM^



Greetings from the Suffragan Bishop of the
Diocese of New Jersey



Diocese of New Jersey ^&ify SOS west stats street, Trenton, New Jersey 08618 • 609-394-5281



THE ni B£V G P MELLICK BELSHAW THE RT. REV VINCENT KING PETTIT

^'s'^^P Suffragan Bishop



Mr. Robert E. Grandjean, Jr,
Trinity Church
650 Rahway Avenue
Woodbridge, NJ 07095



Dear Mr. Grandjean,

Thank you for the invitation to attend the festival celebration of the
125th Anniversary of the consecration of Trinity Church, Woodbridge.

I regret that I will not be able to attend because of commitments that
have been already made for that date.

Trinity Church has made such wonderful advancements in the last few years
and we congratulate you. Please be assured of our prayers in the contin-
ued ministry we all share together.



Fajthfully,



"A



Historical Abstract

By: Howard L. Tune

Jonathan and Mary Dunham moved from Haverhill, Mass. to Wood-
bridge in 1670. The Township Council had offered them thirty pound ster-
ling and all the sod they could use to construct the first grist mill in the area.
On the south bank of Papiack Creek, the mill was built of wooden timbers.
Soon, residents of Woodbridge were bringing wheat, oats and corn to the
Dunham mill to be ground into flour and meal. In payment, Jonathan kept
part of what he milled. Contemporary writers tell us that he was highly re-
garded in his work.

In need of a permanent home, Jonathan chose a parcel of land adjacent
to the mill and hard by Kirk Green, which served as a kind of Town Com-
mons. Papiack Creek today is a mere trickle, but in 1670, parts of it were
deep enough to accommodate sailing ships. Further downstream from his
mill, Jonathan collected ballast stones which had been discarded from sail-
ing ships from Holland. With these stones he built a home for his family,
the first brick structure in Woodbridge Township. For many years it would
be considered the finest home in the area. Over the next decade, four
Dunham sons were born. Son number three, Benjamin, would be in-
strumental in creating Trinity Church.

As early as 1698, missionaries from the Church of England visited Wood-
bridge in search of a flock. They found some ready hearers, but the area
was a hotbed of religious dissenters, and an undercurrent of opposition ex-
isted. Benjamin Dunham had followed his parents religion, and joined the
Independent (Congregational) Church, sited on the Kirk Green. In 1711,
the Independent Church appeared about to join the Presbyterian fold. Ten
dissenters, including Benjamin, signed a petition to the Governor for his
leave to form an Anglican church. The site would be on a low rise between
the Independent Meeting House and the Dunham House. Permission was
granted almost immediately. Benjamin opened his family home for services
until a church could be built. Thus, Trinity's first services were actually held
in the Dunham Home — the present rectory.

Upon Jonathan's death in 1702 or 1703, his mill went largely unused. His
son Benjamin declined to follow his father's profession, instead becoming a
successful innkeeper. Being well acquainted with the community, Benjamin
zealously collected money for the erection of a church. He was also the
largest contributor. All of his spare time was spent building it. Tragically,



Benjamin died suddenly at age 35 in 1715. The church was not yet complete,
and work soon ceased. Being incomplete led to its early deterioration and
may have retarded the growth of the parish until a new church was built
some forty years later. But what Benjamin Dunham started would not die
away, as the coming years would attest to.

For the better part of three hundred years Trinity Church has served the
needs of its congregations. It has survived local opposition, revolution, oc-
cupation by the British, fire, civil war, depression, parish vacancy and
periods of near bankruptcy. Somehow, whenever Trinity's fortunes looked
bleak, someone — rector, supply (temporary) priest, vestryman or lay per-
son — has stepped forward to rescue it. Remember: James Parker, New
Jersey's first printer, who served as lay reader and who helped Reverend
Chandler build the second church in 1754, Remember: Vestryman Daniel
Terrill who in 1811 worked night and day to save the church from near ex-
tinction by begging money from churchmen of the Diocese. And when
enough had been raised, he slept in the church until it had been completely
repaired by his own hands. Remember: Reverend Eugene Augustus Hoff-
man, who saw his wooden church burn to the ground one Sunday after-
noon, then built a larger, brick structure which would stand one hundred
and twenty five years. Remember: Mr. and Mrs. George C. Hance who all
but donated two buildings (The Rectory and St. Martha's House) to the
church. Remember: Professor John H. Lcve, lay reader and Senior Warden
who in 1900 refused to close the church, even when only one person was at-
tending services. Finally, let us Remember: The Reverend William H.
Schmaus, who came to a vacant parish as vicar, revitaUzed it, and stayed
more than 37 years.

As we read our church's history, one certain fact stands out clearly — that
Trinity has faced and survived every conceivable crisis that time and man can
offer. Faith in ourselves. Christian love and the selfless dedication of many
has bridged the difficult times. As we have done in the past, certainly shall
our parish do in the future. The success sto:v of Trinity Episcopal Church is
now nearly three hundred years long, and show no sign of ending. Its success
has been a triumph of the spirit, the spirit of priests, of vestry and of lay
people who have put their church and their faith above themselves. With
good reason, we look confidently to the future.



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Seven O 'Clock P. M. Dinner

Menu

Champagne Toast

Fresh Fruit Cup

Freshly Baked Rolls and Butter

Tossed Green Salad

Roast Prime Rib of Beef
Au Jus

Fresh Broccoli and Baby Carrots

Stuffed Baked Potatoe

Dessert

Coffee, Sanka or Tea



Protram

Master of Ceremonies: Edward Levinsohn

Blessing

The Rt. Rev. Edward R. Welles, S.T.D.

Retired Bishop of the Diocese of West Missouri

Rector of Trinity Church 1931-1934

Welcome

The Rev. Robert L. Counselman, B. Mus., M. Div.

Rector of Trinity Church - Woodbridge

Greetings
The Rev. Canon Edward B. Geyer, Jr., A.B., S.T.B.

Assistant to the Presiding Bishop

Message from the Presiding Bishop

The Most Rev. Edmund L.Browning, D.D.

The Rt. Rev. Albert W. Van Duzer, D.D., S.T.D.

Retired Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey

Message from the Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey

The Rt. Rev. G.P. Mellick Belshaw, D.D.

The Honorable Philip Cerria
Mayor of Woodbridge

Mr. Richard Kuzniak

President, Woodbridge Township Council

Proclamation from the Honorable Philip Cerria, Mayor

and the Council of the Township of Woodbridge

Keynote Speaker

Mr. Lester Dunham

Decendent of Benjamin Dunham

Benediction
The Rt. Rev. Albert W. Van Duzer, D.D., S.T.D.



With deep appreciation to:

Noreen Anderson

Sharon Counselman

Edward A. Grandjean

Cookie Kreusch

Edward Levinsohn

Linda Levinsohn

Susan Saucedo-Sica

David Sica

Wendy Smith

Robert Squires

Nicole Tory

Phyllis Tory

The New Trinify Plai^ers
The Trinify Adult Choir

Who unselfishly gave their time

and support to make the

125th Anniversary Celebration

A Success.



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In Memori; of the departed Clergi; who have
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• • •

In Thanksgiving for those who have

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THE REV. CANON WALTER H. STOWE

THE RT. REV. EDWARD R. WELLES

THE REV. WILLIAM H. SCHMAUS, Rector Emeritus

FATHER ROBERT L. COUNSELMAN, 53rd Rector of Trinity



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