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Almighty God, "said building to be preserved forever, inviolate from
all desecration by worldly methods of providing revenue and reserved
solely for the worship of God, according to the doctrines of holy scrip-
tures, as set forth in the mauual of the Union. ' ' February 1. 1903, after
a sermon by the pastor, an offering was taken in the method peculiar
to this society, no subscriptions being called out publiel.y, but each
person after prayer advancing to the open Bible laid upon the altar
and placing thereon a paper, on which was written the amount of the
pledge or the cash in lieu thereof was put on the Bible. The fir.st offer-
ing amounted to $2,583.00, three gold watches and five wedding rings.
On February 19, the lot on which the church now stands, was purchased
at a cost of $1,980.00, from iladison Barr.

March 16th the work of laying the foundation of the new building be-
gan, Frank Stampler being the contractor. Rev. George B. Kulp, Jay


E. Sti'ong, James Gilbert and Smith Hickman l)oing tlie Imilding coin
luittee iu cliarge of the work. On August 18, the main audience room
and prayer room were completed, tive months and two da.ys from the
date of breaking ground. On August 18, 1903, the dedication services
were lield at 10:30, the Rev. George B. Kulp, the pastor, preached the
dedicatory sermon, at 3 P. M. the Rev. Allie Irick preaclied ami Rev.
C. E. Roberts at 7 :30. During the day an offering to the Lord for the
expense of building was taken, amounting to $2,708.00, making a total
of $5,571.00, given as free-will offering towards the $7,500 paid for
lot and building. Four persons were at the altar during the day. The
pulpit in the church was a love offering from Mrs. and Mi-. J. E.
Strong in memory of the sainted mother of Mrs. Strong, Mrs. "W. T.
North. Several state conventions of the Apostolic Holiness Union have
been held in this church, and in 1906 the general assembly of tlie in-
ternational Holiness Union was held here from November 30 to Decem-
ber 9th.

Owing to the fact that the pastor. Rev. George B. Kulp, having been
elected general superintendent of the International Apostolic Holliness
Union in December, 1905, and the work at large increasing, making de-
mands upon him that took him away, the board of trustees elected Miss
Sadie Kulp, the daughter of the pastor, and an ordained minister to be
assistant pastor. She had previously assisted in revival work on sev-
eral occasions in the church, and also had been pastor at Orleans, In-
diana, in the Holiness church, the church in this way thus generously
assisting other churclies and camp-meetings their pastor is called to
attend or conduct.

The Immanuel church has at different times contributed as much
to aid in foreign and home mission work as in its own immediate work
in Battle Creek. Africa, India and Japan liave lieen ghuldencd liy le-
eeiving its contril)utions direct. Rescue homes have been helped to
the extent of hundreds of dollars in single offerings. Men and women
converted and sanctified at its altars a-re out preaching the Go-spel. The
financial methods of the church have stood the test of the years, at
this time fourteen years of experience find the church without any in-
debtedness and money in its poor fund to help the needy and deserving.
Tliree hundred and thirty-five pei-sons have been upon its rolls, some
during the years have passed beyond the skies, but a good number
strong iu tlie faith are still continuing the battle looking for the coming
of Him whose right it is to reign. Tlie present officiary of the churcli
is as follows: Rev. George B. Kulp, pastor; Rev. Sadie Kulp, assistant
pastor; Mrs. Wesley Clark, clerk of the church; Jay E. Strong, treas-
urer. Trustees, Ella Martin, Frank Bodine, Geo. Quick, Wesley Clark.
Annie R. Kulp, Pdanche Clarke, Mrs. Charles Kenuard and Henry

German Evangelical St. Paul's Church

Si. Paul's church was organized b.y the Rev. Reiuicke iu 1894. with
about twenty families.

Soon after the organization, the small congregation went at work
to raise funds for a new church, which was erected on Adams sti'eet.


The church has no debts and is in a flourishing condition, since
holding also English services besides the German.

The congregation now has a membership of about thirty families,
making about one hundred and seventy-tive baptized and confirmed

The Sunday school has about thirty-five pupils, with tiiree teachers.

The Ladies' Aid society has thirty-five members and is a growing

The congregation supports the missions of the German Evangelical
Lutheran Synod, of Missouri, Ohio, and other states.

Rev. Chr. Heidenreich, of Marshall, has been pastor of the church
since 1908.

Literary and Secret Societies of Battle Creek
By W. R. Wooden

The city of Battle Creek has been blessed with a few literary so-
cieties that have been very effective and an element for much progress
and benefit in the community.

The greatest credit must be given to her women's clubs. During
the early years of the war of the Rebellion a Ladies" Library Associa-
tion was established through the efforts of Mrs. E. H. Hussey, widely
known for her culture and originality, and Mrs. Benjamin F. Graves,
a woman of clear, strong intellect, sound judgment and resolute pur-
pose. A plan of work was developed, a constitution signed, and of-
ficers elected, with Mrs.- Graves president. Through strenuous effort
and untiring interest on the part of the members of this society, a large
circulating library was formed and its benefits extended to the town
and surrounding country. A town library came into existence a few
years later, and from that time the society devoted itself almost entirely
to the study of literature, science, history and art.

The Ladies' Li])i-aiy Association was called by various names, such
as Ladies' Literary, Ladies' Library and Literary Association, Ladies'
Literary and Art Club. Through varying fortunes the Ladies' Library
Association continued iintil 1893, when it was incorporated as the
Woman's Club, the name which it now retains. Mrs. Graves was presi-
dent until her death in 1894. The purposes of the Woman's Club are
intellectual, scientific, aesthetic, liberal culture and inquiry.

In later years there was organized and developed another woman's
club called the Woman's League, having for its object similar purposes.

Both of these clubs have grown and progressed until they have de-
veloped into great institutions for benefiting the community and have
become permanent institutions for good, both enjoying a large member-
ship at the present time.

The Conversational Club was founded in 1898 by Charles E. Barnes,
Hon. J. D. Bartholf, and George W. Buckley. The name Convei-sa-
tional indicates the procedure of its meetings, which usually take place
at some private residence on some evening of each week during the


cold season. For each iiieeliiig a ditfereiit leader and tliffereul topic
are selected by a conunittee appointed by the president, and a general
conversation or discussion follows the opening talk. In tiie earlier
years of the club the programs bore considerably more of a literary
aspect than has been the case in the last few years. Its purpose now
is not merely to be an agency of self-culture to its members, but to
be an agency also of ethical influence upon public sentiment. A wide
variety of practical subjects is considered, and many notables, both men
and women, have spoken under its au.spices.

The Nature Club. it.s name indicating its object, is ]irobabIy the
tirst club of its kind organized in America. Its work has been study
along the lines of ornithology, entomology, geology, forestry, astronomy,
microscopy, botany and other nature studies. During the spring and
early summer months the club as a whole makes a practice of making
excursions into the country, studying nature in a section that seems
to be a veritable treasure trove to nature lovers. During the colder
months it holds weekly meetings, each meeting generally addressed by
some one individual upon a chosen subject, which is followed by a general
discussion of members.

The Women's Christian Temperance Union is a thriving institution
working along usual lines.

The Young Women's Christian Association is also prosperous and
has l)een a potent agent for much good in the community. Unlike most
similar institutions in other cities, it has been most wonderfully man-
aged from a business standpoint, and has really been more eifective
and successful than similar organizations in cities approximating the
size of Battle Creek.

The Young Men's Christian Association has provided itself with its
o\ni building and club rooms. It has been most excellently managed
for a number of years, being cared for and supported by all of the
good people in the community. Its line of work is of course along
lines usual to the institution in other cities. However, the progress,
activity and accomplishments of the Battle Creek Y. M. C. A. are

Battle Creek is also blessed with a large nuudier of thriving secret

Masons. — The first Masonic lodge was instituted in 1846. The lodge
grew and thrived until in 1897 it swarmed, forming the A. T. Metealf
lodge, which has also become active and prosperous until at the present
time there are over seven hundred ma.sous in the jurisdiction, prepara-
tions being undei- way to construct for Masonic uses a suitable temple,
which will undoubtedly be commenced ere this history is published.
A chapter of Royal Arch Masons was instituted in 1857, and a com-
mandery of Knights Templar organized in August, 1882.

Knights of Pythias. — This is one of the largest and most thriving
secret societies in the city. It was organized in 1879, and since the
organization of the lodge they have taken in an additional membership
of over seven hundred members. In 1883 a Uniform Rank, Knights
of Pythias, was organized, which in later year became somewhat of a


military body. This organization contemplates the immediate building
of a temple for its uses.

The Elks. — This purely social order has become one of the great
institutions of the city. It has a membership of nearly one thousand,
and has a beautiful temjile representing an investment of about $65,-
000.00 and devoted entirely to its use.

The Woman's League

which was organized in 1895, federated 1896 and was incorporated in

The object of this league is to create an organized center of action
among women for the establishment of co-operation in educational, civic,
literary and philanthropic interest in science, art, literature and music.

For convenience in carrying on this work, the league is divided into
four departments : education and literature ; art and music ; home; sun-

The league has a membership of three hundred and fifty women,
holding its meetings in the Willard library on Wednesday afternoon of
each week from October first to May first.

There are two large and thriving lodges of Odd Fellows, besides in-
numerable mutual insurance societies, among which are the Maccabees,
the Ancient Order of TTnited Workmen, the National Union, the Royal
Arcanum, the Modern AVoodmen of Ameriea. and innumerable others.

YoiNG ^Iexs Christian Association
Bu William S. Potter

The Y. M. C. A. of Battle Creek, Michigan, was organized January
14, 1891, and was incorporated by the state on January 29, of the same
year. The organization grew out of a resolution offered by the Rev.
William S. Potter in the Battle Creek ministerial association. The
resolution was followed by the appointment of the mover as chairman
of a committee on organization. A mass meeting was held at the Bap-
tist church, with the state Y. M. C. A. secretary present. This meeting
approved the action of the ministerial association and decided to organize
a Y. M. G. A. The association was incorporated for thirty years. The
association had no building at the time, hut had rooms on the second
floor at 15 and 17 South Jefferson street. The following men were
directors that signed the articles of incorporation.

W. D. Farley ; I\I. Rorabacher, M. D. ; Harlan K. Whitney ; F. R.
Poole; I. Bleasdale; T. W. Case; A. Raymond; William J. Dowsett;
Peter Hoffraaster; W. W. Bridgen; Fred D. Stebbins; H. W. Landreth
and H. W. Fillebrown.

The following men were the officers elected :

W. D. Farley, president : M. Rorabacher, ^I. D., vice-president ; II.
K. Whitney, secretary ; Floyd R. Poole, treasurer. H. W. Fillebrown
was the first general secretary of the association. He labored earnestly
with Mr. Farley, the first president: and the directors, to establish the
work in ;i substantial manner.



JMr. W. W. Bridgen is the only director still with the boanl. He has
served over twenty-cue years, since the organization.

The following men have been presidents of the association : W. D.
Farley, Rev. W. S. Potter, L. W. Robinson, Dr. C. C. Landon, W. J. Mul-
ford, L. E. Stewart, 1. N. Moore, C. F. Dick and I. K. Stone.

The following men have served as general secretaries: H. \V. Fille-
brown, JMr. White, Samuel Ackley, E. C. Cotton, W. J. Mulford, F. A.
ilessler, Claude Lockwood and C. A. Richmire.

In the year 1900, Chas. Willard left a legacy of $40,000.00 for the
purchase of a site and a new Y. JM. C. A. building. Of this amount, the
court set aside !|>3,24o.00 to go to Geo. Willard, brother of the deceased.

Y. ;\1. ('. A. P>rii.DiNG. Battle Creek

On JMareh 25, 1901, Ephraim W. jMoore and Chas. E. Thomas, acting
as trustees, purchased for $7,500.00 village lot number 54, on East ilain
street, from Mary Sherman. $468.00 was realized from the sale of the
buildings on this lot, leaving a balance of nearly $30,000.00 that was
put into the building proper. About $4,000.00 in addition was raised
by general subscription toward the furnishings. The officers at the time
of the opening of the new building were : Dr. C. C. Landon, president ;
Henry McCoy, vice-president : E. C. Fisher, recording secretary ; L. W.
Robinson, secretary. At that time E. C. Cotton was the general secretaiy,
who labored long and zealously for the securing of the new building.
Periy J. Stephens was the first physical director elected to handle the
physical department activities in the new plant.


The building contains gymnasium with running track, bowling alleys,
swimming pool, shower baths, locker rooms, in the basement. The first
Hoor front contains two stores that are rented. The second floor eon-
tains the main offices of the association, reception lobby, game rooms,
library, parlor, and educational class rooms. On the third floor are
located seven dormitory rooms, kitchen, dining room, dark room, linen
closet, Iiesides wash and bath rooms.

The building was opened December 15, 1902. AVith the opening of
the new building, the association innnediately took on a new lease of
life and the membership increased very rapidly. After the first year
the growth of the work has been gradual but steady. The following
facts taken from the yeai' book will give some idea of the growth of the
last six years.

1906 1912

ilembership 288 448

Situations secured 1 34

In educational elaases 87

Average daily attendance at building 45 200

Members on committees 20 194

Number of Bible classes 1 18

In Gymnasium classes 249 346

Enrollment Bible classes 12 144

Number of shop meetings

(held in 9 different shops) 55

Attendance, shop meetings 3,567

Budget $5,000.00 $9,600.00

The present directors of the Y. M. C. A. are H. R. Atkinson, W. W.
Brigden, P. L. Christian, C. F. Dick, 0. C. Edwards, 0. H. Fox, L. R.
Halsey, W. H. Hamilton, W. W. Hastings, W. C. Kellogg, A. F. Kings-
ley, M. D., I. N. Moore, F. E. McNary, W. H. North. E. A. Richmond,
W. P. Sellers, L. E. Stewart, I. K. Stone. C. R. Sylvester. Last January,
Irving l\. Stone, of tlie Duplex Printing Press Company, was elected
president (if the association; W. C. Kellogg, manager of the Good Health
Publishint; Cdiupany, was elected vice-president; F. E. ^IcNary, ex-
county clerk, was cji'i-ted as recording .secretary ; and E. A. Richmond,
assistant supciintt-ndcnt of Postum, is the new treasurer.

C. A. Richiiiire has been general secretary for the past three years.
Mr. Richmire is a graduate of Allegheny Coliege, class of 1900. and has
served ten years as a secretary. - He was assistant secretary at 23d street
Y. M. C. A., New York City, for two years, and five years general sec-
retary at Ithaca, New York, before coming to Battle Creek. While at
Ithaca, a new Iniilding, costing $78,000.00, was erected.

R. C. Sidenius. the associate secretary, is a graduate of the Chicago
Training School, class of 1904. ^Mr. Sidenius has so'vcd as assistant at
Elgin, Illinois, and Bristol, Tennessee; county sfcictai y in Kenturky :
and general secretary at Owosso, and has held his jiresent positiou for
the past two years.

E. C. Cunningham, physical director, is a graduate of the Spring-
field Training School, class of 1909. ;\Ir. Cunningham served as di-

HISTORY OF cAMiorx corxTV 4i;]

rector in play grouiul work several suiiuiirrs wliilc a sluiiciit. Ili' was
for two years physical director at Itiuira. Ni'W Ym-k. and lias lirld his
present position for the past year.

C. H. BabfOfk. otfiee secretary, is a graduate of the .Michigan Busi-
ness & Normal College, and has heeii wilii the local assncialinti for
nearly two .vears.

Woman's Christian Temperancb: Union

Bij Mrs. W. S. K

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