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and" had faded in their very girlhood, no won-
der that the soul of that still young pastor was
stirred as it had never been st'rred before, as,
in that retired solitude of nature, amid the
golden rays of the declining sun, under the
very light of heaven, he spoke of the coming
time when those youthful forms would awake
in fresh life and beauty at the resurrection

Raised above the sway of earth-born feelings,
privileged then and there to spread out, where
dust was sleeping, in the presence of such an
assembly, that sublime teaching of the Scrip-
ture concerning the rising from the dead, he
has since felt that the privilege of standing, as
between the living and the dead, at such a time
and with such glorious teaching, was worth far
more than gaining achievements in the paths
of literary ambition.

hon. lewis warriner. 257

Hon. Lewis Warriner.

* ' Lewis Warriner was born in West Spring-
field, Massachusetts, in June 1792. He settled
on the east side of Cedar Lake, November 9,
1837, having lived until that year in his native
town, near the west bank of the Connecticut.

His wife, an estimable woman, Mrs. Sabra
Warriner, two sons and two daughters, com-
posed the family. Entering actively upon the
occupations of a new country life, a pleasant
and happy home seemed secure for this New
England family; but the "sickly season" of
1838 came upon them, sickness entered their
home, death darkened their door, and the loved
forms of the mother and youngest daughter
were soon laid away to rest in that now neg-
lected mound on the bank of the lake. The
others rose up from sickness, and with strong
hearts entered anew upon the work of provid-
ing comforts for a home out of which so much
light and joy had departed.

"A mail route was opened this same year from
Crown Point to West Creek, twelve miles, and
Lewis Warriner was appointed post master,
being the second or third one in the county.
This office he held until 1849 when, in Gen.
Taylor's administration, he was removed. When
the administration changed, in 1852, he was


again appointed, and held the office until he
left the county in 1856.

"In the State of Massachusetts he had been
sent four times as representative to Boston, and
filled other positions of honor and trust in his
native State. In 1839 he was elected a mem-
ber of the Indiana Legislature to represent Lake
and Porter Counties, his competitors being, it is
believed, L. Bradley, of City West, and B. Mc-
Carty, of Valparaiso.

"So far as I can ascertain, he was the first
citizen of Lake County sent to the Legislature.
In 1840 he took the first United States census
in our bounds. He was again elected a mem-
ber of the Legislature in 1848.

He was one of the constituent members of
the Cedar Lake Baptist Church, organized in
June, 1838, having been, with his wife, a mem-
ber of the Agawam Baptist Church, in West
Springfield, and remained true to his Christian
profession until his death. He was an excel-
lent neighbor, an exemplary church member,
a useful, active citizen, and in public life, both
in Massachusetts and in Indiana, discharged
his official duties faithfully and to the satisfac-
tion of his constituents.

kt His surviving children both having married
and left the county, he, in 1856, went to reside
with his son, Edwin B. Warriner, at Kankakee,


Illinois, and afterwards with his daughter, Mrs.
James A. Hunt. He died at his son-in-law's
residence at Prairie Grove, Fayette County,
Arkansas, May 14, 1869, being almost 77 years
of age.

"I quote the following: 'As a man he al-
ways commanded the highest respect and con-
fidence of his neighbors and acquaintances in
all the walks of life, both public and private,
and was always ready to give his influence and
support for every object tending to benefit or
improve his fellow man.

" 'As a Christian he was active and sincere,
both in his church duties and in his every day
life and examples, the influences of which were
felt and acknowledged by his neighbors and
associates as being consistent and earnest, and
of a character that quietly leads into the ways
of truth and life.'

Of his five children, one only is now living,
Edwin B. Warriner, of Kankakee." "Lake
County," pages 287, 288.

260 the lake of the red cedars.

Richard Church.

,W R. Church was the father of seven sons,
Darling, Austin, Alonzo, John, Charles, Mun-
son, and Eli ; and of four daughters. Most of
these were men and women in 1837." Leonard
Cutler married one of the daughters, and settled
on Prairie West about the same time in which
the Church family settled. He has been men-
tioned in different connections in this narrative.
His last home in Lake county was in Crown
Point. He had three sons and three daughters.
His oldest daughter Sophia, who was in her
girlhood a zealous Baptist, has married a Pres-
byterian minister. His second daughter, Mar-
tha, married and went to New England. The
Cutler family now reside at Avon, near Gales-
burg, in Illinois.

Lydia Church, the youngest daughter of P.
Church, married L. Hand. They have two
children and reside at Geneva Lake, in Wiscon-
sin. They are an intelligent Baptist family,
having a farm and carrying on a boarding-
school. " Mrs. Alonzo Cutler, the third daugh-
ter of P. Church, resides in La Porte county.
Her husband is wealthy and her sons enterpris-
ing." Her husband is a Methodist, but she is a
very earnest, consistent, active Baptist. Eli
Church, the youngest son, baptized in 1845, one


of the active members of the Cedar Lake
Lyceum, one of that group of twenty enjoy-
ing those pleasant years, went to California,
made and lost two fortunes, and is now living
in that golden state, among the mountains, the
head of a household where the far off western
sun seems to sink to rest in the Pacific.

For a number of years there was no repre-
sentative of the large Church family in Lake
county, but two sons of Darling Church are now
merchants at Crown Point. One of these with
his wife is a member of the East Street Baptist
church. He attended the school at Cedar Lake,
but was never identified with the Cedar Lake

Richard Church was a man of good judg-
ment, a New York Baptist of the olden time, a
farmer and a blacksmith, sociable with children,
friendly, and kind/ His remains rest in the
Crown Point burial ground. His prairie is
densely settled by an industrious, thriving,
Catholic community. Somewhere in this world,
if not where he lived and died, his influence yet
lives. Human influence for good or ill does
not easily nor readily die.

Two stanzas from Bonar's Everlasting Memo-
il are here inserted. The one is for those


whose names have been presented in the fore-
going pages.

" Needs there the praise of the love-written record,
The name and the epitaph graved on the stone ?
The things we have lived for, — let them be our story,
We ourselves but remembered by what we have done.' 1

And the other is for him who has written
these pages :

" So let my living be, so be my dying ;

So let my name lie unblazoned, unknown ;
Unpraised and unmissed I shall still be remembered ;
Yes, — but remembered by what I have done."


TEN ADDED YEAES. 1868 TO 1878.


The last of the three New England Baptist
pioneers of Lake died in October, 1868. The
Crown Point Baptist church was then appar-
ently prosperous. In June 1869 it reported
sixty-one members. It soon became evident
that trouble was near.

The pastor had tendered his resignation
which the church by vote refused to accept.
It at length became needful to start a new

The time has not yet come, it may never
come, for the reasons for that necessity to be
made public.

They are well enough known in Crown Point
and at Plum Grove.

"April 23, 18T1.

A meeting was this day held at ^he Crown
Point Institute by members of the congregation
meeting there during the past year, for the
purpose of conferring together in regard to our


duty as Christians in the circumstances sur-
rounding us.


After a free interchange of views it was unan-
imously decided that we form ourselves into a
church of Christ to be called The North Street
Baptist Church at Crown Point." Twelve
names are enrolled as constituent members of
this church.

Articles of faith were adopted June 3d. The
covenant of the Cedar Lake church, with some
changes, was adopted. Rev. T. H. Ball became

It was soon decided to erect a meeting house.
A lot was secured adjoining the Institute
grounds, on North Street, in the central part
of town, and a building was soon commenced.
Many citizens in different parts of the county
aided generously in the erection of this house,
a Gothic structure, forty feet by twenty-eight,
with added rooms for the pastor's study and
for an infant or Bible class room.

For different reasons the work of building
did not progress rapidly.

August 1, 1871 the Institute, then owned b} T
Rev. T. Ii.*Ball, was sold to the town of Crown
Point, and the new church met for some time
in the Presbyterian church building. As this
church was then destitute of a pastor, the pas-


tor of the North Street church occupied the
pulpit, by invitation, Sabbath mornings, and
delivered to the united congregations, in the
year 1871, a series of discourses on the King-
dom, presenting the Original Dominion and
the Acquired Dominion ; , and under the latter
the following divisions, the Spiritual Kingdom,
the Millennial Kingdom, and the Endless Do-

Some of the views then presented, he is not
sorry to see accepted as truth now by quite a
number in Lake county.

A literary work was now undertaken by the
North Street pastor, which required some little
time, and which was published in 1873. This
work, entitled "Lake County, Indiana, from
1834 to 1872," was completed at the Lakeside
Building, Chicago, and was published at Crown
Point. It contains three hundred and sixty-
four pages, and has met with sufficient com-
mendation from the press.

"While these varied labors of preaching, writ-
ing, reading proof, performing Sunday School
work, and teaching, which was resumed August
19, 1872, were going forward, there came to
the now small family, at what had been the
Baptist parsonage, the Nineteenth Anniversary,
or the Special Donation.

The "crystal wedding," in 1870, had been


duly celebrated, although the husband was ab-
sent attending a Baptist educational meeting at«
Brooklyn. Mrs. E. H. Woodard had made the
"presentation speech" as Mrs. Ball's friends
presented to her a nice set of glass ware. But
this nineteenth anniversary merits more than a
passing notice.

The year of 1874 had opened upon Crown
Point and upon the rest of the Christian world.
The month of April came, the month which
brought precious recollections to some of those
who had been inmates of the home at the Lake
of Cedars. While to the student of history the
19th of April recalls Lexington and Baltimore,
to these few, in this Crown Point household,
it speaks each year of a baptism and a bridal
eve. This was a backward spring around the
Great Lakes. Winter lingered and still lingered
as though unwilling to depart.

The family of the North Street church pastor
had passed through some straits, had known
some severe trials ; but now one more delight-
ful experience was before them.

The following editorial written by Mrs., now
Dr. L. G. Bedell, wife of the editor of the
Crown Point Register, will fittingly introduce
this " Sunny Side " experience to the reader.

Some of the friends of Mrs. Rev. T. H. Ball
have for some time been planning to make


some sort of a demonstrative raid upon her
about the 19th of this month, that being her
marriage anniversary. But by mere chance
some one learned that she had been very de-
sirous of visiting her mother and her native
home, near Mobile, Ala., but had entirely given
it up for reasons that bear heavily upon the
much agitated question of " inflation." Where-
upon some of the good ladies of the town
thought the circumstances afforded them a very
good opportunity to carry out former good in-
tentions of expressing their regard. Immedi-
ately some active friends set about an experiment
looking to ''inflation." u But Georgie must
go, too," chimed in many voices, and many a
heart as well as purse responded "Amen. 1 '
And so while busy feet were canvassing the
town for "inflation, 11 two messengers were dis-
patched to Mrs. Ball to inform her that "her
neighbors were in conspiracy against her to
compel her to leave the town,'.' — that she
should immediately make her preparations to
start for Mobile the following day. Only 24
hours remained to her for making up her mind
to undergo the painful ordeal (?) — her daughter
Georgie was expected to accompany her, and
there was no time to be lost in looks of aston-
ishment and exclamations of "Why is this
thus? " Accordingly on Wednesday last Mrs.
Ball and Georgie left for Mobile under the care
and pleasant companionship of Mr. Dibble, who
expressed his thanks to the ladies for having
conferred an unexpected pleasure on him. ■

Wedding anniversaries have been celebrated
in a variety of ways among us — tin weddings,


wooden weddings, crystal weddings and silver
weddings, but never have our people entered
into any little project with greater zeal or more
pleasure than in securing to Mrs. Ball the
pleasure of spending this 19th of April in the
house of her mother, from whence she married
19 years ago. We think our people are re-
markable for their generosity, but we never
before saw a sum of money raised with such
ease or so quickly. The reason is because
everybody had a kindly interest in the cause
and knew what a genuine and generous sur-
prise it would be, and hence everyone seemed
not only willing but anxious to contribute and
to have a part in the " conspiracy.' '

[From the Register.]


I give a few extracts from letters mailed at
Indianapolis,, and Bangor, Ala., showing the
progress of that little party of three that left
Crown Point for Mobile a few mornings ago.

T. H. B.

At La Crosse Mr. Horine bid us good bye
and left the cars. It is snowing fast, but we
are flying from it just as fast as we can and will
soon be in a warmer clime.

Logansport. — " Twenty minutes for meals,"
and G-eorgie is hungry. Dinner was a pleasant
time. We did not go to the hotel for dinner,
but fared sumptuously from the willow basket
so well filled by the kind hands of our dear
friend Mrs. Summers. We concluded to re-
serve Mrs. Cornell's box for future use.


Kokomo. — We have changed cars and are off
for Indianapolis. Five o'clock. Almost to In-
dianapolis. We saw some flowers and green
fields of wheat. We are surely getting south
now. Mr. Dibble sends his regards to all the

Indianapolis. — We took supper in the depot
from the willow basket, but it is just as full as
ever. We conclude it is a never- failing basket.
Mr. Dibble says, the more we eat the fuller it
grows. We are now on cars bound for Louis-
ville. Eleven at night. In sight of Louisville.
Oh how grand ! Georgie says, how grand !
Mr. Dibble also says, how grand ! The Ohio
river in its grandeur, gas lights reflecting in the
water, the cars go across the river on a bridge.
I never saw so beautiful a sight. We will
change cars here, now bound for Nashville.
Will try to sleep the remainder of the night.
But few passengers on board, plenty of room.

Friday morning. — Bowling Green. A good
sleep. Georgie slept well last night. She is
quite refreshed this morning. Vegetation is
out in green. Everything looks like summer.
The woods are full of flowers. Peach trees all
in bloom and apple trees also. It is delightful,
perfect fairy land. The cows are eating green
grass at leisure.

Nashville. — A grand tornado swept through
Nashville a day or two ago, and left its foot
prints. A great deal of water fell, overflowing
the Cumberland river. Houses are floating in
the water. They look like boats. Tops of
houses were capsized, bridges washed away,
trees slashed down, two or three persons


drowned. We came through the Cumberland
mountains, through the tunnels. Georgie
thinks it is grand. She never saw a mountain
before. The negroes amuse her very much.
They come out at every station and salute us.
We are just passing through a forest of ever-
greens. We passed through the Union Ceme-
tery, where thousands of soldiers were buried.
I think this the nicest time of the year to go
south, the scenery is so beautiful. Friday, 3
o'clock. We are at Decatur. Will be at Mont-
gomery about one o'clock to-night.

Telegram.— Mobile, Ala., April 19th, 1874.
Received at Crown Point, 8 a.m. To Z. F.
Summers: u Arrived safely yesterday. Ladies
took steamer for Jackson last evening.

I. O. Dibble. 1 '

So the probability is that Mrs. Ball and Georgie
were at their southern home April 19th.

[The following is from the Clarke County Democrat.]

The wife and daughter of the Rev. T. H.
Ball, of Crown Point, Ind., arrived here yester-
day, having left Crown Point on Thursday. A
furious snow storm was prevailing when they
left home, with no observable indications of
approaching summer. How remarkable the
transition ! Here they find trees and shrub-
bery in all their gorgeous outfit of summer
beauty and loveliness, with grown leaves and
full-blown flowers.

Mrs. Ball returns, after a long absence, to
revisit her relatives and the scenes of her child-


[Prom the Register.]

Iii behalf of my wife, Mrs. M. C. C. Ball,
who is now, with her daughter Georgie, in the
home of her childhood in South Alabama, to
those "friends" who so kindly, heartily, and
generously, provided her traveling expenses
and sent her with a glad heart upon that long
desired journey, I return her and my own very
grateful acknowledgments and hearty thanks.

To be permitted to visit an aged mother, sis-
ters, brothers, and a large circle of relatives
and friends from whom one has been separated
for these last fourteen years, is a great privi-
lege which few can appreciate more thoroughly
or enjoy more intensely than she upon whom
some of the ladies and citizens of Crown Point
have, with such kind thoughtfulness, such ex-
pressions of good will, and amid such pleasant
surroundings, just conferred this privilege. It
seems like the croirning act in a series of many
kindnesses and favors bestowed upon us during
these many years by noble hearts in various
parts of this county, all of which we keep in
grateful remembrance.

The Great Teacher said : " It is more blessed
to give than to receive." He also said, that a
cup of cold water even, given to a disciple in
the name of a disciple, shall not lose its reward.
Feeling sure that she who is now enjoying
amid the flowers and the fruits and the singing
birds and the revival of youthful associations,
in the sunny clime of the South, the society of
her kindred, has a share in the watchful care


and love of Him who spoke these words, I
trust that all those aiding in conferring this
pleasure upon her will find, in the language of
Scripture, that u a blessing is in it." He, who
is able, will abundantly repay them.

T. H. Ball.
Crown Point, April 20th, 1874.

(Extracts from Register continued.]

After the departure of his mother and sister,
Herbert S. Ball found his home lonesome, and
his "payday'- having come round for some
work he had been doing for his uncle, with his
father's advice and consent he concluded to
carry out more fully a plan that had long ago been
arranged, and join his mother and sister in Ala-
bama. He had obtained a printing press from
Connecticut, had printed a thousand visiting
cards here, had obtained orders for cards from his
friends in the South where competition was less
and prices much higher, and fitting himself out
at Chicago with more type and five thousand
cards, he took his press with him and expects
to be able to aid materially in bringing his
mother and sister back with him to their home.
They will probably all return in July. His
friends here will certainly be glad that the way
opened for him to unite business with enjoy-
ment, and they will expect to see him succeed
in bringing his mother and sister safely back.



Mr. Ball has furnished us the subjoined notes
of Herbert's trip to the south, jotted down at
different points of the route. They will no
doubt be interesting to the boys, and probably
to many of Herbert's seniors:

May 6th. — I left Chicago last night. As the
conductor said that train would not go clear
through to Cairo I stopped at Aunt Mary' s over
night. [Kankakee City.]

It is about four o'clock now, and I think that
we are near Decatur, or past it.

The time-table says that the train will reach
Cairo early in the morning. I have got along
nicely so far.

Dr. Cutler lent me the Arabian Night's tales
to read. I have just finished Aladdin's Lamp.
I have just seen a number of peach trees in
blossom. They look out of place almost. The
trees look green and it feels like summer.

Five o'clock. — The men wear straw hats
where we are now. We have passed through
three or four large towns. We are passing
through a wheat field. I should think it was
eight inches high.

We are going through a different country
now. It is quite uneven here (especially the
track). The country begins to look level again.

Where we are now the little boys are bare-

We have just passed a station where there
were twenty or thirty black walnut logs, four
or five feet thick.


Evening. — The train has stopped to put on
sleeping cars. I can see fire-flies and hear the

[The above mailed at Cairo, Thursday,
reached Crown Point Saturday evening, May

Friday Morning. — I have got along nicely so

I didn't have to stop at Jackson [Term.] but
about ten minutes. The trees are mostly pines
now. We are near Mobile now, so I won't
write any more. Herbert.

[Mailed at Mobile May 8th, and reached
Crown Point Tuesday evening, May 12th.]


To the dear friends in Crown Point.

Time has turned backward in its flight, and
made me a child again just for awhile, and I
am in my childhood's home enjoying the love
and caresses of a fond mother and brothers and
sisters, and also seeing and visiting with a mul-
titude of friends and acquaintances. You will
see at once, dear friends, that I have but little
time to call my own, hardly time to write a
short letter to the dear ones far away in my
northern home.

I am enchanted with the scenery here, and
particularly with the forest trees and forest
flowers, such as the dog-wood, red-bud, honey-
suckle, calycanthus, sensitive plant, yellow and
white jessamine, the magnolia, bay, and numer-
ous other flowers. The woods, the groves, the


dells are all perfumed with these luxuriant flow-
ers. It is a perfect fairy land. If I were a
poet, or an artist, or anything but myself I
would want to live and die here in this beauti-
ful garden of Eden.

A word now about my colored friends. I
thought the first two or three weeks I was here
that there would not be much left of Georgie
and me to be sent back to the North. I began
to think they would eat me up or shake me to
pieces. I did not know which. Aunt Retta,
the old cook, took me in her arms and called
me honey, and all sorts of pet names, and said
her dear child had got home once more and
she thanked the Lord for it; but when Ann,
the house maid, came in, she took me in her
arms and tossed me up just as though I had
been a rag doll ; and others went through with
all sorts of gymnastic exercises.

We are indulging in various kinds of fruits
and vegetables, and sweet potatoes and peanuts
and sugar cane left from last winter, and plenty
of new Irish potatoes.

I cannot for want of time undertake to tell
you anything about the cultivated flowers ; but
they are in profusion all over the gardens and
the yards. Beautiful roses of all descriptions,
the cape jessamines in bloom just as white as

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