Apparently the church was without a regular pastor during this year. During the year, E. F. Sherman served as supply pastor. Former Pastor Walter Frederick related later(1)
Quoted from Frederick, Rev. Walter, "Historical Address, Woodstock, N.Y., May 3, 1931," p. 7, itself citing, without attribution, an earlier source from the centennial, when Reverend Frederick was pastor. (Close)
how he had in 1915 interceded for the congregation,
believing that the history of the congregation justified the request for help when help was needed, sought an appropriation of $100 [$1,876 in 2006 dollars] per year from the Board of Home Missions for the pastor's support. (Later the amount was increased to $200.) Rev. Sherman was the first to receive the appropriation.As the Great War raged in Europe, members of German-speaking Lutheran congregations--and German speakers in general in the United States--were subject to hate crimes by many other Americans, who sympathized with the Allies and who believed the propaganda about German atrocities. English-speaking Lutherans did not want to be "stewed in the same kettle" as the German-speaking Lutherans; they wanted to make it known to the general population that they were not German but rather American, that they did not support the Kaiser and his policies. At the same time, many German-speaking Lutherans were making their own moves to dissociate themselves from the Fatherland. An example of a German-speaking congregation was the Atonement Lutheran Church in Saugerties. The congregation of Christ's Lutheran Church in Woodstock had been English-speaking since its founding.
A record book entry, probably made by Reverend Sherman, documented a "union" (ecumenical) Thanksgiving service in Christ's Lutheran Church, with Rev. Wilsie of the Methodist church delivering a sermon. At the service $6.04 [$113.31 in 2006 dollars] was collected to support the Industrial Home for Children in Kingston, an orphanage whose aim was to "cultivate habits of industry" in the children under its care (orphans and the children of destitute or abusive families).
Above is a postcard view of looking up Mill Hill Road in the earliest years of the twentieth century. Our church is in the distance on the left of the road, the parsonage on the right. (To enlarge the view, click it.) There is no Joyous Lake or Denny's or CVS (Grand Union), no Woodstock Meats, Catskill Mountain Pizza, or Cumberland Farms to interrupt the view.
The General Synod appointed a secretary to promote the cause of temperance n churches and Sunday School.
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Woodrow Wilson (Democrat) was President. The newly elected 64th Congress was in session. A dollar in that year would be worth $18.76 in 2006 for most consumable products.
Immigrants from the British Isles and western Europe (especially Great Britain, Ireland, and Germany)--the so-called "Old Immigrants," most of them boasting a comparatively high level of literacy and accustomed to some level of representative government, who were either Protestant (most of them) or Catholic, were arriving during this decade at an average annual rate of 54,000. The "New Immigrants," those from southern and eastern Europe (especially Italy, Austria-Hungary, and Russia), largely illiterate and impoverished, who tended to be either Catholic, Orthodox, or Jewish and who had little experience with representative government, were arriving at an annual rate of 292,800--five and a half times as much as the Old Immigrants' rate, about the same proportion as a decade earlier and about half in raw numbers. (The significant overall decline during the decade was a result of World War I.) The New Immigrants huddled together in large cities, such as New York City and Chicago.
There were 69 reported lynchings in the United States during this year; 56 of the victims were black, 13 of them white. (Apparently what terrible things that happened to Native Americans or to Asians did not get counted.)
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