Pastor Horace M. Oberholtzer, D.D., conducting services.
Planning began for the 125th anniversary celebration (scheduled for May 1931); the committee consisted of Henry Peper, Mrs. Kiersted, Percy Croswell, Lydia Russell, 51, and Louise E. Jones.
Pictured above is how the church looked in its neighborhood on Sunday, with all the "tin lizzies," during the first half of the 1930s. Notice that these automobiles were parked where carriages had once been, including in the carriage shed at the rear of the church. To enlarge the picture, just click it.
In the picture you can see the carriage block, a large piece of bluestone sitting atop a platform of smaller stones between the driveway and the sidewalk leading to the church door. By now the automobile had pretty much replaced the horse-drawn carriage that the carriage block was intended to enable passengers to get into or out of easily. The carriage block was no longer necessary, but according to the later reminiscence of Erwin Holumzer, 10 years old during this year, it was
not useless as it afforded a resting place for weary people coming up or down Mill Hill Road, or a place for a visitor to just sit and look about. It also made a joyous "jumping off stone" for the kids before and after church services.… I believe the last members to use this "carriage block" as such was Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Mosher of West Hurley, N.Y.(1)
Quoted in The Scroll, November 1977. (Unless otherwise indicated in a footnote, excerpts from church records or from The Scroll are cited in Anderson, Mark J., For All the Saints: Christ's Lutheran Church, Woodstock, New York, 1806-2006 [Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2006], in this case p. 183.) (Close)
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Herbert Hoover (Republican) was President. The 71st Congress was in session. (The midterm elections that year would elect the 72nd Congress.) A dollar in that year would be worth $11.00 in 2006 for most consumable products.
Some 29.0% of Americans 17 years and older were high school graduates; this number was nearly twice as many as a decade earlier. During this year, about 667,000 Americans graduated from high school (more than twice as many as a decade earlier), 122,484 from college (two and a half times as many as a decade earlier). The median school years completed by Americans overall was 8.4 years, an increase of more than two months from a decade earlier.
There were 21 reported lynchings in the United States during this year; 20 of the victims were black, 1 of them white. (Apparently what terrible things that happened to Native Americans or to Asians did not get counted.)
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