The History of Otsego, NY 
Morris Churches & Schools, Part II

 UNIVERSALIST CHURCH

The first Universalist sermon was preached in a barn, on what was then called "Gregory Hill," before the town was divided, by the Rev, Nathaniel Stacy. It was preached in 1832. The first sermon preached in Louisville (Morris) was in the old "red school-house," by the Rev. Walter Bullard, in 1838. He afterwards preached once a month for three months. The next preaching was by T. J. Goodrich, from Oxford, Chenango County, N. Y., who preached once a month for one year. After Mr. Goodrich had finished his labors the Rev. Job Potter occasionally preached. A subscription was then started for the purpose of building a church about the year 1840, which was accomplished the next year, 1841, and the Rev. O. Whiston preached the dedicatory sermon. The first settled pastor after the church was built was Rev. David Pickering, who remained two years. At that time a society of forty-two members was formed. Rev. Daniel S. Morey succeeded him, and from that time the society have had the labors of the following clergymen: T. J. Smith, Dodge, Stewart, Bailey, Peck, Jackson, Tomlinson, Crosby, Harrington, Perkins, Williams, and L. F. Porter, who is its present pastor.

The present membership is one hundred.

FRIENDS - CHURCH

The Friends organized a church here in an early day, and among the first members were Prince wing and Deborah, his wife, George Bowne, and sons, Robert and Joseph, Jonathan Nickerson and Polly, his wife, Amos Wood and Phoebe, his wife, Daniel Foster and wife, Nathaniel Varney and wife, Aaron Wing and Deborah, his wife. The church building was erected in 1811 by Peter Platz, and was 30 by 41 feet in size, with gallery, and cost about $1,000.

The first pastor was Joseph Bowne, who remained in service about forty years. Other ministers from that time to the present were Caleb Bosley, David H. Bennett, Phoebe Ann Weeden, Jarvis Rider, and Joseph Bowne. The present house of worship is located about half a mile east of the village of Morris, and the present officers are as follows: Levi Youman and Jabez Collins, overseers; Walter Cornell, clerk.

UNION ACADEMIC SCHOOL

THE Morris Union Academic School was organized in October, 1869. The first trustees were N. S. Robinson, O. K. Crosby, A. S. Avery, W. H. Bunn, James E. Cooke, S. W. Murdock, H. R. Washbon, B. H. Matteson, and Walter A. Wing.

The school opened with the following teacher, viz.:

Teacher of Higher Department. - Miss Mary Blackman.
Teacher of Intermediate Department. - Celia Hull.
Teacher of Primary Department. - Celia Newell.

The board of trustees as at present constituted is as follows: Rev. Hobart Cooke, Rev. A. E. Daniels, Isaac Mansfield, D. C. Winton, D. J. Laurence, and A. N. Cruttenden.

The present faculty is as follows:

Principal. - Sumner Babcock.
Assistant Principal. - Miss Lulu Sanderson.
Intermediate Department. - Miss Clara Matteson.
Primary Department. - Julia Whitcomb.

TIEUNDERRAH LODGE, NO. 605, F. AMD A. M.

This lodge was organized by dispensation Feb. 8, 1866, with the following charter members, viz.:

James E. Cook

J. W. Still

A. S. Avery

W. H. Bunn

S. S. Matteson

C. W. Fox

E. L. Payne

N. Moore

Ruggles Starr

Monroe Wilcox

R. Cooley

O. B. Matteson

E. N. Goddard

     
The Grand master appointed James E. Cooke, W.M.; J. W. Still, S. W.; A. S. Avery, J.W.

The officers elected at the first election, and installed Dec, 18, 1866, were:

J. E. Cooke, W.M

A. S. Avery, S. W.

W. H. Bunn, J. W.

E. L. Payne, Treas

S. S. Matteson, Sec.

H. E. Kinnie, S. D.

J. Mott, J. D.

J. C. Shumway, Chaplain

D. J. Breese, Tyler.

J. P. Kenyon & A. Orsborn, M. of C.

Year

Masters

1866

James E. Cooke

1867

W. H. Bunn

1868-69

H. E. Kinnie

1870-71

Richard Cooley

1872

S. S. Matteson

1873

W. H. Yates

1874

Richard Cooley

1875-76

James E. Cooke

 

Year

Senior Wardens

1866

A. S. Avery

1867

H. E. Kinnie

1868

S. S. Matteson

1869

J. Bowne

1870

W. W. Shaw

1871-72

D. L. Johnson

1873-74

W. H. Gardner

1875-76

J. A. Ward

Year

Junior Wardens

1866

W. H. Bunn

1867

S. S. Matteson

1868-69

Joseph Mott

1870

D. L. Johnson

1871-72

W. H. Yates

1873

Geo. M. Chapin

1874

S. D. Bassett

1875-76

G. A. Yates

The officers for 1877 are:

James E. Cooke, W. M.

J. A. Ward, S. W.

G. A. Yates, J. W.

R. Cooley, Treas.

L. D. Bassett, Sec.

W. H. Yates, S. D.

F. Ball, J. D.

Geo. Churchill, Tyler

HILLINGTON CHAPTER, NO. 224, R. A. M.

was organized Feb. 29, 1868, by dispensation issued to the following brothers, viz.: James E. Cooke, Morris Butts, Harvey Gregory, Elias Light, Thomas Bassett, O. Potter, N. Searles, M. Shannessy, and Milton Gurney, by the Grand High Priest of the State. Seymour H. Stone. James e. Cooke was appointed H. P., Morris Butts K., and E Gregory, Scribe.

Officers installed Feb. 12, 1869, were as follows: R. Cooley, C. H.; H. E. Kinnie, P. S.; S. S. Matteson, R. A. C.; J. A. Ward, M. 3d V.; Wm. W. Shaw, M. 2d V.; R. H. Lee, M. 1st. V.; A. Burgess, Tyler; Jos. Mott, T.; J. D. Chafee, Sec.

Present officers, 1877, are as follows: J. H. Gazlay, M. E. H. P.; J. A. Ward, E. K.; L. D. W. Bassett, E. S.; R. Cooley, Treas.; S. S. Matteson, Sec.; W. H. Gardner, C. H.; James E. Cooke, P. S.; G. C. Peck, R. A. C.; George Yates, M 3d. V.; D. J. Breese, M 2d. V.; J. Mott, M. 1st. V.; Rev. Hobart Cooke, Chaplain; Geo. Churchill, Tyler.

KIDDER POST, NO 61, G. A. R.

A post of the Grand Army of the Republic was organized march 29, 1872, under the title of George kidder Post, No. 61, Dept. of N. Y., G. A. R.

The following are the names of charter members: P. W. McIntier, D. C. Winton, Wm. Southern, D. L. Flagg, A. L. Parcelle, Thos. Quinby, P. S. Perine, James Southern, O. A. Edwards, Geo. Sheff, A. L. Hall, E. Hargrove, Amenzo Goodrich, Geo. Edwards.

The first officers were as follows: Com., P. W. McIntier; S. V. C., D.L. Flagg; J. V. C., Jos. Southern; Adjt., D. C. Winton; Quart.-Mast., Orvill Edwards; S. M., Amenzo Goodrich; Q. M. S., E. Hargrove; O. D., Thos. Quinby; O. G., Geo. Sheff.

The present officers are: Com., Thos. Quinby; S. V. C., Wm. Southern; J. V. C., O. Edwards; Q. M., E. Thurston; Adjt., Andrew Turner; Chap., E. R. Joquish; O. D., P. W. McIntier; O. G., James Hargrove.

Transcribed by Holice B. Young

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