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Rev. Clark T Brownell in Bridgeton, NJ

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Rev. Clark T Brownell in Bridgeton, NJ

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Surnames: Brownell, Tilton, Sembower, Dare, Elwell, Trask, Avres, Wilson
I have an old newspaper from Bridgeton, NJ (February 1903) that has an article that mentions Rev. Clark T. Brownell in it. I thought his relatives on ancestry might be interested, so I've typed it up to post here.

Seventy-Five Years of Church Life

The Special Services Began Last Evening at First Baptist Church

Interesting Reminiscences of the Past Given in Annual Roll Call – Social Hour Followed

From Saturday’s Evening News

The special exercises commemorative of the 75th Anniversary of the First Baptist Church began last evening. The annual roll call, followed by a social hour, occupied the evening.

“Recollections of the Past” was the theme and as each member responded to his or her name on the call of the roll, they contributed some bit of history of the past.

During the evening the pastor, Rev. Clark T. Brownell, presided, and it is worthy to note that in such an old church he is one of its youngest pastors.

Rev. E. B. Tilton, of the Cohanney Baptist Church, Roadstown, made a very pleasant address, filled with bits of history.

The Cohanney Church is the mother church of the First Church and the line of descension has been followed out, for the Cedarville Baptist Church is regarded as the daughter of the First Church. Rev. Dr. Sembower, of the Cedarville church, contributed to the recollections of the evening.

A very large congregation was present and as the names were called they responded.

Robert H. Dare was the first name on the roll. He has been a member for 61 years, having been baptized the second Sunday in May, 1842. He told of how the church used to look, who come of the members were at that time, and gave the names of the fourteen different pastors during the past seventy-five years, in the line of succession. Of these fourteen pastors five are now living.

James E. Elwell, a member of the 56 years’ standing, gave a historical talk describing the old Pearl Street Church.

Dr. H. K. Trask gave an interesting talk on the church history during the past 35 years, during which time he has been a member.

Jonathan D. Ayres was baptized by Rev. Mr. Wilson the second Sunday is April, 1847.

As the names were called on down the roll, they responded either with history or the newer members gave Bible quotations. After an address by the pastor the congregation enjoyed a social hour, light refreshments being served.

Many were present to whom it was a special effort to be there, on account of living at a distance, and the social brought the members much closer together.

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