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"Lest we forget" : dedication 

souvenir : Presbyterian Church, 
St. George, Sabbath, February 9th 






Presbyterian Church 

Dedicated February 9, 1908 

Rev. D. H. Marshall, Pastor 

Lest We Forget" 


Presbyterian Church, St. George, 

Sabbath, February gth, 1908 

"A land of promise, a land of memory. 

A land of promise flowing with the milk 

And honey of delicious memory." -Tennyson. 




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OVKR three-quarters of a century of history is back of 
Presbyterianism in St. George, and without a doubt, 
it has witnessed many important changes and events 
along the years in the community. It carries us back to 
pioneer days when our forefathers hewed for themselves 
little homes in the "forests primeval," built the mills whose 
ruins to-day are the admiration of the antiquarian, erected 
rude school houses, little churches and laid the foundations, 
strong and well, upon which the succeeding generations 
builded. At this crisis in our history we love to look back 
in reverence to our fathers, and we feel they are still with 
us the past calls out to us and posterity cries from out 
the future "Quit yourselves like men." 

Our fathers were religious men and loved the Church 
of God. Accordingly we read that the first divine services 
were held in a school house, about a mile west of St. George; 
then, in 1834 a church edifice was erected. This was sup 
planted by a new brick church, more commodious, in 1861, 
and to-day we begin a new chapter in our history in the 
dedication of this new house of worship to the honor and 
glory of God. Thus the world moves on: 

"I read on the porch of a palace bold, 
On a brazen tablet, letters cast, 
A house though a million winters old, 
A house of earth.comes down at last. 
Then quarry thy rock from the Crystal All 
And build the dome which shall not fall." 

To many the old church has hallowed associations. 
Memories from out of the past consecrate it dear to them 
forever. At the mystic touch of memory old faces, old 
voices, old friendships, old days leap forth out of the shad- 

ows and stand with them in the light of the living present. 
The new church may never be the same to them. 

"We may build more splendid habitations, 

Fill our rooms with { aintings and with sculptures, 

Hut we cannot buy with gold 

The old associations." 

But courage, sad heart if God s Church be militant, 
it must obey the marching orders. There is a lesson which 
the church of God must needs remember that buildings 
and orders and forms are but the instruments of the day s 
work. The attractive power of Christ s Church is not 
dogma, ritual or architecture, but Christ Himself. It is 
solemn to think of the fleeting series of men, and all the 
fleeting phenomena of our changeful existence, but it is in 
striking contrast to the Everlasting Word the Rock-basis 
of all "the Word of God which liveth and abideth for 
ever." Remember Christ lives and therefore we can front 
the change and decay in all around we see, calm and trium 
phant. Men may go; what of that ? Churches may pass 
away; but what of that? Christ lives. Is the host below 
leaderless? Onward! Onward! He lives. 

Yet have Thou respect unto the prayer of Thy servant, and to his supplica 
tion, O Lord my God, to hearken unto the cry and to the prayer which 
Thy servant prayeth before Thee this day: that Thine eyes may be open 
towards this house night and day, even toward the place whereof Thou 
hast said. My Name shall be there." - 11. Chron. 6:19-20. 




DEDICATED Nov. 17, 1861. 


1814 First house erected in St. George. 

1832 First divine service in St. George was conducted by 
Rev. Wm. Proudfoot, father of Prof. Proudfoot, of 
Knox College. 

1834 Organization of congregation by the Rev. Win. 

1834 First church built cost $650. 

1836 Rev Thos. Christie, of Flamboro, ministered to the 
congregation at St. George. 

1838 Rev. James Roy became first pastor of St. George 
Presbyterian church. 

1845 Organization of the first church in Brantford by Rev. 
James Roy. 

1860 Rev. Robt. Hume, M. A., ordained and inducted. 

1 86 1 Nov. 17 A new brick church dedicated by the Rev. 
Dr. Ormiston, of Hamilton. 

1885 Rev. W. vS. McTavish, B. D., was ordained and in 

1896 Rev. I). Y. Ross, M. A., inducted. 
1905 Death of Rev. D. V. Ross. 

1906 May 25 Rev. D. H. Marshall, M. A., ordained and 

1907 July 23 Laying of corner stone of new church by 
Hon. Wm. Paterson, Minister of Customs. Ottawa. 

1908 Feb. 9 Dedication and opening of new church by 
Rev. W. vS. McTavish, of Kingston. 



St. George Presbyterian Church 




O O 

II K pioneer settler^, 
who came to this 
district in 1814, the 
early twenties and thirties, 
were not only men of the 
energy and perseverance 
necessary to cut down the 
forest, build houses and till 
farms, hut were for the 
most part men with a deep 
desire that they and their 
families should possess all 
the advantages of educa 
tion, religion and sound 
morality, that make for 
good citizenship and a 
Therefore they joyfully welcomed the 
mining, in is.}.?, of the Rev. Thomas Christie and the Rev. 
Win. Proud foot, missionaries of the Church of Scotland, 
who at the call of duty left important and comfortable 
positions in that land to undertake the arduous life of 
missionaries in a new and sparsely settled country, where 
riding on horseback was the usual mode of travel over 
roads little more than forest trail. 

Divine service was first held in a schoolhouse situated 
one mile west of St. George, and a few rods north of the 
gravel road, in 1832, at the time when (trace church, t In- 
first church in Brant ford, was being built. 

In 1X34 a church edifice was built where the Presby 
terian cemetery now is. and a congregation organi/ed with 



strong nation. 

twelve members and a number of adherents. Rev. Thomas 
Christie, whose headquarters were at Flamboro, and Rev. 
Wm. Proudfoot, father of Rev. Dr. Proudfoot and of Vice- 
Chancellor Proudfoot, of Toronto, who had located at 
London, ministered to these until 1838. 

In that year the Rev. James Roy became the first Pas 
tor of St. George church. Educated in Scotland, a man of 
strong physique, abundant energy and a kind heart, he not 
only ministered to the needs of his scattered congregation 
by faithful preaching and attention to pastoral work, but 
took a keen interest in education, occupying for several 
years the position of Superintendent of Schools. 

Among those who came under his influence was his 
frequent visitor and a member of his congregation, the late 
Principal Caven of Knox College, one of the leaders of the 
Church in Canada, who was at that time teacher at what is 
now known as McLean s School. 

In 1843 there were but three Presbyteries in Canada, 
those of Toronto, Flamboro and London, and St. George 
belonged to Flamboro. 

Mr. Roy s work was not confined to St. George. The 
"Records" state that in 1845, the members of the congrega 
tion of the United Associate Presbyterian church St. George 
in and around Brantford, who occasionally had services in a 
school house which stood in what is now the Market 
Square, Brantford, petitioned the Flamboro Presbytery to 
be formed into a congregation in Brantford, under the 
inspection of the pastor of St. George, Rev. James Roy. 
Mr. Roy was appointed to take the necessary steps to orga 
nize the congregation and form of session. In 1847 Rev. 
James Roy resigned the oversight of this congregation, 
having thus had charge of the first Presbyterian church in 
Brantford for two years as well as being honored by its 

Mr. Roy, being taken ill on one of his main horseback 
journeys through his extensive parish, fell from his horse 
and was killed, 1852. 

Services were maintained without a pastor for eight 
years, and in 1860, the Rev. Robert Hume, M. A., was 


ordained and inducted over the congregation, to which he 
faithfully ministered for 24 years. 

The following year a new and commodious brick edifice 
was erected and dedicated Nov. 17, 1861. Dedicatory ser 
mons were preached by the Rev. Dr. Ormiston, of Hamil 
ton, a gifted orator, at morning and evening service, and by 
Rev. Dr. Thompson, of Gait, at the afternoon service. The 
church minutes record that the sermons were rich in thought 
and illustration, and peculiarly appropriate to the interest 
ing occasion. Truth was fervently and eloquently preached 
that will not soon be effaced from the mind. Th r> audiences 


were very large and many could not find entrance. The day 
was exceedingly pleasant, the most delightful of the season. 
A Soiree was held the following evening, at which the 
church was again filled to excess. The chair was taken by 
the pastor, and speeches were delivered by Revs. Messrs. 
Lee, Donald, Laing, Fletcher, Porteous, and Rev. Dr. Orm 
iston and by Rev. \V. Lund, of the Methodist church and 
Rev. Dr. Davidson of the Baptist church. The following 
day the children of all the Sabbath schools were entertained. 
All the services were peculiarly pleasing and profitable. 

Precentor for Many Years. 

After a time the old frame 
church, which had done good ser 
vice for 27 years, was moved to 
Main street north and transformed 
into a dwelling house, for which 
purpose it is still used. 

During Mr, Hume s incumbency 
a neat and comfortable brick manse 
was built, surrounded by pleasant 
grounds and gardens, and the 
church prospered; the membership 
which had grown steadily, was in 
creased from vear to vear. 

In 1864 the IT. P. Hymn-book was added to the Psalms 
in the service of praise. The singing had been under the 
direction of a Precentor, the position being filled by Mr. R. 
Turnbull and later by Mr. P. Rudell. Later the organ was 
introduced, Miss R. Rudell being the first organist. 

Mr. Hume was a man of a quiet and reserved nature 
and kindly disposition. His sermons were marked by deep 
erudition, logical reasoning and sound doctrine. He 
preached also at Branchton for a time and occasionally held 
services at Harrisburg. A Young People s Literary Society 
under his management did good work. For a number of 
years he has lived a quiet retired life in Toronto. 

In iSS5 the Rev. W. S. McTavish, B. I)., was ordainel 
and inducted as pastor of the church, coming fresh from 
the college and entering upon the 
work with an enthusiasm and 
earnestness that was maintained 
throughout his pastorate. Genial 
and affable he speedily won a wide 
popularity. Among other valuable 
instruction he inculcated systematic 
giving, setting the example by giv 
ing "the one-tenth." A Society of 
Christian Endeavor was organized, 
he giving special attention to young 
people s work. Under the direction 
of Mrs. McTavish, "a daughter of 

Precentor for About 30 Years. 


the manse," the work of 
the women of the church, 
hitherto mostly confined to 
assisting in choir, Sabbath 
school and social gather 
ings, was given wider scope 
by the founding of a Ladies 
Aid Society, and the orga 
nization of the Women s 1 
Foreign Missionary Society I 
and the Gordon Mission I 
Band. The resignation of I 
Mr. McTavish in 1895 to 
acoej t a call to Deseronto 
was a matter of deep regret 
to everyone. 

In May, 1896, Rev. D.Y. 
Ross, M. A., was inducted 
into the pastorate and en 
tered upon the work with 
the experience gained in 
two former successful pas 
torates. A year devoted to 
the work in the mission 
fields of the West, gave him a keen insight into the value 
of mission work, which always had his support and assist - 
tance, as well as that of Mrs. Ross. All departments of the 
work begun by his predecessor were ably carried on. Kind 
ly and courteous, he was conscientious in the discharge of 
his duties in the pulpit and as a pastor, especially when 
illness or sorrow entered any home. He gave special atten 
tion to the church attendance of the children, and valuable 
assistance and instruction in the praise service, possessing 
musical gifts of a high order. In 1897 the Book of Praise, 
one of the finest collections of hymns extant, was introduced. 

On Septeml>er i9th, 1904, the yoth anniversary of the 
organization of St. George Presbyterian congregation and 
the building of the First Church was celebrated. Sermons 
were preached on the Sabbath by the Rev. R. G. McBeth. 
M. A., of Paris, and on the Monday following a lecture 
given by the Rev. R. K. Knowles, M. A., of Gait. Initial 

REV. W. S. McTAV.SH. B. D. 

REV. D. Y. ROSS, M. A. 

steps toward the building 
of a new church edifice 
were taken at the beginning 
of 1905. 

Though suffering from 
ill health for a twelve 
month, Mr. Ross was only 
absent from his pulpit a 
few weeks when death 
claimed him on Dec. 22nd, 
i) .15, and he passed to the 
Upper Sanctuary. 

May 24th, 1906, Rev. 
D. H. Marshall, M. A., was 
ordained and inducted as 
Pastor, and although only in his second year he and his 
helpful wife have already endeared themselves to all. Affable 
and tactful, with abundant energy, and entering into all 
branches of the work with enthusiasm, he is proving him 
self a worthy successor of the scholarly gentlemen who have 
preceded him in the pastorate. 

The pastors have been assisted in the work by a number 
of able men in the eldership: 

1857 R- Christie, G. Dewar, J. Anderson, R. Turnbull. 

1871 T. W. Charlton, G. Clark. 

1880 I). Ronald, W. B. Wood. 

1886 Alex Hunter, D. Baptie. 

1888 J. H. Fleming. C. A. McLean. 

1895}. M. Robb, I). Reid. 

1898 F. Doud, W. M. Turnbull. 

1902 C. Congo, J. McNeilly. 

1907]. Wilson, T. M. McEwen, E. B. Ronald. J. 

The church just abandoned has been used for prayer 
and praise for 46 years, and within its walls sermons have 
been preached by many of the most noted divines of the 
Church in Canada, and by renowned missionaries from dis 
tant lands, many of whom are now numbered in Heaven s 
Honor Roll. 

From out its membership have gone men and women 

who have enriched church 
life of many of the cities of 
our own Province, such as 
Toronto, Hamilton, Lon 
don and Brantford, as well 
as many places throughout 
our Dominion notably in 
the West as far as the Pa 
cific Slope. They are also 
to be found doing good 
work in New York, Ohio, 
Michigan, Illinois, Ken 
tucky, California and other 
of the United States. 

It is worthy of note 
that the pastors, with the 
exception of the pioneer, 
came from Ontario, their 
early homes being within a 
small radius of each other, 
Mr. Hume s boyhood being spent in Esquesing. Mr. Mc- 
Tavish s at Nassagaweya, Mr. Ross at Fergus, Mr. Mar 
shall s at Brain ptou. All were men with fine educational 
advantages and wide scholastic training, each having won 
his Degree in Arts at the University of Toronto before 
entering on a Theological course at Knox College, Toronto. 
Of them each and all it may be said that they were honor 
able gentlemen, honored and appreciated not only by their 
congregation, but by the whole community, and were valu 
able members of Paris Presbytery of which St. George 
became a part in 1861, and of the other Church Courts. 

Clerk of the Session for 13 Years. 



Rev. D. H. Marshall, M. A., was born at Snelgrove, 
Peel County. His early education was attained at the 
Brampton High School, from which institution he entered 
on a career as public school teacher. In 1899 he entered 
upon a course at Toronto University, and graduated with 
honors in the department of Oriental Languages in 1903. 
He received his M. A. degree in 1904. In the fall of 1903 
he entered on his theological course at Knox College, from 
which he graduated in 1906, winning several scholarships. 
On May 24, 1906, he was ordained and inducted as pastor 
of St. George Presbyterian church, where he has incessant 
ly labored in the cause of righteousness with that zeal and 
enterprise that are bound to win for him great success. 


Reading from left: Front Row-E. B. Ronald, Rev. D. H. Marshall, C. Congo; 
Second Row J. Greenfield, J. Wilson, T. M. McEwen, Clerk, F. B. Doud. 


THLS committee comprises a body of men who are able 
and willing workers, either on Committee or off it. 
Their faithfulness in response to so many calls during 
the operations is praiseworthy. A great deal of the work, 
i. e., brick, sand and stone hauling, excavating, carting the 
lumber from Brantford, removing the old sheds, etc., has 
been managed by them to lessen the expense of build 
ing. Not only this committee, but the whole congregation 
have manifested an active interest, and have responded ad- 
mirablv to the calls of this committee for assistance. 



Reading from left: Front Row J. Greenfield, Dr. J. L. Addison, Ch., 

F. B. Doud ; Second Row Guy Durham, T. M. McEwen, Chas. 

Robertson. D. H. Nelhs, Rev. D. H. Marshall, J. Heveron, Sec.; 

Third Row Wm. Robb, A Woolman, E. B. Ronald, 

J. Wilson, J. Ronald; Fourth Row C. Congo, 

Wm. Patrick. Jos. Warmin^ton. 




Organ Prelude. 

Hymn i, verses i, 2, 4, CHOIR 


Singing, Psalm Selection 72 

Scripture Reading. 

Anthem, "Thou Art the Father" Mrs. Adams 




Singing, Hymn 389 

Sermon, I. Kings, 9 : 3 

REV. W. S. McTAViSH, B. D., PH. D. 


Singing, Hymn 462 

Organ Postlude. 

Organ Prelude. 

Singing, Psalm Selection 91 

Scripture Reading. 


Anthem, CHOIR 




Singing, Hymn 185 

Sermon, Proverbs 9:10 

REV. \V. S. McTAVisn. 



Singing, Hymn 608 

Organ Postlude. [20 

Rev. Dr. McTavish addressed a gathering of Sabbath 
School children and young people in the afternoon at 3 
o clock. The choir of Glenmorris Presbyterian church 
conducted the musical program. 

On the following evening, Feb. loth, an excellent sup 
per was served in the basement from 6 to S, followed by a 
refined programme in the auditorium. Members of the 
Presbytery and local ministers delivered addresses. R. A. 
Shaw, tenor, of the Metropolitan church, Toronto, rendered 
several selections; Miss Mary Day Smith, soloist, of Tor 
onto, contributed several numbers, and the Manchester 
Quartette again delighted the gathering. 

Rev. J. A. R. Dixon, Ph. I)., of Gait, continued the 
opening services on Sunday, Feb. 16, and preached morning 
and evening. Miss Scholey, soloist, of Toronto, rendered 
special solos. 

A grand entertainment was held in the church on Mon 
day evening, February ijth, when the following well- 
known talent acquitted themselves nobly: Donald C. Mac- 
Gregor, Toronto s famous baritone; the Tresham Sym 
phony orchestra and a nine-year-old clarionet player; Mrs. 
Milne, reader, of Brantford. 

Miss Nell McKenzie presided at the organ during the 
Sabbath services, and as accompanist at the entertainments, 
and in both instances proved herself a musician of ability. 


J. Greenfield. 

Jas. Mullin, Chairman. 

D. H. Nellis. 


The corner stone was the gift of Mr. Chas. Congo. 
The hymn board was the gift of Mr. Jas. Turnbull. 
The Ladies Aid Always doing and always helping. 

The new Pulpit Hymn Hook was the gift of Miss Annie 
K. Reid. 

Our brethren in the sister churches they lent a hand. 
Thank you. 

Robt. Ruc ell, Esq., of New York, presented a very fine 
pulpit Bible in memory of his parents. 

The corner stone was laid by Hon. Win. Paterson, Minister 
of Customs, Ottawa, on July 23, 1907. 

One hundre:! chairs for use in the Sabbath School room 
were presented by Mrs. (Dr.) Addison. 

The beautiful oak pulpit desk and seat were donated to the 
church in memory of the late Martha Robb. 

The church bell was purchased and put in the tower by 
our friends in the community, also a clock both timely 
gifts. Special thanks are due Messrs. Robt. Hickox 
and M. Horning.