WAYNE CHURCH TURNS CLOCK
to 1871 TODAY
Drive in Buggies to
BY ONEY FRED SWEET
The spirit of 1871 will prevail this afternoon in Wayne where The Little Home Church by the Wayside will observe its 75th anniversary. Parishioners have been asked to drive to the service in horse drawn vehicles, and it is expected that many of the members will dress in the costumes of the period in which the church was founded.
There will be an organ recital at 2:30 o'clock in the quaint country church that has become a favorite place for wedding ceremonies...
couples from near and far. The service will start at 3 o'clock.
Several former pastors will have/ a part in the service after which tea will be served on the church lawn. Old acquaintances will be renewed and motion pictures in color will be taken to be enjoyed at anniversaries of the future.
First Services in 1834.
The Wayne church is an out growth of services first held in the homes of early mentbers within a decade after settlers arrived in Wayne township in Du Page county in 1834. Dedication of the church took place in 1871.
The schoolhouse in which previous meetings had been held was converted into a dwelling, and it was here that Dion de Marbelle wrote the famous hymn, "When They Ring the Golden Bells for You and Me."
The hymn that has popularized the church, "The Little Home Church by the Wayside," was writ- ten by the late Rev. 0. S. Grinnell and harmonized by his daughter, Mrs. Bertha Grinnell Fricke. The hymn was written by the Rev. Mr. Grinnell while he was pastor of the church about25 years ago in mem- ory of his friend, the late Dr. Wil- liam S. Potts, author of 'Little Brown Church in the Vale."
"We Are at the Crossroads Now," currently used in the church serv- ice, war written by Francis Peterson, one of the present members, and was harmonized by I. H. Oaks.
Remodel Thru Years
Old fashioned free pews with which the original church structure was equipped were replaced with opera chairs in 1890. The belfry bell
was donated by the village shoe-maker, and, until funds were raised to buy an organ, a tuning fork was used to give the key for hymn singing.
In 1930 under supervision of ... W. B. Dunham the interior of the church was remodeled to correspond with the New England architecture, the present pews were installed, and, in keeping with the rural set- ting, the church was rededicated as The Little Home Church by the Wayside. ' -
Miss Hattie Fletcher, who recently celebrated her 56th year of association with the church, is one of its oldest members and is still active in its work.
Old Families Listed
Among members who are descend- ants of the charter members are Miss Roberta Pratt, Leslie Coleman. Francis Coleman, Mrs. Harriett Trull Johnson, Mrs. Clarence Trull, the Lisle Smith family, Walter Pratt, Miss Merry Coleman, and James Coleman.
Serving on the anniversary com- mittees are the Rev. Paul Bennehoff,pastor, W. M. Hennings, Robert Johnson, Kenneth Smith, J. J. An- derson, Mrs. Agnes Rudinger, Mrs. F. A. Glos, Mrs. Walter Peterson, Mrs. Harold Johnson, Mrs. L. F. Ziegler, Mrs. Donald Auble, and Miss Hattie Glos.
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