Niagara Gazette


March 17, 2014

HIGGS: Celebrating St. Patrick's Day, Niagara Falls' birthday


Niagara Gazette — This revival occurred during the time of the incorporation of the City of Niagara Falls (1892) while the church was led by Pastors, G. H. Kemp, G. T. Webb, L. A. Mitchell and James Rae until 1899 with services and church life in the old church home located on First Street near Main. During 1899, it was decided to seek a new location as the New York Central Railroad which passed directly behind the building became disturbing.

A Niagara Gazette article dated Dec. 29, 1942, reflected on some of the later uses of the original church. It was known as one of the show places in the former village. The original church was vacated in 1901 and the ownership was passed to C.N. Owen and it was later used as a storage building for a Buffalo brewing company. Later it became a warehouse until the Elderfield -Hartshorn Hardware Company used this location for its new building.

The cornerstone was laid on the new church home at 554 Main Street on June 16, 1900 with Rev. Abner F. Bowling as the pastor who served during the design and planning stages. During its first service on January 20, 1901, the Rev. Dr. A. S. McArthur, President of the World’s Baptist Alliance and a pastor in New York City for over forty years preached the dedication sermon with Rev. Adam Claghorn, the first pastor, present for the service. Rev. Bowling served the congregation for six years with a membership of three hundred persons and following his departure in July of 1905 there was a period without a regular pastor until the coming of Rev. John E. Vassar on April 1, 1907. He remained until June 1916.

Now a little about the architecture of the First Baptist Church which was designed by James Robert White, a local architect, born and educated in Canada, who moved to Niagara Falls in 1895. Between 1900 and 1912 he designed many of the well known homes in the city, such as 324 Buffalo Ave., 725 and 731 Fourth St., 683 and 702 Orchard Parkway and 531 and 720 Buffalo Ave. He designed the ecclesiastical space in the Victorian Gothic Revival style which was popular during these times.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
  • NIA Hamilton, Ken mug HAMILTON: Popeye's '7-Minute' guide to educating southerners -- and me! Writer Mark Twain said that when he 14, his father was so ignorant that he could hardly stand to have the old man around. But upon turning 21, Twain said that he was astonished by how much his father had learned in just seven years.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Bianco mug 072514 GUESTVIEW: Business First ranking casts Falls in a new light There are those in the community who like to cite Business First's annual rankings of school districts and speak unfavorably about Niagara Falls' low standing.

    July 25, 2014 1 Photo

  • CHEERS AND JEERS: The best --Â and worst -- of the week of July 25 It sure sounds like the Buffalo Bills really will be "Living on a Prayer" as far as Western New York is concerned if the team is purchased by the prospective ownership group that includes rocker Jon Bon Jovi.

    July 25, 2014

  • NIA DeLuca, Michele mug DELUCA: Wegmans call warns of bad fruit I was humming to myself the other day, getting ready for work on a lovely summer morning, when I decided to check my messages on the house phone. I hit the play button and heard a message from Wegmans warning me about some fruit that I had bought at their store. As quick as that, a message with the scary potential to change my life or the life of someone I love.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Glynn, Don mug GLYNN: Ortt jumps on drive to repeal the SAFE Act It was a no-brainer for North Tonawanda Mayor Rob Ortt, a Republican candidate for the 62nd Senate District seat, to join the forces to repeal the state's SAFE Act.

    July 24, 2014 1 Photo

  • EDITORIAL: Delaying refuse law really just makes situation worse It's obvious the rollout of the city's new refuse and recyclables collection program has caused confusion and consternation among some city residents and business owners.

    July 24, 2014

  • NIA Giannetti, Robert mug 072414 GUEST VIEW: Village of Lewiston parking issues related to Artpark need to be addressed On Artpark nights, the South Fourth Street area and many other parts of the Village of Lewiston are covered with pop-up parking lots on residential lawns that operate in spite of existing zoning laws prohibiting commercial activity.

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • NIA Bradberry, Bill mug BRADBERRY: Tourists attracted here by history, beauty, politics As my friend and colleague, writer Don Glynn has so artfully portrayed over the decades, "For many years after the dawn of aviation, U.S. presidents visiting Western New York started at the Niagara Falls Airport. The reason: The main runway here was longer than that of the Buffalo airport and could easily accommodate Air Force One, the presidential aircraft."

    July 23, 2014 1 Photo

  • EDITORIAL: Experience Center vital to tourism here From time immemorial, Niagara tourism leaders have expounded on the need for a first-class orientation center to showcase our assets for the millions of annual visitors here.

    July 23, 2014

  • NIA Confer, Bob mug CONFER: A constitutional convention is not the answer For the past few years it has been popular for folks of the right persuasion (Republicans and neoconservatives) to call for a constitutional convention ("Con-Con") in hopes of passing a balanced budget amendment (BBA.) A lot of people have jumped on that bandwagon; no doubt your email inbox or Facebook news feeds have shown that.

    July 22, 2014 1 Photo

Featured Ads
House Ads
AP Video
Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kerry: No Deal Yet on 7-Day Gaza Truce Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow Gaza Residents Mourn Dead Amid Airstrikes Raw: Deadly Tornado Hits Virginia Campground Ohio State Marching Band Chief Fired After Probe Raw: Big Rig Stuck in Illinois Swamp Cumberbatch Brings 'Penguins' to Comic-Con Raw: Air Algerie Crash Site in Mali Power to Be Restored After Wash. Wildfire Crashed Air Algerie Plane Found in Mali Israel Mulls Ceasefire Amid Gaza Offensive In Case of Fire, Oxygen Masks for Pets Mobile App Gives Tour of Battle of Atlanta Sites
House Ads
Night & Day
Twitter News
Follow us on twitter
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Front page