Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Old School: Reverend Anson Graves

"And in the dream I knew that he was goin' on ahead. And he was fixin' to make a fire somewhere out there in all that dark and all that cold, and I knew that whenever I got there, he would be there..."

No Country for Old Men

The Reverend Anson Graves, Gethsemane's second rector, began life as a farm boy in Burlington, Vermont. Arriving in September, 1884, he oversaw the final moving plans, including installing the new organ and organizing a new choir. Despite his insistence that the new church remain free seating, the architect designed several plats for paying members. However, overall Graves saw to the consolidation of the ambitious church work begun by Knickerbaker. He sold all the old property, but the new debt still overcame the resulting monies, and the parish rented a house for him until the rectory could be built. However, he resigned to become Bishop of the Missionary Jurisdiction of the Platte.

He was installed in that office January the First, 1890.

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