In 1879, Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and
Reconstructionism was over in the South.After national troops were pulled from the south, the poor treatment of
blacks intensified.In 1883, the
BrooklynBridge opened to pedestrians.The first bicycle was built in 1885,
which started a biking craze in the United
States.The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in 1886 and the distribution of Coca
Cola began in Atlanta.It was
advertised as a hangover remedy.The game of basketball was invented to keep students occupied in
1891.As the 20th
century began, the first auto show was held in Madison
Square garden.Meanwhile, here at the Second
Congregational Society of Verona these events were occurring.
February 1878Rev. Charles F. Janes was installed as pastor following
Rev. David Biggar who had served the longest term.Rev. Janes served as pastor until
September 3, 1882.
In 1881, the church decided to become full Presbyterian.At the annual meeting on December 5, 1881 it was voted
unanimously to be governed by the rules of the Presbyterian Church of the
1881 at a regular meeting it was resolved to organize under the
Presbyterian form, and to elect 6 elders to serve terms on a rotating
system.The following were the
first elders to be elected:
Julius Smith and Epaphroditus Day6 years
Alfred R. Lawton and Samuel Brewster2 years
John Dodge and Israel Young1 year
1882 Rev. Janes administered The Lord’s supper and the six
elected elders were ordained and installed.
1883 to June 1,
1883 No pastor served the church.There were various pastors that
served and during the winter union meetings were held with the Methodist
congregation in Verona.
1883 Rev. William C. Taylor began serving as pastor.He served until September 30, 1888.
In 1883, the main church was refrescoed and the chapel was done in 1889.
July 1889 Rev. Martin Grant began working as pastor
until April 14, 1891 when he
requested dismission due to ill health.
1891Rev. Walter Mitchell was
installed as pastor.He was born in
Scotland.He served the church until April 11, 1893.
December 7,1891 It was voted at the annual meeting to
change the name of the church to “The First Presbyterian Society of Verona.”
July 1, 1892 At county court in Rome, NY, Judge I.J.
Evans authorized the change of name from the Second Congregational Society to
the new name on the 10th day of August 1892.
1893 Rev. Donald A. McLeon began his term as pastor until
March 1 1895.
1895 Rev. Frank W. West was installed as pastor and served until
September 2, 1900.
When the 19th Century ended the church was
without a pastor.
During his 5 years as pastor, Rev. West began the Annual
Roll Call in 1898.It was held on
the last Thursday in February.The
service opened at with a
song, and reading of scriptures. Four former pastors: Rev. J.W. Whitfield, D.I.
Biggar, C.F. Janes, and Walter Mitchell, were present.Elder J.W. Dodge prepared a condensed
history of the church.Rev. Frank
West gave a short address and a dinner was held at in the chapel.The roll call included 130 responses either by letter or in person.
The Second Roll Call was held in 1899 and the third in
1900.At the third Annual
Roll Call, it was unanimously voted to continue this custom on the last Thursday
of February annually.