Church news and history

Eugene Brooks' photo - Mt Upton White Cross between there & Rockwells Mills.

Eugene Brooks’ photo – Mt Upton White Cross between there & Rockwells Mills.

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Above Mt. Upton on the hill behind the O’Connell home, is a stone cross laid out on the ground.  The history of the Cross is still somewhat uncertain, although the Baptist Church painted the cross several times during the late 50’s acording to Jim (Homer) Brooks and others. Today I received this information which may shed some light on the matter; 
Mary Twitchell 9:58am Jan 4
Durring the 1920’s the KKK was active in many communities in upstate NY, according to Art Twitchell,who was a young boy at the time, they held meetings on the hill and burned crosses, when they died out the church stepped in created the stone cross. Art was maybe 12, said he had a paper route and pedaled very fast past that area

 The Cross


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bill
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 11:46:11

    Mary Gilmore 11:26am Jan 8

    Here is a paragraph from the booklet, pg 3, “Rev. J.D.McDaniel became Pastor in Dec. of 1945 and was still pastor when the Church was struck by lightning in April 1947 (before we came there) The damge was estimated to be $1,200.00 and was covered by Insurance. It is recorded that the pastor worked hard to restore the building to have it ready for the 150th Anniversary Celebration but he passed away on July 4th, 1947. Rev. H.C. Myers from Berean Baptist Church in New Berlin filled the pulpit during the summer of 1947 and accepted the pastorate later that year.” (Rev. Myers was there when we came to Mt. Upton I remember) The Chruch does have a very nice website now. The Pastor is Rev. Jerry Bovee and he was called in May 2002.


  2. Bill
    Jan 08, 2011 @ 11:53:12

    Dick Walters
    Jan 07, 2011 @ 18:55:35 [Edit]

    In the pictures of the Baptist Church it has the original steeple that was destroyed by lightning sometime in the late 1940, or early 1950s. When it was struck it, was app. mid afternoon and I was on our front watching the thunder storm and pieces of the steeple flew all over the place. There were no injuries and no fire, just one very loud bang of thunder.


  3. Bill
    Jan 20, 2011 @ 10:11:25

    According to a post (“Original Methodist Church 1855-1898” January 11 at 11:46pm) by Sandy Park-Teelon on the MU Alum Facebook group site:
    Per an article “The original Mt. Upton Methodist Church built in 1855 which was moved across the street in 1898. Subsequently used for 30 years as an opera house and by the Borden Hose Company (In 1987) was owned by Rick Lauvas. The present church was dedicated in 1899 and then in 1902 a pipe organ was installed. In 1877, the parsonage behind the church was built.”


  4. Steve White
    Feb 17, 2011 @ 13:39:32


    BUSTED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We were in the youth group at the Methodist Church our Sr. year (even though our families attended other churches on Sunday)and we got this slipped in the church family directory!

    As my friend Phil always tells me, “Steven, there’s a warm place waiting for boys like you!” 😀


  5. Bill
    Feb 26, 2011 @ 16:34:08

    The Cross on the hill may not have been what it became. It may have started out as something very much different. Read a memo I just recieved;

    Hi Bill,
    Received from one of our researchers – Maybe that cross on the hill was KKK????

    Here’s an interesting death notice that Bruce found for one of our White Store folks. There’s also a full obit that sings his praises as a “learned, courageous and upright Christian gentleman” along with other highly complementary language. It appears he may have been a Mt. Upton resident:

    The funeral of S.P. Field was held from his home Monday afternoon and was very largely attended. Burial was in the family plot at Evergreen cemetery. The committal service was under the direction of the Ku-Klux-Klan order, of which he was a very earnest member….[South New Berlin Bee, Jan. 17, 1925]

    First time I’ve ever seen the KKK mentioned in such a context.


  6. Bill
    Apr 02, 2011 @ 05:02:17


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