East Hounsfield Christian Church
On Route 3, Town of Hounsfield, Jefferson County, New York
Edgar Emerson's 1898 history of the Town of Hounsfield (p.638) has this to say about the church at East Hounsfield:
A 1944 newspaper article about the history of the East Hounsfield Library says this:
Sometime after Emerson's writing, the church became defunct, services ceased, and the building was converted into a residence. In 1936 Harvey A. Humphrey, born 1908, son of Archie Humphrey and Mabel Nicholl, and his wife, Susan Harriet Davy, of Kingston, Ontario, moved into the former church. The couple rasied their children in the home and lived there until Mr. Humphrey's retirement. (Harvey Humphrey created the wooden mold for the chalice piece of the fountain in Public Square, at Watertown.).
During this period the body of the church was still active in a limited capapity; the 1944 article about the nearby library, referenced above states: "Among the communtiy groups that use the library are the Home Bureau and the Ladies' Aid of the East Hounsfield Christian church."
On 18 October 1989, the East Hounsfield Christian Church was entered in the National Register of Historic Places (#89001621).
Today, the property still serves as a private residence, and is well maintained.
Allen, Leonard L. "Half Way House Has Interesting History: How Tavern on Sackets Harbor Road Became Library is Recalled." Watertown, NY: Watertown Daily Times, 28 April 1944.
Emerson, Edgar C. "History of the Town of Hounsfield." In: Our County & Its People (1898), p. 638. Online at http://www.usgennet.org/usa/ny/county/jefferson/hounsfield/emersonhistory.html#638 [Visited 14 October 2006].
Durant, Samuel W. and Henry B. Peirce. History of Jefferson County, New York, With Illustrations and Biographical Sketches of Some of its Prominent Men and Pioneers. Philadelphia: L.H. Everts & Co., 1878. p. 395.
A. Humphrey [obituary]. Unidentified newsclipping, 27 December
1996. Online at: http://boards.ancestry.com/mbexec?htx=message&r=rw&p=localities.northam.usa.states.
© 2006, Mark A. Wentling : : You are the 9375th visitor!