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St. Luke's Brockport - 175th history slide show from October 2013 celebration!


  • 1. 1825-1829 First teas are held by Episcopal women, possibly in the home of Mrs. Heil (Phoebe) Brockway. 1829 - Brockport is established as a village. Andrew Jackson is elected President.
  • 2. 1838 St Lukes Protestant Episcopal Church is organized September 20 as an independent parish of the Diocese of Western New York. Church services initially held in First Baptist Church. Samuel Morse demonstrates a new invention called the telegraph.
  • 3. 1854 Construction of original church building of Medina sandstone at a cost of $6,897. Church is completed in 1855 and services are moved to this location. The accordion is patented. Major streets are lit by coal gas for first time.
  • 4. 1866-1868 Rectory lot and house are purchased on Main St. 1867: Baptismal font given by children of Sunday School on Christmas Eve and is outlined in the book The Christmas Font by Mary Jane Holmes. First local ambulance goes into service. The 144th Amendment Civil Rights Act passes. Congress authorizes the 5 cent piece called a nickel. Civil War ends and Jesse James starts robbing trains.
  • 5. 1873-1874 Organ is moved from rear gallery. New bell is installed in bell tower and is rung on Easter. First US post card is issued. Susan B. Anthony is fined $100 for trying to vote. Dentist in San Francisco patents gold crown filling.
  • 6. 1881 Church bell is used as an alarm of fire for Brockport community. Revised version of the New Testament is announced. American Red Cross is founded by Clara Barton. First electric lamp with carbon filament, rolled film and player piano patented.
  • 7. 1882-1884 Present chancel, choir and sanctuary are added to the church. Alaska becomes a US territory. US adopts standard time. Sidewalks are paved while streets are still dirt. First World Series of baseball is played.
  • 8. 1894 In an effort to support church functions and salaries of the sexton, organist and rector, church pew rentals are used. A pew would cost $10- $30 per year based on location.
  • 9. 1902-1905 Cary Memorial Parish House is built in memory of Martha A. Greenbough Shannon. $3,000 gift from Mrs. Jane E. Carey is used for Medina sandstone. Parish House is used as a hospital, a shelter, and has housed musicals, plays, dinners, Boy Scouts and a gymnasium. JC Penney opens their first store. Teddy Roosevelt becomes first President to ride in a car.
  • 10. 1907-15 Services are held at 10:30am with Sunday school afterward. Communion service is held once a month with morning prayer on the other three Sundays. During times of need the parish hall/rectory is also used as a hospital. First broadcast of compositional music is on the radio.
  • 11. 1914 Favrile Tiffany Glass windows in rear of church are dedicated World War I begins. Average salary at Ford Motor Co. jumps from $2.40 /9 hrs to $5.00 for 8 hrs. Ford introduces Model T. 1st commercial airline flight starts.
  • 12. 1915 Rev. Burrell begins the Christmas Eve midnight candlelight mass. The Foxtrot is introduced. First transcontinental phone link from NYC to San Francisco. First color film shown in London as Charlie Chaplin debuts The Tramp.
  • 13. 1917 The nativity window over the altar is dedicated. In 1952 it is selected by Eastman Kodak as their Christmas display at Grand Central Terminal in New York City. US enters WWI. Boys Town and Ukraine are both founded.
  • 14. 1926 Chancel is reordered by constructing new choir stalls, changing pulpit to the Epistle style and placing Baptismal Font below the organ loft. First television is demonstrated in London. Walt Disney & NBC studios are formed. Contract air mail service begins in US.
  • 15. 1928 Rectory remodeled and new roof installed. New heating plant is installed to serve the church, parish house and rectory. Scotch tape and color TV are introduced . First talking motion picture is shown by George Eastman and Time magazine is issued.
  • 16. 1937 St. Lukes becomes part of the new Diocese of Rochester. First feature length color and sound cartoon (Snow White). First air mail circles the globe. Dirigible Hindenburg explodes.
  • 17. 1942-1945 Church masonry is repointed. Gasoline, meat, cheese, bread, coffee and metal rationing started in US. Bing Crosby records White Christmas
  • 18. 1947 Church of the Incarnation in Spencerport closes and members become part of St. Lukes. BF Goodrich introduces the tubeless tire in Akron, Ohio. Transistor invented by Bell Labs. Howdy Doody Show telecast starts on NBC.
  • 19. 1945-52 As part of a 60 day loan from Lincoln Bank, St. Lukes borrowed $1200; all in crisp new $10 bills. The purpose of this short term loan was to base a parish effort on the parable of the talents during the 6 weeks of Lent. Each person in church on Sunday was given a new $10 bill and asked to put it to work in some fashion and return it and the money on Easter Sunday.
  • 20. 1956 Old gymnasium of the parish house is converted into new classrooms to enlarge Sunday School. St. Lukes establishes a parish council with female members to assist with Vestry duties in non-compliance with Episcopal Church rules. Elvis Presley records Heartbreak Hotel. The Price is Right and To Tell the Truth debuts on TV.
  • 21. 1957 Altar Guild is started by two dedicated women. Kneeling hassocks are replaced with new kneeling benches, still in place today. Wham-O company produces the frisbee. First experimental sodium nuclear reactor operated. Jack Paars Tonight show premieres. Walter Cronkite begins TV series.
  • 22. 1961 New electric organ is installed. As part of the 1960s national liturgical church movement, lay readers (male only) are initiated to assist with services. During an ice storm, St. Lukes provides housing to ~75 displaced Brockport residents. First FM radio stereo broadcast.
  • 23. 1964 Part-time College Chaplin and Religious Education Assistant John Van Duyne develops the Crypt Coffee House Ministry for college students under the nave. Beatles have first hit on BillBoard charts. Civil Rights Act passes.
  • 24. 1967 Parish House is remodeled. Trial use of new prayer book (red BCP) is authorized by General Convention. PBS begins national network . US planes bomb Haiphong (Vietnam). 19th Emmy Awards: Mission Impossible, Monkees, Don Knotts and Lucille Ball.
  • 25. 1972 Parish renewal team visits St. Lukes. Father Durland reports St. Lukes has turned the financial corner. First handheld calculator by HP sells for $395. Hurricane Agnes comes through area. Bobby Fischer wins world chess title. Travel ban to China is lifted.
  • 26. 1972 Community Food Shelf opens its doors in St Lukes basement. Brockport Ecumenical Food Shelf provides food and other essentials to those in need. Parishioners donate food and hygiene items weekly as well as specially requested items as needed. Today, the Food Shelf is open the first four Thursday evenings and on Sundays.
  • 27. 1974 Annual operating budget is $29,000. Diocese grant is $2,650 for operation of Crypt. Episcopal Church ordains female priests. President Nixon implements 55 MPH speed limit as oil embargo forces gas rationing. Patty Hearst is kidnapped Nixon resigns after Watergate indictment. World Trade Center opens.
  • 28. 1975 Children are invited to join their family and parishioners during the offertory hymn.
  • 29. 1976 Money for new sidewalk and ramp is donated by St. Lukes Womens g