Guide to the Records of Sumner Presbyterian Church (Sumner, Wash.)
1877-1995

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Creator: Sumner Presbyterian Church (Sumner, Wash.)
Title: Records of Sumner Presbyterian Church (Sumner, Wash.)
Dates: 1877-1995 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 5.5 linear ft. (6 boxes)
Collection Number: PNW Protestantism Collection - Sumner
Summary: History, administration and congregational activities of First Presbyterian Church of Sumner, Washington with special attention to the role of George F. Whitworth in its founding (Whitworth and this church were instrumental in the establishment of Whitworth College).
Repository: Whitworth University Archives

Spokane, WA 99251
http://www.whitworth.edu/library/archives/

Languages: Materials are inEnglish 

Historical Note

The Sumner Presbyterian Church was organized on April 29, 1877 under the name “Puyallup” for the valley and river of the area. Neither Puyallup nor Sumner had been chosen as town names at that time. The first church building was begun July 9, 1918. It was completed and dedicated on April 14, 1878. The Presbyterian Church came to Washington Territory in 1858 when the Board of Domestic Missions of the church sent the Reverend George W. Sloan to establish the church in the northwest. He was aided by Valley pioneer William Kincaid, a lay elder of the Olympia church. It was largely his influence which led to the permanent planning for the new church. Another man prominent in the establishment of the Sumner church was the Reverend George Whitworth, who was headquartered in Seattle where he was president of the University of Washington. He had begun to hold regular services in the Sumner area in 1874, traveling through the valley by horseback. When the church was organized John F. Kincaid donated land from his father’s donation land claim as a site for the church building. This church was set on Old Country Road, now the corner of Main and Traffic Streets in Sumner. The wilderness site of 1877 soon became the center of religious and social life, and later the educational center of the community. In 1883, Whitworth Academy, later to be named Whitworth College, was established there. This first edifice was sold to Morse Manufacturing Company in 1911 for $1,200, when progress decreed the site of the first church was needed for a railroad right-of-way.

Content Description

Major Sections Box No. Introduction and Inventory 1 History 1 Administration 1 Session 1 Board of Deacons 1-2 Board of Trustees 2 Financial 2 Pastors 3 The Congregation 3 Members 3 Associations 3 Presbyterian Women’s Association 4 The Sunday School 4-5 Worship 5 Legal Size Folios 5 Ladies Aid Society 5 Church Ledgers 5 Oversize: Mariners’ Scrapbook 6

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research use.

Preferred Citation :  

From the Records of Sumner Prebyterian Church (Sumner, Wash.) in the Whitworth University Archives, Spokane, Wash.

Administrative Information

Custodial History :  

Ms. Andrea Sleek; 912 Wood Avenue; Sumner, WA 98390

Acquisition Information :  

Acquired December 2000

Related Materials :  

George F. Whitworth Papers


Detailed Description of the Collection

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series I: History
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1/1 Introduction and Inventory
1/2 Church History Undated
1/3 Papers from Cornerstone of the Original Presbyterian Church July 9, 1877
1/4 Cut of Photograph of the Church Pulpit April 29, 1877
1/5 Articles of Incorporation Apr. 30, 1877
1/6 Warranty Deed Jan. 29, 1878
1/7 Legal Papers: Bond and Mortgage Quit Claim Deed for Whitworth College Warranty Deed for Whitworth College Jan. 30, 1878 Feb. 7, 1898 Feb. 7, 1893
1/8 Newspaper Clippings re Whitworth College (in which Sumner Church played a significant role) 1963, 1995
1/9 Articles of Incorporation Dec. 30, 1883 Dec. 31, 1883
1/10 Memorial Windows Mar. 4, 1938
1/11 Demolition of the First Church Building 1943
1/12 Addition of Chimes May 1949
1/13 80th Anniversary Celebration Apr. 28, 1957
1/14 Amended Articles of Incorporation Jan. 31, 1961
1/15 85th Anniversary Celebration Apr. 14, 1962
1/16 Purchase and Sale of Property Mar. 31, 1970
1/17 Building Campaign 1970
1/18 Ground Breaking: Building the Church and Sidewalks (snapshots); First Worship Service (16 mm. Film) June 27, 1971; Feb. 27, 1972
1/19 Dedication of Sanctuary Apr. 16, 1972
1/20 Building Committee 1977
1/21 100th Anniversary Celebration Apr. 29, 1977
1/22 Church Bell Oct. 30, 1978
1/23 Projects and Proposals 1979-1980
1/24 Dedication of New Sanctuary Nov. 25, 1979
1/25 New Organ; New Carillon Mar 16, 1980; Apr. 26, 1985
1/26 Church Addition 1978-1983
1/27 Indenture Mar. 31, 1984
1/28 Proposed Classroom Addition 1985
1/29 Burning the Mortgage (Snapshots) Mar. 1986
1/30 Daffodil Luncheon 1987
1/31 Miscellaneous Items Undated
1/32 Snapshots of Church Activities at the Ryan and Academy Location 1957
1/33 Snapshots and Photographs of the First Section of the Church at 1915 Washington Street Undated
1/34 Snapshots and Photographs of the Second Phase of the Church at 1915 Washington Street Undated
1/35 Groundbreaking for the Third Section of the New Church: Willard Youth Building (Gymnasium) Undated
1/36 Slides of Church History taken by the Rev. Leonard Brown Feb. 1949- June 1976

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Series II: Administration: Session
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1/37 Articles of Incorporation; List of Members; By-laws Dec. 31, 1883 1885 June 4, 1886
1/38 Minutes: Register: Baptisms; Marriages Sep. 9, 1883- Apr 16, 1905 1876-1908 1887-1896
1/39 Minutes May 14, 1905- Apr. 15, 1929
1/40 Minutes May 13, 1929- Apr. 7, 1947
1/41 Minutes May 5, 1947- Jan. 16, 1964
1/42 Minutes Feb. 5, 1964- Sep. 4, 1979
1/43 Minutes Oct. 2, 1979- Jan. 17, 1995

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Series III: Administration: Board of Deacons
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
1/44 Minutes Jan. 6, 1980- Oct. 27, 1986
1/45 Deacons’ Fund Mar. 17, 1969- Jan. 23, 1980
1/46 Deacons’ Fund Apr. 27, 1985- Dec. 11, 1987
2/1 Treasurer’s Reports 1983-1985
2/2 Treasurer’s Reports Jan. 1986- Dec. 1986
2/3 Treasurer’s Reports 1987

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Series IV: Administration: Board of Trustees
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
2/4 Minutes May 17, 1943- Jan. 3, 1949
2/5 Minutes Feb. 14, 1949- Jan. 7, 1954
2/6 Minutes Jan. 19, 1954- Dec. 30, 1957
2/7 Minutes Feb. 2, 1959- Dec. 3, 1962
2/8 Minutes Feb. 4, 1963- May 7, 1967
2/9 Minutes June 13, 1967- Dec. 9, 1969
2/10 Minutes Feb. 12, 1980- Dec. 14, 1982

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Series V: Financial Records
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
2/11 Legal Documents Undated
2/12 Real Estate: Title Abstract 1911
2/13 Pledges Mar. 10, 1911
2/14 Budget 1953
2/15 Expenses 1918-1922
2/16 Offering Plate 1905-1909
2/17-21 Treasurer's Records 1976-1980
2/22-28 Treasurer’s Records 1984-1990
3/1-4 Treasurer’s Records 1991-1994
3/5 Treasurer’s Record: Building Fund 1971-1980
3/6 Treasurer's Report 1910
3/7 Treasurer's Report Dec. 31, 1962

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Series VI: Pastors
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
3/8 Rev. Patrick H. Brady, Assistant Pastor: Installation Sep. 28, 1980
3/9 Rev. Leonard C. Brown: News Item Feb. 5, 1956
3/10 Rev. Leonard Chapin Brown: Correspondence Oct. 20, 1949
3/11 Rev. Mike Ireland, Associate Pastor: News Item and Picture Apr. 4, 1984
3/12 Rev. Donald A. MacKenzie: News Item and Business Card May 12, 1949
3/13 Rev. Mynard Meekhof: Correspondence Jan. 2, 1941 Jan. 8, 1941
3/14 Rev. G. W. Sloan: Correspondence Oct. 4, 1859
3/15 Rev. Ron Snelling: News Items Apr. 16, 1991
3/16 Rev. James Steven Starr: Installation and Picture Undated

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Series VI: The Congregation
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
3/17 Annual Meeting Minutes 1821-1921
3/18 Annual Report to the Presbyterian Church (U. S. A.) Dec. 31, 1957
3/19 Baptisms Dec. 1, 1948- Nov. 18, 1956
3/20 Baptisms Apr. 21, 1957- Dec. 15, 1968
3/21 Dismission and Reception Certificates Nov. 10, 1955- Jan. 4, 1967
3/22 Dismissal Certificates Nov. 17, 1941- June 9, 1955
3/23 Directory 1971
3/24 Members in Snapshots Undated
3/25 Membership Roll 1877-1911
3/26 Membership Roll 1922
3/27 Membership Directory 1950
3/28 Membership Directories 1978-1982 1983-1987
3/29 Membership Directories 1958, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1969
3/30 Membership Directories 1971-1977
3/31 Pictorial Directories 1971 and Undated
3/32 Members: Snapshots 1980

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Series VII: Associations
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
3/33 Aidettes: Minutes 1946-1959
3/34 Aidettes: Minutes 1960-1965
3/35 Aidettes: Minutes 1966-1972
4/1 Boys Hi-Y Club Sep. 21, 1938- May 11, 1948
4/2 Ladies Aid: Bazaar Notes 1949-1951
4/3 Ladies Aid Society: Insurance on Church Property 1944, 1947
4/4 Ladies Aid and Women’s Association: Minutes 1948-1961
4/5 Ladies Aid: Year Book 1946-1947
4/6 Korean Orphanage Project Dec. 1973
4/7 Mariners’ Club: Charter (See Box 6 for scrapbook.) Nov. 11, 1964
4/8 Mariners’ Club: Minutes 1980-1982
4/9 Olympic Presbyterian: History at the 75th Anniversary 1890-1965
4/10 Presbyterian Christian Endeavor Society: Records Sep. 1, 1889- Dec. 23, 1894
4/11 Presbyterian Christian Endeavor Society: Treasurer’s Report Book July 9, 1911- Feb. 7, 1915
4/12-15 Presbyterian Missionary Society: Minutes Merger 1917- 1956 Jan. 1957

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Series VII: Presbyterian Women’s Association
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
4/16 By-laws and Minutes Dec. 1963- Dec. 14, 1966
4/17 Directories 1969-1996
4/18 Guest Book Jan. 25, 1967- Nov. 20, 1968
4/19 Guest Book Feb. 26, 1969- June 13, 1984
4/20 Financial Records 1929-1964
4/21 Circles: Minutes 1973-1983
4/22 “History Book” 1887-1992
4/23 Scrapbook 1993-1997
4/24 Presbyterian Women in the Olympic Presbytery: Directories 1991-1992; 1996-1997
4/25 Senior High Westminster Fellowship 1959-1960

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Series VIII: Sunday School
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
4/26 Cradle Roll 1914-1946
4/27 Hymns Undated
4/28-30 Secretary’s Records 1894-1896
5/1-8 Secretary’s Records 1897-1907
5/9 Secretary’s Records 1912-1913
5/10 Secretary’s Records 1919-1940
5/11 Secretary’s Records 1955
5/12-13 Secretary’s Records Jan. 1, 1956- Dec. 31, 1957
5/14 Slides of Classes in the Old Church Just Before the Move Dec. 1971
5/15 Teacher’s Class Book 1916
5/16 Teachers’ Meetings 1929-1939
5/17 Worship: Bulletins Undated
5/18 Worship: Choir News Item Jan. 2, 1947

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Series IX: Legal Size Folders
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box/Folder
5/19-21 Ladies Aid Society: Minutes 1905-1948
5/22 Ladies Aid Society: Treasurer’s Account Book List of Officers 1980-1929 1908-1925
5/23-24 Church Ledgers (Including Member’s Accounts) Jan. 1898- Dec. 30, 1910
6/1 Mariners: Scrapbook; Dinner Party 1961-1978; 1989

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Subjects

This collection is indexed under the following headings in the online catalog. Researchers desiring materials about related topics, persons, or places should search the catalog using these headings.

  • Personal Names :
  • Brown, Leonard (Rev.)
  • Sloan, George W. (Rev.)
  • Sumner Presbyterian Church (Sumner, Wash.)--Archives.
  • Whitworth, George F. (Rev.)
  • Corporate Names :
  • Whitworth College
  • Geographical Names :
  • Sumner (Wash.)
  • Subject Terms :
  • Missionaries
  • Washington (State)
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Church records and registers
    • Occupations :
    • Clergy

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