Burying Time Capsule

Burying Time Capsule
1859 - 150th Anniversary of Parish - 2009 (photo by Scott & Debbie Travers )

Monday, January 16, 2012

It's Annual Meeting Season

     We've been having a variety of church and committee Annual Meetings this past week, getting all our reports and accounting all in order for our upcoming Parish Annual Meeting to be held following 10:30am morning service at St. Luke's O'Leary on Sunday, January29th. 

    I was reading through Rev. Dyer's Journals (1859-1886) the other day and read about his first Parish Council Meeting - 150 years ago they called it Vestry Meeting and it was held on Easter Monday.  Here's the excerpt.

April 1, 1861

            Easter Monday.  According to the law of P.E.I., this is the day appointed for the Church of England to form vestries and appoint Church Wardens.  Accordingly I set off with Mr. Buckerfield to the Kildare Capes to attend a meeting of the people, for the purpose of choosing a vestry and appoint Church Wardens.  Present were Messrs. Ruggles, Caie, Billins, Travers, Bearisto and Gillian, whom, with 2 others were all duly and legally selected to form a vestry, out of whom Messrs.  Ruggles and Caie were chosen to be the Church Wardens for the church at Kildare for the ensuing year.  After auditing the accounts, the meeting separated and we returned home the same evening.

Here's a photo of Rev. Dyer in his winter attire.
Rev. Robert Wm. Dyer, pioneer missionary, came to our Parish in August 1859 and served the people of the people of western Prince Edward Island for 26 years. 

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