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First/Christ Presbyterian Church - Ellwood City PA

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In July 1891 a handful of local Presbyterians gathered at the Old Brick School on Glen Avenue to organize what soon became known as the First Presbyterian Church. The group met at various locations over the next few years until a small brick church, which cost $3,700, was built on the Pittsburgh Circle in 1895. The property, at Spring Avenue and 4th Street, was donated by the Pittsburg Company. (c1905) Full Size

The congregation grew quickly and in the summer of 1911 the old building was demolished and construction got underway on a massive stone church (shown above) at the same location. The new edifice, designed by Altoona-based architect Julian Millard, was officially dedicated during ceremonies held on Sunday, November 3, 1912. The church was heavily damaged by a stubborn fire on the morning of Sunday, April 23, 1950, but was soon remodeled and reopened. In December 1960 the church changed its name to Christ Church United Presbyterian, which was altered again in c1983 to the present Christ Presbyterian Church. (c1925) Full Size

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  1. My aunt and uncle, Iva (Cox) and Herman Wilson were members of this church. My uncle owned and operated the Ellwood City Pure Milk Co. until the 60’s. They lived in a large home on the 200 block of Fountain Ave. I remember walking to this church and attending Sunday School there as a child in the early to mid 50’s whenever I spent a weekend with them.

    My maternal grandparents, Ethel (Nye) and Warren Spencer Wilson lived on Spring Ave. Ethel’s father, B. J. Nye, laid the first sidewalks in Ellwood City. His initials are still visible in places along 4th or 5th street.


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