Saturday, September 19, 2015

130 years of faithful service at Yakima's oldest church

From Yakima-

No one is quite sure when the tower bell stopped ringing.

But they did solve the mystery of why the sermon from the First Baptist Church across the street suddenly blared over their public address system one Sunday (sound wave interference).

They’re also certain of the year when incensed church leaders protested “vulgar vaudeville” at the Capitol Theatre (it was 1919).

And they know very well how much tradition is immersed in St. Michael’s Episcopal Church. At 130 years, it’s the oldest church building in Yakima.

“There’s a lot of history here,” says Ann Davidson, senior warden of the church.

On Sept. 29, 1885, the parish of St. Michael’s was founded here, four years before Washington became a state. A committee of five townspeople then put their dreams into action, as well as into rock and mortar. After the Northern Pacific Railway donated two lots at the southeast corner of Yakima and Naches avenues, church members arranged to have basalt hauled by horse and wagon from near Gleed, ordered cathedral glass from Cincinnati and began the task of building a house of worship.

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