Notes on Tablet Commemorating Century of Methodism in Palermo
- Erla Brittain, Curator, Halton Regional Museum, Author
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- Notes on the unveiling of a tablet gifted in 1928 and erected in 1933 to the Palermo United Church. The donation was made by Mrs. Colin H. Campbell, her son Colin Howell Campbell and daughter Gertrude Elizabeth, to mark the Century of Methodism in Palermo. The notes were taken from an article that appeared in the Burlington Gazette in 1933.
As per the Trafalgar Township Historical Society "Timeline of Palermo/Hagerstown" (linked to this record for your further information), settlers moved into the area in 1806. In 1808, William Case of the Ancaster Circuit of the Methodist Episcopal Church came to preach at the home of newly arrived settler, Lawrence Hagar. Lawrence Hagar (I) became a preacher himself.
Land was purchased in 1818 for a cemetery with space for a meeting house and schoolhouse should they be required. The Palermo Chapel was built in 1824. The town was named Palermo and the post office was established in 1835.
Divisions within the church during the 1830's resulted in an 1836 court case over property. The result was that the existing property was owned by the Wesleyan Methodists. This lead to the Episcopalian Methodists erecting their own chapel on the other side of the Palermo Cemetery - in one week according to these "Notes". Reverend John Reynolds was elected and consecrated to the Office of Bishop on June 27, 1835 in the chapel.
The present sanctuary of Palermo United Church was later built on the north-east corner of the Bronte-Dundas intersection (land records show 54x110 feet was given to the church in 1871 by Lucinda & Ezra Winchell and 1/2 acre given by William Laidlaw and his wife in 1875).
These "Notes" bring the history, the people, the building and events involved with this church in Palermo over the years very much alive. The court case shows there were differences of opinions but the laughter and community of the people such as the Ingleharts, the Buck family and more shines through this very enjoyable essay.
A link to the page on the "Memorable Manitobans" website for Mrs. Campbell is included here in this record for your further information. She held many positions of responsibility in community service and her war relief service. Her page leads you also to that of her husband who held several positions of responsibility in the Manitoba Legislature as well as other public service positions.
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- Minnie Julia Beatrice Campbell (1862-1952) daughter of Dr. Anson Buck and Keturah Adelaide Howell. She married Colin Howell Campbell on July 16, 1884.
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- Trafalgar Township Historical Society
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