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Chet- February 03, 2008 - Report this comment
The color postcard shows the Old South Church, which was on the corner of Main and Wellington. My family lived on Jacques Ave. and this was our polling place. I remember accompanying my mom when she voted for JFK in 1960.
jim sadowski- December 14, 2008 - Report this comment
The Old South Church on one of the pictures can be seen aside the Old City Hall, hence the marker at the New City Hall indication where the reading of the Declaration of Independance was given by Isaiah Thomas.
jim sadowski- December 17, 2008 - Report this comment
The postcard circa 1915 shows the church built in circa 1890 at Main Street corner of Wellingtin Street. This structure was built to replace the "Old South Church" which was removed to make room for the present City Hall. The structure is now a homeless shelter, "People on Peril" at 700 main Street.
Christine Bibby- December 23, 2008 - Report this comment
My father, Rev. Ralph E. Tupper, was once the minister of Old South Church. Does anyone remember him?
jim sadowski- January 12, 2009 - Report this comment
"The words Old South Church" in Worcester ring of many churchs, built over the years, this being a Congrigational church, 1717 logs, 1719 framed, 1763 2nd framed at City Hall, and 1889 as in picture. Old South Church. In relation to the first church at Worcester the Rev. Peter Whitney, in his History of Worcester County, published in 1793, makes the following definite statement: " In the year 1719 the first meeting-house was erected, and here a church was gathered." In the absence of any record to the contrary this testimony of one who probably saw and conversed with some of those who attended the early religious meetings held in the town would seem to be conclusive as compared with what are acknowledged to be matters of tradition. Mr. Whitney was a thorough investigator, and a careful historian. This first meeting-house, of which he speaks, was erected on the spot so long occupied by the familiar " Old South Church " on the Common. The first structure was demolished in 1763, and the later one stood until 1887, when it too, went the way of all earthly things. The new and costly edifice, at the corner of Main and Wellington streets, was dedicated Sept. 17,1889. It cost (including land) probably $150,000. It is of brown stone throughout, and of novel architecture, and there are few handsomer churches in the state. The amount awarded the Parish in 1887, when the old building was removed from the Common, was $148,500; but a compromise was effected by which the City paid $115,395.25, and gave the old bell in addition. The congrigation had churches 1717, 1719, 1763, and this one pictured
Paul Andersen- December 17, 2010 - Report this comment
Never had a chance to enter this church before it partially burned in the 1960s. Must have been grand.
Matt F.- July 06, 2011 - Report this comment
The Old South Church was bought and tore down by Benjamin S. Fenner in 1887. He later took pieces of the church and erected a tenement house on Southgate street.
Roger Grebel- September 10, 2012 - Report this comment
I was a seventh generation member of "Old South" and it truly was a grand place. I was baptized, sang in the choir and my mother and step-father were married there. I still remember the Christmas Cantata with Mrs. FulIer at the big pipe organ and was heart-broken when it joined another church in the 1960's. It marked the end of my family's link to grand edifice.
Nancy Villanueva- June 17, 2013 - Report this comment
Located in the corner of Main and Wellington, this church was acquired in the 70's by a Hispanic community organization. It was a beautiful church with magnificent stained glass work. It served a a community center until 1978 when its roof collapsed after being weakened by the blizzard of 1978
Adelina Healy- May 14, 2014 - Report this comment
Found this regarding an ancestor. The Old South Church of Worcester, Mass., owns a communion service, a portion of which has ben in continuous service nealy a hundred and fifty years. It bears the inscription, "Ye gift of Colonel John Chandler [1734] of ye Church of Christ in Worcester, 1737." by: John Bennett (1734). Authority: Boston Records
Gretchen Pierce- November 19, 2015 - Report this comment
I was baptized here by pastor Bertram B. Hansom in 1939 and attended sunday school until I was ten. As a child I loved to sit in the balcony watching over the organ and the choir. It birthed a love for music that has been a lifelong passion. In the 70's the church joined with Bethany in Tatnuck. I was grieved to see a bare lot where there once had stood the ediface remembered from childhood.
Gael Evans- February 29, 2016 - Report this comment
In 1969 I was one of the founding members of the Worcester Crisis Center. Robert Tremaine, the Baptist minister of this church was also a member. He offered a room in the church basement to be our base of operation for the crisis hotline. I often worked night shifts there, since I was a full time student at Clark University at the time. At break time I would take a lighted candle (safely) and go up the stairway into the church. There was a stage up front, no organ at that time, and there was a rickety old piano. I would sit and play James Taylor songs whilst the candle flickered and bats flew up around the high ceiling. It was quite dark and the pews were laid out in a semi-circular fashion and still had their worn cushions adorning them. It was a very silent audience, but very peaceful in the dead of night. The next year the Crisis Center moved to 462 Chandler Street.
David Clark- July 17, 2019 - Report this comment
Dave Clark, July 17, 2019 -- In the mid-1940s my mother, Ada O. Clark, first took me, David, to Old South Church. After awhile I became a member of Boy Scouts Troop 35. I recall the kitchen part of the church being down stairs in the back. Wish I had pictures of the inside of the church. Believe I was Baptized in 1947.
Barbara Cutler Davis- November 01, 2020 - Report this comment
My Grandparents were married there, March 25, 1916 by the Rev.Dr.Edward Payson Drew. I just got the hint in my ancestry tree, The article was from the Boston Globe (26 Mar. 1916). Happy to see what the church looked like.
Doris- November 07, 2020 - Report this comment
On Sundays they would play those beautiful sounding bells! I would love to hear them once again!

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