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The French Mission of McDonald PA 25th Anniversary

From the McDonald PA Record, Feb. 10, 1905, page unknown:

After Twenty-five Years

French Congregation Owns Its Own Building After a Quarter Century’s Existence.

With appropriate ceremonies and heartfelt rejoicing on the part of pastor and people French Mission of McDonald will dedicate its comfortable and handsome little church building on North McDonald street next Sunday.

The history of the mission dates back over a period of twenty-five years—nearly the entire length of Dr. IRON’s pastorate, to whose fostering care the mission owes so much.

It was in October 1879, that Jules CHARLIER, Sr., and Ferdinand MARLIER, both deceased, and Gregory TOURNAY and P. J. CHARLIER, who still reside in McDonald, together with two or three other heads of families that have long since moved elsewhere first began to hold divine worship in their own tongue. They attended the services of the First U. P. church, the only church in the village of McDonald, on Sabbath mornings and in the afternoons gathered at the various homes and held such services, as they had been accustomed to in Belgium and France as members of the Evangelical Missionary Church. The meetings were usually led by Mr. Jules CHARLIER, Sr. Rev. W. D. IRONS, although not familiar with the language, frequently attended and encouraged the work. As yet no formal organization was had but in 1887 when Julian MASQUELIER, Sr., Martin SUPLIT, J. B. NIMAL, Leopold DELCORD, Joseph MASQUELIER, Sr., and Pierre DELIANT (deceased) and their families came to this country an organization was effected. Divine services and Sabbath school sessions were held in the old U. P. church and also in the old public school house. The late Joseph MASQUELIER, Sr., uncle of the MASQUELIER brothers who are now so active in the work of the mission, assisted Mr. CHARLIER in the preaching and teaching. In May 1897, Mr. CLAVIR together with his stepsons, Emil, Omer and Leopold (deceased) MANANDISE and his son-in-law Pierre MORTELETTE moved here from Brazil, Ind., and Mr. CLAVIR being a zealous and gifted man, became the spiritual leader of the faithful little flock and quite a little progress was made in his time. He was a keen student of Holy Writ and an eloquent and forcible speaker. He still lives, his home being in Charleroi. 

Dr. IRONS encouraged the work in many ways and the mission grew so that during the winter of 1896-97 the need of a pastor was urgently felt and Rev. E. S. LHEUREUX was called as assistant pastor of the First United Presbyterian church for the purpose of taking charge of the Mission. Much good was accomplished during this the first pastorate. Quite an addition to the membership followed and the people were led to a higher conception of their privileges in the divine life. Rev. Mr. LHEUREUX resigned in April of 1903 to go as a missionary to the Island of Puerto Rico. In June of the same year Rev. H. GARROU accepted a call to fill the vacancy. His work here has been markedly successful. A membership of about ninety with an average attendance of 125 at each services peaks well of the interest aroused. Two Elders, Elie MASQUELIER and Victor MARLIER assist Rev. GARROU.


From the McDonald PA Outlook, May 27, 1920, page unknown:

Julian MASQUELIER died at his home in Valley Street Sunday evening May 23 at 7 o'clock.  He was aged 57 years.  Mr. MASQUELIER was on of McDonald's business men, having conducted a store on Valley Street for the past 25 years.  He came to McDonald from Belgium with his parents, in April, 1887 and on June 7, 1887 was married to Miss Maria DEHOUX, Dr. W. D. IRONS performing the ceremony.  Mr. MASQUELIER was active in church work uniting with the First U. P. church shortly after coming to this country, and when the French Mission was started Mr. MASQUELIER was one of the workers init, being an elder and a teacher in the Sunday School.  For years he led the choir being succeeded by his son, Harry.  He was a quiet unassuming man and had done much in the interest of his people.  Mr. MASQUELIER is survived by his wife and the following children, Mrs. GRILL who is located in Canada; Mrs. P. J. CHARLIER of McDonald; Mrs. A. SAPPIE of Pittsburgh; Isabelle Rebecca at home; Harry A., Octave, Julien and Merle, all of McDonald.  Four brothers and one sister also survive as follows, Zacharie, John Baptiste, Jules, and Mrs. F. DESCUTNER of Steubenville.

See also the business section for MASQUELIER Brothers



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