May 27 1948
Free Press Files
Fifty years of continuous service in Fernie and District will be celebrated by Knox united people in the first two weeks of June.
In February and March, 1898, representatives of the Methodist and Presbyterian churches came, ahead of steel, to commence the work of the church. A few months later, the first settled minister came. It is believed that Rev. Alexander Dunn was the first settled minister of any denomination, in Fernie.
Since that time many ministers and hundreds of Sunday School teachers and office bearers have played a worthy part in maintaining Christian life and work in the community.
Names such as McVannell and Wilkes, long time Sunday School superintendents, and many others, will be recalled by the old timers. Their work will be gratefully remembered; and it is now being honoured by those who are carrying the torch.
The men of the Official Board are in charge of the anniversary tea on Saturday, June 5. On Sunday, June 6, Rev. Gordon McL. Borthroyd, of Trinity Church, Nelson at present chairman of Kootenay Presbytery, will preach and conduct communion at both services. He will exchange with Rev. H. T. Allen.
On Sunday, June 13, the minister will preach. In the morning, new members will be received by transfer and on profession of faith. At the close of this service, a photograph of the congregation will be taken, as a historical record of the fiftieth anniversary. Families are asked to group together, as far as possible. Orders for photographs will be taken.
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