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REMEMBERING A LONG-A-GO MINISTER
 
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The Reverand Edward E. Bacon
 
 

This regal-looking photograph was found in our ‘Westbrook People’ notebook.  The back is labeled “Rev. Edward E.  Bacon, 5 Brackett Street, Pastor of Westbrook Congregational Church”.   Wondering why someone would have had, and then passed on, this picture, I did a quick check in the Westbrook Congregational Church’s centennial booklet (see ‘Collections’ page). 

There I learned that Rev. Bacon was installed on January 11, 1881 and held the position of pastor of the Westbrook Congregational Church for twelve years.  He is noted to have resigned in 1893. During his pastorate the church thrived and grew in number. His first act was to spearhead a drive to purchase a pipe organ for the church.  His actions were successful and the organ served the congregation for over During his pastoral term, the church celebrated its the 1st Children’s Day, revised the Declaration of Faith so that it more clearly adhered to that of other churches of their denomination, and the board of deacons was reorganized with the requirement that the clerk and treasurer be members of the church.  He also introduced the practice of weekly offerings. With all these accomplishments it is easy to see why it is stated that his resignation was accepted, “to the great sorrow of many”. 

Other interesting historical items about the Westbrook Congregational Church: the church was first lighted by electricity in 1893, and its name was changed from Saccarappa Parish to the Westbrook Congregational Parish. That church building, on the corner of Main and Brackett Streets, was demolished during Westbrook Urban Renewal in the 1970s, and the current Westbrook Warren Congregational Church was built at 565 Main Street. This building was the result of the merger of the Westbrook and the Warren congregations. 

 
References: Westbrook Congregational Church notebooks and publications.
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