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Wilmington, O., News-Journal Wednesday, September 11, 1974


Dover Friends hold sesqui celebration

More than 150 people attended Dover Friends Meeting's sesquicentennial celebration at the meetinghouse Sunday.

Glenn A. Reece spoke briefly at the morning meeting for worship on the Now of Life. He was followed by Robert Beck, executive secretary of Wilmington Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends, who spoke on the Church of the Future.

Special music included two piano solos by Mrs. Donald Parks of West Jefferson, a former member, and a hymn sung by a group of women from the meeting.

A carry-in dinner was held at noon in the community building, formerly a school house, located on the

meetinghouse grounds.

Mrs. Eddie Ellis, ministry and council clerk, presided at the afternoon's activities.

Mrs. James Hadley, ministry and counsel recording clerk, read the meeting's opening minutes dated Sept. 4, 1825,

Other excerpts read from the minutes included a note of the first marriage; details of building a meetinghouse for Center Quarterly Meeting of Friends;

views on non-military compliance, scripture reading and Bibles in the home, relief for Indians and Africans, and monthly meeting school's education. A paper on disowning members was read as well as statistics of the meeting's first80 years.

Loren Hadley, former Dover Meeting minister, now at Mt. Dora, Fla., spoke on the theme For Havens Sake, Why Are You Here. Miss Sylvia Hadley, presented special music