My great grandfather was born in Kidderminster England in 1886 and belonged to St. Mary's Church. After his parents died, he moved to Worcester Massachusetts in the early 1900s to work in Matthew J Whittall's Carpet Mill. In 1914 he married my great grandmother, who was born in Manchester England, in St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Worcester. This is the church that Matthew J Whittall donated 30,000 dollars to be built.
My grandmother was born in 1914 in Worcester and was a life long member of St. Matthew's until her death last year. She and my grandfather also worked in the mill.
In 1995, a member of the church, wrote a book commemortating the 100th anniversary of the dedication of the present church building. It is titled: Forward Through the Ages: A History of St. Matthew's Episcopal Church 1871-1995 in the Village of South Worcester, Massachusetts. It was written by Paula Rowse Buonomo.
In the book there is a picture of Whittall's mansion. It stood right across from the church. Unfortunately, it was torn down years and years ago. My grandmother used to admirer it when she was little. I can email anybody a copy if you would like it.
On November 2, 1922 the Senior Warden of the church,Matthew J Whittall died. His son, Matthew P. "Percy" Whittall became Warden of the church.
In 1926 Mr. and Mrs. Matthew P. "Percy" Whittall donated 10,590 dollars to refinish the interior of the church in Dark English Oak and to treat the walls to they resemble stone work.
In 1954 Mrs. Edgeworth Whittall Whitin donated 30,000 dollars towards the construction costs of the new Parish Hall. The hall was named, Whitin Hall.
Also in 1954, Matthew P. Whittall resigned after serving 32 years as Warden. The book states, Father and son had served 75 years as Warden in the 85 year history of the parish. The Whittall family contributed half of the cost of both the present church building and the new Parish Hall. Their generosity and dedication to St. Matthew's reamins to this day unmatched.
Some of the older members of the church may be able to give you more information. The current rector of the church is : Rev. Nancy Baille Strong. The address of the church is:
Saint Matthew's Episcopal Church
695 Southbridge Street
Hopefully, some of this information will help you.
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