Caroline Bartlett Crane

Caroline Bartlett Crane

1889 - 1898

Caroline Bartlett Crane came as an already accomplished thirty-one-year old in 1889 and galvanized the church to actions that received international recognition. Her goal was an "institutional" church that served the community. Her preaching drew large crowds, often over 500 at the evening service. Her philosophy and the activities it engendered brought her an invitation to speak at the Columbian Exposition in 1893; and the tour of her "institutional church" in 1896 elicited the declaration by Col. Robert Ingersoll that "If such a church existed in my community, I would become a member if they would have me." His "conversion" made headline news. The fourth, and present Bond of Union was adopted and signed by 77 people in 1891. Caroline married Dr. Augustus Warren Crane, pioneer in the medical use of X-ray, December 31, 1896. She resigned in 1898.

Edward E. Carr was minister for a few months 1898-99.