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Transcribed by Carol Davidson

Trinity New Haven Historical Society, 2012 www.trinitynewhaven.org



 

 

 

 

TRINITY CHURCH HOME

84 Norton St.

New Haven, Conn.


 

Trinity Church Home

 

Charter, Extracted from Constitution, By-Laws of the Almoners, and rules for the Government of the Home. History of the Home, Extract from Deed of Trust and Form of Bequest  :  :

1948

 


 

 

Corporation of Trinity Church Home

President

REV. C. LAWSON WILLARD, JR.

Vice-President

MR. ARTHUR C. GRAVES

Treasurer

MR. DEAN B. LYMAN

Secretary

MR. DONALD D. MACDONALD

Finance Committee

MR. DEAN B. LYMAN

MRS. HARRISON T. SHELDON

MRS. J. FORSYTH SHEPPARD

 

CORPORATORS

MISS KATHARINE B. TROWBRIDGE

MRS. HERMAN P. HESSI.E.R

MRS. RICHARD S. LULI,

MRS. THEODORE R. SUCCHER, SR.

MRS. CLARENCE. S RUSSELL

MRS. JAMES H. KINGMAN

MRS. GEORGE S. STIRLING

MRS. CHARLES F. TREADWAY

MISS SUSAN A. NORCROSS

MISS GRACE E. DAGGETT

MRS. JOHN D. PLANT

MRS. FREDERICK A. WHITE

MRS. LEONARD S. HORNER

MISS FRANCES E. REDWAY

MRS. C. LAWSON WILLARD, JR.

MRs, HARRISON T. SHELDON

MRS. J. FORSYTH SHEPPARD

MRS. JOHN B. GRANT

MRS. ALBERT H. BARCLAY, SR.

MRS. DEAN B. LYMAN

MISS ELSIE R. TROWBRIDGE

MRS. WALLACE C. HUTTON

MRS. DAVID L. DAGGETT

MRS. BENJAMIN F.ENGLISH

MRS. JOHN W. ALLING

MRS. NATHAN H. WHITE

MRS. GEORGE C. KRENNING

MRS. CHARLES W. FYFE

MR. GEORGE S. STIRLING

MR. NATHAN S. WHITE

 

 

TRINITY CHURCH HOME

CHARTER

GENERAL ASSEMBLY, MAY SESSION, 1862.

Upon the petition of the Rector and Wardens of Trinity Church in New Haven, praying for the incorporation of an Association to be known as the TRINITY CHURCH HOME, in NEW HAVEN, Resolved by this Assembly.

SECTION I

The Rev. Edwin Harwood, W. W. Boardman, Joseph E. Sheffield, Andrew L Kidscon, Frederick J. Rem, Gardner Morse, Stephen D. Pardee, Nathaniel Booth, James M. Mason, Mary E. Edwards, and Sarah M. Edwards, all the city and county of New Haven, and such other persons as shall be associated with them hereafter, according to their Constitution and By-Laws, be and they hereby are constituted and The Trinity Church Home shall have power to sue and to be sued, and be impleaded, answer and created a body politic and corporate, by the name of “The Trinity Church Home," and by that name they and their associates and successors  shall have perpetual succession, and be and remain a body politic and corporate forever.

SECTION II

The Trinity Church Home is created for the purpose of establishing and maintaining in the city of New Haven, refuge for the poor and friendless members of Trinity Parish, and such others as the board of managers may think are entitled to its benefits. The first meetings of said corporation shall be held at such time and place as shall be appointed by the Rector of Trinity Parish, in a written notice to the several corporates named in the first section hereof.

SECTION III

 The Trinity Church Home shall have the power to sue and be sued, plead and be impleaded, answer and be answered unto, appear and prosecute to final judgment, in any court or elsewhere: to have a common seal, and so alter the same at pleasure; to elect, in such manner as the Corporation shall determine, all such officers and servants as they may deem expedient, and specify and define their duties, to ordain and establish a constitution and by-laws for the government of their affairs, nor inconsistent with the laws of this State, and to alter and repeal the same at pleasure; to receive and hold any estate, real or personal, by subscription, gift, grant, devise, in trust or otherwise, purchase or bequest, and the same to improve, lease, exchange, or sell and convey; and the more shall he exempt from taxation, so long as the same, or the avails thereof, shall be laid out and expended solely for the purposes named in the second section of this resolve. Provided, that said Corporation shall not hold at any one time, real estate of a greater annual value than Five Thousand Dollars.

Section IV

 

This resolution may be amended, altered, or repealed, at the pleasure of the general Assembly.


CONSTITUTION

ARTICLE I.

Membership.

SECTION 1. The corporation of Trinity Church Home shall consist of the Rev. Edwin Harwood, W. W. Board­man, Joseph F. Sheffield, Andrew L. Kidston, Frederick J. Betts, Gardner Morse, Stephen D. Pardee, Nathaniel Booth, James M. Mason, Mary E. Edwards, Sarah M. Edwards, and such other persons as have been elected members previous to the adoption of this amended constitution.

SEC. 2. Any person connected with the parish of Trinity Church may be elected, by ballot, a member of the corporation at any annual meeting thereof, and such mem­bers shall be elected from time to time, so that the whole Dumber of corporate members shall not be less than eleven.

SEC. 3. Any member who has ceased to be connected with the Trinity Church parish, or who has not attended the meetings of the corporation for three consecutive years may, by vote of the corporation, be dropped from the list of members.

SEC. 4. A correct list of the members of the corporation shall be kept by the secretary.

 

 

ARTICLE II.

Meetings.

SECTION 1. The annual meeting of the corporation shall be held on the first Wednesday in Advent, or on such other day as the president, with the advice of the treasurer and secretary, may appoint, notice of which meeting shill be given in Trinity Church on the Sunday next preceding the day of said meeting. Notice shall also be sent by the secretary to each member.

SEC. 2. Special meetings may be called by the president, and shall be called upon request in writing of three members of the corporation. Notice of special meetings shall be given in the same manner as for the annual meeting.

SEC. 3. Five shall constitute a quorum for the trans­action of business.

ARTICLE III.
Officers.

SECTION 1. The officers of the corporation shall be a president, a vice-president, a secretary and a treasurer. The Rector of Trinity Church shall be, ex-officio, president. The remaining officers shall be chosen by ballot at the annual meeting, or at an adjourned meeting thereof, to hold office until the next annual meeting or until their successors are chosen.

SEC. 2. The president, vice-president, and secretary shall respectively perform the duties usually pertaining to those offices.

SEC. 3. The treasurer shall have charge of the funds of the corporation, shall receive, disburse, and invest the same, as may be required; shall keep an account of the financial transactions of the year, and submit a full report of the same at the annual meeting, together with an inventory of the property. All investments shall be made by the treasurer, with the advice of the finance committee.

Sec. 4. The corporation, at its annual meeting, shall appoint a finance committee of at least two members. It shall be the duty of the finance committee to advise with the treasurer as to investment, to audit his accounts, and to examine the securities of the corporation.

ARTICLE IV.

Almoners

At its annual meeting or at any adjourned meeting, thereof, the Corporation shall appoint not exceeding thirty ladies of Trinity Church to act as almoners for the ensuing year. The almoners shall have power to fill any vacancy that may occur in their number during the year. Such vacancy or vacancies must be filled by the appointment of ladies connected with Trinity Church, The almoners shall constitute a board of managers for The Home, and its members, and arrange for soliciting donations, whether of money, food, fuel or clothing, and the distribution thereof, except that all donations of money or the representation thereof shall be placed in the hands of the Treasurer of the Corporation to be disposed of in accordance with the terms of the donation. The almoners may draw on the Treasurer from time to time for such amounts as may be necessary for current expenses from such funds as may be in his hands for that purpose.  The almoners shall decide who shall be the beneficiaries of the Home and upon what terms, when they shall be received and when discharged, and in all cases of disagreement among themselves the matter will be referred to or inquired into by the Corporation. The almoners shall adopt by-laws for their own organization, and the rules for the government of the Home. Such by-laws and rules and all doings of the almoners shall be subject to the approval of the Corporation. The almoners shall present a full report to the Corporation, at its annual meeting of their official transactions during the preceding year, the changes made in their by-laws and rules, the receipts and expenditures of the Home and the purposes and prospects for the future.

 

SECTION IV

This resolution may be amended, altered, or repealed, at the pleasure of the General Assembly, The almoners shall decide who shall be the beneficiaries of the Home and upon what terms, when they shall be received and when discharged, and in all cases of disagreement among themselves the matter may he referred to or inquired into by the Corporation. The almoners shall adopt by-laws for their own organization, and rides for the government of the Home. Such by-laws arid rules and all doings of the almoners shall be subject to the approval of the Corporation. The almoners shall present a full report to the Corporation, at its annual meeting, of their official transactions during the preceding year, the changes made in their by-laws and rules, the receipts and expenditures of the Home and the purposes and prospects for the future.

 

ARTICLE V

Any person who may contribute one thousand dollars shall thereupon become a member of the corporation and a patron of the Home and shall be entitled to nominate at beneficiary, subject to the approval of the corporation.

ARTICLE VI

The Rector of Trinity Church shall be, ex-officio, chaplain and visitor of the Home.

 

ARTICLE VII.

This constitution shall not be altered, except such alteration shall have been proposed at one legal meeting, and adapted at a subsequent legal meeting.

ARTICLE VIII

This amended constitution shall go into operation on the date of its adoption, and on the same day officers shall be elected to hold office until the annual meeting on the first Wednesday in Advent, 1894, and the existing almoners shall continue in office until the same time.

 

Adopted June 4th, 1894


 

 

Almoners of Trinity Church Home, 1948

President, MRS. J. FORSYTH SHEPPARD

First Vice-President, MRS. ALBERT H. BARCLAY, SR.

Second Vice-President, MRS. CLARENCE S. RUSSELL

Treasurer, MRS. HARRISON T. SHELDON

Secretary, MISS SUSAN A. NORCROSS

HONORARY PRESIDENT

MRS. ROGER W. TUTTLE

MEMBERS

MISS KATHARINE B. TROWBRIDGE

MRS. HERMAN P. HESSLER

MRS. RICHARD S. LULL

MRS. THEODORE R. SUCHER, SR.

MRS. JAMES H. KINGMAN

MRS. GEORGE S. STIRLING

MRS. CHARLES F. TREADWAY

MISS GRACE E. DAGGETT

 MRS. JOHN D. PLANT

MRS. FREDERICK A. WHITE

MRS. LEONARD S. HORNER

MISS FRANCES F. REDWAY

MRS. C. LAWSON WILLARD, JR.

MRS. JOHN B. GRANT

MRS. DEAN B. LYMAN

MISS ELSIE R. TROWBRIDGE

MRS. WALLACE C. HUTTON

MRS. DAVID L. DAGGETT

MRS. BENJAMIN F. ENGLISH

MRS. JOHN W. ALLING

MRS. NATHAN H. WHITE

MRS. GEORGE C. KRENN

MRS. CHARLES W. FYFE

 

BY-LAWS OF THE ALMONERS OF
TRINITY CHURCH HOME
Adopted Sept. 17, 1941

SECTION 1. The annual meeting of the Almoners shall be held at the Parish House, or other suitable place, im­mediately following the annual meeting of the Corporation of Trinity Church Home.

SEC. 2. At the annual meeting the Almoners shall choose from their number a President, two Vice-Presidents, a Secretary, and a Treasurer who shall hold their offices for one year and until others are chosen. The Treasurer shall be required to furnish a bond.

SEC. 3. Regular meetings of the Almoners shall be held at the Parish House or other suitable place on the last Monday in each month and special meetings may be called at any time by the President, or in case of her absence or inability to act, by either of the Vice-Presidents, or upon the written request of four members of the board.

SEC. 4. Seven Almoners shall constitute a quorum forthe transaction of business at any regular or special meeting.

SEC. 5. The order of business shall be:

1.            Opening prayer.

2.            Minutes of the last meeting.

3.            Calling of the roll.

4.            Treasurer's statement.

5.            Selection of monthly visitors.

6.            Visitors' reports.

7.            Matron's report.

8.            Unfinished business.

9.            New business.

SEC. 6. The President with the monthly visitors shall decide any minor difficulties that may arise among the members of the Home. Matters of consequence shall be referred either to the Board of Almoners or to the Corpora­tion for determination.

SEC. 7. A beneficiary is one paying less than the actual cost of maintenance at the Home. No person shall be ad­mitted to the Home as a beneficiary unless she is sixty years of age and has been a member of Trinity Church for at least ten years. Her application must have been before the Board of Almoners for one month, except in cases of special emer­gency, in which case the Executive Committee shall have power to act. Any person admitted as a permanent bene­ficiary member shall be required to sign a form conveying to the Home such^ real & personal property she may then possess or may afterwards acquire; but she shall be allowed to retain such portion of the income or principal as may be determined by the Board of Almoners.  Bank account shall be held jointly with the Corporation of the Trinity Church Home, the beneficiary to retain a life use of such accounts. Furniture brought into the Home shall be considered the property of the Home.

Preference in all cases shall be given to aged and indigent members of Trinity Church; but applicants may be admitted from other parishes and denominations upon such terms as the Board of Almoners may prescribe, based upon the per capita cost.

 

Sec. 8.   A probationary residence of three months shall be required before a person shall be considered a permanent member of the Home,

Sec. 9. The Executive Committee shall consist of the five officers and the two visitors of the month in which a meeting of the committee is called. Reports of the Executive Committee shall be read and ratified at the following regular meeting.

Sec. 10. The Almoners will at each monthly meeting appoint five of their members as visitors for the ensuing month, whose duty it shall be to visit the Home as often as practicable. They shall visit every department, inspect personally the room of each member and make themselves familiar with the details of the Home, taking cognizance of the non-observance of any rule. They shall make a brief report in writing at the monthly meeting of the Almoners.

Sec. II. In recognition of valuable services rendered, any President retiring from the Board may have the title of Honorary President conferred upon her by the unanimous vote of rite Board.

SEC. 12. The books of the Treasurer shall be audited annually by the Finance Committee of the Corporation.

SEC. 13. These by-laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the Almoners present at any regular meeting provided that a written notice has been submitted at the last previous meeting; and also provided that a printed copy of the proposed amendment in full has been sent to each member of the Board of Almoners ten days before the meeting at which action on the proposed amendment is to be taken.

 

 

RULES FOR THE GOVERNMENT OF

TRINITY CHURCH HOME

Adopted Sept. 17, 1941

RULE 1.  The matron shall have entire charge of the house under the direction of the almoners, and keep every department within and around the house in good order. She must have a watchful care of every member of the family, and without partiality, faithfully administer to the wants and comforts of each, as their several circumstances may require. She shall have the hiring of the servants and the ordering of them. She is to enforce the roles of the house, to be present at meals, to set that they are properly served, proper order observed at table, and ask a blessing at each meal. If improper conduct is observed in any member of the family, she is to report the same to the monthly visitors. She must keep a record of every article that is sent to the Home, whether purchases or donations, and by whom sent, in a book provided for that purpose. She is to make from time to time a list of whatever supplies are needed, and give it to the supply committee.  She is also to make a monthly report to the almoners respecting the state of the Home, not neglecting the breach of any of the rules by any member of the house.

Rule 2.  It is expected that those members who are able to do so will assist one another in the care of their own rooms and that they shall he courteous at all times. They shall render such services as they can for the benefit of the Home and for the comfort of those more helpless than themselves..

Rule 3. Family prayers shall be offered daily by the matron, at which each member of the family who is able is required to attend. Services are also held as appointed by the chaplain, at which also attendance is required.

Rule 4. The matron shall have entire control of the lights.

Rule 5. The members except must not do washing and ironing by special permission, and none of the mem­bers shall be allowed in the kitchen unless requested by the matron to assist in the work.

Rule 6. No member of the Home shall be permitted CO enter the room of any other occupant without her per­mission; and no room must be locked at night.

RULE 7. No solid thing must be thrown into the slop pails or washbasins, neither papers, bits of cloth, thread, hair, matches, or anything else that will clog the pipes. Noth­ing whatever may be thrown into the bathtub. It must be used for bathing alone.

RULE 8. The members shall not be allowed to interfere or find fault with the matron. If any think they have cause of complaint, they must apply to the monthly visitors, who will take such action thereon as they may deem proper. All difficulties among the members must be referred to the almoners for settlement, and the parties must abide by their decision or leave the Home. No member may interfere with those to whom a particular portion of housework is assigned in a way to prevent the proper performance of their duty. If this rule is violated, complaint must be made to the matron.

RULE 9.                                                 Any member who shall be guilty of circulating reports injurious to the reputation of the Home, criticizing or finding fault with the management or creating dissatisfac­tion or disturbance among the members, shall be admon­ished, and upon repetition of such offence may be dismissed from the Home.

RULE 10. Any member desiring to leave the Home to be absent from a meal or over night, must give notice of such intention to the matron as well as where she proposes to go and the probable length of her absence. No one must leave the premises after nightfall, without permission; and the house must be closed at an early hour.

RULE 11. In order to preserve harmony in the Home, the strictest attention must be paid to the rules. For the first violation, there will be an admonition; for the second, a com­plaint will be made to the almoners; and for the third, the offender may be dismissed from the Home.

RULE 12. No deduction from the price of board will be made on account of an absence for a shorter time than one continuous week. In case of absence for one or more weeks, a charge of two dollars per week will be made for rent of room.

RULE 13. All members of the Home and all persons employed there, whether permanently or temporarily, shall be subject to the control of the matron. Under no circumstances is she to be excluded from any room.

Rule 14. When a member of the Home calls in her own physician, the permission of the Matron shall first be secured, and the physician shall inform her of his diagnosis and the treatment prescribed in each case.

Rule 15. No visitor shall be entertained at the Home without permission of the matron.

 

 

History of Trinity Church Home

 

October 23d, 1948, was the eighth-sixth anniversary of the opening of Trinity Church Home The value of the work accomplished by this institution in these eighty-six years can best be understood by looking back to the time when no organization of any kind existed in our parish.

Most of the charitable work in Trinity Church had long been carried on through the medium of the Ladies' Relief Society, the predecessor of our present Benevolent and Missionary Society. The members of this association found one of their most perplexing problems in the question how to se- core shelter and provide for the daily needs of certain self-respecting women in the parish, who through age, illness or infirmity, were no longer able to support themselves. Many of them in earlier life had had pleasant homes of their own, but were now scattered in various parts of the city, often in uncomfortable lodgings, and the knowledge of their privations, and sometimes actual hardships, awoke deep sympathy in the hearts of those best acquainted with their needs. Often on stormy winter nights their benevolent friends would be troubled by anxious thoughts: Was the roof of Miss A's attic room leaking again? Would the heavy rains flood the basement where lame Miss B lived? Was there any one that Mrs. C could send for the doctor in case of one of her sudden attacks of illness? Would Mts. D's scanty provision of coal last until a new supply could be sent to her? And then would come the thought, "If only they could all be gathered into one place, under the charge of an efficient care-taker, what a blessed relief it would be!"

This sympathy and this earnest desire to give permanent assistance finally found expression in the organization of Trinity Church Home. A charter was obtained from the Connecticut Legislature in May, 1862, and the Home was opened far the reception of members on the 23d of the following October. Its first location was a rented house in Leffingwell Alley (now part of Center Street) near Temple.

The names of the original corporates will be found in Section 1 of the Charter, printed at the beginning of this report. It is interesting to note that the family of Mr. James M. Mason is still represented on the Corporation. Mr. Mason's daughter, Mrs. M. J. Daggett, served as president of the Board of Almoners from 1902 to 1912. Miss Edith Daggett, her daughter, served for many years on the board and Miss Grace Daggett, another daughter, is representing the family on the board of Almoners today.

Miss Mary E. Edwards, Mrs. Joseph E. Sheffield, Mrs. C. M. Ingersoll, Mrs. Philip S. Galpin, Mrs. W. W. Boardman, Mrs. Edwin Harwood, Mrs. Andrew L. Kidston, Mrs. Frederick J. Betts, Mrs. C. R. Ingersoll, Miss Mary Prescott, Miss Sarah M. Edwards, Miss Sidell, Mrs. Gardner Morse, Mrs. A. C. Raymond, and Mrs. Henry Hooker constituted the first board of Almoners.

PRESIDENTS OF THE BOARD OF ALMONERS

Mrs. Edwin Harwood      1862-1864

Mrs. Philip S. Galpin        1864-1875

Mrs. Abigail Hiller             1875-1902

Mrs. M. J. Daggett           1902-1912

Mrs. George H. Tuttle    1913-1918

Mrs. John W. Alling         1918-1920

Mrs. Rutherford Trowbridge       1920-1921

Mrs. Herman P. Hessler                1921-1933

Mrs. Roger W. Tuttle      1933-1938

Mrs. Frederick A. White   1938-1944

Mrs. John D. Plant           1944-1947

Mrs. Frederick A. White 1947-1948

Mrs. J. Forsyth Sheppard 1948- 

In 1869, Mr. Joseph E. Sheffield, always a generous benefactor of this parish, erected (to quote from the Deed -of Trust)  “a spacious and comfortable school building with apartments for the teachers and a chaplain for the occupancy and use of the 'Parish School of Trinity Church,' and on the same grounds a convenient, comfortable and appropriate building for the occupancy and use of the Trinity Church Home' . . . And midway between these two buildings, is convenient and appropriate chapel, to be known as and be called Trinity Chapel,' for the use and benefit of both the aforesaid institutions.”

On April 15th, 1869, the removal of the Home to the new building in George Street took place. At that time the number of members was eight. This soon increased. The average number during the years 1869-1906 was sixteen.

In the autumn of 1905, the question of another removal came up. The Parish School in the neighboring building had been discontinued several years before; the mission services in the Chapel had been given up and the Sunday School incorporated with that of Trinity Church; the buildings were in need of repairs which would have required a large outlay, and the neighborhood no longer seemed o desirable location for the Home. The heirs of Mr. Sheffield, to whom by the terms of the Deed of Trust the property would have reverted in case of the removal of the Home, kindly agreed to give a quit claim, and the land and buildings were sold to the Italian Baptist Mission. The greater part of the money received 941 invested in the purchase of the house and lot, No. 186 Oak Street, and after necessary alterations in the house had been made, the removal from George Street took place in October 1906.

This new Home was of course as much considered a memorial of Mr. Sheffield's liberality as the buildings erected by him in George Street. One of the rooms was endowed in memory of another benefactor of the Home, Miss Mary E. Edwards, the first secretary of the Board of Almoners, whose untiring efforts were largely instrumental in founding of the institution, and who to the last day of her earthly Life cherished its prosperity as one of the objects dearest no her heart. Another room with is pleasant sunny exposure had been furnished by Mr. and Mrs. John H. Taylor, in memory of their mother, Mrs. Maria N. Taylor, for many years a member of the Board of Almoners. This room, designed for the use of invalids and convalescents, has proved a great comfort in times of illness.

After twenty years at the Oak Street location the Corporation felt that the time had again arrived when a new location should be found for the Home.

On August 8, 1926, the Home was moved to its present location, 84 Norton Street.

Much credit and thanks should be given to Mrs. Albert W. Crosby, who directed the moving, without any confusion and left the house that evening with all the ladies settled in their new quarters for the night.

In addition to the income from annual subscriptions, there was in the early years of the Home's existence an arrangement for partly supplying the table by basket of provisions sent in regularly by members of the parish. This plan was given up after the institution, in 1867, of annual receptions, which aroused a general interest manifesting itself in liberal donations of supplies.

In the Deed of Trust the hope had been expressed that this Church Home might receive from endowments and subscriptions such an income as would "insure to inmates all the bodily and spiritual comforts which it is the bounden duty of every Christian community to provide for the sick and needy."

Every effort has been made to provide for the spiritual as well as the temporal needs of the members of the Home. Family prayers are read daily by the matron, and regular services are conducted weekly by one of the clergy of the parish, whose ministrations in times of sickness and of health have done much to soothe and to cheer the members of the household. Many physicians of the city are gratefully remembered for their generous and skillful services. The Almoners of the Home have from the first shown the warmest personal interest in site welfare, comfort and pleasure of its members, and their efforts have been ably sustained by the officers of the Corporation, to whose skillful management of the business affairs of the Home much of its prosperity is due. In any institution of this kind, the comfort of the household must largely depend upon the efficiency of the matron.

Several fine gentlewomen have served the Home in this capacity. Special mention should be made of the services of Mrs. Jessie B. Burr, who served as matron for a period of thirteen years, 1931-1944. Mrs. Burr was most understanding and sympathetic and administered her duties cheerfully and tactfully, maintaining a happy, contented household. Her resignation was accepted with much regret.

Mrs. Nelson Hall, who was Mrs. Burr's assistant, followed her as matron and served for three years until she was forced to resign on account of ill health. She also was most understanding and the household continued to be quiet and serene. We regret to record that Mrs. Hall passed away on June 27, 1948.

We were most fortunate to obtain the services of Miss Lillie M. Camp as matron early in the year. Miss Camp has been a member of Trinity Church for many years and was well acquainted with the Home before accepting the appointment as matron.

The history of the Home would not be complete without the recognition of the faithful services of Nellie Cramer. She served as housemaid in the Home for a period of forty-seven years and frequently served as nurse and comforter to many sick and lonely ladies.

The Old Age Pension was secured for the members of the Home who were eligible far such assistance as soon as it was available in Connecticut through the efforts of Mrs. John D. Plant.

October 23d, 1952, will be the one hundredth anniversary of Trinity Church Home.

Besides those who as members of Trinity Parish have a right to enter the Home as beneficiaries, there have been others admitted from time to time as boarders, who desired to find a quieter and more congenial place of residence than an ordinary boarding house.

This is the fifth report to he issued by the board of Almoners to perpetuate the history of Trinity Church Home. These reports are now on file at the Parish Office.

 

The material for this report has been gathered and compiled by Mrs. Frederick A. 'White and Mrs. Herman P. Hessler, former presidents of the Board of Almoners.

 

 

From

The Deed and Trust of Joseph E. Sheffield, 1867

Having for many years entertained the feeling that it is the Christian duty of all such as have been prospered in their worldly affairs, to do something toward relieving the wants of the poor and unfortunate, and thus contribute to the general welfare of the community in which he lives, I am moved, now in the time of excellent health, for which I devoutly thank God, to employ a portion of my time (if further spared) this and the ensuing year, in erecting for poor children, chiefly females, a spacious and comfortable school building, with apartments for the teachers and a Chaplain ( if one should be employed ) for cite occupancy and use of the ''Parish School of Trinity Church" of this City, a corporate institution already existing and in operation in the Parish of Trinity Church. And on the same grounds (in George Street, recently purchased of the Misses Edwards) a convenient, comfortable and appropriate building for the occupancy and use of the "Trinity Church Home" of this City, also a corporate institution already in successful operation within said parish. And midway between these two buildings a convenient and appropriate chapel, to be known as, and called "Trinity Chapel," for the use and benefit of both the aforesaid institutions; all of which, together with the land on which they are erected, I propose to present and convey to the Corporation of Trinity Church, New Haven, in trust, for the use and benefit of the aforesaid institutions.

Form of Bequest

I give and bequeath to The Trinity Church Home of New Haven, Connecticut, the sum of -----Dollars, to be paid by my executor, out of my real or personal estate, as soon as the settlement of my affairs will permit, to the treasurer of said institution for the time bring, in trust, to be applied to the purposes of said institution


 

Editorial Note: there were two handwritten notes on the end papers. The First hand written note on endpaper referred to the edits shown in the transcription in the struck out text:

Page 13 Section 7 amended, June 27, 1949

The Second Hand written note on endpaper was as follows:

Charter under Rev. Mr. Harwo0od

May 1862

The most Learned perhaps &

Colorful rector Trinity ever had

Great uncle of Mrs. Timothy Pickering

(Sally?)  Byyn Mar & Friendship

                                    CKE  [Mrs. Benjamin English?]