Asylum Hill Congregational Church Buys Itself a Parsonage

12/29/1913 |


The Asylum Hill Congregational Society held a special meeting in the Parish House this evening. The meeting was followed at 6:30 pm by a dinner held by the Men’s Club.

  1. The attendees voted to buy 852-854 Asylum Avenue for use as a parsonage.
    • The house had been owned by George A. Bolles
    • His widow and daughters lived there, and the daughters continued to live there after their mother’s death.
  2. The attendees also accepted a report on a “systematic plan” for memorial windows in the church.
    • Memorial windows would be on both sides of the church
    • The windows would have figures with scriptural readings: Old Testament on the west windows, New Testament on the east.
  3. The meeting adjourned.
  4. Dinner and entertainment for the Asylum Hill Congregational Church Men’s Club.
    • There were 40 boys there as guests of honor, including many who were attending school and college outside of Hartford.
    • About 175 members of the Men’s Club attended.
  5. Following the dinner:
    • Joseph Twichell made remarks
    • John Vorhees made remarks.
    • Everett J. Lake made remarks
  6. The event concluded with the entertainment, which was a “sleight-of-hand” performance” made by a “guest of the evening from Worcester.

The church gave Joseph Twichell the house he had been renting at 125 Woodland Street as a birthday present on May 27, 1888.

One of the first memorial windows would be dedicated to John Voorhees on June 10, 1919.

  1. “The committee also had an option on another property, but the Bolles place was finally decided upon as the most suited to the purpose of a parsonage.”
  2. “At 3 o’clock yesterday afternoon the annual Christmas party of the primary department of the Sunday school was held at the parish house and the little people had an enjoyable time.”

  1. Everett J. Lake was president of the Men’s Club and lieutenant governor of Connecticut from 1907 to 1909. In 1921, he would be elected governor.
  2. George Bolles died at the age of 41 in 1897.
    • Per the terms of his will, his wife Adda, who was 40 at the time of his death, and his daughters Ethel (10) and Nadine (8) continued to live at 852 Asylum Avenue.
    • Adda died in 1907 at age 50, and the house was then divided between Ethel and Nadine, again per George’s will.
    • The event that precipitated this sale appears to have been Nadine’s wedding in April 1913, after which she re-located to Hoosic Falls, NY.
    • Ethel may have moved in with her aunt, Margaret Bolles Quiggle, who lived at 698 Farmington Avenue.

Unattributed, “Bolles Property for Parsonage,” Hartford Courant, December 30, 1913, page 7.

George Bolles House
Asylum Hill Congregational Church


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