Asylum Hill Congregational Church Buys Itself a Parsonage

12/29/1913 |


At a special meeting held in the Parish House, the Asylum Hill Congregational Society voted to buy 852-854 Asylum Avenue for a parsonage.  The Society also voted to establish a policy for the installation of memorial windows in the church.  The Asylum Hill Congregational Church Men’s Club then took over the event, serving dinner and providing entertainment.

Neat Little Tidbit

The special meeting included dinner and entertainment from the Men’s Club, and the president of club, Everett J. Lake, attended and addressed the gathering.  Lake was lieutenant governor of Connecticut from 1907 to 1909, and in 1921 he would be elected governor.

Both Joseph Twichell and John Voorhees spoke at this event.  The church had given Twichell his house, and now they were buying what would be Voorhees’s future residence.

Put into context

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.  After that, it gets a little harder to trace what happened, but it appears that Ethel and Nadine lived there until 1913 (their aunt, Margaret Bolles Quiggle, lived at 698 Farmington Avenue), when they sold the house to Asylum Hill Congregational Church.  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.  With Nadine’s departure, it seems likely that Ethel would have moved out as well, with the sisters then selling the house and splitting the proceeds.

Questions to pose

The Courant article indicated that the church had had an option to buy another property, but the likelihood that 852 Asylum Avenue would come on the market following Nadine’s wedding certainly made the church re-consider its plans for a parsonage.  Where was that other property?  And what prompted the church to want to buy a parsonage?


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

Asylum Hill Congregational Church
George Bolles House


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