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Rev. Oliver Darwin, D.O.

The Rev. Charles Wood. First Rector of St. Mathews, Boissevain

over the week-end at the station. In 1887, a church and parsonage were erected on the West side of Johnson Street, and the church then built remained in use until the completion of the new building in 1893. The circuit register of 1888, gives the names of many families who made a valuable contribution to the work of the con­ gregation-Hills, Musgroves, Venables, Willsons, Okes, Curries and Cottinghams. With the organization of the congregation and its erection into a separate circuit, the Rev. Oliver Darwin, now living in Vancouver and still taking an active part in ecclesiastical affairs, became pastor and served for a period of three years. Of powerful physique and well adapted in every way to the work of the ministry in the far-flung field of a new settlement, he made his great con­ tribution to the religious life of the community as a teacher and doctrinal preacher. An increase in membership and in church attendance under the pastorate of Mr. Darwin and his successor, the Rev. Geo. H. Long, made it necessary to erect a larger church which was opened in October 1893 and is now the place of worship of St. Paul's congregation of the United Church. In the early years the congregation was fortunate to have among its members several local preachers and class leaders-J. 1. Musgrove, G. C. Currie, Wm. Venables, Geo. E. Steed and P. J. Cantelon-and with their help it was possible to maintain services at various points in the district.