Unitarian Church of Atlanta – Meeting Minutes, Mar 12, 1907 (Finance, Attendance, New Church Location)

Atlanta, Ga., March 12, 1907

Regular monthly meeting of the Board of Trustees held this evening at the residence of Mr. J.C. Peck.

Present: Messrs. Peck, Spencer, Watts, Francis, St. Amand, Harding and Rev. R.R. Shippen.

Minutes of the previous meeting read and approved.

The Treasurer submitted his report which was read, approved and ordered spread on the minutes as follows:

From Feb.12, 1907- to March 12, 1907 inclusive $176.81
Amount in hands of Treasurer $20.99
Receipts from Feb.12, 1907 to March 12, 1207 $136.26 $154.25
Amount due Treasurer $22.56

Assets in hand of Treasurer:

 Notes $62.50
Check (to be used later) $46.25
Total $108.75

The Clerk reported attendance as follows:

Feb 17th – 67
Feb 24th – 60
Mar 3rd – 76
Mar 10th – 65
Total – 268
Average – 67

Mr. St. Amand in the absence of Mr. John L. Moore explained to the Board a meeting held at Mr. St. Amand’s office at which the following gentlemen were present: Messrs. John L. Moore, Hamilton Douglas, Dr. W.A. Jackson, W.M. Francis, F. Schwoon, Rev. R.R. Shippen and J.G. St. Amand to meet Rev. Chas. E. St. John and lay before him the disadvantage the church labored under by reason of location, and to ask the A.U.A. through Rev. St. John to assist the Atlanta church to the extent of say $15,000.00 in securing a better location on the main thoroughfare Peachtree Street.

The proposition was thoroughly discussed by all present and Rev. St. John agreed after hearing from the various gentlemen that a change would be advisable, but he explained that the demands on the Association was such that he could hold out very little hope of the Association being able to help the Atlanta parish explaining that the Association had practically agreed to aid both Birmingham and Jacksonville in building their churches.

After adjournment of meeting, the gentlemen of the church remained and further discussed conditions, at which it was agreed that it was important that a location be secured on Peachtree Street as early as possible, and to that end, Mr. John L. Moore was delegated to get an offer for our present church property, it being agreed by all that if the property could be sold, for say $8,000.00. The property should be sold and a new location acquired and the proceeds from the sale be applied as a payment thereon.

On motion of Mr. Watts seconded by Mr. Francis, the committee of which Mr. John L. Moore was the head was authorized and empowered if an offer of $9,000.00 was made to him for our present, church and lot that he immediately close the deal, should an offer of less than $9.000.00 be made, said offer be referred to the entire Board at a special called meeting for their consideration. Carried.

There being no further business, meeting adjourned.


J.E. Harding, Clerk

Physical Archive: UUCA Box: 26   Folder: 02 Book: 02  Pages: 235 – 236
Citation: Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Atlanta Records, RG 026, Archives and Manuscripts Dept., Pitts Theology Library, Emory University, Atlanta GA