Revised 17 May 2017


Robert Cahall
Edgar W. Camp (born 27 Feb 1860 - Sheboygan, Wisconsin)  son of Charles W. and Elizabeth P. (Whittlesey) Camp.  he married Theodosia Baird in 1892.  Attended grammar school and Carroll College at Waukesha, Wisconsin; graduated from Beloit College, Beloit, Wisconsin with an A. B. in 1880 and an A. B. in 1883; studied law in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and was admitted to the bar in 1883.  Practiced law in North Dakota from 1883 - 1896.  he was county attorney of Foster County, North Dakota from 1884 - 1885; a member of the Constitutional Convention of North Dakota in 1889; a reporter of the Supreme Court from 1892 - 1894;  and a District Attorney in 1894.  he removed to Los Angeles, California in 1896, where he held an active practice of law.  he was in partnership with M. Lissner from 1900 - 1904; served as Assistant Attorney for A. T & S. F. Ry from 1904 - 1907 and served as a solicitor for same in California and Arizona from 1907 - 1912. He was editor of the Encyclopaedia of Evidence from 1902 - 1910; Supervising Editor of the Encyclopaedia of Procedure.  A member of the California House of Representatives 1902-2903; a member of the Chamber of Commerce; the Los Angeles Municipal League; the California and Sunset Clubs, an active Republican and Congregationalist.  (Source:  Who's Who in the Pacific Southwest, a Compilation of Authentic Biographical Sketches of citizens of Southern California and Arizona, published by the Times-Mirror Printing and Binding House, Los Angeles 1913, p. 74)
Donald C Campbell. Died 1985. Irvine, California.
John Lawrence Cebalka (22 Dec 1938 - 9 Sep 2013) Member of the First Congregational Church and a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, John was devoted to his family, his many friends and his love of the arts. He was awarded several scholarships in both art and music. At the age of 16, he won a competition for his drumming, whih enabled him to study in New York with jazz legelds Cozy Cole and Gene Krupa. He managed the rock band, Lynn County and worked as a graphic designer in Chicago or Murcury Records. He later became an art director for Klein, Barzman, Hect and moved on from there to become an art director for Warner Brothers Records and Motown Records. Among his jacket covers, he designed for Stevie Wonder, keith Jarrett, Leonard Conen, Frank Zappa, Rod Steward and Van Morrison. He later shared his knowledge with students at the Kansas City Art Institute and Loyola Marymount University. He loved is pets and cherished fond memories of fly fishing as a youth in the streams and rivers of Iowa and Minnesota.
Alice B Chaffee ( born 25 December 1880 - Tippecanoe City, Miami, Ohio).  Daughter of Charles Bernard and Alma Amelia (Freet) Chaffee of Ohio.  She graduated from high school in Toledo, Ohio.  studied at the S. S. Still College of Osteopathy, Des Moines, Iowa, and the Los Angeles College of Osteopathy in Los Angeles, California, completing a post-graduate course at same in 1907.  She began practicing osteopathy in Los Angeles in 1905.  She was secretary of the Ohio Society of Los Angeles from 1911 - 1913; an officer in that society for an additional five years; Director of the Federation of State Societies of Southern California in connection with building the Federation of States Building; connected with the Los Angeles College of Osteopathy as an instructor in Osteopathic Technique (a new concept for this institution) beginning September of 1905.  She was a charter member of Kappa Psi Delta Sorority, an organization of women in Osteopathic colleges, organized in Des Moines, Iowa in May of 1904, and a devoted member of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles.  (Source:  Who's Who in the Pacific Southwest, a Compilation of Authentic Biographical Sketches of citizens of Southern California and Arizona, published by the Times-Mirror Printing and Binding House, Los Angeles 1913, p. 81)
Katherine Leuders Chandler - My nearest and dearest friend in the entire world.  Kay was one of two people who made my decision to join the Church a blessing.  She was the very first person to introduce herself and I was the very last person from the church to tell her good-bye.  She was my mother away from home and my shoulder to cry on.  She had a laugh that warmed your heart and there wasn't a soul who couldn't come to her in time of need without the knowledge that help would be given if there was a way for her to do it.
Swithin Hart Chandler - A man of great humor.  He knew all the really bad jokes in the book.  Chan (or Switty, as he was called by his wife, was active in the Cathedral Choir almost up to his death.  He and his wife, Kay, handled much of the Music Concert programs and kept them running smoothly.  Kay and Chan went together for almost 22 years before marrying because "he didn't want to rush her."  When the wedding finally occurred, almost the entire church turned out to watch.
Anthony Chierichetti - The man without whom we would have had no sound.  Tony single-handedly ran our sound system for years and kept it running.  He had a gentle laugh and a twinkle in his eye.  He was well-loved by all.
David Chierichetti - 2017. Son of Anthony and Elizabeth Cherichetti. David was an author of books on Hollywood life and a member of First Church from childhood.
Elizabeth Chierichetti - long-time member of First church and an active member of our Christian Education program and the Women's Association.  Liz, as she was called, was always chipper and full of smiles.  
Albert Baker Chittendon (Born 25 June 1880 - near San Jose, California).  Son of John Albert and Mary Baker (Rhodes) Chittendon.  he was educated in the public schools of San Luis Obispo, Los Angeles and Pasadena high school, studying literary and scientific courses in Pasadena, from which he graduated in 1900;  He studied assaying and chemical analysis, R. A. Perez, E. M. in 1901.  He was engaged as an assayer and chemist for the mine, mill and cyanide plant of the Exposed Treasure Gold Mining Company, Mojave, California; at the Lane silver-lead mine, owned by the Inyo Mining and Development Co;, Darwin, California; Noble's Gold Mine, in San Diego county; the mill and mines of the Bagdad Mining and Milling co., of Barstow and Ludlow, California in 1903.  He became connected with the real estate office of Wm. M. Garland & Co. in 19104 and as of the first of May, 1905, established his own office.  He entered into a special partnership with the Wright & Callender co., which continued to December of 1908.  By 1913, he was engaged in brokerage of Los Angeles city business, industrial and investment properties, representing local and foreign corporation in headline local investments.  He held membership in he Los Angeles Realty Board and National Association of Real Estate Exchanges; the Sierra Madre Club, the Los Angeles Y. M. C. A., he was director of the Los Angeles S. P. C. A., a member of the First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, Secretary of the Congregational Club of Southern California, was first Secretary and director of the Congregational Conference of Southern California (1908 - 1909) and a life member of the Congregational Sunday School & Publishing society.  (Source:  Who's Who in the Pacific Southwest, a Compilation of Authentic Biographical Sketches of citizens of Southern California and Arizona, published by the Times-Mirror Printing and Binding House, Los Angeles 1913, p. 85 )
Albert Clark. Died 17 March 1999. Sun City, California

Eli P Clark

25 November 1847 - 18 January 1931 

Eli P. Clark (died 18 January 1931), railway builder and financier.  Mr. Clark was born in Johnson county Iowa.  He was the son of Timothy Bronson and Elvira Esterbrook (Calkin) Clark.  He married Lucy Helen Sherman in 1880.  He was educated in Iowa college, Grinnell, Iowa and taught school in Iowa in 1866.  In 1867 he removed to Missouri, where he engaged in farming and teaching district schools.  He remained there until 1875.  In 1875, he crossed the plains driving his own team to Prescott, Arizona, a trip which took nearly three months to complete.  He worked as assistant postmaster, and as a clerk in a general store from 1875 - 1877.  He was appointed Auditor to the Arizona District in 1877, which office he held for ten years.  While working in this position, a friendship was formed between Mr. Clark and General John C. Fremont, then governor of Arizona.  While living in Prescott, Mr. Clark first became interested in the railroad question.  he aided in the passage of a bill by the Legislature in 1885, granting a subsidy of four thousand dollars per mile for  railroad to be built from Prescott to connect with the Atlantic & Pacific Railway at Seligman, Arizona.  he was one of the organizers of the original company, being elected its Secretary and Treasurer.  

In 1891, he worked in the lumber industry with A. D. Adams, operating under the firm name of Clark and Adams.  He moved to Los Angeles some time in 1901, with his brother-in-law, Gen. M. H. Sherman and together they built the Los Angeles Consolidated Electric Railway, (Later known as the L. A. Railway.  he served as vice-president and general manager of this corporation.   At the time he arrived in Los Angeles, it was a city on the verge of civic bankruptcy due to the financial depression which followed the collapse of the real estate boom of 1887.  He was instrumental in the development of communications between the cities of the Southern California coastal plain.  Construction of the first electric traction system in 1891 was first put into operation 1 July 1891 as a replacement to the then-used horse cars.  At that time there were only three other large systems oft his kind in the United States.  In 1894, Mr. Clark acquired the Pasadena horse car lines and replaced them with electric equipment, connecting them to the Los Angeles system.  This he sold in 1909 to E. P. Harriman and the Southern Pacific Company (which was merged into the Pacific Electric system in 1910.)  he organized the Mt. Hood Railway & Power company, serving as President of this corporation from 1906 - 1911.  In 1905, he organized various real estate properties belonging to himself and Gen. Sherman jointly.  He was owner of the Eli P Clark Building, President of the Clark & Sherman Land Company; President of the Beach land Company; Vice-President of the Main Street Company; Vice-President of the Sinaloa Land and Water Company; Mr. Clark was also instrumental in the planning and security of property and rights of way necessary for the first subway projected for los Angeles.  

In 1913, the Clarks built the Clark Hotel.  It was a reinforced concrete , consisting of eleven stories above ground and two stories below ground and one of the largest in the city of its day.

It is to Mr. Clark that First Congregational Church owes a huge debt of gratitude for his donation of the beautiful Rose Window that graces the West Organ Gallery in our Sanctuary at 6th and Commonwealth.   He was one-time President of the Board of Trustees of our church, a Trustee for Pomona college in Claremont, California and a Trustee of the Young Men's Christian Association of Los Angeles.  he was, additionally, a member of the California Club, the Los Angeles Athletic Club, the University Club and was described as standing in the heart of great enterprises...a conspicuous figure, but most importantly, as a friend.

Mrs. Lucy Sherman Clark (ca 1851 to June 1942), widow of Eli P Clark.  Mrs. Clark was born in West Rupert, Vermont.  She and her husband, Eli, were married in 1880 at Prescott, Arizona.  She was the sister of Mr. Clark's partner, Gen. M. H. Sherman.  Mrs. Clark was active in civic, social and cultural movements of the day.  The family's special interest was in Pomona College and First Congregational Church of Los Angeles. The Clarks had four children, identified as Mrs. Katherine Clark Bernard, Mrs. Mary Clark Eversole, Miss Lucy Mason Clerk and Eugene Payson Clark. 
Dr. J. Thomas Clark.  (1844 to 1897)  Dr. Clark was born in Brooklyn Heights in 1844, son of D. D. thomas, one of the founders of the New York Produce Exchange.  Dr. Thomas graduated at Yale in 1864 and furthered his studies through the College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York, where he served as an Associate of the Society of Alumni of Belleview Hospital through which he served his internship.  Dr. Thomas was a member of the Republican Club, serving as Chair of the House Committee for five years.  H is first wife, Susie Beecher Smith, died early in life.  He later married Miss Blanche Evans, whom he met when she came to see him as a patient.
Patricia G Cohan (died 7 August 2013)
Leslie Colman
Charles Milton Conant.  (Born 14 December 1866 - Lewiston, Maine)  Mr. Conant was the son of Charles Bean and Eleanor Frazier (MacIntosh) Conant.  He was a widower.  Mr. Conant worked in real estate and investments.  Educated in public schools of Portland, Main, Mr. Conant attended business college in Portland Maine (1883).  He worked as Assistant Superintendant and bookkeeper in a lumber and moulding mill in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and became a member of that same firm in 1884.  he sold his interest in 1896 and went into the real estate and insurance business under his own name in Boston, Massachusetts, where he remained in til 1913.  He made a specialty of subdivisions and home sites, known especially for having laid out the town of Manton, Texas.  He led in the work to authorize the Boston Dock Commission, the Grand Trunk Railway Bill and the Greater Boston Telephone bill.  He traveled extensively through the United States.  Mr. Conant was a member of the Cambridge (Massachusetts) City Government from 1893-1896; in the Council for two years; on the Board of Aldermen for two years; President of the Cambridge Common Council (1894); was Director of the Massachusetts Real Estate Exchange; president of the Greater Boston Telephone Association; President of the Sharon, Massachusetts Improvement Association; a member of the school committee of Sharon, Massachusetts (1908-1910)  Was a 32d degree Mason; Knights Templar, Old Planters' Society; Economic Club; the Bostonian Society; the Los Angeles Realty Board, the los Angeles Chamber of Commerce, the Los Angeles Athletic Club; the Automobile Club of Southern California and a Congregationalist.
John Robert Cook. Date of death unknown. Burbank, California.
Leonard George Coop, Public Appraiser  (Born 4 September 1879 - Huddersfield, England)  Mr. Coop was the son of Ebeynezer and Louisa Caroline (Tucker) Coop.  Mr. Coop attended Grammar schools and Allyns College, Dulwich, England.  He engaged in ranching in San Diego County, California from 1891-1901.  He worked as a purser for the Oregon Coal 7 Navigation Company of San Francisco from 1901 - 1903; as Assistant Superintendent to the Peerless oil Company of Bakersfield, California from 1903 - 1904; As Assistant manager to the Mutual Gas Regulator Company of San Francisco from 1904 - 1905; Worked in the publishing business in Riverside and Pasadena, California 1906 - 1909; as Assistant Secretary for the San Diego Chamber of Commerce 1909 - 1910.  He was affiliated with the New Industries Committee of San Diego from 1910 - 1911; was originator and secretary of the San Diego industrial Fair of 1910.  He held membership in the BPOE; Rotary Club; Ad. Club and Order of Panama and was a Congregationalist.
Alex Dean Cooper, builder of safes and vaults. (Born in Hartlepool,  England 12 August 1885)  Mr. Cooper was the son of John and Margaret (Dean) Cooper.  he attended grammar schools in Chicago, graduating in 1898.  he attended high school from 1899 - 1900; attended evening classes in l. A. Business College and l. A. Polytechnic School.   He worked in a law office in Chicago from 1901 - 1902; Worked as a clerk in a shoe factory in Chicago from 1902 - 1904; worked as a bookkeeper for the A. F. Anderson Company of Los Angeles and then entered the safe and vault business in 1804 from 1904 - 1908, working as the Secretary and Treasurer for the J. Scott Sayre Company.  he was a member of the Rotary club and a Congregationalist.
Frank M Cooper. Died 20 May 1991. Prescott, Arizona
Alfred Wellesley Coote, Stock and Bond broker.  (Born in St. Johns, Quebec, Canada, 14 September 1876)  Mr. Coote was the son of Alfred and Sarah (Borland) Coote.  He married Elsie l. Crampton in 1901.  Mr. Coot was educated in the public schools; graduated from high school from St. Albans, Vermont in 1893.  Upon graduation, he worked for the Central Vermont Railway in 1893, becoming the private secretary to D. D. Ranlett, treasurer of the Central Vermont Railway from 1893 - 1900.  On the death of Mr. Ranlett, Mr. Coote became the private secretary to Col. George T. Childs of St. Albans Vermont, which position he held from 1900 - 1907.  Mr. Coote left Col. Childs to engage in mining in Goldfield, Nevada from 1907 - 1909.  he moved to Los Angeles in 1911, and became engaged in the stock brokerage business.  he became a member of the Los Angeles Stock Exchange in 1913.  he was a member of Co "B", First Vermont Volunteers in the Spanish-American War and served as Lieutenant of the National Guard of the First Vermont Regiment; he served as chief of the Fire Department in St Albans, Vermont from 1900 - 1907;  he was a member of Roosevelt Camp No. 9 of the Spanish War Veterans; was a member of the National Geographic Society and the Union League Club.  Mr. Coote was a Congregationalist.
 Elma Grace Corning, the oldest Californian, died on July 13, 2004 of natural causes. She was 112.
Elma Corning.  - 

Born on Feb. 22,1892, Elma Grace Tennis was raised on her family's farm near Oskaloosa, Iowa. After graduating from high school in 1910, she earned a teaching certificate in domestic science from Iowa State Teacher's College and taught home economics in junior high schools. She married Duane Corning, a World War I Army pilot, in 1917. He died in 1956.

The couple moved to Los Angeles and had a son, Russell. Corning became a full-time mother and homemaker, but she also explored an interest in music. She took cello lessons in the late 1930s and played with the Glendale Symphony Orchestra for several years. Corning went back to work in 1943, and spent the next 17 years as a receptionist at the welfare office in Los Angeles County. She retired in 1960 at the age of 68.

The second half of her life was filled with church activities at FCCLA, travel and bridge parties. Elma continued driving until she was 96, stopping only once her eyesight began to fail.  Elma attended church frequently at the Hill Street Church and finally Joined First Church in about 1936.  She was active at the church until well after her 103rd birthday.  She was alert and chipper and loved to join in the fun. Russell Corning said his mother had spent much of the last year sleeping, and she stopped eating a few weeks ago. But he said that when he visited her for the last time Saturday, they had a nice conversation about how much they both enjoyed life. Elma will be greatly missed by all who knew her.  She was a joy to know.

(Source of information:   Jason Felch, Los Angeles Times July 25, 2004 and her son, Russell Corning.)

Reuben Cross, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gregg Eichler, members of First Church.  
Carol Culp.  Carol was my sister and although not a member of First Church, she did participate in our Thanksgiving services on several occasions and may be remembered by some of you who sang with her.  Carol was a gifted musician and had a talent that I have often envied.  She could play just about any musical instrument she got her hands on and play it well.  Carol passed away August 8, 2004 rather suddenly.  She will be greatly missed.  
Pearson "Pete" Cummin IV died 2017
Edith V Cunningham. Died abt 1991. Spirit Lake, Iowa.
Robert Garner Curran,  (born 18 June 1870 -Jeffersonville, Indiana.  Mr. Curran was the son of Robert Edward and Pauline (Garner) Curran.  He married Caroline A. Cook in 1897.  Mr. Clark was educated in the public schools of Jeffersonville and Charlestown, Indiana, Ventura, California and attended USC, Los Angeles.  his first job was with the Santa Barbara Press (1886-1887) .  From there, he joined the Ventura Free Press (1887-1888).  He was a publisher at Nordhoff and Ventura from 1888-1889 and published the college paper while attending USC 1890-94.  He worked in a printing office in Los Angeles from 1894 - 1897 and was manager of a press clipping bureau from 1897 - 1902.  In 1903, he organized and was Secretary/Manager of the Pacific Steam Economizer co. in 1904, he organized the Keller Steam Economizer co. at the St. Louis Exposition.  Returning to Los Angeles in 1906, he organized the Curran Printing Co.  In 1907 he became owner and editor of the Pan-American Progress.  He was former President of the Federated Improvement Association; Secretary of the Advertising Club of Los Angeles (1912) and a member of the City Planning Commission of Los Angeles; a member of the City and Union League clubs; the Sigma Chi fraternity and a Congregationalist.