from The Webster Times, 15 Apr 1915 (Volume 56 #4), contributed by Mike Branniff
| CAPT. AMOS BARTLETT MEMORIAL DEDICATED SUNDAY|
AT CHURCH OF THE RECONCILIATION
A memorial window, beautiful in design, symbolism and execution was dedicated at the Church of the Reconciliation, Sunday, to the memory of the late Capt. Amos Bartlett, citizen, soldier, manufacturer. Simple, quiet, yet highly impressive were the services of consecration of this newest and most artistic addition in the church where Capt. Bartlett and family worshipped for many years.
Guests of honor were the aged veterans of Nathaniel Lyon Post G. A. R., some of whom saw service in Captain Bartlett's company during the civil War. Comd. Andrew R. Snow headed the veterans as they filed in their stations of honor. The church was crowded with many relatives and personal friends of the Bartlett family and former attendants of the church.
The memorial window, undoubtedly the most artistic and costly in any building in Webster, is given by the Bartlett family. It is placed in a commanding position in a gable on the south side of the church auditorium. The window faces the ever changing rays of the sun, and the location is ideal to bring out the beauty of its vari-colored decoration. The window mellows the strong light shining in the faces of the choir, and thus serves a double purpose.
The idea of a decorated window in this position had long been in the minds of Capt. and Mrs Bartlett. His death changed the idea to a memorial window.
The selections sung were selected jointly by Mrs. Bartlett, members of the family and rev. Linsley, and were in harmony with the spirit of the window and the occasion The order of service, the rector, Rev. S. Wolcott Linsley, officiating, was as follows: Processional, Come, Ye Faithful. Raise The Strain dedication office: hymn, Fight the Good Fight; the lesson, from Ecclesiasties 44, collect, hymn The Strife is Ore, the Battle Done; Matins, hymn, Jesus Christ is Risen Today sermon text Ye Shall Be Witness Unto Me. Acts 1, part of verse 8: offertory anthem: recessional, Please Perfect Peace.
The Rev. Langdon C. Stewardson LL. D., formerly rector in Webster and a friend of the late Captain Bartlett and family for the past thirty years, had planned to be present, and had accepted the rectors invitation to preach. Illness at the last moment detained him in Boston to the great disappointment of many. The window is shown in the accompanying cut, is in three panels, and the inscription is symbolizes in the figures of St. Michael, Jesus triumphant and St George. The wording in inscribed on a ribbon artistically woven across the lower section of the window.
The inscription is I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith. This inscription is on the ribbon that extends through the three panels, and on the bottom is the inscription, : >The strife is ore, the battle done, the victory of life is won. The window is dedicated. In memory of Capt. Amos Bartlett, born May 9, 1836, died Nov. 30, 1912.
The figure of St. Michael occupies the left panel, and shows the chief of the heavenly angels with the shield on guard, signifying the eternal battle against evil. on the banner that is held are the scales, balanced toward right, and a serpent is under the feet of St. Michael. The right figure is that of St. George, keeper of the faith, and his victory over the dragon is typified in the panel. the shield of St. George is at rest. the central figure is that of Christ triumphant, and the figure is shown with the cross in the background. The robes are those of the high priest and king, and the sacrificial art in exemplified in the nail prints in the outstretched hands. The lower part of this panel includes a representation of the phoenix, tearing feathers from her breast to line the nest of her young and symbolizing sacrifice and immortality. The entire panel is surmounted with the dove of peace. The window is beautiful, not alone from its conception and execution of the design selected by the family, but also in the coloring and richness of tone.
The window design is by Carlton Winslow of San. Diego, Cal., formerly of New York. Mr. Winslow is a personal friend of the Bartlett family, and for this reason has put his very best work into the window. Suggestions submitted to him by Mrs. Bartlett and other members of the family were faithfully and skillfully executed, The sketch of the design was submitted over a year ago, and great thoughtfulness has been given to every detail. the window is of English glass and made and installed by Montaguecastle- London Co. of New York.