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Street Church in Albany, N. Y., in 1867. Finally, however, he was persuaded to become President of Hanover College in 1870, and he continued in this position for nine years. In 1879 he became pastor of the Avondale Presbyterian Church, Cincinnati, O., continuing until 1887, when he for one year served as Secretary of the Centenary Fund in connection with the Centennial Anniversary in 1888 of the Presbyterian Church. In 1889 he accepted a call to the First Presbyterian Church of Reading, Pa., in which capacity he remained until over a year ago, when he was made Pastor Emeritus of the congregation. On April 17, 1898, he celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination as a minister and the event was attended with great ceremony. For many years he served as a Trustee of Hanover College, and during his connection with that institution he cleared it of debt and besides secured quite a considerable endowment fund.
He was also a Trustee of Lafayette College, his Alma Mater, and for many years served on the Board of Home Missions and the Board of Publication of the Presbyterian Church, and sat in the General Assembly twelve times. Dr. Heckman was a fluent writer and contributed a number of articles on various subjects and many published addresses and sermons. Besides his membership in this Society he was one of the originators of, and President in 1893-94 of the Pennsylvania-Ger
man Society. COLONEL BENJAMIN BROOKE, whose death occurred on March 12,
1902, after a brief illness of pneumonia, became a life member of this Society on October 12, 1891, and on the roll of membership his name appears next to that of his brother, with whom he was associated and succeeded in the grain commission business, the late Francis Mark Brooke, and whose active interest in this Society will long be remembered. Col. Brooke was born at Radnor, Pa., December 13, 1840. His title was won in the Civil War in which he made an excellent record. At the outbreak of the War he enlisted in the 124th Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and as a sergeant of Company “D." He took part in the battles of South Mountain, Antietam and Chancellorsville. When the term of enlistment of that regiment expired he recruited Company "B" of the 203d Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, with which he was engaged at the storming of Fort Fisher, and in which charge he was severely wounded. For bravery in action he was complimented in orders. Refusing to leave his command, he was again wounded, in front of Wilmington, North Carolina, in one of the last battles of the War. He was then promoted to Lieutenant-Colonel of the 203d Regiment and was mustered out of service with that rank. At the close of the War he was offered a commission in the regular
army which he declined. He was a comrade of Meade Post No. 1, Grand Army of the Republic of which he was a Past Commander ; he was also a companion of the Pennsylvania Commandery of the Mili. tary Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, and Vice-President of the 124th Regimental Association. As a Manager of the House of Refuge he took great interest in that institution. He was also a member of the Union League, President of the Media Gas Company and a Director of the First National Bank of Media. He was buried in the ancestral burial ground at old St. David's of Radnor. Respectfully submitted,
CHARLES HENRY JONES,
Chairman of the Board of Managers. ETHAN ALLEN WEAVER, Secretary.
On motion of Mr. William Darlington Evans, the report was accepted and ordered to be printed with the Proceedings of the Society.
The Secretary then read the report of the Treasurer and of the Auditors—General Louis Henry Carpenter, U. S. A., and Mr. Edward Stalker Sayres—whereupon, on motion of Mr. Frederick Meade Bissell, the reports were accepted and ordered to be filed.
There being no other "Reports of Officers and Committees," “Unfinished Business" or “New Business," the Society proceeded to the “Election of Officers." The Secretary read the report of the Nominating Committee as submitted by its Chairman, Mr. Edward Stalker Sayres, placing in nomination the following for Officers, Managers, Delegates and Alternates for the ensuing year :
WILLIAM MACPHERSON HORNOR,
REV, HORACE EDWIN HAYDEN,
SIDNEY BYRON LIGGETT,
Hon. WILLIAM POTTER,
Delegates to the General Society,
CHARLES HENRY JONES,
JOHN WOOLF JORDAN.
There being no other nominations, Mr. Stevenson Hockley Walsh moved that the Secretary be directed to cast one ballot representing the membership of the Society, for the gentleman nominated through the report of the Nominating Committee, which motion was duly seconded and unanimously agreed to, and the above nominees were declared by the Chairman to be elected the Officers, Managers, Delegates and Alternate Delegates for the ensuing year.
There being no further business the “Reading of the rough minutes of the meeting” was dispensed with, and a motion to adjourn was made and carried.
HENRY MARTYN DECHERT,
Chairman of Meeting. RICHARD MCCALL CADWALADER,
President. ETHAN ALLEN WEAVER,