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"The Rev. S. F. Cove conducted the services in the Eau Gallie Baptist Church on Sunday last. A large and interested congregation was present.

"A special service will be held in the Baptist Church on Sunday next. The Rev. W. N. Chaudoin of LaGrange and some other clerical gentlemen are expected to be present. Dedication services will be performed on that date. Church will be opened at 10:30 a.m.- It is expected that a steamer will make a trip from other points on the river to this place. "

-Florida Star, March 14, 1889

"Dedication of the First Baptist Church at Eau Gallie"

On Sunday the 17th inst., the dedication services of the First Baptist Church at Eau Gallie, were conducted by the Rev. W. N. Chaudoin, of LaGrangel assisted by the Rev. S. F. Cove and Rev. Mr. Prince. A large and very attentive congregation assembled, and our neighboring towns were  well represented.  The steamer Maggie Billon, owned by Mr. William Treutler, made a trip from here to Melbourne and Tillman and return, which was free to all those wishing to attend the services.

"At the conclusion of the sermon, which was attentively listened to by those present, the Rev. W. N. Chaudoin, the secretary, read a report of the Building Committee's proceedings up to the Ist of January, 1889, which showed a balance in the Treasurer's hands on that date of $17.22.

"Below will be seen a list of the money contributions in aid of the building fund.

Collections in Chicago by John H. Mellor ......... $150.00

J.H. Mellor ....................................5000

William Treutler .............................43.03

Rev. W. N. Chaudoln ....................25.00

John Cary ......................................25.00

Jno. B. M. Hodgson ......................25.00

J. O. Walton ....................................9.00

Mrs. Wm. Treutler ...........................5.00

Mrs. H. M. Prince ............................5.00

E. P. Branch ....................................5.00

E. C. Thomas ..................................5.00

C. J. Thomas ...................................5.00

C. J. Hector .....................................5.00

W. Wilson ........................................5.00

J. Hopkins ....................................... 2.50

Theo. Piazza .....................................1.40

Rev. H. M. Prince .............................1.40

B. W. McQuaig ................................1.00

Mr. Allen ........................................  1.00

Total............................................$364.23

"A list of the donations in work and material will be published in the next issue of this paper."

-Florida Star, March 21, 1889

One is led to believe that both Rev. H. W. Prince and Rev. S. F. Cove preached during these  early days of the Church.  In most instances the churches had part-time pastors who preached  once or twice a month.  For example, the 1890 Indian River Baptist Association minutes show  S. F. Cove as the pastor of Eau Gallie, Fort Pierce, Merritt Island and Oak Hill.  From the research available, it seems likely that Cove was the official pastor after the Church was officially  organized in March 1889, but that Prince, who lived in Eau Gallie, looked after the Church in Cove's absence, both preaching and serving as Superintendent of the Union Sunday School.

The official minutes of the First Baptist Church, Eau Gallie, Florida for March 1889 record the actual dedication of the Church and show that S. F. Cove was the moderator. They read as follows:

"Record of Eau Gallie Baptist Church of Christ"

"Public service was held on the third Sunday in March, 1889. Dedication sermon was preached by Elder W. N. Chaudoin prayer by Elder H. M. Prince. Present - Elders W. N. Chaudoin, H. M. Prince and missionary S. F. Gove. After the service an informal organization was made, the following persons participating: H. M. Prince, John H. Mellor, Sister E. E. Prince, Sister Eliza Miller, Sister Valentine, Sister May Valentine. Conference was duly held and an invitation to all members of Baptist churches in good standing invited to be seated. Doors of the church were opened and Thomas Mann presented himself as a candidate. After due examination he was named for baptism. On motion, adjourned. S. F. Gove, Moderator."

"Second Sunday in April Bro. Thomas Mann was baptized. No other business. S. F. Gove, Moderator

A better understanding of W. N. Chaudoin is provided by a report on obituaries in the minutes of the Indian River Baptist Association for 1904 and reads as follows:

"Your committee beg leave to report the death of Dr. Wm. N. Chaudoin, which occurred at his home in LaGrange, Florida on January 22, 1904.

"Dr. Chaudoin was born on August 10th, 1829 in Roberson Co., Tenn. Entered the ministry in 1845 in his sixteenth year. Married, May 6th 1850. Moved to Macon, Ga. to take charge of blind school in 1857. Moved to Florida in 1881, settling in LaGrange. It is a sad duty for your committee to report the death of our beloved Bro. Chaudoin, the former Moderator of this Association, as well as the President of the State convention during its history until the last session, and also its honored Corresponding Secretary till 1901, when he retired and was made Secretary emeritus during his life.  No one can ever estimate the influence of his life. For while a great sufferer he nerved himself to discharge the heavy burdens placed upon him by his brethren.  As a preacher he was so plain and simple in his enunciation of the gospel that all could understand him.  Be presented the truth with the earnestness becoming a message from God, while his tenderness and love won the hearts of all his hearers.  The influence of his life will linger as long as those who knew him live.  Yea, eternity alone will disclose what this life has been to the world.  Especially dear will be his memory to all Florida Baptists.  Coming to Florida when there was no organized work he was the mainspring of all her organic work.  To him is largely due the success of our Florida Southern Baptist Witness, our Stetson University, as well as our State Mission Board."

"The Gleason Brothers steamer UNIQUE, Captain George Gleason at the wheel brought quite a large party to the dedication of the new Baptist Church at Eau Gallie last Sunday. The Gleason Brothers should be congratulated for providing free service from Sebastian, Micco, Malabar, Tillman, Melbourne and Merritt island."

-Florida Star, March 28, 1889

"A large and interested congregation assembled at the Eau Gallie Baptist Church on Sunday last. The Rev. S.F. Cove being the officiating clergyman After the morning service the rite of Baptism was administered to Mr. Thomas Mann, formerly of Massachusetts, but now of Eau Gallie. The whole congregation assembled at the brink of the river and devoutly joining in the choral part of the service."

-Florida Star, April 11, 1889

"Mr. Thomas Mann has donated the Eau Gallie Baptist Church, of which he is a member, a handsome 8-day time piece, which will be placed in the building shortly."

-Florida Star, May 2, 1889

"The Rev. A. V. Hiscock, of Georgians on South Merritt Island, preached to a very interested congregation in the Eau Gallie Baptist church Sunday last. During the service a letter was read from the Ashland Avenue Baptist Church from Chicago, Illinois, encouraging the congregation to still greater efforts in church matters."

-Florida Star, May 2, 1889

Miss Coraline Piazza has kindly consented to be the first organist of the Eau Gallie Baptist Church and classes will be organized and a choir started as soon as the new  instrument arrives.

 -Florida Star, July 3, 1889

 "Married, on the 5th of September 1889, at the Eau Gallie Baptist Church, Rev. X. M. Prince officiating, Mr. Charles F. McBride, late of New York City, to Miss Coraline Piazza, late of Brooklyn.  The bride looked charming, and the bridegroom seemed to realize that he had gained a prize. After the short impressive ceremony, the guests were summoned to a dining room beautifully decorated with flowers and what was of more importance -- a table literally crowded with good things, to which ample justice was done.  The happy pair were recipients of many valuable presents from relatives and friends at New York, Cincinnati, and Eau Gallie."

-Florida Star, September 11, 1889

Another news items in the same paper read:

"The event of the week was the marriage last Thursday by Rev. M. Prince at Eau Gallie of Corallne Bertha Piazza, of Eau Gallie, and Mr. Charles T. McBride of Melbourne.  Only a few friends were invited but numerous and valuable gifts from friends north and south, with kind wishes go with the happy pair.  May their married life be as unclouded as our sunny days; may their barque of life be wafted ever onward by favorable breezes, till, after a long, prosperous and happy voyage, they reach the haven of eternal rest.

-Florida Star, "September 11, 1889

"A handsome new organ for the Eau Gallie Baptist Church is now on the way from the manufacturer to Eau Gallie, and its arrival is looked forward to daily."

-Florida Star, October 2, 1889

"Service in the Eau Gallie Baptist Church on Sunday, October 16, 1889 when the Rev. S. F. Cove preached a most impressive sermon to a large congregation.  Mr. John Mellor received the thanks of all present for his exertions in helping to collect funds for the new organ, which was used on the above date for the first time.  Mr. George Gleason -- ever ready and willing to oblige -- acted as organist.  The tone of the instrument was everything that could be desired, and all were pleased at Eau Gallie possessing such an organ."

 -Florida Star, October 16, 1889

In its Annual Letter to the Indian River Baptist Association for the church year, 1889-1890 the First Baptist Church, Eau Gallie reported one baptism (evidently Mr. Thomas Mann) and 8 additions by letter from other Baptist churches. This gave a total membership of 9 with 19 pupils enrolled in Sunday school (called Sabbath School then) with an average attendance of 10. Total receipts were $18.83 with $1.00 going to missions.