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Quaker Meeting House, Portland

Quaker Church, Portland


  1. A couple relatives of mine, Jesse and elizabeth Townsend, with their 5 year old son, helped run this Seaside Quaker Chapel around 1885-1887. Jesse’s son, James Montclair Townsend, came down with a fever and died there. He is supposed to be buried on a little mound near the Chapel.

  2. How very interesting, Jason. Next time I’m in Hector’s River, I’ll make sure to take a look for his gravestone.
    Thanks for stopping by and sharing that piece of information. Have you been to the chapel?

  3. Never been there, don’t see any way to get there any time soon. It looks amazing though. I just recently discovered the information on my relatives that worked there. They were sent as missionaries by the Iowa Yearly Meeting in the United States, and arrived with Evi Sharpless who really started the Mission. They originally worked at Cedar Valley to the southwest, there was a Quaker Mission there first. Jesse Townsend was a dentist and he and his wife established schools at the Missions. They left the mission after the death of their son and went to Pasadena, California and started an orphanage called the Children’s Home Soceity of California which is still running today.

  4. Wow, amazing history, Jason. Thank you so much for telling us about it. I will definitely have to take another look at this meeting house and also share this history with my friends in Hector’s River.

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