Was Oldest Member of Methodist Protestant Conference
BUILT ALLNUTT MEMORIAL
Secured Fire Engine
Bell When Edifice Was Completed - Served As Pastor of
In point of years the oldest
minister to the Maryland Annual Conference of the Methodist
Protestant Church and one of the best known clergymen
of the denomination in Baltimore, Rev Robert S Rowe, who
was superannuated in 1905, died at his home, 1820 North
Washington Street, at 8:40 o'clock yesterday morning.
Among the many accomplishments which marked
Mr Rowe's long career in Baltimore and Maryland, the two
things of which he was most proud, were the building of
Allnutt Memorial Church, at Lombard and Chester streets,
and the acquiring of an old fire bell for the church.
The bell is still in use. Allnutt Church was built while
Rev Mr Rowe was pastor of Washington Street
Methodist Protestant Church., the congregation of which had
originally worshipped in a fire - engine house. The fire bell
had then been used to summon the little congregation to services.
When the engine house was finally abandoned by the city during
Mayor Latrobe's administration, Rev Mr Rowe asked for the bell
for the new church, and its installation was marked by an elaborate
celebration at which Mayor Latrobe and other prominent men spoke.
Born in Fredericksburg, Va., in 1832, Mr Rowe
received his early education there and during the Civil War
preached to soldiers passing through the city. He came to Baltimore
and joined the Methodist Protestant Conference in 1865. His
first charge was at Chestertown, Kent County. Later he preached
at Pocomoke City, New Market, Kennedyville, Oxford, Union Bridge,
Crisfield, Philadelphia and Baltimore.
In this city he served as pastor of South Baltimore
Church and the old Lexington Street Church, in addition to Washington
Street and Allnutt Churches. He was also for a short time pastor
of a Washington (D.C.) church, during which time he assisted
in the building of the North Carolina Avenue Church.
Mr Rowe suffered a stroke of paralysis last
week and was unconscious until the time of his death. He is
survived by his widow, Mrs Lavinia G Rowe, who celebrated her
seventy - fifth birthday Wednesday; one daughter, Mrs E H Shelley,
of Brooklyn, NY and one son, George G Rowe, of Washington, DC,
both of who were at his bedside at the time of his death.
The funeral will take place Sunday from Mount
Royal Avenue Methodist Protestant Church. Burial will be in
Loudon Park Cemetery.