The First Church Rooster

3.5" x 5.5" (9 x 14 cm)
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162 years young. Emblem of Colonial Springfield. 100th Anniversary of Hampden County. Court House built 1874, and its Italian tower. The Historic First Church Society founded 1637, the second year of the town's settlement. Celebrates its 275th anniversary this year, 1912. Its first meetinghouse was built 1645, when but 30 families lived here. The present edifice is the fourth one erected 1819. I am the new baby progressive Springfield "Just Watch me grow." These Classic Municipal Buildings now being finished at a cost of $1,500,000 are typical of the "City of Progress." They will make Springfield famous, will elevate the standard of architecture. Public and private, and teach new and beautiful ideas. The Rooster on the Spire. To many people a picture of The First Church is not complete without the rooster on the spire. In England for centuries weather cocks have adorned Church steeples to remind members of Peter's warning, and constitute a call to repentance. The founders of this church coming from England quite naturally followed tradition, and imported their copper rooster from London in 1750. His crop being filled with records of the church, he is never hungry. He stands 169 feet from the ground, is 4 feet long and weighs 49 lbs. Poems galore have been written about him. A member of the church offers the following: How dear to our hearts is the old First Church rooster, When near or when far he's presented to view; For years he has stood there with never a murmur, And never a whisper of tales that he knew; How much he has seen from the top of the steeple, So true to his post as the seer of the church; The bright shining rooster, the patient old rooster, The dear faithful rooster that ne'er leaves his perch.

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