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Rev Charles Ysla "Cy" Grimes
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Birth: Aug. 6, 1856
Washington
District of Columbia
District Of Columbia, USA
Death: Mar. 23, 1920
Tacoma
Pierce County
Washington, USA

Father Grimes was called by Bishop Frederick W. Keator to the Missionary District of Olympia to become, on June 16, 1902 , the General Missionary of the district. The Right Reverend Keator was a senior when Father Grimes entered Western Theological Seminary and the Bishop appreciated Grimes ability to organize and motivate the mission districts to become self-supporting. At that time the Bishop was forced to spend three months a year "back east" raising money for missions that could, if properly motivated, be self-supporting.

During the year ended 1903 Reverend Grimes reported "I have visited parishes and missions, one hundred and forty times; have worked one month in the town of Centralia; for one week in the town of Vancouver; for one week in Aberdeen; for one week in Mt. Vernon; seven days in Kent, Auburn and Renton; and in many towns two to five days." During this frenetic period of extensive traveling, the Grimes family grew by a son, Charles Pennebaker Grimes, born May 31, 1904. Charles served admirably in that capacity until 1905 when the special fund that had enabled him to serve as General Missionary was exhausted.

In 1905 Father Grimes became rector of the Church of the Holy Communion, Tacoma. By 1909 the Reverend Grimes was responsible for Holy Communion and Grace Churches and serving on the board of Missions for the Diocese. The Grimes family added another daughter, Virginia Nancy Grimes born December 4, 1908. A pivotal event in the development of the Diocese of Olympia occurred at the Convocation of the Missionary District on May 24, 1910, when Reverend Grimes had the privilege of seconding the motion to support efforts to establish a Diocesan organization. At a Special Convocation held September 14, 1910 The Reverend Grimes was elected Clerical Deputy to the General Convention from the District of Olympia, member of the Standing Committee of the Diocese, and appointed by Bishop Keator to the committee to draft a Constitution and Canons for the government of this Diocese. Reverend Grimes served as the first secretary of the Standing Committee and was one of the founding trustees of the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia, Incorporated. Reverend Grimes was extremely active during this period with the requirements of this Diocese in its formative period serving on the previously mentioned committee and board, the Committee on Constitution and Canons, Committee on Ways and Means, as well as the Board of Missions. This was in addition to ministering to the needs of Trinity Church in Tacoma with 618 communicants, for which he became Rector in May 1911. During 1912 Father Grimes continued service on the plethora of committees, but clouds appeared on the horizon, as Reverend Grimes missed the annual convention due to illness. During most of the years of Mr. Grimes rectorate at Trinity, he was not in robust health. He worked strenuously and almost continuously. At times he sought respite from his duties by enjoying occasional evenings with his friends, Mr. and Mrs. Charles B. Welch. At other times he spent an entire evening playing chess with Father Hylebos, pastor of St. Luke's Roman Catholic Church. They were fast friends, and Mrs. Grimes often prepared breakfast for the two men after a night's game.

On November 30, 1913, Trinity Church celebrated a renovation and expansion, which brought its seating capacity from three hundred to five hundred. As is in the nature of making progress, all improvements to the church require substantial amounts of money. The churchmen and women contributed their time and money and a group of young women decided to hire the Tacoma Theater in which to produce a moneymaking review. This was a great success financially and artistically. However, it raised eyebrows of the somewhat reserved critics as to whether such a classic display of barelegged dancers was really acceptable in the sight of the Lord! Father Grimes had a canny sense of the fitness of small, but effective matters, as noted here: Trinity Church was in a favorable location for the convenience of the parishioners. Two streetcars ran nearby. But, a third car ran hourly a block from Trinity, and this car provided access to a new golf course in the west end. This had become an avid Sunday attraction for some of Trinity's most affluent members. Father Grimes arranged for the collection plates at each Sunday 11:00 a.m. service to be passed ahead of the arrival, at noon, of this streetcar. The result was productive! .

In 1916 Father Grimes traveled to St. Luke's Hospital in New York for treatment of ill health. Father Grimes carried on with his responsibilities as a Trustee of the Diocese and member of the Standing Committee, but he relinquished the position of secretary of the Board in 1919 due to infirmity. As the year 1919 wore on a serious epidemic of influenza invaded Tacoma. The guild meetings were suspended for a time and, whenever held, members wore gauze masks, serious concern was felt for Father Grimes. His health grew steadily worse during November 1919; the Reverend Grimes missed the 1920 convention and was sent a message of speedy recover from the Convention.

Father Grimes died March 23, 1920. His passing affected the whole community where he had been a great civic as well as church leader. One of the most memorable funerals in Tacoma was held for Father Grimes on March 27, 1920, reported as follows: In the presence of hundreds of friends, a full vested choir, augmented by the Orpheus Club, in which Mr. Grimes was interested, and the clergy of the Diocese. The committal service at the Tacoma cemetery was in charge of the Destiny Lodge of Masons.
 
 
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 Spouse:
  Sarah Rosina Pennebaker Grimes (1876 - 1948)
 
 Children:
  Charles Pennebaker Grimes (1904 - 1957)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Tacoma Cemetery
Tacoma
Pierce County
Washington, USA
Plot: Lot 6 / Block I / Sect 4 / spc 1E & 2E
 
Created by: Craig Evans
Record added: Jan 06, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 103181261
Rev Charles Ysla Cy Grimes
Added by: Craig Evans
 
Rev Charles Ysla Cy Grimes
Added by: Chad Eugene Schneider
 
Rev Charles Ysla Cy Grimes
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