Rev Frederick Skiff Stanton Sr.

Rev Frederick Skiff Stanton Sr.

New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Death 1 Oct 1915 (aged 57)
New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial New Bedford, Bristol County, Massachusetts, USA
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Music was the great talent possessed by Rev. Frederick S. Stanton, a man whose loving heart and sunny disposition made his life "one grand sweet song," which brought him in return the love and affection of all who came in contact with him. He was a regularly accredited minister of the Christian Advent [sic] church, and in evangelistic and pastoral work spent several years of his life, but during that period he kept up his music, finally resigning to devote himself to the composing and teaching of music. As a composer, his fame rests upon sacred music, hymns, songs and cantatas, although he published many concert, exercise and orchestra pieces. Many of his hymns are rendered in the churches of all denominations and brought him the high recommendation of musical authorities. Although he was a writer of hymns principally, his individual musical talent knew no bounds. After becoming a teacher of music in New Bedford he had large classes, and at one time he was instructing pupils on thirteen different instruments. He was self-educated, and prepared for the ministry through self-study and the aid of ministerial friends, but his musical genius, so early and strongly developed, was cultivated, and he held the degree, Bachelor of Music. But Mr. Stanton would have been a man of note in his circle had he never preached a sermon nor composed a hymn, for he possessed that wonderful faculty of attracting men to him, and through a life of practical daily Christian living retained the friends his ready smile and genial disposition brought him. His life was a busy one and he had no affiliation with club or fraternity, his home being his haven of rest in his hours "off duty."

Rev. Frederick Skiff Stanton was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts, December 2, 1857, and died in the city of his birth, October 1, 1915, a son of Henry and Charity C. (Skiff) Stanton. Henry Stanton was a sea-faring man. He attended grammar school, but his school years ended early, his earnings being a source of great help to his widowed mother. His first position was with the Union Boot and Shoe Company, and later he was with Hathaway & Soule, shoe manufacturers of New Bedford. During these years he maintained courses of evening study, and becoming converted to the faith of the Christian Advent [sic] church he prepared for and was ordained a minister of that faith. He was twenty-six years of age when he began his ministerial work as an evangelist, and for some years his work was the upbuilding and strengthening of old churches, and organizing ones wherever the field seemed ripe for the harvest. He held services in tents, halls and in private homes during his years of evangelistic service, and found his work inspiring and blessed. He later was settled as pastor over the Christian Advent [sic] church at Hudson Falls, New York, and from that church was transferred to the church at Lawrence, Massacnusetts. He served these two churches with great acceptability for eight years. On December 24, 1896, the death of his mother-in-law, the wife of James G. Harding, long associated with Wood, Brightman & Company, of New Bedford, made his duty plain, and resigning from the ministry, he returned to New Bedford and Mr. Harding and Mr. Stanton's aged mother were henceforth the objects of the loving care of their son and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Frederick S. Stanton.

The relinquishing of ministerial work gave Mr. Stanton his full time to devote to his musical work, although he had never ceased to use his talents freely while in the ministry. Neither did he now abandon church work, but during this period and for many years prior, totaling altogether twenty-one years of service, he was secretary of the Massachusetts State Conference of his denomina-tion. At the age of twenty-three he printed a religious song book in his home for the use of the children in the Sunday school, that being the commencement of a musical career which ended only with his death. He had sung, played and composed music for church needs all during his ministerial life, but in New Bedford he first used his gifts in the practical form of a profession. He orga-nized classes in music, taught about every kind of instrument, gave lessons privately in any branch of music, wrote and published continuously, in fact, gave himself without reserve. This was hard, fatiguing work, but his labors were greatly lessened from the fact that he was a natural musician and music literally flowed from him with almost unconscious effort. He wrote both libretto and score of cantatas, composed hymns, and set them to music, published many instrumental pieces, arranged for concert and orchestra, and taught pupils and classes incessantly. His last work was the arrangement of seventeen voluntaries orchestral scores. While the amount of work he accomplished was prodigious, he was never other than most agreeable and companionable, his smile and his ready wit always driving away gloom or weariness. He loved his work and his fellowmen, and they loved him. That was his great reward, the love of his fellowmen, and most abundantly he reaped that which he sowed, kindly words and deeds. Finally the limit of his strength was reached, and the end of his useful life among men came, finding him ready. In speaking of Mr. Stanton, after his death, Rev. Charles H. Oliphant, pastor of the First Congregational Church at Methuen, said: "Had he enjoyed the early advantages (which he indeed showed so little need of) of liberal training, he would have been one of the notable men of the times. In him the sweetness of childhood was united with a maturity and strength of character seldom seen. His moral vigor, his determined and persistent pursuit of the ends he sought, his contagious merriment, and most of all, his rare sensitiveness to spiritual values of every kind, made him a most lovable and unusual man."

Mr. Stanton married, October 13, 1880, Mary Althea Harding, who survives him, daughter of James G. Harding, of New Bedford. Mr. and Mrs. Stanton were the parents of three children, all deceased.

Rev. Frederic S. Stanton
20 Dec 1857-1 Oct 1915

Stanton. In New Bedford, Mass., Oct. 1, 1915, Rev. Frederic S. Stanton, aged 57 years.
The subject of this notice was born in New Bedford and lived the greater part of his life here. In his early ministry he held pastorates at Hudson Falls, N. Y. and Lawrence, Mass. Since that time he has supplied churches in the vicinity of his home. He was a man with remarkable talent and is well known among us as a composer of music. Quite a number of our hymns are of his composition. As a personal friend and brother we had learned to love him very dearly for he was a sincere friend, and strong supporter; an ardent lover of the church, and its work. The church and community feel very keenly their loss. It was estimated that there were present at the funeral about three hundred showing the respect and love they had for him. He leaves to mourn her loss a wife that has devoted every moment possible for his comfort. With sorrow of heart we buried him beside his little son to await the resurrection of the dead. Words of comfort were spoken by the writer, assisted by the Rev. Mr. McIntyre of the Methodist Church. Willis G. Brown

The World’s Crisis
20 Oct 1915, p. 15

Transcribed for Berkshire Christian College’s Adventual Library, by Duane E. Crabtree,
2 May 2018

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