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PHILIP P. and LUCY BLISS MEMORIAL
FRONT OF MONUMENT:
Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage Ps 119:54
Erected by the Sunday Schools of the United Stats and Great Britain in response to the invitation of D.L. Moody as a memorial to Philip P. Bliss, author of "Hold the Fort" and other gospel songs. THEIR NAMES SHALL LIVE
SIDE OF MONUMENT:
Ithessalonians 4: 13, 14, 16, 17
Through living faith in Jesus Christ they died in the blessed hope of a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. They lived in the expectation of the return of the Lord Jesus Christ and the Gathering together to Him, their spirits are with the Lord. We Sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died, and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trump of God. And the dead in Christ shall rise first, then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so shall we ever be with the Lord.
SIDE OF MONUMENT:
PHILIP P. BLISS
LUCY YOUNG BLISS
Lovely and pleasant in their lives; and in their deaths they were not divided. II Samuel 1:23
BACK OF MONUMENT:
Sacred to the memory of Philip P. Bliss, born in Clearfield Co. PA July 9, 1838 and Lucy Young Bliss, his wife, born in Rome, Bradford County, PA March 14, 1841, who left their home in this village Thursday morning December 28, 1876, fr Chicago and met their death at Ashtabula, Ohio, Friday evening December 29, 1876, by the falling of a bridge by which a train of cars was broken into fragments and consumed by fire, some 80 persons being killed. It is believed that the bodies of Mr. & Mrs. Bliss were consumed to ashes, since nothing recognizable as belongings to their earthly tabernacle has ever been recovered.
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[Submitted July 2007 by Marilyn Stone]
As appeared in “The Indiana Democrat”, Indiana, Pennsylvania, Thursday, July 19, 1877:
P.P. BLISS MONUMENT
“Towanda, PA., July 10 – The most important event of many years in this section of the country was the dedication of the Bliss Monument in the cemetery at Rome today. The copious rainfall of yesterday had laid the dust and purified the atmosphere. Messrs. Moody, Sankey and Piltz arrived on the early train for the commencement of the exercises. People began pouring into the village of Rome and at 2 o’clock the number on the grounds was estimated at 10,000 with 2,500 teams and vehicles filling the streets and suburbs. The exercises were opened at 2 o’clock P.M., with the singing of one of Mr. Bliss’s hymns and the offering of a fervent prayer by Rev. D. Cool, the pastor of Mr. And Mrs. Bliss while they lived in Rome. Mr. Moody gave a concise account of the manner in which the funds for the monument were raised. Over 3,000 Sunday schools, including more than 500,000 scholars in this country, England, Scotland, Ireland and Canada had contributed nearly $12,000 for the monument and the education of the two orphan children of Mr. Bliss. So deep was the impression of that good man’s Christian life on the nation that all considered it a pleasure to give. He pronounced a beautiful and appropriate tribute to the memory of Mr. Bliss and his wife. He said that he himself owed very much of his success in saving souls to them—to their efforts and godly counsel. Mr. Bliss was a man in whom all of the Christian graces abounded. He loved and was beloved by everybody. The prayers of all Christians were asked for the two orphan children, that they might prove even greater blessings to the nation than were their parents.
Mr. Sankey followed with a few remarks, and sang ‘Hold the Fort,’ the vast audience joining in the chorus. Short addresses were made by Mr. Whittle, Rev. Geo. A. Piltz and Dr. Vincent. The dedicatory address was then pronounced by Dr. Pierson, of Detroit. It was listened to with the most breathless attention.
At the close of Dr. Pierson’s remarks Mr. Moody stepped forward and silently unveiled the monument. After viewing the beautiful and artistic memorial the vast throng wended their way from the hallowed spot.
Much credit is due to Mr. A. Baldwin and Judge Passmore, of the local
committee, for their arrangement for the comfort of those who came from
abroad. The monument is entirely satisfactory to the originators
of the enterprise. Nothing occurred during the day to mar the occasion.
In the audience were the children of Mr. Bliss, his mother and sister,
and the parents and brothers and sisters of Mrs. Bliss, and personal friends
from all parts of the country.”