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Rev Curry Love
September 14, 2020, 4:00 PM

Curry Harden Love was born near New Florence, Pennsylvania in 1869. He was the son of James Love and Rachel Menoher. He graduated from Marietta College in Ohio and Pittsburg Theological Seminary. His first wife was Barbara Bella Musser who died in 1920. To this union two daughters were born. Erma Musser Love was born in 1904 and died of typhoid fever in 1914. Janet Belle Love was born in 1917. After a short pastorate in Pennsylvania, he came to Arizona in 1902. He was pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Clifton until 1921. In 1917 he took a leave of absence to work with the YMCA in Texas to support the war effort. When he returned to Clifton, he discovered the congregation was building a new church building. They contracted with J.L. Westerman of El Paso to build the church. Westerman estimated he would finish the job in five months. The new building would be constructed with granite stone covered with stucco. The church measured 52 by 70 feet, with a main floor and basement. The main floor consisted of a 33 by 33 feet auditorium. The basement contained two classrooms, a large dining room, a kitchen, furniture room, pantry, storage room, and a room for organ machinery. Contractor Westerman kept to his schedule and by January of 1919 Pastor Curry H. Love was preparing for a housewarming in the new building. Love noted that the centrally located church building would have all the "modern conveniences” such as classrooms and social rooms heated with hot water. The forma! dedication of the church took place on Easter Sunday in 1920. The Reverend George Logie of Phoenix, described by a contemporary as "the greatest preacher in the southwest," officiated at the impressive dedication service. Reverend Love did not stay long to enjoy the new building. In December of 1920, his wife died, leaving him with a three-year old daughter to raise. By September of 1921, with Clifton hard hit by the decline in copper prices, Rev. Love decided that a change was in order. After twenty years of service to the oldest church congregation in Clifton, Rev. Love left for Oregon from 1921 to 1924 he was the pastor of a Presbyterian church in Pilot Rock, Oregon. He came back to Arizona to work in the Sunday School Association in Tucson. On September 6, 1925 Curry H. Love was installed as the new pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Casa Grande and ushered in a new era of stability for the church. On Christmas Day 1925, Curry Love was married to Miss Mary Rebecca Hood of Johnstown, PA in a ceremony in Tucson performed by Rev. Dr. B. Wrenn Webb. Immediately after the ceremony they returned to reside in the Presbyterian manse. Curry Mabon Love was born February 11, 1927. For the next 14 years Rev. Love served the church through good times and bad. He held the first worship service in new “Rock” church when it was completed in 1928. Through the years of the Great Depression his leadership held the church together financially while keeping membership steady. He was well respected in the community and helped organize a community chest to assist those who were out of work and in need of food and clothing during the Great Depression. He published Sunday School lessons in the CG Dispatch and held countless funeral services over the years. He was also a charter member of the Casa Grande Lions Club, and a Past Master of Pinal Lodge, No. 30 F. & A. M. The Rev. Mr. Love was one of the first to promote the Mont Lure conference grounds at Greer for the use of young people of the Presbyterian Church. Because of a rule of the Presbyterian Church at the time, he had to resign as pastor of the church when he turned 70 years old. So, on April 11, 1939 the pastoral relationship between Curry Love and First Presbyterian Church was dissolved. Mr. and Mrs. Love acquired the Williams property in the fig farm tract and engaged in ranching and was also available for supply ministry for churches in the vicinity. He contributed articles for the Casa Grande Dispatch. He also continued as the manager of the Mont Lure camp. Curry Love died at the family home Tuesday morning, August 8, 1944 at age 75. Funeral services were held the following Thursday afternoon at 2:30 from the Presbyterian Church and interment was in the Masonic Plot in Mountain View Cemetery, the Rev Richard C. Palmer officiated. The Rev SB Hannah, of Florence and the Rev Robert Scott Calder joined in the service. 

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