Blog >
Rev George Logie
August 19, 2020, 5:01 PM

Rev George Logie came to the Arizona Territory in 1898 and established the Presbyterian Church in Flagstaff. He also helped select the site of the Ganado Mission on the Navajo Nation. The Arizona Republic reported in the Wednesday, April 5, 1905 edition: “Stewart Logie, little son of Rev and Mrs. George Logie, died late Monday evening in Tucson and is to be buried in Flagstaff on Friday. Mr. and Mrs. Logie are expected here on the morning train from the south and will leave tomorrow on the Santa Fe. Mr. Logie is known to many people here as he has been in the city often during the seven years of residence in the Territory. Until last fall he was pastor of the Presbyterian church in Flagstaff and left only that he might be in a lower altitude for his little son whose heart was affected by the elevation in Flagstaff. Last June he spent here supplying the pulpit of the Presbyterian church. In August, he passed through the city on one of the detoured trains from California taking the body of his only daughter for burial in Flagstaff. Stewart is the only other child of the family. Mr. Logie is now the pastor of the Presbyterian Church at Douglas. A few weeks ago, it was discovered that the former trouble threatened the boy and his parents immediately started for Phoenix but because of the going out of the Gila bridge they were stopped in Tucson. Word received only a few days ago gave hope that the change was restoring the child and the improvement was so marked that the father returned to Douglas leaving Mrs. Logie and Stewart in Tucson until the bridge should be thoroughly tested when they were to come this way for treatment.” In August of that same year the Douglas congregation was seeking to build a new $10618 church building. Up to that point they had raised $9000. During the Synod meeting in October 1905, Rev Logie was elected moderator for the following year. Ruth Murray Logie was born to George and Mary Ellen Magwood Logie in 1907 and Frank Forster Logie was born in 1911. That same year Rev. George Logie resigned his pastorate in Douglas to take an appointment as principal of a new Charles H. Cook Bible School, a training school for Indian church workers in connection with the Presbyterian Indian School at Tucson. From 1912 to 1914 he tended the flock in Casa Grande. He went on to become the instructor of the first nine Native Americans to graduate from Cook Christian Training School in Tempe. Cook College was dedicated to the instruction of Native Americans to become pastors. The formal dedication of the new church building in Clifton, AZ 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. Rev. Logie would remain an active preacher in Arizona for many years, coming back to preach to the Casa Grande congregation occasionally. Rev. Logie was born in Ontario, Canada October 25, 1868 and died in Phoenix March 24, 1958 at the age of 89.