Merle Showers

Merle Showers

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Merle E. Showers
Born 1940s.
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I was born in the Salamanca, NY hospital and raised on a dairy farm in Great Valley, NY. I graduated from grade school in Great Valley and graduated from high school in Ellicottville, NY. I did the first part of my post-graduate studies at the Buffalo Bible Institute, in Buffalo, NY, transferred to Houghton College, in Houghton, NY and graduated with a BS in Bible and Theology. During the years (1967 & 1968) at Houghton, I served a student church for the Evangelical United Brethren Church in Oswayo, PA. I was ordained a Deacon in the United Methodist Church in 1970. I graduated from United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio with a MDiv in 1972. I was appointed to the Webster United Methodist Church, in Webster, NY, as the Associate Pastor in 1972. I was ordained an elder in the United Methodist Church in 1973. I was appointed the Pastor of the First United Methodist Church in Dunkirk, NY in 1977. I was appointed to First United Methodist Church and the Ripley Memorial United Methodist Church, in Buffalo, NY in 1984. I was appointed to the Ripley Memorial United Methodist Church and the Ontario Street United Methodist Church in Buffalo, NY 1986. I was appointed to be the Community Minister of the Buffalo District of the United Methodist Church in 1996 and served as the Executive Director of the Niagara Frontier City Ministries, Inc. until 2007, when I retired. During the years I served as a clergyman, I held other offices in the communities I served. I was the treasurer of the Food Coop in Fredonia, NY. I was a member of the Network of Religious Communities and the chair of their Trustees in Buffalo NY. I served on numerous boards and committees for the Western New York Conference and the Upper New York Conference of which I was a member. I served as a member of a committee for Habitat for Humanity, Coalition on Economic Justice, Citizens Against Casino Gambling in Erie County, Canaan House Ministries, The Bible Society of Western New York and Asbury Shalom Zone. I continue to serve as the chair of the Living Wage Commission for the City of Buffalo and am the treasurer and chairman of the Trustees for the University United Methodist Church of Buffalo, NY.


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On 2 Jan 2018 at 18:34 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Wish you a Happy New Year. May 2018 bring you all you need to be happy.

Congratulation for adding your contributions in December. Whatever the quantity of your contributions, they all count. As I always say "Quality is better than quantity" to make a great family tree.

Thank you for being a Wikitreer,

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On 7 Jul 2017 at 11:58 GMT Janet Alexander wrote:

Hi, Merle. Thanks for adding more info for our elusive Belden's! Re: Ella/Eleanor's marriage date to Henry Blakeslee - I'm estimating 1885-1886 based on the 1900 US Census for Spring Creek indicating son Clayton was born about 1886 and is 13 years old. (The record says he was born in 1866, but that looks to me like a transcription error.) Next time I'm in Warren County I'll see what records may be available. Happy hunting!

On 2 Jul 2017 at 17:29 GMT Keith Hathaway wrote:

Hello Merle,

I'd like to invite you to join in the "Weekend Chat" on G2G Today!

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On 4 Jan 2017 at 20:41 GMT Matt Depew wrote:


Hello from across Wikitree (I manage a 'few' Depew profiles myself, and if you'd like, please subscribe to the "Depew" family edits on here).

I also figured I'd invite you to join 'The Depew Family' facebook group at that I (and a few others on here) manage.

I've been working since early 2014 to try to link the Depew/DePew name to anyone earlier than about 1700, and also to see who all the cousins/sons/daughters are (there were a couple early generations of 11 kids each, but I am only of -one- of those links).

I hope this comment finds you well, and look forward to hopefully hearing back from you soon!

On 16 Nov 2016 at 22:12 GMT Mary (Graham) Calder wrote:

Hi again Merle, My Grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Carpenter, daughter of our Lucena Showers-Carpenter, was born in Deposit, NY 1876. I haven't been in that part of the US since a trip in 1961 when we went to my father's home town in KA, saw his brother and Mom's cousins in Ohio, an aunt and more cousins in PA, MA, ME, VT and NY. I met Briggs, Carpenter, Showers, and other cousins. It was a fantastic trip for an only child living far from relatives. I ended up with a photo of Mom at age 3 so it was taken in 1906, a picture of one of my grandmother's grandmothers, and others on tin and some other kind of very old metal pictures. A distant cousin gave me a letter between cousins written in the 1860s. It created a desire to know how it all fit together. Retirement gave me more time for that.

On 10 Nov 2016 at 19:34 GMT Heather Husted wrote:

Hi Merle, I saw you created a profile for Catharina (Busch) Husted. I'm reasonably certain her husband was Caleb Husted, so I connected them. Let me know if that's off base and I'll fix it, but it doesn't seem like there was another woman by that name at that time. Thanks for growing the tree--and for your public service--Heather

On 10 Jun 2016 at 15:18 GMT Dave Dardinger wrote:

I wondered this morning whether people who are only at a relatively low level on G2G points, were dropouts or just more interested in working on profiles. I picked you first at random and was peased to see you are steadily working on building your tree. So I gave you a thank you and this attaboy. Keep up the good work.

On 14 May 2016 at 21:32 GMT Joan Kelly wrote:

Hi Merle. thanks for your request to merge my Heinrich Fry with your Heinrich Frey. However, skeptic that I am, I do not think they are the same person. For one thing, the birth dates are 23 years different. Therefore, I do not want to do the merge at this time.

Thank you for your interest, Joan

On 8 Feb 2016 at 18:13 GMT Guy Constantineau wrote:


Thank you for signing the Honor code. Collaboration, accurate information and good sources are the basis for a great WikiTree.

By signing the Honor Code you're telling the Wiki community you are a responsible Wiki genealogist.

Feel free to ask me via my profile page if you have any questions.

Have a nice journey on Wikitree,

Guy - Wikitree Mentor / Leader

On 8 Feb 2016 at 14:29 GMT Sandy Edwards wrote:

Hi, Now that you have had a little time to try WikiTree, here are a few more features you may find useful

Ideas on what to include in a profile can be found in Styles and Standards, including tips on writing biographies.

If you need to describe an event, an heirloom or a location relevant to your research, you may like to learn about Free Space Profiles.

Lastly, sometimes you will run into unresponsive profile managers. We have a process for resolving those unfortunate situations.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask via my profile page. Sandy ~ WikiTree Mentor

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