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Building Name: First Presbyterian Church

Studio Name: Tiffany Studios

City: Ypsilanti

Window Shape: 3 (arched)

Date of Window: 1899

Subject/Title of Window: Conklin Memorial

Brief Description of Subject: The middle section in this memorial window was designed to let light through. Doric columns are pictured as if holding up the canopy and divide this middle section into two lights. These columns are in harmony with the façade which is in the Grecian Doric style.

From the booklet, "Our Memorial Windows: A Brief Description of the Memorial Windows in the Sanctuary of The First Presbyterian Church, Ypsilanti, Michigan," by Doris Milliman, City Historian, page 8-9.

The Conklin Window
Isaac Newton Conklin
July 3 1808 - May 13, 1884
Harriet Green Conklin
1813 - May 4, 1885

Both Isaac Conklin and his wife, Harriet, were born in Connecticut. When they came to Ypsilanti, they lived in the Grand Residence on the southeast corner of Emmet and North Washington Streets, which is now the Ladies Literary Club House. By 1877, they had moved to the northeast corner of Adams and Ellis, (now Washtenaw). This house later became the Presbyterian Manse, and still later was torn down to make way for the Methodist Parking Lot.

Isaac Conklin was a leader of the Ypsilanti business community during the nineteenth century. He was president of the National Bank, and also had an interest in the Ypsilanti Woolen Mill, the Ypsilanti Gas Company, the Peninsular Paper Company, and a Planing Mill which was later owned by H. R. Scovill. He freely shared his business abilities with his Church, and served on the Church's Building Committee in 1856, when plans for the present building were prepared, the site was selected, and the money raised.

He took part in the dedication of our church building on September 25, 1857.

Isaac and Harriet Conklin had two children: Jason and Helen. Helen was born in the Grant Residence (now the Ladies Literary Club House), on July 26, 1847. She married Ward Swift, and their daughter, Hattie Swift, became a large benefactor to our City. The Gilbert Residence, 203 South Huron Street, is located on the site of her home.

Inscriptions: In Memoriam
Isaac Newton Conklin
Harriet Green Conklin

Condition of Window: Very good

Height: 15'8"

Width: 4'2"

Type of Glass and Technique: Opalescent Glass, Lead Came

Conklin Memorial
Conklin Memorial
Conklin Memorial top
Conklin Memorial top
Conklin Memorial inscription
Conklin Memorial inscription
Conklin Memorial outside
Conklin Memorial outside

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