Madrid church hopes to restore 2-story stained glass window built in Ogdensburg in 1918
MADRID -- The United Church of Madrid is hoping to raise $35,000 to restore a two-story tall stained glass window created in Ogdensburg in 1918.
The Good Shepherd window has begun to show its age -- cracked panes, sagging support, and a faded dedication to the Whitney brothers are just some of the concerns. The window was built by Harry J. Horwood of Ogdensburg who took over for his father’s stained glass business after he died 1917.The window graced the Methodist Church until 1975 when it was moved to become the focal point of the brand new Sunday School wing of the United Church. The United Church of Madrid was formed when the Methodist and Congregational churches joined in 1975.
David Martin, author of a history book in progress of the father-and-son stained glass creators, considers their work as “some of the best stained glass work in the world.”
Horwood, being a humble man, did not usually sign his work as he felt that his work was unworthy when glorifying God. Therefore, his signature in the Bible at the top center portion of the Good Shepherd window is very rare.
The window honored Milton and Abner Whitney, at the time both influential citizens of the community and church.
Donations to the restoration fund can be sent to Sandy Moulton, 3295 County Route 14, Madrid, NY 13660. Those wishing to donate items for an auction this summer to raise funds for the restoration may contact Robert LaCroix at 265-1231 before April 15. Items sought include old cars, antiques, farm equipment, appliances and furniture that are in good condition.