Frpm The Westminister, a new series of The Presbyterian Journal
I don't know whether the increase in membership means grandfather was an evangelist or was simply gaining by adding the children of his members. I suspect some of both. According to wikipedia, the population of Pittston increased by about 21 percent between 1890 and 1900.The First Presbyterian Church, West Pittston, Rev. W. R. Harshaw, D.D., pastor, has closed a prosperous year. An accession of fifty-two members, and a total of 580 of a membership reported to the General Assembly this year. The congregation has given this year a little over $19,000 for various purposes, about $14000 to missionary and general benevolence, and the remainder was spent on its own immediate field. The Italian mission which has been conducted by this church for a number of years is now under the superintendency of Rev. Jerome Vavolo. The work still prospers, and it is hoped in a short time to erect a building for this branch of the work.