In 1878, Pastor Horner established three parish churches throughout the Crystal River Valley. All of the congregations held fund raisers to build a manse in Marble Springs. The Pastor held services in the Marble Edifice on the first and third Sundays of each month and travelled to Carbondale and Redstone for the other Sundays. The church closed its doors in 1931. In addition to the traditional words on the church door1, the church embraced the inscriptions on the Marble Edifice for their own:
Ladies, the purity you instill in your sons forms the foundation of the church; the charities you foster in your homes build the walls of the church; and the love, honor, and obedience you freely give your husbands forms the pillars that hold the walls of this church upright.
We, the lesser sex, mold the
morals of the greater world.
We, the fairer sex, fashion our young
into upright pillars of the community.
Let us then petition the stronger sex
to grant us the tools we need for these allotted tasks.
Rachel Cole's address to the Ladies Aid Society,Why Ladies Require the Vote,
September 7th, 1889.
Pastor Horner and his wife
Jordan Harmon and Leah Cole
Fred Keeperly and Laura Harmon
Joe Cattering and Billie Rose Murphy
Michael Nolan and miriam-nolan
Bart Morrison and Ruby Mateson
Bart Morrison and Lizzie Morrison