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Sunday, April 19, 2015

N is for Elizabeth NIMSKER, Spiritualist

At a special meeting held on October 1, 1934 Elizabeth Nimsker forms the First Christian Spiritualist Church of Warsaw, NY. These incorporation papers list an address for the church of 245 South Main Street in the village of Warsaw. Rev. Elizabeth Nimnsker of Warsaw was the acting Pastor. The charter was delivered to the members of the new Church at the Moose Hall on Main Street in Warsaw on Sunday, October 21st.Many out of town Spiritualists were present for the celebration. Regular Spiritual Circles were held every Thursday evening at 800 p.m. at 245 South Main Street.

The following year, trance lectures were held on Sunday evening, message meetings on Thursday nights, and private reading on Thursday afternoons. On July 25, 1935, Rev. Nimsker held a home coming celebration at her residence. It seems by other news items Elizabeth did not operate her church out of her home. In the August 19, 1935 issue of the Wyoming County Times it announced that the church had moved from 245 South Main street to 25 Center Street, and lists Rev. Fed T. Ide as Pastor. Fred and Elizabeth parted ways and Fred Ide took over the regular Spiritualist Church from Clara Rebbo but kept 25 Center Street address.

In July of 1936 Elizabeth moves the church to 31 Butternut Street, still in the village of Warsaw. It is unknown if this house also served as her residence. During the year of 1939 there is not much mention of the Spiritualist activities of Elizabeth Nimsker. It appears after she met Ira Kemp (whose wife had died on March 24, 1936) her focus changed. Elizabeth Nimsker married for the third time, Ira J. Kemp of Silver Springs on April 24, 1942. They were not married by a Spiritualist Minister, but at the Methodist Church in Castile. The only reference to Spiritualism after her marriage to Ira was a week long trip to Lilly Dale in July of 1949. Ira Kemp died in January of 1968 and is buried in Warsaw Cemetery. Elizabeth died May 23, 1969 in Silver Springs. Her obituary has no mention of her being a Spiritualist. She is also buried in the Warsaw Cemetery. 

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