Helmer, Charles Downs
Helmer, Charles Downs a Congregational minister, was born at Canajoharie, N.Y., November 18, 1827. After spending two years in Hamilton College, he entered Yale, from which he graduated in 1852. The two years following he was a teacher in the Deaf-and Dumb Institution in New York city. In 1857 he graduated from Union Theological Seminary. The next two years he spent in Europe. He was ordained pastor of Plymouth Church, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, September 11, 1859, from which he was dismissed, May 31, 1865; from December, 1866, to December 1875, he was pastor of Union Park Church, Chicago, Illinois; from March 1877, until his death, he was pastor of Tompkins Avenue Church, Brooklyn, N.Y. The degree of D.D. which was offered to him in 1875 by Beloit College, was declined. He died April 28, 1879. See Cong. Year-book, 1880, page 21.