On Sunday evening February 20, 1881, the Rev. James Harvey Tuttle, a Universalist minister from Minneapolis, MN, preached a sermon in Public Hall. He had been brought to Riverside by wagon from Los Angeles by William Charles Finch, one of his former parishioners. Mr. Tuttles’ sermon was enthusiastically received and gave Universalists in the community an opportunity to recognize each other as such. As a result Mr. Tuttle returned to Minneapolis with the charge to find a Universalist minister to come to Riverside on a mission to establish a church.