Russ Kurzen was the very unofficial historian/racanteur of Bethel.
One of his memorable stories was the naming of Columbia Heights.
It dates back to the pre-revolutionary war period before the name "America" was settled upon. Another candidate was "Columbia" (America from Amerigo Vespucci, Columbia from that other explorer, Columbus). The Founding Fathers were considering the Brooklyn Heights area as the seat of their nascent government. The proximity to shipping lanes was a big advantage, however the vulnerability to attack from the British was a big concern. What became Washington, D.C. had the advantage of access to shipping lanes and protection by the geography of Chesapeake Bay.
Just as "District of Columbia" came out of this period, so did the street name, "Columbia Heights."
Russ's story may or may not have been true, however it is entertaining.
I'll save his stories comparing Charles Taze Russell with D.W. Griffith and how Jehovah provided choice properties in Brooklyn Heights for another time.
Here's to word-of-mouth history, Watchtower-style.