History / Thursday, April 30th, 2015


From: The Past and Present of Warren County, Illinois, containing a history of the county–its cities, towns &c., a biographical directory of its citizens, war record of its volunteers in the late rebellion, portraits of early settlers and prominent men, general and local statistics, map of Warren County, history of Illinois, Constitution of the United States. Chicago. H. F. Kett & Co. 1877.

The Methodist Episcopal Church was organized at Center school house in the spring of 1875. The first meetings were held at this place. The members were David Vangilder, Jennie Vangilder, E.F. Dehart, L. A. Dehart, J.A. Williams, J. Chapman, M. Chapman, C. Gunn, Cath. Gunn, M.B. Torrance, Mary Conklin, Fhoda Chapman, Eliza J. Altman, W.H. Dehart, John R. Conklin, C.B. Torrance, Sarah J. Morey. Their church was built in the spring of 1875, at a cost of $1,700. Rev. J.W. Coe served six months. He was followed by Rev. P.S. Garrettson, who took charge September, ’75, and is the present pastor. There are at present, thirty-five members and a Sabbath school of thirty-five scholars.

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