New Hope
From: The Past and Present of Warren Co., Il
Published: Chicago, H. F. Ket & Co., Cor. 5th Ave. and Washington St., 1877

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The Predestinarian Baptist Church was organized in 1836, at the house of Caleb Hedges. The earliest meetings were held at this house, also the Downie School house. Among the original members were Joseph Rogers and wife, John Murphy, B. Lewis, and John Riggs. All the original members are supposed to be dead, except John Riggs.

This Church has had three pastors, namely, Rev. Charles Vandiveer, who served several years, Rev. George Tracy, and Rev. I.N. Vanmeter, their present pastor. The clerks were Wm. Gunter, R.M. Simmons, and Alfred W. Simmons. The present deacons are John Vandiveer, and Andrew W. Simmons. Elder, R.W. Siimmons. There are now thirty-nine members.

Berwick Lodge, No. 619, A.F. & A.M. --Officers: R.H. Shelton W.M.; J.M.Norris, S.W.; Leander Giddings, J.W.; E.A. Hearkness, Secy.; Geo. Berrington, Tres. Meets at Cameron every second and fourth Thursday evenings.

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