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J. \\^ Pierce, and their wives. For the first years meetings were held in
the depot grain house, railroad coaches and school house. In the summer
of 1 87 1 a church edifice thirty-six by seventy feet was erected at a cost of
six thousand dollars. Rev. M. Spencer was the pastor until 1873, when he
was succeeded by Revs. J. M. Sullivan, former Gov. N. Green. R. Wake,
W. R. Kister and Rev. S. Brooks, when the congregation had grown to
sixty-five members. The present membership is two hundred twenty-six.
The pastor is Rev. E. M. Paddleford. The trustees are, C. A. Palmer,
William McKelvy, Frank Thorne, Henry Honstead, William Fitzgerald,
P. S. Vickery, and William Mapes. The stewards are, L. A. Palmer, dis-
trict steward; Myrtle McKelvy, recording secretary and treasurer; William
Fitzgerald, J. D. Farwell, Mrs. P. T. Vickery, Mrs. Eli Peterson. Miss
Effie Bair, Miss Hannah Anderson, Samuel Anderson and P. T. Vickery.

This church is in a united and flourishing condition. The ladies aid
society donates two hundred dollars toward the running expenses of the church.
The missionary society raises four hundred dollars for home and foreign
missions, and the Sunday school pledges fifty dollars to the same work, and
last year gave sixty-one dollars and sixty-four cents.

The Sunday school has a membership of one hundred and eighty-five.
Gene Gorder is superintendent, Mildred Bartlow, secretary, and Anna Nider,
librarian, with J. D. Farwell, secretary, over all the work. Olive Wilson has
charge of the infant class, which numbers forty-two. Both international and
graded lessons are used. Twenty-eight dollars per month is required to
furnish the school with supplies.

SUMMERF^ELD.

This church was organized in Summerfield by Rev. A. E. Chadwick,

and chartered in 1889. ^^^^ ^''st trustees were: John A. Sipe, John L.

Magaw, Charles Sipe, Charles Ester, James Beecham. There were thirty

members at the time of organization. The congregation is united, and the

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church prosperous. The parsonage and church property are valued at a1)OUt
five thousand dollars.

The present officials are: Trusteees, E. TT. T.ocke, J. T. Briggs, Charles
Tarr. Edw. AIcKee. John Winney. J. IT. Russell. Tl. E. Abert, W. \V. E.
Packard, and R. G Shue ; stewards, Charles I'ackard, Mrs. Charles Tarr,
Airs. W. E. (ilick. Airs. C. H. Roper and R. G. Sluie. Rtv. J. M. ATcGuJre
is the pastor.

There are one hundred tliirty-fivc members in the Sunday school ; J. T.
Briggs. su])erintendent. The Epworth League has a membership of thirty,
the Junior League, nineteen.

IRVING.

The Alethodist Episcopal church of Trxing was organized in 1867 by
Reverend Devaul. That same year work on a church edifice was begun,
but was abandoned for lack of funds, and in 1871 a stone building was pur-
chased. Later, as the church grew, services were held in the Presbyterian
church. Some of the early pastors were : AL D. Tenney, T. B. Grey, B.
F. Smith, W. H. L'^nderwood, E. W. Vandeventer, S. A. Green, G. W.
Aliller, S. L. Hunter and C. S. Freark. The church has prospered. In
1882 a parsonage of six rooms was built and in 1884 the present church
was erected. The present membership is sixty-eight. The membership of
the Sunday school is one hundred one. F. E. Barber is the present pastor.

VLEITS.

The first services of the Alethodist Episcopal faith in AHeits were held
by Rev. Aierrill G. Hamm, who conducted the meeting in the school house
south of town. At that time there were about a dozen members of the Aleth-
odist church. He remained about one year and increased the membership
to fifty. In Alarch of 1899 he was followed by Reverend Payne and dur-
ing his pastorate the church was built. The church was completed in 1900
at a cost of two thousand one hundred fifteen dollars.

There is a Sunday school in connection with the church and has a mem-
bership of nearly one hundred. Aliss Floy Smith is superintendent. The
present church officials are: C. R. Vv'allace, C. E. Foltz and George Con-
nett, trustees; C. E. Foltz. S. B. Heisy, C. R. Wallace and Aierrill Bullock,
stewards. Both church and Sundav school are well attended.



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COTTAGE HILL.

The Cottage Hill Alethodist church was organized in 1872, and a church
and parsonage were built in 1884. Their first pastor was Rev. Charles
Minear. The officers were James Clark, Reuben Hartman, John Nichols,
Reuben Fuller (all deceased), and Frank Leah, now living at Grand Junction,
Colorado. This church was organized with twenty-two members. At that
time it was the only church in Cottage Hill, and the attendance at both church
and Sunday school was much larger than now, for Cottage Hill now has three
churches within a half mile of each other.

Rev. W. H. Buckner is the present pastor, with thirty-four members and
about sixty attendants. The official board is John Sisco, G. Roepke, William
Roepke, Herman Anderson, John Leppard and Clarence E. Nichols. The
Sunday school superintendent is Henry Pretz, with thirty-eight members. It
is a live church and Sunday school.

BEATTIE.

The Methodist Episcopal church of Beattie was organized in the spring
of 1876 by Rev. A. J. Coe, with seven members. They were, Mr. and Mrs.
T. C. Byrum and Phoebe Byrum, Mary Sheldon, Elizabeth Sweet, Julia
Brown and Mrs. A. J. Coe.

In 1 88 1 a church was built, costing one thousand four hundred dol-
lars. The church has prospered and in January, 19 17, had a membership
of one hundred thirty-five. There is an excellent Sunday school in con-
nection and the usual ladies aid and missionary societies, which do their
share toward making the church a factor in the community. The value of
church and parsonage is near five thousand dollars. The present pastor is
Rev. F. E. Hurrell.

VERMILLION.

The Methodist Episcopal church was organized in the depot in 1871 by
Rev. T. B. Gray, with twelve members. Later, services were held in the
school house. In 1874 a church was erected at a cost of about one thousand
five hundred dollars.

In IQ02 under the pastorate of Reverend Spencer, this structure Avas dis-
mantled, and a fine new building erected. In 1914 the church was fitted
with electric lights and heating plant. Previous to this, in 1906-07, a new
parsonage was built at a cost of two thousand two hundred dollars. Rev.
Homer Wroten was the first to occupy it. There is a Sunday school attached.



3o8 MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS.

PRESBYTERIAN CHURCHES.

IMemorial Presbyterian church at Marysville was organized on October
i6, 1870, by Rev. Charles Parker, the noted bhnd preacher of Irving, Kansas.

The original records of this church written by Edward Hutchinson, read
as follows :

"This was in tlie year rendered memorable in the history of American
Presbyterianism by the union of the old school and new school branches of
the Presbyterian church at the United Assembly meeting at Pittsburgh, Penn-
sylvania. Meantime, the old and new school synods of Kansas united and
held their first session at Topeka. July 12, 1870, with Rev. Joseph G. Reaser,
moderator, and Rev. John L. Chapman, stated clerk. Also, the old school
presbytery of Highland and the new school presbytery of Smoky Hill, were
united wholly or in part, occupying substantially the same territory of each
of the old presbyteries, under the name of the presbytery of Highland."

Very fittingly, then, under such historical auspices this church appropri-
ated to itself the name of the Memorial Presbyterian church of Marysville.

The following were the first members of the church : Mrs. Amanda
Parker, Charles Pritchard, Edward Hutchinson, Mrs. Eliza Morrill, Mrs.
Annie S. Fisher, Mr. and Mrs. Peter A. Reed. Peter A. Reed and Edward
Hutchinson were ordained ruling elders. E. Hutchinson was elected clerk,
which office he held until 1879. First trustees were: P. A. Reed, Ed^^•ard
Hutchinson, James S. Magill and J. A. Broughton. Rev. A. H. Lilly, a
non-resident pastor, supplied the pulpit from the spring to the fall of 1871.

The corner stone for the new church was laid on June 8, 1872, by the
Masons and Odd Fellows, no m.inister of the Gospel being present. The
church was dedicated on September 18, 1874.

The first regular pastor was Rev. E. G. Fish, who remained six months.

The first members to be admitted on profession of faith were Alexander
Campbell and Isabella, his wife.

On April 14. 1872, Rev. Frank E. Sheldon began his pastorate and it
was largely through his efforts that the church was built. The services at
that time were held in an upper room of the new stone school building,
which was erected in 1866. Title to the present site of the church was pro-
cured in February, 1871, and contract for its erection was let on April 10,
1872.

Mr. and Mrs. Perry Hutchinson, Rufus Edwards, T. ^^^ W^aterson,
Frank Schmidt and C. F. Koester, although not members of the church,




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contributed largely to its erection and maintenance. Of those who assisted
in the building of the church, only Mrs. Perry Hutchinson, for many years
a member, and John A. Broughton are now living in Marysville, and many
have entered into rest.

At the present date the church has no pastor. The present officers are:
Elders, B. Price, J . F. Ilanna, A. B. Campbell, E. R. Fulton ; trustees, S. C.
Schmidt, William Kraemer, J. M. Goodnight, Arthur Hohn, A. A. Good-
man and E. R. Fulton. The Sunday school has an enrollment of one hun-
dred and sixteen. Superintendent, Stella R. Gallup ; assistant, James Good-
night ; secretary, Arthur Mohrbacher ; treasurer, L. H. Eddy ; chorister,
Grace Fannen ; organist, Mabel Montgomery.

The Woman's Missionary Society and the Westminster Circle are
important cliurch societies. There is also a very strong social circle of the
ladies of the church and others, which contributes very substantially to the
financial support of the church. The church owns a neat parsonage adjoin-
ing it on the south. Mr. Reuben Bull, who died September 30, 1916, was
an elder of the church for fourteen years.

BLUE RAPIDS.

The First Presbyterian church of Blue Rapids was organized on May
I, 1870, by Rev. C. F. Mussey, with twenty -three members. Meetings
were held in public halls until 1874, when a church was erected at a cost of
four thousand dollars. The church has grown and prospered and now has
a membership of one hundred and forty- four; seventy-six of this number
having been added to the church under the pastorate of Rev. S. B. Lucas.

The present officials are: W. E. Axtell, C. A. Watkins, G. B. Layton,
S. F. Paul, George S. Emmert, Marshall Arnott, E. J.. Brown, Will Lock-
ard, Ed Nevins, Ed Kennedy, F. O. Waynant, John Rodocker, L. B. Tibbetts
and W. E. Axtell. The church property is valued at about nine thousand
dollars. Mrs. E. J. Brown is the choir leader and Mrs. A. A. Marvin,
pianist.

The Sunday school officers are : J. W. Nevins, superintendent ; G.

B. Layton, assistant; secretary, Clarence McKee; treasurer, John Skalla;

C. C. Tibbetts, librarian. Enrollment, one hundred and thirty-four. There
are thirteen classes, with as many teachers. The Christian Endeavor Society
has a membership of fifteen. The Knights of St. Paul has a membership
.of twenty-three. The Social Union has forty members. The Woman's



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Missionary Society has a good membership and holds monthly meetings.
Mrs. L. B. Tibbetts, president.

This is one of the strong Presbyterian churches of the county and
is thoroughly organized in every department.

FRANKFORT.

The Presbyterian church at Frankfort was organized in 1871 with the
following members : I. Greenman and wife, S. B. Todd and wife, Airs. Mary
Strong, Miss I. Greenman and F. M. Fleming. Rev. Timothy Hill was
the pastor.

The school house was used as a place of worship for three years. In
1874 work was commenced on a church edifice which was finished and dedi-
cated on December 2, 1877. This building was a stone structure, thirty-
two by forty-five feet, and cost three thousand six hundred dollars. At
that date the membership was fifty-three and a Sunday school of one hun-
dred and ten members.

In May, 1904, a new and larger building was dedicated. During the
period from its organization to the present, fourteen ministers have served
the church, including the present pastor. Rev. G. M. West. The present
membership is one hundred and eighty-seven. The enrollment of Sunday
school is one hundred and sixty-eight. G. H. Coon is Sunday school superin-
tendent. Howard Heleker is president of the Christian Endeavor Society,
which numbers twenty-eight. Mrs. John Davis is president of the Ladies
Aid Society with twenty-eight members. Emma Leavitt is president of the
Missionary Society with nineteen members.

AXTELL.

The First Presbyterian church of Axtell was organized in April, 1879, by
Rev. John M. Brown. The church has had gradual growth until it now
has a membership of one hundred and seventy members, the highest in its
history. There have been eleven pastors including the Rev. J. L. Under-
wood, the present pastor.

The comfortable church edifice, seating over three hundred, together
with the manse property, has a valuation of nine thousand dollars.

The session is composed of the pastor and the following laymen : Charles
I. Smith, clerk ; Edgar White, J. W. Fisher, John U. Payne, H. F. Detweiler,
John Lichty, Ed Warner and Delbert Hanna. The Sunday school has a



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membership of two hundred with a men's Bible class of over forty mem-
bers, of which J. W. Fisher is the president. Edgar White is superintendent
of the school and C. I. Smith is assistant.

IRVING.

On October 26, 1862, the First Presbyterian church of Irving was organ-
ized by Rev. Charles Parker. The first members were : A. Goer, C. A.
Freeland and wife; C. E. Gaylord and wife; Mrs. A. Parker, Mrs. J. L.
Freeland and Mrs. W. \\'. Jerome. In 1869 a church was erected, forty-
two by fifty-two feet, at a cost of five thousand dollars. This church was
destroyed by a cyclone in 1879. ^^"^ the devoted members put up a frame
building the same year, forty-two by fifty-two feet, at a cost of three thou-
sand five hundred dollars. Rev. Charles Parker was the first pastor and
other pastors of those days were ; Revs. J. L. Chapman, Sheldon, G. F.
Chap^n. I. R. Brown, J. Wilson, I. B. Smith and J. A. Grififes. Rev. Will-
iam Carnine, of \^ermillion, is the present pastor.

VERMILLION.

The first religious services Vvcre held in a box-car and later in 1871 in
the depot at Vermillion. Rev. Charles Parker of Irving, a Presbyterian
minister, held the services.

The Presbyterian church of Vermillion was organized in 1872 by Rev.
Edward Cooper, of Atchison, with nine charter members. The meetings
were held in the school house, which was lighted by lanterns. Of the nine
charter members but one is now living, Mrs. Ellsworth, of Boulder, Colorado.

The church disbanded a few years later owing to lack of funds, but was
reorganized on February 9, 1879, by Rev. Timothy Hill, D. D., with thirteen
members the greater numlier of whom are now living, but widely scattered.
Rev. I. B. Smith was the first resident pastor.

During the thirty-four years of its existence, seventeen pastors have
come and gone. Rev. W. W. Carnine, who is the present pastor, is the
eighteenth to serve the church.

The church building was purchased in 1879 from the people of the
Church of God, who had disbanded, and it has been remodeled into the
present fine structure. In January, 191 6, electric lights succeeded the acety-
lene plant. Tlie present membership is one hundred and sixty-three. A
manse costing about one thousand five hundred dollars, was built in 1902.
Reverend Tweed was the first pastor to occupy it.



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CHRJSTL\N CHURCHES (CHURCH OF CHRTST).

The first permanent organization of the Church of Christ was effected by
W. B. Irvin, who came to Marshall county, March 20, 1869, and located on
the Black Vermillion, near the Merrimac school house. A young minister of
the Christian faith, named Alonzo Burr, was then preaching in this part of the
state, and occasionally held services at the Antioch school house in district
No. 7.

Through the influence of Elder Grifiith, W. B. Irvin and others, this
nucleus became a permanent body, meeting regularly and maintaining a Sunday
school. They were served by Elder Pardee Butler, of Atchison, widely noted
for his fearless denunciation of slavery and the methods adopted in public
affairs by its adherents. R. L. Downing and John Bain also preached regularly
to this congregation. Later, the Antioch congregation was merged into the
Bigelow congregation and the church at Bigelow was erected. Elders Bain
and Downing had been preaching at different points in the county to unor-
ganized congregations of the Christian faith. The church, which is now
Balderson church, was one of those congregations and was visited at inter-
vals by these ministers.

Doctor Burnham, a familiar figure on the streets of Marysville in those
days, was one of the old-fashioned type of exhorters from the Blue Hills of
Kentucky and preached for the people of all denominations at North Elm
creek. In summer-time these services were held out of doors and the creek
served as the baptismal font. People from within driving distance came to
hear Doctor Burnham exhort, and his meetings were popular with the settlers.
As a result, a church organization was effected and a church built, known as
the Balderson, or North Elm creek church.

Elder Bain visited his church people at Beattie and services were held in
the hotel parlor and later in the stone school house. Organizations were per-
fected in Beattie, Waterville, Frankfort, Irving, Blue Rapids and later in
Vermillion and Marysville. The Frankfort church was destroyed by a storm
in 1896 and has never been rebuilt. Services are sometimes held there by
Elder Ballou, of Vermillion.

The Christian church now has seven organizations in Marshall county.
Houses of worship are owned in Marysville, Beattie, Balderson. Irving,
Bigelow, Vermillion and Waterville. The property is valued at thirty-five
thousand dollars. Too much cannot be said in praise of the pioneer pastors,



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Downing, Bain and others, who gave money, time and earnest devotion to
the cause of the church, often giving free ministrations to the different
churches in the county, and bring'ing the consolations of rehgion to the pio-
neer famihes of that period.

IRVING.

The Christian church (Disciples) was organized in Irving in 1892 by
Elder H. E. Ballon with ninety-two charter members. Prominent among
the members were \V. B. Irvin. James Murphy, Caruthers Johnson, E. F.
Blazier, Airs. E. M. Peterson, Mrs. Hines. Mrs. Hollenberg, Mrs. Arnold,
William Eenwick, J. S. Myers, and others. Their latest pastor was I. N.
Myers. Under his pastorate aljout forty were enrolled in the Sunday school.
A short revival under II. E. Ballon, resulted in an accession of four members
to tlie church. The total membersliip is now forty-six. Three successful
ministers have gone out from this little church : C. W. Cooper, of Bonner
Springs: I. N. Myers, of Nebraska, and L. W. Myers, state evangelist, of
Nebraska. The church is free of debt and owns the building, which is worth
about three thousand dollars.

VERMILLION.

The Christian church at \'ermillion was organized in 1893 by Rev. R.
L. Downing. The organization was perfected in the Presbyterian church,
in which their services were held for one year.

The first resident pastor was Reverend Rose. The membership was
•twelve. In 1902 a neat parsonage was built. E'nder the present pastor,
Rev. H. Ballon, the church has been remodeled, enlarged and equipped with
electric lights and steam heat. This is a fine church with a devoted mem-
bership. A well-attended Sunday school is conducted as an auxiliary to the
church work.

WATERVILLE.

The Christian church at Waterville has never had a regular pastor for
any length of time. Rev. James Scott, a resident pastor, preached part of
the time when able, but for the last three years there have been no services
held in the church, and the membership scattered or joined the other churches
in town.



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BAPTIST CHURCHES.

The I'"irst Baptist churcli of Marysvillc was organized in the year 1883,
in the <>1<1 court house, under the leadershij) of Rev. George Brown. The
menibershi{) consisted of Mr. and Mrs. R. X. King. Mr. and Mrs. H. S.
Morse. Carrie Morse and Mrs. J". T. Hatfield.

The Lutheran church officials ofi^ered the use of their church for evening
service and for a long time the few devoted members worshipped in the Ger-
man Lutheran church. The decision to erect a church home was reached and
the money for the site was given 1)y the church at W'aterville in remembrance
of the family of Robert Campbell, \\ho had been members of the church at
that place. The site was purchased from the Presbyterian church at a cost
of five hundred dollars. In 1889 the foundation was begun and the corner
stone was laid by the Masons.

As w'as the case with every church building erected in Marysville, the
money was raised by subscription among the citizens of the town. In this
manner four thousand five hundred dollars was raised and the ladies of the
church donated three hundred and fifty dollars for the furniture. Rev. W.
D. E^lwell was the pastor. The church was dedicated in October, 1890.

Rev. F. Barr Brown is the present pastor. The church has the usual
auxiliary societies. The Sunday school numbers fifty. Mr. E. J. Mclvee
is the superintendent and is a devoted and energetic church worker.

BLUE RAPIDS.

On Sunday, December i, 1872, Rev. G. Gates, a general missionary of
the Baptist church, organized the Blue Rapids Baptist church with twenty-
three members. The charter was signed on January 27, 1873. The first
trustees were: C. G. Beach, C. O. Roice, G. Fitzgerald, R. M. Bridges, C.
B. Hoit, William Fitzgerald.

Rev. \V. A. Briggs, of Homer, New York. l)ecame resident pastor April,
1873. The town company offered the lot and a church was completed and
dedicated on December 4, 1873. This was the first church edifice erected
in Blue Rapids and cost one thousand eight hundred dollars.

A new church was built in 19 11, when Rev. J. P. Henderson w^as pastor,
and dedicated March 3, 1912. Rev. Frank E. Gray was the resident pastor
in 1912 and presided at the dedicatory services. The church is fifty-six by
sixty feet. The auditorium is forty by forty feet. The lecture, or Sunday
school, room is twenty by twenty-five feet, and there are three small rooms,



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ten feet square, for class room and pastor's study. The total cost was ten
thousand dollars.

There are seven memorial windows in the' auditorium with the fol-
lowing inscriptions :

Mrs. M. A. Avis, February 7, 191 1.

P. S. Burnett and wife, M. F. Burnett.

Rev. W. A. Briggs, first pastor.

Mr. O. A. Cole and Mr. and Mrs. H. Weekly.

Thomas Hunt, ]\Iarch i, 1910.

H. Burnett and wife, M. S. Burnett.

Bible Class, 191 1.

At the present time Rev. George H. Clark, Jr., is pastor and I. F. Fitz-
gerald, M. A. Brooks, Charles Ostrander, John Avis and Harry L. Hunt, the
deacons; I. F. Fitzgerald, R. S. Fillmore, J. B. Pope, A. H. Avis and
Charles Ostrander, trustees. The Sunday school under the superintendency of
A. H. Avis has an enrollment of one hundred and eighty-four. The church
membership is one hundred and thirty-seven.

SECOND BAPTIST CHURCH ( COLORED).

An organization was formed in 1902 and until 1905 the members met in
private houses. In 1904 Rev. J. B. Overstreet and his family moved to
Blue Rapids. Through his efforts, assisted by some members of the congre-
gation, a lot was secured and in 1905 a church was built at a cost of five
hundred dollars. Many friends of the church contributed liberally and
the congregation soon had their own church home. The census of 1905
showed the colored population of the city to be forty-five, the majority being
church members. They soon had a flourishing Sunday school of twenty-
five members. The church has a membership of thirty, is free from debt,
is lighted by electricity. Prominent members of the church are Charles
Burnett, Frank Haines, Isaiah W^alker, Edith Burdett, Frank Francis. The
church officials are : Elders. Isiah Walker, Charles Burdette ; deacons,
Frank Francis, Stout Miller; pastor, J. B. Overstreet.

FRANKFORT.



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