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About Our Church: A Brief History
is the oldest continuous church in
Eldora. In 1849, Greenberg Haggen first settled on the
. Nine more families came to
the same location in 1850. Eldora was surveyed, platted, and
designated the county seat during the summer of 1853. The
first sale of town lots was in July of 1853.
In the fall
of 1854, the
had its beginning in Samuel
Edgington's cabin on
, now the empty lot west of Napa
Auto Parts. There were seventeen members in the first
congregation. Services in those pioneer days were held in
the log cabins of the members.
schoolhouse in Eldora was built on the very site where our present
church sits. When the second schoolhouse was built, the
Methodists purchased the first one. The year of
this transaction is unknown. In 1861 the pastor's salary was
$220.45. At that time there were few hymnals, and Miss
Hattie Ball accompanied hymns on a little organ she carried to and
from church under her arm. In 1869 a new church building was
dedicated at a cost of $5,000. Another parsonage was erected
in 1871 for $800. The church was on the present site and the
parsonage was south of the church. The first brick church
building was dedicated in 1891 at a cost of $16,000.
Aid society was organized in 1854, meeting every Wednesday to knit
and mend for the needy. During the Civil War the ladies
provided clothing for soldiers, and after the war they helped
families of soldiers who had been killed. The Ladies' Aid
were active in every church project, contributing to the
construction of every church through 1929.
Aid gave $5,000 toward the purchase of the Moller Pipe Organ.
In the spring of 1927 Mrs. Koeneman, Mrs. Gethman, and Mrs.
Leonard had spent two days in
to organs of various sizes. After much thought and
discussion, the decision was made to purchase the Moller organ you
hear today. The organ was built by M.P. Moller of
, the largest organ manufacturer
in the world at that time. The instrument was designed for
the newly remodeled building after careful study of conditions and
acoustics. The two manual consoles are connected to the
organ proper by electric wires, and the touch of the keys is as
light as that of a piano with instantaneous response.
The organ is housed in a special chamber built behind the
grillwork at the side of the chancel. A heating unit was
installed to insure an even temperature throughout the year. The
organ has approximately 1000 pipes and a set of twenty bar chimes.
In the 1929
remodeling, the pulpit was moved from the east to where it now
stands. The three story east wing was added, and the
parsonage was moved from south of the church to
east of the church. The cost of this remodeling was
approximately $50,000. In the early 1940's the parsonage was
sold and moved to
906 11th Street
, at which time the house at
1605 12th Street
was purchased. The present
parsonage was purchased in 1957.
At this time
I would like to add a personal note. I was a member of the
building committee for the south addition (the Wesley room, church
office, and Sunday School rooms). We needed $90,000 for the
project. A Methodist minister who was a successful fund
raiser helped us organize our fund drive. One Sunday
afternoon nearly every member of the congregation was personally
contacted, and $111,000 was pledged. With the surplus of
funds, we were able to furnish the complete addition. The
south addition was dedicated in 1965. In 1980 we purchased
the two lots south of the church, and on
March 4, 1991
, we purchased the lots east of
the church, removing two old buildings.
us to today. Our congregation has grown from seventeen
members to about 521. I have believed for some time that the
Good Lord has something very special for this congregation to
accomplish in our community. With our contemporary worship
service we are reaching out to the changing needs of our present
society. The new addition to our church makes our building
more people friendly, enabling us to reach more people to be a
part of God's family. Our first 150 years have been a good
April 29, 2001