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Methodist Episcopal Church, McGregor


McGregor Methodist Church 85th Anniversary

McGregor: The Methodist church passed it's 85th birthday last week, as the first Methodist sermon was preached in the village of McGregor's Landing, the second week in January, 1852, in a carpenter shop belonging to a Mr. Burbridge. Later in that year enough progress had been made that Rev. J.S. Kelly was appointed as pastor. This was the first church in McGregor. A church building was built about five years later, 1857.

Another interesting fact in church history came to light last week concerning the death of Mrs. Ada McCormac Olmsted who died at the home of her son, David Olmsted in Giard. Her father, Rev. W.E. MacCormac, was an early Methodist preacher in this conference, entering Upper Iowa Conference of the Methodist church in 1858 from New York. In looking over the old records it was found that he was pastor of the McGregor charge in 1858 or 59, finishing out the year for Rev. J.D. Havens, who retired on account of illness. The records also show that he was connected with the charge for a short time in 1855 and 1856 as a co-worker with Rev. John Webb.
~Clayton County Register, Wednesday, January 20th, 1937
~transcribed by S. Ferrall

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The McGregor Methodist Church, the first established in McGregor, was organized in October, 1852, with J.L. Kelly as pastor.

The first building, a frame structure, was built in 1857 and in 1868 the present brick church was begun. The basement was dedicated and opened, Dec. 26, 1869. The building was not completed until the pastorate of the Rev. Wm. Fawsett, who came in 1871. It was dedicated July 27, 1873.

The church was remodeled in 1902 under the direction of the Rev. D.C. Dutton and again improved materially in 1918 under the Rev. D.C. Perry. It has been considered a beautiful building for many years and more so each time it was remodeled.

After the church was closed in March 1941 following a disastrous fire that ruined the whole interior of the building, re-dedication services were held Sunday, June 22, 1941.
~excerpts from a longer article in the Clayton County Register, June 25, 1941
~transcribed by S. Ferrall

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Additional historical information about this church is in Chapter 35 (Mendon township) of the 1882 History of Clayton County.
(opens a new window - see the McGregor section)

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1935 Church Officers

The Standard Bearers of the Methodist church met at the church Tuesday evening for the first meeting after summer vacation. After a potluck super, a business session was held at which plans for the new year were discussed and the election of officers was held. The following is the new staff for the coming year, which begins Oct. 1st:

President - Ruth Dull
Vice-President - Jane Milson
Secretary - Phyllis Kemp
Treasurer - Marie Knapp
Corresponding Secretary - Phyllis Downing
Pianist - Eleanor Gruver
Counselor - Mrs. Edna Witter

The study for the year will be Missions in South America, with the text book, "Women Under the Southern Cross."

~Clayton County Register, Thur., 3 Oct. 1935. McGregor column
~contributed by Reid R. Johnson

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