Christian Church

Weldon, Iowa
by Mary Delk
 Until churches were built the people held Sunday School and all religious services in the waiting room of the depot, the bank parlor, or wherever a room large enough could be had.

In 1882 both the Methodist and Christian people united their efforts and built the Methodist Episcopal Church at a cost of $2,000.00. It was a substantial frame structure painted white. It was dedicated in August of the same year by PRESIDENT PARK of Simpson College, Indianola, Iowa. REV. D.O. STEWART was the first pastor of the new church.

In 1906 the Methodists remodeled and enlarged their church, putting in a full basement and building a belfry and spire.

The Christian Church people decided after a time that they were strong enough in number and financially to build their own church, so the Methodist people returned the help given them earlier. The church was completed in January 1886 and dedicated in May 886 by L.L. CARPENTER. The church cost $2,400.00. In 1902 an annex was built to the structure for the young peoples' meetings.
1910 Weldon Street Scene, Christian Church at left.
Photographs courtesy of Decatur County Museum, Leon IA, Bob Bixby
Copied by Nancee (McMurtrey) Seifert
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