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History of Belle Rive and Dahlgren, Illinois And Surrounding Territory
Prepared by Continental Historical Bureau of Mt. Vernon,
Belle Rive Methodist Church
On April 21, 1884, William S. Chaney and his wife Mary M. Cheney conveyed Lots Six and Seven in Block Thirty-one in the Village of Belle Rive to Joseph Guthrie, Jesse Laird, Richard J. Eaton, Zadock C. Maulding and Thomas A. Johnson, Trustees of the Belle Rive Methodist Church and their successors in office for the use and benefit of the church "In trust that said premises shall be used, kept, maintained and deposed of as a place of divine worship for the use of the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church in the United States of America; subject to the discipline, usage and ministerial appointments of said church as from time to time authorized and declared by the General Conference of said church, and the Annual Conference within whose bounds the said premises are situated."
According to Bonnie Nell Smith, the organization of the church was in 1885. Samuel T. Laird hauled lumber to be used in construction of the building. Rev. Jesse Laird, father of Samuel T. Laird, had requested that his funeral be held in the new church building. The building was almost completed when he died, but was not yet equipped with seats. Temporary seats were arranged for and the funeral held as requested. Samuel T. Laird was licensed by the Methodist Church as a minister.
Following is an undated letter written a few years ago by Nellie Wall Weaver:
|Many of the records of the church statistics are lost or
not available, especially those records during the time this church and
the Opdyke Church were one charge.
The record of ministers serving the church is incomplete in that dates are not available, and they are not arranged in chronological order. They are: A. C. Snell, J. K. Hunte, J. W. Bain, P. H. Hearn, L. Smith, G. Groves, J. A. Bell, S. H. Hoor, E. F. Hicks, J. A. Martin, Newman Phillips, S. O. Sheridan, H, M. Wills, R. H. Phillips, W. E. Browning, N. D. Motzer, S. F. Clarkson, A. D. Dewhirst, Rev. Atcheson, F. J. Glotfelty, H. M. Fish, C. R. Barnett, J. A. Kennison, R. W. Linder, C. R. Wise, W. E. Shaffer, H. Hutchcraft, J. A. Taylor, Virgil Miller, Bill Swyear, Rev. Story, O. R. Buess, W. J. Fagan, Rudolph Barnett, Russell Oden, Ronnie Bogart.
Sunday School superintendents include: C. L. McKnight, Mrs. Joe Guthrie, D. C. Holland, I. D. Hampton, R. B. Karnes, Mrs. Della Bloodworth Brown, Henry Wall, Frank Marlow, and Mrs. Earl Bechtel.
Many school activities in the past were held in this church building, among them many graduation exercises and baccalaureate.
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