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The pui^pose of thin History 
is to brin<^ to date as 
accurately as possible the 
events of the North Grove 
U.B. Church. Because of a '. 
lack of records available it 
has been difficult to secure 
information about the Church. 
I am indebted to several 
people who hav'i f^raciously 
given bits of information 
anout the Church. This is a 
first attempt In ninety- 
seven years to v;rite the 
Church History. A History 
could be an endless task, 
therefore we must limit and 
summarize whet Is knov;n 
about the Church. I hope 
that in this issue v;e may 
gather some of the spirit 
endov;ed tlhoao early pioneers 
who spent much of their life 
in the Church. Statistics 
alone cannot reveal all that 
were faithful, but children 
and grandchildren have knovm 
of th^s and have been very 
proud of this heritage . Other 
records reveal a great 
turnover of peopl^j in the 
early century 
and this v/as the main 

reason other than death for 
chon£'-o in attendance. Thi a' 
Chui'ch as v/ell as otliors has 
had it's loan as i/ell as it's 
prosperous years. There v;ere 
years v/ithout a Pastor and 
tv;o reasons stand out for / 
this; one, Ministers v;tjre 
not civa liable and two; many 
resigned v/ho v/ere sent. V/hiLe 
talking v/ith Ren. Haude 
Bailey of Bluffton,she inf- - • 
formed me of the conditions 
at North Grove in 1932. In 
order to Pastor North Grove 
U.B. she had to pay her 
travel expenses from Bluffton 
and she didnot receive 
enough pay to do this. She 
offered her services in 
exchange for groceries and 
for 1932 received :i;;i3.63 
in salary and one half gallon 
of lard. This is to the shame 
of the Church. In 1932 the 
Sunday School averaged \^2 
in attendance. In the 1930' s 
the attendance dropped to 

it's lowest. 20 average in 

Sunday School foi- one year. 
The highest average for any 
one year was in 196i? v.'hen v;e 
averaged fifty-five. 

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We are thankful for the 
existence of this church 
today and we knov; that many 
have found Christ as their 
Saviour by this fact. The 
largest revival that &ny 
have remembered was in 1922 
in June of that year. It 
lusted six weeks. 

Let us now remember that 
the future of this Church 
belongs to a now generation 
of which we arc part. It's 
past existance has been by 
the grace of God and by the 
faithfulness and obedience 
of some Saintly people. 
L;t us also remember that 
in this land of ours vi^ 
still have the freedom to 
worship; I believe it to 
be one of our greatest 
freedoms and if \:q lose it 
v;e lose all. Rev. Wilmouth. 
In additoin to this history 
we will note th^. following 

YEARS 1911|-192i^, AND A 



Mrs. Ida Mae 'Logan. .v50 .00 
Mrs. Edna Graham. ... '..fiO .00 
These amounts v;ere used to 
finance this history. All 
profit from this issue v;ill 
go to the Church. Mrs. Logan 
is a member". Mrs Graham 
is a past member, v.'ho taught 
school at North Grove and 
lead the choir at thb church, 



CHUiiCH 1895-1915. 

It is rcpoi'tod that James 
Boyer left the North Grove 
U.B. Church and organized the 
Holiness Church. V/e tissume 
some Holiness doctrine to be 
the reason for this. The 
Church v;as later under the 
authority of the Campbelltes. 

Reported in the Harrison 
Township Sunday School 
Conventions, This Church 
closed in 1922, rather than 
to remodel. 

This. Church is also reported 
in the Conventions. It burned 
on a Sunday afternoon, Sept. 
5, 1925. It is reported that 
tv;o strangers sav; the fire 
and went into the. Church and 
before h.lp arrived they 
lifted the Piano out the 
vn.ndov;. . The Church was 
struck by lightening and was 
located across from the 
Rose property. 
Other U.B. Churches were 
locLited at Converse, Bunker 
Hill, Waupecong, Plevna, 
College Corner, etc. One of 
the earliest was the Mount 
Zion Church, located two miles 
uast of Bennetts Switch across 
from the present H.H. Waters ' 
farm. The Ghurch was destroyed 
by c windstorm in January of 
1906. The Methodists bought 
the remains and built their 
Church at Bennetts Switch. 
Waupecong U.B. Church(l862) 
bccame'-a Methdidist Church 
and hold it's last service 
June I4-, 19(^7. 



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Rollin Pence ;;as one o'" the 
first Doctors to serv^.; in 
North Grove ana '[arrison 
Tovmship. He v.'a s the Grand- 
father of Mrs. Pearl otitt 
unci had his office in Santa 
fe, two miles from North 
Grove. Dr. Pence v;as onu v;lio 
had helped organize the 
Republican Party in ItiSh . 
Oct. 26, 1889 shortly aft.r 
midnight he called his vjii'o 
to hirii and told her he v/as 
going to die. While she 
kissed him he exclaimed, 
"Glory to God, I'n going to 
die" and death ensued soon 
after. Picture v/as from 
Omc-r Holm: ns book "Here 
vju livu t>0 years". 

The follov.'lng is taken from 
I'liami County Histoi-ies and 
other .sources. The first 
settlers in Harrison Tov.'n- 
ship in Ibl^ v;ere Joshua 
Tharpe, V/illiam Smith and 
Imri Murden. Hr . Smith 
built a log cabin that vjas 
used as a school and Mr. 
r-'iurden v.'as the first teacher. 
Ruv. William Huffman was the 
fii-st Preacher. By l8[j.6 othar 
settlers arrived; Jesse Lee 
built the first brick hou;,;^ 
\;h<.;re John 3ov.^rlan lives. 
William Burnett, Sam Spurgeon, 
Jamc^ and Simeon Dryer , William 
and James Love, Jacob Miller, 
Tillman Hall, Levi l/illis, 



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Wllllain\ WlfabuEi:!, By 181^.8 James 
Graham, George and Marshall 
Greathouse, Joshua Sullivan, 
Daniel Myers, G.U. Groslino, 
David Rov/, John Moorman 
and I^r. Row v;ere the first 
Trustees. George Greathouse 
Jr. was born January Ij. iQl^Q 
being the first birth. The 
first store v/as built by 
Abraham Colav; and the first 
Blacksmith was Solomon Younco. 
The first Justice of the Peace 
was Solomon Houck. The first 
Doctors were Abraham See, Dr. 
Hattery and Dr , Rollin Pence. 
The first death was that of 
Negroe"Black Bills"wifo. She 
could not be taken by wagon 
because the trees were too f 
thick to get through and she 
vjas carried to her grave 
four miles from Santa Fe. The 
first religious meetings wore 
by the Methodist Episcopal, 
Rev. Richardson and Rov. John 
Leach who hold meetings at 
the himes of Charles Cox, 
John V/ilson,and James Graham. 
In l8[|.6 Harrison Township v;as 
organized, John Parks hold the 
origional plot of ground knovm 
as Moorefiold, On March l6, 
l85U VJilliam North dovoloped 
en addition oV tv;enty-nine 
lots. But because of another 
Moorefield it became known as 
North Grove. In 166? the Colaw 
addition of thirteen lots and 
the Parks addition of fifteen 
lots were added. The Railroad 
came through North Grovo I867- 
1869, On February 6,1912 Mr. 
Leonard Stitt petitioned to 
incorpoi*ato the tbwn and this 
was accomplished by a vote 
of 39 to 17. In early days the 
Township av;s about all forrest 
and this brought a need for 
sav/mills. 1 v;lll list those 
that arc recorded; la l850 

Jacob miller Mill, In l87(7 
Charles Sonmer Mill; In I877 
Dugan and Parks and Parker 
laills. In 1687 the Draper & 
Shambo Mills. 18877- Stores 
owi ned by H.T . Dispennett., 
Stibt and Lee. Drug Stores 
ov;ned by A, I'.osslaer and 
C.E. Miller. MR. Miller was 
also Postmaster. The L.M. 
Brody Tile Factory. The grain 
dealer was Eugene Fletcher. 
Carpenters were Martin Grand- 
staff and Christian Sanderson. 
Thomas Collins and Henry 
Zimmerman Saloons. Later Dr's 
were; Brandon, Barnes, T.F. 
I Jams , Friermood, Helton and 
A.J. Gray, Doctor John Malott 
served North Grove 1898-1917. 
Around i860 there v/as the 
Hooper Hotel and later one 
owned by Mr. John Myers. In 
1877 C.A. Boland was the 
Confectioner. Eli Schrock 
was Trusteel88i|-l886 and 
W.T. Bowden and John Rose 
served in lb87. Early Black- 
smiths were Mr. Adams and 
George Marks. Andrew Ranck, 
Frank Lottridge until 1919- 
Inl^95 we list other places 
of Business: Western Union 
Telegraph, Citizens Gas Co; 
Adams Rxpress Company, N.G 
Gas and Pipeline Company, 
Shambo Tile Factory. Saloons- 
Jacob Earnhardt and Prank 
Montoe. On June If., I90I4- the 
Saloon at North Grove was 
dynamited. The Lenon Grocery, 
Stitt Drugs, a Creamery, 
a Depot, The Jones Grocery 
and later , the Levi Grocery 
existv;d. On March 26,1919 
Thtj North Grove Bank was 
dynamited and robbed. These 
ar e a few items of interest 
for survey only. 


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Buzbee, Loroy Hopper, Vera Depoy, Floyd Stanley, Walter Lovengood 

Two: Lilly Baker, Edna Moiott, Valee, North, Haiel Holler, Esther Hopper, 

Woloce Miller, Russell Freeman, Ottis Marks, Nellie Zimmerman, and Albert 

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Left to Right - Tresse Hahn, Harold Zimmerman, Harvey Boyer, Gordon Jones, 
Clifford Miller, Lester Depoy, Parley Rinker(?) Phillip Graf, Borney McVanus, 
George Lenon, Ciena Hahn; Front Left - Howard Zimmerman, Chester Lindley, 
Carl Stanley, Bernadine Stanley 8. Basil Lenon. 

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The North Grovo U.B. Church 
was tho first to be built in 
Harrison Tov/nship and v;as 
built in tho Spring of I87O. 
It is tho result of meotinps 
perviously hold in the homes 
of James Graham and John VJilsn 
As Henry Ranck lay upon his 
death bod, he expressed his 
desire for a Church to his 
Grandson William Boyer and 
hoped that he could suceed in 
getting one built. A group was 
organized and mot in school' ' ■^■' 
building Kindling ignited one 
night and burned the school. . 
This gave the Church goers 
another problem, Mr. IJilliam 
Boyer began immediatly to get 
subscriptions for a nuw Church 
This was accomplished and thu 
present Parsonage abstract 
reveals, th^ Church property 
was sold to ,the Church for 
fifty-dollars, being Qwned 
by Jacob and Elizabeth 
VJeaver .VJilllam Boyer signeed 
as one of the Trustees for the 
Church. Mr. V/eaver became tho 
owner in 1869; Henry Landrum 
in I87Q and several others 
until 1910 when David and 
Mary Crane were ovmers. (SB© 
the Personage Report in this 
Issue). Because of the 
incohvenience in travel in 
the 1800 's- and the early part 
of this century, Churches 
were less distance apart than 
they are today. Within a few 
miles of North Gr'Qve,t ore 
vzere several United Brethren 
Churches. The first reported 
in the County was in Erie 
Township in l8i|9; Others 
were located at Converse, 
Waupocong, Plevny, Somnr.oot , 
Dnndfivi 1 Tfi, oto . Tho fli'st 

reported Charter mwmbers 
were;William Boyer, 
Catherine Boyer,' Wm, Ranck, 
Lucy Ranck, Zadoc Smith, 
Barbara Smith and Barbasra 
Schraeder. From verbal reports 
there were several others 
before the year of 1900. 
(See 1903-1901]. lists) 
Man and Wife as follows; 
Calvin and Nancy Smith 
John and Mary Wilson 
Zadoc and Mary Smith 
John and Barbara Smith 
William and Catherine Boyer 
Lees and Oma Snyder 
Emmanuel and Orpha Snyder 

iThoodore end Anna Boyer 
Nevjton and Avis Freeman 
George and Lulu Crane 
Andrew and Izoriah Ranck 

•David and Sarah Elstroth 
Rev. A.L.& Pheobe Stanly 
Daniel and Rose V/eaver 
Samuel end Tillle Zimmerman 
William and Viola North 
Sophia and Marcus Lines 
Mr. and Mra. William Mullen 
Levi and Oma Crane 
Edvmrd and Anna Davis 
Hunry and Sussana P^rks 
John and Hazel Landrum 
Rev.& Mrs. Jomes Perry 
Mr, and Mrs. Martin Ranck 
Mr. and Mrs Frank Boyer 
Mrs. Lillie Lenon. 

Mrs. Orpha Snyder was 

Pliny Freeman's first Sunday 

School Teacher in the l690'3. 

Mrs Elta ( Depoy ) Haines 
taught Sunday School in 
the V^®^ 1917 and was also 
Traveling Conference 
Secretary. She now resides 
In Mnrion. Mrs. Guy Glass - 
bura feii/vni- M^ the 1930 *s. 


Nev;ton and Avis Freeman were 
early members of the North 
Grove Church. Their son, 
Pliny recalls this experience 
Mr. Freeman had been appoint- 
ed in the I69O' s to secure 
pledges for an organ for the 
Church. Upon approaching 
William Boyer for money, 
Mr. Boyer replied"I don't 
believe in instrumental 
music, and if you put an 
organ in the Church, I'll 
bust it with an axe". 
About three months later 
Mr. Boyer approached Mr. 
Freeman and asked him if 
he had enough money for the 
Organ;Mr. Freeman said that 
he wasn't sure, that ho had 
some in the Treasury. Mr. 
Boyer said "I'll pay the 

A LYING preacher: 
Mr. Everett V/il3on,the son 
of John Wilson tells of his 
experience in Church while 
a boy. Rev. William Walker 
was preachong and after the 
moasage invited the people 
to return the next night. He 
said, "Now if you're not 
here , God will bo ,and He's 
coming right through that 
transom." The next night 
Everett perched himself where 
he could see the transom. 
After the service ho went home 
and told his Mother that 
thu Preacher had lied. His 
Mother said','Everett you 
shouldn't talk like that". 
Everett said, "That Preacher 
said that God v;as coming 
through the transom and He 
didn't." Mr. Wilson moved to 
Peru and married a Presb ytr- '. 
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When Beulah Heaton was a 
girl of nine or ten she 
lived next door to Zadoc 
and Mary Smith. Practically 
every day she went to suo 
Mrs. Smith, who fed her 
sugar cookies and told her 
Bible stories. She commented 
on the wonderful Christian 
spirit of this woman, who 
had helped her spiritually, 
Beulah attended the Pleasant 
Grove Mwthodist Church and 
later attended Marion College. 
She met Clarence Cain 
and later became Mrs. 
Clarence Cain. Mr. and Mrs. 
Cain have been in our Church 
as active members for several 
years. Clarence began the 
first work on the Fellowship 
Hall by taking some Mixican 
workers to the Church one 
evening. After three months 
of idleness this sparked the 
Project and many in Church 
and Community made it possible 
Bishop David Edwards who 
dedicated the North Grove 
Church was from North Wales. 
The Edwards family moved to 
The States when David vjas 
five years old in 1921. David 
Joined the Scioto Conference 
in 1836. His early oppositions 
were;l- Wearing a beard. 
2-holding scholastic titles. 
3-3lavory, k- Strong drink 
!:j . - Fire Insurance. 6- Secret 
oocietios and instrumental 
Music. But he unceasinglt 
laid stress on the ^uty and 
priveledge of Holiness. He 
died Junu 6, I876. 
.organized at a meeting of the 
Indiana Conference in Barth- 
Olomuw County, v;hinh convened 
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John D.Schrock 

Feb. 3,l870-Peba7,1957» 
The grand parents of John 
D, Schrockvere Jacob and 
Elizabeth Schrock. They 
were of German descent and 
moved from Holmes County, 
Ohio to Harrison Tovmahip 
in 18J+9. They had twelve 
children; Catherine , Jacob, 
Issac, Benjamin, Sussanah, 
Jonas, Elizabeth, Joseph, 
Ell, Noah, Lydia and John. 
Because of a shortage of 
schools, Eli did not attend 
school until he was 13 yrs. 
Eli Schrock married Eliza- 
beth Sproll, the daughter 
of John and Mary Sproll. 
Eli secured enough educa- 
tion to teach school tv;o yrs 
He was Township Trustee in 
1686. Ell and Elizabeth had 
ten children; Amanda, Lavina . 
Mary ann,Harvy, Noah, Eli, 
Elizabeth, John, Emma and 
Willard. Eli and Elizabeth 
moved to their farm south 
of North Grove in l861|. They 
were of Amish Faith. 


John D, Schrock became a 
teacher and taught at the Snov/ 
Hill, Wagner, Wilson, Stitt, 
College Corner, and North Grove 
Schools. On September 11, 1899 
he signed a contract to teach 
for $ 2.10 SB dav and by 1907 he 
taught for %2L,kA\ per day* One 
of his students Jessie Bowland 
said that "John sure aould get 
it across. 

Mr.. Schrocks hobby was Photo- 
graphy. He rode horses, bycycles, 
motor cycles and finally Model 
"T"s to the family reunioma and 
other gatherings over a period 
of years. He took many pictures 
of interest and charged 5 centa 
per picture. He took pictures 
of families, schools, churches, 
bridges and other items oi 
interest. The picture on the 
covei- is believed to be the 
vjork of Mr. Schrock and is 
evidently one of the first 
taken of the Church because of 
the fence surrounding it. Other 
than farming r4r. Schrock had a 
Bl'cycle repair shop at one 
time. The picture of Mr. John 
Schrock wass- taken when he was 
around thirty years of age. 
Mr. Schrock began teaching 
Sunday School around 19Ql|- a.t 
North Grove U.B. In 19I4 he 
was Sunday School Superinten- 
dent and over a period of 50 
years held about every office 
to be held in ths church. 
While pastoring at North Grove 
U.B. from 19^U to 1956, I 
remember some of the attitudes 
and actions of Brother Schrock. 
Mr. Schrock was also a faithful 
janitor and often found the 
church very cold inside. One 
.Sunday morning in 19pi4- Mr ► 
Schrock told me that it waff 
foui' below Zi3ro inside ' the 
church v;hen he got there. In 
1955 Mr.. Schrock became my 
first delegate to the annual 
Church Conference. The old 
custom v/as to ask the delegate 
v;hat he thought of the Pastor 
that had served the previous 

year Mr. Schrock stood up and 
said "You have sent us a 
roaring Lion" and sat down. 
I v/ill not try to interpret 
that remark. Mr. Schrock 
served as Township Trustee 
from 1915-1919. He taught 
school for nineteen years. 
John Schrock hfid told his 
mother bhet he would see to 
it. that Ihiie church was kept 
open, and from this promise 
remained faithful through the 
lean as. well as the fruitful 
years of; the Church. ZEohn 
Schrock was active In the 
Harrison Township Sunday 
School Convention^ and served 
as its last Secretary in 1925. 
John did not marry until he 
v/as fifty one years of age. 
On April 8, 1921 ho and Lucy 
Post bought their marriage 
licence. Lucy died in 192.8, 
His second v;if e, c^Har'-y' Eva, 
died in 1936 and his third 
wife died in 19ij-3. Brother ' 
Schrock had sraid that he 
v;anted to die doing the 
Lords work. On February 
17, 1957 he v/ent to the Church 
to fire the furnace and 
suffered a heart attack. He 
made his last entry into his 
financial lodger the previous 
Sunday. Ho kept accurate 
records as the books show. 
He was active,, alert and . 
faithful in the projects of 
the church and probably did 
more than his share in tho 
churches support. He lead 
singing and nearly always 
with the "tuning fork". 
One of his favorite songs 
was "Sing, Smile and Pray".. 
John Schrock vjas respected 
by many who had knovjn him 
as a Farmer, Bussinessman, 
Teacher and Trustee. 
Those v.'hoi had moved av/ay 
from the church v;ould often 
send money to Brother John, 
vjho reported "public and 
Private" offerings. Mrs. Amy jZ 

Wilson sent money soon after 
Brother John's death and 
remarked in hr.r letter that 
"John v/ould be hard to 
rt^place" and that he v/ould 
lie missed by many. 


October 21]., 1923- Jan. 6, 19^6. 
Paul married Tillie Harter 
in 19i|7. His conversion 
was the result of something 
I had said to him when at 
North Grove U.B. for the 
first time, but his final 
dicision came to Rev. 
Dean Bennett in 19^:^6. Very 
after Brother Schrock 
passed away,. Paul stepped 
into the work of the church 
and served as Suuperintend- 
ant for six or more years. 
During this time- Paul 
vjorked on many projects 
and seeing -the' need for a 
new church roof v;as 
determined to get the job 
done if he had to- finance 
it himself. Paul unexpect- 
edly received help from 
Mrs. Atlee Miller who 
secured pledges and from 
Mr. Clayton Wideman who 
■helped put the roof on. 
Paul asked when I was com- 
ing back' to North Grove every 
time I saw him. In 1965 he 
signed n petition for my 
return. Pauls last projects 
were Church steps and 
ceiling tile. In six months 
time tlie church suffered—. 
another loss only to remind 
us that faithful men are 
hard to find. Paul's family 
are faitl^ful to the church. 
One of the largest funerals 
held was that of Paul Malott. 
Itev. Floyd Johnson ( v. ho : '. 
married Paul and Tillie ) 
and Rev. Wilmouth conducted 
the sorvicu. Mrs. Jerry 
Smiley of Peru and i-iai'cia 
are his daughters. 

Rev, Ell Hoover v/as the first Muhcle which was developed 

Pastor of North Grove U.B* He into our Camp' Ground in 19^4-0. 

entered Clay Township in I63O. The first Conference held 

and farmed near Bennetts at the Camp Ground was in 

Switch. In iQkS he was listed I9I4.I. Previous sessions of 

as being a member of the St. the V/hite River Conference 

Joseph Conference. This ( were held in Churches. 

Conference held it's first In l893 and 19014., they were 

meeting at North Manchester, held at NorthGrove. 

September 18,1814.5. Eli Hoover Rev. Alfred LeRoy 

and John Condo organized the Stanley, lived one mile north 

Mount Zlon U.S. Church two of North Grove. His children 

miles East of Bennetts Switch were Charles, John, Floyd 

across from the present H.H. and Jessie. Floyd has lived 

Waters farm.. On January 1|,-1906 near Sweetzer since 1917. 

the Church collapsed under Jessie Stanley marriud 

high winds. The Methodist Jesse Buzbee. Rev. Stanley 

bought the remains and used v/as killed by a train in 

them in their Church at North Grove on November 3, 

Bennetts Sv.'ltch. Rev. Eli 1929. 

Hoover died in 1879. Other Ministers who filled 

In l8i)6, Rev> Cyrus Smith in as supply Pastors, but were 

organized a Church at Xenia, not members of the Conference 

(now Converse.) Rev. Smith were; W.T. BOwden, Charles 

served our Church from l8:?i|-- Haskett, William H. Walker 

1907. It is very probable that James Perry and Elijah Draper 

North Grove and Converse were It v/as reported that Rev^ 

on a Circuit as most Churches Perry and his wife lived to 

vjere at that time. Conference bo in their ninety's, and 

records and other Histories lost nine, children with 

reveal the follov;lng to have pneumonia. It was reported (see-;;-) 

Pastored in this area: ' that he took some men South 

Rev. Thomas Evans 1853-85 to Invest in the Lumber 

Rev. Irvin Cox I858-I88I4. ■ business and that they "lost 

Alexander Carroll l852-l886 their shirts". 

Rev. John Cranor l863-190l| The difficulty in writing 

Rev. William Oler I8 71+-1923 a Church History Is That some 

Rev. Thomas McPadden 1863-1901]. records do not reveal v;hat 

Rev. B.F. Holcomb l87l|.- 1923 Churches were listed on a 

Rev.. AL. • Stanley 1891 - 1929 Circuit. The membership was not 

Rev. G. C. Bray l895- 1936 ■ reported separate until 

Rev. O.M. Wilson I898-I93O the Church became a Station, 

There were four Re, Rectors therefore leaving unanswered 

that served our Conference • • the growth or weakness of 

from 1662-1937, with Rev. T.V. certain fields of labor. We 

Rector residing at North Grove. know that some Ministers 

and Red Key. V/e list the years rirvlng In this area had 

of their service; Rev. Arthur other Churches as far as 

Rector 1862-1913; Rev. C.W. sixty-six miles away. We will 

Rector 1881-1930; Rev. J. A. see on the following pages 

Rector 1891-1937; Rev. T.V. some data concerning North 

Rector 1896-1937. Mrs. Barbara Grove U.B. Church. 

Johnson, the daughter of Rev. - m^- t-, t^ • ^ 

f 4-u r> 4- J 4- J .p • --•- ihis was Rev.Keiter who served 

Arthur Rector , donated five m^. *-u r- ^ . i^, ^^^ ^^^ 

o^« ^f '10 4-u 1- +- r North Grove for nine months 

acres ol ground South Last of ,,,^^ resigned. 

^^ ?ffiU /-UflliC LiaJlAfiV 


^ /U J. 

■(Served Conf. 

1903- 'Ol^. 


O.M. V/ilson 
T.V. Rector 
H.V/. & S..A. Robbins- 



















M.F. Keiter 
Eliaa Clapp 
Ellas Clapp 
J..C. Valentine 
A.E.. Ritter 
J.C. Valentine 
Wm. Beaty 
Supply Pastors 

-'10 Ralph Richard son 

T.V. Rector 
J.W. & Flavia Goldman 

Ralph Richardson 
Jacob Life 
Abraham Rust 
S.S. Losure 
Orion Puller 
Jacob Life 
'21 S.S. Losure 
1923 Clyde Meadows 
1921; W.R. Hovmrd 
•1925 C.E. Stratton 
1927 F.E. Stevens 

Allen Bowman 



• J.E. Rumple 

L.T. Classpel 

T.V. Rector 


J.E Rumple 


Maude Bailey 


Maude Bailey 


Irving Yonkers 


No Pastor 


H.A. Collins 

1937- 39 

S.S. Losure 


No Pastor 


Lev;is Reigner 

191;1- 1;2 

D.L. Chambers 


• L.J. Martin 


Marion Circuit, Olive Branch 
Maroin and North Grove 
Marion Circuit 

No Record 

Served nine months , 

Served three months 

Served Conference l888-19i9 


To Decanber 1, 1906 

December to April 1, 1909" 

One month 

A.L. Stanley,, T.V. Rector 

L.D. Thornburg 

Fairmount Circuit, North Grove 

Knox Chapel, North Marion 

North Grove Circuit- Marion 

North Grove Circuit 

North Grove & College Corner 

Elwood Circuit 

N.G., Fowlerton, Fairmount 

North Grove & Fowlerton 

North Grove & Elwood 

North Grove & Alexandria 

Marion & North Grove 

North Grove & Fov/lcrton 

Fowlerton, North Grove 

and Plainview 

Resigned North Grove Station 

T.V. Rector completed Year 


Completed year 

Ralph Redding, Gljen Betterly 

Resigned. Rector finished 

L.P. Miller. W.O. Chambers 

N.G. Fairview , Hartford City 

Resigned N.G. & Van Burun 

Held Tent Revivals, Built 
Kokomo Church 



Pastors Contiinued 
1944-1945 Floyd Johnson 

1945-1946 A.D. Main 
19A6-1948 J.D. Rumple 
1948- 1950 Durward Gravis 
195C-I951 Fred ^. Miller 

1951-1953 'Earl E. Knight 
1953-1954 I-I.T. Simon 
195A-I956 Gillis Uilmouth 
1956-1957 "-Noel Reed 

. "Roger Douglas 

"Russell Snyder 
1957-1958 -i:- Dean Bennett 
1958-1963- Edward Gamble 
1963- 1965 LeRoy Phelps 
1965-1967 Gillis V/ilmouth 
Note- The Memorial plaque 
for the stained glass window 
will read, "Donated in tnemory 
of John D.Schrock and Daul E. 
^'%llott 1966 by Rev. and Mrs, 
Gillis Uilmouth and Mrs. 
Ployd Johnb'on" 

Mrs, Johnson and Rev. and Mrs, 
Gillis VJilmouth donated the 
stained glass window in I966 

Rev. Fred Miller lost a daughter 
and his father In law in a wreck 
near Peru. 

1955-New Church doors installed 
by the young people. 

New Oil furnace 
Fellowship Hall in this period. 
Kitchen and Rest Rooms added. 
Parsonage Purchased I965 
Parsonage Storm Windows 1966 
First Chupch Hlstory-1967 
Stained Glass- Easter 1966 
Parsonage Septic Tank I966 
Vestibule Paneling I966 



North Grove Church was built 

in the .Spring of I87O and the By Bishop R,VJ 

McGrawsville Methodist was May 28,1961, 

built in the ■^"ail..Qf that 

year. The first remodeling 

included a vasement and the 

raising of the church to a 

new foundation, the addition 

of an extended pulpit to the 

north rather than the original 

west slde.VJe are no't sure Hymn 

concertDing the first furnace 

but the minutes of 1929 and 

1958 reveal the purchase of 

new furnaces, Inl9l4 the 

belfrey and vestibule were 

added. The Church was 44 

years old when this was done 

and it is interesting to 

note that 47 years passed 

before any other remodeling 

was done. Tlrje first was 

dedicated by Bishop O.G. 

Alwood on May 31, 1914 and 

second dedication was 
Rash on 

Hymn .. .Praise Him 
Prayer. .. Rev. Orion Puller 
. . .Rev. L.J . Martin 
Conference Supt. 
Trio .. .Friends Church 
Amboy Indiana 
Still sweeter every day 

Kings Men Quai-iet- Kokomo 
Chorus, . Some thing happened. 
Ladies Trio. .Friends Church 
Speaker . .Bishop R.\/. Rash 
Prayer.. Rev. J .Mc Adams of the 

Friends Church 
Note.. The Friends Church 
contributed 100.00 for 
the addition and the 
Methodist Church of Amboy 
contributed :;,.25.00, 


NOiItH grove baud ^.^'AR 1910 
(See Picture) ^ 
Carson, Int^tructor, Eli: 
Slabaugh, Jesse Buzbee, 
Perry Elstroth, Alonzo . .: '• 
Rader, Ira Rader, Albert 
Depoy, Elbert Brown Harry 
Zimmerman, Harvey Boyer, 
Ottis Marks, Gordon Jones 
and Walter Oden. 
Identification - Alonzo 
Rader was a barber in North 
Grove and Ira, his' brother 
was a painter, sister, 
Tillie married Sara 
Zlmnierraan whose pictures 
appear in this issue. 
Walter Oden, the 
tall man in the middle and 
his family attended 
North Grove Church. Mr. 
Oden's children were Max, 
Aldine, GeorgeandMildred . 
Max and Mildred now live 
in Kokomo. Gordon Jones 
father had the Grocery in 
North Grove. Jesse Buzbee 
married Jessie Stanley and 
both attended North Grove 
chruch. Albert Depoy' s 
sister is Mrs. Elta Haines, 
the mother of Marshall and 
Walter Haines. Perry 
Elstroth was an-uncle to 
Thelma Lenon or Mrs. Harry' ... 
Myers. Many of the pictures 
that were available for 
this issue v/ere unidenti- 
fied, therefore they were not 
u..ed. Mr. Harvey Boyer lives 
In I'eru. 
One -of the incidents that 
one person remembered was that 
of a July 4 Celebration. 
The band met on a wagon 
and the fireworks set the 
hay on fire I I wonder 
what the tune was? 

1967 - 
Mr. A.M. Go 
surveyor fr 
Mew Jersey 
of way for 
through Moo 
vicinity in 
of the Clvi 
were not be 
Am boy was n 
gentleman a 
received an 
of the exis 


odrich, a 
ora Perth, Amboy 
bought the right 
the Railroad 
refield and this 

1862 and because 
1 War the tracks 
gun until 186?. 
amed by this 
nd North Grove 
ew name because 
tence of another 

1902-Sorae can remember the 
"Nestleroad Grove Revivals" 
or meetings north of North 
Grove . 

January 22, 1900 - Andy Alvlns 
Saloon in Macy was visited 
by vfomen who held a prayer 
meeting. "Good old days"? 
Neither North Grove nor 
Amboy have any Saloons today! 


May - 1907 McGrawsvllle Post 

Office discontinued. 

July - 1907 Vfaupecong Post 

Office discontinued. 

July 9, 1920 North Grove Bank 
closed and quit business. 

Dec. 21, 1920 Amboy Creamery 

Burned . 

November 8, 1931 Amboy Elevater 

B\irned . 
Nov. 11, i960 North Grove 

• Elevator Burned. 
September 21, 1934 Dave York 
died. It is reported that Mr. 
York of North Grove invented 
(see picture) an automatic 
coupling for Railroad cars 
and also a tire. Two Railroad 
men took advantage of Mr. Yorks 
taste for whiskey and stole the 
Invention from him. 


North Grove Band, Taken around 1912, Members are 
Identified on opposite page. 

North Grove School, Dedicated in 1912. Remodeled 
and third floor added in 1923. 



Norman Bragg 

Emilene Bragg 

T.S. Bla>^Vburn 

Anna Boyer 

Theodore Boyer 

Orla Boyer 

Jessie Boyer (Mrs. Elijah 

Mrs. Mary Crane 
Mary Crane 
Leona Crane 
Edv;ard Davis 
Anna Davis 
Sarah Elstroth 
Clara Rl3troth(Mrs. Charles 

Newton freeman 
•Jennie Friermood 
Pliny Freeman 
Nelissa Hones 
J. W. HSater 
Abel Landruni 
Stella Landrum 
Lillie Marks 
Ona Miller 
Elizabeth McCammon 
Amelia Miner 
Joyce Miner 
Ulysses Miner 
Cora Miner 
Walter Oden 
J.W. Phares 
Lora Rank 
Lydia Ross 
R§v, H.W. Robbins 
Leese Snyder 
Orpha Snyder 
Rev. A.L. Stanley 
Nellie Stanley 
Charles Stanley 
John Stanley 
Madge ( Weaver) Hanaway. 
Delia Weaver 
Thomas Winslow 
Sterilda Winslow 
Charles York 
Lydia York 
Agness Zimmerinan(I>4R3. Dan T. 

vyilbur Hooper( Dr. in Amboy) . 
Emanuel Snyder 
Ross Snyder 




Jessle Boyer 

orla Boyer 

Jessie Buzboe 

Glen Bussick 

Lela Bussick 

Ethel Boyer 

June Crane 

Grace Fisher 

Florence Fisher 

Pliny Freeman 

Anna Grandstaff 

George Graham 

Dora Myers 

Edith Marks 

Walter Q)K}.i:,n 

lona Perry 

Jesse Stitt 

Clara Stanley 

William S'xull 

Edith Shull 

Ross Snyu'-r 

Madge SliMn-nan 

Jessi e Stanley 

Daisy Malott 

Nellie Ziimierman 


Lula Boyer 

Florence Buzbee 

Rella Buzbee 

Leona Crun^ 

Nettie Grahr.m 

Ethel Koi'fc:- 

Marie Jones 

Hattie Lahring 

Mary Lahrini"^ 

Dave Lc^nd^'um 

Hazel Landrum 

Edna Malott 


Lucille Depoy 

Sarah Elstroth 

Guy Glansburn 

Ceste Glassburn 

Earl Knigght 

Gertie Kni;:^ht 

Nettie Miliar 

T.V. Rector 

Rose Rector 

Pearl iJi'-i.'inr^on 

IN 193i+- 

Mrs. Ada Freeman ' " ^ ' .^ 

( Pliny '£\.;.._c-). 

1942 SUNDAY SCHOOL GROUP - Top Row - Left to Right: Mrs. Rochoel Stonley, 

Mrs. D.L. Chambers and daughter, Mr. Charles Wallace 

Row Two: Mrs. Maude Millet, Mrs. Charles Wallace, Mr. Ralph Harter, Mr. Arthur 

Wi Ik inson 

Third Row: Mrs. Rose Rector, Mrs. Viola Harter, Miss Tillie Harter and Mrs. 

Lavina Harter 

Front Row: Mrs. Alcindo Ramier and Ralph Harter, Jr. 

1958 - North Grove Group Visiting the Wilmouth's ot Pleasant Hill Parsonage. 
Left to Right: John Haines, Mrs. Tillie Molott, Beverley Stodgell, Janet Haines, 
Jack Stodgell; Front Row: Morcio Molott, and Paul Molott. 

■June ll|, 1967 Sunday School 

Picture ( i|3 Present ) 

Pictured loft to I'ight- 

^:-iMrs» Mary Wideman 

Miss Pamela Harter 

MPo Jerry Smiley 

-;;-Mi->. Floyd Knight 

Miss Kathy Rohror 

Hiss Janet Haines 

-;;-Miss Darlene Palconberry 

-.;-Mrs .Evelyn Remlnger 

-:-Mrs. Edna Wilmouth 

•;;-x4rs. Dorothy Spencer 

■"•Miss Rosa Detamore 

-..-Mrs. Elsie Detamore 

-:;-Mrs. Tillie Malott 

Mrs- Paulette Smiley 

Miss Angela Smiley 

Miss Marcia Malott 

."Mrs, Beulah Cain 

■■■Mrs. A.G. Finkunblner 

■::-Mrs, Betty Knight 

Mrs. Okla Stodgell 
-"-Miss ratricia Wilmouth 
-;;-Miss Janis Knight 
;-Mlss Deena Spencer 
-.';M'.'. Robert Palconberry 

P'loyd Detamore 

LeRoy Detamore 
-.:Miko Newman 

Annette Martin 
•;.-Mi3s Kathy Hager 

Miss Jody Natress 

Miss Do bra Murray 
-;-TxHiO thy I^ight 
-;.-Lov;ell Knight 

Miss Amanda Detamore 
Miss Vernlce Detamore 
Miss Paula Murray 
Michael Marttin 
Vincent Marttin 
Chris Cramer 
•"-Miss Gillisa Wilmouth 
Miss Jackie Cramer 
NotPlctured-Clarence Cain 
■--Rev. "Wilmouth 

-;;- Denotes those receiving 
Bibles for perfect attend- 
ance May ll|-June l8,1967. 

(Pictured on reverse side) 
in 1910 and 1965. 

The North Grove Church 

purchased their first Jiousa..'"^ 

in September, 1965. The lots 

west and aonth of the church 

were included In the purchase. 

The property, when purchased 

was in need of general repair 

and decoration. Twenty-six 

people formed a parsonage 

Committee : 

Clarence C^ln 

Beulah Cain 

Donna Wolf 

Floyd Knight 

Betty Knight 

Lowell Knight 

Mary Wideman 

Don Wideman 

George Remlnger 

Evelyn Remlnger 

Clayton Stodgell 

Jack Stodgell 

Okla Btodgell 

Francis Stodgell 

Lewis Singleton 

Max Eiklebarger 

Diane Eiklebarger 

Ben Haydon 

Colecn Lee 

Nora Hawkins 

Goldilie Hawkins 

Edna Wilmouth 

Sam Sommers 

Thane t Sommers 

Elsie Detamore 

Glllis Wilmouth 

Approximately '|800.00 has .. _ . 

been used in redecora tion. ' 



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The following records were in 
the possession of Mr.. John D. 
Schrock who served os the lest 
Secretary for the Conventions. 

The Harrison Township' Sunday 
School Convention was- organ- 
ized June,llj. at the North Grove 
U.B. Church. Its first officers 
Pres. George W. Feller. Vice- 
Pres. Leone Overman. Cradle - 
Roll Supt , Lulu Haskett, Secy 
Troas. Marie Jones. 

Churches Participating were 
North Grove U.B. McGraw'aville 
Moth. South Union Friends, St. 
Paul Evangelical, Mennonita 
and Dunkard. The North Grove 
Christian Holiness Was Ment- 
ioned for one Convention in 
1915. 1911+ Annual Report for 

Sunday Schools , follows 

North Grove "United Brethren: 
Superintendent... .John Schrock 

Secretary Lois Malott 

Treasui^er. . .Emanuel Snyder 
Average Attendance [|.8 

McGrawsville Methodist; 

Supt Jacob W. Cress 

Treas.. A.B. Fev;ell 

Sec'y. .Mies .Merle Shlvely 
Attendance Average l^Q 

St. Paul Evangelical; 

Supt L..V/. Ramsey 

Treas .John Springer 

Sec ' y . . .Maulf'ina StineraiEiiii 
Avera)ge Attendance ... .i4.2 

South Union Friendy; 
Supt.& Treaa.Wm J^.Rodick 
Sec'y Ruth Overman. 


Supt Earl Mast 

Sec'y.& Treas. John Horner 
Average Attendance ... 22i). 


Supt. ,.». Arthur Klingpeel 

Sec'y Leo Kendall 

Treas. ...Forest Hostetler 
Average Attendance 35 

This ConcHudea Reports of 
Sun. School Officers and Att- 
endance . Information following 
gives names of Paistora, Of f icers 


«uw tn>fj)iL.*j et tno (jonvcnt Ions 
that bere held on Sun, Af tor- 
noon and evoninr overy six Ho. 
Offer In,": and othor finance a vjIII 
be oraraltod from this report. 

The first public mcotinn of 
the convontl on v/as Oct, 18,19114. 
Qt tho SBt.Poul Evanf;cllcfil chu- 
rch, .lev, Ednn Hoddick gove the 
devotions, Tho ovonln," opcokcr 
was Rev, Hclph Hlohardson of 
North Grove U.B, 

The Oct31, 191i> meetlnf^ wns 
held at I cGrawaville Ilethodlst. 
Spookers wero;Rov.G,U, Dallor, 
Rov.J.H. huldt,i\ov, Clyde Horn; 
of Lvonf:;clic£'l Church. IIr» John 
Springer ana iir, J.O. Jenkins 
spoku on the odvantaf^e of grad- 
ed lessons. Mr, Noi-mun Brafc s^" 
oke on "How v/o can pruvont non- 
attendance In Sun.Schoola.Ix* 
Thomt'S Holler spoke on"i;ho shull 
attend or Teach Sun, Schools, 
Tho evo, speaker v;us Hcv, Jocob 
Llfc,?ostor of horth Grovo U.B, 
Officers elected for tho next 
year; Pres.Geo, Poller; Vice 
PresfDaniel Fiser; Seo'y Treas. 
loula Overman, 

CQn May 21,1916 the rreetlng 
wBbs held at North Grove U.B, and 
ChasB. Haakett gave devotions. 
Ell Springer spoke on"ffovr we may 
keep. up. the Rural Sun, schools-" 
Rev, C.A. Bjrrtr talked on"How we 
master Sun, School lessons. 
Mr. A.M. Zehrlng of Peru spoke 
on The County V.'ork,Speclals in 
music by Kelsay Bro,- St Paul 
Ladies and U. B, quartets. Miss 
Virginia North gave a special 
number in rausia.Re citations by 
Haz;el Holler, ZoIIe Dawaon,end 
Bwssfic Baker, The eve. Sermon 
was by Rev. A.W, Bender of the 
Evangelical Church, 

The Fall Session was held at 
South Union Friends on N0V.I4. 
1916, Topics of discussion were 
led by Rev, Clyde Horn, Rev, C.A. 
Byrt.and A.M, Zohorlng.Rev.Abro 
ham Rust, North Grove gave tha 
eve, Qddress"Ye have not chosen t 
me ,but I hov& chosen you," 

Tha. semi-annual convention 
net Jun6i4., 1917 ©t St. Paul. 
Evangelical Church. Clast 
organization was discussed 
by Geo, W.Ereeman of Koko- 
rao, Tho devotions were by 
Rev, Abraham Rust, 

The annual session was 
hold at McGrawsville M.E. 
Nov. 10, 1917. Mr. Geo. N. 
Burnie spoke on"Tho Sunday 1. . 
school Organized". The North 
Grove male quartet sang, The 
following officers were ele- 
cted Pros, J.O, Jenkins; Vice 
Pre3,Chai3,Haskett;Soc'y Troa« 
LouisT Overman;. Sup t of Dept ' s 
ElemontEcry, Miss Merle Shlv- 
ley. Secondary, Lena Sepler, 
Adult, John Springer; Teraper- 
aric&,Laurai Strebin and Miss- 
ionary, Catherine Lindley. 

.The semi-annual Conven- 
tion met at North Grove, U.B 
June. 9 1918. Miss Elloi Brew- 
er af Marlon apoka Qn"Cutt- 
Ing straight edges", Rov.C. 
H. Smith qS. PeLru-J3a"Wha;t the 
Sun, School stands for"'. 

Annuali Convention wa^ 
held June 15*1919 at tha So- 
uth Union Friends. The Devo- 
tions wore by Rev E.C.Flahep 
(McGrawsville And Santa Fe, 
Methodist) Address by O.S. 
Ellis of Bremen. The present 
officers to serve additionad 
six Months, 

Another Convention was 
held at St, Paiul Evatn. church 
Oct, 26,1919. Piano solo by 
Kathleen StinemEox. Address 
by Rev. Freui Thornbui-g of 
Peru. Rev, Clifford Pearson 
spokfi in tho eve, Reading by 
Vera Kelly. All Officers exc- 
ept Anna Rose Secondary iJh& 
took the place of Lena Step- 
ler , 

On May 23,1920 meeting 
was held at McGrawaville ME 
church, Rov^Lowlas Stout of 
Kokomo spoke on" Inter church 
World Movement and it's re- 
lation to Sunday Scliool, 


Rgv.A.E. Wade of Rich Valley 
gave £B teelk on"ThQ Modern Su 
-nday School'" Rev. C,R, Peee- 
r3on of So, Union gave the 
eve. address; "In the Morning J 
sow Thy Seed and in the Even- 
ing Withhold Not Thy Hand" 

North Grove U.B. 0ct.2U, 
1920. Object lessons were gi- 
ven by l'4r, Clarence Banthem 
Mr. A.B. Cornelius, state 
adult Supt.apoka on"Tha va- 
lue of OrgnnlzLtitlom in adult 
work." Present officers were 
re-elected except Laurai Whi- 
tzBl who was elected Temper- 
ance Supt. 

yt.Paul Evangelical- Ch- 
urch, Oct . l6, 1921. Devotions 
by Rev, Griesner. Song by 
Ladies quartet of So» Union. 
Reading by Glennia Powell. 
Rev. Ben Kendall of iLogan- 
sport spoke on"Sun. School 
methods and the Rural Church 
Following this Eva Laven- 
good and Orville Snyder gave 
Readings, Rev.. McKinley of 
So. Union gave the Invoca- 
tion for the Eve, i3erviffi:als 
Lpia Spi'lnger gave a Reading 
Rev. Kendall spoke on"Con3er 
ving Our Spiritual Forces:" 
Reading by Thelma Crane, Goo. 
and Cheatine Kendall aang. 
Elections: Prea. J. 0. JenkinsB 
Sec'y-Treas. J,.D» Scla^ock. 
Elementary Supt, Leone Over- 
man, Secondary Anna Roaet. 
Adult, John Springer. Temp. 
Edna Malott. 

McGrawaville Methodist 
June 18,1922. Rev, Singer ." 
Pastor Gave Devotions. Song 
by Fred Malott. Rev. Charles 
Tinkham of Peru gave the mess 
age. Song by Alma Springer, 
Piano duet by Lola and Velma 
Spi'lnger, Emoi-aon Lni-x-isoni 
gave a Roadlng. Vera, Myi'a 

and L&o Lippold clos-ed with an 
instrumental number, Mr. Wealey 
Jenkins opened the eve. session 
with devotions .Duet by Hermam 
iind Thcrman Agness. Reading by 
Flossie Lottrldfi-, gave a read- 
ing. Bernice Worl a. whistling 
solo. Evening address by Re. Tin 
khams entitlcd"The Cominunity Spi- 
rit." Reading by Ezra Feller. 

The Semi-annual v/aa held at 
North Grive, Oct. 22,1922. Rev. 
Clyde Meadows, Pastor of North 
Grove and Alexandria Circuit gave 
the invocation. Vocal solos by 
Mrs. Arlington Singer and Fred 
Malott. Reading by Dorothy Over- 
man. Rev. Ben Kendall spoke on 
"My part in Bible School" .Thelma 
and Geoi'gia Powell gave a Piano 
Duet. Readings by Mrs. Ira Lcrri.- 
son and Lola Spi'ingur. The meet- 
ing closed v/lth a song by the St, 
Paul Sun, School, ReV. Clyde Mea- 
dows gave the evening invocation. 
A reading wa^ given by Donald Lot- 
tridge. Piano solo by Eva Lavren- 
good. After the message, readings 
were given by Pearl Mallott and 
Flossie Lottridge. 

The Juno 10 1923 Convention 
met at McGrawaville Methodist. Rev, 
Clyde Meadows gave the invocation 
A reading was given by Helen Gor>-. 
don\ Rev, R.W, Clarke, Bunker Hill 
spoke Qn"Tho Teachers Challenge'.' 
Musical Number by Vera and Myra 
Lippold. Rev. Arlington Singer 
gave the evening invocation, Mtra. 
Maude Banthem gave 'o vocal solo. 
A Missionary pageant was presented 
by the Standard Bearers of McGraw- 
svllle . 

Ruv. Clarke spoke on"The Teac- 
hers Obligation". Flossie Lottri- 
dge gave a reading . Benediction 
by Rev, Singer, 

North Grove U.B. Church, Oct, 
II4., 1923. Invocation by Rev.Griov 


Rev. G.C. Cook addressed 

the Convention on the sub- 
ject" Pathways to the best" 
A reading by Donald Lott- 
ridge. George Feller gave 
the evening devotions. A 
reading by Flossie Lott- 
rldge. A clarinet solo by 
Edward Lippold. Rev, Cook 
spoke on"' Shirking a Grea^t 
Duty". Edna Malott and Paul- 
ine Lottridge sang a duet. 
Thelma Powell Gave a Read- 
ing. Officers elected were; 
Pres, Ell Springer, Vice 
Pros. J.O. Jenkins. Sec'y 
Treas. John D. Schrock. Ele- 
mentary Supt. Thelma Powell 
Secondary Supt. Anna Ros^e. 
Adult E.W. Jenkins and Temp- 
erance Edna Malott. 

The Semi-Annual Conven- 
tion v;as held at St, Paul. 
May 25,1924, Rev, Grlesmre 
gave denotiona. Reading by 
Thelma Powall. Whistling 
solo by Donald Lottridge 
A reading by Alma Springer 
Instrumental music by Addle 
Fisor. Rev. A.E, Leese gave 
an address on"The Modern Sun- 
School". Rev Bunner gave the 
evening devotions. Velnia Sfiocr- 
inger gave a reading, A vocbI 
solo by Madge B anthem. A 
reading Ijjy Flossie Lottridge 
Rev. A.E, Leese then spoke on 
" Some Present Day Needs.. 

McGrasvllle Methodist Nov. 
9, 192i|. Rev, I.H. Griesmcr 
gave the devotions. Readings 
vjore given by Mae, Gerhaht and 
Alice Larriaon. Rev, G.L. 
Long spoke on"Ten Comina^ndments 
for Sunday School V/orkers". 
A Piano solo by Addle Flser, 
Rev. Buner Ga.vo The Benidic- 

Mr. Laurel Ramisey led the 
Evening service in pi'aytr . 

Readings ^ij -Vaijm^&^tn^QV.- 
£ircdr|'l03§lB Lo'Eteridge. Duet 
by Flossie and Pauline Lott- 
ridge, Thelma and Georga 
Powell gave a piiano duet. Rev 
Long's evening address was 
entitled"Evangeli3m. in' and 
through the Sunday School", 

according to these minu- 
tes, was held at McGraw;3 — 
ville Methodist Church, Oct. 
i|,1925» Rev, I.H. Greamler 
g£vVB the devotionsB. H,G.RQwe 
spoke ore"' Relligious EdUcatiir^ 
ion"'.. A vocal duet was by 
Rev. and Mrs,. Bunner. Rev, C 
E, Sttratton, Paator at North 
Grave gave the benidictioni. 
The evening s-ession wais opan 
cd with devQtiona by Rev.E.A 
Bunner, Readings wera given) 
by Th&lmea Pow&ll and Vclimin 
SpLTlngeir, H.G. Rowes subject 
t wa3"Tralned Leadership". 
ElLoctionff: Pres, George W, 
Powalli.. Vic® Pres. Ell 
Springer, Saa'y Treasurer 
John D, Ccrfta^ock, North Grove. 
Chlldrena Supt. Thelma 
Powell Bunker Hill, Young 
Peopiley, AnncB Rose, Amboy, 
Adults-, Edna Malott, North 
Grov/o, Adralnis'trativa, Mrs, 
Laura Overman:, McGrawsvllle , 
Education, Bernlce Jenkins. 
Peru, R.R, 9. 

End Of Minutreff. 



ly'TOO YEkI 
1967. i ^ 

To'^eliebrate thfir occaffimi 
^ the Church is prSnnlng o six. 
' day meeting at the Rhodes 

Grove Cainpgrourid,, Chambera-burg 
Pennsylvania August 16 - 21, 
1967 (sea denominational 
history in this issue) 

121 YEARS OLD FEB. 1967 J 

MAY 9, 1967 I- 

V/AS 1^0 YEARS OLD JAN, 6, 1967.' 


The Ladies Aid was organized 
January 6,, 1927 in the home 
of a United Brethren Pastor, 
Rev. T»V. Rector, who snapplied 
North Grovti U.B. for sevorail 
yt;ar3.(3fce Pa:3toral lists) 
The Aid began with twelve 
members v;hose i:iames are not 
availabe, but more than 


l^d(fd fnj/ie 19:^. 'list on 
l'ollov;ing pago-."{ ^kiu 
urpose of the Ltw-'^^s^id ia 

help in the finc,nci:.l 
interea-ts of the church. One 
of the first projccta of the 
Ladioa: Aid was the building 
of nevj church sttpa at ai 
cost of CaS.OO. Other aid 
has ranged fi'om buying coaJi. 
foi" the church to the help 
of Ministers salaries-. The 
meetings of the Ladiea Aid 
were held in the homes until 
■:1960 when the? annex of the 
church bucfune available. The 
Aid helped in this project 
by giving over ^laoOCCO to 
the chia'ch. 

Since there is no provision 
in our discip-line for an Aid, 
the Aid is considered aa 
buing governed a-s any other 
orgairiz-'ation within the 
church. We sttc thankful for 
the pCirticipation of those 
ttiat are not mt'iiibers of 
tlie church and feel that 
many have mnde a worthwhile 
contribution to the church. 
We feel that the Aid and 
the church are dependent 
u]'on each other. 

North Grovo U,B, Ladles Aid 

Names from the Minutes and 

the Amboy Independent Papers 


Pauline Burbee 

Emilino Bragg 

Rose Rector 

June Cllngamen 

Ora Nestleroad 

Bessie Dragstream 

Sarah Elatroth 

Allle Lottrldge 

Mary Little 

Gertrude Knight 

Glenn® Knight 

Nettie Miller 

Clara Stanley 

Pearl Wilkinaon 

Rachael Stanley 

Thelma Allen 
Audrey Bolner 
Betty Bailey 
Lilly Baker 
Mrs, Lloyd Bradley 
Annffi Cain 
Beulah Cain 
Maxlne Cain 
Bessie Carnine 
Jessie Draper 
Elsie Detainore 
Florence Poust 
Edna Graham 
Ilene Grands-taff 
Joan Glaasburn 
Beulah Glassburn 
Cesta Glassburn 
Juonita Glassburn 
Garnet Glassburn 
Cora Gamble 
Pauline Groer 
Ada Freeman 
Lavlna H arter 
Margaret Freeman 
Lola Hopper 
Lulu Haskett 
Edith Hartwlck 
Agness Hershberger 
Doris Haines 
Viola Harter ' 
Louise Hager 
Carol Hiatt 
Goldie Hawkins 
Noj'a HavikJiis 

Betty Havfkins 

Diane Hawkins 


Melvina Lague 

Sarah Lague 

Elba Lague 

Lillie Lenon 

Ruth Avery 

Allle Lottrldga 

Mary Janoway 

Tillis Mfflott 

Grace Rinker 

Leila Phelpff 

Grace Singleton 

Minnie Poffenbarger 

Pearl Stitt 

Edith Wallace 

Anna Stout 

Poarlene Sha£;fer 

Thane t Sommers 

Francis Stodgell 

Okla Stodgell 

Janice Smith 

Jane Powell 

Ruth Overman 

Tillle Zimmerman 

Mrs. Har'ol.d Zimmerman 

Generva Schi'-ock 

Margaret Wilson 

VJilma Wilkinson 

Amy Wilson 

Donna V/olfe 

Martha Lamb 

Leah Springer 

Hazrel Zody 

Fleeta Zody 

Elizabeth Zody 

Evelyn Remingor . 

Edna Wllmouth 

Mary ,Wldeman 

Elsie Malott 

Maude Millet 

Thelma Myers 

Betty Miller 

Ada Miller 

Mary Miller (Robbins) 

Mrs. Atloe Miller 

Note-s;- These names were from 
records availabltii, Wft do not 
have records of others v;ho 
may have pai-tlclpated in the 
North Grove United Brethren 
in Ohi'ist Tidies Aid.. 




in Ohio withdrew from the 
Church and formed their 
own Church. 


1. The U.B. In Christ Church 
was the first Church to be 
organized in the United 

2. The first Mid-week Prayer 
Services v/ere conducted by 
Phillip William Otterbein, 
one of our first Bishops? 

3. That our Church stands 
by Origlonal Confession of 
Faith and the Constitution 
of l8[t.l? 

I4.. The first Sunday School 
in Indiana was conducted by 
a poineer U. B. Preacher, 
Mr. John Pfriramer of 
Corydon, Indiana. The school 
was located near the state 
capitol of Corydon. On May 
21-23, 1920 a Centennial 
v/as held at Corydon to 
honor the Sunday School. The 
Governor attended and spoke 
to the Representatives from 
twenty-eight United Brethren 
Churches. Many from other 
denominations attended. Coins 
were minted for the occasion, 
but only one is now in the 
possession of the Church. 

5. On December 31, l83i| 
the first issue of the 
Religious Telescope was 
issued. (It is now called 
The United Brethren.) 

6, The growth of our Church 
South of the Mason- Dixon 
line was hindered by the 
stand taken in l821, General 
Conference on the issue of 
slavery and race relations. 
The decision resulted in the 
fact that no member could 
hold any man slave and as 

a result of this, a group 


7. That other groups have, 
ior various reasons v;ith- ' 
drawn to form their own 
Church? Several years 

ago in Indianapolis a group 
v/ithdrev; and called them- 
selves the Republican U.B. 

Church The reason 

"Our Bishops were getting 
too much money". This 
article appeared in the 
vjriter of the l800's wrote, 
"Some United Brethren 
Preachers got little, others 
i:io pay. I remember hearing 
one say, who is yet living 
(In 1858) that he was "Out 
of the pocket for his 
preaching, nine hundred 
dollars." The first year 
that J.J. Glossbrenner was 
Bishop (l8[j.i)) he ceceived 
36 dollars in salary, 
-^ai ■-. _ , . ,.- ■ J 

8. During the beginning 
period of the United Brethren 
denomination, most of the 
meetings were his Id in 
Private dwellings, barns 

and gi'oves. Houses were 
built v.'uth largo living 
rooms to accomodate the 
meetings of the Church and 
when this was insufficient, 
they moved to the barn. 
The Issac Long barn that 
is pictured on the previous 
page is two hundred years 

The Issac Long barn 
and house are still stand- 
ing. The haise had a tile 
roof and the barii is pin- 
ned together wiLli v/ooden 
pegs. As late as 1902 
meetings were held annually 
in the Nestleroad Grove near 
North Gi'ove. 








On July, 1752 a ship drop- 
ped anchor in New York; among 
those landing was Phillip VJ. 
Otterbein, one of six German 
reformed hissionaries sent to 
minister to the Churchijs in 
Pennsylvania. Thirty Thousand 
German Reformed people had not 
gone unnoticed by the Church, 
in Germany One month later 
Otterbein was assigned to a 
Church in Lancaster, Pa. The 
populai? thuoogy of that day 
laid no emphasis on a new 
birth and Otterbein faced a 
spiritual crisis. The 
prominent factors that v;ere 
stressed were baptism and 
Church membership and much 

irrel.lgion and laxity was 
evidenced. After six years 
as Pastor, Otterbein resigned. 
After his resignation he went 
from house to house presenting 
the Gospel and establishing 
new relationships. It was dui'- 
ing this period that he began 
the mid-v/eek prayer service. 
From I76O-I766 he Pastorud at 
Fredericktown, Maryland and 
thun went to YoEk,v/hile Pas- 
toring at York in 1767, he met 
Martin Boehia at the Issac 
Lonr barn near Lancaster, Penn. 
Martin Boehm v.'as reared in a 
devout Monnonite Faith on his 
father's farm. He also worked 
as a Blacksmith and did not 


have the opportunities that 
Otterbein had. He v;as chosen 
by lot at the age of 33 to 
Pastor his home congregation. 
While plowing on his father's , 
farm one day he experinced 
forgiveness v;hen he fell to 
the ground and cried" Lord 
Save"'. From that moment, he 
had freedom to preach. He 
v.'ent to churches in Penn.and 
Virginia . 

God had been using Boehm 
and Otterbein and the out- 
groth led to the gruat "Week- 
end"meeting3 . It was at such 
a meeting that these two men 
vjere brought together.. The oc- 
casion was Pentecost, or VJhit- 
Sunday in the year 176? at 
Issac Long's barn near Lan- 
caster, Penn. Pollovjing the 
sermon by Martin Boehm, Will- 
iam Otterbein v;ent to him, 
embraced him and said"We are 
Brethren". The stream of Re- 
vival brought together Luth- 
erans, German Reformed, Men- 
notites, Tinkers, Amish and 
others. The ministers formed 
an evangelistic union. They 
agreed upon the principle of 
liberty in baptism, and other 
simple guiding directives. 
Otterbein accepted the call 
to an Independent Reformed 
Church in Baltimore and served 
it until he died. Boehm con- 
tinued to minister in the Men- 
nonito Church until he was ex- 
pelled in 1775-1790. The first 
formal Conference met in Bal- 
timore in 1779, with seven 
ministers attending and fif- 
teen recognized. Out of this 
meeting came a confession of 
faith and a few rules of Dis- 
cipline. The second Conference 
of twenty— tv;o ministers met 
at York County, Penn. The next - 
• Conference was in l800. The 
name United Brethren in Christ 

was agreed upon and Otterbein 
and Boehm v.'tre the first off- 
icial Bishops. Otterbein ojtt- 
ended his last General Confer- 
J ence in l805 at the age of 79. 
Boehm died in l8l2. Bishop 
Kev;comer was elected in I613. 
The Church was then divided 
into ten geographical areas'. 
Seven districts v/ere repre- 
sented at the conference of 
June 6, 1815 at Mt . Pleasant, 
Penn. At this Conference the 
Church received her first 
discipline,, which differed 
little from the first confes- 
sion of Faith. It provided 
for the appointment of Bishops 
and the licensing of minist- 
ers. The first bookof disci- 
pline vjas published in Ger- 
man in 1816. In 1817 the Con- 
ference ordered 100 copies of 
the discipline to be printed 
in En.;T;lish. Before his death; 
Bishop Otterbein ordained 
Christian Newcomer, Joseph 
Hoffman and Fredrick Schaffer 
on October 2, I813. 

The 1821 General Confer- 
ence adopted a rule prohibi- 
ting the owning of slaves by 
the members of the Church. 
Thus forty years before the 
Civil war, the Church raised 

it's voice in opposition. An- 
other rule prohibited minis- 
ters or laymen from engaging 
in the distilling of alcoholic 
beverages. Shortly after this 
Conference, the Scioto, Penn-;; 
sylvania, Virginia, Indiana 
c.nd Sandusky Conferences were 

The Gen Conference 
of I8I4.I met for ten days and 
adopted a constitution. On<-: 
important factor in our His- 
tory was, that there should be 
no change in our constitution 
unless bv u two-thirds vote z J 


The whole society. Another 
there was also a rule concern- 
iDg membership In secret so- 

After the conference of 1845 
twenty- five colleges were 
formed. In 1853, a Home 
Frontier and Foreign 
Missionary Society was formed/ 
The board met In I85A, and 
plans were made for mission- 
ary activity In Africa and 
Canada. W.J. Shuey, D.K. 
Pleckenger and D.C. Kumler 
arrived In Africa In Feb. of 

Each succedlng conference from 
1841 to 1889 contained 
more and more delegates 
who favored a change In policy 
concerning the issue of Secret 
Societies. By 1889, when the 
issue came to a vote only 
54,369 of 200,800 voiced 
their opinion. On May 12, 
1889 the Board of Bishops 
adopted a new confession 
of faith and discipline. When 
the reading of this proclama- 
tion was given Bishop Milton 
V/right and fourteen others 
retired from the Conference. 
Bishop Wright had not signed 
the proclamation. From that 
moment, there were two 
branches of the church, e<^ ■. h 
claiming to be the true one, 
Olaimes and coun ter-clalmes 
were hurled at one another 
until the Issue had to 
be settled In court. 
A small group began to rebuild 
on the constitution of 1841. 
In 1946 the group operating 
under the Confession of 1889 
merged with the Evangelicals 
and became known as the 
Evangelical United Brethren 

God has blessed and Increased 
our opportunities, and today 
our message reaches China, 

Africa, Jamaica, and 
Honduras, We have nearly 
four hundred churches. Our 
denominational Headquarters 
are at Huntington, Indiana. 
We have a Christian college 
in Huntington that was 
established in 1897. We are 
a Reformed Church, Fundamental 
In doctrine and evangelistic 
in outreach. We believe in 
the trinity as we believe 
the whole Bible to be the 
word of God. It is 
Christ and only Christ 
that unites us; and then 
we can say, "We Are Brethren.^ 
This pcrtion of our de- 
nominational history was a- 
depted from the May 21, 
1958 issue of the United 
Brethren, Our denominational 
magazine . 

It is for your information and 
clarification that 
this is enclosed. Our 
denominations membership has 
doubled in ,a ten year period 
and is growing because 
it stands frr Christ and 
represents Him as our 
Saviour, We cannor say 
this of any cult or sect 

I Corinthians 3:11 
"For other foundation can 
no man lay than that is 
laid, which is JESUS CHRIST". 



It was upon the ground of loyalty 

to Jesus Christ and soparatcion 

from the world that the Church- of 

the United Brethren in Christ has 

been opposed to Secret Societies, 

notably the Masonic Fraternity. 

P. 39. The United Brethren in 

the first place couldnuvor see 

why any good in a Society 

should bo kopt secret and in the 

Conference of I826 took official lidcunae , will take the auth- 

action against Free Masonry. Jesus ority to destroy thu Bible, by 

Ch2-"ist said, "I spake openly to excluding tho name of Christ 

the world and in secret have I and then use the vituated 

said nothing." scriptures in the ritual of 

The Church has a far more weighty their own pagan religion. 

Masonic religion ignores, sets 
aside. Positively i-ejects the 
deity, atonement and redemptive 
work of Christ. His name is -■ 
excluded from every prayer 
and ceremony of it's Pagan 
ritual This should be ^jnough to 
condemn the entiru system in the 
sight of all Christians. The 
Chm^ch of the United Brethren in 
Christ can't eiidorse ain insti- 
tution or an 'organization of 
mon,,v/ho vjlth sa^creligious 

and grave reason for opposing 
the secret lodge system. 'A stmdy 
of Masonic salvation as told ■ 
by their ov;n philosophers prove 
that man must sacrifice his faith 
and compromise his loyalty to 

Free Masonry declares that the 
new birth is being accomplished 
v/here men of all religions meet 
upon the broad platform of a 
creed that rocoives '.universal 
consent of all mL.n,und this 

Christ in order to become a Mason, regeneration of human nature 

Masonry is a religion. In V/e^ti's 
Monitor of Free M&sonryvfe read 
on Page 28L|., "The meeting of the 
Masonic Fraternity is strictly 
a religious ceremony". According 
to Mackoy In the Lexicon of 
Free Masonry, there is only one 
article of belief presented. 
Belief in God, the Supreme 
Architect of the Universe. 
Masonry is a broad religion, 
accepting into It's momburship 
all religionists of the v/orld, 
wheather they are Mohammediaxi, 
Budhist, Confusian, Parsee,etc. 
It is very evident that there is 
room for all the religionsta ol' 
thu world, v;ith one exception 
and that is Christ, the V/orlds 
Redeemer. Masonry is th«tlstic, 
that is a belief in a God, not 

Is accomplished through the 
agency of pagan initiation 
into a Christless Fraternity. 
If Free Masonry is not anti- 
Christ, by it's own testimony 
it v;ill be impossible to under 
stand what anti-Christ means, 
and every man, Minister or 
Layman, Deacon or drunkard. 
Class leader or gambler taken 
into Masonry swears under the 
most teri'ible penalties, to 
mantain and support the a.nti- 
Christ forever. It is our 
mission to bear a mighty testi- 
mony of assurance of salvation 
to believers Of Christ and the 
Bible, in these days of relig- 
ious degeneracy and back- 
slidden Churches. This is a 
reformed Church. We b..l.ievc; in 

nescessarily the God of the Bible, the Gospel and it's Power to 

but belief in a God real or 
imaginary that people all over 
the world, heathen or Civilized 
would call God. Masonry is the 
universal religion omly and so 
long as it embraces all religions. 

savu,also in the applied 
Gospel; The inner results of 
Salvation can be judged by our 
attitudes and relations V7ith man, 
"The U.B. in' Christ Church, It's 
Teachings and Progress". 



I WILBUR WRIGHT -From the booklet 
"Sons Of Indiana" by Indiana 
Bell Telephone Company. 

The V/ri£;ht brothers were the 
.sons^D'f'Biahop PIiltDn,.lJright . 
Viilber vras born at Millville, 
Indiana. April 16, 186? and 
Orville was born at Dayton, 
Ohio August 19, 1871. The 
brothers helped their father 
now the UNITED BRETHREN and 
rather than fold it by hand 
they Invented a folding mach- 
ine. Orville at fifteen inv- 
ented a pi'inting press and 
published his ovm four page 
paper. One source revealed 
Milton invented a Typewriter, 

but never patented it. As a 
result of their father giving 
them a bamboo airship, the 
boys experimented v;ith kites 
and gliders until thoy inven- 
ted the first airplane. The 
Wrifjht Brothers went to Kitty 
Hawk, N.C. to make their tests. 
By 1903 there v;ere automobile 
motors available, but they did 
not suit the needs for a plane, 
so the brothers invented a 
four cylinder motor v/ith a 
propeller. On December' 17 1 
1903 they made their first 
public flight and stayed in 
the air i'or fifty nine seconds. 

The flrat flight averaged 
6. .8 M.P.H. There was much 
doubt that anyone could ever 
fly and the brothers doubted 
that anyone could fly at 
night » The v;ork of the V/right 
brothers had been accomplish- 
ed under much sneering of the 
public. In 1908 Wilber v-;on a 
prize for flying the fastest. 
In 1889 Wilber served on the 
Foreign Mission Board of our 
Church. Wilber worked with 
Orvllle from 1903-1912 when 
he died. The U.S. Government 
had offered ^>25,000 for a 
plane that would go 125 miles 
v.'ithout stopping at forty 
miles per hour-. The bi'others 
sold a plane to the Govern- 

as Bishop for the first time 
from 1877-1880, He became the 
Editor of the Richmond Star, 
a publication against secret 
societies. In l885 he v;ay 
re- elected Bishop and served 
until 190;;. On May 13, l389 
Bishop VJright and others took 
their stand against a revised 
Confession of Faith and 
Constitution for the United 
Brethren in Christ Church. The 
origional action of the preced- 
ing Conferences prpvided chan- 
ges only by ai two- thirds vote 
of the Denomination. The report 
of the vote for a change only 
shov/ed 25/^ of the Denomination 
voting. As a result of this 
action the Church was divided. 

ment for #30,000. Orvllle died Bishop Wright lead In the • 
in 19i|.8 and had been the chief re-Organization of the Church 

engineer for the VJright Air- 
plane company in Dayton. The 
father had died at Orvilles 
homo in Dayton and the home 
laterused as a guest home by 
the National Cash Register 
Bishop Milton V/rlght 

Nov. 1828 April, 1917 

Milton V/right was born In 
Rush County, Indiana. Ho 

by the Constitution of l8[j.l. 
Bishop V/right brought the 
Church thr-ough a crucial 
period of it's History^ and 
vtas respected .bylboth churxhes. 
By the convictions of Bishop 
Wright ahd some other men, 
the Church has rebuilt and 
has been preserved to his 
memory. In 1914-9 The Boys 
Dormitory at Hunington College 

received his licence to preach Hunington, Indiana was nsmed 
in l8L|.9 and joined the White for Milton Wright. Orvllle 
River Conference in' l853. Rev. V/right donated several hundred 
Wright was ordained by Bishop dolikESi-lD: tho'.£hurch3that was 
David Edwards in l856. In 1959 his fathers choice. Bishop 
Milton Wright married Susan V/rlght a--s well as his sons 
Koerner at Hartsville, Indiana. stood firm under ridicule and 
Milton and Susan had seven rejection.. As the three in 
children; twins died, Lorln, the fiery furnttce, they didn't 
Rouchlin, Catherine, Wilber bow/, They Didn't bend, they 
and Orvllle survived. Milton didn't burn. Wright and Sit.s 
V/rlght became the first offlc- accomplished their purpose., 
ially recognized Professor Bishop Wilght not only stood 
of Thellogy in the U ..B. against the legal, actions, but 
Church and taught at Hartsville" lie stood against the doctrin&l. 

College. He also Pastored 

issues iiivolvud in the teachinga- 

the Hartsville College Church, of the Lodge ( See the United 

From 1868 he took part in the 
Anti- Secret Society and in 
l869^-he became Editor of the 
Religious Telescope. He served 

Brettiren Chui'ch and Sucr^- 
ieties) In this issue. 



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Pi",':'. op Clyde W. Meadov;s- 
.was Pastor -Of 'North Grove ■ 
L'lid Alexandria Churches in 
1922-'23. He v;a3 born 1901 
in Virginia. Poi^ 33 years he 
Pastored the King St. U. B. 
Church in Chambersbu'rg, Pa., 
and v;as Conference Supt. for 
27 years. Being a lover of 
music he va'ote the Hfrnn "To 
Thee Loi'd". He is nov; the 
International President of 
The Christian Endeavor in . 
75 Countries and Is known 
as' the Flying Bishop, he was 
elected Bishop of t le East 
Dist. of the United Brethren 
In Christ Church in 1961 and 
Re-elected in 1965. It was 
during his Pastorate that 
North Grove experienced one 
of it's largest revivals that 
began in June and lasted six 
weeks. Rev. Plumbey was the 
Evangelist and Rev. Meadov^s 
■was part of a Hunington 
College Quartet thet sang 
during the I'evival. Rev. C. 
Neadows Mother also preached. 

•Bis!iop' A"" '- e:^'' ':, "^'■■■hnr„r,/i • 

. Jur.;w9,:■::.^C2^ ; ::;•..;' 18, i95'(- 

."Ecv . J:;^:\i-yL>.\ ;\i^:: .ti.'J son of 
E 1 :.liu n rA I ' •-, c, : •- l . . ; ! -^n s o n 
and v/as born at V'illshira, 
Ohio. He. took a ';olluge 
Correspondence course and 
attjand<=td- Tri-Sta t.-. ci-i] le^-.-- . 
A.M. Johnson becarirs u Pa.-itoi- 
in I90I4.. In 1909 ,hc ma.rricd 
Ollie Stotlcr, Thoy t!v.'ei_ 
daughter s, Maxine , Doris and 
Betty. Rev. Johnso.i zov^ jd 
the Auglaize rnp<"ere>'!rc ir. 
pliio tnu V'liicc R\y'^i' 
Conference, do •.old //.■.nlcr 
night v.'hile Pa storing tho 
Viarron C .ir cu.*. l Chu .-c.^ i :, , '''f^ v ^ 
Johnson was wall'inr^ frora c.]\e 
Moun': Zoln Chu.-c'- -o 'iar.-.:n, 
a distance of 3!.: :.:i; •,.:: '> n 
a snov.'storn. Rov . ].'o;;:j j'.i-.l- 
itran, a Duri-rnrcl Min.'. s'cr ■.■;ho 
lived on tiie i.-ay took ni^.i 
in out of the colu. i;\''3. 
Elta Haines -"''"'"' ot.'^er:: 
i-eport chat U. j, uohii.sor. 
was blue from the cold, but 
vjautod to get to ''r s ho'.i'': 

and family. Rev. Albert Johnson 
was elected Bishop in 1929. As 
Bishop of the Pacific District 
1937-19-^5, he succeeded in 
strengthing the w'est Coast 
Conferences and bonds of fellow- 
ship between these and other 
Conferences. Bishop Johnson was 
one of the most widely known 
Bishops and he visited almost 
every United Brethren Church in 
The United States and Canada. 
He was known for his sense of 
humor and being portly in 
stature often remarked, " Im not 
onlgr Bishop, I'm Arch Bishop". 
His sermons were delivered to 
near capacity audinces and he 
is remembered by many as a 
great friend. One trup to the 
We t Coast was recalled by his 
daughter who remembered that 
he started in a new car and 
when he returned had to replace 
a muffler. Betty Johnson, his 
daughter, married Flayd Knight. 
Mr. Knight is our Sun. School 
Superin tendant and Mrs. Betty 
Knight, a teacher and pianist. 
They have three children.- Janis, 
Lowell and Timothy. = '••■• 

Aug. 13, 1870 - July 2, 1945. 
Rev. Alwood was born in-Delta, 
Ohio. His Father, Re.v. J.K. 
Alwood wrote the HBrmn "The 
Unclouded Day". The Alwood 
family were the first in 
their county to use glass Jars. 
Olin G. AlWQod attended the 
college at Kartsville, Indiana. 
He served as Bishop from 1905- 
1921 and as Editor of the 
Christian Conservator 1921 - 
1925. Bishop O.G. Alwood 
dedicated the addi'tion of the 
North Grove U.B. Church on 
May 31, 191^. 

June 22, 1880-1964 
Earl was born at 
Santa Fe , the son of James 
and Rebekah Knight. He was 
married to Miss Gertrude 
Barnhart on October 31, 
1900. The Knights had four 
sons; Charles, Doaald and 
Buniest Knight and Floyd 
Knight. Buniest died in 
1925, Charles in 1949 and 
Donald in I966. Mr. Earl 
Knight taught at the Butler 
Township school in Miami 
County and the Innisdale 
School at Alexandria, Ind. 
Earl was converted at North 
Grove in March of 1929, 
under the Ministry of Rev. 
Orion Fuller. He Joined 
the North Grove Church in 
1931 and received his 
license to preach under 
Revi H.A. Collins. He was 
ordained in 1947 under 
Bishop Musgrave. Rev. Knight 
pastored Rugby Church in 
I9A3-1944 and the Muncie 
Church in 1944-1945- He ^ 
pastored the Etna Avenue 
Church in Huntington 1945- 
1952. 'The Rugby Church 
remedied under his ministry 
and built a parsonage and 
the Etna Church had many . 
improvements while he was ,' 
there. He Pastored North"' 
Grove U.B. 1952-1953, in 
1954-1955 he was at Rugby.. 
From 1955-1957 he was at . 
the Galloway Church. At 
various intervals he was 
at the Elkardt Mission . 
until his death in 1964^ 

Mrs. Knight had passed 
av/ay in 1963- Rev. and 
Mrs. Knight made their ' .. 
home in Amboy, after 
moving from North Grove. 



Biahop W. ftash was, born March 
;j6, 190Il in Auglaizze County 
Ohio. Robert Rash ivas converyed 
undor th<v preaching of Rev. 
P>ank Swaggart in 1023. In 192i| 
Robert Rash delivered the 
Bacularoate address for his 
graduation from High School. 
■liti married in 192i4.. Received 
liis ojiarterly liceecs to preach 
from Bishop A.M. Johnson in 1925. 
and nu was ordained in 193^. He 
pa^-tored churches for almost 
twenty years. He served as the 
General Secretary of Christian 
Education for sixteen years and 
taught at his A^ima Mater, 
Hunington College.. He has been 
Evangelist in every Conference 
except three Mission Conferences. 
Ho has served in all U.B. 
Camps in t*he U.S. and Ontario 
except one. He was elected Bishop 
in 195'7 Qnd again inl965. He 
Dodicacen the addition at North 
Grove on May 28, 1961. 

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'bI^hqpi^ccarencEkE: carlson 

Clarence E.Carlson was born 
August' Oy 1897 at Paxton 
Illinois. His parents came 
from Svoeden when they were 
eighteen years of age. He 
was converted in 1923. In 
I93I) he married Emma Burton 
who was serving in Africa as 
a Missionary. Rev. Carlson 
served in Sierre Leone, 
1935- 1951. On furloughs 
from the Mission Field he 
served the College Park 
Church, Hunington and other 
Churches. In 1952-1953 he 
served ms an assistant to 
Dr. Fleming of Mi e 5- '.on 
Board.. He also served as 
General Treasurer of the 
Church 1953-1957. He was 
elected Bishop in 1957 and 
served until 1965 when he 
asked for a retired relation- 
ship and was honored with 
the title" Bishop Emeritus". 
Ho nov.' resides in Ft .Wayne , Ind, 

•'-yr\\ \-jL. 

Rev. Stanley joined the'" ■ ^ 
White River 'Conference in 
1891. He Pastored the Mount 
Zion Church near Warren, 
Sugar Grove Church, North 
Grove Church, Marion end 
brookville, Also served as 
Conference Evangelist for 
the last ten years of his 
active Ministry. While 
serving as Evangelist, He 
often lodged at the Milton 
Wright home near Millvillo, 
Indiana. While staying Over- 
night at the Wright home 
some time there wasn't enough 
bed apace, and one night he 
had to sleep with the Wright 
Brothers. Rev. and I^s. 
Phoebe Stanley had three 
sons and a daughter. John , 
Charles Floyd and Jessie. 
Floyd married and moved to 
Swoetzer in 1917. John and 
Hachael,and Charles and ■ 
Clara were active in the • 
North Grove Church. Jessie 
married Jesse Buzb-ee and 
they also attended. Floyd 
remembers helping cook meals 
for Rev. and Mrs. Ralph 
Richardson and others. The 
picture of .the Richardsons 
in this issue, was taken 
at John and Rachael Stanley's 
home opposite the North Grove 
School. Mrs. Phoebe Stanley 
died in 1922. On November 
3, 1929 on a windy night 
Rev. Alfred Leroy Stanley 
walked behind one train into 
the path of another, at. North 
Grove and was killed, John 
passed away in 193U ond 
Rachael inl95^.' Floyd and ' ■ 
his IVife raised their family 
in the Richland Methodist 
Church and their son Dor "^ Id 
resides in Amboy, Indiar. 9. 

Rev. Orion Fuller's first 
Pastorate was North Grove 
U.B. in 1919. In 1925 h« 
was elected as Presiding 
Elder of Conference Supt. 
as they are now known. In 
1930 he gave his report tp 
the Annual Conference: 

60 Quarterly Conferences 
276 Sermons 
260 Homes visited 
3 Marriages 
5 Funerals 

19 Weeks Revival 
10,7000 Miles traveled. 
Salary for the year 

Grand Total $77i|.35 

The first Pastor of North 
Grove U.B. Churc Can be traced 
by the Miami Co. Histories 
and the Miami Co. Direct- 
ory. Eli Hoover entered Clay 
Township in I83O. He lived 
near Bennetts Sv/itch and 
he and John Condo built the 
Mount Zion "Stringtown" U.B. 
Church.. Omer Holman's book, 
"Coming of the White Poineors" 
records his death on Jan. 
28, 1880. 

William Hanby Joined the 
Scioto Conference in Ohio In 
1831. In 1833 he was given a 
charge, v;ith 28 appointments 
and in 18314., he was Presiding 
Elder over Scioto Conference. 
In 1837 he became Treasurer 
of the Publishing 
essablishment . Later he 
aerved as Bishop in Ibl4.5-l8i|9 . 
Ee^v/as the Author of " My 
Darling^ Nellie Gray" which 
Deflects the issue of 
Slavery in his dat. 



Acknowledgment of Information 

From Indlviduals- 

^'•^rs. Edna Graham 

Mr. &.Mrs. Palmer Lasher 

Mrs. Elba Lague 

Mrs. Madge Hanaway 

Mrs. Ralph Richardson 

Mr. George Graham 

Mr, Pliny freeman 

Mr. Jesse Bowland 

Mr. & -^'^rs. Harry Myers 

Mrs. Ora Nestleroad 

Mrs. Ruth Overman 

Dr. IJilbur Hooper 

Dr,Pred Malott 

Mrs. Paul Malott 

Mrs. Audrey Bolner 

Mr. & Mrs. Floyd Stanley 

Mr. & Mrs Floyd Knight 

Mr. & Mrs. Clarence Cain 

Mr. & J-'^r S.John Harter 

Mr. & Mrs.Uoody Newman 

Mrs. Paul Cole 

Mrs. Jerry Fager 

Mr. Everett Ullson 

Mr. Charles Rose 

Miss Anna Rose 

Mr. & Mrs. Laurel Ramsey 

Mr. Max eden 

Mr.Wendall Lamb 

Mrs. Raymond Jackson 

Mr. Clifford Mallott 

Mrs. Charles Bowman 

Mr. La Vaughn Rader 

Mr. Orla Fager 

Mrs. Ida Mae Logan 

Rev. & Mrs. Orion Fuller 

Mrs. Elta Haines 

Mrs. Blanche LaCourte 

Mrs. Charles Bowman 

Mr. cSc Mrs. George Reminger 

Mr. & Mrs. Cecil Schrock 

Miss Lo C. Boyd 

Mr. VJalter Ramsey 

Mrs. Lola Prout 

Dr. E.E. 2chrock 

Dr. J. Ralph Pfister of 

Huntington College 

Rev. L. J. Martin Conf. Supt. 

Sentinel press of Peru 


Typing. .Mrs. Edith Love 

Mimeographing. .Miss Karen Mille 


My special appreciation to 
Mr. Cecil Schrock fcr the 
collection of pictures from 
his father, ',,'illard and his 
Uncle John, 'flthout this 
source this vclume could 
not be compete. I also v;lsh 
to thank various individuals 
for the identification of 
certain photos. I also thank 
Mr.>i Mrs. Larry Cain for 
their assistance in the 
developing of some glass 
negatives from the Schrock 
estate . 

The total information is 
beyond what I hoped to 
obtain, covering a period 
of ninty seven years 
for the Church and Community. 
VJhat started to be a Church 
History, lead to a Community 
History and the additional 
Photos made it possible 
for the Centennial section. 


"The Teachings and Progress 

of the United Brethren In 

Christ Church" 

Huntington, Indiana 

0: fr Holman's tv;o voluma 

"Coming of the l/hlte 

Pioneers"- 1S35-13S5 

and "Here wo live over the 

last fifty years"l883-1935 

Miami County Histories 

Volumes from 1877-191'^ 

Amboy Independent Papers. 


JULY 1 -4,1967 





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