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Methodist Church

Darrtown United Methodist Church

4309 Walnut Street

Darrtown, Ohio 45056

(May 2012)

 

Website: http://darrtownumc.org/

 

METHODIST CHURCH HISTORY

CHRONOLOGY OF PASTORS THAT SERVED THE DARRTOWN METHODIST CHURCH Supplemental Notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1889-90: Frank Leever

 

1891-94: Andrew Hamilton

 

1895: George W. Vorhis

 

1896-99: John H. Lease

 

1900-04: Oliver P. Hoffman

 

1905-06: Joseph W. Patten

 

1907-12: Oren D. Becker

 

 

 

 

 

1913-15: D. S. Ferguson

 

1916-17: William T. Williams

 

1918-19: Gilbert P. Austin

 

1920-22: Lewis A. Washburn

 

1923-24: John F. Laird

 

1925: James Otis Young

 

1926: Wesley N. Mantle

 

1927: Marion Q. Ladd

 

1928-29: H. A. Smith

 

1930: Wallace Miller

 

1931-36: Ralph C. Jones

 

1937-39: Floyd S. Webb

 

1940-43: Frank H. Karns

 

1944: Joseph K. Price

 

1945-47: Orrill Dunn

 

1948: Walter McCarley

 

1949-51: Harley J. Martin

 

1952-53: C. Melvin Alkire

 

1954-58: Edwin J. Gilford

 

1959-62: Dale Bumgardner

 

1963-68: Robert L. Hayes

 

1969-70: Philip Rice

 

1971-73: Richard M. Lehto

 

1974-75: Norman M. Wright

 

1976-78: Lynn J. Huffman

 

1979-80: Robert T. Bumgarner

 

1981-88: Harold F. Braley

 

1989-92: Nancy Ratz

 

1993-94: Robert J. Schnecker

 

1994-98: Lawrence Brock

 

1999: Judith T. Henderson

 

1999-2002: Edwin R. Stuhmer

 

2003-13: Edwin R. Beck

 

2014-present: Chris Trumbell

 

 

1810: "The church roots date to 1810, when a Methodist group organized in what is now known as 'Charleroi,' where the cemetery still exiists." (per Hamilton Journal-News, 08/19/1961)

 

1871: Methodist church built (per Hamilton Journal-News, 10/27/1996)

1874: Building sold at sheriff's sale (per Hamilton Journal-News, 10/27/1996)

1875: Congregation repurchases building and purchases church bell  (per Hamilton Journal-News, 10/27/1996)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1907, July 6: Cyclone destroys half of building. During re-construction, Methodist services conducted at Darrtown Lutheran church.

1908, Jan. 22: Miller diary reports Methodist church undergoing repair.

1908, Apr. 12: Miller diary reports "Methodist people dedicated their church today."

 

 

1917, Dec. 3: Miller diary reports "I attended a lecture by Tudnor (sp?) Williams of Seven Mile - our Methodist preacher at this place every two weeks."

 

1921, Dec. 24: Miller diary reports:

"…I attended a Christmas entertainment at the M.E. church this PM. Very good."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1933, Jan. 28: Miller diary reports: "Arnold has been busy in the last two weeks, doing electric wiring. Finished job at Collinsville, Ohio and is doing some work today at the M. E. Church of Darrtown - making some electric extensions."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1961, January: Methodist congregation ends relationship with former Darrtown Union Sunday School. (per Hamilton Journal-News, 10/27/1996)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The above list of pastors who served the Darrtown Methodist church is a work in progress. If and when additional info is acquired, it will be added. Much of the foregoing information was excerpted from the church pamphlets that appear below. Some of the information was acquired from obituaries and other public files. If you have info related to this topic, please use the link in the footer of this webpage to inform the webmaster.

DARRTOWN METHODIST CHURCH MEMBERS CELEBRATE CHURCH'S 125TH BIRTHDAY

We are indebted to Donna Gallagher, who, on July 9, 2013, contributed the following material, which members of the Methodist church assembled and printed for the two special events that are described below.

 

TWO SIGNIFICANT EVENTS WITHIN TWO DECADES!

 

Members of the Darrtown Methodist Church celebrated two historic events within a period of 14 years.

 

    ANNIVERSARY OF STRUCTURE: In 1996, the building turned 125 years old - as it was constructed in 1871.

    ANNIVERSARY OF ORGANIZATION: In 2010, the church organization turned 200 years old - as the church was established in 1810.

 

Documents that were assembled for those two events appear below and the history of the church is reflected within those documents.

 

1996: DARRTOWN METHODIST CHURCH BUILDING IS 125 YEARS OLD

 

Members of the Darrtown United Methodist celebrated the 125th birthday of the church building, on October 27, 1996.

The following images show documents that were distributed at the time.

The following news article appeared in the Hamilton (Ohio) Journal News on October 27, 1996.

The links at the left of the article provide an enlarged view of the article.

Click once to open and once to close each page.

2012: BICENTENNIAL OF DARRTOWN METHODIST CONGREGATION

 

 

The Darrtown United Methodist congregation celebrated its 200th birthday on September 26, 2010.

The following images show documents that were distributed at the time.

Images from the past...

The following three photos of the Darrtown Methodist Church were taken by Paul Weiss. The Weiss children (Frances, Bill, and Linn) contributed the images to the Darrtown.com website.

The photo at the left was taken in 1955 from behind the Weiss home on Main Street - looking west toward the Methodist church.

ABOVE: This image captures some work behind the Methodist Church. Bill Weiss suggested that Ben Barbour may have been the bulldozer operator. And, yes, the small structure between the bulldozer and the church is an "outhouse" - i.e., outdoor toilet.

ABOVE: Four "supervisors" include (L-R): Unidentified, Earl Young, Dick Bufler (with hands on hips) and Jerry Young.

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL Marvin Russell contributed the next five Bible School images (one right and four below). We seek help in defining whether this Bible School was hosted by the Union Sunday School or whether it was hosted solely by the Darrtown Methodist Church. If you can identify any of the persons who appear in the five photos contributed by Marvin, please contact the Webmaster.

LEFT: Mrs. Marcella Baumann is the woman seated at the right. All others are unidentified.

ABOVE: The girl standing at the right is Naomi Jo Witherby; the woman seated in front of Naomi Jo is her mother, Mrs. Jean Witherby. The girl with the blue blouse may be Ruth Decker.

ABOVE: The woman in the background is Georgia Wills.

BELOW: These two images were donated by Deanna (Lemmons) Richardson, in October 2013.

Deanna's mother, Ida Mae Lemmons (left) and Sally Hansel (right) are prepared

to participate in the 2003 Methodist Church Vacation Bible School parade.

The Methodist church appears in the background.

Ida Mae Lemmons

Sally Hansel

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