Taken from an undated article from The Wheaton Journal
Contributed by Mary Lou Borushaski
In 1879 our forefathers felt the dire need of a church building in their
community, as there was none near at the time and Sunday school and church
services were being held in the log schoolhouse known as Pleasant Ridge.
It was at the services in the school house that our forefathers conceived
the idea of erecting a building and dedicating it to the services of God.
So in May, uncle Titus Phillips deeded the land to the South Methodist.
Construction at once as neighbors and friends donated both time and labor,
therefore no money was required except for material. Teams and axes were
taken to the forest and the rough lumber provided, while teamsters were
sent to Arkansas for pine lumber. This excellent work was headed by such
loving men as Brother B. L. Evans, Billy Poor, Robert Poor, Dick and Perry
Evans, Geo. Franks, Ed Franks, Randall Tarvin, Elisha Tarvin, Winston
Tidwell, Daniel Ghan, and many more such men that space will not permit to
In a few short months the building was completed and the first sermon was
preached by a Presbyterian minister by the name of Gracey. The Church was
dedicated in the autumn of 1879 by Rev. Muncie Carter, who was pastor of
the South Methodist Church. It was for Rev. Muncie Carter that the church
was given the present name of "Muncie Chapel." The first trustees were B.
L. Evans, Billy Poor and Winston Tidwell, and remained so until 1910 when
the South Methodist Conference sold the building and Daniel Ghan bought it
with his private funds for the benefit of the community, and deeded it to
the M. E. Conference with a provision that it shouldn't be sold for a
period of 99 years. The trustees placed in charge at that time were Daniel
Ghan, S.C. Ghan, and James McQueen. From then until the present time we
have had an evergreen Sunday School, and many ministers have labored in
the church, a few of whom I mention, namely: South Methodist, Rev. Billy
Moore, Rev. Hagler, Rev. Jones; Freewill Baptist, Rev. Holoway, Rev. Al
Shewey, Protestant Methodist, Rev. Mark Combs and Rev. Francis Goodnight;
M.E. Rev. James Lokey, Rev. J. F. King, Rev. F. O. Hunt, and our present
minister, Rev. Leatherman.
We have been more than blessed with worthy, God fearing men for our Sunday
School Superintendents, some of whom were J. J. Franks, Elisha Tarvin,
John Lampkins Jr. and our present superintendent, Gerald Tarvin. Thus,
many, many there be that have come and gone, in and out of our church
doors, that have left many sweet memories passed on to the younger
generation's minds that time will not erase, and is our inspiration to the
higher planes of life. August 1934.
With the passing of time the building in 1940 began to be badly in need of
In June, 1940 the Munsie (sic) Chapel Ladies Aid with Mrs. W. M. Nagles as
president, decided to have the building partly wrecked and rebuilt. The
work was financed by the Aid and by donations. The men of the community,
and some from the surrounding communities donated their work. As a result
we have the building re roofed re ceiled, a new floor and newly decorated
inside. But it is still old Muncie Chapel with the same high purpose as
the original building.
In wrecking the building, one of the hammers used when the original was
erected 61 years ago was found in between two walls. It was turned over to
Tom Ghan who used it in some in the rebuilding work and later placed it in
the archives of the church for future generations. Thus another chapter to
the History of Muncie Chapel Church.