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Kidd's Chapel Church

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St. Clair County Courier, 11 October 1984:

Kidd’s Chapel Church Has 100th Anniversary
Kidd’s Chapel Church, southeast of Appleton City, celebrated their 100th Anniversary Sunday,
September 30 with services in the morning and an afternoon program. A basket dinner
followed the morning worship service.

An interesting history was given of the church: In the early 1800’s many families
came from Virginia, Tennessee, Kentucky, Illinois, Iowa and Ohio to Missouri. Among those
who came to this area were the names of Ledbetter, Kidd, Higgins, Garnett, Cooper,
Inskeep, Yeoman, Frisby, Shoemaker, Howard and Prior. They built schools, store buildings
and homes but most went to worship in their local schools. However, Daniel Boone Kidd
wished for a church and so donated the 7 ˝ acres of land for the churchyard and cemetery.
He also donated money for the rock mason, the other labor was donated by the community
and so Kidd Chapel Church came into being as a South Methodist Church. Rev. George Penn,
a native of Virginia assisted in the formation of the church.

The building was 40 feet by 60 feet, 19 feet up to the square and 38 feet to the gable,
walls are 36 inches thick and rafters 30 feet long. The building was made of sandstone
from a quarry north of the church and hauled there with horse and mule teams.
Small boys rode the lead teams to direct them out of the quarry.

The original church windows were purchased in Sedalia by the Ledbetter brothers.
Lanterns were used for light at night and singing was acappella since the church had no organ.

The members decided they needed an organ so they solicited members in the community.
Donations were small, by our standards, most giving 25 cents, 50 cents or perhaps one dollar.
One couple offered an old Dominique hen, saying she wasn’t good, then decided to throw in the
Dominique rooster as well. The two sold for about 30 cents.

The members also held an oyster supper. For this a special treat was fresh celery,
brought by train to Lowry City.

Enough money was raised to purchase an organ, costing about $40.00 then,
and lamps to put in all of the windows.

In 1909 the church membership had dropped so much that it was decided to sell the
building to the United Brethren Congregation which had been meeting in the Lewellen School.

Submitted by Mary Zeiler

Kidd's Chapel Cemetery

Kidd's Chapel Cemetery