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Merrick County's 100th Year: 1858-1958



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METHODIST CHURCH, Central City

 


METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH
(NOW METHODIST CHURCH)
Central City, Nebraska

This organization dates from June 24, 1866, when the first religious society was formed. Formal organization of the church was completed in the spring of 1872.

Erection of the first church edifice was started in 1873, and completed in 1877.

The first pastor to serve this church was a Circuit Rider, Rev. T. B. Lemon. The present pastor is Rev. Charles E. Funk, who also ministers to the Fairview Methodist Church.

A complete list of the names of Charter Members is not available, but the following names are recalled:
     Mr. and Mrs. John Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Albert Tunks, Mrs. M. J. Walker, George Clark, Mrs. Phoebe Crites.

 

 

 


THE FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Of Lone Tree, Now Central City

Organized on August 3, 1872.

First Church edifice erected in 1874, and dedicated on October 11, 1874.

First organization steps were led by Rev. George R. Carroll, District Missionary of the Presbyterian Board of Home Missions for Iowa, Nebraska, and South Dakota, accompanied by the noted missionary, Rev. Sheldon Jackson, who came to Lone Tree on Saturday, April 13, 1872.

First meetings were held in a hall over Person's Store, which is now Gambles. The first church building, a one room frame structure. was erected on the lot now occupied by the Manse and which was donated by the County Commissioners.

The present church building was dedicated June 28, 1914.

The first pastor was Rev. George W. Newell and the present pastor is Rev. Robert O. McLeod. Twenty-one ministers have served.

The Charter Members were:
     James and Elizabeth Jane Baird, Robert G. and Mary J. Baird, Charles E. and Martha E. Brown, William K. and Alica Burke, John and M. Ellen Hayes, Samuel and Mary Ann Leininger, John W. Martin, William L. and Mary Jane Martin, Caleb Persing, W. D. and C. O. Townley, David F. and Jennie White.

 

 


Compliments of
STRANBERG CARBUREATOR & ELECTRIC SERVICE

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REV. AND MRS. GEORGE W. NEWELL


PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, Central City

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