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First United Methodist Church
formerly Methodist Episcopal Church

The following is some historical information on the First United Methodist Church, formerly Methodist Episcopal Church. This information was compiled by Suzanne Leonard and is printed with the permission of:

First United Methodist Church
215 West Works Street
Sheridan, WY 82801
Phone 307-672-9779 

Early ministers and important events:
Name                   	      Date                Notes

RADER, Dr. D.L.               August 30, 1888     First church service in Sheridan (traveling minister)
VASSELLER, Rev. D.B.          October 24 1888     First resident minister
LONG, Rev. J.B.               Summer 1889         First building begun
GILLESPIE, Rev. J.H.          December 14, 1889

                              December 28, 1889   Bell rung for first time
                              December 31, 1889   First service held in new church

FOSS, Bishop                  June 16, 1895       Dedicated the building
YOUNG, Rev. Benjamin          1899   	          Parsonage erected
CATES, Pastor Arthur          April 23, 1909
MARSHALL, Mrs. J.J.(Harriett) 1917           	  Organized Alpha Kappa class of First United Methodist Sunday School

                              June 21, 1921       Last service held in old building
                              October 2, 1921     Cornerstone laid for new building
                              February 1923  	  New church dedicated

On December 23, 1888, the First Methodist Episcopal Church was organized. Charter members:

BONNELL        David
BONNELL        Adeline

CLUBB          Arthur
CLUBB          America
COFFEEN        Henry
COFFEEN        Hattie

EARLY          Martha

PERKINS        Clara

SONNESBERGER   Delilah Babcock
SONNESBERGER   Mariah
SONNESBERGER   W.D.

WRIGHTER       Anna