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Darrtown United Methodist Church
4309 Walnut Street
Darrtown, Ohio 45056
Early History of Darrtown Methodist Church
Chronology of Pastors
that served the Darrtown
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 "Pastor Research" file that appears immediately above the list of ministers. 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 to inform the webmaster.
Darrtown Methodist church members celebrate church's 125th birthday
This news article appeared in the Hamilton (Ohio) Journal News on October 27, 1996.
TWO SIGNIFICANT EVENTS WITHIN 14 YEARS!
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 historic events appear below and the history of the church is reflected within those documents.
1996: DARRTOWN METHODIST CHURCH BUILDING IS 125 YEARS OLD
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2012: BICENTENNIAL CELEBRATION OF METHODIST CONGREGATION
LEFT: This photo above was taken in 1955 from behind the Weiss home on Main Street - looking west toward the Methodist church.
The three photos of the Darrtown Methodist Church (at right and below) were taken by Paul Weiss. The Weiss children (Frances, Bill, and Linn) contributed the images to the Darrtown.com website.
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.
Mr. Marvin Russell contributed the next five Bible School images (one at the right and the four below).
If you can identify any of the persons who appear in these photos, please use the link in the footer to contact the webmaster.
LEFT: Mrs. Marcella Baumann is the woman seated at the right side of the table. All others are unidentified.
BELOW: 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.
BELOW: 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.
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