Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois,Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States.
(Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 195.
Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.


THE METHODIST EPISCOPAL CHURCH of Effingham is the successor to the society first organized in Ewington, the old county seat of this county, in 1835. The first pastor was Rev. Mr. Graham, who was succeeded by several others. About 1855, the place of holding meetings was changed to Effingham. and the circuit was thereafter known as the Effingham Circuit. The minister in charge in 1855 was Rev. Mr. Mapes, who was followed by several successors until 1867, when the circuit was divided and Effingham City made a station, that is, it was given the exclusive service of a pastor. Since that time the church at Effingham has had an uninterrupted pulpit supply to the present. Rev. R. Hesse is the pastor of the church at this writing. The congregation numbers two hundred and thirty members.

They own a parsonage in addition to the house of worship, which is a substantial brick structure. It was erected in 1866 and named the Centenary Church, because built in the year of the one hundredth anniversary of the introduction of Methodism into America. A good Sunday-school is kept up throughout the year, and has an average attendance of one hundred and seventy-five to two hundred scholars. The Superintendent is Prof. W. J. Brinckley. The Stewards of the church are W. M. Thompson, J. W. Johnson, E. G. West, J. E. Brown, I. A. Smothers, J. E. Barber, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Robinson, J. M. Myers, J. Harding, I. C. Barber and Charles Klohr. Its Trustees are William Thompson, W. B. Dennis, O. C. Barber and B. Wood.

 

 

Portrait and Biographical Record of Effingham, Jasper and Richland Counties Illinois, Containing Biographical Sketches of Prominent and Representative Citizens, Governors of the State, and the Presidents of the United States. (Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887), p. 567. Transcribed by Judy Rosella Edwards.

 

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