Genealogy Trails logo

History and Genealogy
of
Calhoun County, Iowa

 



EARLY CHURCHES FOUNDED IN CALHOUN COUNTY.
Northwestern Iowa,  published by S. J. Clark Publishing Co., Chicago, 1927, pages 535-536. 
Contributed by Ramona Johnsen Hartley


Calhoun County, one of the prosperous, intelligent, moral and progressive interior counties of Northwestern Iowa, has been building up its religious life and institutions for seventy years. In the chronological order of their establishment, the principal denominations have thus stabilized themselves in this county: Christians, Methodists, Congregationalists, Lutherans, Presbyterians, Catholics and Baptists.

There is always a dispute as to precedence in church matters which hinge upone the definition of terms. The Methodists and Christians were undoubtedly the pioneer denominations to be established in Calhoun County; their missionaries came to Lake City about the time the county seat was laid out, but that branch of the Christian Church, commonly known as the New Lights, seems to have first effected a substantial organization, which could be dignified with the name of a Church, and its people undoubtedly erected the first house of worship in the county, which they shared with the Methodists. Before the Christian Church was completed in 1874, members of both denominations met forworship in residences, the schoolhouse and the courthouse. All in all, it would appear that the Christian, rather than the Methodist Church, has the stronger claims to the first establishment of a firm foothold as a religious body of Calhoun County.

THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH.

A few years after the first settlement was founded in the southwestern part of the county, Rev. Moses Mc Daniel, a minister of the New Lights, came to Lake City and preached first at the house of Peter Smith, one of the most prominent of the pioneers in that region. Peter Smith, Christian Smith, James O. Smith, their wives and a few others, organized themselves into a regular church society, which increased in numbers as time passes, and in 1872 steps were taken to build a place of worship. Work on it was commenced in the summer of 1873, and it was dedicated early in 1874. This was the first building erected in Calhoun County exclusively as a place of worship. Work on it was commenced in the summer of 1873, and it was dedicated early in 1874. This was the first building erected in Calhoun County exclusively as a place of religous worship, and its site is one block north of the northwest corner of the public square. Although not as strong as in former years, the congregation still maintains its organization and holds regular services.

. . . . . .


Contributed by Ramona Johnsen Hartley who adds this note:  "Moses E. McDaniel is my great-great grandfather.  He died  in September of 1881, while serving the church at Lake City.   While researching the county records I discovered that he performed several weddings in the county between 1870 & 1881, including those of two of his own daughters.

Great great grandmother McDaniel and her children remained in the area until about 1886.  The names of McDaniel,  Woodward, Stevenson, and Tirtlott were in evidence in the area between 1870 - 1885."

Visit the National Genealogy Trails site.

All data on this website is Copyright 2007 by Genealogy Trails
with full rights reserved for original submitters.