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History Monday: Adair County Church Notes, 1897-1898-
By Mike Watson
"Stating what was known is often a blessing to those of a later year." Researching, or ferreting out, bits and bites of local and family history is what makes me who I am. It has helped preserve my sanity for many years, and those around me, of course. The recent stay-at-home months have only fed my appetite for more pieces of the puzzles that make us what we are. Here are a few items on local churches from a specific era, as recorded in the pages of the old Adair County News.
The Neatsburg church is now in course of erection. The work is being done by Hopkins Bros., who recently built a new church at 'Breedings'. A fine church is being erected here. --10 November & 8 December 1897, Neatsburg letter.
Mr. Joel 'Darnold' (Darnell) had singing at Concord Church last Sunday evening. --24 November 1897, Fairplay letter.
The church at this place is getting along nicely just now. We have a good Sunday School and Brother Williams to preach for us this year. --19 January 1898, Shilo(h) letter.
The Sunday School at White Oak church is an evergreen school. --19 January 1898, Rainfall letter.
The next quarterly meeting of Breeding Circuit will be held here in the new memorial church, recently dedicated, next Saturday and Sunday. --19 January 1898, 'Breedings' letter.
Bro. Crandall filled his regular appointment at Concord church last Sunday. Everybody is eager for the completion and dedication of Smith's Chapel. --16 February 1898, Fairplay letter.
The Leatherwood church is undergoing repairs. --9 March 1898, Nell letter.
Cane Valley has five stores and all seem to be doing a satisfactory business. It has all the necessary shops, such as a blacksmith, tin and shoe, and a fine mill... There are no resident lawyers, but the medical profession is well represented by Drs. Hancock and Atkinson. The spires of neat churches, three in number... Cane Valley is the home of 'Uncle' Nick Davis and 'Uncle' Bob Lyon. The former is 92 years old, the latter, 87. --23 March 1898.
G.F. Hardwick has worked on the new church nearly every day since it was begun. --6 April 1898, Neatsburg letter.
Prof. Frank Breeding will preach at the new church, near here, next Sunday. --13 April 1898, Watson letter.
The New Methodist Church known as Jones' Chapel on Renox Creek (Cumberland County) will be dedicated next Sunday. --11 May 1898, Breeding letter.
An effort is being made to build a new church near this place and we earnestly hope that it may not be in vain, for it is badly needed. --6 July 1898, 'Santo' letter.
The long-talked of church house will be erected near Judge D.G. Shepherd's old residence. --24 August 1898, 'Santo' letter.
Work will begin in a few days on the Cumberland Presbyterian church. It will be erected near where Old Union church now stands. --21 September 1898, Gradyville letter.
The Price's Creek church will be dedicated on the first Sunday in October. --28 September 1898, Price's Creek letter.
Quite a number of our people attended the dedicatory services at Price's Creek last Sunday. The sermon was preached by Rev. Hart, of Lyletown. The church is one of the nicest in that part of the county, and I must say it is an honor to the community to have such a commodious building. --5 October 1898, Gradyville letter.
The meeting at the Christian Church continues... Eld. J.Q. Montgomery, who is
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