The Christian Church Records
The following is a series of excerpts from the Fowler Christian Church
record. It was generously provided by Norman and Marilyn Wittler. I have
tried to copy everything verbatim from the book, including the misspelled
words. In some cases the handwriting was difficult to read, and I marked
these points with question marks. All of my other notes are written in italic.
We whose names are hereinto subscribed having confessed our faith in the
Lorde Jesus Christ and having been baptized in his name do here by form
ourselves into a congregation to be known and designated the Church of Christ
at Fowler, Ill. that we may more effectualy assist one another in the work
of faith and labor of love and patience of hope in out Lord Jesus Christ
that we may the better know our divine master by keeping all the institutions
of his house. We agree to take the word of God for our only rule of faith
and practice and discipline obaying all of his commandments and abjecting
all human creeds and confeshions of faith
Fowler Ill. January 6th 1861
On Page 41, the first minutes of the church are recorded
Broth Black commensed Preaching for the church at Fowler in Feb. 1874 and
preached one half of his time five and 1/2 month and retured receiving 15
dollars for the salary.
Brother Eiba (???) Brawer (?) was employed by the church for the 1/4 of
his time commencing the second lord's day in November at a salary of 16
2/3 dollars per mo. During the meeting one confeshian and baptism.
Brother Brawer's second Lord's day Dec. and Saturday Evening previous if
you be there risen with Christ Secke (?) than thing should Lord's day at
11 oclock. Come unto me all that labor and are heavy laden and I will give
you rest evening.
Lord's Day evening the view life ramars (?) 6 (?) chate (?) Monday evening
Broth Maupin (?) preached on the first parible utered by Christ building
a house and closed 2 confeshians during the meeting.
Brother Cassel commenced a meeting September 1st/75 (?) which continued
1 month with success. Three by letter eight by confession one by application.
Brother Johnson commenced preaching as regular preacher August, 2nd lord's
day 1875 and continued so for 11 months
E. B. Redd was employed by this congregation one half of his time (unreadable
word). The first and third lordsdays in each month for one year beginning
the first lordsday in Sep. 1882 at a sal of $350.00.
Brother redd began a meeting with the church on Sunday the 19th day of Nov.
82 (?) and continued from day to day until Sunday Dec. 3rd first week. Weather
good, audience reasonably large and interest good, second week weather very
unfavorable, but interest reasonably good. results
Dec. 17, 1882
Bro. E. B. Redd chairman elect stated the object of the meeting was the
election of officers.
Brethren Reynolds, Stewart, E.B. Redd, Wm. Chase, and W. A. Waller were
put in nomination for Elders.
Brethren Reynolds and Stewart receiving the highest number of all the votes
cast were declared elected.
Nominations being then in order the names of W. H. Chase, W. A. Waller,
and Bro Thompson were put in nomination as deacons. The first two reciving
a majority of all the votes cast were accordingly elected.
After a few remarks benediction was pronounced and adjournment followed.
W. A. Waller Clerk Protem
Jan. 5, 1896
The Christian S.S. of Fowler was organized the first Sunday in January 1895
with the following persons in charge, Chas. Ballard, Supt.; Homer Robertson,
Assistant; Emma Kendall, Secy.; Homer Robertson, Treas; Ida Stahl, Organist.
G. W. Petrie was installed as teacher of the advanced class, Chas. Ballard
the intermediate, and Ida Stahl the primary class. During the year the averag
attendance was 22 and the average contribution was 25 cts. On the second
Sunday in december, Ida Stahl, G.W. Petrie, and Homer Robertson were appointed
as committee to nominate the officers for the coming year and the following
sunday they reported as follows for Supt. Chas. Ballard: Asst. Supt., Bill
Turpin; Sec. Emma Kendall; Treas. Homer Robertson; Organist, Ida Stahl.
Who were all elected for the year 1896.
There was shown to be a debt of $2.33 cts owing to the Sunday School to
be able to start free from debt. Homer Robertson pledged 78 cts. B.N. Trupin
70 cts, Emma Kendall 25 cts leaving 30 cts to be collected the next Sunday.
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