Warren County Iowa Genealogical Society




    Summerset Methodist Episcopal Church

    Summerset Methodist Episcopal Church, Lincoln Township, erected in 1881, about 1941 the building was moved and used for a dwelling.

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    History of the Summerset Methodist Episcopal Church is copied from the History of Warren County, Iowa from Its Earliest Settlement to 1908, by Rev. W.C. MARTIN, S.J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois, 1908, p.326

    B. F. WADSWORTH and wife, I. L. SURBER and wife and Mrs. Peter THOMPSON were constituent members of this society which was organized about forty years ago. The present church building was erected in 1881, at a cost of $1,800.00. Since the erection of the church, students of Simpson college have supplied this appointment with preaching. John M. HILLIS is the present pastor and receives $150.00 per annum for his services. The present membership is forty-five. The Sunday school is superintended by Edgar THOMPSON, and has an enrollment of eighty-five. The Ladies’ Aid Society has fifteen members: Mrs. May KENNEDY, president. The collection for benevolences last year was $60.00.

    A brief history of the Summerset Methodist Episcopal Church comes from The History of Warren County, Iowa, compiled by the Warren County Genealogical Society, Curtis Media Corp., Dallas, Texas, 1987

    The Summerset Methodist Episcopal Church was organized around 1868 and the building was erected in 1881 with Simpson College students supplying the preachers. Early names mentioned in its history are Pastor John M. HILLIS, Edgar THOMPSON – Superintendent, and Mrs. May KENNEDY – President. About 1914 the building was moved and used for a dwelling and grocery store by D. C. WOOD. Many other merchants carried on a grocery business there including the last owner, Ray SCHOOLER. The old landmark was torn down in February 1939.