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Michigan

By Rev. S. N. Griffith

Rev. Richard Hargrave still lives; he is now (1878) a superannuated member of the Northwest Indiana Conference. In June, 1835, a camp-meeting was held on the same ground previously occupied for similar purposes, on the north part of Big Prairie Ronde, first occupied in 1833 by Rev. J. T. Robe and Rev. James Armstrong. In 1835, Rev. R. Hargrave had charge, and during the progress of the meeting, viz: on the night of the 20th of June, 1835, there was a terrible frost which killed corn and nearly everything; corn was waist high, and wheat was in bloom, and was so blighted that many large fields would not yield one-half bushel wheat in harvest. On October 15th, 1835, the Indiana Conference was held at LaFayette, Tippecanoe county, Indiana. Rev. J. T. Robe was ordained an elder and appointed to Marion charge, Indianapolis District; Rev. James Havens, presiding elder. Kalamazoo reported 120 members, and that year Rev. J. T. Robe reported $8.00 collection for the superannuated and worn-out ministers, their widows and children. This was the first collection reported from this work for that purpose that appears on the minutes of the conference.

EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM


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