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Michigan

By Rev. S. N. Griffith

September 20th, 1841, the Michigan Conference met at White Pigeon. Kalamazoo reported 282 members. Rev. James F. Davidson, now (1878) a member of the Detroit Conference, was appointed presiding elder of the Kalamazoo district. Rev. Ransom R. Richards and Rev. Edward Kellogg, brother of Israel Kellogg, of Kalamazoo, are now dead. They were appointed to the Kalamazoo charge in 1841, and Rev. E. Kellogg died in Coloma, Michigan, about 1868. These were the days of those wonderful quarterly-meetings, at which the people gathered from far and near, and remained sometimes for days, for they were seasons of revival and great refreshing to the church. The people were provided for freely until the close of the meeting. Those were the occasions when-every board in the floor of their log cabins had a lodger. Rev. R. R. Richards' pastorate was an era of church building; he preached once at the house of John Henika, and then the society at Indianfields moved into an humble house of worship at Thayers 'corners, now McKee's corners. During his pastorate, what is now called the old Methodist church in Kalamazoo was built; it now stands on North Burdick street, and is used as a carriage factory.

EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM


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