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Michigan

By Rev. S. N. Griffith

This building, now unpretentious, was a fine building in the time of it; it stood on the corner of Church and Academy streets, the place where the Dutch Reformed Church now stands, on the south-east corner of the Church square. David Swayzee, E. Walters and E. White were leading spirits in building the old Methodist E. Church. It was dedicated January 14th, 1842, by Rev. Jas. V. Watson. August 17th, 1842, the Michigan Conference met at Adrian; Kalamazoo circuit stood at the head of the list of appointments on the Kalamazoo district, and reported 280 members. Rev. James F. Davidson was appointed presiding elder of the Kalamazoo district, and Rev. J. W. Brier was appointed preacher in charge of the Kalamazoo circuit, and Rev. R. R. Richardson became superannuated, and was appointed as Rev. J. W. Brier's helper during Rev. J. W. Brier's administration. During the month of June, 1842, a camp-meeting was held on Elias Cooly's farm; he was the father of Rev. E. Cooley, of the Michigan Conference.

EARLY HISTORY OF METHODISM


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