of Creekside Church
and the former Elkhart City COB
1897 - 1900
At the time
of the establishment of the Elkhart City congregation on July 27,
1897, Elder J. H. Miller was Moderator. Elected officers were: Trustees
- Levi Ulrey, John Barthel and Joseph Roose; Clerk - John Felthouse;
Treasurer - Frank Paulmer. The deacons were Frank Paulmer and A.
C. Kindy. Membership at the time of the dedication of the church
was probably not more than 12 families; however, it is said that
over 60 members were added the following year. Baptismal services
were held in the Elkhart River; on several occasions ice had to
be cut before baptisms could be held.
At the time
of the new congregation's organization, Brother Isaac Parker was
the part-time pastor from March 1893 until October 1897. During
these early years the church had many definite rules and prohibitions
which the members had to observe lest their church membership be
removed. It is said that Amsey Puterbaugh was the first elder of
the Elkhart City church.
In 1898, John
Barthel and Levi Ulrey were granted the privilege of putting up
sheds for horses.
In 1899 P. B.
Fitzwater became the first full-time pastor and served until June
1900; Eli Heestand came to serve as part-time pastor in September
1900 and served until 1904.
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