Early History of Darrtown Churches
The following citation was excerpted from http://rootsweb.ancestry.com/~ohbutler/cyc/562.htm
During the Summer of 1806, a traveling Baptist preacher visited and preached in the western half of the township five or six times.
The New School Presbyterians organized a Church in Darrtown about 1848. The first preachers came from Oxford. In its most prosperous days, this organization numbered thirty-five members, of whom Stephen KENDALL, Hiram DARR and wife, Susanna and Sarah COOK were the most prominent.
The Rev. B. W. Chidlaw organized the first Sabbath-school in Darrtown, about 1840. Joseph Curtis, of Hamilton, was the first superintendent, followed by Gardner Darr, who was also the chief officer of a similar organization, at the same time, at McGonigle's.
The Lutheran Church in Darrtown was organized at Jericho, four miles north on the Hamilton and Richmond pike. The original place of worship has since been destroyed by fire. This resulted in the erection of the church in Darrtown. George Kramer and wife Barbara, old Mr. Knapp and wife, Daniel Schollenberger and wife were among the first and leading persons who gave the Church its present healthy constitution. There are now over sixty members in good standing. A Union Sunday-school is carried on, with alternate meetings at the Methodist and the Lutheran Church."
Darrtown Union Sunday School: Unique and successful for many years!
As referenced in the final sentence of the resource provided above,
from the mid-1800's to the 21st century,
the Darrtown Lutheran and Methodist churches
maintained a practice of conducting a Union Sunday School.
This unique arrangement is explained below.
For many years, a "Union" Sunday School was conducted in Darrtown.
Every Sunday, area youth could attend Sunday School in Darrtown - even though the two existing churches (Lutheran and Methodist) only conducted church services on alternating Sundays.
On a "Lutheran Sunday," the Union Sunday School activities were conducted in the Lutheran Church - prior to the Lutheran Church services.
On a "Methodist Sunday," the Union Sunday School activities were conducted in the Methodist Church - prior to the Methodist Church services.
For many of the youngsters in the community, the practice of alternating church services was unquestioned. Teenagers, in particular, appreciated the opportunity to socialize with others of their own age, while being exposed to two different religious experiences.
Young Lutherans and young Methodists participated in the Union Sunday School Youth Choir, which sang every Sunday - regardless if it were a "Lutheran" Sunday or a "Methodist" Sunday.
The two churches maintained the Union Sunday School from the mid-1800's into the 21st century.
Click the following link to access the Darrtown Union Sunday School page.
Some adults attended church service every Sunday, alternately attending Lutheran and Methodist services.
Others only attended church only on the Sunday when the church of their preference conducted church service.
Hence, it was common to see some adults attend Sunday School every Sunday and then depart before church services began - because they were not members of the church that was in session on that particular Sunday.
1901 Church pamphlet demonstrates Darrtown community spirit and cooperation
This pamphlet was donated by Darrtown native, Pamela (Menke) Jewell, during the 2014 Darrtown Bicentennial.
Pamela reported that the pamphlet was found in an old book by an acquaintance of her son-in-law, Tanner McFall. We are indebted to Pamela and Tanner, for the donation and preservation of this important piece of Darrtown history.
The pamphlet cover includes the following:
- A logo that appears to be the letters "C" and "E."
- The phrase "For Christ and the Church"
- The following text…
LUTHERAN and M.E. CHURCHES
REVS. R.A. HALVERSTADT and O.P. HOFFMAN, Pastors
Meetings, Sunday 7:30 PM
Consecretion meeting, last Sunday of month
To promote an earnest Christian life among our members, to increase their mutual acquaintance, and to make them more useful in the service of God.
6. "This grace also." 2 Cor. 8: 7-9. (Giving).
13. Dark days and their lessons. Ps. 107: 1-15.
20. A bad bargain. Gen. 25: 29-34.
27. Bible reading: "I will make it the rule of my life to read the Bible every day." 2 Tim. 3: 1-17.
3. God's leading in our lives. Ps. 23.
10. Our National bondage. Hab. 1: 13-17; Amos 6: 1-6. (Temperance meeting)
17. Missions: preaching and hearing. Rom. 10: 13-17.
24. Thanksgiving. Isa. 25: 1-8
1. Children of God. Rom. 8: 14-17.
8. The right use of ability. Matt. 5:13-16
15. Imperialism of Christianity. Dan. 2: 44-45
22. Our gifts to our King. Matt. 2: 1-12
29. Numbering our days. Ps. 90.
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7. Religion and patriotism. Rom. 13: 1-7.
14. Individual work for Christ. Acts. 8: 26-40.
21. A strong weak man. Judges 16: 20-30.
28. Missions, true philanthropy. Gal 6: 1-10.
4. Gaining by losing. Mark 10: 28-30.
11. Enemies and arms. Eph. 6: 10-18.
18. God's requirements. Deut. 10: 12-14.
25. Daily prayer: "I will make it the rule of my life to pray every day." Ps. 34: 1-22.
1. Spiritual acquaintance. Job. 22: 21-23
8. Heavenly helpers. 2 Kings 6: 15-17
15. True honor. John 5: 41-44
22. The saloon power doomed.
Ps. 37: 1-10 (Temperance meeting)
29. Missions; growth of the kingdom.
7. Leroy Kramer
14. Leona Phillips
21. Rev. R.A. Halverstadt
28. William Harris
4. Maggie Herron
11. Katie Krebs
18. Anna V. Harris
25. Abigail M. Harris
1. Wesley Laird
8. Edna McVicker
15. James Harris
22. Edith Schollenbarger
29. Bertha Scott
6. Rev. O.P. Hoffman
13. Nellie Herron
20. William Snyder
27. Mamie Unzicker
3. Irvin Ross
10. Mamie Petree
17. S.L. Hertzog
24. Edith Herron
1. Bertha Unzicker
8. Eunice Petree
15. Edna Unzicker
22. Nellie Krebs
29. Charles Snyder
PRESIDENT, Mrs. LIzzie B. Fisher
VICE-PRESIDENT, Abigail M. Harris
REC. SECRETARY, Mary W. Hansel
COR. SECRETARY, Katherine Krebs
TREASURER, James Harris
ORGANIST, Ella Kolb
Maggie Herron, Mary Petree,
Jessie L. Unzicker
Abigail M. Harris, James R. Harris,
Leona Phillips, Lida Phenis,
Frank McVicker, Charles A. Snyder
Leroy Kramer, Mrs. L.B. Fisher,
- This document offers the opportunity for more genealogy work. Were any of these individuals Darrtown "pioneers"? (Webmaster Note: The term "Darrtown pioneer" surfaced during the preparation of the Darrtown Family Tree exhibit at the Bicentennial. See Darrtown Family Tree.
- Just as in the case of census records, questions arise with the spelling of names in church documents. For example, the Petri family name is common to the Darrtown/Oxford (Ohio) area in the 20th/21st centuries. So, is the Petri family related to - or the same as - the "Petree" family that is listed in this pamphlet? Curious minds (of genealogists) want to know.
- The spirit of community cooperation seemingly was demonstrated by church leaders. Note that both pastors (Halverstadt and Hoffman), from two different churches and church doctrines, participated in this group/association, as each was scheduled as a "leader."
- The temperance movement was an issue in Darrtown in 1901, as it was listed as a prayer-meeting topic for September and November and one of the standing committees was devoted to the subject of temperance.