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United Presbyterian Church History
Page 1340
The first services in connection with the UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH were held during the summer of 1859, in a grove east of town, south of the railroad bridge. The grove has since been cut down. The services were conducted by Rev. J. A. P. McGaw, then pastor of the United Presbyterian congregation of South Henderson, he occupying this field as a mission point. The congregation was organized January 3,1866, in the schoolhouse which is still standing in the east part of town, afterward known as the Cumberland Presbyterian church, now used as a Iumber-room by Robert Mickey. The organization was effected by Rev. A. M. Black, D.D. Dr. Black took a deep interest in the young congregation, and watched over it with great care for several years. The congregation was organized under the oversight of Monmouth presbytery. The original members came from the United Presbyterian congregations of South Henderson and Ellison, mostly from the former, viz:
B. H. Martin,
Dr. A. C. McDill,
J. B. McGaw,
Elizabeth McGaw,
A. R. Graham,
Mary A. Graham,
Mrs. E. McDill,
Margaret McDill,
J. E. McClain,
Frances McClain,
Andrew McDougal,
I. McDougal,
Maggie H. Henderson,
Mary Porter,
J. S. Smiley,
Mary M. Smiley,
Jane Gilmore,
Mary E. Graham,
John H. McDill,
Mary A. McDill,
M. M. Douglass,
Ellen J. Stanley,
Robert McDill,
Mary McDill,
Robert Y. McDill,
M. W. McDill,
Margret Young,
William F. Campbell,
H. M. Whiteman,
Elizabeth Whiteman,
A. G. Stewart,
Jane Stewart,
John Glenn,
Margaret Campbell,
thirty-four in all. Of this number twelve are still members of the organization, viz: Elizabeth McGaw, Mrs. E. McDill, Margaret McDill (Mrs. Henry Clark). Mary Porter, Jane Gilmore, M. M. Douglass, Ellen J. Stanley, Robert McDill, Mary McDill, H. M. Whiteman, Elizabeth Whiteman, Margaret Young. For several years the congregation worshiped in what are now the rooms above Frank McKims' store, then known as Sloan's Hall. Here a Sabbath school was organized in connection with the congregation. It was a vigorous plant from the first and its natural force has never abated. It has proved to be one of the most efficient agencies of the congregation, and its influence for good has been felt throughout the entire community. The success and prosperity of the school, so far as human agency is concerned, may be attributed to a few untireing Christian workers. Among the most zealous and faithf'ul superintendents we may mention Robert Gilmore, J. B. McGaw, A. W. Graham and George McDill, the present incumbent. It now has an enrollment of over 200 scholars.. Contributed by Anna Richards
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Early Lawyers

Oquawka Township
Page 104

Harry Jenings was the first attorney that settled in the county after its organization. He was a native of Kentucky. He died in Oquawka in 1845. James C. Hutchinson practiced some at an early day. Then William C. Rice, Charles M. Harris, --?-- Flemming, and James H. Stewart appear upon the docket as residents of the county. M. Brocklebank, John W. Jones and John Mitchell come next in order of date; R. Swift, who practiced a year or two before his death, also resided here. James T. Sanders, Jonathan Simpson, Marion Williamson, Williard B. Spaulding, Marion F. Button, James D. Worlf, C.C. Secrist, J.H. Jenings, J.F. Duff, Rauselden Cooper, Simeon Darnell, David R. Waters, Daniel M. Hammack complete the list of attorneys who have resided and practiced in the county. Of this number Harry Jenings, Swift, Mitchell, Spaulding, Hutchinson, Flemming, Button, and Williamson are dead, and Rice, Simpson, and Cooper alone remain as resident attorneys.

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Mills in South Henderson Township
Page 359

Grist-mills were quite scarce and steam-mills unknown. What few mills there were were run by water-power. The first grist-mill and saw-mill in the precinct was built on South Henderson creek, two and a half miles east of Gladstone, by Mr. Shell Ward, to whom belongs the honor of building the first mill in the precinct and the second one in the county. It was built about 1848, on Sec. 2. It was three stories height besides the perline story, 36x50 feet, with three run of French burrs in complete operation, calculated for one run or more, with all the machinery necessary for doing country and merchant work in the best manner; also, a saw-mill, with good cutting capacity. (continued - but I don't have the next page!)
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