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W and Christian Church Organized, 1866 SERMON PREACHED IN ND SCHOOL HOUSE Church Alfred Scroggin. In Fall CHURCH CLERK-- J. H. Clendenen. Dedicated, 1867 BIBLE SCHOOL--- a reprint of what was pamphlet of the his. Copeland Christian was printed about to the memory of Mr. and Mn. Mr. mad Mrs. Day. and Mrs. John Birks, Wtmam Copekmd. Roland Birk:s, Mr. Copeland. Polly Whitesides, Maria Year 1853 on the 11th of r in a log school house ,. about one-half mile e present church was the first sermon by a minister in this local- ! Irtinister being Rev. tSon of Mechanicsburg, April 1854, Rev. Long at the same place. Years 1855 and 1856, n England was a fre- -acher at the new Cope- Ool house and on the of the charter mem- Copeland church, we John England the the founder of and by his church was organized school house icers were: Abner William Copeland, B George Whitesides irks. Harbert. members were: Mr. M. Harbert, Mr. and Blrks, Mr. and Mrs. Lr. and Mrs. William and Mrs. Roland and Mrs. Abner Cope- Peters, George and Marie Copeland. except four have rewardDleaving a from their labors Erected Church (house) in the autumn of present church for that pur- D. Copeland and Supt., Elmer Turley; Ass'L Supt., George Gulso; Sec'y., Macy Drabing; Treas., E. E. Edwards. LADIES' AID-- Pres., Correll Bowers; Vice- Pres., Laura Copeland; Sec'y., Frances Bowers, Treas., Laura Payne. C.W.B.M. Pres., Marie Bowers; Vice-Pres., Sallie Follis; Sec'y., Laura Payne; Treas., Mary Clenden- en. Regular church services on 2nd and 4th Lord's Day of each mon- th. Mrs. Jessie Monser, of De- catur, Ill., is now Pastor. The Bible School is largely at- tended and is dated one of the best in the county. Through the Lord's Day school the greater results of the church work is attained, nearly all ad- ditions to the church came thru the Sunday School. A teacher training class was recently com- pleted, taught by Mrs. W. E. Simpson, which has been of un- told benefit to the school. The Ladies' Aid has been one of the greatest helps in financial matters giving to various bene- ficiaries and have recently giv- en much to the Red Cross. The C.W.B.M. Auxiliary has just recently been organized and will doubtless fill its mission a- long with other activities of Copeland Church. Regular services have been held at Copeland Church since 1870, with the exception of short periods when some of the old guards moved out and until new recruits fell in line. The policy now is to fill up all gaps when made and to keep on the firing line at all times. The history of Copeland Church records no serious difficulties, but has been rather placid, yet vigorous in upholding the banner of Jesus Christ. J. H. Clendenen, C.C. was dedicated in 1867, by Rev. John Who was greatly loved Was thought by some to get a noted dealt- OCcasion, but nearly Subscribed said, "If don't dedicate we Our subscription." It to say "Uncle to the satis- Pleasure of all". basket meeting was 1866 in John Cope- This became an an  and has been per- of 1906 an addition the house and in the building was great- and modernized and June 25, 1911 Jones and Rev. 5. On this date was annual basket was largely at- Lord's day in June as the annual bas- day and bringJ to- )Id friends in social is greatly en- church official Calvin Payne William Follls, Fred Bellatti, Frank Turley, Clarence BOw. Frank Cope. George George Edwards, Past SO Years Recalled By Mrs. Ellis Quandt During the years previous to Television, Radio, Family Bowl- ing, P.T.A., and other social ac- tivities and clubs, the Copeland Church House was more or less the community center, where peo- ple met for Box Suppers, Ice Cream Socials and the like. The Box Social was something to which the people looked for- ward with great anticipation. As the girls trimmed their boxes in rfffled crepe paper, decorated with ropes of fluffy twinkling tinsel, their hearts pounded with the thrill -- "who will buy my box? Will it be the boy I like, or, someone's hired man that I don't even know?" The Box Socials were well at- tended. In the lamp-lighted build- ing a lively auctioneer took the bids of the men - young, old- joking and laughing. Then were cakes and pies sold also, and one time a cotton pie was prepared and sold to a "pie-lover," who, when he couldn't cut his cotton pie, reached over with his pocket knife to whack out a big slice of cake from his neighbor's who had just paid good money for it, say- ing always like pie, but if I can't have pie, then I'll take cake." Then there were the annual Ice Cream suppers. Ice cream was a rare treat! Lighted lanterns were hung on the tree trunks and on stretched wire. Ladies brought homemade cakes, no cake mixes then - the men rolled lemons for the lemonade made in large stone jar Tables were set up under a starry June sky, the girls flitted (Continued on next page) JOHN D. ENGLAND ORGANIZER OF COPELAND CHURCH Among the early preachers of the gospel, traveling over many miles to serve in a number of congregations was John D. Eng- land. He preached in Logan county and no doubt in many other areas. He was a man highly respect- ed and deeply loved by all who knew him, and was the one to whom we give the credit for hav- ing organized the Copeland Chris. tian Church (Pleasant Grove) in 1866, Aug. 11, in the Copeland school house. The first Church building was erected the following year, some of the congregation thought to have a new, unknown preacher to dedicate the building, but others said, "no! if you don't get Uncle Johnnie to do the dedicating, we don't pay our subscription." So, Uncle Johnnie dedicated Dec. 11, 1867. Following is a brief account of Uncle Johnnie's birth and death found in an old scrapbook:. "John D. England was born in Kentucky on Jan. 15, 1811, mov- ed with his parents to Sangamon Co. in 1817 and to Logan Co. in 1839, having united with the Christian Church in 1832 at the age of 21. From that time on he was one of God's faithful ministers. His early library was compos- ed of the Bible and a few school books, but what he lacked in education he made up by his REV. JOHN D. ENGLAND charities and wholeness of heart toward his fellow creatures. Up- right and conscientious; just and kind, he won the hearts of all who knew him. The date of his death is un- known to the writer, but it came about by accident. At Cornland, Ill. Mr. England attempted to alight from a moving train. He fell, and was seriously injured. He was carried to the home of the station agent, G. K. Greening, where he passed away. The funeral was held at the Mt. Pulaski Christian Church with the whole town turning out to honor this great and good man. "Uncle Johnnie" England is dead, but the good deeds of his life are immortal." REMINISCENT OF OLDEN CHURCH DAYS BY MARY CLENDENEN Her Story Relating To Country School i ritten In 1922 On Sunday, Sept. 22, 1946, a potluck dinner was given at the Copeland Christian Church, 6 miles southwest of Mount Pulas- ki, honoring the returned service- men of the community. At this time was read reminiscences of the church, which were written 25 years ago by Mrs. Mary Clendenen, who was 7 years old when the Copeland Church build- ing was erected. At the time of her death, July 31, 1945, she had been a member of the congrega- tion for almost 60 years. The historical article follows: "The Church in the Wildwood" As I first remember Copeland Church it was surrounded by heavy timber, except on the south side, where the prairie ex- tended away into the distance. A public highway came from the south but stopped at the south side of the church grounds, and from there a by-road wended past the church, down through the woods, and across the lake, past the home of my father, (the late L. D. Scroggin), and finally intersected with the pub- lic highway at what is now the Bo-Jac Farm. The church yard was enclosed by a board fence with a rail board on top, making a fine place for the boys to sit and watch the people unload on the big stile which was a huge plat- form extending from the church doors to the yard fence. Here the men drove up in lumber wagons; some few "upper-tens" in spring wagons. Some of the older style of men allowed their wives and children to clamber out as best they could, while others more "up to date" would step out on the stile, and assist his family to alight. The young men and women came on horseback. I think I have noticed as many as 25 young people going from church on the south lane. If one should see so many on horseback now-a. days, they would think the cav- alry had been called out. Almost every sapling near the church had a horse or team of horses hitched to it during services. My home being on the north side of the lake I sometimes found it quite a problem to get to services for as some of you know, the lake was at that time yet undredged, and was a regu. lar swamp full of mud, water, trees, underbrush, wild grass and cattails. In high water season it was hardly navigable. It some- times reminded me of the story of the rich man and Lazarus a great gulf fixed between my. self and the church. But I usu- ally got there someway; some- times in a lumber wagon, some- times in a spring wagon; on horseback or in a canoe. At oth- er times, when nature would bridge it, I, with a crowd of oth- ers would walk across on the ice, some of the boys using their skates as propellers. And sometimes it would be like the Israelites at the Red Sea; we would cross over on dry land, but happy to say old Pharaoh wasn't in pursuit. Just a few hundred yards south east of the church stood William Copeland's barn, and across the little ravine, which is still there, I see the little cottage in which lived William, with Jane, his good wife, and Rosetta, his only daughter, and Fred Barley, his a- dopted son. I almost hear the clank of the chain on the big gate as they open it on their way to church. Uncle Miller and Aunt Betsy Ann Copeland, as they were ram. iliarly known lived where Otto Henrichsmeyer now lives. I hear them inviting the minister and all other people from a distance, (Continued on next page) Present i Enlarged Structure Serves Growing Congregation ! i || i