Bibliography of Kendall County Church Histories

By Elmer Dickson

The following bibliography lists all the church histories and related articles pertaining to the churches in Kendall County that I am aware of. Copies of articles printed in the Kendall County Record and Kendall County News may be obtained via inter-library loan from the Illinois State Historical Library. Most of the more recent publications will be available in Kendall County libraries. I imagine copies of many of the histories published by the respective churches would be available from the church. A directory of active churches is located below.

Bristol Station: Now Bristol

"The Methodist Episcopal Church At Bristol Station." Story of the dedication of the church when first opened. Kendall County Record, October 14, 1869.

"Dedication Ceremonies." Saint Patrick's Church, Bristol Station. Describes the activities of the day.
Kendall County Record, October 14, 1885.

"Bristol M. E. Church Burned." Kendall County News, March 19, 1891.

"Fire At Bristol Station, The Methodist Church Destroyed." Story of the disastrous fire that destroyed the M. E. Church at Bristol Station. Kendall County Record, March 25, 1891.

"That Beautiful Church." Story of the dedication of the rebuilt M.E. Church at Bristol Station. Kendall County Record, November 25, 1891.

"Bristol Methodist Church Marks Centennial Year." Kendall County Record, October 9, 1969.

History Of The Bristol United Methodist Church, Bristol, Illinois 1869-1969, author unknown, (1969).

"Three area Methodist churches merge into new Trinity Church" (Yorkville, Bristol & Montgomery Methodist.) Kendall County Record, July 8, 1999.

Helmar:

"Two Thousand People At Helmar, Sunday. The New Church Is Dedicated With Impressive Ceremony", notes by Brown, A. L. of Newark. Contains a history of the congregation and new church building. Kendall County Record, May 7, 1902.

"Helmar Lutheran Church. The Early Days Among Our Scandinavian Friends." Story about the church and its music. Kendall County Record, December 27, 1911.

"Helmar Celebrates 150th ." Contains a history of the church and a list of its ministers from 1854 to date. Kendall County Record, August 28, 1997.

Kendall Township:

"German Lutheran Church Dedication." Detailed account of the dedication of the new Immanuel Lutheran Church located on Immanuel Road in Kendall Township. Describes the new edifice in considerable detail. Kendall County Record, September 21, 1904.

"Church Anniversary. German Lutheran People Will Observe Their Twenty-Fifth Year Of Church Life." Kendall County Record, July 18, 1906.

"Quarter Centennial Church Anniversary And Jubilee." An account of the twenty-fifth anniversary celebration of the founding of the Cross Lutheran Church. Kendall County Record, August 1, 1906.

"Fiftieth Anniversary Evangelical Lutheran Church. Immanuel's Congregation Celebrate Their
Golden Festival With An All Day Meeting." A history of the church and its ministers. Kendall County Record, September 20, 1916.

"Cross Lutheran Church Has Golden Anniversary." History of the development of the church and celebration of the church's 50th anniversary. Kendall County Record, July 22, 1931.

"Immanuel Lutheran Church Celebrates Seventy-Fifth Anniversary." A history of the church's first seventy-five years. Kendall County Record, September 7, 1938.

"Cross Lutheran Church Observes Its Anniversary." History of church ministers and celebration of the church's 60th anniversary. Kendall County Record, July 16, 1941.

Seventy-fifth Anniversary, Cross Evangelical Lutheran Church, Yorkville, Illinois, 1881-1956, 1956.

100th Anniversary Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church, Yorkville, Illinois 1866-1966, authors unknown, 1966. Contains a history of the church and its congregation. Lists ministers, church members and officers.

Lisbon:

"Forty-six Years Ago. Anniversary Of the Methodist District Society At Lisbon." An interesting description of Lisbon and environs, the growth of the Methodist Society and reminiscences of some of the early leaders of the Lisbon M.E. Church. Kendall County Record, July 21, 1886.

"Some Lisbon Church History." An interesting account of the early history of the Lisbon M.E. Church and some of the church's ministers. Article contains an interesting account and description of the area during the early days of Lisbon and the Lisbon M.E. Church. Kendall County Record, August 4, 1886.

"The Jubilee." Describes the semi-centennial celebration of the Lisbon Congregational Church. Kendall County Record, March 28, 1888.

125th Anniversary of the Lisbon Evangelical Lutheran Church, authors unknown, 32 pages plus 17 page program of the day's celebration, 1979. Contains church history, biographies of church pastors and many pictures.

Lisbon Center:

"Passing Of Lisbon Center Church 1867-1931." History of the church. Story about its closing and the sale of the church building to the Millington M.E. Church congregation. Kendall County Record, April 29, 1931.

Little Rock:

"Dedication Of The Union Church At Little Rock." Story of the dedication of the new Union Church at Little Rock. Kendall County Record, November 30, 1876. Follow-up story published in the Kendall County Record, December 7, 1876.

"History Of The Church At Little Rock." History of the organization and growth of the Union Church Society in Little Rock. Includes a long list of financial contributors and a list of church officers. Kendall County Record, March 2, 1887,

"Old Church Records." A brief description of Little Rock Methodist Church and an accompanying list of members in 1859. Kendall County Record, May 5, 1909.

Millbrook:

"Some Early Church History" (of the Millington and Millbrook M. E. Churches.), by Rev. K. W. Loofbourrow. Kendall County News, September 15, 1919.

"History Of Millbrook Methodist Church", by Nichols, Miss Laura A. History of the church and its pioneer members. Kendall County Record, May 25, 1932.

"At Millbrook Church Celebration", Celebration of the seventy-fifth anniversary of the building of the Millbrook Methodist Church. Author not indicated. Kendall County Record, May 25, 1932.

"Lutheran Church at Millbrook Has Twenty-fifth Anniversary." Short history of the church. Kendall County News, November 13, 1940.

The Methodist Church, Millbrook, Illinois 1857-1957, Bender, Marjorie, nd. (1957)

Millington:

"The Church At Milford (Millington) Its Rise and Progress", by "Galva". An account of early church history and a list of the first ministers. Kendall County Record, March 9, 1871.

"The Church At Milford." (Millington) Discussion about early members of the church and its ministers. Kendall County Record, March 23, 1871.

"Millington Church Opening." Account of the re-opening of the Millington Methodist Church after several months of repairs. Kendall County Record, September 4, 1907.

"Old Pastors Honored" An account of the ministers and their wives buried in the Millington-Newark Cemetery to the date of publication. Good account of local church history and some genealogical data on the ministers and their families. Kendall County Record, July 5, 1916.

"Some Early Church History" (of the Millington and Millbrook M. E. Churches.), by Rev. K. W. Loofbourrow. Kendall County News, September 15, 1919.

"Brief History Of the Millington Methodist Church", by Hartman, Mrs. George. An historical account of Millington and vicinity, and the Millington Methodist Church and the Methodist Church at Lisbon Center. Kendall County Record, March 1, 1933.

"A Brief History Of The Millington Methodist Church", by Hartman, Mrs. George. Story about the construction of the Millington Methodist Church. Kendall County Record, March 8, 1933.

History of the Millington Methodist Church and Community 1833-1958, written on the occasion of the 125th anniversary of the church October 26, 1958, compiled by Honor (Brodie) Rasmusen, 48 pages. Excellent history of the church, its ministers, the village of Millington, and surrounding community. Contains genealogical information on church leaders and members, considerable historical information about the village, and includes several pages of pictures of the buildings and places in and around Millington.

NaAuSay Township:

"For Auld Lang Syne. Fiftieth Anniversary Of The NaAuSay Presbyterian Church. An account of the history of the church and its ministers. Kendall County Record. September 28, 1898.

"Fine Weather Greets The Ninetieth Anniversary Of The Au Sable Church." Contains a history of the church and its early ministers as well as an account of the anniversary celebration. Historical section by Mrs. Mary Leitch Hall. Kendall County Record, August 31, 1938.

History Of The AuSable Grove Presbyterian Church, author unknown, nd.

Newark:

"Church Dedication At Newark". History of the Norwegian Lutheran church at Newark. Kendall County Record, August 2, 1893.

"Newark Lutheran Church To Be Rebuilt: Newark Norwegian Congregation Will Transform Their Meeting Place Into A Modern Edifice." Celebration of the church's 30th anniversary, history of the church and its ministers. Kendall County Record, June 23, 1915.

Norway (LaSalle County):

"Norway Church Sold." Brief account of the sale of the Norway Church to the Cleng Peerson Lodge No. 525, Sons Of Norway. Also contains a synopsis of the organization and history of the Norway church. Kendall County Record. August 4, 1977.

"Norway Church Dedicated." An account of the dedication of the Fox River Lutheran Church located near Norway, Illinois. Kendall County Record, October 6, 1977.

Oswego:

History Of The Oswego Baptist Church, Swanquist, Harley, Mrs., 1975. "Recounting The Past In Oswego Churches". Historical account of the First Presbyterian Church Of Oswego, at the time of the 75th anniversary of the organization of the church. Kendall County Record, April 4, 1928.

"Church Celebrates Centennial." History of the Federated Church of Oswego. Kendall County Record, May 30, 1945.

"Break Ground For New Church" (Valley Baptist Church of Oswego.) Kendall County Record, October 15, 1970.

History Of The Oswego United Presbyterian Church, Anderson, Mrs. William S., 1975.

Church Of The Good Shepherd United Methodist, (Church) Oswego, Illinois. A History Of the Church Of The Good Shepherd Oswego, Illinois 1842-1984. In two parts. Part one written by Ford Lippold and Reverend Richard L. Ford, 32 pages, 1945. Part two compiled by Margaret Burkhart, Gladys Ode, and Shirley Wolf. Names of pastors who served the congregation listed in both parts. Written by John Christofferson and Earl Zentmyer, 21 pages, 1984.

"Oswego Church Burns" Saint Anne's Catholic Church heavily damaged by fire. Kendall County Record, January 27, 2000 & February 3, 2000.

"Saint Anne's will replace, not repair fire damaged church", Kendall County Record, May 4, 2000.

Oswego Township:

"A Dedication." Story about the dedication of the new German Evangelical Church. Kendall County Record, July 15, 1896.

Oswego Prairie (Church) For 125 years, Hafenrichter, John and Paul M. Shoger, 1973.
An historical sketch of the church known as Oswego Prairie. Covers the period from 1848-1973. Church has been changed over time. The official names are: Zion Evangelical Church 1848-1947; The Evangelical United Brethren Church 1947-1968; and The United Methodist Church 1968 to date. Lists ministers who served the congregation from 1848 to 1973.

The Oswego Circuit Illinois Conference Of The Evangelical Association. The Circuit's Book 1871 - 1883. (Church became the Oswego Prairie United Methodist Church. Edited by John L. Hafenrichter, 1998. Published by the author, indexed. Contains a reproduction of original records, many written in German with translation in to English. Contains a list of the ministers who served the Oswego Circuit of the Evangelical Association.

"Oswego Prairie Plans Sesquicentennial." Contains some history of the church buildings and their locations. Kendall County Record, May 7, 1998.

Pavilion:

"The Baptist Church In Bristol." (and Pavilion) A history of the founding of the Baptist church in Bristol and Pavilion, with a list of its ministers to the date of publication. Kendall County Record, February 23, 1865.

Plano:

"The Plano Baptist Church." Describes the opening and re-dedication of the Plano Baptist Church. Kendall County Record, July 21, 1886.

"ST. Mary's Church." Describes the dedication of Saint Mary's Catholic Church in Plano. Kendall County Record, October 13, 1886.

"The Plano Baptist Church Celebrates Tenth Anniversary." Story noting the tenth anniversary of the Plano Baptist Church. Kendall County Record, March 30, 1887.

"Plano Church A Landmark in Church History". History of the Reorganized Church of Latter Day Saints church in Plano, Illinois, by Ruth Wildermuth. Kendall County Record, May 9, 1951.

100 Years of Grace And Service. First Lutheran Church, Plano, Illinois 1883-1893, Compiled and edited by Holtran, Leon, 1983.

"At The Sanctuary: First Baptists Consecrate their Church Edifice." Kendall County News, October 1, 1902.

"Mortgage Burned. Plano's Beautiful Methodist Church is Now Clear of Debt." Kendall County News, March 26, 1913.

"Church Holding Reunion." An account of the annual reunion of the various branches of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints of northern Illinois. Kendall County News, August 25, 1915.

"Seventy-fifth Anniversary of Dedication of Local Latter Day Saint Edifice Was Inspirational Service." Celebration of the 75th anniversary of the Plano Latter Day Saint congregation. Kendall County News, November 24, 1943.

History Of The Plano, Illinois Branch, Reorganized Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter Day Saints, Reedy, Charles A., 1958.

One People, One Church, Lippold, Ford and Richard L. Ford, nd.

Plattville:

"Plattville Church Burns." Story about the destruction of the church by fire. Kendall County Record, January 11, 1911.

"Great Day For Plattville Church." Story about the dedication of the new church built to replace the building destroyed by fire. Kendall County Record, November 29, 1911.

"To Dedicate The New Plattville Church." Contains a history of the church and Methodism in Kendall County. Lists church ministers, as known, from 1855 to 1910. Kendall County Record, November 29, 1911.

Plattville Methodist Church, Corrigan, Mrs. Lee, 1960.

"History of Plattville Methodist Church Buildings." Kendall County Record, June 20, 1968.

"Plattville Methodist Church Celebrates 140th Anniversary." Kendall County Record, September 21, 2000.
Pictures of and short history of the church.

Seward Township:

"Formation of a Congregational Church at Seward." An account of the early history and organization of the Seward Township Congregational Church. Kendall County Record, May 26, 1870.

"The Seward Church", by "Juan". Story about the dedication of the "Chapman" Church, so called for its founder and first minister, Andrew W. Chapman. Kendall County Record, March 9, 1882.

"Dedication Services At The Seward Center Church." Story about the dedication of a new "Chapman" Church, i.e., Seward Congregational Church. Kendall County Record, January 29, 1896.

"The Seward Churches." (Congregational Churches) A history of their organization and progress. Contains a list of ministers to date. Kendall County Record, May 5, 1897.

"Seward (Congregational) Church." A history of the church and its founder Reverend Andrew W. Chapman. Kendall County Record, September 21, 1927.

"History Of The Seward Congregational Church." Kendall County Record, October 30, 1940.

"Brief History Of Plattville Lutheran Church." History of the church and its ministers from its organization in 1881 to 1957. Kendall County Record, January 24, 1957.

100th Anniversary of the Plattville Lutheran Church Seward Township, Kendall County, Illinois 1881-1981, July 11-12, 1981

"Plattville Lutheran 100th Celebration." Story marking the 100th anniversary of the Plattville Lutheran Church. Kendall County Record, July 30, 1981.

Wheatland Township (Will County):

Notes, The Wheatland United Presbyterian Church, 1848-1973, author unknown, nd.

Yorkville: Including the Village Of Bristol (North Yorkville)

"The Baptist Church In Bristol." A history of the church and list of its ministers to date. Kendall County Record, February 23, 1865.

"Semi-Centennial Of The Bristol Baptist Church." An account of the first fifty years of the Pavilion and then Bristol Baptist Church. Kendall County Record, November 19, 1884.

"Church Improvement: Yorkville Congregationalists Lead in Fixing Up." Sketch of the church growth under the leadership of Reverend S. W. Meek. Kendall County Record, October 28, 1903.

"Methodist Church Dedication, Yorkville." Detailed account of the history of the construction of the Yorkville Methodist Church. Kendall County Record, November 9, 1904.

"The Baptist Church Closed." An account of the closing of the Yorkville Baptist Church. Kendall County Record, December 28, 1904.

"Baptists Have Pretty Church." Story of the rededication service after remodeling the church. Kendall County Record, September 9, 1908.

"Organ Dedication And Re-opening Of The Yorkville Methodist Episcopal Church." Contains a history of Methodism in Kendall County and vicinity, history of the Yorkville M.E. Church and its ministers and members. Kendall County Record, August 13, 1924.

Yorkville Federated Church, Yorkville, Illinois: History 1834-1934, Hill, Arthur P, and Wilfred Wakefield, 1934.

"Yorkville Federated Church Honor Centennial Week." Kendall County News, November 14, 1934.

"A History Of The Yorkville Congregational Church, 1834-1974", Rezash, Lawrence J. Kendall County Record, May 23, 1974.

A Church And Its History, Yorkville Congregational Church 1834-1984, Munson, Richard L., booklet, 50 pages, 1984.

"Three area Methodist churches merge into new Trinity Church" (Yorkville, Bristol & Montgomery Methodist.) Kendall County Record, July 8, 1999.

"Saint Patrick's Church moves from Bristol to Yorkville site". Kendall County Record, April 20, 2000.



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