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Great Falls in Cascade County, Montana — The American West (Mountains)
 

First United Methodist Church Parsonage

 
 
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By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
1. First United Methodist Church Parsonage Marker
Inscription.  The pioneer Methodist circuit rider William Wesley Van Orsdel—better known as “Brother Van”—arrived in Fort Benton, Montana, on the steamboat, Far West, in 1872. For forty-five years, he traveled on horseback, by wagon, by rail, and, finally, as a passenger, by car, holding services and establishing churches across the state. In the early days, he held prayer meetings in stores, barns, living rooms, and even, at times, saloons. He is credited with having helped found more than a hundred churches, a college, six hospitals, and a children’s home, which, in the years since, have contributed enormously to Montana’s welfare. Because he never married and spent most of his time traveling, Brother Van did not have a home of his own, even though he oversaw the building of approximately fifty parsonages. According to legend, saloonkeepers once gave him a thousand dollars to build himself a home; instead, he donated the money to the Great Falls hospital to help construct a nurses’ residence. When Rev. J. A. Martin had this classic American four-square home built in 1909, he included a room for Brother Van. A lively place, the six-bedroom
First United Methodist Church Parsonage and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, August 19, 2019
2. First United Methodist Church Parsonage and Marker
The marker is to the right of the entrance.
parsonage also sheltered Martin, his wife, their three children, three boarders, and frequent guests. Brother Van’s room was located at the head of the stairs on the second floor, so he wouldn’t disturb the family when he came in late at night. When Brother Van died in 1919, the governor ordered flags to half-mast. Montana had lost one of her best-loved sons.
 
Erected by The Montana National Register Sign Program.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Montana National Register Sign Program marker series.
 
Location. 47° 30.422′ N, 111° 17.826′ W. Marker is in Great Falls, Montana, in Cascade County. Marker is on 6th Street North near 2nd Avenue North. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 113 6th Street North, Great Falls MT 59401, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Methodist Parsonage (here, next to this marker); First Methodist Church (within shouting distance of this marker); F.W. Woolworth Building (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); St. Ann's Cathedral (about 700 feet away); Cascade County Courthouse (about 700 feet away); Great Falls Central Business Historic District (about 800 feet away); Lemon Boarding House
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(approx. 0.2 miles away); S.H. Kress and Company (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Great Falls.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on December 24, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 24, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 39 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on December 24, 2019, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.
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