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Rev. O.C. Wheeler D.D., L.L.D.

1816 – 1891

 
 
Rev. O.C. Wheeler D.D., L.L.D. Marker image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
1. Rev. O.C. Wheeler D.D., L.L.D. Marker
Inscription.
Organizer Of
First Baptist Church of San Francisco, 1849
First Baptist Church of San Jose, 1849
First Baptist Church of Sacramento, 1850
These Churches Have Erected This Monument
To His Memory, Oct. 25, 1925

 
Erected 1925 by The Churches Mentioned on Marker.
 
Location. 38° 33.719′ N, 121° 30.164′ W. Marker is in Sacramento, California, in Sacramento County. Touch for map. Marker and Gravesite are located at the Pioneer Cemetery Grove at the Sacramento City Cemetery. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1000 Broadway, Sacramento CA 95818, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Mark Hopkins ( a few steps from this marker); Mark Hopkins Monument ( within shouting distance of this marker); Pioneer Cemetery Grove ( within shouting distance of this marker); General Albert Maver Winn ( within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Pioneer Cemetery Grove ( within shouting distance of this marker); Margaret Rhodes Crocker
Rev. O.C. Wheeler D.D., L.L.D. Marker and Gravesite image. Click for full size.
By Syd Whittle, October 13, 2008
2. Rev. O.C. Wheeler D.D., L.L.D. Marker and Gravesite
( about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Colonel William Stephen Hamilton ( about 400 feet away); The Bennett Brothers ( about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sacramento.
 
Also see . . .  Dr. O.C. Wheeler, President, California Baptist Historical Society. (Submitted on December 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.)
 
Additional comments.
1. First Baptist Church.—
Organized May 19, 1850, by Rev. O. C. Wheeler, of San Francisco, who was the first Baptist minister on the Pacific Coast. It had only eight members at the beginning. This small membership could not afford to engage a permanent pastor, and arrangements were made by which monthly meetings were held, which were conducted by Mr. Wheeler. In November of that year a lot was purchased, and a building erected, at the corner of Third and Santa Clara Streets. Here Rev. L. O. Grenell, from the Baptist Home Missionary Society, took temporary charge, and in the following February was elected permanent pastor. The place of meeting was afterwards moved to the corner of Second and San Antonio Streets, where a brick building had been erected for that purpose. In 1877 a new and commodious structure was built, which was burned in 1882. The present tabernacle was then erected. The pastor now officiating is Rev. A. W. Runyon, who was called in 1887.
Source: Churches of Santa Clara County - http://www.mariposaresearch.net/santaclararesearch/SCBIOS/churchespen.html
    — Submitted December 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

2. From the Diary of Dr. Israel Lord:
[Sacramento, California 1850] Saturday, Sept.14. Met Rev. Mr. [Osgood C.] Wheeler at Doct. Temple’s office today. He has come up by invitation, to assist in organizing a church here. This evening a considerable number of brethren met at Judge Willis’, and formed a church. Only five letters of dismission were presented and these were constituted members. Enough letters of recommendatory were than produced to increase the number to 15, and the bearers were then received by the church and thus we have the First Baptist Church of Sacramento.
    — Submitted December 2, 2008, by Syd Whittle of El Dorado Hills, California.

 
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