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Near Dowagiac in Cass County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

First Methodist Episcopal Church

 
 
First Methodist Episcopal Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
1. First Methodist Episcopal Church Marker
Inscription. Circuit-riding ministers established a Methodist class in Silver Creek Township in 1843. Five families attended the earliest meetings, held in the home of Leroy L. Curtis, the first class leader. In 1844 the Reverend David Whitlock was appointed minister to the group and conducted services in the Indian Lake schoolhouse. During the ministry of the Reverend John R. Richards, church members used lumber from nearby farms to build this Greek Revival style church in 1869. Two local men, Enos Bowerman and Will Hess, served as contractor and carpenter for the construction. Throughout its history the congregation's societies and charitable fund raising have made it a vibrant particpant in the local community.
 
Erected 1999 by Michigan Historical Center, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1977.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 1.226′ N, 86° 11.076′ W. Marker is near Dowagiac, Michigan, in Cass County. Marker is at the intersection of Middle Crossing Road and Garrett Road, on the right when traveling west on Middle Crossing Road. Touch for map. Marker is in front of Silver Creek United Methodist Church at
First Methodist Episcopal Church image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
2. First Methodist Episcopal Church
the northeast corner of the intersection. Marker is at or near this postal address: 31944 Middle Crossing Rd, Dowagiac MI 49047, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Indian Lake Cemetery (approx. 1.1 miles away); Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church (approx. 2.6 miles away); Dowagiac Civil War Monument (approx. 4.2 miles away); Willis M. Farr (approx. 4.4 miles away); Dowagiac World War II - Korean Conflict - Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 4.5 miles away); St. Paul's Church / Episcopal Church (approx. 4.5 miles away); 19th Michigan Infantry Memorial (approx. 4.5 miles away); Dowagiac World War I Memorial (approx. 4.7 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Dowagiac.
 
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View to West Along Middle Crossing Road image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, April 22, 2013
3. View to West Along Middle Crossing Road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on April 23, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 364 times since then and 29 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on April 23, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.   3. submitted on July 12, 2015, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. • Bernard Fisher was the editor who published this page.
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