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Cooper Township in Kalamazoo County, Michigan — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Cooper Congregational Church

 
 
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By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
1. Cooper Congregational Church Marker
(Side One)
Inscription.
(Side One)
In 1843 the Reverends Mason Knappen and Ova Hoyt organized the Cooper Congregational Church with families from New York and Vermont. Church founders included Laura Blanchard, John and Betsy Borden, Mace, Nancy and John Borden, Matilda Delano, David Deming, Eliza Earl, Lydia Hart, Fidelia Pratt, William and Susan Lyman and Almon and Phoebe Monroe. These members first worshipped in a log schoolhouse at Cooper Centre. The present church was erected in 1856.

(Side Two)
This church was built in 1856 with money raised from the sale of family church pews—a popular fund-raising method used in New England and New York. Ephraim Delano, George Delano, George Hart, A.R. Allen, A.W. Ingerson, Allen Chappell and John Walker built the church on land donated by Barney and Eliza Earl. The cornice returns, triangular pediments and square louvred belfry, containing a bell cast by Meneely & Kimberly of Troy, New York, reflect the church's Greek Revival styling.
 
Erected 1989 by Bureau of History, Michigan Department of State. (Marker Number L1445B.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Michigan Historical Commission marker series.
 
Location. 42° 22.655′ N, 85° 
Cooper Congregational Church Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
2. Cooper Congregational Church Marker
(Side Two)
36.636′ W. Marker is in Cooper Township, Michigan, in Kalamazoo County. Marker can be reached from Douglas Avenue north of W. D Avenue, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8071 Douglas Avenue, Kalamazoo MI 49009, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. DeLano Homestead (approx. 1.3 miles away); The Kalamazoo Region (approx. 2.8 miles away); Soule Memorial Fountain (approx. 4.8 miles away); Early History of Plainwell (approx. 4.9 miles away); Stuart Neighborhood (approx. 5.8 miles away); First Baptist Church (approx. 6.1 miles away); First United Methodist Church (approx. 6.2 miles away); South Street Historic District (approx. 6.2 miles away).
 
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Cooper Congregational Church image. Click for full size.
By Duane Hall, September 17, 2013
3. Cooper Congregational Church
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas. This page has been viewed 297 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 25, 2013, by Duane Hall of Abilene, Texas.
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