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NEBRASKA STATE HISTORICAL SOCIETY MANUSCRIPT FINDING AID



RG3043.AM:  First Congregational Church (Weeping Water, Neb.)



Records:  1860-1976

Weeping Water, Cass County, Neb.:  

Size:  17 volumes on 4 reels of microfilm; 1 folder of misc. records



BACKGROUND NOTE



On November 18, 1860, six residents of Weeping Water met with the Rev. John Todd to organize the First Congregational Church. The church did not have a regular minister until the arrival of William E. Catlin in the spring of 1861. He resigned shortly thereafter due to his wife’s ill health, and the congregation went without a minister until August of 1863. Then Merritt F. Platte began preaching at Weeping Water and Avoca. The congregation grew steadily from that time, although it often shared a pastor with other communities.



SCOPE AND CONTENT NOTE



This collection consists of 17 volumes on 4 reels of microfilm and one box of manuscript material arranged in six series: (1) Church Registers, 1860-1967; (2) Clerk’s minutes, 1874-1976; (3) Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor, 1895-1912; (4) Woman’s Missionary Society, 1873-1889; (5) Scrapbook, 1860-1960; and (6) Board of Trustees’ Records, 1959-1974.



This collection includes registers of births, deaths, marriages, baptisms, communicants, members, officers, and pastors. Also included are minutes of the meetings of the congregation and various societies within the church.



Because some materials were added to the collection at a later date, reel 4 contains items (most of the more recent records and volumes, 1939-1967) from Series 1, Series 2, and Series 6. Additional records for the Weeping Water First Congregational Church are located in RG2678: United Church of Christ, Nebraska Conference.



DESCRIPTION



Series 1 – Church registers, 1860-1967



Reel 1

Volume




  1. 1860-1884

  2. 1887-1902

  3. 1902-1910

  4. 1910-1920



Reel 4

Volume




  1. 1942-1967



Series 2 – Clerk’s minutes, 1874-1976



Reel 1

Volume




  1. 1874-1895

  2. 1896-1900

  3. 1901-1913



Reel 2

Volume




  1. 1913-1924



Reel 4

Volume




  1. 1939-1952

  2. 1952-1961

  3. 1962-1976



Series 3 – Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor, 1895-1912



Reel 2

Volume




  1. Minutes, 1895-1905

  2. Minutes, 1908-1912



Series 4 – Woman’s Missionary Society, 1873-1889



Reel 2

Volume




  1. Minutes, 1873-1889



Series 5 – Scrapbook, 1860-1960



Reel 3

Volume




  1. 1860-1960



Series 6 – Board of Trustees records, 1959-1974



Reel 4

Volume




  1. Minutes, 1959-1967



Envelope (unfilmed):



Minutes and Association correspondence, 1967-1974 (personal copies of Rev. I.C.G. Campbell)



 



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