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RG4110.AM:  United Methodist Church (Chadron, Neb.)

Records:  1884-1982

Chadron, Dawes County, Neb.:  Methodist Church

Size:  8 volumes and 3 items on 1 reel of microfilm


Methodist Pastor Joel B. Gray began preaching at Dakota Junction in the fall of 1884. In August of 1885 the first lots in the present site of Chadron were sold and a Methodist Society was formally organized the following month. At first the Methodists met in the newly-erected Congregational Church, then in the skating rink, then in the courtroom.

The first church building was dedicated on April 3, 1887. In 1910 an addition was made. In the 1920s the old parsonage became a community house with classroom space. The continuing growth of the congregation made an expansion of facilities necessary. Ground was broken for the present church building in 1951. It was consecrated in 1952 and the building with the parsonage dedicated in May of 1957.


This collection of the records of the United Methodist Church of Chadron, Nebraska, consists of eight volumes, two pamphlets, and loose pages of minutes on one reel of microfilm, arranged in three series: 1) Record Books, 1884-1982; 2) Minutes, 1948-1950, 1953-1963; and 3) Church Histories.

The Record Books through 1953 contain lists of pastors, members, probationers, baptisms, and marriages. Since then, there are membership rolls kept alphabetically by household. Also included is a record book for the Wayside, Nebraska, Methodist Episcopal Church for the years 1928-1931. There are minutes of the monthly board meetings, 1948-1950, and 1953-1963. Brief histories of the church are contained in booklets produced for the consecration of the present building in 1952 and its dedication in 1957.

These records were loaned for microfilming in July of 1982.


Series 1 – Record Books, 1884-1982

Reel 1


  1. Record Book, 1884-1902

  2. Record Book, 1888-1906

  3. Record Book, 1902-1911

  4. Record Book, 1910-1924

  5. Record Book, 1925-1953

  6. Record Book of Methodist Episcopal Church (Wayside, Neb.), 1928-1931

  7. Membership Roll, 1928-1982

  8. Membership Roll (Members Removed), 1928-1982

Series 2 – Minutes, 1948-1950, 1953-1953


  1. Minutes, 1948-1950 and 1953-1963

Series 3 – Church Histories


  1. “Consecration Day, March 23, 1952”

  2. “Dedication Day, May 12, 1957”



Chadron (Neb.) — Churches

Dawes County (Neb.) — Churches

Methodist Episcopal Church (Wayside, Neb.)

United Methodist Church (Chadron, Neb.)

United Methodist Church in Nebraska


Revised 09-16-2008   TMM