Arthur Baptist Church History

Arthur Baptist Church History Collection

(Always under construction.)

Arthur Baptist
Church History
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 This section is dedicated to Mrs. Marian Turin Sonichsen with thanks.

A big thank you to Mrs. Marian Turin Sonichsen for providing us with  several documents on the Arthur Baptist Church.  Several interesting histories with lots of names to add to the data base.  Plenty of pictures too.  The church was started back in October of 1885 and continued actively serving the area for over 90 years.   My memories of the church go especially to the 4th of July Sunday School picnics they would host on the church grounds.  Picking-up-peanuts, foot races, the mens tug-of-war, the ladies nail hammering contest,  the softball game -- all the fun things of rural childhood.

Unfortunately, the mechanization revolution in the agriculture industry over the last quarter of the twentieth century has marked the end to so many rural institutions.  It is no different in Hayes Township where the effects manifested themselves in a slowly diminishing rural population.  It is against this setting that, sadly, the church closed its doors forever in March of 1978.

Editors note: The pictures used in this section are scanned from the printed booklets.  If the original pictures can be located, we can scan them for viewing in an enlarged mode.  Then it is realistically possible to make identifications of the members on the group photos.

Also, navigation is improved if the "back" control is used instead of the "return link" when viewing the inline pictures.

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Revised 2 Sept 1999