The Oregonian, Portland, OR., December 8, 1918, section 1, page 6

Hood Congregations Plan To Combine Activities
Single Protestant Organization May Replace Eight Churches - Financial Conservation Seen.

     HOOD RIVER, Or. Dec. 7 - (Special) - If suggestions of some of the prominent church people of this city are realized, Hood River next year may have a single community Protestant church, attended by members of all denominations. The movement is meeting with much favor and organization plans are already under way. A meeting was held recently to provide for future conferences of committees from all Protestant denominations of the city.
     Hood River has eight charges owning buildings. They include the Baptist, Christian, United Brethren, Unitarian, Episcopalian, Congregational, Methodist and Christian and Missionary Alliance.
     Rev. W.H. Boddy, formerly connected with Reed College in Portland, who has been successful in conducting a union church in the Upper Valley, has promised his aid in effecting a community church. One of the arguments advanced is that the proposed merger of church activities will result in great economy and will increase interest in church affairs.

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