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First United Methodist Church (Bluffton, Wells County, Ind.) records

Identifier: LOC-2010-0012

Collection Statement

Collection consists of membership records, Sunday school and board minutes, directories, yearbooks, legal papers, and photographs.


  • 1853 - 1988


Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Usage Restrictions

Copyright interests for this collection have been retained by the United Methodist Church.

Historical Sketch

In November 1838, Rev. George W. Bowers, a circuit rider, preached the first sermon in Bluffton under an Oak tree on the banks of the Wabash River. A religious society was formed and was the beginning of the first Methodist congregation in Bluffton. They met in homes until the first church building was erected on the corner of Cherry and Johnson Streets. A Sunday School was organized in 1843. In 1872 a new church was erected on the corner of Washington & Williams (present site). The First Methodist Church of Bluffton celebrated it's 100th anniversary in 1938 and it's 150th in 1988.


0.86 Cubic Feet (2 document cases, 26 bound volumes)

Language of Materials


Wesley Wilson
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Repository Details

Part of the Archives of DePauw University and Indiana United Methodism Repository

Roy O. West Library
405 S. Indiana St.
Greencastle Indiana 46135 United States