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SUNDAY, OCTOMR 11955 Your HMM H«ws^«r -- THI DAILY INDWtNDIMT -- Kmmm*fri*, North Mm Oil Horsfebkck Left FobtpMs In Sids Of Time At Moiiirt Mitchell · : ' - · : - · : . . · . · · " · . - , ' · - . ? - - - - · - · . - . · : - · - · . - · · · · · · · . - ' ;..l' · - - - . : . . ' . · · ' · ·,- -.-. - - - - . - ; · · . -.. : · ' - · · · - - . : - . . . - ·,.-- ; . -- «··*"· v'itf.?; V ..: ..f.. ,'· V 1 ,-.-. · -i - ···*. v ^:^mm --**,; -^im^^^^^ · -..-· -·. -.:·?·*..· .*·*:·?. .-^\te--:.;-^-.::- f ^?^ - .*-*. V · ^^VVOaiBVV^aHi^^KlM^bi^Bifl -*.-*,* *3gfe3^^i;fexfeb ^.fc£*2ife--i,¥^v SS 8 ^^t?^ ; ^^^.^ v ; :^cW^F^-^: v.-: ^:^^P?^^^x?^^f !'^^V^^'S^.^N!a.i,-4»?*s.^^siK»V^:UJ^i"J^ ; i'i5ja^'""-'a.;^ A Landmark 1 s Passing From The Mount Mitchell Community Scene Thirteen citizens got together here hv 1865 to organize the Mount Mitchell Methodist.church. The country was recovering from the Civil War and money w a s scarce. . . . . . · Joseph Cook,Tombstoneiis-Qiie-Of^Oldest^InrCemetery 1 ; . ' · L . - _ . ' tftt' re* ft.1 A. - _,, _ ' i T^_ · . T By RANDOLPH S. HANCOCK Independent Staff. Writer . MT. MITCHELL.--The man on horseback came early to Cabarrus County. The saddlebags carried food for man and animal. It carried a lot of other things, too, like the Bible. He/was somber attired, but his mission was a cheerful one. He was a minister. His influence is seen and felt in this county today and throughout the nation. In the early days he was known as a "Circuit Rider." You've heard of that man, that minister. His was not a "soft" seat. The Circuit Rider, was a man of great stamina. .He had to be strong to endure the hardships of the circuit He undoubtedly came to Mt Mitchell community, and he has left his tracks in the sand of time here. Too,-he left his mark in other ways. You can see that mark on a visit to Mt. Mitchell Why Mt. MitchelJ? "That's an excellent question," said Martin M, Walters. "I suppose it was named so in honor of the district superintendent the Rev. J. S. Mitchell." '· Why the mountain? Mr. Walters had no answer for that question. Neither does the church ,history. But the church history does answer a lot of other interesting questions about this interesting community, The flowers -- the larkspur, the wild geraniumns, the dogwood and redbud -- colored the hills of Cabarrus that spring in 1865. Gen. Robert E. Lee had surrendered at Appomattox to Grant on April 9. The country was in an upheaval, torn by a four-year war and there was talk of carpet- Ijing, there was talk of the then impending legislation ' Dlis" to abolish slavery. There was a lot of talk about a lot of things. In the Mt. Mitchell community there was talk about a church -- a Methodist Church, There were not many Methodists in the community. In fact, there were not too many people living in the area,tfoatjs.known-to$sy as Mt. 'Mitchell: What the community^ name .was prior to taking: its present name,, is : not recorded. Supposedly it had no- name. ' " ' No matter. The few persons in the neighborhood got together at the old Shinn school house, Tbere were 13 · persons in the group. .They organized the church:. But they failed to make any immediate record of the organization. In fact, a record was not entered in the Conference Journal until April 12. 1869. The church history says, "The organization was made by the Rev. S. A. Roper, pastor-in-charge, ; and the Rev. J. S. Mitchell, district superintendent." The church history continues s adding that "Mount Mitchell was for many years on a circuit with the Old Smith's Chapel now Midway church in Kannapolis, Oak Grove and Asbury churches in Mecklenburg county. "Later, Oak Grove and Asbury churches were taken off leaving Midway and Mount Mitchell until the Methodist Methodist unification in 1939." Names prominent in the community when the church was first organized included the Bensons. Alexanders, Clarks, Cooks, Pattersons, Brantleys. Dayvaults. Sides, Weavers, Yosts, Finks, Deals, Lud'wigs. Grahams, Bar- ringers and Walters. The church grew. It was the pivot upon which the whole community turned. In 1886, says the church history, "the Sunday School had an enrollment of 50 members," But there were revivals. They came at a time of year when the crops had been "laid-by" and people had the spare time from tilling the soil to attend church, "The revivals were well attended," "says, the historv, "in the day and night services. Much interest was manifest, manifest, and new life was infused in 'this little band of worshippers." All who took part in the church's services and its programs were not members, of Mt. Mitchell. The records of the church says as much. "In the early Nineteen Hundreds," it continues, "there were only, three stewards on thi; official board. The Sun- day School had many teachers who were not members p£ . the church. ' ' . ~" '" "Mrs. Emma Patterson 1 and Mrs. Effie Edgison, who were not members of the church, were teachers. Through their'efforts new life was infused in the church and a healthy growth was observed." ' : Mt. Mt. Mitchell was a community of neighbors in those days, as it is today. The man who didn't "have" was helped. The same held true for the church. Money was hard come by then. When the church need^ ed a new roof, members and non-members got together and put one on it. . The record continues: "The church building needed a new roof. But the members were only able.to raise half enough to do the fob. But a good neighbor'who was not a member of the church, paid the other, hall" · ' -·' The good neighbor went a step further. "He bought the preacher a suit of clothes. The community community as a whole became great friends ofxour church," says the record. ''---,. The community, as a whole, is still a friend "of-the church. This is manifest in the new $76,000 building that was dedicated in appropriate ceremonies on ..Sun'-* day, Aug. 14, 1955. ^-v"""' The cornerstone laying for this new church was held at the annual home-coming services Aug. 9, 1953. The church history continues its stbrv: "The Kev, Channey came sometime'later (after 1886) and hejd a revival, which was the real beginning of life at Mt. Mitchell-.-. - . " "Other denominations joined in the great revival, and a good Lutheran was on the committee to appeal to the Bishop for the appointing of this man of God as their pastor." . , - £ater, the records continue, "Mr. John Dayvault was made superintendent of the Sunday School. There were five classes in the one-room building. The Sunday School operated only nine months a year." That was in the day when the men sat on one side of the church, the women on the opposite. - Mt Mitchell church was growing. By-19^ two-class '-, ,rooms were added to^ the;church. This gave"the Sunday /.', 'School more operating room for its growing membership. ; ThiS'was-only the beginning. , ..'-.;. - --'.·'., ,,,·', In 1933 the church building was completely-over-. hauled 1 "'with an addiitonal 10-feet built on the .north side and4he'entire building,was brick veneered: Four additional class rooms were constructed. : Church Church history says that "After unification in 1939, Eethpage church was placed with Mt Mitchell. A short time thereafter Mt. Mitchell became a station for about two years. . , . "In the fall of 1951, South China Grove .was placemen the charge. In 1946 China Grove was removed ahd;^MC* Mitchell became a station charge." v,'! '-;.. Mt. Mitchell was on the move again. .·"'·''"·';/·"·'.. -7 "In 1951," the church history continues, "the church school and congregation increased .to", such an extent;, - that something naov to be done to'Take,care of .the increase. increase. .. ' ' ' ^--'"'"S ' ' * ' · " · -,,".-V "Plans matujed^for : 'a new church building and an auditonum"of~'40x8(rfeet Included in the .plans was an ,,w educational building with 19 class rooms. The auditorium f ' wou\d seat about 400." ; \ : The committee who undertook .this project Consisted of: · · · · - . - · - . ·· · - , - ."·-.,"-^: · Paul Griffith, B. B. Troutman, Ray Troutman, Wi C; Trputman, R. G. Troutman, Ralph Simmons, I'VJann Christy, York Walter, Conley Graham and J. A. Cook; · · Jr, · - - * --· · ·-. -·- - ' . ' - · ? - . · . ' - · :. v; ;., Church membership now is more than 400 and there are about 300 on the Sunday School rolls. The Rev. Robert A. Foster is the present minister-of the church. ed in a somber suit; ;astride;the horse. , Like Like Johnny Appleseed, he sowed his seeds where the soil was fertile; They came up, and you can see the fruit of his efforts in the' handsome new building the people --·-*-?" 'i* . . . . . ,,, NEWSPAPERflHCHIVE®

Clipped from The Daily Independent02 Oct 1955, SunPage 9

The Daily Independent (Kannapolis, North Carolina)02 Oct 1955, SunPage 9
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