“The M.E. [Methodist Episcopal] Church was erected here about 50 years ago, and is now in such a bad condition that it is not worth repairing. A subscription paper is out to receive sufficient money to erect a new building. About $500 have been subscribed to date. Let’s help the noble work along. Good roads, good churches are the keys that will unlock the happiness and prosperity of the present and future generations.” January 26, 1898
“Revs. Harney and Bedinger will begin a revival meeting at the Methodist Church, here, on Thursday, March 24th. Rev. Harney is the great soul awakening Minister who held a protracted meeting here about 2 years ago.” March 16, 1898
“ We have been having a great revival at the M.E. Church. Brother Haney is still with us and we feel that there is much good being done in the way of converting souls and sanctifying others. May the good work continue until there will not be a soul In this vicinity unsaved.” April 13, 1898
“The horse belonging to Rev. Bedinger, who preaches at the Methodist church here, strayed off and has not been heard from.” August 3, 1898
“Bro. J. G. Hudson [John Gass Hudson] is working hard to establish a Bible Reading Circle in our Methodist Church.” January 11, 1899
“The Methodist Church will be torn away and in the future a new one built.” February 15, 1899
“Tearing down of the M.E. Church began Monday.” March 15, 1899
“The new Methodist Church was dedicated Sunday. Rev. Green, of Warsaw, preached the dedicating service, which elicited much praise. About $105 was subscribed which covered all indebtedness leaving a balance of about $50 to expend for pews. Not withstanding the intense cold weather, a large congregation was present, quite a number of whom were from a distance.”
Four degrees below zero here Sunday.
Rev. Holmes is pastor of the Methodist Church at this place.
J. G. Hudson [John Gass Hudson] will give a Bible Reading at the Methodist Church,
Sunday - the 14th of January.” January 3, 1900
“The Narratative Social to be given at the Hall for the benefit of the M.E. Church Furniture Fund, will be on the 19th instead of the 26th, as published in the last issue.” January 17, 1900
“Rev. Hubbard, Presbyterian minister, will preach at the Verona Methodist church at 7 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 20th.” February 17, 1916
For the final disposition of Verona Methodist, we would direct you elsewhere on our site, to the story of the 100th anniversary celebration of New Bethel Baptist.
All items are from the Boone County Recorder on the dates indicated, and not as news stories, but as items in what local papers used to call “Society” columns. A big thanks to Carol Hudson for sharing her research.