ROBINSON CHAPEL METHODIST CHURCH
From the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Sunday, November 14, 1954
Robinson Chapel Methodist Church was organized in 1830 and the following year, ANDREW BYERS donated a tract of land to the Methodist Episcopal denomination for a church and cemetery. Meetings were held at a school house for one year until a frame church was erected. It was dedicated by Prof. Robinson, for whom the structure was named. The Rev. Ira M. Wolverton was pastor in charge.
Masonry work for the church was completed by FRED and FRANK BELLINGER and AD AYERS. JACOB HURSH furnished the native timber, and before the church was completed, he died and his funeral was the first in the church. ALEXIOUS MOSS was the first class leader and HENRY TREACE the first choirmaster.
Men of the congregation formed a baseball team 20 years later, which would play each Saturday afternoon before a paying crowd. Proceeds from the games and ice cream socials held after the games, went toward the purchase of a 700 lb church bell. The bell still rings each Sunday morning in the church steeple.
Since the early days, various improvements have been made including a switch from kerosene lighting, to acetylene and then electricity. Two stoves were originally used for heating, but an oil furnace was later installed.
The basement was remodeled 15 years ago and a new floor constructed. The congregation also built a new kitchen and dug a fresh well. Stained glass windows replaced clear glass and within the past five years, new hand-made furniture has been placed on the alter.
The REV. JAMES BABBITT is the present pastor. Sunday School is held weekly at 9:30 a.m.; Church School at 10:40 a.m.; Methodist Youth Fellowship at 6:30 p.m. and the mid-week service at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.
The WSCS meets on the fourth Thursday of each month and the Menís Club, the second Tuesday evening. Average attendance is 100.
Photo taken about 1950