Our first church building, before 1915
Our first church building, before 1915

Church History
Methodism came to Edgeley in 1887 when the first Methodist worship and Sunday School was held in the Milwaukee Railroad Depot.  Wesley Methodist Episcopal Church was organized June 5, 1888.  Less than a year later the first Methodist church building, which cost $2,300, was dedicated (debt free) on April 14, 1889.

By 1915, the congregation had

Our church in the 1930's
Our church in the 1930’s

outgrown the first building.  The cornerstone was laid for a new brick church on June 15, 1915 on the site of the original building.  The new structure was ready for dedication on December 19, 1915.  The new church cost $25,000.  The bell for the church was donated by Richard Sykes, the founder of Edgeley.  In the 1920s, a $1,500 gift from the Andrew Carnegie Foundation made possible a new pipe organ for the church.

In 1939, the Methodist Episcopal Church, the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and the Methodist Protestant Church joined together to form The Methodist Church.  A merger between The Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church in 1968 brought about The United Methodist Church.

5 responses to “History”

  1. Hoping you may be able to help me. I am looking for information on my Great Grandmothers sister, Emma Rodman. She was the daughter of Bertha (Salzsieder) and Carl Rodman. She and my Great Grandmother (Augusta Rodman Washburn) came with their parents to the USA and settled in Edgeley, in 1887. I am looking for any record you may have on Emma’s death. I haven’t been able to find any information her since their arrival, anything you can find may be of help. Also, she may have been buried in Mt. Hope Cemetery, but my records don’t show of her burial. Thank you.

    • Yes, we shall be glad to help. However, it may be about two weeks before we can gain access to the archives. We will send you everything that we can find. Thanks for asking!

  2. Mr Stiles,

    I am looking for a baptism record for my grandfather, Harry Arthur Schnell. He was born in Edgeley on August 29 in either 1890 or 1891. I need proof of which year.

    He was the fourth son of Alonzo Schnell and Mollie Raetchke Schnell.

    I believe I spoke with your wife last year on the phone. I am still hoping to find a divorce record for Harry from his first wife, Gladys Anderson. They were married June 1917 and divorced sometime between that date and June 1920.

    Thank you so much for your assistance.


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