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The Globe Gazette
Mason City, Cerro Gordo County, Iowa
Monday, June 01, 1953
Centennial Edition, Section 8


[Section 8, Page 15] The Mason City Church of the Nazarene was organized in 1919. The first place of worship was in the basement of Sam Raizes' store. The church was incorporated on Sept. 18, 1933, with the following five men as trustees: Robert Wyborney, Harry Leonard, Charles Soule, Lem Scobee and Orvil (sic) Edgington.

The Womens Foreign Missionary Society was organized in 1929 with the following serving as officers: Mrs. Wiggins, president; Mrs. DeVoll, vice president; Mrs. Logue, recording and corresponding secretary; Mrs. Soule, superintendent of study and publicity; and Mrs. Bartholmen [Bartholmew?], treasurer.

Acting ministers since organization are: M. E. DeVoll, R. Wiggins, F. H. Enoch, the Rev. Fritzaln, Lester Kindred, Ralph Kaldenberg, the Rev. Minor, W. A. Pace, Merle Dimbath, E. O. Davis and the present pastor, Paul A. Madden.

NOTE: Lemuel Clarence Scobee was born July 30, 1875, Stahl, MO, and died September 4, 1949, Elmira, MO. His wife, Laura Edith (Headrick) Scobee, was born November 11, 1878/9, Mason City, and died July 1940, Cherokee, Iowa. They were interred at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery.

Orval M. Edgington died March 14, 1950, interment made at Memorial Park Cemetery.

Fred M. Wiggins was born in 1855, and died in 1934. Jennie E. Wiggins was born in 1857, and died in 1922. They were interred at Elmwood-St. Joseph Cemetery.

Rev. Rowe Delbert "Roy" Wiggins was born October 25, 1889, Springfield, MO, and died April 24, 1937, Mason City. A well-liked and one of the most inspirational ministers of his time, his funeral was one of the largest attended in Mason City history. His wife was Isabelle Elizabeth Shipley, whom he married April 24, 1918, Sioux City, Iowa. SOURCE: http://fourkings.freeyellow.com/Wiggins.html

Rev. Merle Simpson Dimbath's first pastorate was in Mason City. He also held pastorates at Waterloo, Iowa, and Miami and Lakeland, Florida. His wife, Zella Aline (Shadowens) Dimbath, was born March 17, 1914, Cleaton, KY, and died January 15, 2008, Lakeland, FL. Rev. Dimbath preceded her in death. SOURCE: Zella Aline (Shadowens) Dimbath obituary

Transcription by Sharon R. Becker, January of 2015



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