The First Presbyterian Church of Winterset, Iowa, was organized
October 10, 1854, with eight members and has been a continuous,
functioning congregation to the present day.
The following have served the church a Ministers or as ruling
Ministers - Rev. J. C. Ewing, stated supply, served from
1854 to 1863; Rev. A. M. Heiser, stated supply, served from 1864
to 1868; Rev. Edward Dickinson, stated supply, served from 1868 to
Ruling Elders - Dr. John H. Gaff and Mr. David Lamb,
ordained and elected October 1854; J. M. Selfridge and James
Shepherd, ordained and elected February, 1856; J. S. Gaff and J.
I. Denman, ordained and elected July 1859; Mr. John T. White,
ordained and elected January 1863; Dr. David Hutchinson, ordained
and elected March 1864; Dr. William L. Leonard, Mr. Albert G.
Welch and J. D. Jenks, Elders of the Presbyterian Church (O.S.)
received with that church.
PRESBYTERIAN BUILDING - WINTERSET
By a harmonious and unanimous action on the part of both churches,
the Presbyterian Church (O.S.) made application and was received
as an organization by the Presbyterian Church (N.S.), December 16,
1867, the officers of the former retaining their official position
in the united church.
The present (1869) membership of the church, including some who
have removed, is one hundred and sixty-six. The Sabbath School, of
which Maj. Thomas C. Gilpin is Superintendent, numbers about one
hundred and fifty. The present (1869) ruling Elders are Dr.
William L. Leonard, Dr. David Hutchinson, Mr. Albert G. Welch and
Mr. John Trumbull White,