2 miles NE of Winterset in 1847. Charter members were: Aquilla
Smith, Sally Ann Mills, Samuel Crawford, Polly Crawford, John
Butler, Susannah Butler, Mathew Jones, Lucinda Jones, L. D.
Skidmore, Rebecca Thornburg and Lydia Evans. The first meetings
were held in homes and soon as many as 50 were attending. All
records were destroyed November 7, 1897 when the house of the
church clerk, Asa B. Smith, was destroyed by fire.
wedding in the County took place June 1, 1846. John Butler was
father of the bride and his daughter Betsy Butler married Daniel
Chenowith. Her father didn’t have their cabin up yet so they
were married out in the timber.
Evans also preached at the Buffalo Center
community south of town baptizing converts in Middle River. Evans was a great uncle of Inez Hartman, Ed’s first teacher.
He moved to Nebraska from this area and died there. His was a large family and several
of his ancestors still live in and around Winterset. One of his
brothers built the stone house now owned by Charles Lee. Several
relatives are buried in the Primitive Baptist Cemetery.
Evans sold his claim to Alfred Hood, reserving two acres where the
present church and cemetery are, for that purpose. About 1859 a
meeting house was started just east of the present one. It was
ready for the plasterers when the Civil War broke out and the
question of slavery entered the Church causing a division. In 1861
the Elder died and meetings were discontinued for a time. Later
they were held at the Gorr Schoolhouse 9 miles NE of Winterset and
near Buffalo Mill. Among the Elders at this time was an Elder
Jordan. Meetings closed at Buffalo when the dam washed out by floods and the Mill closed down and
members moved elsewhere in search of work.
In 1903 Elder Jordan raised money and built a Church where the present
one stands. This building was badly damaged in the "Tileville
cyclone” and again meetings were held at Buffalo Schoolhouse
until money and plans were made available for rebuilding. About
this time the membership became the largest in many years. Elder Jordan
lived with and preached for the Church longer than any other