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Congregational Church (Victor, Iowa) records 1883-1933
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Congregational Church (Victor, Iowa) records 1883-1933

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The records include ledgers and notebooks with financial information and minutes of meetings of the Church and of groups affiliated with the Church:  the DK Society, the Women's Home and Foreign Missionary Society, and the Ladies' Social Society.  There are files of correspondence and legal and financial records.

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Folders: #1 Checks and receipts (found folded into the account book), 1916-20 #2 Certificate of Association, deeds, mortgages, 1883-97 #3 Correspondence, minutes, insurance information, 1887-1922 Ledgers/Notebooks: #1 Record of the Congregational Church of Christ in Victor, Iowa, 1883-94. Includes minutes of meetings; letters from pastors inserted in book. Highlights: • Nov. 1, 1883: first minister (p. 55) • Jan. 7, 1884: annual meeting (p. 57) • Jan. 1884: sexton's duties (p. 59) • Aug. 11, 1884: discussion regarding the salary for a pastor ("impossible for the Victor members to raise over $200.00 towards the salary") (p. 67) • May 1885: consideration of engaging Rev. W.L. Coleman of Grinnell as pastor for six months (p. 73) • Nov. 6, 1885: Rev. J.M. Bowers [Bowens?] accepts offer to preach for six months (p. 75) • May 28, 1886: Mr. H.L. Marsh accepts call to the pastorate for one year (p. 81) • Sept. 1, 1888: Rev. James Rowe engaged for one year (p. 91) • Dec. 2, 1889: annual meeting (p. 95); first parsonage (p. 96) • Dec. 1892 annual meeting (p. 105) • Dec. 30, 1893: annual meeting (p. 113) • Sept. 1894: William B. Payne accepts pastorate (letter between p. 116-117) • Dec. 1, 1894: annual meeting (p. 118) • Lists of members, 1883-94 (p. 122-141) #2 The second record book of the First Congregational Church of Victor, Iowa, 1895-98. Includes minutes from meetings; letters from pastors who received a call from the congregation are inserted in the book. Highlights: • Dec. 14, 1895: annual meeting ("parsonage full of debt") • Dec. 19, 1896: annual meeting • between March and July 1897: pages cut out ("expunged") • Jan. 3, 1898: annual meeting • Mar. 30, 1898: addition to parsonage

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Ledgers/Notebooks: #3 Treasurer's book, Congregational Church, 1913-19. (D.K. Ross, Treasurer) #4 [Secretary's book for DK Society?], 1912-16 #5 Secretary's records for DK Society, 1917-28. Includes minutes of meetings and lists of members. Inserted in the book are programs for: Brotherhood Dramatic Club (Dec. 22, 1916), Ordination and Installation of Rev. W.W. Maxwell (Mar. 12, 1918), Weekly Calendar (Feb. 11, 1917), National "Every Member Drive" (Dec. 28, 1919) #6 Treasurer's book, DK Society, 1908-20 [Note: When received, book had some sort of grass or grain stems pressed into book.] #7 Secretary's book, Home Missionary Society, 1894-98 #8 Home and Foreign Missionary Society, 1899-1917 #9 Secretary's book of the Women's Home and Foreign Missionary Society, Congregational Church, Victor, Iowa, 1918-26 #10 Secretary's book of the Ladies' Social Society, Congregational Church, 1893-1929 #11 Treasurer's book of Ladies' [Social?] of Congregational Church, 1909-17 #12 Secretary's book of Women's Missionary Society of Congregational Church, 1928-33 #13 Account book with Victor Savings Bank (J.E. Bach, Treasurer, Congregational Church), 1916-19