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CLICK HERE FOR A VIDEO CELEBRATING MEMBERS WHO HAVE BEEN WITH US AT LEAST 50 YEARS
We are 100 years old as of 2017. A history of our congregation has been put in book form. It is 400 exciting pages covering the first thirty years.
Nearly all of our original members came from families rich in the Restoration Movement. They came here from Oklahoma and Texas, then from Arkansas and Missouri. The book, Up From The Desert: Casa Grande & The Church of Christ, tells which families came in which years, what everyday life was like for them here, and what their roots were in the Restoration Movement. Many pictures.
Casa Grande, a mining town in Arizona, began mostly as a tent city. The first meeting place of the church of Christ in the city was also a tent.
Within these pages, you will find progress the city made each of its first thirty-five years as well as congregational accomplishments for each of its first thirty years. Cameos of many families who came here show the religious backgrounds in the Great Restoration Movement and day-to-day life living in the desert.
The city began with one street—Main Street—across from the railroad tracks. You will delight to read about when each street we use today opened up, when each building we visit today was built, and when various laws were enacted, such as registering whether or not a citizen had a fan, not bringing guns to town, and driving down only one side of the street.
The city of Casa Grand began in 1912 because of silver and gold deposits, along with other minerals. The church of Christ began in 1917, five years later, because of the city. Twenty years after the church of Christ began, it had 200 members. Both were here to stay.
Here are the first members:
- 1917 – The Darters and Sharps
- 1918 – The Griffiths
- 1919 – The Preuitts
- 1920 – The McNatts
- 1921 – The Fritzingers and Tindalls
- 1922 – The Benders
- 1926 – The Tacketts
- 1927 – The Germans
- 1928 – The Amblers and Wilsons
- 1929 – The Sheltons and Sanders’s
- 1930 – The Hendrix’s
- 1931 – The Fosters and Eastridges
- 1932 – The Foxes
- 1933 – The Whites, Sweets, and Williams’s
- 1934 – The Whiteheads
- 1935 – The Frasers
- 1936 – The Prices, Mastersons/Halls, Gebharts, Hills, Wittens
- 1937 – The Hons, Coyles, Higgins’s, Wuertz’s
- 1938 – The Wallers, Turners, Fegusons
- 1939 – The Taylors
- 1940 – The Grubbs’s and Bentles
- 1941 – The Crows, Barnes’s, Wilsons, Jones’s
- 1943 – The Wilsons and Chisums
- 1944 – The Forsheys, Brysons, an Goffs
- 1945 – The Carters and Kinsers
- 1946 – The Lamberts, Brumages, and Owens’s
- 1947 – The Lowes and Caruths
Our first full-time preacher was Adrian Hon. His parents had taken him to Japan as missionaries around 1910 when there was still a bounty on the heads of Christians. His ancestors were preachers back 100 years before. His wife’s family ~ the Cartrights ~ came to Phoenix in the 1800s and began the first non-denominational church of Christ in Arizona.
We are offering this book at a special price of $10 plus postage. You can order direct from Amazon here: AMAZON
BREAKFAST IN FELLOWSHIP HALL
Place flowers on the graves of our earliest members
Have a short memorial service led by a former preacher
LUNCH IN THE FELLOWSHIP HALL
WORSHIP SERVICE AT OUR OLD DRY LAKE BUILDING
Former preacher and song leader
REGULAR WORSHIP SERVICE
Former preacher and song leader
Recognition of descendants of earliest members
with certificate & gift of our history book
LUNCH IN FELLOWSHIP HALL
Sharing memories time remainder of afternoon