Category: Churches

The United Presbyterian Church

The United Presbyterian Church of Rock Island, Illinois, was organized as an Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, July 1, 1854, by direction of the second A. R. P. Presbytery of Illinois. The Reverend Matthew Bigger, together...

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The Swedish Methodist Episcopal Church, Moline

The church was organized in September, 1849, by Reverend Jonas Hedstrom of, it is said, seven members. Among them was Claus Bengston, the first Swedish settler in Moline. The meetings of the church were held in Mr....

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Trinity Episcopal Church

Some time prior to 1853, Reverend Louder-back held Episcopal services in Rock Island; the first recorded vestry meeting being held at Trinity parish November 12, 1853. The organization of Holy Trinity Church was effected about...

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Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Church, Moline

This church was organized with fifty members about 1850. Its membership is considerably over a thousand, with over three hundred Sunday school scholars. Reverend L. P. Esbjorn, in charge at Andover, Henry County, was pastor also...

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St. James Catholic Church

Reverend J. G. Allemann came to Rock Island, Illinois, in 1850, started to organize a church and began building in the Summer of 1851 a stone church, the size being forty by sixty-six feet, and dedicated it St. James Church, it...

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St. Paul’s (Belgian) Catholic Church.

St. Paul’s Church, located on Twenty-fourth Street and Eighth and a half Avenue, was opened for services for the first time on February 5, 1905. On that occasion the choir rendered beautiful music and the pastor, Reverend...

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Spencer Memorial Methodist Church

At a conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church for this district, held during the month of September, 1900, J. B. Rutter, the pastor of the Methodist Episcopal Church, at Milan, asked the Elder and the Conference for the...

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St. Anthony’s (Roman Catholic) Church

The first Catholic priest to officiate at Moline was Father Allemann, of Rock Island, in 1857. He held services at different places outside of his regular parish, at Moline, Hampton, and other points. In 1858 the church was...

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St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Moline

Is located at the southeast, corner of Tenth Street and Fourth Avenue. Reverend Joseph S. Kelly is rector, and Reverend Michael Gildea, assistant rector. Churches of Rock Island County Source: Historic Rock Island County, pub....

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Sacred Heart Catholic Church

The Sacred Heart parish was fount July 28, 1898, by the Reverend John F. Lockney. It includes all the English speaking Catholics between Twenty-third Street, both sides, to Forty-sixth Street. Father Lockney built a temporary...

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