Marion First Presbyterian Church, 1918, Historical Sketch

The First Presbyterian Church of Marion, Iowa, was organized in the old wooden Court House, southeast corner of 6th avenue and 10th street, on February 5, 1842.

It was a frontier Home Mission church of nine members. Iowa was not admitted to the Union until four years later. The first building-was erected in 1851, of brick, on the northwest corner of 6th avenue and 10th street. As this edifice was not completed until 1856, services were held in the Court House and the "old brick school house" on the site of the present Prescott school Here, Dr. Marshall preached his first sermon April 20. 1856.

The Sunday School was organized in 1852, the Women's Missionary Society in 1871, the Little Girls' Mission Band in 1871, the Young People's Missionary Society in 1878. The cornerstone of the present edifice was laid August 23, 1884, and dedication services were held September 27, 1885. The architect was Mr. F. M. Ellis, of Marshalltown.

1. "Untitled", Manual of the First Presbyterian Church, Marion, Iowa, 1918, page 5.
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Marion First Presbyterian Church 1918 Manual

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