The Yorkville Enquirer reported on Oct. 4, 1895 – “Bethel Pres. received a request from several people near Bowling Green asking for the organization of a church. They approved a commission to visit Bowling Green and, if the way is clear, to organize the church.” Later on Oct. 11, the paper reported – “The Pres. Church at Bowling Green was organized yesterday by Bethel Pres. The exercises took place in the school house. Twenty eight people became members, most from Union and Bethel churches. The officers are: J.H. Adams, J.A. Flanagan, and R.M. Dulin as Elders and S.J. Clinton, E.H. Adams and T.J. Patrick as Deacons. The church hopes to begin a building soon in a grove of trees about 300 yards each of the railroad.”
City Directories and History: The Rev. Davidson M. Douglas was the first minister at Bowling Green Presbyterian church after it was constructed in 1895. The current rock building was erected in circa 1924 at a cost of approximately $20,000., in the poplar Gothic Revival style. The rock was quarried at the home of J.M. Adams, who may have lived close to the church. Note that a number of Adams family members live within walking distance of the church.
A poplar method of financing many churches of this period was planting “Gods” acre of cotton. The proceeds from this acre when into construction of the church.
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