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Subject: [BRE] So. Waterloo CoB, Waterloo, IA,early families & church description
Date: Fri, 25 Jul 2008 18:47:40 EDT
I don't have any direct ancestors who lived at Waterloo, IA, but a number of
descendants of my directs moved there from Somerset Co., PA, along with
A friend I correspond with has a subscription to a newspaper database. She
ran across the following article on the South Waterloo Church of the Brethren
and sent it to me. I thought it would be of interest to some on the
Brethren mailing list. This is located in Orange Twp., Black Hawk Co., IA. This
article describes the church building erected in 1913.
I googled "south waterloo church" "church of the brethren" and found a
couple of photos on the bottom of the page at this address:
Under "Historical Sketch" below it mentions when several of the families
moved to Black Hawk Co., IA. A number of the families have Beeghly ancestry.
Some of the spelling variations include: Buechley, Bueghly, Beekley, Beeghley,
etc. Many in this family later changed the spelling to Bickley after the
move to IA. I have tried to identify many of the people mentioned.
Some of the families mentioned in the article include:
Lewis Berkley b 1839, wife Minnie Bauman (Lewis s/o Ludwig Berkley and
Elias K. Buechley b 1812, wife Barbara Good, d/o Jacob and Polly
Dr. John A. Buechley b 1819, wife Anna Good, d/o Jacob and Polly
Martin Buechley b 1827, wife Susan Saylor, d/o Jacob and Barbara
John Dull b 1821, wife Sarah Jane Saylor, s/o Jacob and Barbara
Jacob C. Fike b 1821, wife Elizabeth Blough, d/o John and Fannie
Jonas Flickinger b 1830, wife Caroline Berkley, d/o Jonathan and Elizabeth
Ephraim Lichty b 1846, wife Sarah Miller, s/o William and Lydia
John A. Lichty b 1819, wife Lena Fike, d/o Jacob and Susanna
David Meyers b 1831, wife Mary Hess (David s/o Michael Jr.)
Abraham Miller b 1813, wife Salome Forney, d/o John Forney and Susanna
Daniel A. Miller b 1821, wife Elizabeth Weller
J. W. Miller (may be Jacob W) b 1844, wives Charlote Walker and Maggie Mary
Matthias Miller b 1822, wife Mary Berkley, d/o Ludwig Berkley and Sarah
Samuel M. Miller b 1833, wife Anna Beekley, d/o Elias K. and Barbara Good
William Miller b 1827, wives Lydia Fike, d/o Jacob & Susanna and Abbie
Buechley, d/o Elias K.
At the bottom of the article it mentions Rev. A. P. Blough and Dr. J. E.
Miller. These were Albert Perry Blough and John Ezra Miller. From what I've
been able to find, John Ezra Miller's wife was a first cousin to Albert Perry
The newspaper article from 22 Nov 1913 follows.
Now Orange Church a Paragon of Simple Beauty and Utility
Edifice Erected by the Church of the Brethren in Orange Township Will Be
Dedicated on Thanksgiving—Bishop J. J. Yoder to Deliver Chier Address—Structure
Has Cost Approximately $30,000
Marked by its simple beauty and substantial construction, the new edifice
built by the Orange township Church of the Brethren, will be dedicated on
Thanksgiving day. No stones will be left unturned by the church authorities to
insure the success of the dedicatory program, which will culminate more than a
year of ceaseless activity on the part of the congregation to achieve its
purpose-the completion of a house of worship, adequate for the needs of the
present and future generations.
Structure Cost $30,000
The new church cost approximately $30,000. It consists of a main building
93 feet 9 inches long and 56 feet 8 inches wide. The main part is practically
octagonal in form with sides of unequal length, while the annex is built in
the form of a rectangle.
Solid brick, hollow building tile and Bedford stone are the chief materials
used in the construction of the building, the stone being utilized to trim
the exterior and beautify it.
Four entrances, facing the east, west, southeast and southwest, lead into a
like number of vestibules leading to the interior of the edifice. The main
entrance is at the southwest corner, and it affords an unobstructed and
beautiful landscape view for a considerable distance around. The tower is built
directly above the main vestibule.
Interior Is Beautiful.
In a word, simplicity is the striking feature of he interior of the
building. On the basement floor have been installed the furnace room, the kitchen,
primary department, dining room, mothers’ room and toilets. Two stairways at
the east and west, something on the spiral order, lead the visitor from the
basement to the main auditorium, the main floor of the annex, and from thence
to the galleries above.
The pews in the main auditorium are arranged in semi-circular form, so that
all worshipers can have a full view of the pulpit, which is located at the
east side of the main building, in close proximity to the point where the annex
joins it. Immediately back of the pulpit is the baptistery, two sliding
doors opening into it, making it possible for the entire congregation to witness
the baptismal service. Candidates for baptism will be admitted through an
The gallery of the main auditorium is likewise constructed somewhat on the
semi-circular order, the seats being arranged in tiers, so that the view of
none will be obstructed. In the center of the ceiling an air vent has been
installed and, radiating from the dome to the points where the dome lines merges
into the vertical lines, are a number of substantial beams.
Annex Arranged Differently.
Different architectural lines have been followed in the construction of the
annex. The small auditorium in this part of the building is semi-circular in
form, but at its outer edge ar seven Sunday school rooms, each one of which
is numbered. The same identical plan has been followed in building the
gallery above and a like number of rooms of equal dimensions is found there. An
air vent has been installed in the ceiling at a central point, and four groups
of three electric lights each are arranged in symmetrical order around it.
The same lighting system has been followed in the main auditorium with the
exception that the lights are studded in the large beams radiating from the
dome. A number of small rooms, that will serve for various purposes, are
located on the first floor of the annex. Stained glass opal windows put the
finishing touches on both the exterior and interior schemes.
Complete Electric Plant
The electric plant will be complete within itself. A generator is located
in the furnace room and wires radiating from it, together with a number of
gaslights that have been installed, will illuminate the rooms splendidly. The
building will be heated by steam.
History of Church.
Perhaps the most important and significant event in the history of the
Orange township church—excepting its formal inception—occurred in 1870 when the
national conference of this denomination was conducted in the old meeting
house which is still standing, but which will soon be razed.
Men and women in large numbers journey from their homes in various sections
of the country to participate in the gathering. Ephriam L. Lichty, a member
of the Orange church, recalled yesterday that he helped to convey the scores
of visitors from Waterloo to the meeting house in wagons that were most
primitive in construction. The national conference at that time was about as
large from a commercial standpoint as the district organization, embracing
northern Iowa, South Dakota and Minnesota, is at present.
Possibly the first member of the Church of the Brethren to set foot on the
soil of Black Hawk county was Martin Buechley, who came from Allamakee county
in 1854. With several other families, he had emigrated from Somerset county,
Pa., in the early fifties and settled in the vicinity of Prairie du Chien,
Wis., but conditions not proving congenial and after three members of the
little colony had died, Mr. Buechley set out on a tour of investigation.
Somehow, and it seems providential, he came to Waterloo, which was then a village of
a few scattered houses located almost entirely on the west side of the Cedar
He returned and moved his family to Waterloo some time during 1855. In the
spring of 1856 Matthias Miller, with his family and a few other, came from
Somerset county, Pa. The same year the families of John Speicher and John
Dull came from Allamakee county.
Others located her about as follows: Samuel M. Miller in 1858, William
Miller and Jonas Flickinger in the spring of 1860, John A. Lichty, with a
company of about sixty persons, in the fall of 1860, Elias K. Buechley and family
in 1861. Dr. John A. Buechley and family, Abraham Miller, Daniel A. Miller,
the Hoffs, J. W. Miller, Jacob C. Fike, Jacob J. Schrock, Ephriam Lichty and
Samuel Smith followed some years later.
The organization, which proved to be the foundation of the South Waterloo
church, was effected at the home of Martin Buechley, who was then living on
what is now lower Jefferson street in Waterloo.
The following is a list of he charter members: Martin Buechley and his
wife Susan Buechley; David Meyers, his wife Mary Meyers, and their daughter,
Mary; Joseph Ogg and his wife, Susan Ogg, John Fillmore, a minister, and his
wife, Sarah Fillmore; Matthias Miller and his wife, Mary Miller. The formal
organization was effected in May, 1856.
On the same day that the church was organized an election was held for a
minister. Joseph Ogg was chosen and installed. David Meyers was the first
deacon, being in that official capacity when he came to Waterloo.
During this same summer Mr. and Mrs. John Dull were baptized, they being the
first to be received into the new congregation by baptism.
The first regular meeting place in Waterloo was in Capwell’s hall, a
two-story stone building on the corner of Fifth and Commercial streets, directly
opposite the site that is now occupied by the new Russell-Lamson hotel.
The first meetings in Orange township were held at the home of a Mr. Starr,
who lived in a small loghouse located between the present homes of N. J. Fike
and J. J. Berkley, in what was then known as the “log house in the locust
In later years as the township became more thickly settled and schoolhouses
were erected, the meetings were held at four different places in the
township, the schoolhouses being used for this purpose. For lovefeast occasions the
pioneers used the newly built barns, such as those erected by John Hoff,
Lewis Berkley and John A. Lichty.
In 1867 plans were formulated for the erection of a permanent churh
building. A building committee was appointed as follows:
Samuel M. Miller, William Miller and Cornelius Miller. Money was solicited
and during the winter of 1867-68 most of the material was put on the ground,
and in the spring of 1868 active building operations were started.
The actual cost of the building was $7,169.80, besides considerable
donations in the form of labor, material, etc. And it might be interesting to add
that the pioneers overcame a wealth of obstacles in raising the necessary
A special meeting was arranged for in April, 1912. At this meeting it was
decided to appoint a committee of five as an investigation committee,
authorizing it to report at the next regular business meeting. At a special meeting
in August, 1912, the committee made its final report as an investigating
committee, which was accepted. At the same meeting a building committee was
selected, its chief duty being to raise funds for the erection of the new
The contract for the building was awarded December, 1912, to Lauritzen &
Wasson, general contractors; the heating and plumbing contract to Zook & Bentz,
that for pews and chairs to the American Seating Co., while the wiring and
electrical fixtures were installed by Hitchcock & Humphrey.
Dedicatory Program at 10:30 A. M.
Song. “Holy, Holy, Holy.”
Song, “Come, Thou Almighty King.”
Chorus, “All Hail, Immanuel.”
Scripture reading and prayer—Bishop I. W. Brubaker.
Chorus, “Praise Ye the Lord.”
Dedicatory sermon—Bishop J. J. Yoder.
Dedicatory prayer—Bishop John Zuck.
“Song, “I Need Thee Every Hour.”
Afternoon Service, 2:30 O’clock.
Song, “Since I Have Been Redemed.”
Chorus, “Hark! The Song of Jubilee.”
Scripture reading and prayer—Bishop W. H. Hood.
Song, “Grace enough for Me.”
Sermon—Bishop John Zuck.
Prayer—Bishop J. J. Yoder.
Chorus, “O Make Me Wise.”
Doxology and benediction.
Evangelistic service at 7:30 p.., in charge of Bishop Yoder.
A basket dinner will be served the visitors on Thursday in the old church
building by the members of this congregation.
Letter from Dr. Miller.
Rev. A. P. Blough, pastor of the church, received a letter from Dr. J. E.
Miller, president of Mount Morris college, who was invited to attend the
dedication, stating that he will be here if possible. This is an unusually busy
season at Mount Morris and a multiplicity of duties may interfere with Dr.
Miller’s plans to come to Waterloo.
--Waterloo Evening Courier, Waterloo, Iowa (Saturday 22 Nov 1913) w/picture
of Bishop J.J. Yoder and one of the church.
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