They Left Their Mark In Oakford, 1872

Mt Olive Baptist Church
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Mt. Olive Baptist Church is six miles west of Oakford on the scenic National Lincoln Memorial Highway in Cass County.

In August 1859 a group of Sangamon River Bottom residents met at the Dick School Building to form a Church of Christ. The four charter members were George Sutton, Elizabeth Sutton, Nathan Sutton and Ann Sutton.

On September 4, 1859. Mt. Olive became a member of the United Baptist Association. M.P. Hartley was the first pastor and served a four year term.

On June 9, 1870, John Hawthorne and wife deeded the church grounds to the trustees.

In 1933 the building was reroofed and redecorated. The church was wired in 1938. In 1950 when the interior was redecorated and oil furnace was installed. In 1957 the building was raised and a basement dug.

The highest membership was 147 in 1859. Pastor Vern Gerdes is now serving the church, with a total of 109 members.

The old landmarks of their forefathers are maintained by Mt. Olive.

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