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INDIAN GROVE CHRISTIAN CHURCH
The Indian Grove Christian Church, more commonly known as Powell Church, was organized Dec. 25, 1873 by Elder O.H.P. Wheeler with nine members. The Church is still active (1966) and is located in Chariton County, Missouri, about 19 miles northeast of Brunswick.
The land for the church and cemetery was donated by Milton Powell and his wife, Margaret. The deed which they executed on Aug. 11, 1877, and for the Indian Grove Christian Church "one acre of land in the southeast corner of the south half of the northeast quarter of Sec. 3, Township 54, Range 19".
After the congregation was organized and before the church building was erected, services were held in the homes of the members. Chief among the homes so used was that of the Powell's. The first pastor of the church was O.H.P. Wheeler. Carter DeWeese, the first charter member, serves as pastor from June 30, 1877 until Aug. 11, 1922. During that time he preached 2,285 sermons, 144 funerals, baptized 284, and married 99 couples.
(Source: POWELL FAMILY RECORDS, by Mrs. Merna Potts of Albany, Oregon (1966)