First Episcopal Methodist Church of Chester

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First Episcopal Methodist Church of Chester
First Episcopal Methodist Church of Chester is located in Montana
First Episcopal Methodist Church of Chester
Location Junction of 2nd St. and Madison
Coordinates 48°30′39″N 110°57′44″W / 48.51083°N 110.96222°W / 48.51083; -110.96222Coordinates: 48°30′39″N 110°57′44″W / 48.51083°N 110.96222°W / 48.51083; -110.96222
Governing body State
NRHP Reference # 97000974
Added to NRHP August 29, 1997[1]

The First Episcopal Methodist Church of Chester is a National Registered Historic Place located in Chester, Montana. It was added to the Register on August 29, 1997.

The placard reads:

The first two decades of the twentieth century saw railroad promotion and homesteaders settling along Montana’s Hi-Line. Chester was one of the first communities to spring up along the new Great Northern Railway line in the 1890s. The town incorporated in 1910 and the local newspaper noted, “...a progressive city like Chester is not taking the right course by neglecting the building of churches.” At that time church services were held in several locations including the Grand Bar and Hotel. The community unanimously decided a proper church was an immediate necessity. The congregation of the First Episcopal Methodist Church bought the land and construction began in June of 1911. Furnished with items donated in memory of lost family and friends, the first service was held the following November 5. Because the church was built with community labor, it was fitting that the fruits be shared with Catholics, Lutherans, and Presbyterians, who helped in the construction. Sundays were divided so that each congregation could use the church for services until each had its own place of worship. In the summer of 1946, the church was turned to face the east and a cry room and office added. Services were held until 1968 and in 1970, the Liberty County Museum Association purchased the building for one dollar. Students of Chester’s graduating high school class of 1997 researched and prepared the nomination for listing in the National Register of Historic Places in conjunction with the Montana Heritage Project.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.