Baptist Annals of Oregon
The First Period
Laying Foundations -- From 1844 to 1856
1. WEST UNION BAPTIST CHURCH, 1844.
Nearly a year before, without minister or deacon. they had organized thernselves into a little church; and without failure or interruption, had kept
9. MOLALLA. Clackamas. Fall, 1860. Rev. R. Cheadle. 8. R. Cheadle. G. C. Chandler. Extinct. Cause, Spiritualism.
10. LEBANON. (1). Marion. May 17, 1851. Rev. R. Cheadle. 5. R. Cheadle. J. G. Berkley. In 1854, it says: "We are weak and feeble, and surrounded by wickedness and inndelity, but are a little encouraged by two conversions and baptisms the preceding year."
13. WILLAMETTE FORKS. Lane. May 1, 1852. Revs. Vincent Snelling and William Sperry. 7. Sperry. Snelling and G. W. Bond. Outlook encouraging.
17. LIBERTY. (1). Linn. October 3, 1853. Revs. Joab Powell, and others. 10. Pastors not reported.
19. PLEASANT BUTTE. Linn. November 16, 1853. Rev. G. C. Chandler and others. 31. Rev. William Sperry.
20. LUCKIAMUTE. Polk. April 1, 1854. Rev. John Rexford and others. 4. Revs. C. C. Riley, J. Rexford and J. M. Fulkerson visited it occasionally.
21. PILGRIM'S HOME. Benton. June 3, 1854. Self-organized. 7. Rev. R. D. Gray.
22. UNION. Polk. July 15,1854. Revs. C. C. Riley and R. Miller. 14. Prospects good.
23. PALESTINE. Lane. October 10, 1854. Rev. R. D. Gray. 6. In 1856, it extended an arm to Pine Grove, about 20 miles distant.
24. MOUNT ZION. (1). Lane. First effort. October 14, 1854. Rev. R. D. Gray. etc. 5. Revs. R. D. Gray and G. W. Bond. Disbanded in 1857. Cause, slavery question. Sunday school kept up awhile
Note. 'The figures' 1, 2, 3, etc., after a name shows that there are other churches of the same name in other localities.
25. GOOD HOPE. Linn. Fall of 1854. Revs. R. C. Hill and J. G. Berkley. 4.
28. MOUNT PLEASANT. Washington. Early in 1856. Rev. John Rexford. 4. Extinct. Neglect.
29. NORTH SANTIAM. Linn. Early in 1856. Revs. Berkley, Powell, etc. 8. Lived three or four years but never again represented. Rev. Joab Powell, pastor, in 1859. Disbanded in 1861. Cause, internal trouble.
30. PLEASANT VALLEY. Linn. April 27, 1856. Rev. J. D. South. 6. Unassociated.
31. CLEAR CREEK. Clackamas. May 25, 1856. Rev. Thomas Taylor. 6. Unassociated.
Note 1. In November, 1850, Rev. H. Johnson and R. Cheadle held a three days meeting, and organized a church of 7 members at Salem, but there is no record of a second meeitng, nor did it represent in any Association, and appears to have died from neglect. But it secured the lots of the present Salem church, and left them as a parting legacy to the church after it.
2. Also, in 1855, Rev. Ezra Fisher organized a church of 12 members in Powell's Valley, but nothing has been heard from it since. No other church ever came out of these two churches.
[From C. H. Mattoon, Baptist Annals of Oregon, 1905, pp. 1-18. Provided by Jim Turner, Belfair, WA. -- jrd]