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ANONYMOUS. MSS History of the 1st Baptist Church of Pella, Marin County, Iowa. The Church was organized in 1844. 20.4 x 25.4cm. 7 sheets written in old pen on both sides making 13 numbered pages plus a blank page, 2 holes punched with thin thread through holes holding pages together. Some cross-outs in the text, but quite readable. The first leaves are a sermon on Numbers 23:23, re Balak & Balaam. The author then proceed in the final 7 pages with the History of the Aurora Baptist Church. "Some 29 years ago a Bapt. Ch. was organized in the Hamilton Neighborhood--6 miles S.E. of this city [i.e. 1844]. Records of this Ch. lost by fire. Worshiped in private-houses or school houses for 10 years. One of its pillars Dea. Mossaman--1st pastor Rev. M. J. Post..." "The Ch. moved to Pella During this time  it was enjoying the pastoral care of Rev. J. C. Curtis... known as the 1st Bapt. Ch. of Pella." Describes growth in Pella from 25 to 223. However by 1863 the church had weakened and in September of that year "the organization disbanded." However, at the same time, a new baptist church was organized as the Pella Baptist Church and with 16 members, growing to 246 members in 1873.