The Ottumwa Courier

Southeast Iowa

October 8, 2012

Appanoose Co. church fire under investigation

Anyone with information urged to contact Sheriff's Office or Crime Stoppers


SHARON — Sharon Chapel Church timeline

Nov. 19, 1891 — Peter McCoy donates 1/4 acre of land for church

April 2, 1892 — Peter McCoy donates 1 3/4 acres of land for cemetery

1942-1944 — Ceiling was lowered and inside was redecorated

September 1950 — Basement was dug for church

Summer 1968 — Orleans Church donates old pews to Sharon Chapel Church

Aug. 28, 1975 — South roof was shingled

Sept. 9, 1978 — Outside of church painted, new doors hung, locks were put on windows and doors and the name of the church was painted above the front door

Spring 1979 — Tree planted on the north side of the church

Feb. 11, 1980 — Stairs to access the inside of the baseball were constructed

1980 — Security light installed

Jan. 5, 1981 — Carpet donated by Hawkeye Bank was installed on the new basement steps

Early 1981 — Exline United Methodist Church closes and donates a large lighted cross, a cross band, a pulpit and Triumphant Humnals to Sharon Chapel Church

March 9, 1981 — 15 large pews, a large round table and a coat rack were installed

Jan. 22, 1989 — Wheel chair ramp installed

September 1989 — Church enters float into Pancake Day Big Parade. They won third place in the churches division and netted $50

May 6, 1992 — Flag pole installed at entrance to cemetery

July 15, 1992 — Small tornado goes through the area, causing the front end of the church to get lifted and moved 10 feet north. Toilets inside the church were destroyed. All but one tree were damaged so bad they had to be removed. Many stones in the cemetery needed to be reset, which the Centerville Monument Company did free of charge.


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