1880 - Lovell Grove Christian Church

               Omega, Omega Twp., Marion Co., Illinois


                         Lovell Grove Christian Church - also known as 1880 is still active today,

                                               and is located on the east side of Omega, IL!


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          the Lovell Grove Christian Church Centennial

                                July 20-25, 1980

                                   (1880 - 1980)







Lovell Grove Christian Church (also known as 1880 Church)


            History records that the members of this early congregation met in the early 1850's and worshipped in a log house about two miles southwest of the present chapel.  William Chaffin organized this group and it was known as Bee Branch Church.  After fire destroyed this log building, services were held for a time in the Omega School House.  This school house, a log building, stood southwest of the village.  The church register lists the following names as members of the church at that time and the year of their baptism.  Henry F. Kelchner, baptized 1850; Lucy Kelchner (Henry’s wife) 1855; Frances M. Farson (Mrs. H.C.) 1860, H.C. Farson 1862, Julia Lovell (Lacey) 1867; Ida M. Kelchner 1878; Mrs. James Presgrove, 1878.

            On Dec. 11, 1879, a business meeting was held at the residence of H.A. Vandusan and plans were made to purchase land and build a new church building.  The building committee was S.W. Lovell, John Beck and H.A. Vandusan.  Soon after this meeting, the following land transaction took place.  This is the description:

            The Grantor, Markam C. Lovell of the County of Marion and State of Illinois for consideration of $5.00 conveys and warrants to James Kennedy, J.R. McGraw, H.C. Farson, Trustees of the Church of Christ in Omega Township and their successors in office, the following described real estate, one Sq. Acre off the N.E. corner of the S.E. quarter of N.W. Quarter of Section 20 in T.3NR 4 E in Marion County, Illinois signed Dec. 29, 1879 by M.C. (X- his mark) Lovell; W.W. Rogers, J.P.

            Mr. John Beck was the carpenter and the church building was completed late in the year 1880.  For many years the church was referred to as 1880 and occasionally we still hear it called the 1880 Church.

            The first meeting held in the new building was Dec. 11th of that year with R.P. Henry of Flora, Ill. giving the dedicatory discourse.  Wesley McGraw was assisting elder.  James McGraw and S.W. Lovell were chosen as deacons.

            Some of the more prominent families of the church the next few decades, in addition to the above named, were the Millicans, Smiths, Brandeburys, S.G. Copple and wife, Morrows, Robinsons, Simers, Swalleys, and Walkingtons.

            In the early days, the church ministers included Henry Vandusan, William Chaffin, John A. Williams, John Tinkler, David R. Chance and W.J. Simer.  The latter served perhaps for a longer period of time than the others, as records show he ministered to the Lovell Grove congregation for thirty years.  Too, it is reported, he often gave to the church half of the pay he received from them.

            Some of the later ministers were Albert Millican, Paul Marteeny, George Kelley, Irvin Hays, Chester Edque, Thomas H. Wilson, Russell Ross, Floyd Stabler, Cecil Cochran, Glen Hawkins, Terry Graham, Tim Fry, and James Flanigan.  Brother Ernie Donoho, our present minister, has filled the pulpit faithfully for over five years.  He was ordained a minister of the gospel Aug. 11, 1968 at our church by Brother Phil Young of St. Louis Christian College.

            Elders and deacons at the present time are Ole Anderson, Merle Walkington, Howard Mulvaney, Merle See, Virl See, Leon Baker, and Gene Baker.

            We are a small country church located one mile south of Omega, serving the community and providing spiritual need, meeting Sunday morning and evening each Lord’s Day.  We invite all who wish to come and worship with us.


                                                                                                                                                        (from the book "Omega (1823-1973)")



Lovell Grove 1880 Christian Church; Omega Twp., Marion Co., IL (Oct. 2011)



Lovell Grove 1880 Christian Church; Omega Twp., Marion Co., IL (Oct. 2011)



Lovell Grove 1880 Christian Church; Omega Twp., Marion Co., IL (Oct. 2011)


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