Memorial Church

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Memorial church of the Evangelical Association was organized by Rev. J. Portch, 1880, with about six members. Rev. Portch was succeeded as pastor by Rev. A. S. Baumgardner, who is now in charge.

The house of worship, erected in 1882, was dedicated October 29, by Rev. H. S. Bowman, of Cleveland, Ohio. It cost fifteen hundred dollars. Present membership church, twenty-five; sabbath school, forty.

The church was built in memory of Rev. Moses Bower, who came from the eastern part of the state, and labored in this county with great success until his death in 1835. He is buried in the old cemetery on the hill west of Stoystown.

(Source: History of Bedford, Somerset & Fulton Counties, PA; 1884)