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Updated: 11/15/2017 08:30:02AM

Church celebrates 150 years

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PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Bonnie Allen looks through some memorabilia Saturday, Nov. 11 at the 150th anniversary celebration of the First United Methodist Church.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Elsa Huff smiles as she correctly answered a trivia queston during a game at the 150th anniversary of the First United Methodist Church on Saturday, Nov. 11.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

John Thomas Wilson and Adeline Thomas Wilson were among the founders of the First United Methodist Church in Bartow. The house where they lived in Homeland is still here.

PHOTO BY JEFF ROSLOW

Mary Beth Blen ker-Vincent reads some history about the First United Methodist Church at the 150th anniversary celebration on Saturday, Nov. 11.

By JEFF ROSLOW

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BARTOW – In 1867, Jacob Summerlin donated land to what would someday become the city of Bartow for two churches, a public school and a county courthouse. One hundred and fifty years later, people gathered at the Fellowship Hall of the First United Methodist Church for a History Fair to celebrate the anniversary of Summerlin’s gift.

“I was not totally sure,” Pastor Armando Rodriguez said Saturday at the History Fair, that this church was 150 years old. “Sometimes the information can be inaccurate.”

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