Source: NMHS Newsletter May 1987
CHRISTIAN SCIENCE CHURCH
N. Market Street
It was then a barn housing a horse and buggy.
Samuel Oldfather (1847-1928) and his wife, Sarah
(1857-1953)established the small church.
Their elegant home at 201 N. Market was used for
Sunday school during the first few months, but this was
later moved to the church.
The remodeled barn became a model
A Reading Room at the side and back was used often by
the public and by church members.
Services on Sunday were at 10:45 a.m.
Readers appeared promptly following organ music
by Etta Brown, sister of George Burdge.
The organ was a pump type.
Edith (Martin) Rittenhouse of Liberty Mills was
soloist for many services.
The readers had the Bible and the Christian
Science Book by Mary Baker Eddy before them and this
comprised the sermon.
The Mother Church is located at Boston,
Wednesday evenings were open to
testimonials and fellowship.
The Lord’s Prayer was always used in the
ceremonies of the church.
It became a symbol of the teachings to all in
Members came from a wide area:
Akron, Urbana, Sidney, South Whitley and more.
Visitors were welcome anytime at the Oldfather
home and at the services of the church.
Much of the counseling was throughout the week in
Families and friends attending were:
Goehler, Naber, Ruse, Brown, Guinnup, Gaddis,
Koller, Sells, Keaffaber, Frushour, Frakes, Werking,
Oppenheim, Rittenhouse, Leffel, Mow, Miller, Summa and