The German Reformed Church / The Church Parsonage

The German Reformed Church / The Church Parsonage (HM2MKW)

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N 41° 35.919', W 82° 42.576'

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— Old Stone Church —

The German Reformed Church was organized on Kelleys Island in
1865. The congregation built this church from island stone in 1866
on ½ acre of land purchased from Alfred S. and Hannah Kelley. By
1871, the congregation, one of five on the island, heard services in
German and had 25 families as members, including those of Baumler,
Beatty, Becker, Boker, Burger, Cattenach, Dodge, Elfers, Fischer
Gerlach, Hess, Jordon, Keifer, Lange, Nowalk, Pringnitz,
Renter, Schaedler, Scheele, Smith, Stoll, Suhr, and Trieschman. Rev.
A. William Von Kaske was
the congregation's last resident minister,
leaving in 1915. The church's final service, funeral for William
Burger, was held in 1942. The church's Ladies Aid Society was able
to maintain the building until 1957, after which it was left vacant.
The Kelley's Island Historical Association leased the church in 1981
and was granted the deed in 1986.

The congregation of the German Reformed Church built a parsonage on land purchased for $51 from Mrs. Anne Twidney on August 8, 1888. By 1915, the island's population and the congregation had dwindled and the latter could no longer support a resident minister. The church's trustees rented the house to the Betzenheimer family. Florence ("Sis") Betzenheimer McKillips carried on her mother Emma's role of caring for the German Reformed Church and parsonage even after

both buildings became part of the Kelleys Island Historical Association in the 1980s. The association granted Mrs. McKillips use of the house until her death in 2013 at the age of 92. It has no running water and is serviced by a hand pump in the kitchen and an outhouse in the back yard.
Year Placed2015
Placed ByWilliam G. Pomeroy Foundation, Kelleys Island Historical Association, and The Ohio History Connection
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Sunday, November 3rd, 2019 at 10:01am PST -08:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)17T E 357526 N 4606627
Decimal Degrees41.59865000, -82.70960000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 35.919', W 82° 42.576'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 35' 55.14" N, 82° 42' 34.56" W
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