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This Day in MendoHistory: June 10, 1894- Reverend Ross Dedicates Mendocino’s Baptist Church


In collaboration with Mendocino’s Kelley House Museum, MendoFever will be publishing their “This Day in Mendocino History” Facebook posts. The Kelley House Museum works hard to document and curate Mendocino County’s rich history and can be visited in the seaside town of Mendocino.

Photo: An early photograph of the Baptist Church on Ukiah Street in Mendocino, c. 1898. The church was built in 1894 for Eliza Kelley. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs)

On this day in Mendocino history…

June 10, 1894 – Reverend John S. Ross dedicated the new Baptist Church in Mendocino. In his sermon, he praised Eliza Kelley who had at last accomplished her greatest ambition – building a church where the small body of Baptists in town would have a place to worship.

The church had been organized the previous June by Mrs. Kelley along with Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Joy, Mrs. Reuben Allen, Mrs. John Huff, and Mrs. Sjolund. Until a church could be built, the Baptists met at the Good Templars’ Hall on the south side of Main Street.

In July 1893, W. H. Kelley began removing buildings and clearing the lot next to the McCallum House on Ukiah Street in preparation for building the church there. Construction was funded entirely by the Kelley family.

It’s unclear when the Baptist Church stopped meeting in this building. In 1974, the Mendocino Beacon reported that the Old Red Church on Ukiah Street, “which has been standing silent and unused for half a century,” would house “Owl & Thistle Antiques” and Rosemary Henes’ “Personal Expression” shop.

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Corners of the Mouth has occupied the church building since 1976.

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Matt LaFever
Matt LaFeverhttps://mendofever.com/
I have been an Emerald Triangle resident since 2006 and this is year ten in Mendocino County. Please, email me at matthewplafever@gmail.com if you know a story that needs to be told.

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