The Protestant Methodist Church:
A society of the Protestant Methodist Church was organized in this county in 1850, at De Witt,
then at several other points, till a circuit with regular preaching was established. After some
years a substantial brick house of worship was erected in the town of De Witt. the annual
conference was held in this building soon after it was completed. The following facts are all
the writer has been able to obtain for this history; The Rev. John L. Scott, the present worthy
pastor or the Protestant Methodist Church informs me that the De Witt circuit has five
preaching places in this county, one at De Witt with fifteen menbers, one at Prarie Centre with
fifty, one at Swisher's with twenty, one at Walnut Grove with twelve, one at Fullerton with
fourteen, and one at Davenport with ten members. there are two other societies on the circuit;
part of the numbers reside in this county, and the whole number in the pastoral charge is 166.
The present pastor organized the societies at Swisher's and at Fullerton. Mr. Scott has been
quite successful in securing additions to the church at several points. Rev. Wm. Cottingham
and Rev. Archibald McConkey, of De Witt, have for many years been active and earnest laborers
in this branch of the Church of Christ. End.