History of the Hitchcock United Methodist Church

Old Church Memorial

Church services in Hitchcock were organized in August of 1882 by Rev. O.S. Basford.  Twenty-seven members held their first meeting in the Chicago Northwestern depot.  Other places for services in the 1800’s were a butcher shop on the north side of main street owned by Mike O’ Brian, also above the store known as Phillip’s Store, and J and B Locker.  Two churches were built while Rev. Basford was pastor—one at Hitchcock and one at Crandon.  Soon Broadland and Tulare were established making a four-point charge.

The original church was built in 1883 and modified a number of times over the years.  It remained the place of worship until the current church was built in 2004.

There have been a number of parsonages; many that still are lived in today.  The current parsonage was built in 2007 through a donation given by Ruth Roen.

Hitchcock has had a total of 58 different pastors over the years.

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