Stapp's Chapel, Decatur

Stapps Chapel was organized in one of the back rooms of the bank owned by Jasper J. Peddecord, who was at one time of the trustees. Among those present at the time were Dr. Stapp, E.M. Hinkle, W.H. Boyd, L.E. Haskell and Mr. Peddecord. That morning they raised the subscription to build the church. It was proposed to call it Stapps chapel, and Dr. Stapp immediately contributed $5000. (From The Daily Review 28 Jul 1899)

Grace Methodist church was organized at what was then called the Franklin street church. The Franklin street church was a society of the Methodist Protestant church and is no longer in Decatur. The present brick building at the corner of Eldorado and Franklin streets was dedicated in June 1868, the services being in charge of Rev. Hiram Buck. The building cost about $30,000. The church was first organized as STAPPS CHAPEL after old Dr. Stapp, who had a prominent part in the institution of the new church. About ten years ago, the name was changed to Grace Methodist church.

(The Daily Review 18 Mar 1903)

The congregation had its beginning in a Methodist mission conducted in a frame building which stood at Franklin and Cerro Gordo streets. It was under the patronage of the First Methodist church. They secured Rev. A. Bradshaw as a pastor, and soon the mission room was inadequate for a meeting place and in 1867 the construction of STAPPS CHAPEL was undertaken the building recently sold to the Masons for a temple, at Eldorado and Franklin streets. (Decatur Herald, 1 Jul 1931) a remembrance of history from the year 1906, it looks like.

Grace Methodist church was sold to the Masonic fraternity and thereafter was known as Eldorado temple. Even as a Masonic temple the building has been abandoned and since razed to make way for another garage and auto sales room. (Decatur Review 30 Jun 1929)


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