Hopewell Celebrates Centennial

October 01, 2003 | Marie Cook

This year marks the centennial of the Hopewell Church in Dayton, Ore. A celebration featuring Don Livesay, Oregon Conference president, was held Sept. 20 to mark this milestone.

The Hopewell Church was organized on Feb. 7, 1903, with six original members. According to verbal history, the church met in a tent at the school grounds on Oak Road until they moved into a building and property acquired from the Kirkwood family for a mere $35.00.

Many generations later, Hopewell still has descendants of its earliest member families among its congregation. Laurence Dykes, who joined in 1972, is the oldest living member at 99 years old.