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Hicks Presbyterian Church history

 Collection — Folder: S2423
Identifier: S2423

Scope and Contents

This collection includes an unbound, typewritten copy of "A History of the Hicks Presbyterian Church of Greene County, Indiana," written by Edith Bauer Cogwell in 1945. The contents of the history include an introduction, the origin and early history of the Hicks Cumberland Presyterian Church, Hicks Church history from 1893 to 1845, church social activities, a biography of Rev. William C. Hicks, lists of ministers and officers of the church, and a bibliography.


  • 1945


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Historical Note

The Hicks Presbyterian Church was once located in Washington Township, Greene County, Indiana. Organized in 1854, it was first known as the Prairie Church of the Bloomfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church and the congregation had meetings in the Neidigh school house. In 1864, the church was deeded a tract of land about two miles north of the school. A church building was erected on the property by 1869 and the congregation was named the Hicks Cumberland Presbyterian Church in honor of Rev. William C. Hicks. On April 7, 1893, the church was authorized by the Presbytery to separate from the Bloomfield congregation and became known as the Hicks Presbyterian Church. Additional land was purchased in 1903 and a larger brick church was built and dedicated on June 4, 1905. The congregation was dissolved in 1951 and the old church building burned down in the 1970s.


Information found within collection.

"Churches Take Place in Lyons History." Linton Daily Citizen (Ind.), August 8, 1969.

Cogswell, Edith. "Hicks Presbyterian Church Gets Tribute: Closing Marks End to Gallant Struggle." The Evening World (Bloomfield, IN), November 2, 1951.

Kraus, Loraine E., comp. Cemeteries of Western Greene County, Indiana, vol. 1. Decorah, Iowa: Annundsen Pub. Co., 1985. Accessed September 15, 2022.


0.01 Cubic Feet (1 folder)

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Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Edith Bauer Cogswell on 1946/01/10.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2022/09/15 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2022/09/15 by Laura Eliason.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.