The Methodist Meeting House On The Tualatin Plains Important To Pioneer Life

By featured Washington County Historian Ginny Mapes

Methodist Meetinghouse on the Tualatin Plains

The Methodist Meetinghouse built-in 1844 on the Tualatin Plains was essential to the civic and spiritual lives of the early pioneers.

This cornerstone of the settlement served multiple uses being a religious center for several denominations, including community meetings and elections, trials, and public complaints. It was also a gathering place for celebrations and picnics.

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It was simply a space to meet, for many of the small log cabin homes were filled with families. It had a belfry, but the members could not afford a bell.

We are not certain of the light or furnishing of the building, but we know it served the purpose.

Source: “History of the Methodist Church.” by Lester C. Mooberry, Historian Hillsboro Methodist Church

“Records of County Court of Tuality County, April 26, 1847” retyped by Verne Bright

Photo: Leste C. Mooberry with students, 1898.

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Illustration: The first commercial typewriter was manufactured in 1873; the Remington No. 1 was very archaic. It only typed in capital letters and the user could not see the line they were typing.

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Bonus Feature

Here is a video from Hillsboro Historical Society member Dirk Knudsen which will help you understand more about Methodist Meeting House in Hillsboro, Oregon and why the recent controversy and planned memorial mattered to us all so much.  The legal case of preservation has been resolved.  Final archaeological work has not found the bones of the Meek children but that was not an unexpected outcome.  At this point, despite serious protests by family and friends of the Methodist Meeting House and associated gravesites, the developer will be covering the site with a building.  History did strike a big win with the requirement that a Monument be built and HHS members Dirk Knudsen and Judy Gates Goldmann prevailed.  A very significant monument will be built to remember the Children and the Methodist Meeting House.  See the photos below.  Look for that to be built in 2021.  Outcomes like this keep our members energized and active in the community when our History demands it.  Just one was we serve our community and our rich story.

Agreed Upon Monument Designs

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