Mulford Evangelical Free Church was started in 1857 as a mission Sunday School from the First Congregational Church in Muscatine. (Link to Oscar Grossheim Photo Collection, Musser Public Library Image Archive, 304 Iowa Avenue, Muscatine, Iowa 52761) It was led by Joseph Bennett, a deacon in the church, for more than 20 years. (Additional Reference : Upper Mississippi Valley Digital Image Archive, http://www.umvphotoarchive.org, a collaborative project of cultural heritage organizations in the Iowa-Illinois Mississippi River region.)
Alice Mulford was an early Sunday School teacher in the school. She opened the school after it was closed during a diphtheria epidemic in 1886-87. She was active in leading the Sunday School until her death in 1933. (Reference: History of Muscatine County Iowa, Volume I, 1911, pages 336-337. Iowa Gen Web Project)
In 1957, when American Congregational Churches were combining in an ecumenical merger, the Mulford Church decided not to participate. Instead they withdrew from the denomination. In 1960 the church affiliated with the Evangelical Free Church of America (EFCA).
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