Pictured in front of the Cache Missionary Baptist Church are, from left: Front-Wanda Palmer, Mae Davis, unknown, Annie Palmer, Martha Palmer and Emma Roof.
Cache Valley Missionary Baptist Church was organized Nov. 19, 1916, (meeting place not named in church minutes) with the following people present: Elder J. R. Hall, Elder J. A. Stairs, and Elder Raymond. Elder J. R. Hall was elected moderator and Samuel Lawrence was elected clerk. This church was located on the north side of Highway 62 about two miles west of Toombs Hill and west of Pollard, Ark. It would have been located very close to where the Cache River flows under the highway. There is a private home built on the property (it is now in disrepair and unoccupied). There are still quite a few trees standing which must have been there when the church was standing.
Five joined the church that day by letters from New Light Church and became the charter members: Samuel Lawrence; W. C. Davis and his wife, Louis Davis; Miles Davis and his wife, Melissa Davis. J. R. Hall served as pastor until the first of the year.
They met on Saturday night before the fourth Sunday each month. In February they called J. N. Settlemoir to be the pastor and he and his wife, O. J. Settlemoir joined the church by letter from New Hope. Pastors were elected for a year at a time and the following served the church through the years with some serving more than once: J. R. Hall, J. N. Settlemoir, W. R. Underwood, Pat Haden, W. T. Owens, T. L. Cates, R. E. L. White, Fines Alexander, Shelly Cooper, C. A. Holifield, Ernest Gower, Silas Robertson, A. B. Thomas, Elisha Davis, Charles Davis, H. C. Delaney, Roy Brady, Bro. Walker, Omer Bearden, Berl H. Howell, Thurman Travis, and James Ivey.
These deacons were ordained: N. T. Davis ordained May 24, 1923; Clifford Shrum on Mar. 24, 1923; Henry I. Renard on Oct. 9, 1932 at the McDougal Church; Bill Scheffler 1937; Ezra Renard and Neil Davis on Sept. 20, 1942. These were the only ones mentioned in the minutes and this is probably not a complete list. Some of the charter members may have been deaqcons. The hand-written minutes are in the Piggott Library.
Church Clerks were elected by the year and these people served in that capacity with some serving several times: Samuel Lawrence, Lorene Davis, N. T. Davis, J. Marion Bell, Tommie Davis, W. E. Corlew, H. I. Renard, W. F. Sheffler, W. H. Toombs, Clifford Shrum, Howard Largent, Elisha Davis, Willie C. Davis, Charles L. Palmer, Douglas Stancell, Manuel Brady, and Luther Palmer.
There is no mention of where the earlier church met. They could have met in homes or the Cache School House or even had a building. No mention is made in the minutes of a building until Sept., 1935 when a building committee was named of H. I. Renard, N.T. Davis, and W. F. Sheffler. They were to locate a site and build a house. On May 24, 1936 there was a sale of the old church ground and a building site was bought. On Aug. 22, 1936 work started on the building and 2700 feet of logs were cut.
New song books were ordered and a Young Peoples Training Union was started in Oct. 1936. A Sunday school was started in Dec. 1937 (the first mention of Sunday school) and officers were elected each year after that. The church had been sending messengers to the Association since 1921 but never mentions which Association. (Probably Bethlehem?). The Associational minutes might tell us more about the church.
The church was mission minded and took up money for mission work.
The church body disciplined the members and at times members were excluded from the membership for drinking, dancing, heresy, etc. The member could regain fellowship by asking for forgiveness and changing their ways. Some readily did that, and others never came back.
In August, 1950 a motion was made to move the church house but to have it face the same way, and a reference was made to a new deed; but no follow-up was written in minutes as to what that meant.
On July 13, 1969 the church disbanded and met in the yard of Luke Palmer. The church building had been sold for $300.00, the piano for $50.00, the fan for $10.00. An Ad had been put in the paper and the cost of the deed was $4.00. That left $384.04 to be divided among the fourteen members who were left at $24.86 each.
One hundred seventy six people had their names on the church roll through the fifty three years the church was in existence and were touched in one way or other by the ministry there. Their stories would be more interesting than my version from the minutes. We would like to hear them.
[Thanks to Martha Capps of Little Rock for a copy of the church minutes (now in Piggott Library), the flash drive, the pictures, and the encouragement).