HISTORY

TIMELINE

1839 Pike Grove Presbyterian Church organized with eight members (Rev. Peet founder – located where the Oakwood Cemetery is now at Hwy 31 and County Road E.  It was moved one half mile north and completed in 1848.)

1840 First Methodist church building completed in Somers (corner of county line Road and I-94 called Kellogs Corners)

1842 Pike Grove Bible Society organized (They handed out Bibles.)

1842  Oakwood Cemetery Association established (corner of Green Bay road and Somers Road donated by William Smith.  First burial John Ozanne son of Rev. James Ozanne – February 12, 1844)

1845 Presbyterian Church erected on Green Bay Road (Trail) (present day County Road E (12th Street) and Hwy 31)

1848  Wisconsin became the 30th State in the Union

1850   Southport became Kenosha (Indian name for “Pike” meaning pointed projection or sharp tip, the center of a shield or head of an arrow.

1853  Somers first appeared on public records

1861-1865  Civil War

1863  Methodist Church built

1869 Burr Oak School built

1886  Presbyterian Church moved from Green Bay Road (Trail) to Somers

1889  Methodist Church moved to village

1917-1919 USA role in World War I  (Armistice Day 11-11-1918)

1918  Methodist and Presbyterian became Somers Federated Church

1921  Somers Federated Church became First Congregational Church in the remodeled Presbyterian Building

1926  Ladies Aid Society divided and formed the Pilgrim Daughters Circle

1939 World War II in Europe 1939-1945; in Pacific 1941-1945

1943 First mention of Christian Service Organization (a ladies organization) disbanded in 2004

1948 We became the United Church of Christ

1950-1953 Korean War

1957 National merger of several churches creating the United Church of Christ

1958  Five acre building site given by Mr. & Mrs. Elmer Hendricksen

1959  Ground breaking ceremony held on April 19, 1959  

1960 May 15th – Cornerstone laid

1960 October 16th – Dedication of church

1963 Church name changed to Somers United Church of Christ

1963 Purchased parsonage with two acres of land across road from church

1965 Church purchased Burr Oak School for Sunday School and recreational purposes

1965 Somers Independence Day Parade took place

1974  Burning of the mortgage

1978 Sunday School addition (dedicated February 25, 1979)

1989 Sesquicentennial Celebration of Somers Church (150 years)

1989 Somers United Church and Community Foundation established

1992 Storage Facility built

1994 Inclusive name change to Somers Community United Church of Christ

1995 Busy Bee Child Care Center opened their doors

1997  New church sign by the road

1998  New roof on the sanctuary

2001 Memorial Pavilion built with Nicholas Adams as his Eagle Scout Project later memorial bricks created a walkway (dedicated May 26, 2002)

2002  Remodeled kitchen, offices & ADA restroom

2004  Pilgrim Heritage Fund established

2005 New sanctuary furniture purchased and dedicated

2014 175th year- “We Have Faith in Somers”