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Victory Baptist Church

Victory Baptist Church

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Built: ~1920 | Abandoned: 1960s
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Emily Cowan
Victory Baptist Church
Sunday School Class of Nov. 1933 in front of Old Victory Baptist Church

Based on the stonework of the old Victory Baptist Church in Pershing its construction is estimated to have been in the late 1920s. Church records showed that in 1924 the church had about fifty-sixty attendees, twenty-five from Pawhuska and fifteen from nearby Nelogoney. Rev. Nail was elected pastor of the church that year, he had been holding a revival there. Soon after he would move into the parsonage that sits just north of the church. According to more church records, Rev. James Gore was the pastor in 1934 and it can only be assumed that he lived in the parsonage as well. It is constructed of the same rock as the church building but is in much better condition suggesting that it continued as a home after the church’s closure.

Victory Baptist Church
Old Victory Baptist Church in the background ca. 1945 Provided by Carol Murray Berryman

Sheryl R. Freeman recollected that her parents attended the Victory Baptist Church back in the 50s and 60s up until its closure. Too young to have very many of her own memories there she did remember that the church closed after the roof failed to be repaired in the 1960s. It continued to deteriorate from there and now remains an outer shell of its former self. The parsonage just north still has its room and appears to be used as storage now.




Bibliography

“10 Oct 1924, 6 – The Osage Journal and The Osage County News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/659166682/?terms=first%20baptist%20church%20pershing%20Oklahoma&match=1.

“12 Sep 1924, 8 – The Osage Journal and The Osage County News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/659172935/?terms=first%20baptist%20church%20pershing%20Oklahoma&match=1.

“13 Apr 1934, 4 – The Osage Journal and The Osage County News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/659270638/?terms=baptist%20church%20pershing%20oklahoma&match=1.

“19 Sep 1924, 8 – The Osage Journal and The Osage County News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/659224165/?terms=baptist%20church%20pershing%20oklahoma&match=1.

“2 Mar 1934, 4 – The Osage Journal and The Osage County News at Newspapers.com.” Newspapers.com, www.newspapers.com/image/659268437/?terms=first%20baptist%20church%20pershing%20Oklahoma&match=1.

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Emily Cowan

Emily is a two-time published author of "Abandoned Oklahoma: Vanishing History of the Sooner State" and "Abandoned Topeka: Psychiatric Capital of the World". With over two hundred published articles on our websites. Exploring since 2018 every aspect of this has become a passion for her. From educating, fighting to preserve, writing, and learning about history there is nothing she would rather do.

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Mark Sewell
Mark Sewell
1 year ago

Amazing how these native stone structures still remain standing

Larry Tiller
Larry Tiller
1 year ago

Nice looking pictures

Jane Beard Whitesides
Jane Beard Whitesides
1 year ago

SAD BUT GOOD PICTURES

MARY PETERSON
MARY PETERSON
1 year ago

THanks for posting i have seen this from the road and wondered what it was

Larry Carr
Larry Carr
1 year ago

I think these are very moving pictures

H. Melvin James
1 year ago

I appreciate this informative and richly historical article. I applaud their mission toward helping to secure, preserve, and restore these valuable vestiges of our local culture in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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