A Brief History
Welcome to Grace United Methodist Church and Church Square!
The church was organized in 1902 by Rev. I.G. Sigler, preaching one Sunday each month in Library Hall as it was then called. Construction of Grace Church began on October 2, 1902, completed about 1905. In 1903, the church building was erected of stone donated by Mr. Saunders, husband of Mrs. Annie Saunders. The stone was taken from his quarry northeast of Douglas and cut by stonemasons near the site of this building. This was the first church erected in Douglas. The first remodeling done on this church was in 1916 or 1917. The remodeled church face brought a change to the “Square.” In July 1951, an altar set of brass candlesticks, cross and vases were given as a memorial to Mr. W.J. Jackson by his wife and sons; two 7-flame candelabra were given in memoriam to Emma Harding by her sons and daughter; brass offering plates were given by a friend of the church; at the same time during this period the three stained glass windows in the east wall of the sanctuary were given as memorials to Katherine Harsell, E.M. Smith, Winifred Ragan, and Ella Geers. in 1969, Grace was officially recognized as “Grace United Methodist Church”, and celebrated “100 Years” on October 5, 2002.