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  • e Methodist Church

in Avondale

A very brief history of the beginnings…

  • e Avondale Community Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was officially organized

in 1937. e Rev. omas V. Ludlow was the first minister. Prior to 1937 (as early as 1924) church services were held in the old adobe school house southeast of Central and Western Avenues, east of the present elementary school and diagonally southeast of the present church building.

  • e closest Methodist Church was

in Liberty. Avondale was considered a mission church and was served sporadically by Methodist or Presbyterian ministers. In 1927 Mr. Hinebaugh of the Presbyterian Church and Albert Stewart of the American Sunday School Union helped to organize Sunday School. In 1929 the Rev. W.H. Edwards, minister at Liberty, held church services at various times. In 1931 the Rev.G.W. Western served the Avondale district.

Source: Celebrating 50 - Olan Mills, e Nations Studio, Columbia, S.C.

By 1935 the people of Avondale were ready for a permanent minister. e Rev. Ludlow of Liberty became aware of their plight. Together with Mr. and Mrs. T.C. “Doc” Rhodes, Myrtle Freeman, Carl Swensen (Rosie Brown’s father), and the school principal Lattie Coor, it was arranged for Rev. Ludlow to have church services in the school building, which was directly south across the street from the present church building and west of the old adobe building that was being used for church services.

If You Missed the Tour...

You can get the pictures. About 20 people toured the new Goodyear Ballpark taking pictures of each other in the Cleveland Indians showers, the dug out, home plate and plenty more. Joseph Marihart, Sr. Superintendent from Barton Malow Construction Co. gave us the tour. e facility was ready for the first pitch on February 25th against San Francisco. Michael Jordan, a professional photographer who just happens to be from Cleveland, will share his pictures with you. Go to MJProPix.

com. and search under ree Rivers Historical Society.

Michael Jordan Photo

Upper left: Gloria King in an Indians' locker. Oh, to be a fly on the wall. Upper right: e ZIZ sculpture. Above: Our group of 3RHS tourists.


You Can Help Record History

Reporters &



SAR - Did you work on Synthetic Aperture Radar at Goodyear Aerospace? We would like for you to share your experience by writing an article for e Quarterly. Richard O’Donnell mentions in his POW story that the bombardiers were getting training in radar. Was it an important advancement for the USAF?

Local People Who Became

Famous - If you knew them “way back when” we want to read about it. Send a photo if you have one.

Coming Attractions

  • Bill Van Zanten will be guest speaker on

April 21, 2009. Bill grew up in Tolleson, joined the Marines and wrote "Don't Bunch Up", one Marine's story.

  • Celeste Crouch willl give a Power Point

presentation, Historic Litchfield Park, Small Town, Global Impact, on May 19,

  • 2009.

    She has many photos that go up to

  • 1950.

    Come - Enjoy - Bring a friend!

Happy Birthday Tolleson

Located on the west end of the Salt River Valley, Tolleson was founded in 1912 by Walter G. and Alethea H. Tolleson, and was incorporated in 1929.

Happy 80th Anniversary!

At this time there are no Birthday Party plans, according to City Clerk, Chris Hagan. “John Paul Lopez, Assistant City Manager, organized the 75th Anniversary Celebration, “ she said.

How we grew…


1940-1,731 • 1950-3,042

1990-4,434 • Today-6,498

Area 1929:

6 sq miles

Area now:

6 sq miles


976 feet

Sales Tax 1991:

2% = $1,098,996

Sales Tax 2008:

2.5% = $6,800,000

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