The year is 1889. Benjamin Harrison is sworn in as the 23rd President of the United States. Mark Twain publishes “A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court.” Columbia Record releases the first catalog of recordings, consisting of ten pages worth of cylinder recordings intended primarily for jukeboxes. Across the sea, the Eiffel Tower opens and, believe it or not, Nintendo in Japan is founded (think Mario Brothers).
With the coming of the railroad on October 31, 1861, the town of Lincoln swarmed with saints and sinners alike. They came from all points of the compass, from Civil War veterans seeking good farmland, to ranchers looking to raise horses and savvy businessmen seeking profit in the mining and pottery industries.
Lincoln also drew “the people known as Methodists,” a Christian group whose founder, John Wesley, believed that God not only liberates people by grace but also helps them live by grace. These Methodists sought to express this “life of grace” by working toward the common good and establishing schools, hospitals and churches. Lincoln United Methodist church was the fruit of their efforts. These early pioneers possessed a concern that the people in the dry, rolling fields of Placer Valley experience the refreshing streams of grace, love and mercy. Thus, our Methodist chapel was born.
The church was organized in February 1889 with 22 members. The cornerstone was happily laid in 1890, attracting another 70 members (people like to see progress in building projects). The Rev. Henry Montesquie McKnight was pastor during the construction of the building. He named the church McTyeire Memorial Methodist Church in honor of Bishop Holland McTyeire, one of the founders of Vanderbilt University.