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Genealogical Society to hear

history of First Baptist Church

The Union County Genealogical Society will meet at 2 p.m. Sunday in the History Room of First Baptist Church on Main Street.

Charlotte Baine, a member of First Baptist and a local genealogist, will give the history of First Baptist from its organization to present. The city of El Dorado was laid out as a town and county seat in 1843, and First Baptist Church was established in the winter of 1845 by seven people, who met in the little log courthouse located on the corner of North Washington and Elm Street.

In 1848, the congregation had grown to 28 and they built a church on East Peach Street, where they met for 46 years. In 1894, the church acquired the property where it is currently located, with the current building erected in 1921-22 during the days of incredible growth that came with the oil boom.

To attend Sunday’s meeting, where visitors will be welcome, enter the building on Elm Street and go in the right back door.

Gusher Elk Lodge, American Legion to host Valentine’s Day events

Two local organizations are planning Valentine’s themed events this weekend.

The Brothers of Gusher Elk Lodge No. 560 will host a Pre-Valentine’s Day Dance featuring Front Cover of Shreveport.

The doors will open at 9:30 p.m. with the show beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday at Gusher Lodge, 1525 E.19th St., El Dorado. Admission is $12 on the day of the show, $15 for an advance couple’s ticket and $10 advance ticket. For more information, contact Jerome Robinson at 870-918-1512.

The American Legion will host a Valentine’s Dance featuring the Mike McKenzie Band from Louisiana. The band will play in the banquet hall in Club Ten, 105 Christian Drive, from around 8 p.m. until midnight. Cover is $8 and everyone 21 and older is welcome.

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