Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Open House April 24th


Raffle in support of an ADA Restroom


The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall is hosting a raffle.  Drawing to be held on April 24th during our Open House!  

Proceeds will be used to suuport enlarging our current bathroom to meet ADA requirments.

Thank you for your continued support! 

Monday, April 5, 2021

Wedding Venue- Union County Oregon


The Chapel at Catherine Creek Community Center now offers an ideal location for your wedding.  The century old building contains spetacular stained glass windows as a back drop for your event. 

The Chapel at Catherine Creek Community Center can also be rented with the community hall. 

Eastern Oregon Wedding Chapel

Friday, February 26, 2021

Purchase Completed!

 The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall are excited to announce that the purchase of the former Union United Methodist Church Property is complete!

The ability to purchase this historic building is the result of many donations from individuals, civic and non-profit organizations and local businesses.  Over $25,000 was gathered from the community in order to purchase the property on Main Street in Union.  Many thanks to everyone who donated.

The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall are overwhelmed by the support of our local community for this project. “Union’s residents, regional businesses and service providers have been a driving force since our organization's conception in February 2020”, President Terra Richter said.

Even though a large hurdle has been achieved, there is a lot of work ahead for the Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall.  The building is in need of rehabilitation with several large projects requiring immediate attention and funding. Planning for a wide range of future activities and programming is also on the immediate horizon.  The building will be available for rent for community events very soon.   

A socially distanced Open House with an online viewing option will take place at the end of April. During this event, we will tour the building, announce our volunteer program and update the public on upcoming events and publicly thank the organizations that have assisted in the purchase of this beloved landmark. 

Check our website at www.historicunioncommunityhall.org to schedule events and activities or sign up as a volunteer. You can also email us at HistoricUnionCommunityHall@gmail.com

Monday, December 14, 2020

Strengthening our Community by Preserving our History

Strengthening out Community by Preserving our History

Due to the efforts of Union's citzien to-date, the 501(c)(3) public charity, The Historic Union Community Hall, are now one step closer to the goal of purchasing the former Union United Methodist Church located at 667 N Main Street. Together with your support, we can preserve this beautiful century old brick building with breathtaking stained glass windows, and continue to strenthen our community.

We request your support as we mover closer to preserving Union's Hsitoric landmark. You can paritipcate in our missins by purchasinf our colorful Union Cookbook, enggaging on our upcoming events, volunteering or provide a donation to The Freinds of Teh Hsitoric Union Commnuity Hall.

Your donation can be clasimed on your taxes. Additoinally, THE CARES ACT passed in late march instituted a provision allowing people to dedcut $300.00 for charitable contributions. Deductions under THE CARES ACT must be in cash ( including checks and credit card paymenrs) and given to a 501 (c)(3) publich charity such as The Freinds of The Historuc Union Community Hall.

You can also double your impance by gogin to the Hsitoric Union Community Hall page on

the Oregon Culture Trust website at:


Thank you for your efforst!

for more information

email: HistoricUnionCommunityHall@gmail.com

or call 541-905-0102


Union Community Cookbook!

The Union Community Cookbook are Ready to Order
$25 per book, with blank recipe pages to add your own recipes.

Email: HistoricUnionCommunityHall@gmail.com or call 541-905-0102 to place your order!


Note Cards are Now Available!


Blank note card sets with envelopes included.

$10 per set

Fundraiser for The Hsitoric Union Community Hall

Charitable Donations and The Cares Act


There have been several questions realted to The Federal CARES ACT. Mrs Hall, HUCH Board member, did some research and found that The Federal CARES ACT will allow contributions to any Non-Profit 501 such as Friends of the Historic Union Community Hall even if you are not itemizing deductions.

Therefore, with a receipt from the organization, up to $300 can be used as a deduction on your taxable income.
If you would like to contribute to The Freinds of The Hsitoric Union Community Hall or if you did not recieve a receipt from a previous donation, please contact us at HistoricUnionCommnutyHall@ gmail.com. This must be completed by 12/31/2020.

For a bit more information see: https://thefinancebuff.com/cares-act-charity-donation-deduction-married.html?fbclid=IwAR0WrdAi98cEtQQ0qiZ9OKQ6tHLB8e43Q8yeddjYpLhyHZYW-XvbGyp2buI#:~:text=From%20Kiplinger%3A%20The%20CARES%20Act%2C%20among%20other%20coronavirus,when%20you%E2%80%99re%20married%20filing%20jointly%3F%20%24300%20or%20%24600%3F

Sunday, December 13, 2020

Addtional Cookbook Recipies

 The Cookbook sales are going weel and we are excite to have published to ate 48 cookbooks.  But we have an extra special treeat.  A few yummy recipies did not make it into the 2020 Cookbook edition.  Look for these recipies to be added in upcomig editions!!


From the recipies of Ruth Mitchell

Combine 2 and 1/2 cups drained sour cherries, 1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup cherry juice and 1 Tablespoon butter. 

Bring to a boil; remove from heat. 

Sift one cup flour, one teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/2 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water. 

Poor batter into a greased pan; top with hot fruit. 

Bake at 400 degrees about 40 minutes

This is a good recipie for any fruit that isn't pre-sweetened


From the recipe of Ruth Mitchell (in her own words) 

Put 2/3 cup sugar in a pan and heat to liquid.  Add 1/2 cup boiling water and bring back to a boil, stirring  (be careful that stuff sure splatters and am mighty hot).

Cream 1/1/2 cup sugar, 1/2 cup shortening, 3 Tsp. burnt sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla.
Add 2 cups flour, 1 teaspoon soda, sifted well

Beat 3 egg whites and fold in. 

Bake in layers or loaf at 350 degrees. 

Lots of peoepl have tried to duplicate this cake, and very few of them succeeded.  Mom said usin an iron skillet for the burnt suger made all the difference.... Lenora Clark

NOTE TO EDITOR:  I copies this from her hand writing.  I think the captial T on the burnt sugar quantity means Tablespoon, but Im' not positive.  LC


Submitted by Lenora Mitchell Clark

Preheat oven to BROIL. Place chicken parts in baking pan. 

Sprinkle with 1 envelop Lipton Onion soup Mix ( or substitue beef bouliion, poultry seasoning & minced onions).

Place under broiler just until soup mix blackens.

Remove, turn oven to BAKE 350 degrees. 

Drizzle chicken with one-half to two-thirds cup sherry ( the alcohol will cook off). 

Cover pan with foil.  Put in oven for about 55 minutes.

Save the broth.....it makes wonderful gravey; just trim the fat before reiferating. 
NOTE: The Chicken will be very light near the bone, but it IS done.  I prefer serving it with noodles or fried rice. 


Ruth Mitchell

Blend one-fourth cup butter, one- half cup sugar, and one egg till light and fluffy. 

Stir in 1 cup Carnation instant wheat, one and one-half cup mashed ripe banana and one teaspoon vanilla.  Mix well. 

Add one and one-half cup sifted flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, Stir. 

Add one-half cup chopped nuts.

Bake in greased pan for 350 degrees for one hour.  

Makes one loaf.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Union Community Harvest Party

Union Community Harvest Party Press Release The Main Street Union and Economic Development Committee in collaboration with the City of Union Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Union Community Harvest Party on September 19, 2020. The festival beginning at noon, will be located at The Union City Park and will include music, artisans and vendors. 

 The event's purpose is to gain community support for the Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall. This nonprofit is working to purchase and renovate the old Union United Methodist Church and develop the historic building into a community and arts center. This beautiful brick building with stained glass windows on Main Street and Delta in Union, Oregon has been a landmark in the community for close to one hundred years. 

 The Union Community Harvest Party Music lineup will be managed by local favorite Elwood. The line up includes: Brent Smith, Jezebel’s Mother, Steve Hines and Elwood. The Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall will have a table available to sign your name in support of their work to create a Union community and arts center. You can also donate canned food or garden produce to help combat food insecurity in the community. 

 This event is designed to meet at Oregon State Covid-19 safety requirements. Please stay six feet apart from others, masks are required. Chairs are not provided so bring a chair or blanket to relax with your family and enjoy the music. 

 You can also come to Union earlier to attend the Union County Museum Rummage Sale at the Little White Church. The sale will be operated from 9:00 to 2:00. 

You can pledge support for the Friends of the Historic Union Community Hall online at: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf2bwj7BTU1A9C90LF278tebSmf5MNuf49-1_oMIYFgFzWqOQ/viewform

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Methodist Church History

The Methodist Epistical Church was established in Union during the 1860’s.  In 1864 some of the families started holding religious services in homes, among whom where Simon and Conrad Miller,  Miles Baird and A.P. Eaton.  W.T. Wright established the Sunday school in May of that year, the first in Union and the Grande Ronde Valley.

In 1873 the Methodist Episcopal members, from their personal savings, constructed the church building on Main Street (now referred to as “The Little White Church”), adjoining the Union City Hall property.  Members on the board at this time were Simon Miller, Miles Baird, A.E. Eaton, Samuel Hannah, W.T Wright and William Hutchingson, Sr.  For thirty-one years services were held in this building.

After selling the building to the Catholic Church in 1904, the Methodist were temporarily housed in the courtroom of the Union County Court House and in the Chrsitstian Church, both in Union.  J.C. Walker was the pastor at this time.  Conference was known as “Union Grande Ronde” and “Boise Columbia River”. 

On Sunday, December 3, 1905, the present church building on Main and Delta was dedicated, with Pastor Abraham Eads officiating,  Bell Wright planned the program.  The building committee for the present day sanctuary included A.E. Eaton, W.H. Hutchingson, G.F. Hall and Dr. W.H(confirm these initials) Ewin. 

The Methodist Episcopal Church held its fiftieth anniversary on July 15th, 1923 having organized in 1873.  (150 years in 2023).

In January 1927, the Presbyterian Church closed its doors, and rented out its parsonage.  These properties were located in a section bounded by Main and Presbyterian Street and Jim Webb’s alley.  When the church closed, members transferred to a church of their choice and some transferred to the Union Methodist Church.

After the property was sold in 1920 to Morton and Eleanor Davis, ther deed was signed by the local trustees of the Presbytertian Church, namely W.O. Haggerly, Charles G. Craver, Charles Jones and Nele Morrison.  Before Davis had the church ron down, he and Mrs. Davis gave the Presbytertian bell to the Methodist Church. 

Mrs. S.E. Miller and the Sunday School classes raised the funds (pennies included) to move the bell to its present location in the Methodist Church belfry.  Ori Cline contracted to do this difficult job.  The bell still rings out each week calling people to Sunday worship.

In 1954 twelve new folding tables were purchased by the Young Adult Fellowship Group.

On Palm Sunday, in April 3, 1955, the Golden anniversary of the present building was celebrated (1905) and the Fellowship center was dedicated.  The Methodist Church had served the community of Union for almost 90 years.  Dr. V.A. Bolen served the pulpit as a lay speaker at this time,

The building committee for the center were Merton Davis (chairperson), Charles Taylor, Rodney Miller, L.J. Knight, Fred Penbrook, Tom Horning, Gilbert Courtwight and a representative from the W.S.C.S (Women’s Society of Christian Service) and a young adult, name unknown. Wallace A. Johnson was director of music and Mrs. Johnson, the organist. 

In 1956 the Young Adult Group purchased fifty-two chairs.  The group also purchased the storm windows on the south side of the Fellowship Hall.

In February 1972 Morton Davis began an organ (cannot read this word)  memorial fund of Dr. V.A. Bolen 

A Centennial celebration was held in 1973, commemorating the 100 year anniversary of the Methodist Church in Union (1873).  A program was held in the Catholic Church building (the original Methodist Church) after which Methodist and Catholic members adjourned to the Methodist Fellowship Center to view displays and enjoy social time,  Robert T. Dowry was pastor. 

During 1974 the gold rug for the sanctuary was purchased by the W.S.C.S. Also in  1974, the Grande Rcon Larger Parish was organized with the head office in the La Grande Methodist Church.  Reverend Robert T. Dowry still served a minister at this time.

On January 25th, 1976, the Senior Meals Program began in the Fellowship Center, serving every Tuesday.  Volunteers from Union churches and organizations take turns working in the kitchen and serving tables.

In June, 1978 the name of the Grande Ronde Larger Parish changed to Eagle Cap Ministries, serving four small churches (Elgin, Cove, North Powder and Union).  These churches worked jointly with two ministeres, one serving Elgin and Cove and the other Union and North Powder.  These four churches were served by Pastors Jim and Ninja Frieble who made their home in the Elgin parsonage. 

Later in 1978, in September the first annual Lord’s Acre Auction was held.  

The Union Methodist Church became a Convent church for a New Life Mission in 1980.

Also in this year, the Eagle Cap Ministries disbanded.  The Union church borrowed fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000.00) from the Conference Board of Mission to renovate the church and its property.  This year the work was contracted to place a new roof on the entire building.  (On June 12, Opel Bolen purchased another organ to replace the one that was dedicated to her husband. A total of forty-five ministers, four certified lay speakers and one pulpit supplier swerve to this date. 

In 1981, the sanctuary was insulated and the UMW (United Methodist Women) purchased paint and contracted to have the Fellowship hall painted.  New drapes were purchased with church memorial funds. 

In March of 1982, the Panama fans, purchased with memorial funds, were installed on the sanctuary ceiling.  In July a new furnace was installed in the sanitary cellar and a new one thousand gallon oil tank was buried.  Extensive upstairs work began in July, moving a wall to the other side of the room to provide a larger storage area.  Using memorials funds, workmen were able to refurbish both upper rooms with new carpet and two new folding tables.

(These rooms have brick walls behind the eight foot-panels.  Then first built the room on the west has risers to accommodate overflow congregation.   These were torn down in the early 1940 for a kitsch project that never materialized.)

The  first annual “Chicken Barbeque” was held in August 1982.   The year 1982 dates the present sanctuary building as seventy-seven years old; the Fellowship center, twenty-seven years old. 

This information herein obtained from past minutes, membership record and elder members

Csw- Historian 


Union United Methodist Church History 

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The mission of the Friends of The Historic Union Community Hall, Inc. shall be to: Foster community relationships, Provide and encourage par...