Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA

November 30, 2012

Enfys McMurry to talk about religious history of Appanoose County


Daily Iowegian

CENTERVILLE — Local historian and writer, Enfys McMurry, will be speaking on the religious history of Appanoose County on Sunday, Dec. 9 at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Centerville, 410 E. Sheridan Ave. at 2 p.m.

Enfys recently finished her book, “Centerville: A Mid-­American Saga,” which is currently available in various stores throughout the county.

From the moment that the surveyor set down his tools in 1846 to the instant that the Flying Farmers crossed the sky at the centennial celebration, the history of Centerville, Iowa, has gifted us with a unique insight into the mid-­American experience.

Though the population never exceeded 8,600, immigrants from more than 40 different countries created a community that was both melting pot and crucible—just like the nation at large.

The town forged an identity through the Underground Railroad, the Civil War, race relations, education debates and World Wars I and II while its people survived the dark history of prohibition, crime, the Ku Klux Klan, the Mafia and the Depression.