Genealogical Data

The following records and indexes from this congregation are available:

Baptisms in 1919

Marriages from 1918 to 1971 (missing 1951 and 1952)

Deaths from 1938 to 1969 (missing 1944 through 1950)

Pastors from 1905 to 1976

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Established in 1877

In 1872, a Methodist Sunday school began at 3700 Page Avenue. As the number of students grew, a Methodist society began and in 1877, this new congregation began construction of a church on the southeast corner of Cook and Spring Avenues. Richard M. Scruggs, the department store magnate, had been superintendent of the school, and financed the new building. It was officially named the Cook Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church when it was opened in 1885.

The church was renamed after Mr. Scruggs in 1907, becoming the Richard M. Scruggs Memorial Episcopal Church, South. In 1925, the Cook Avenue church was sold to the African Methodist Church. They continue to worship in this building, now calling themselves the Scruggs Memorial Christian Methodist Episcopal (CME) Church. The small original congregation combined with the Grand Avenue Methodist Church as the Scruggs Memorial United Methodist Church and moved to 3446 Grace Avenue.

For a time, the congregation merged with Murchison, but after a few years, they resumed worshiping at the Cook Avenue location and are active once again.

Cook Ave. Methodist Eposcopal
3680 Cook Avenue
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Scruggs Memorial Methodist
3443 Grace Ave.
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(Used with permission)

Location 1877–1885: 3700 Page Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63133

GPS (Latitude, Longitude): 38.6713729, -90.2972098   View Map

Location 1885–1929 (and again from the early 2000s to the present): 3680 Cook Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri 63113

GPS (Latitude, Longitude): 38.6458341, -90.2329064   View Map

Location 1929–1998: 3443 Grace Avenue, (now 3646 Fairview Avenue) St. Louis, Missouri 63116

GPS (Latitude, Longitude): 38.5950358, -90.246144   View Map

Last Modified: 05-Jul-2022 10:04