Leon Reporter, Leon, Iowa Thursday, October 6, l904
The members of the Leon M.E. Church, while regretting the departure of Rev. I.N. Woodward, are greatly pleased over the assignment of Dr. A.M. Pilcher as pastor of the Leon Church, for they receive one of the ablest ministers and best preachers in the conference, and they are looking forward to a prosperous year with Dr. Pilcher in charge.
Dr. Pilcher was born at Springfield, Illinois, and was educated in that city and at Jacksonville. After completing his education he at once entered the ministry, and held numerous good appointments in Illinois, being chaplain of the state penitentiary at Joliet for three years. He went from Illinois to Wisconsin where he was stationed for nineteen years and was honored with the appointment as Presiding Elder of the Ashland district, in which position he scored a decided success. On account of his health he decided to seek a milder climate, and two years ago he was transferred to the Iowa conference and sent to Afton, where he was very popular with both the church and public in general. He secured the degree of D.D. at the Wesleyan University at Salina, Kansas. He has been in the ministry for thirty-eight and a half years.
Dr. Pilcher's family consists only of his wife, his seven children being all married. Mrs. Pilcher is also an active worker in the church and when occasion demands can preach an excellent sermon, being a polished and well educated lady.
The new minister occupied the pulpit in this city last Sunday, being greeted by a large audience and all who had the pleasure of hearing him were well pleased with his appearance and sermons.
The Afton Star-Enterprise of last week has the following good words for Dr. Pilcher:
Dr. A.M. Pilcher, the well beloved pastor of the local Methodist Church is to be no longer with us. The Atlantic conference which completed its labors Monday of this week gave him a well-merited promotion, both as to importance of assignment and remuneration of filthy lucre. He is to go to the Leon Church and expects to depart for his new field of work the first of next week. He would have undoubtedly gone this week but other charges upon which he depends were delayed on account of sickness, and Afton will once more have the pleasure of listening to a discourse from him on Sunday.
The church to which Dr. Pilcher goes is quite a strong one. It has a membership of 250 and occupies a beautiful brick structure, erected at a cost of $l2,000. the building has been recently repainted and the woodwork revarnished and everything put in apple pie order, so that the doctor will step into a live church well organized for the fray. The parsonage has nine rooms and is a large two-story residence adjoining the church. As would be expected his salary at Leon is a material increase over that paid from among us; his friends will rejoice that his new berth holds out so many pleasing possibilities.
Dr. Pilcher in speaking to the editor, paid a high compliment to the local church here. Nowhere, he said, had he ever ministered to a people so thoroughly united as here. Dissention there was none, and his pastorate had been a continual love feast.