I am doing some research on our Church Bell. It has embossed on it “The E. W. Vanduzen Co. Cincinnati” and “Buckeye Bell Foundery 1895”.
We believe it was originally purchased by the Methodist Church in Nelson B. C. Canada. So, it must have been purchased prior to 1925 as the Methodist churches in Canada amalgamated into the United Church of Canada after that date.
Can anyone lead me to additional info on this Bell.
There was a Methodist church in Victoria, B.C. (I think it was on Quadra Street), near the old ice arena and sports field that was serving parishioners at least until the 1980s, I believe, and I never heard any mention of the United Church (and the sign on the church wasn’t changed), so there may have been Methodist churches operating independently after the date you mention, or at least keeping their image/signage/message as Methodist churches even if they were somehow associated with the United Church.
Now that I think of it, they called it the New Methodist church. Perhaps after the association with the United Church some of the Methodist churches opted to retain their identity as “new” Methodist rather than forming an association with the United Church. Unfortunately, it no longer operates as a church so it would be difficult to track down the ministers and ask but I think the suggestion that you write to the church in Nelson is a good one.