The Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints is an important religious body in Holt County. Tarkio Branch was organized April, 1869, at the residence of Walter Brownlee, its Presiding Elder, on the southeast quarter of section 23, township 59, range 38, in Forbes Township, just south of the line of Lewis.
This organization as effected by Elder Davis H. Bays, with nine members. On the 20th of October, 1874, Tarkio Branch was disorganized, and the members formed into Oregon Branch, with about thirty members. Reuben Hoyer was Presiding Elder. The present (1882) membership is twenty-three with Ben H. Fisher, Presiding Elder.
They have as yet no public place of worship, but hold religious service in private residences.
Source: "History of Holt and Atchison County, 1882" transcribed by Karyn Techau, 2016.