small portrait of Rev. William Mckinley as a young man. William Mckinley was a founding member of the Minnesota Conference, Methodist Episcopal Church. He wrote, " The Story of Minnesota Methodism" in 1911. This quote captures the life of the early Curcuit Riders, " The nights were cold, snow still on the north side of prairie slopes [on April 13, 1855]. Faint with hunger and fatigue, without covering, without even a match to make a fire…as it grew dark we came down from the high prairie into a wooded valley, through which ran a creek, and across the creek a log-house just put up, without roof except some boards on one end…no house I ever saw gave me more pleasure…", William McKinley, Methodist preacher, on his first night in Minnesota, at future site of Mazeppa.