The Lebanon Presbyterian Sunday School was organized May 12, 1889, by Mr. E. F. Knickerbocker, who was making a Missionary tour of the Orleans and St. Francis Branch. He made this tour in his cart, (a one horse rig with only two wheels). The first meeting of the organization was held in a carpenter shop on the east side of Main Street near the place where the Hudsonpillar Creamery now stands.

Preceding this meeting Mr. Knickerbocker spent three days visiting families in town and surrounding country. There were seven persons out to that first meeting, one man, three women and three children. After lighting up the shop which was just across the street from the Pool Hall and the Saloon (where these places were being well attended) the services opened with the hymn, "Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing" at the close of the hymn the two places of business across the street closed and the shop was filled to overflowing. The Saloon Keeper and Pool Hall proprietor offered seats and the men and boys soon had chairs and beer kegs brought, but still there were not seats enough for all, some had to stand, but none went away.

When the suggestion was made to organize a Sunday School fifty pledged their support to it. Six months later the Pool Hall and the Saloon were gone and the Pool Hall building was the meeting place for the Sunday School. (A few lines taken from a letter from Mr. Knickerbocker to Bert Waterman gave the reason for using the Pool Hall for a Church. His little boy and girl were regular members of the Sunday School and would come home singing snatches of the hymns, finally he said to his wife; "We must take our children out of the Sunday School or I must work at something where I can make an honest living", of course his wife voted for the children to stay in Sunday School and her husband piled the pool tables, one on top of the other, covered them with canvas and invited the Sunday School to use his building, himself becoming a member of the Sunday School)

The Church was organized about one year after the Sunday School and was headed by seventeen members, only one of whom had belonged to the Presbyterian Church previously, the others represented the Baptist, Methodist, Congregational and Episcopal.

Of the seventeen original members only fourteen names appear on our Church record, they are; Mr. and Mrs. V. R. Pennington, Mr. and Mrs., Joseph C. Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. Harlan T. Snyder, Ed. M. Pennington, George M. Jones, Mrs. Mary A. Nichols, Mrs. Minnie M. Porter, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Waterman, Mrs. Jennie Blackman and Miss Beda Horton.

The Elders were two in numbers and were elected by a unanimous vote , they were Harlan T. Snyder and Joseph C. Morgan. The first Pastor was Mr. John A Hohn, who served for fourteen months and received $40.00 for his services. The first person being admitted to the membership of the Church was Mrs. Sussie Jones on July, 19th. 1890. The second Pastor was Rev. M. A. Pollock who was given a call on Jan. 1st, 1893 at a salary of $100.00 per year for half time service, the other half was taken by the Wilsonville Church.

There is no record of the date when the Church building was erected, but as near as can be determined it was erected during the winter of 1892 or 1893. The Methodists joined with the Presbyterians holding services alternate Sundays until they erected their church in 1899 or 1900.

From that time on the church held its own services and prospered or waned in accord with this country. At the close of the World War I 1918 it had grown considerably and an attempt was made to unite the two churches, which failed after six months trial and in 1922 the church decided there was need of more room and another attempt was made to unite the two churches and organize a Community Church, this effort also failed.

Since money seemed to be quiet plentiful it was decided to build a anew church, which was dedicated on June 17th, 1923. The manse was also moved nearer the street over a full basement and a furnace was installed two years later. In the fall of 1923 there was a strong revival held under the preaching of Evangelist Kircher and his able music leader M. Lane, seventy-five persons made profession of faith and many united with the Presbyterian Church.

Time will not permit us to list the officers or give many particulars of interest. Suffice it to say the Church membership grew to over one-hundred, but due to drought and hard times caused many to move away and withdraw their letters leaving only eighty.

The Ladies' of the Circle voluntarily assumed the mortgage indebtedness and in spite of all the hindrances of drought and migration they had never failed to make their yearly payment.

The Sunday School is prospering and a strong Young Peoples' Society is being built. The members of the Methodist Church have now added their help and have not hesitated to work in our Sunday School and Circle with equal earnestness to our own members.

This paper was found in one of the old church books
We do not know the year it was written or who wrote it.

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