Logan Mills Church history Aug 23 1947
St. Paul's Church, Logan Mills, Has Venerable Record History marches back into pioneer days for a small country church between Greenburr and Tylersville in this county, St. Paul's Evangelical United Brethren Church of Logan Mills, where last Sunday some 225 members and friends of the church gathered for a homecoming observance. Four of the sons of this historic old church who have gone into the ministry were present for the celebration, and the man who has been Sunday School secretary for over 20 years, H. A. Lamey, presented a history of the church and its adjoining cemetery. Few churches of any comparable size have any more fitting record than has St. Paul's church, in the men and women who have gone • into full-time Christian service. Seven Ministers Seven men of the church have entered the ministry directly. One whose parents attended St. Paul's later became a missionary to China; and another who "attended St. Paul's in his youth be- .came a missionary to India. The list- of ministers includes John Worrick, H. N. Grenninger. and F. V. Kuhn, all of whom are deceased; F. W. Solver, retired and now residing in Allentown: C. N. Wclfe, retired, of Reading; A. S. Bierly, retired, olLoganton; and L. W. Bartges, pastor of the of the Lock Haven Evangelical Mission Charge. Woodrow Bartges of Lewistown, a missionary to China, now on furlough, and A. D. Rowe, deceased, a missionary to India who died and is buried there, are the others who are closely linked with this church. Five ministers' wives also have gone out from St. Paul's congregation, it was recalled during the homecoming events. Homecoming Program County Superintendent of Schools N. L. Bartges of this city presided for the Homecoming Sunday School, which was followed by a worship service. The speaker at that time was the Rev. Mr. Wolfe at Reading. Special music was presented by the Showers Sisters, of Spring" Mills, and Mr. Lamey read h;s h^iory of the church. In the afternoon the Showers Sisters again sang, and other musical features were offered by Mrs. Embick, of Loganton, and j Mr. and Mrs. William Wolfe, of | Millheim. German songs were sung at both services. The Rev. T. R. Busier, of Loganton, Sugar Valley pastor, extended greetings, the Rev. L. W. Bartges gave a prayer, and he, Woodrow Bartges, and A. S. Bierly were afternoon speakers. Miss Josephine Mover played a piano solo, and Miss Frances Shower was the pianist for the service. In addition to these formal features, the visitors also extended greetings. Pioneers Liked Spot In his historical account of the church, Mr. Lamey recalled that among the first settlers coming to Sugar Valley was Samuel Jones, one of a group who entered the valley by way of Wolfe's Gap. As the party came through the gap, they found a place where there were no trees. A boy of the group, who was seriously ill with consumption, asked that if he died during the night, he might be.buried in the open place in the woods. Insofar as is known, Mr. Lamey reported, the youth did die, and was buried there, the first person to lie in what later became the cemetery for the church. Some time later a log house standing north of the road caught fire while the parents were away from home. Two children, unable to get out through a small window in the logs, were burned to death, and they, too, were brought to the cemetery. The oldest grave bearing a marker, in this cemetery is dated November, 1825. The name is Culvey. 80 Perches For Church Samuel Jones took up some land, a total of 266 acres. Buildings were erected and farming was the livelihood in which he engaged'. One acre of this ground was given for a burial ground at the same spot where the youth and the two children had been buried. Later Jacob Miller bought half of the Jones land, and the cemetery was then situated on the part belonging to Mi-. Miller. He sold SO perches adjoining the! cemetery for a church site. The! price was $5. | Now a road was built, where! the present road exists, Mr. Lamey's history tells, and the settlers were thus able to reach their meeting house. The cemetery was extended along the! road, instead of north and south ' as was originally intended. First Church, 1830 Records show that the first church, of logs, was built about 1830. This church was as wide as the present church, but not quite ae long. A double door at the front opened into a simple interior with an aisle clown the middle, and a stove in the center of the church. In a book case were kept tickets and report books. This book case was fastened along side of the pulpit on the wall. | The log church stood until the , j Summer of 1379, when the pres- I 1 ent church was erected. The; building committee for the new i church was composed of John > Zellers, Michael Lamey and j John Emig. Records dating back to 1840 with names of scholars, I guardians and parents, giving the j age and date, are cherished i possessions of the church today.! 450 Bible Verses " ! . Of Dr. Row?, whn became s • Lutheran missionary, but had at-' j tended St. Paul's as a boy, it is remembered that he was a former i Clinton County Superintendent; i of Schools, who resigned as i superintendent to go to India.: ' There he contracted a fever, died and was buried. In his boyhood days at St. Paul's, according !o class records, he memorized 450 Bible verses in one quarter.