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Excerpt from Centennial Celebration: Of the First Presbyterian Church, St. Clairsville, Ohio, June 15th, 1898 Early in the year 1898 it was determined that a Centennial Celebration of the First Presbyterian Church of St. Clairsville should be held on the 15th of June, to commemorate the organization of the church and the introduction of Presbyterianism into Eastern Ohio. In due time, committees were appointed to make all suitable arrangements for so important an event. A committee sent out a cordial invitation to all former members of the congregation to be present and enjoy the occasion. A chorus choir of eighteen voices was organized and placed under the training of Prof. J. W. Schofield, of Martin's Ferry, to have charge of the music. A committee of young people decorated the church in a handsome manner with national colors and flowers and palms. The ladies of the congregation, in united action, secured the use of the Court House Hall, and prepared, on a large scale for serving a lunch to all people who attended the celebration. A special evening train was ordered on the C. L. & W. R. R. for the accommodation of visitors from Wheeling and other cities, who might desire to return after the evening service. Great interest was felt in the coming event, not only in the Church of St. Clairsville and the immediate community, but in the surrounding churches of the Presbytery, and throughout the country generally, as far as it was known. At length the day arrived, and all arrangements had been made in a most complete and satisfactory manner. The day was one of the most perfect of all the season, with sky clear and air balmy and exhilerating. The people came in large numbers, from far and near, to enjoy the exercises, and attended with unflagging interest to the close. The singing of the 23d Psalm, led by Prof. Schofield and Rev. Dr. Milligan, who served as precentors, "lining out" and singing as they did a century ago, made a very deep impression, and recalled precious memories of other days. The singing by the choir in every selection was unusually fine, until they reached the climax in the solo and chorus, "Only Remembered," which made an impression on every heart never to be forgotten. Altogether, it was a notable occasion, surpassing the highest expectations, and to be cherished in fondest recollection. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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