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April 11, 2013

Biblical names were once prominent

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As there was very little money circulating in the beginning, they had to be self-sufficient and believed their success depended on the view the stern, but beneficent, God took of their hard work and intent.

As it was important that their children be brought up in the “admonition of the Lord” as homes were built, churches were organized with settlers coming from far and wide for church meetings in a home and many times having to spend the night in their wagons.

If there was to be a church building, it was up to a generous homesteader to give a piece of ground for it, and many times a connecting burial ground.

As education was second in importance, this new log cabin church would become the first school. It is hard to imagine today that many of these log structures were built with wooden pegs instead of nails.

Many things are hard to imagine today.

Sue Parrish is a retired museum director and author of the book, “Days Gone By.”

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