CHURCHES BETWEEN THE MOUNTAINS
A HISTORY OF THE
LUTHERAN CONGREGATIONS IN
PERRY COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA
REV. D. H. FOCHT, A.M.
ZION LUTHERAN CHURCH AT
McKEE'S HALF-FALLS, IN SNYDER COUNTY.
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This church is located about six miles above Liverpool, on the
Susquehanna, and near the village known as "McKee's Half-Falls," in
Snyder County. The subscription for the erection of the church was drawn
up in February, 1859, and was circulated with encouraging success. The
following persons were elected as the building-committee, viz., Jonathan Weiser,
President, Jeremiah B. Hall, Secretary, John M. Reise, Walter App, and George
Snyder. The corner-stone was laid on the 29th of July, 1861, when Rev.
Messrs. S. Domer, P. Born, and G. C. Erlenmeyer officiated, and the church was
consecrated tot he service of God on the 6th of October, 1861. Rev.
Messrs. Lloyd Knight, G. C. Erlenmeyer, and C. H. Leinbach officiated on this
occasion. This is an elegant brick structure, large and of imposing
external appearance, with a basement story below and surmounted by a cupola and
bell. On the 1st of April, 1862,
Rev. John H. Davidson,
as its first pastor, took charge of the
congregation. The congregation was regularly organized by him on the 10th
of May following, when the first Church-Council was installed, and when the
following persons were admitted to membership by confirmation, viz., F. W.
Wallace, Jeremiah Hains, and Annie Hains. Rev. Davidson says:
"This is the best congregation I have." The congregation
consists of about eighty members.
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