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Lebanon, Missouri Postcards


The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) that Harold Bell Wright pastored in Lebanon, Missouri (Northwest corner of Commercial and Washington) is no longer standing. As shown in the photos at the top of this page, the church originally had a prominent steeple with an enclosed entry. Today that looks picturesque, but by sometime between Wright's pastorate and now that steeple just looked old fashioned and had become expensive to maintain, so church members removed it. Later the congregation sold the building to the Union Mission Church, and still later the building was demolished. The Bland statue, which played a key role in "The Calling of Dan Matthews," is still standing in front of the county courthouse (same statue, new courthouse). Other postcards preserve old photos of "The Old Academy."

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Lebanon10.JPG (40327 bytes) 1. "Christian Church, Lebanon, Mo. 2810"  "Genuine Photo by C. U. Williams, Bloomington, Ill. AZO" on back. Divided back, Real Photo, unused.

Later this church was "modernized" by having the steeple/bell tower removed and replaced with a simple porch as shown on cards below.

 

churchbright.jpg (25716 bytes) 2. The Christian Church Lebanon, Missouri. Card made in Germany.  C. E. Clark Importer and Publisher,  Lebanon, Mo . This card is unused.  This card is the same as the card below except for very different colors added to the black and white print.
Lebanon08.JPG (53915 bytes) 3. "Christian Church, Lebanon, Mo. 8022"  "Photoette, C. U. Williams, Bloomington, Illinois" on back. Barely divided back, tinted, unused.

 

lebwashavechurch.jpg (62273 bytes) 4. "Washington Ave. showing Christian Church, Lebanon, Mo."  Reverse: "Published by Sam Farrar, Druggist & Bookseller, Lebanon, Mo.  Printed in Germany.  A. M. S. 14768      2508."  Divided back.
Lebanon12.JPG (49495 bytes) 5. "C-42.  Harold Bell Wright 1904 and 1905 Pastorate Christian Church, Lebanon [sic], Mo."  Brown tone Real Photo card, unused.
Lebanon13.JPG (45257 bytes) 6. "C-42.  Union Mission Church, Lebanon, Mo."  Real photo card.  L. L. Cook Co. Milwaukee.  Same church as at top of this page but with steeple removed.
7. Harold Bell Wright Held Pastorate here 1904-05 Lebanon, Mo.  RP.  This particular copy is hand dated on back, 1957.  Courtesy Dave Hadsell.
Lebanon11.JPG (39064 bytes) 8. "Christian Church, Lebanon, Missouri."  Real photo card, unused, EKE
lebcourthouse03.jpg (64443 bytes) 9. "Court House and Bland Monument, Lebanon, Mo.  Manchester Foto"  AZO. Divided back. Real photo card.
10. The Bland Statue, Lebanon, MO. e
11. Court House, Lebanon, MO

Divided back - postmarked Oct. 21, 1909 at Lebanon, MO.  Short note signed Grace S. Hmmm, Grace Shearer??? Photo courtesy Dave Hadsell.

12. Courthouse and Bland Monument, Lebanon, Mo.  Photo courtesy Dave Hadsell.
Lebanon14.JPG (38258 bytes) 13. "Court House Lebanon , MO" Published by the Rose Co. Phil. Pa." on back.  Lithograph, not a real photo, divided back, white border.  Notice statue on far left, in front of old courhouse.
lebcourthouse02.jpg (129965 bytes) 14. Court House, Lebanon, MO. C. E. Clark, Lebanon, MO, No. 5642
15. Laclide (sic) County Courthouse, Lebanon, MO 232. Divided back and EKC stampbox. Made by the L. L. Cook Co. Courtesy Dave Hadsell
16. Laclede County Courthouse,  postmarked 1956. Sign by Bland Statue reads: "Honored as a Nurse - Respected as an Officer - Navy Nurse Corps." Courtesy Dave Hadsell
Lebanon09b.JPG (37746 bytes) 17. "The Old Academy, Erected 1855, Lebanon, Mo.  Spoken of in Harold B. Wright's book, 'The Calling of Dan Matthews',"  "Pub. by John F. Grey, Lebanon, Mo" on back.  Litho, not real photo. The site is currently vacant land on what is now Tuscumbia Road (YY-200). That is approximately latitude  3741'51.04"N and longitude  9239'29.72"W.
Lebanon07.JPG (38067 bytes) 18. "The Old Academy, Lebanon, Missouri.  'The ancient school building that held so bravely the commanding position, and looked so pitiful in its shabby old age.' --From Harold Bell Wright's 'Calling of Dan Matthews.'"  Litho.  Handwritten note on back says, "This picture taken about 1908."
Vernon1.JPG (35568 bytes) 19. "'Our Counselor D.O. Vernon,' Manchester Foto, July 9-15, '10." Real Photo, unused.

Don O. Vernon was Harold Bell Wright's best friend while Wright pastored in Lebanon.  The two men fished together often at Bennett Springs and Wright corresponded with Vernon to the end of Wright's life.

 

Vernon2.JPG (44857 bytes) 20. "The Bunch.  Manchester Foto."  Real photo.  AZO  Note on back identifies men as (left to right): (1)Arch Vernon, (2)unknown, (3)Harry Smart, (4)Farmer Ferguson, (5)Don Vernon, (6)Vase Adkins, (7)Bill Williams, (8)Jim Vernon, (9)Jack England.  

 

For other photos of Lebanon click here

 

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