In an attempt to end the controversy, the minister of the country church announced to the elders at a special meeting an anonymous donor had offered to buy the pews from the city church at a fair price.
The elders agreed to allow the purchase and the two ministers agreed to work out the price. When this news was circulated through the congregation, all was peace and harmony again.
When the fair price was agreed upon, farmers moved the pews from the city to their new rural home with horse teams and wagons.
For the price of $1, the senior pastor purchased the pews for the country church, and tranquility for his young friend. A small price to pay to stave off those “worldly thoughts.”
Donald Richter’s column appears every other week in the Commercial-News. He is a member of the Vermilion County Museum Board.