H.H. Longenecker was the pastor in 1920s. The first reference of H.H. Longenecker as pastor was on January 26, 1922 when he was listed as accepting "the charge at the local Baptist church to preach every other Sunday." His first Sunday was February 5, 1922. Was this when Rev. Winans ceded his running of the church?
Rev Longenecker was married with at least one child. In August, 1923 he and family spent Sunday at the home of William Higgins, west of town and were dinner guests at the W.J. Poorman home one Sunday in October. His son was named Dwight.
Lloyd McDanial, Mrs. Anna (Naus) Almy, and Mrs. Otta (McKinley) Ickes, were superintendants of the Baptist sunday school. Longenecker was still pastor of the church in 1924. On April 10, 1924 he wrote about the Easter season. It was the last reference of Rev. H.H. Longenecker in Forest.
The photo postcard of the
The Baptest church fire incident made national headlines as the building was struck just after the preacher had asked for a sign from God. One of its stained glass windows, possibly the one shown here, was solicited from the G.A.R.
H.E. Genheimer was pastor of the Methodist Protestant Church in 1924. "One Hundred Years of Methodism in Forest" was produced by the Forest Methodist Church at the centennial year of 1959. These are the pages:
On the grounds of the M.P. church stood the sheep shed or the boys gymnasium. Students played basketball in the shed and attended classes at times. The shed was torn down in 1936 to make way for a new high school. It was torn down in 2005. James S. Freeman was pastor of the Presbyterian Church in 1924.