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Oconto County, Wisconsin
Mountain Memories
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."I'll Go Back Again"
Words by Lillian Church
Music by Luther A. Clark
The Church of Christ
Organized in 1914, the congregation first met at the Town Hall in the year 1913 when State Superintendent F. L. Von Voorkis came to the town following His Call to preach to the people. Fourteen settlers were to join together in forming the congregation, with worship services to be taken to the Swedish Lutheran Church which was rented for $5 per month.
In the spring of 1916 the members began raising funds which enabled them to build their church, the newly, completed Church of Christ being dedicated on May 12, in 1917. The Church of Christ in Hickory and Mountain supported the same minister and therefore maintained close ties throughout their history.
The Church closed in 1933 and was not to be reopened until the year 1953. When Pastor R. Michael, who had previously resided in Hickory, moved here to Mountain in 1974, the congregation purchased a parsonage for their first pastor in residence. Pastor Michael, suffering from 'Lou Gehrigs Disease' honored the congregation with his last sermon a week before he passed away in 1979.
Pastor L. Falish now serves at, the Church of Christ, residing here since 1979. Lois Trever, a member of the Church of Christ, kindly entered the history of this church, her grandmother Mrs. Harry 'Elsie' Trout-man having been a Charter member in 1924. The photo is courtesy of Norman Alien .
Verse 1 -
I'll Go Back Again to Mountain, where the deer roam 'mong the green,
Where the squirrel and partridge, often in our walks are seen.
Where the river; old Oconto, flows so gently 'mong the trees,
Where the scent of pine and hemlock, wafts so sweetly on the breeze.
Verse 2 -
I'll Go back Again to Mountain, to the old home on the hill,
Where we often in the evenings, listened to the whippoorwill.
Loving hands outstretched to greet me, many tears of joy I'll shed,
There I'll wander through the wildwood, old familiar paths I'll tread.
Chorus -
I'll Go Back Again to Mountain, visit friends of long ago.
Some are gone to Glory; some are left, so I
shall go.
Often now I dream of childhood, Parents, brothers,
sisters dear.
Oft1 in dreams I'm in the wildwood, fishing in the brook so clear.
Copyright 1926
The Mountain area is very proud of Lillian's song, her words truly express the fond memories that are shared by all who have come to call Mountain 'home*.
We gratefully acknowledge June King, a daughter to Mr. & Mrs. Henry Church for giving us permission to reprint her mother's lyrics to the song in our book of Mountain Memories, and Mrs. Ray Szpanski for sending the sheet music to Mrs. Cliff Hansen who now lives in the area that Lillian paid tribute to in her song. Mrs. Szpanski is a daughter to Tillie Kryzanek-Bierbaz settlers to the Mountain area in 1908.