This Day in Dayton, 10 October
In October 1861 the Presbyterians at Dayton closed their Sabbath School early (the usual term at the time was summer and early fall). Superintendent Samuel Favorite penned a sad note in the record asking God to bless the “feeble labor” of his “unworthy servants.” Attendance was down to 24 and there were only 4 teachers. Dr. L. T. Strother noted later, and he was old enough to remember, that this discouragement was brought on by the unsettled conditions in the country and the fact that many students and scholars had enlisted in the army. Several teachers and nearly three entire classes volunteered.