The Knox (and Centenary) History
Formed as an offshoot of First Presbyterian Church in 1888 by the Rev. Howard Stratton, Centenary Presbyterian Church thrived. However, after suffering a total loss in a devastating fire in early 1917, the congregation voted to rename itself for the 16th century Scottish Protestant Reformation leader John Knox, and the reinvented and reinvigorated Knox Presbyterian Church congregation subsequently moved from Centenary's former site at Sinto Avenue and Wall Street to what is our current location at the northwest corner of Knox Avenue and Post Street, and erected a new building at a cost of $20,000—equivalent to about $360,000 in calendar year 2012 dollars.
The Birthplace of Father's Day
Did you know that the international holiday, Father's Day, was born in 1910, the result of the passionate efforts of a Knox (Centenary) member, Sonora Smart Dodd? It's a fact! Here's an interesting article. In 2010, the Dodd family heirs helped coordinate a special centennial service at Knox Presbyterian in memory of Sonora's efforts. You may also be interested in viewing her brief biographical summary.
Our Very Own Slideshow
Knox member Dr. Tom Tiffany has taken it upon himself to research the Presbytery archives in an effort to document Knox's storied past. Thanks to Tom's dedication and hard work, you can experience for yourself what makes up Knox's "DNA" by viewing the excellent and informative slideshow that Tom has put together, covering the period from Knox's establishment in 1888 to 2001.
The slideshow consists of 116 images, and is set to start automatically, displaying a new image every 5 seconds. The total viewing time is thus about 10 minutes. You can pause the slideshow at any time by clicking on "Pause" at the bottom right of the frame. In addition to the slideshow controls, you can just use your left and right arrows to go forward or back in the show, OR you can left click in either the left or right part of the image. To exit the slideshow, hit your <esc> key, left click anywhere outside the slideshow, or merely click on the "x".
Because of the large number of images, the first time you try to play the slideshow, you may experience some delay in being able to properly view it. Be patient! Once all the images are loaded you'll be able to click on "Play the slideshow" and enjoy the content in the manner intended. This delay is due to the time it takes for the images to be transferred from the server to your device. Some internet connections are faster than others. Likewise, some browsers are less bad than others. For example, Internet Explorer is one of the worst actors when it comes to standards compliance; Mozilla Firefox is one of the best; Opera, Safari, Chrome, Comodo and others are somewhere in between. 'Nuff said...play the slideshow
Knox member Mrs. Diana Krebs spent considerable time researching the life and circumstances of former member Andrew McLeod in order to understand the history behind our McLeod Chapel. She was kind enough to share it with us from the pulpit on August 24, 2014 when she shared the message. Click here to read a PDF copy of her report.
Knox's Centennial History
Howard M. Lehn was a long time Knox member. In 1988, as a member of Knox's Centennial Committee, he researched Knox's storied history and produced a document entitled, The History of Knox Presbyterian Church 1888-1988. As Knox prepares to celebrate in 2017 its 100th anniversary in its current building, Knox member Nedra Bayne determined to undertake the considerable effort to electronically scan Howard's document so that it could be put up on this website for all to enjoy. You are cordially invited to read Howard's excellent story by clicking on this link. The document is about 18MB in size, so it may take a bit to download, depending on your available internet bandwidth.