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The Sunday-school has always been a fixed institution in Homer, and upon the completion of the Presbyterian session house was removed from the store-loft to the more spacious and comfortable quarters afforded in the session house, which was the first church edifice erected in the town. Ashael Finch, Jr., was the first superintendent of the Presbyterian Sabbath-school. Milton Barney, who had made large purchases of real estate, now embraced in the village of Homer, moved into the town September, 1832. He brought with him millwrights and mill machinery, and immediately set about the erection of a saw-mill. He very soon platted a village and 1 brought lots into the market. Mr. Barney lived some two years in a log house, which was also open to the traveling emigrant, many of whom are yet alive and bear testimony to the hearty cordiality with which they were entertained by both landlord and landlady. In 1833 Mr. Barney brought on a stock of goods, which he offered for sale in a small frame building, which was the first frame building in town. A large stone building and the Homer hotel were erected after a year or two and occupied by Mr. Barney. Elisha Thompson was clerk for Mr. Barney, ultimately married his daughter and succeeded him in business. The Homer mills were built by a company in 1837, of which Mr. Barney was a member. He was a justice of the peace, president of the Bank of Homer, and a man of all work.

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