Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1940-70s
"Sturgeon Missouri Then and Now, 1856-1981"
"By the early 1970's this church had begun to add its influence to Sturgeon life, as more and more members of the church began to move to the community, coming as a result of the growth of their school, Sunnydale Academy.

"In the latter 1940's A. B. Chance gave his model farm on Highway 22 near the overpass to the Seventh-day Adventists, who founded a school there. Starting with just a few students housed in the big farmhouse, buildings were soon added for classrooms, then dormitories, and as the school grew more and more families wanted to live in the area so their children could attend school there.

"Many houses were built on former Palmer land across from the school, and others came to Sturgeon or Centralia to live.

"Members of the church have opened businesses in Sturgeon, joined the fire department, built houses, remodeled houses, joined the Chamber of Commerce, supported civic events, served the needy."

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