As a girl in Denmark, Mrs.
Laura Raaberg attended confirmation classes and was confirmed as she
was growing into young womanhood. That training had been one of her
most cherished experiences. She wanted her boys and other children to
have that same experience, so she organized a Sunday school. It was
held in a room above the Raaberg store on upper Asotin Road. From that
Sunday school grew the Presbyterian Church in Clarkston.
On June 7th, 1897, a group of dedicated worshippers met and made plans
to organize a Presbyterian Church in Clarkston. It is not known for
certain that this was to become Clarkston’s first church
because there was another contender for that honor – that
being the Clarkston Advent Christian Church. At the organizational
meeting there were ten people who would become charter members. Soon
after, work was started on the church, which was built on the southwest
corner of 13th and Elm Street. The minutes of the first meetings were
accidentally destroyed and so were not available for reference.