In Warren County sits our little town
Since 1795 it has been around.
At that time Deerfield was its name
Later on, South Lebanon it became.
First Methodist minister arrived, he had no place to preach
A Baptist named Sutton let him use his home, people to reach.
August 8, 1798, John Kobler preached first Methodist sermon in town
Since that time Methodist preaching has been around.
The Methodist Church sits on King Avenue today
I say with that record the Methodists are here to stay.
The Methodist was the first here to start a work
Now our town has eleven different places to go to church.
The very first Church of God down by Duff’s Corner came
First minister, Martin Luther Kilburn was his name.
He was the grandfather of the Roy Kilburn clan
That’s how the first Church of God in this town began.
You tied your horse to a hitching post when you went in
That is the way you got to church, way back then.
In 1869, gasoline lights lined our streets
In 1879, natural gas lights replace the obsolete.
In 1889, electric lights, another change was due
Always improving it for people like you.
January 1, 1805, Deerfield’s first Post Office came
1871 South Lebanon Post Office became its name.
South Lebanon organized its own band October 1, 1898
Seventeen members they had at that date.
They traveled to Cincinnati and also to fairs, to be
They won prizes, their band was called K of P.
Deerfield’s first election was held first Tuesday 1903
Without elections today, where would we be?
Our Village population over 3,000 today
When we go to the polls, we have our say.
A lot of time has come and gone since those early days
We do things different in so many ways.
September 22, 1903, first street car ran on electric rails
Today we take our bikes and head for the bike trails.
When the Appalachian people came here to homestead
Fred’s Mushroon and King Powder Plants made their living, it’s said.
People from Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia make up this town
We came her to raise our families and to settle down.
Ole Kash said Kentucky took over without firing a shot
If that is so, just look at what we got!
Now Kash Amburgy is a man this town owes many thanks
If it was not for him, just where would our town rank?
When he came here and built this subdivision
He built 290 homes in ten years that’s a man with a vision.
Kash has sold many things, he’s known as Ohio’s #l Seller
Just follow the signs and cars, they’ll lead you to that feller.
In the early days the town was run by Justice of Peace
Now we have the Mayor, Council and Trustees.
Don’t forget our firefighters, life squad and police too
If we didn’t have these fine people, what would we do?
For years they volunteered to come to our rescue
I think our town owes them a great big THANK YOU.
Around 30 some businesses our town now claims
We’ve come a long way since Deerfield changed names.
In 1962 the town got its first bank
To Lebanon Citizens National we owe our thanks.
Thanks to all the businesses, so many cannot name
But we really appreciate you all just the same.
Now it’s 1992, Albert Shepherd is our Mayor today
He will do his best to help you in any way
He really shows an interest in our town
This make his second time around.
July 24, 25 and 26 we’re going to celebrate
With an APPALACHIAN FESTIVAL, so don’t you be late.
We want you all to come out and have fun
When the celebration’s over, let’s make our town NUMBER ONE!