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The Gospel Messenger Jan. 9, 1897 page 27
Gleanings from the Field
Yesterday I returned from a trip of over two weeks among the scattered
member and churches of southern Missouri and Arkansas.
My first stop was at Poplar Bluff, Mo., where there are two members, - both
sisters. We had informed that there was one who desired to unite with the
church, but on arriving, and holding a few meetings, two were ready to follow
the, Savior and were baptized. A number of others were seriously impressed.
Two others, - husbands of the sisters referred to, - were once members and
will return to the fold as soon as the mater can be attended to. These families
came from Southern Illinois, where there are churches of the Brethren and
they are anxious that a church be established where they now live. This is
certainly a good opening, and, could a minister locate with them, a grand work
might be accomplished. Who will volunteer to come to the rescue?
Poplar Bluff is a thriving city of nearly 5,000 souls and is surrounded by a
good farming country. Ministers, passing through, on the Iron Mountain R. R.
are urged to stop and preach for the few members at this point. Notify Allen
Cripps, Poplar Bluff, Mo., whose wife is a member, and you will be met and
well cared for.
Our next point was Supply, Randolph Co., Ark., fifteen miles south of
Doniphan, Mo. Here Bro. D. Miller, wife and family, formerly of Indiana, reside.
They are the only members, and until they came, - little over a year ago,
the doctrine, as preached by the Brethren, was new. Bro. Miller had distributed
tracts and Messengers, so that many were anxious to hear preaching. Four
meetings were held and much interest was manifested. It was needless to announce
that preaching would begin at seven o’clock, for by six the house was well
filled, and in a short time was full to overflowing. At this place, and in
the country around, is ample room for a minister to use his entire time in
building up the cause of the Master.
At the next point, - Delaplaine, Green Co., Ark., - are six members from
Indiana, also. Congregations at this point were not so large, but the Brethren
are anxious to have regular preaching. With the limited ministerial force in
the mission field, it is impossible to fill all the calls, - urgent though
they be. We need more resident ministers to built up and take charge of the
work at these new points. Brother minister in the North, whose sword is rusting
by your side, come to the aid of these neglected ones! The harvest is white;
will you no help gather it in, that it be not lost?
We held one meeting at Dryden, Ark., where there are few members, and where
the Brethren have preached a few times. This is in the bounds of the Weiner
church, thourgh some distance from the main body. We met with the Brethren at
Long Creek twice, where the church was organized two years ago. The
membership is somewhat scattered, hence meetings are not so large. Sunday evening,
Dec. 20, we had meetings a schoolhouse, with good attendance and interest. We
arrived home the next day, and found our family well.
On this trip about one hundred and twenty doctrinal Messengers were
distributed, and eagerly taken. D. L. Forney Palestine, Ark., Dec. 22.
Jan. 9. 1897 page 29 The Gospel Messenger
Dry Fork, Mo., - Bro. Lemuel Hillery was with us over Christmas, and
preached for us. He has preached every night since, and will continue during the
week, if the weather permits. On Christmas a collection was taken up for the
Orphans’ Home in Smyrna. Five dollars was secured. On the way home, in the
evening, our horse ran away, throwing out our mother and sister. The former
receiving several bruises about the head and face, and the latter was hurt some,
but no seriously. – Leslie P Dunning, Jasper, Mo., Dec. 28.\
The Gospel Messenger Jan. 16, 1897 page 45
Greenwood Church, Mo. – Bro. Lemuel Hillery and family came to us Nov. 21.
He preached fifteen sermons for us; then went to Cabool and preached fourteen
sermons. He also delivered four sermons at Mountain Grove. Although there
were no accessions to the church, we feel that no series of meetings, ever held
here, was productive of more good. We all gained much knowledge of Bible
truths. It was, to the Brethren, a Bible term of instruction, and has set many
others to searching the Scriptures to see if these things are so. – S. M.
Stevens, Cabool, Mo., Jan. 2.
The Gospel Messenger Feb. 13, 1897 page 109
La Forge, Mo., - We are having meetings at home. Roads are muddy, but the
interest is good. Two have come out on the Lord’s side. They are young but
earnest. One is my oldest daughter, ten years past. Three were baptized at
Poplar Bluff last month. The prospects for church in the South is becoming more
encouraging. I believe the best thing to do in a new place is to get several
subscribers for the Gospel Messenger, It is a powerful preacher. – Ira P. Eby.
The Gospel Messenger Feb. 27, 1897 page 136
The Brethren at Rockingham, Ray Co., Mo., are thinking of erecting another
The Gospel Messenger Feb. 27, 1897 page 141
Rockingham, Mo. – At our quarterly council, Feb. 6, more business came
before the meeting than could be attended to in one day, so some was left undone
for the present. Solicitors were appointed to ascertain whether sufficient
means could be raised to build another churchhouse in this congregation. Bro.
S. Z Sharp, of McPherson, Kans., was with us and gave us some good counsel.
He also preached three sermons for us and gave the children a short talk at
Sunday school. I need not say that Bro Sharp can interest a congregation. – J.
H. Shirly, Feb. 15.
The Gospel Messenger March 6, 1897 page 156
From the Carthage Church, Mo.
Feb. 18, the Carthage church met in quarterly council. All business passed
off pleasantly some very important business came before the church. Bro.
Christian Holderman, of the Spring River church, was with us. The church
decided to call a brother to the office of deacon. The lot fell on Bro. Thomas
Betebener, who was duly installed in a solemn and impressive manner. The writer
was appointed as agent for the Messenger.
This church was organized May 1, 1893, with a membership of thirty-five.
Since that time twelve have been baptized, twenty-three received by letter,
fourteen letters granted and six members disowned, leaving a membership of fifty
at the present time. In all this time there has not been a death in this
church. We should feel thankful to the Lord that he has been so merciful in
sparing our lives. When we look around us in this beautiful city, and see how
many are called away by death, we are made to wonder why the Lord has spared out
lives, in preference to many that have gone way of all the earth. Noah
Oren. Feb. 22.
The Gospel Messenger March 13, 1897 page 168
Bro. W. H. Miller, of Jerico, Mo., should now be addressed at Westphalia,
Anderson Co., Kans.
Brother T. A. Robinson should now be addressed at Jasper City, Jasper
Count, Mo., instead of Grangeville, as heretofore.
The Gospel Messenger March 30, 1897 page 187
From the Mineral Creek Church, Mo.
The members of the Mineral Creek church met in regular council last
Saturday, Feb. 27, the church has, for some time past, met on the last Saturday of
each month, at 1 P. M., for church work, which seems to give general
satisfaction. At the meeting last Saturday there was a choice held for a minister, the
lot falling on Bro. D. L. Mohler, who was duly installed into office. Eld. D.
M. Mohler, of Warrensburg, was present, and assisted in the work. A
statement from our elder showed that our numerical strength in the church at this
time is as follows: forty-five families in which both husband and wife are
members; four families in which the husband only is a member; thirty-two families
in which the wife only is a member; four widows; seven widows, fifteen single
brethren and twenty-four single sisters; total, one hundred and
seventy-five. J. E. Bosserman. Leeton, Mo., March 1.
The Gospel Messenger March 27, 1897 page 189
Kansas City, Mo., - I met with the members here in their Sunday school, in
the afternoon, and we had preaching in the evening at 1:30. Arrangements
were made to have regular preaching services each Sunday evening at 7:30; in a
hall on Thirteenth Street, near the Crossing of Thirteenth Street and the
Chelsea Park Street Car line. Brethren and sisters, visiting or passing through
Kansas City, are cordially invited to meet with us, and especially ministers.
My home is near the corner of Holmes and Walnut Streets, Rosedale, Kans.,
and I am always glad to meet the brethren at my home. = Wm. Holsinger, March
The Gospel Messenger March 27, 1897 page 189
Fruitalde, Ala. – the Lord’s work here is still being blessed. Attendance
of natives and northern people, not members, as well as brethren and sisters,
at our services, is encouraging. Bro. H. M. Crouse, from Nevada, Missouri,
and Eld. M. M. Ennis, from Oklahoma, have recently located with us.
(I am not going to transcribe the rest of this, as this is the only part
deal with Mo.)
The Gospel Messenger March 27, 1897 page 204
Kidder, Mo., - As our new churchhouse is nearly completed, we expect the
Lord willing, to dedicate it the first Sunday in April. Bro. J. E. Ellenberger,
of Pool, is to preach the dedication sermon. Although this church has been
laboring under difficulties for some time. We hope, by the help of God, to get
things adjusted so as to move along in live and union. We expect to
re-organized our Sunday school April 1. – M. Henricks, March 15.
The Gospel Messenger March 27, page 205
Fairview Mo. – This congregation met March 13 in church council. Bro. J. B.
Hylton was chosen delegate to District Meeting, with Bro. J. W. B. Hylton,
alternate. Bro. Elbert Hylton was elected Superintendent for our Sunday
school, which will commence the first Sunday in April. The Brethren gave us some
good thoughts on how to raise our children. Thus closed a good meeting. Sister
Martha Hylton, who is a great sufferer with cancers on her body, desires the
prayers of God’s people. She called for the elders and was anointed. One
brother has been reclaimed since my last report. The Brethren preach at our
schoolhouse every fourth Sunday. We have a union Sunday school. Husband and I are
the only members of the Brethren church in this neighborhood. Brethren,
seeking homes, are invited to come this way. – Nannie Harman, Denlow, Mo.,
The Gospel Messenger March 27, 1897 page 205
Shoal Creek Church, Mo. – We met in quarterly council March 6. Bro. I G.
Harris and the writer are to represent this church at District Meeting. The
membership of our church has been somewhat decreased, as nine of our members have
moved to other fields of labor. Two of them are our ministering brethren, -
Lee Harader and T. A. Robinson. Bro. Harader moved to Arkansas City, Kans.,
Bro. Robinson, to Jasper, Jasper Co., Mo. this leaves the church much in
need of helpers to assist our elder. We have a good climate and the country is
thickly settled. There are plenty of people to preach to. One was received into
the church by baptism during Bro. I. L. Harader’s meeting at Bethpage. We
have meetings twice a month, Sunday school each Sunday, and would be glad if
some minister, - would locate her. – Enos J. Reece. Grangeville, Mo., March
The Gospel Messenger April 10, 1897 page 237
Mound City, - The Brethren met in quarterly council at the Bethel church,
Mo., March 27. Much business was disposed of in a Christian manner. We were
made to rejoice when one, that has wandered away from the fold, returned.
There were four letters granted. We decided to have a love feast, May 29,
beginning at 2 P. M. – Sarah Hanies, March 28.
The Gospel Messenger April 17, 1897 page 247
Mission work in Butler, Stoddard and Mississippi Counties, Missouri.
By Ira P. Eby
At our regular appointment, the second Sunday in March, at Poplar Bluff, one
more precious soul was received by baptism and one reclaimed. Two others
have moved in, making fourteen in all. The prospects are encouraging.
March 20 Bro. A. P. Peterson accompanied me to Dexter, Stoddard County,
where a few members are living, and where we have been holding meetings regularly
once a month, since last fall. Sunday we organized a Sunday school, with
Bro. W. P. Richards as Superintendent. Monday we buried two precious souls
with Christ by baptism. This is the first fruits of our labor at this place. The
baptism drew a large congregation.
March 27 – the railroad being covered with water and trains not running. I
rowed a boat six miles against a cold wind, and then walking six miles to my
appointment in Mississippi County, waling and rowing back again March 29,
through a cold rain. Here are fields white for the harvest. Brother, will you
come and help us? Your ill find hardships to endure. Brother, what are you
doing? Are you at ease in Zion? “Go into all the world.” “Come over into
Macedonia [Missouri] and help us.”
The Gospel Messenger April 17, 1897 page 253
Rockingham. – The Wacanda church met in special council April 3, with
elders D. D. Sell and D. M. Mohler present. The latter presiding. At this meeting
the Wacanda church divided its territory into three different congregation,
viz. The north part, the “Pleasant View.” Church, with about one hundred
members, Bro. Geo. Clemens, elder; the south part, the “Rockingham” church,
with about one hundred and sixty members. Bro. S. B. Shirk, elder, the west
part, the “Wacanda” church, with about seventy-five members, yet unorganized. It
was further decided that our old church book, with all other church papers,
be put way fro reference for the different congregations. The work done
seemed satisfactory to all present and, we hope, will be for the best. A love
feast will be held at the Rockingham church, May 15, for all of the members of
the old Wacanda church. – J. H. Shirkey, April 5.