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From: "Janet Hall" <>
Subject: Re: [BRE] A remarkable gathering
Date: Mon, 26 Feb 2007 18:32:28 -0600
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Kim,

There are many references to all of these names.
The majority of diary entries are either Louisa Vaniman's or Amanda Snell's
and span dates from 1863-1911.

Would be good for you to take a look at the book. If there is something in
particular you would like, I would be happy to see what I can do.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Kim Kendall" <>
To: <>
Sent: Friday, February 23, 2007 5:36 PM
Subject: Re: [BRE] A remarkable gathering


> Hi Janet,
>
> Do you have the book "Pleasant Hill"? If you do, can
> you tell me what references, if any, are made to the
> Snells and Hubers in Virden/Nilwood. My grandmother
> was born in Nilwood. Most of the families are
> relatives, including the Filbruns, Vanimans and
> Harshbargers.
>
> Kim Kendall
> Mesa, AZ
> --- Janet Hall <> wrote:
>
> > On an interesting note:
> >
> > The book "Pleasant Hill" by Ethel Harsbarger Weddle,
> > Brethren Publishing House 1956 is a collection of
> > diary entries of early COB pioneers in the Virden,
> > Illinois area. An entry dated 1874 describes "The
> > great Annual Meeting of the German Baptist Brethren"
> > and the immense preparation that took place for the
> > "thousands" expected to attend.
> >
> > "A great honor and a responsibility too, has now
> > come to the Pleasant Hill congregation. The Annual
> > Meeting of the German Baptist Brethren of America
> > has granted the request of the Southern District of
> > Illinois that the meeting of the 1874 might be held
> > in Southern Illinois."
> >
> > "Joseph Filburn considers the vast capacity of his
> > new bank barn and its loft floor, forty by eighty
> > feet in size. he considers the convenience of the
> > Chicago and Alton Railway, which passes near his
> > house." ---
> >
> > "Joseph turns toward the railroad and is satisfied
> > that in that direction, too, all is well. the
> > Chicago and Alton Company has provided a temporary
> > spur with a platform and a ticket office right at
> > the field gate, and an agent is to be on hand
> > throughout the meeting." The entry (Louisa
> > Vaniman's) also describes the "trains arriving and
> > emitting entire carloads of passengers with their
> > satchels, valises, and lunch baskets" and buggies
> > coming from all directions.
> >
> > The entry also describes the digging of "long
> > pits" and building of seats, a roof and in separate
> > locations for men and women to use as restrooms.
> > Preparations included growing extra livestock and
> > produce to accommodate the masses. Filburn's barn,
> > tents and all households (Brethren) for miles around
> > would serve to house guests.
> >
> >
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