Historical Tidbits from My Own Local Church

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  1. Mark Armstrong

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    Tidbit #1. One of our earliest deacons was on the Bench as Circuit Judge in 1875. The record indicates many were sentenced for "playing croquet on Sunday."

    I'll share more tidbits if anyone is interested.
     
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    I am interested in this kind of stuff. Share more when you can.
     
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    Tidbit #2. Prior to being Circuit Judge, that early deacon was the sheriff. According to our church history, "this same man was to be instrumental in the organization of the Baptist Church later on. In 1855 the doors of the courthouse were opened wide for any religious worship."

    According to another book on local history: "One of the first official acts of the County Court was to provide for the care and custody of the new court house. And the new caretaker was ordered to open the doors to all religious sects who wished to worship there, providing these denominations believed in the doctrines set forth in the Holy Scriptures, at such times as no legal proceedings were in progress."

    "Down through the years, this custom has prevailed to this day. In 1956 the Business and Professional Women's Club decided to clean up the old court house and beautify the Square. So they cleaned the floors, scrubbing the judge's bench and th jury box, removing ambeer shot there in the days when conveniently placed spittoons overflowed or were missed in the heat of an argument...On the lawn they set shrubs and leveled the lawn and sowed grass seed. And there they struck a snag. Almost immediately after the grass was coming up, another revival meeting was started and the attending crowds were trampling the tender little new blades under their feet. In indignation the ladies appealed to the County Clerk to stop the meetings. They met a blank refusal. What had been a custom for a century, they would not revoke."

    That was written in 1960. As we all now know, such customs have since been revoked. I have never had the honor of attending a revival service in the county courthouse.
     
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    Providence Baptist Church, New Bloomfield, MO.

    Our Church's first Permanent Pastor was James Suggett, Chief of Scouts and Regimental Chaplain for the Kentucky Militia under Col. R.M. Johnson during the war of 1812. R.M. Johnson went on to become Vice-President of the U.S. under Martin Van Buren. Suggett married Sally Redding, daughter of pastor Joseph Redding who preached briefly in the 1770's, in the First Baptist Church of Charleston, SC, the first Baptist Church located in the South.

    John Taylor of the Elkhorn Association of Kentucky, recognized as the premier anti-missions leader in Kentucky, was an old friend of James Suggett, the Pastor of Providence Baptist Church at the time of the first meeting of the Missouri Baptist General Association. It was John Taylor who said of James Suggett before Suggett migrated to Missouri, “When I see him in the pulpit, I think he ought never to come out of it, and when I see him out of it, I think he ought never go into it.”

    James Suggett was gifted as a revivalist and baptized approximately 3000 people during his ministry. Hon. J.L. Stephens of Columbia, Mo. said of him, “Suggett’s ability as a minister was in exhortation, in which but few early day preachers excelled him.”

    Suggett was pastor of Providence in 1834 when the first meeting held to organize the Missouri Baptist Convention was held - at Providence.
     
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    Keep 'em coming.

    BTW:

    "No Christian denomination has been so indifferent to its history than our own. Our fathers have been left to sleep in unhonored graves. The labors they performed - the sufferings they endured - the heroic characters they bore have alike been forgotten."

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    I like 'em. Keep posting.
     
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    I am indebted to local historian (and Baptist) Charles Ellenbrook for the following account of the formation of the local Baptist association, which appeared in the Oct. 5, 2002, edition of The Lawton Constitution, in conjunction with the association's centennial.

     

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