The Bonham Herald (Bonham, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 96, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 30, 1936 Page: 3 of 8
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THE BONHAM (Texas) HERALD, THURSDAY, JULY 30, 1936
* CLUTTER POINT
Miss Marcelle Lockaby of Bon-
ham is visiting’ Miss Geraldine Trout.
Miss Mary Evelyn Curry spent
Sunday night with Miss Mildred
Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Nash and
Bennie Goodin spent Sunday with
Mr. and Mi's. Ruffus Dewoody.
Mr. and Mrs. Roy Nichols and
family visited Mrs. H. R. Nichols,
Miss Geneva Carlton is visiting her
aunt, Mrs. Ernest Nash.
Mr .and Mrs. Rayburn Nash, Mrs.
Johnie Warnell, and Mrs. Buck
Vassar were visiting home folks this
Mr. and Mrs. Tom Brent and *Mr.
and Mrs. Millard Brent visited Mr.
and Mrs. Lee Brent, Sunday.
Miss Arena Brent spent Sunday
night with Mrs. John Peterson.
Rayburn Warnell spent Saturday
night with W. M. Roberts.
Miss Mattie Belle Farmer visited
Misses Madelyn and Juanita Babers,
V J Sunday.
%! Misses Arena Brent, Narene and
j Jewell Nichols visited Mrs. Lee Brent,
^ ; Monday.
Miss Geraldine Trout spent Satur-
day night with Miss Marcelle Lock-
Mr. and Mrs. Howard Nichols
spent Sunday with Mr. and Mrs. G.
Mr. and Mrs. Charley Dewoody and t
family spent Monday with Mr. and i
Mrs. Ruffus Dewoody.
FANNIN COUNTY BAPTIST
To My Friends in Fannin County:
I would like to write each one of
you a letter thanking you for your
friendship and support. I take this
method of expressing to you my un-
dying gratitude for the loyal support
you gave me in-the recent primary.
It will ibe a favor to me if you will
call on me when I can be of service to
(Pol. Adv.) SAM RAYBURN
Miss Ruth Biggerstaff and Miss
Ollie Mae Guthrie are making a
historical survey for the government.
At present they are checking through
the county clerk’s records.
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Reprinted from The Clarion
While preparing the copy for
this issue of the Clarion it has
been the Editor’s privilege to look
into a little of the history of Fan-
nin County Baptists. It has been
very difficult to get authentic
records upon which to base our
statements. Baptists have been
busy making history hut have
taken little time to record it. It
is difficult to establish what
church was established first in the
county. The claim has been made
that the Vineyard Grove church
about five miles N. W. of Honey
Grove was the first, however that
has been questioned. The writer
intends to establish the fact if
possible before he is through.
We have been interested in
knowing what organization existed
before the Fannin County Bap-
tist Association was organized.
The following facts have been
gathered hastily and we hope to
add more to them as we are able
to get them from old records.
In October, 1848 a number of
ministers and brethren met at
Honey Grove for the purpose of
forming an association. Eight
churches were represented by
their messengers in this conven-
tion as follows: Clarksville, Shiloh,
Salem, (South Sulphur, Liberty,
Bethel, New Salem, and Honey
These churches were located in
the counties of Bowie, Red River,
Lamar, Titus, Fannin and Hop-
kins. Elder Benjamin Clark was
the first moderator.
At this meeting the Red River
Association was organized.
At the second meeting of the
Association in Clarksville in Oc-
tober, 1849 statistics show that
the membership of the body was
On June 25, 1853, representa-
tives from three churches, Pleas-
ant Hill, Salem and New Hope,
met in Convention in Bonham with
Elder John 0. Walker as Moder-
ator. These messengers declared
that they believed the time was
expedient to form an association.
In October following messengers
from four churches with a mem-
bership of one hundred forty-five
met with the Pleasant Hill church
Grayson County, and organized
the Sister Grove Association. The
second sesssion, September, 1854,
was held with the church at Bon-
ham, with Elder B. Watson,
Moderator. A Missionary Board
had been formed at the organiza-
tion composed of S. D. Rainey,
Gideon Smith and Z. Ray. They
reported in the meeting at Bonham
that a missionary, J. Briscoe, had
been employed in June at $50 per
month and made the following re-
port: He had traveled 630 miles,
preached fifty sermons, delivered
thirty exhortations, witnessed 120
conversions, and baptized 85 per- v
sons. The next session met in the
Choctaw Nation and in 1858 the
number of churches had increased
to 25, with about 2500 members.
A committee of five was appoint-
ed to, “select a suitable location
for the establishment of a Denomi-
national School.” At the meeting
in 1860 the committee reported
the Ladonia Male and Female In-
stitute, located in Ladonia. The
following year the school was re
ported in a prosperous condition,
with Elder J. C. Averitt and lady
in charge. He was succeeded by
Elder W. B. Featherston as presi-
dent, who ranks among the lead-
ing educators of that day.
By 1861, the three churches
that were represented in the or-
ganization had increased to thirty-
two, with a membership of four-
teen hundred and forty-three. The
territory at this time embraced
the counties of Fannin, Grayson,
Collin, Denton and Hunt.
On May 24, 1855, the Baptist
Convention of Eastern Texas was
organized in a meeting held at
Tyler. Elder Wm. H. Stokes was
the first president. In 1859, the
East Texas Baptist Convention
was held with the Baptist church
in Bonham, with Elder A. E.
Clemons, President. A feeling
had already begun to take root
that this Convention needed a
Denominational school in East
Texas. At the meeting in Bon-
ham a committee was appointed
to “take into consideration the
propriety of building up a denomi-
national school of such a character
as will meet the wants of the de-
nomination 'in eastern Texas. In
1860 the convention established
the East Texas Baptist Male Col-
lege and located it at Tyler. This
school was short lived, since the
war between the states came on
immediately and before the war
closed had ceased to exist.
The Sister Grove Association
noted above continued to function
until by 1886 the records show
more Baptist churches in Fannin
County alone than we have in the
county today. The feeling had
developed by this time that Fannin
County ought to have an Associa-
tion composed of churches within
her own borders, so a conference
of messengers from the churches
in Fannin County was called to
meet at Monkstown in August,
1886. We have no records to
show how. many churches were
represented, or how many mes-
sengers were present, however, at
this meeting the Fannin County
Baptist Association was organized
with Elder Martin Gentry, moder-
ator of the meeting and also
preaching the Introductory Ser-
mon. Elder Gentry was pastor of
the Bois d’ Arc church near White-
wright. The second meeting of
the Asociation was held with the
High Prairie church with thirty-
five churches represented. Elder
W. J. Owens was elected Moder-
ator at this meeting and Elder
Fount Jones preached the annual
sermon. Records of the Fannin
County Association have been
very well preserved and a well
connected history of the work of
the Association can be obtained
from the time of its organization
until the present time.
Many interesting things may be
noted from the reports of those
early meetings. Education was
receiving much attention and
schools were being established at
various points. This statement is
observed in the report on Minis-
terial Education, “The time has
come when no denomination,
which would retain its hold upon
the gospel, can afford to be in-
different to the education of its
Ministry.” On Foreign Missions
this word Avas noted, “Among all
the interests of this body, none is
greater than Foreign Missions.”
A strong statement was made on
temperance and the churches were
urged to withdraw from any mem-
ber who persisted in drinking in-
toxicating liquors. .
The report of the Missionary,
Elder E. M. Hunt, is interesting.
He reports laboring 323 days,
preached 288 sermons and 51 ex-
hortations, baptized 9, organized
28 Sunday Schools, traveled 2848
miles, visited 680 families, organ-
ized 2 churches, sold 300 books
and 150 bibles ajg'b testaments,
given awav- 4j)^|-pages of tracts,
received $200 worth of books on
salary and collected $164.20 on
Collections were taken from the
various mission causes amounting
in some cases to $300.
An appeal was made for more
missionaries to work in West
The report was made that
Southern Baptists had 160 Mis-
sionaries on the Foreign Field in
1890. Texas gave that year to
Foreign Missions $13,000.
We trust these records of
history may be interesting to our
readers and that we may look
back to take courage and thank
God and look forward to under-
take greater things for the Master.
Practical nurse wants work. M
Lela Ownby. Phone 277-J. 9
Recently a federal . supervisor
walked into an office on the first floor
of the courthouse and asked direc-
tions for finding the 'office of a work-
er on the third floor. In a spirit of
fun and to break the monotony of a
hot day’s work, the person asked told
the man to just take the elevator to
the third floor. The man looked all
over the first floor for the elevator,
took the steps down to the basement
and finally climbed the two flights of
stairs. He was game, though, and
came back grinning and telling the
joke on himself..
Nine friends of Martha Ellen
Campbell helped her enjoy her sixth
birthday at a lawn party at the home
of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Malcolm
Campbell, Monday. Games, a pink
and white birthday cake, favors of
colored baloons and dainty handker-
chiefs made their pleasure complete.
Mrs. Renne Guy of Taylor, has re-
turned to her home after a visit with
her sister, Mrs. W. E. Biggerstaff,
and her brother, Will Nevill.
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Newby, G. R. The Bonham Herald (Bonham, Tex.), Vol. 9, No. 96, Ed. 1 Thursday, July 30, 1936, newspaper, July 30, 1936; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth1060477/m1/3/: accessed October 16, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Bonham Public Library.