1912 Christian Endeavors Convention

17-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today: 

Wednesday, October 30, 1912:  Wish I could write something that would really be something, but as for this I call it nothing.

Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:

Since Grandma didn’t write much a hundred years ago today, I’ll tell you what I found out about several previous posts.

Several days ago Grandma mentioned a “convention” that she attended in McEwensville, but she never provided any details.

She also wrote that she’d resolved to do something that would be beneficial to herself.

I was in the McEwensville area last week-end and found a little time to dig through the old Milton Evening Standard microfilms at the  Milton Public Library. I scrolled through the film–hoping to find a temperance society convention. . . or a lively political rally.

Instead I found a dull newspaper article (with lots names) about a Christian Endeavors convention.  Christian Endeavors was a youth ministry. Here’s what the October 23, 1912 Milton Evening Standard had to say:

Endeavorers in Annual Session at McEwensville

Open Twenty-Third Convention with Services of Song

Rev. I.P.Zimmerman Chief Speaker Today

The twenty-third annual convention of the Northumberland County Christian Endeavor Union begun a two days session today at McEwensville with a large attendance.

Delegates from all parts of the county are in attendance. The convention was opened this afternoon with a service of song. Miss Ida McWilliams of McEwensville led the devotional service and Carl Watson delivered the address of welcome to which Miss Leah Lark on Shamokin responded on behalf of the delegates.

Rev. I.P. Zimmerman, of this place, was the principal speaker at the service this afternoon. He spoke on the pastor’s relation to C.E, and pointing out how the minister’s aid can be a great benefit to the work of the C.E. and gave instances of how a great deal had been accomplished through the instrument of progressive pastors.

Practical Plans and Methods was an illuminating address delivered by C.W. Winery of Bellefonte who is the president of the Centre County C.E. Union. An open discussion following several members taking part in telling how the society does things. The women will adjourn at 4:30 this afternoon.

Milton Evening Standard (October 23, 1912)

14 Responses

  1. The Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor was a very large organization. In 1906 they had more than 67,000 local societies around the world and more than 4 million members.

  2. One of these days, I’d like to go look up the Edmonton Journal for the day I was born. I think that’s cool that you can read the diary and then go to the library to see what you great grandparents read in the paper that day.

    • It is fun to find things in the old newspapers–though it takes a lot of patience (and good eyesight) to deal with the microfilms. The Edmonton Journal sounds like a bigger paper than the Milton Evening Standard. I wonder if it’s possible to find it somewhere online.

      • I should try and check into that, thanks Sheryl. My aunt and I have been to our Provincial Archives many times for our family project and yes, the micro-filmed records are sometimes rotten to try and read.

  3. Neat, wish you were in town we could have lunch – my treat!! See what you missed! LOL It is interesting what you found. I am sure it was a very inspirational meeting.

  4. So very interesting. Thanks.

    S. Thomas Summers
    Author of Private Hercules McGraw: Poems of the American Civil War

  5. Gee thanks for looking it up. I would have thought it was a political convention.

  6. […] is a nondenominational evangelical organization that periodically held events in McEwensville. On October 30, 1912 Grandma wrote about attending a Christian Endeavor convention in […]

  7. […] not sure where the Christian Endeavor services were held, but in 1912, a Christian Endeavor Convention was held at the Reformed Church (today called St. John’s United Church of […]

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