18-year-old Helena Muffly wrote exactly 100 years ago today:
Sunday, January 4, 1914: Our minister is going to leave soon. He preached his farewell sermon today. I am so sorry to see him go. There were some misty eyes in church this afternoon.
Her middle-aged granddaughter’s comments 100 years later:
Why was the minister leaving? It sounds like church members really liked him.
Maybe the McEwensville Baptist Church wasn’t able to pay the minister very much and he found a better position. I think that the church was disbanded sometime during the 1920s—and it may have already been struggling when Grandma wrote the diary.
Agnes Beard wrote in 1939 in her History of McEwensville:
The Baptist Church, a brick edifice, has fallen into ruins, there being no members in or near the place to keep it in repair.
Agnes Beard (1939)
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