Monday, February 1, 2016

Hampshire Meetinghouse

I have posted a photo of this meeting house before with a groups of people in front of it here. A few weeks back I found more photos, including this one in color. The notes say only that the meeting house was built in 1937, which matches the information I have.

The building is no longer standing. I have been told that after the Church moved on to a larger building in Columbia, the land owner had it torn down and built a home on the spot. 

Monday, January 25, 2016

Visit After Thirteen Years

[In the February 1916 issue of the Improvement Era we read that] Elders Avard Washburn and James Baron, Chattanooga, Tenn., November 10, [1915] write expressing their thanks to the Lord for the wonderful progress experienced in 'the East Tennessee conference: "Seve[r]al baptisms were reported last month. The elders recently returned from a ten days' trip through James, Meig[s] and Lo[u]don counties, being the first elders to visit that part of the country for over thirteen years. To some extent the old spirit of prejudice exists, but the people are rapidly laying it aside. We distributed a goodly number of tracts and held a number of meetings. Several people expressed surprise at the plainness and simplicity of the gospel as taught by the Latter-day Saints. We relied on the hospitality of the people for our daily necessities, and with few exceptions were kindly cared for and treated with respect."

"We thank the publishers of the IMPROVEMENT Era for sending the magazine to us. It is one of our best friends in the mission field. We anxiously await its coming each month, and enjoy its excellent topics and instructions." —
Elders Avard Washburn and James Baron, Chattanooga, Tenn.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Nashville Mormons in 1916

Mission news reports don't indicate an active branch in Nashville in 1916, though there were frequent street meetings and several meetings in indoor public venues.

In January of 1916 there were four missionaries working in Nashville. It appears to have been common practice for missionaries to spend the winter months in the cities, rather than traveling in rural areas where travelling without purse or scrip might leave them un-sheltered.

The four missionaries who were in Nashville for the winter of 1916  were Elders John Hendry Stevenson Jr., William Stanton Hamblin, George William Barrus, and Nels Ursel Anderson. One of them shared with the editor of the mission newspaper how they applied to the Chief of Police [probably J. W. Smith] for a permit to hold open air meetings.
They "were treated with much respect and were granted their request. The chief informed them be was willing to do all in his power to assist them. He said that on three different occasions he had visited Salt Lake City and was very courteously treated by the "Mormons." He spoke in high terms of the founder of "Mormonism."
It would be 1930's before a branch with a Sunday School, a Relief Society, a Primary & a "Young People's" organization was set up. But that is a story for another day.