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Visit to West Tennessee in Interest of Roger William

Nashville Globe
1 Mar 1907

Rev. Wm. Haynes, General Manager of the Roger Williams University Fund, has just returned from a week’s trip in and about Memphis, Tenn., in the interest of the institution. Speaking of his trip, he said “Considering the weather I did very well, I was kiindly greeted by the Memphis brethren, who spoke very encouragingly concerning the rebuilding of Roger Williams University. I spoke and preached at several churches to the work as follows:

  • Jackson Ave. Baptist Church, Rev. Bell, pastor ……………………. $95
  • Salem Baptist Church, Rev. Thomas, pastor………………………… $2
  • Metropolitan Baptist Church, Rev. Searcy, pastor………………….$15.45
  • First Baptist Church, Cholein Ref. Hord, pastor…………………………………………………..$26.00
  • St. Paul Baptist Church, Rev. Woods, pastor (2OO*)………………………………………………$20.00
  • Canaan Baptist Church, Covington, Rev. Holloway, pastor….$10
  • First Baptist Church – Brownsville, with Rev. Townsend pastor………………..$10:00

City B.Y.P.U. Organized

Nashville Globe
22 Feb 1907

One of the largest missionary meetings ever held in Nashville for young people was held in the Sunday school rooms of Mt. Olive Baptist Church Sunday afternoon, February 17. The meeting was called to order at 2:30pm by Rev. W.L. Craft, who is the field secretary of the B.Y.P.U. Board. At this meeting a long step in the right direction was made which resulted in the organization in Nashville of what will be known as “The City B.Y.P.U.” Every Baptist church in the cit has been invited to join, and, in fact, all save one or two were represented either in person or by proxy at the meeting Sunday. Rev. C.H. Clark, the pastor, towering as he does above all others, encouraged the movement in the most hearty way possible. An excellent program was rendered. An opening chorus was sung by the Mt. Olive choir. Scripture was read by Rev. C.K. Wilson. Then came prayer. A song by the choir, then came the discussion, which was “The Union a Factor in the Missionary Development of our Denomination.” This discussion was led by Revs. Clark, Slaughter, Harding, Parr, Page and Matthews, and Rev. Draine and others were invited to make speeches on the subject. Miss Maud Roberts, of Walden University, was present and sang “Teach Me Thy Way” sweeter than it has ever been heard in Nashville.

“Our Needs” was discussed by the Dr. E.W.D. Isaac, the Corresponding Secretary of the B.Y.P.U. Board. Mrs. L.A. Davis played an instrumental solo. Possibly the most interesting and entertaining piece on the program was the trio by Miss Reed, Mrs. Henderson, and Dr. A.M. Townsend. Their voices charmed the audience. Every one strained their ears to catch every note of the sweet music made by them.

A committee on Organization was nominated and while they were out, Miss M.M. Kimball, of Louisville, who represents the Woman’s Auxillary Convention, addressed the audience. The committee reported the following officers as the first for the ensuing year: J. Blaine Boyd, Miss Mattie Matthews, Tabernacle Church, First Vice President; Mr. Jesse Voorhees, Kayne Avenue Church, Second Vice President; Mr. Wm. Cantrell, St. John Baptist Church, Third Vice President; Miss Maggie Stubbs, First Baptist Church, Recording Secretary; E. W. D. Isaac, Jr.; Spruce Street Baptist Church; Miss Matilda Williams, First Baptist Church, East Nashville, Treasurer; Mr. Wm. Sheffield, New Hope Church, Chorister; Dr. A.M. Townsend, Spruce Street Baptist Church, Organist.

It was agreed that the Union would meet once per month and that one month’s notice would be given for all churches to prepare special subjects and present their claims for those on program. The first monthly meeting will be held March 17, which is the third Sunday in March, at the Pleasant Green Baptist Church. The meeting will be called together promptly at 8 o’clock. Indications are that a large number of young people will be brought into this working organization.

City Items – Feb 22, 1907 (Part 1)

Nashville Globe – City Items (Part 1)
February 22, 1907

  • The Households of Ruth, the ladies department of the Odd Fellows, had their installation in the Odd Fellows hall on Spring street, East Nashville, Monday night. After a business meeting it was turned over to a committee and it proved one of the most enjoyable social gatherings of the season. The tables were elaborately decorated in ferns and palm, and a four course menu was served.
  • Mr. Frank Carter, of Ohio, accompanied by his wife, is in the city, the guests of his mother, Mrs. Ella Carter of Lischey Avenue.
  • Mr. George Darden, of Williams street, is suffering from a sprained ankle caused by a fall.
  • Mrs. Julia Bosley, of St. Louis, is the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Kennedy, who live across the new bridge on Hyde’s Ferry Pike. She has been out of the city for twenty years. Mrs. Bosley is the sister of Mr. Fred Bains.
  • Mrs. Annie Hatcher has been very sick for two weeks at her residence, 62 Green street.
  • Miss Alberta R. Harrison, of 1226 Fourth avenue, South, was very much delighted over the birthday present which she received from her little niece Alberta Bell Porter, of Chicago, Ill.
  • Miss Bettie E. Allen, of Twenty-first avenue, entertained in honor of a few friends last Thursday evening. The features of the evening were whist and other games. The parlor was beautifully arrayed in palms and vines. Among those present were Johnnie Avy and Lizella, of Murfreesboro, Kate Boze, Julia McChristine, Daisy McRoberts, Messrs. R.M. Mason, Arthur Harris, John Massey, John McCoy, Dr. Johnson. A two-course menu was served.
  • Miss Daisy Roberts left Nashville Saturday in route to Algood, Tenn., where she will attend the bedside of her father, who is very sick.
  • The Marechal Niel Club held a pleasant meeting Thursday afternoon with Mrs. Julia Flagg, at her home on Eighth street. They added three new members to the club. The Flagg home was beautified with ferns, and refreshments were served during the fine social hours. Interesting topics were brought before the club and matters of general interest discussed.
  • Col. B.F. Johnson, Uniform Rank, K. of P., of Chattanooga, Tenn., spent last Friday in the city attending the meeting of the Endowment Board of the Knights of Pythias.
  • Mrs. Cage Cannon, who has been ill, is able to be out again.
  • Mr. N.N. Reynolds, of Pulaski, spent Friday and Saturday in the city. Mr. Reynolds is Grand Lecturer for the Court of Calanthe and reports that the order is progressing.
  • Mr. B.J. Fernandis, of Memphis, spent three days in the city last week attending the regular quarterly meeting of the Endowment Board of the Knights of Pythias.
  • President Merrill, of Fisk University, addressed the congregation after the regular sermon at the First Street Baptist Church Sunday morning. The sermon, which was a very powerful one, was preached by the pastor, Rev. W.S. Ellington.
  • Miss Mamie L. Alexander, of Providence, Tenn., spent Sunday with her mother, Mrs. Matilda Alexander, of 704 Ewing avenue.
  • Mrs. Marie Ransoms, of William street, gave an elegant luncheon Tuesday evening, her guests including Mrs. A. Julius Williams, Mrs. Mabel Overton, Mrs. C. McGavock, and Mrs. Mamie Turner. The table was radiant in decorations, the table having a centerpiece of a cluster of crimson & purple.

Marriages from the Meharry News – 1902

Marriages as announced in the 1902 Meharry News. See the Mehary Library Archives page for more information.

  • Dr. Cato H. Wilson & Mattie E. Warren married in Americus, Georgia
  • Minnie Lee Gibson to Dr. J. Lucian Carwins
  • Violet Black & Dr. E.W.D. Alexander married in Austin, Texas
  • Indianna Cobb and Mr. J.M. Robinson
  • Dr. A.M. Townsend & Willie Hadley
  • Dr. A.J. Davis & Nannie Pegram
  • Dr. A.J. Jordan & Ida Pegram
  • Dr. Charles R. Cooper & Eunice Lois Chesterfield
  • Dr. E.G. Overby & Docia Claggett
  • Wm. Sevier & Annie Spikes
  • Dr. J. Ballard Hughes & J. Olivia Ratcliff – Bowling Green, Kentucky
  • Gabriella E. Mays & S. Means Plair – Jacksonville, Florida
  • Dr. Jesse B. Covington & Jennie B. Murphy

One name in this list that I recognized was that of Dr. A.M. Townsend. His name has appeared in several articles I’ve transcribed from the Nashville Globe and shared on this blog. I also have one article up so far that mentions his wife, though her name was printed as Willa instead of Willie.

The Nashville Public Library has an index of marriages in Nashville between 1864-1905 and Townsend & Hadley do not appear there, despite the fact that got married here in Nashville at the Spruce Street Church. It goes to show you have to rely on multiple sources!

Roger Williams Rally

Nashville Globe – 22 Feb 1907

The Women’s Baptist Missionary Union will hold their first quarterly meeting Friday, March 1, at the Second Baptist Church, corner of Ninth avenue and Stevens street, Rev. G.B. Taylor, pastor. A special Educational Rally has been planned on this occasion for the rebuilding of Roger Williams University. We are calling on every loyal Baptist woman and friend to help us. We want $100.00; we can have it. We are told to attempt great things for God and expect great things from Him. We are asking each Missionary Society to give us $10.00, and each church where there is no society, $10.00, because they haven’t a society. Third Avenue Baptist Church Missionary Society will lead off in this, who will follow? “But whose hath this world’s goods and seeth his brother have need and shuteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” (1 Jno. 3:17). The following program will be rendered:

Afternoon – 3 o’clock.
Song – Coronation -Union
Scripture Reading – Rev. G.B. Taylor.
Invocation – Rev. J.L. Harding
Song – Faith is the Victory – Union
Paper – Missions – Miss A. Pace
Duet – Misses Claybrooks and McIntosh
Paper – Need of Christian Education – Mrs. Wm. Haynes
Solo – Rev. J.C. Fields

Evening – 8 o’clock
Song – My Faith Looks Up to Thee – Union
Scripture Reading on Faith
Invocation – Rev. Goodall
Selection – By Sylvan Street Church Choir
Remarks – Rev. Wm. Haynes, President of the State Convention
Duet – Misses Neal and Smith
Recitation – “Little Joy” – M. Dickerson
Solo – Mrs. J. Henderson
Talk – Rev. J. Kell
Solo – Miss Ella Hendry
Talk – Rev. Slaughter
Selection – By Kayne Avenue Baptist Church Choir
Talk – Rev. C.H. Clark
Selection – First Baptist Church Choir East Nashville
Talk – Rev. Porter
Selection – Second Baptist Church Choir

The above programs will be carried out promptly. Please be present at 3 pm and 8pm. All friends are most cordially invited to be present and help in this special effort.

Mrs. M.H. Flowers, President
Mrs. Carrie Dickerson, Sec’y
Evening program Master of Ceremonies, Rev. E.W.D. Isaac

Will Visit the Old World

Nashville Globe – 22 Feb 1907

Will Visit the Old World —  News has just reached Nashville that Rev. John E. Ford, D.D. , pastor of the largest Baptist Church in Denver, Col., will visit the world’s Fifth Sunday School Convention, which is to be held in Rome, Italy, during the month of May.  Rev. Ford, at one time attended Fisk University, but later graduated from Chicago University with high honors.  His friends in Nashville will be delighted to know that he will make this trip in behalf of his interest, in the Sunday school work with which he is closely identified.  It is stated that Dr. Ford will go from.  It is stated that Dr. Ford will go from Denver to Boston; Mass., where he will embark on his long journey to visit that once famous European city.  In company with Dr. Ford, it is learned that Rev. James E. Shepherd, the International Sunday School Secretary, of Raleigh, North Carolina, will go.  It was rumored, and in fact, it is not yet definitely settled that Rev. C.H. Clark, D.D., who is Chairman of the National Baptist Publishing Board and pastor of Mt. Olive Baptist Church, will go.  It is stated on good authority that if Dr. Clark will make known to his church that he desires the trip they will unhesitatingly arrange to send him.  The entire trip will cost something over $350, which includes first-class passage and hotel bills.  After the Convention in Rome is over the entire party will take side trips to the “Holy Land,” and up into the interior of Europe.  On returning, Dr. Ford may come via Nashville, but this is not certain.

The Be-Quick Club

Nashville Globe – 22 Feb 1907

The Ladies Be-Quick Club of Spruce Street Baptist Church met at the residence of Mrs. Nellie Young Tuesday afternoon, February 12, 1907, and elected the following officers: Mrs. Lottie Kelly, President; Mrs. E.B. Lucas, Vice President; Mrs. H.E. Clark, Secretary; Miss Allie Bates, Assistant Secretary; Mrs. Nellie Young, Treasurer; Mrs. Fannie Clayborn, Chaplain.

A very interesting meeting was held last Tuesday evening at the residence of Mrs. Rebecca Foster, Eigth Avenue North.  The next meeting will be held at the residence of Mrs. Lula Bullock, Twelfth avenue North.  All members of the church are urgently requested to be present and take an active part in the meeting.  “Be-Quick” is our motto.

Rev. E. J. Gregg Finally Makes His Lecture

On January 18, 1907, the Nashville Globe reported that Reverend E.J. Gregg, he Secretary of the Christian Endeavor League of Jacksonsville, Florida was going to give a lecture at St. Paul Church on the upcoming Sunday. On January 25th, they reported that he did not show up due to unavoidable circumstances. Seems he didn’t make it until February – the February 22nd issue reports on his lecture:

Nashville Globe – February 22nd, 1907

Mass Meeting Held at St. Paul A.M.E. Church – Dr. Gregg Speaks Words of Encouragement – Estimates that Between Three and Five Thousand Delegates Will Attend

The Allen Christian Endeavor Leagues of the city met at St. Paul A.M.E. Church Wednesday night, under the auspices of the Local Union of the city in mass meeting. The center of attraction was the fact that it had been previously announced that Rev. E. J. Gregg, the Corresponding Secretary, of Jacksonville, Fla., would be present, and that final preparations would be made to organize the local leagues for the work preparatory to entertaining the first session of the National Convention of Allen Endeavors of the African Methodist Episcopal Church that will convene here in July from the 2nd to the 8th inclusive.

The meeting was opened with devotional services. Rev. Edwards, pastor of Salem A.M.E. Church offered prayer. The scripture lesson was read by Dr. L.H. Welch, presiding elder of the Nashville District.

Rev. Wm. Flagg, pastor of Payne Chapel A.M.E. Church, and president of the Local Union, stated the object of the meeting and outlined the work that had been accomplished. He stated that Dr. T.W. Halgler, pastor of the St. John A.M.E. Churc, and superintendent of the League work in Tennessee, was present and would introduce the General Secretary. Dr. Halgler said that he was about to present a man who had already made his mark in the world, and who was today one of the leading thinkers in the country, and it was a great pleasure to him to introduce E.J. Gregg of Jacksonville, Fla., Corresponding Secretary of the Allen Christian Endeavor Department of the A.M.E. Church.

Dr. Gregg stated that he had been on the train for several hours, and while en route his continuous prayer was that the train would land him in Nashville on time, and he felt that his prayer had been answered. Without any extra preliminary remarks the noted divine spoke right to the point. Speaking of the progress of his work. he said: “The first year we reported three hundred leagues: the second year, five hundred:” and last Monday his record showed that over one thousand leagues were registered on his books, allowing for one hundred and ten that lapsed. He said that he would not say that ten thousand delegates would attend the convention for it was not his desire to deceive the people: but he felt certain that he was conservative in saying that between three and five thousand delegates would visit this city in July. He said that as yet all of the pastors did not understand the work and that when they did much more would be accomplished. He said, “I am of the same opinion that Abraham Lincoln was. I have never lost faith in the people. The people are all right. The fault is in the ministers.”

The roll was called and the following leagues were represented: St. Paul, Payne Chapel, Salem Chapel and St. John. The General Secretary read the list of committees to be appointed and defined their work. he urged that the best talent be selected and that a united effort be put forth.

Another <…> was arranged to meet at St. John A.M.E. Church, on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock.

Roger Williams Alumni

Roger Williams Alumni
Nashville Globe – February 15, 1907
pg. 3

On account of the heavy fall of snow and sleet in Nashville, which was still much in evidence on last Friday night, only a small crowd was present at the silver tea party at the Spruce Street Baptist Church, which was given by the Alumni and friends of Roger Williams University. An excellent program had been prepared. One of the unique features of the entertainment was a very beautifully decorated banner stretched across the length of the church containing the letters “Roger Williams University” in silver paper. This banner was indeed attractive being the handiwork of Mrs. Carrie Young and Miss Hester O. Brown. Both of these ladies worked diligently to make this entertainment a success.

More than a thousand special appeals and invitations were sent throughout the United States to the address of all the students who once attended the school. It is expected that a substantial response will be received. Miss Brown gratuitously gave her services, rendering some excellent violin solos. Others prominent in the public eye responded likewise. The receipts, while not as large as expected, were encouraging.

The Passing of a Useful Citizen – Brown Hightower

The Passing of a Useful Citizen – Brown Hightower
Nashville Globe – February 1, 1907
Pg. 2

In the death of Mr. Brown Hightower, Nashville loses one of its oldest, most useful and best known citizens. He was one of the first colored men to begin a mercantile business in the city. For years he successfully conducted a junk store at 215 Fourth avenue, South. Mr. Hightower’s health began failing last summer, but after having been confined to his bed for several weeks, he recovered sufficient strength to return to his place of business. His friends were hopeful that the worst had passed and that his life would be spared for several years longer; but on Wednesday morning, January 23rd, he fell in the yard at his home on Lewis street. His wife rushed to him and found him suffering from a stroke of paralysis. She and other friends assisted him into the house and put him to bed, notified his brother, Thomas Hightower, and called a physician. Everything possible was done to make the suffer comfortable and to relieve his pains, but at noon his soul took its departure and winged its sainted flight up to the hills of light, there to rest forever in the bosom of God.

Seldom in the history of Nashville have so many sorrowing friends gathered to do honor to the memory of the departed as assembled in the Second Baptist Church. Friday evening, Jan 25th to do honor to Mr. Hightower. His pastor, Rev. B.G. Taylor got up out of his sick bed that he might be present at the funeral. The floral offerings were profuse and very expressive sorrow for the dead and sympathy for the bereaved. The rostrum was crowded with city pastors and other distinguished individuals. The officers of the church were the pall bearer. Miss Georgia Sanders read resolutions of condolence. The Sons’ and Daughters’ of Israel, the society of which Mr. Brown Hightower was a member, turned out in a body. The church choir was at its best; Rev. Preston Taylor had charge of the funeral, and he not only directed it with a masterly hand but was of valuable service to the pastor in handling the large audience. The pastor, Rev. G. B. Taylor, took for his text Job 5:26: “Thou shalt come to thy grave in a [text cut off in my copy]… Rev. Mason was especially eloquent in his portrayal of the resurrection of the just and the eternal happiness of those who die in the Lord.

At the conclusion of these services, the body of the lamented dead was followed by the family and a large number of friends to its final resting place in Mount Arrarat.

A Paper by Miss Georgia A. Sanders
Mr. Brown Hightower was a member and officer of Hopewell Lodge, No. 2, Sons and Daughters of Israel. He was one of the chartered members who helped to organize this number five years ago. He was a good and faithful officer and would at all times respond very liberally to the financial needs of the lodge. He carried with him sunshine and laughter where’er he went, usually possessing a bright cheerful countenance. As soon as he would enter our Lodge room every one would begin to smile, and very soon the hall would be filled with laughter. He served the lodge very faithfully as Worthy Sentinel until his death. Oh but how we shall miss him. No more shall we hear those cheering words of consolation, for his voice is hushed in death, and his spirit has gone to the God who gave it; his soul is anchored in the heaven of rest, where there is no sorrow, sickness, nor death. In his death the Sons and Daughters of Israel have lost a Christian brother and a faithful officer. But we can only bow our heads in humble submission to God and say, “The Lord giveth, and the Lord taketh blessed be the name of the Lord.”