Monday, July 25, 2011

Amanuensis Monday - John H. Stotler holds revival meetings

Christian Church Mt. Carmel Illinois
Christian Church at Mt. Carmel, Illinois c. late 1890s.

The photo above is said to be the church where John Harrison Stotler preached for 5 years in the late 1890s and early 1900's. It is from my grandmother's collection of photos and is captioned on the reverse with "Christian Church Mt. Carmel, Ill" and "where uncle John preached for 5 years." John Harrison Stotler was the brother of my 2nd great grandmother, Mary Hay Stotler-Ross.

According to Genabloggers, "An Amanuensis is a person employed to write what another dictates or to copy what has been written by another. Amanuensis Monday is a daily blogging theme which encourages the family historian to transcribe family letters, journals, audiotapes, and other historical artifacts."

Tonight's transcription is from The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, Illinois, November 30, 1897 edition, "Pew and Pulpit" section on page 1:
Revival meetings are in progress every night at the Christian church. Rev. J. H. Stotler, of the Christian church at Mt. Carmel, is doing the preaching. His subject tonight will be "Hindrances to Christian Growth," Gal. 5:7; Wednesday night. "The Intermediate State of Man, or Future Probation," 1 Peter, 3:19; Thursday night, "The Mission of the Church." Services begin promptly at 7 o'clock. All are invited to attend the meetings, as they will continue only for a short time.
This was followed a few weeks later with this item from The Edwardsville Intelligencer, Edwardsville, Illinois, December 24, 1897, "Pew and Pulpit" section on page 1:
The revival meetings at the Christian church, conducted by Rev. J. H. Stotler of Mt. Carmel, closed Wednesday night. They were very successful and the interest aroused was great.
I find this interesting since Edwardsville is on the western side of Illinois while Mt. Carmel is on the eastern border. It's about 120 miles straight line distance, but about a 2 1/2 hour drive in modern times. It's curious that the meetings were publicized so far away.