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SAMFORD UNIVERSITY LIBRARY 

SAMJO'R'D VLD^TVTRSny 
Birmingham, Alabama 

Tennessee River Missionary 
Baptist Association 



v.l. 1890 



v.2. 1891 



v. 3. 1892 



v.4. 1893 




1895 



1897 



v. 7. 1898 



v. 8: 1899 



v. 9: 1900 



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is^:i3sr"LJ' r P]Sis 



Thirty-Eighth Annual Session 



Tennessee River Baptist Associate 



Mount Pisgah Church, 






Jackson County 



Alabama, 



Sept. 27, 28, 29 and 30, 1895 






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Thirty- Eighth Annual Session 



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Tennessee River Baptist Association, 



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Mount Pisgah Church, 



Jackson County 



Alabama, 



Sept. 27, 28, 29 and 30, 1895. 



-OFFICERS- 



P RE STUN BROWN, Moderator, Hollywood Ala. 
JOHN T. RICHARDS, Clerk, Pisgah, Ala. 
MILTON ROACH, Treasurer, Faekler, Ala. 



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SGOTTSIK >RO, ALA. 

l»K(MiKKSSIVK AUB 1'KINT. 






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FIRST DAY — Mornixo Session'. 

Friday, September 27, 1895. 

The introductory service of the Association was opened by 
singing No. 219, Clans Choir : 

Blessed promise that «lod has srivon His own, 
Ther at last shall tind rest for their souls; 
Though the time mav lie long and dreary Ihi«, 
Yet sweet rest awaits you where J >rdan rolls. 

Prayer by P. Brown. 
Singing by the Congregation : 

.lesus lover of my souV 
l^et me to Thv hosom 11 v. 

While tlie nearer waters l-olt. 
While the tempest still is high; 

H de me, oh mr Savior hide. 
Till the storm of'llfe is paat. 

Safe into the haven guide, 
Oh, receive my s >ul at last. 

In the absence of J. L. Thompson and W. L. Crawford, (altern- 
ate,) who were elected at the last annual session of the Association 
to preach the Introductory Sermon, P. Brown was selected. He 
read from the 15th Chapter of Exodus, "Moses' songjpf deliver- 
ance." At the conclusion of the reading, the congregatPu was led 
in praver by J. J. Beeson. Singing by the congregation. He se- 
lected'as his text the latter clause of the 7th verse of the 17th chap- 
ter of Exodus, "And he called the name of the place Messah and 
Meribah, because of the chiding of the children of Isreal, and be- 
cause thev tempted the Lord, saying : Is the Lord among us or not?" 

1. After preaching the Association was called to order by Jno. 
T Richards, Clerk, in the absenoe of C. B. Roach, the Moderator. 

2. On motion of J. J. Beeson. supported by M. Hill, P. Brown 
was selected Moderator, pro tern., whereupon the Moderator ap-^ 
pointed J J. Beeson and C. T. Starkey to read the Church letters, 
when the following Churches responded by letter and delegates, or 
by letter : 

(1.) Bridgeport, no letter or delegate. 

(2.) Bethel, J. W. Matthews and L. T. Webb. 

(3.) Beech Grove, E. J. D. Kennedy. 

(4.) Center Point. J. A. Dicus, J. P. McLendon, W. O. Thorp 

and Samuel P. Vaughn. 
(5.) Centennial, P. A Carlisle, B. F. Alversen and J. W. 

Smith. 
(6.) Cave Spring, no letter or delegate. 
(7.) Freedom, J. T. Prince. 

(8.) Friendship, Milton Roach, Judson Barber, Pleas Camp- 
bell, Pleas Coffey, J. W. Rorex and W. R. Middleton. 
(9.) Gurley, W. H. Beason and T. M. Sloan. 
(10 ) Hollywood, letter but no delegate. 
(11.) Harmony, C. M. Higginbotham, J. M. Proctor. 



(12.) 
(13.) 

(14.) 
(15.) 
(16.) 

(17.) 
(18.) 
(19.) 
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(22.) 
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Larkinsville, no letter or delegate. 

Mt. Nebo, R. C. Horton, J. J. Cunningham and W. A. 

Howell. 

Mt. Zion, J. W. Downey, J. P. Carter and W. G. Kay. 
Mt. Tabor. J. R. Buckner, no letter. 
Mt. Pisgah, W. H. Ambrester, J. B. Ellis, C. T. Roach, 

C. O. Steel, Jno. Thomas and J. T. Richards. 
Mt. Ararat, letter, no delegate. 
Mt. Moriah, no letter or delegate. 
New Hope, G. W. Rorex. 
Pleasant View, Win. Clark and J. Q. Adams. 
Scottsboro, J. M. Mclver. 

Ship of Zion, T. P. Patterson, G. W. Crawford. 
Trenton, J. T. Wilburn. 



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MINISTERIAL DELEGATES PRESENT. 

P. Brown. J. J. Beeson, R. Howell, J. L. Jones, Jame McCloud, 
M. Hill, W. VV. Lee, C. T. Staikey, G. W. Morris. Total number of 
delegates, 50. 



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ELECTtON OE OFFICERS FOR THE ENSUING YEAR. 

MODERATOR, CLERK AND TREASURER. 

3. On motion of Millon Roach, supported by J. J. Beeson, the 
election was proceeded with by ballot. The Moderator appointing 
tellers to receive, count and declare the result of the ballot. The 
tellers, after counting the ballots, reported that P. Brown was eject- 
ed Moderator, Jno. T. Richards re-elected Clerk. 

4. Petitionary letters were called for, when Wm. Clark came 
forward and presented a letter from Pleasant View, asking to become 
a member of the Association, and that her delegates be recognized, 
as a pledge of her sincerity to abide by the faith and practice of 
the Association. 

5. On motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by M.Hill, the church 
letter was received and the delegates invited to seats; and there- 
upon the Moderator extended the right hand of fellowship to the 
delegates from said church, bidding them welcome. 

6. On motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by R.Howell, the 
Moderator invited corresponding messengers and visiting brethren 
of the same faith and order to seats with the Association, when J. 
L. Pace and S. C. Richards, of the Cherokee Association, and A. 
Sisk, of the Duck River Asgociation, were recognized «by the Mod- 
erator, and invited to seats. 

7. Appointment of special committees: 

(I) Relgious* services : The Moderator appointed the pastor, 






J. J. Beeson. and deacons of Mt. Pisgah church. 
(II.) Obituaries : J. J. Beeson, R. Howell and Win. Beason. 
(III.) Finance : Milton Roach, John B. Ellis and L. T. Webb. 

8. Appointment of Standing committees : 

(I.) Synopsis of church letters : John T- Richards. 

(II.) Associational missions: J. B. Campbell. John T. Wo- 

mack and Milton Roach. 
(III.) State missions; J. J. Beeson, L. B. lrvin and James 

Jarnagin. 
(IV.) Home missions : J. M. Mclver, W. W. Howard and 

Charles Beard. 
(V.) Foreign missions : W. W. Lee, J. P. McLendon and W. 

O. Thorp. 
(VI.) Ministerial education : Frank Bouldin, J. T. Hinshaw 

and L. M. Prince. 
(VII.) Denominational education : C. Howell, E. J. D. Ken- 
nedy and Thomas Gattis. 
(VIII.) Temperance: R. C. Horton, W. A. Howell and B. B. 

Tonev. 
(IX.) Sunday school work: W. T. Roberts. Orvi lie Grimmett. 

(X.) Women's work : Sarah Mclver. Maggie Beard and Lina 

Coffey. 
(XI.) Religious literature: J. M. McCarroll, G. W. Warren 

andM. Hill. 

9. At 3 o'clock p. m., on motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by 
John B. Ellis, the Association adjourned till 8 o'clock, tomorrow 
morning. Thirtv minutes to be spent in religious services, con- 
ducted bv A. Sisk. The committee on religious services announced 
that C.T.Starkey with M. Hill, would preach at the church at 6 :30 
p. m., and J. L. Pace with S. C. Richards, of the Cherokee Associa- 
tion, would preach at the church tomorrow at 11 o'clock, a. m. Ben- 
ediction by C. T. Starkey. 

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SECOND DAY— Morning Session. 

Saturday. September 28, 1895. 

Devotional exercises ai 8 o'clock, were conducted by A. Sisk. 
The Association was called to order at 8 :30 by tha Moderator. 

10. On motion <»f J. J. Beeson, J. M. Mclver was appointed to 
assist the Clerk during the days work. J. J. Beeson then read let- 
ters from churches, which were too late to be read yesterday. They 
were from Mt. Ararat, Mt. Pleasant and Hollywood. 

11. On motion of W. W. Lee the Moderator was instructed to 
invite visiting brethren to seats with us, giving him this authority 
at an v time during the session without further motion. Brethren 
Jno Pitts, J. G. Denton M. C. Dean, E. H". Stone and others, whose 
names the Clerk failed to get, were recognized as members of the 
body. Ministerial delegates were then enrolled. 






ORDAINED MINISTERS. 

P. Brown, J. J. Beeson, M. Hill, R. Howell, J. L. Jones, W. W. 
Lee, Gr. W. Morris. James McCloud, O. T. Siarkey. 

LICENTIATES. 

L. B. Irvin, J. T. Richards, C. T. Roach. 

The following brethren were appointed to fill vacancies in 
standing committees, to report at this meeting : 

Home missions : J. J. Beeson, James McCloud. 
State missions : W. W. Lee, J. M. Mclver. 
Temperance: C. T. Starkey, C Higginbotham. 

12. On motion of J. J. Beeson, amended by W. W. Lee, a 
special memorial service in honor of Brother C. B. Roach, deceased, 
was appointed for two o'clock tomorrow afternoon. 

13. A motion was offered to select some one to preach on mis- 
sionary work tomorrow at 11 o'clock. As the result of a ballot, W. 
W. Lee was chosen with C. T. Starkey. The matter of choosing 
time and place of next meeting was next taken up; no church hav- 
ing applied for it by letter or applicant, Scottsboro and Friendship 
were placed in nomination. The result of the vote was Scottsboro, 
28, Friendship 22. 

14. On /notion of J. J. Beeson, it was decided to meet as hereto- 
fore, on Friday after the Fourth Sunday in September, 1896. 

15. On motion <»f R. Howell, supported by M. Hill, the Asseia- 
tion proceeded to select »omj one to preach the Introductory Ser- 
mon at next mjetiug. Resalt of ballot, 1. J. Beeson, with W. W. 
Lee as alternate. 

16. On motion of J. M. Mclver it was ordered that hereafter 
some one should be appointed in this connection to preach a mis- 
sionary sermon at the meeting following. The Moderator appoint- 
ed A. E. Burns for next session, with C. T. Roach alternate. 

17. fne M jJerator then proceeded to call for reports from the 
Standing committees in their order. 

First the report on Associational letters was read by the Clerk, 
and on motion of J.J. Beeson, without any discussion, was adopted. 



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SYNOPSIS OF CHURCH LETTERS. 

Synopsis of church letters, as read by the Clerk: 
1. Bridgeport: No report, no letter or delegate. 
2 Beecii Grove: This church has a membership of 103, has 
decreased 3. Reports considerable revival and church in good con- 
dition. Maiutaius a good Sunday school. Riports .$23.30 raised for 
all purposes. Pastor, C. Howell. 

3. Bethel: This church reports a membership of 63, in a 
cold, lukewarm condition. Reports only $1.00 for any purpose. 
Has no Sunday school or prayer meeting. It says, pray for us. Pas- 
tor, It. Howell. 

4. Center Point: This church reports considerable im- 
provement. It has baptized 16, received 2 by letter; total 18. It 
maintains a good Sunday school and prayer meeting. Its present 









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membership 70, in good condition. Has raised for various purposes 

$34.85. Pastor, P. Brown. iLiAi*- 

5 Centenial. Tnis church has increased 5 in membership, 
lost 2 by death. It has a membership of 72. Reports no Sunday 
school or prayer meeting. Has enjoyed a good meeting of days in 
their church, and the church »• in a good condition, and desires that 
the brethren will remember her in their petitions to (xod. lias 
raised $6.2 5 for various purposps. Pastor, li. Howell. 

6~ Cave Spiring : This church made a report of 50 members 
last year and the church in a good condition, why it has not 
made anv report this year I e*u not say. 

7. Charity : This church asks for a letter of dismissal to join 
Liberty Association. 

8 Freedom. This church has lost three members, and its 
membership numbers 129, it has lost two by death has no Sunday- 
school or praver meeting. It reports $30.00 for mission work, and 
for other purposes, $50.00. Total, $80.00. Pastor, Crawford Howell. 

9. Friendship: This church shows improvement. It has 
increased three in membership, lost two by death and has a good, 
live Sunday school, and prayer meeting which meets weekly. It 
has a membership 140, contributed for mission, Orphans Home and 
charitable purposes $39.07, and for other purposes $62.00. Total, 
$101.07. This is g^od work. Pastor, J. J. Beeson. 

10 Gurley : This church, from her report is certainly the 
banner church of the Association. It has increased two has lost 
three bv death. Has an evergreen Sunday school full of life and 
doino- much good in its sphere, and two prayer meetings which meets 
weekly one bv the voung men and one by the Bapiist Yonng 
People's Union. " Has a membership of 113. contributed for tiiiBsions 
$47 59. raised by Sunday school, $37.00, for other purposes, $615 67. 
Total, $702.15. This is good work; may she continue upward and 
onward. Pastor, W. W. Lee. 

11 Harmony: .This church has a membership of 45, de- 
creased in membership two, and keeps up a good Sunday school. 
The pastor has labored zealously for the Masters cause, and the 
church is in a very good condition. It has contributed for missions 
and Orphans Home $8.25, and for other purposes $24.48. Pastor, 
W. L. Crawford. 

14. Hale's Cove : This church asks for letter of dismissal to 
join the Mt. Carmel Association. 

13 Hollvwood: This church has lost in its membership; 
reports its present membership 30. Maintains a good Sunday 
school and is working earnestly and faithfullv for the Master s 
cause, has lost three bv death. It has contributed, for missions 
$4.00, for other purposes, $12.50. Pastor J. J. Beeson. 

14. Larkinsville : Makes no report, no lette- or delegate. 

15 Mt. Nebo : This church has a membership of 64, has in- 
creased two and lost one by death, it does not report any Sunday 
school or praver meeting ; has raised for missions $7.57 and for 



church purposes $76.85. Church reported to be in good condition. 
Pastor, H. E. Rice. 

16. Mt. Nebo : No letter, but was represented by J. R. 
Buckner. 

17. Mt. Zion : It seems from its letter that this church has 
decreased in membership during the year. Its present membership 
is 61. It does not report any Sunday school or prayer meeting, nor 
any money raised for any purpose, in its letter and reports no regu- 
lar pastor. Supply — G. W. Morris, protem. /a 

18. Mt. Pisgah : Thischurch has lost in membership i&auring 
the last ye*r. Keeps up a Sunday school and prayer meeting which 
meets weekly, has contributed, for mission $17.27, charitable pur- 
poses, $6.50, for church purposes, $62.00. Total $85.88. Has a mem- 
bership of 137. Working with zeal for the Master's cause,, Pastor, 
J. J. Beeson. 

19. Mt. Ararat : Thischurch has a membershsip of 28, 6© 
reported by her letter, which shows a decrease from last year's re- 
port of 5. Does not report any Sunday school or prayer meeting, 
tier report shows that they have raised for all purposes, $8.00. Mil- 
ler Isbell, Pastor. • 

20. Mt. Moriah. We hear nothing from this church this 
year. It was received into the Association last year as a new 
church in a good condition; a Sunday schcol and prayer meeting 
fairly well attended. Why sue does not make a report this year, 
we are unable to say. 

21. New Hope: Has a membership of 65, reporls no Sun- 
djy school or prayer meeting. Has enjoyed a good meeting of day.-*, 
has received by baptism 6. Church in good condition. Her report 
show* that the church has raised $17.50 for all purposes. Asks the 
prayers of the brethren. Supp y, D. S. Collins. 

22. Pleasant View : This is a new church with a member- 
ship of 14. Asks the prayers and sympathy of the brethren that 
she may become a bright and shininglight, and a zealous worker for 
the Master's cause. Reports only $1.15. Pastor, M. C. Dean. 

23. Ship of Zion : This church shows by her letter that she 
has enjoved a good meeting of days, and increased in membership 
8. Church greatly revived. Has contributed $20.75 for missions 
and other purposes. Pastor, M. Hill. 

24. S -ottsboro. This church has a membership of 48, hav- 
ing decreased 15 in membership during the last year. Maintains a 
a good Sunday school and prayer meeting. Has enjoyed a good 
meeting of days, and the church greatly revived. Has contributed 
for missions * and orphanage $24.30, for other church purposes 
$253.85; a little over $5 per capita. Good work. Pastor, W. W. 
Lee. 

25. Trenton: This church has decreased itl membership 2. 
Its present membership, 41, makes no report of any Sunday school 
or praver meeting, or of having raised or contributed money for 
any purpose. It says pray for w, that Go 1 may bless us as a church. 
Supply, J. L. Jones. 



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Pleasant Mount asks for a letter of dismissal from this Associa- 
tion, to join the Mt. Carmel Association. 

Union asks for a letter of dismissal from this Association, to 

join the Mt. Carmel Association. 

This report shows regularly appointed delegates 68, ministerial 
delegates 9; total 77. The increase in membership appears to be 
52. "However, there seems to be some irregularities that may in- 
crease or decrease the above figures. The amouut of money raised 
daring the year as reported for missions, appears to be $166.07, and 
for alf purposes $1,281.06; total $1,447.16. It is the opinion of the 
Clerk, that a much larger sum has been raised for all purposes, but 
inattention of some -some one, it does not find its way into the let- 
ters, and thereby does great injustice to the membership. 1 would 
suggest that the brethren be more careful about this matter; if it is 
worth doing, why not attend to it carefully. Give it your attention 
and gather up all matters of interest. Respectfully submitted. 

J no. T. Richards. 

18. The Moderator next called for the report on Foreign Mis- 
sions. The report being ready, was read by J. M. Mclver, Chair- 
man : • ' 

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REPORT ON FOREIGN MISSIONS. 

Brother Moderator, and Brethren : 

Your Committee beg to report as follows : 

Progress, growth, expansion is proclaimed by every phenome- 
non of the universe — is written everywhere. Every star in the 
u-reat depth calls perpetually, "come up higher" — every rock-ribbed 
hill side is a written page in the ode to development; every cra»h 
in the affairs of nations proclaims new liberty and gruwth some- 
where. Every line of the Bible, every breath from the life of Christ 
is fraught with the idea "Go into ali the world and preach'" — make 
the wo°rld better. Are there ntBn in this age with the Bible before 
them, and cultured minds capable of catching the spirit of Christ,, 
who will sav "Let the heathen alone, the Lord will take care of 
him?" No, there is no Christ in that. All His soul reached out 
continually after the utmost parts of the earth. The charity that 
begins at home, generally stays at home, because it is too weak to 
.refawav; iudeed it is no charity. Every time we open up our 
souls and give something out, we increase our capacity to receive 
something'and to benefit those about us. The charity that does 
most at home is the charity that counts a part of every effort for 
Japan, China, Mexico, and where you will on the green earth. Will 
it take argument here to persuade men that they ought to do for 
Christ in all lands? No, all admit that it ought to be done. But 
we are not doing. I dislike to speak of the failure of enterprises; 
delight always to say up and away, let the dead past bury its dead, 
and "will say "that now. But here is afact, our Association gave to 
foreign missions last year $56.39, $1.76 per church, three and a half 
cents'apiece per year. There is something wrong somewhere, 
whose fault \s this? Men do as they are taught— follow their lead- 



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era. How are our pastors teaching the neonlo? *h n 
he report as shown in our last mfnu es? vt . ' We jud ^ e b - v 

intimated in a report on this 1Z ««£l * ^ l °? g since J heard » 
not preach missions oecause Zv J ' tba t the Poachers would 
salaries. That canno^e ^n Wr CZ* &??•" W ° Uld hurt tbei ' 
last yeartherP was not one «ood MstoS i »i " a "y wbere > 'or the 
AssociBtion. This report lav's no blame on .„7 P ^ ? y the whole 
ly proposes a question to <it i the ^ni?nn ' ^S. 01 " c,a88 > b <» «ere 
can we bring u]> the churches to he helTof the T nlS ^l' 6 " 1 ' How 
We call on the ministers and mei Lrs of fhl f k 1 1D thlS " ,atter? 
to rndonble their efforts during t he nex? year ^^ ° f this bodv 
not lag and fail. VVe recom 1 i, " f u that thi s cause mav 

«o raise at least ten ^^Tattta nvTS* ° hUrCh ™ ake an eff <^ 
get th, Foreign Minion Jo^Jnal iaihf «^ D "* 8e88i ° n - Pa8tor8 > 
it. Write to Brother Common C W„ ** V ° U1 ' pe ° ple to reaf 
raised by any „hurch be^Tunm^wt^n^Y 1 ^ tha ' mon «* 



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in taking collections for tlvs cause. 



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best we know. We recom 

one mission wrmon dS'^ he ?ea r In^TT Pa8t ° r preaoh at Iea8t 
the same for this causp wi * ' ake 8 P e cial collection at 

body be ln^ldto^ppj;,™~^yi th " ^^^ratorT^s 
inaugurate and execmeunder the 'SEct^rT^ 9 ^ hicb 8ha11 
Hion campaign, visiting everv church ? ?, „ B J [ othe . r B^ns, a mis- 
the co-operation of the pastors W> ,2 ™ A»ociation, asking 

ways co-operate with ,£, St bJ^TJ™ ^^ 5 

J. M. McIvek, 
W. W. Howari,. 

This report was discussed by J M Ivor J t' ^vf ard - 
W. Lee, and after a few remarks hv tu^l ' J ' J ' Bees on and 
a rising vo te remarks by the Moderator, was adopted 

the Aslociad^adjourned 1 for 2S°E'. su PP orted b .v J- M. Mclver, 
at 11 o'clock a. ln aj0Urned for Poaching, according to appointment) 

Congregation called together by singing: 

Services conducted by J. L. Pace anri H n R . . . 
Cherokee Association. Scrintnre wirl S ^ T C - Rlc hards, of the 
Text, First verse Third c2r „f ? ,' /? John ' Fir8t chapter, 
ner of love the Father hath oestow^ J ° hn - " Beho,d wha * man- 
called the sons of God ; Lrefor T fh^w.Ti L bat We should b * 
cause it knew him not " AttlJ , WOrId kn oweth us not, be- 
gregation sang At the concl ™on of the services the con- 






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Hi »v flrm a foundation ye saints of the Ix>rd, 
Is id for your faith in His excellent word ; 
W li.it more can He say, than to you he ha6 said, 
Y. u who unto Jesus for refuge have fled. 



20. After s 
order, and proceed 

21. Report 
not being ready to 

22. Report 
committee was tfr;i 

23. On mot 
Association adjoi' 



inging, the Moderator called the Association to 

t'd with the business of the body. 

on Home Missions called for, but the committee 
report, on motion, was passed for the present 

on State Missions not being ready, on motion, the 

nted further time. 

ion of .1. J. Beeson, supported by A. Sisk, the 

ned until 4 p. m. Benediction by (J. T. Starkey. 



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- ati'kday Evening, 4 o'clock p.m. 

September 28, 1895. 

24. Associ tion met according to adjournment. Singing by 
congregation, pra er by G. W. Morris. 

25. Repoi on Ministerial Education was called for by the 
Moderator. The reports being ready, were read by J. J. Beeson. 
Two excellent reports on this subject were submitted, one by Pleas 
Coffey, and one by Pleas Campbell. These reports were discussed 
by C. T. Starkey, Milton Roach, J. J. Beeson, A. Si*k, and the Mod- 
erator, P. Brown. After the discussion of the question, on motion 
of J. J. Beeson, both reports wt-re adopted, and the Clerk was in- 
structed to have both reports printed in the minutes. 



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RET UtTOF PLEASANT CAMPBELL. 

It is very necessary that doctors, lawyers, teachers, and all 
who follow such occupations, should have an education. But even 
more so for a mar who preaches the word of God ; and as God (sail- 
ed him like Aaroi of old, to this, the greatest and most important 
of all work ever ('one by man, he should be more properly educated 
than all others, b< cause if this world is ever brought to Christ it 
will be through t e unanimous and long continued efforts of men 
who are striving aily to improve their talents, that they may 
preach Christ's w »rd throughout His kingdom. Oh ! this work of 
sav'ng the peoph of our couutry, how few appreciate whar it is. 
Your committee ias noticed tliat the chief characteristics of those 
who are successfu in this great work, are that they know their 
Bibles. And in ■ rder that many of those whose souls are filled with 
ihe great desire : j preach the Gospel to the lost, may be better 
qualified for thi& great and all important work, they should have a 
correct knowledge of the Holy Scriptures and other studies. And 
as a matter of course ihey should attend schools, colleges and semi- 
naries, where they will be carefully instructed by the most con- 
servative and learned ministers of the Gospel. It may be that some 



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of these have not the means of educating themselves; if so, your 
committee believes it the Christian dutv of every Baptist to do all 
in his power for such a one; that the perfume of Christ's name, like 
the perfume of sweetest flowers, may be wafted around the earth, 
until the wilderness of sin be converted into a beautiful garden, and 
the round earth into one great land of immortal it v laid against the 
warm heart of God. Respectfully submitted. 

Pleasant Campbell. 



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BEPORT OF PLEASANT COFFEY. 

26. Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman 
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing ine word of truth. 
A man must know something to show before he stands before a 
nineteenth century audience, to teacn and lead men. While there 
are dark corners— "back-woods"— where ignorance, prejudice and 
superstition reign, and people are to be guided bv appealing to 
i hese properties of mind and heart, and bv loud talking as though 
God were asleep and all men deaf, there will be a place and a work 
for the uneducated preacher. 

But how can the "blind lead the blind/' Mon- 
archs change and monarchies — how all things change" — So we find 
ourselves «ew;y environed today, and must adapt ourselves or bring 
distress and woe to ourselves and our cause. The molding feature 
in this new era, is the advance learning. Little learning is what 
makes men mad. The preacher who knows nothing of science, has 
an idea, vague as darkness, that science opposes the Bible, and pro- 
ceeds to call down wrath on science. The public speaker today 
must address an audience of scientists, and naught but scientific 
methods will reach them. They know at once that these broad as- 
sertions are unfounded, and so doubt the whole mission of the 
preacher. And who is to blame? The scientists' mind was open to 
receive the truth, and there was nothing given ; so he goes away 
worse than he came. These are the conditions that our denomina- 
tion must be prepared, through its ministers to meet. A thorough- 
ly educated ministry is the only force under Heaven, adequate to 
stand the strain and guide us safely. 

The first requisite, is of course, a consecrated life. Find the 
young man in your bounds, or out of it, who is called of God to 
preach, and then put him in some of our schools and educate him. 
bend him to Scottsboro or Howard college, and when he has gradu- 
ated, send him to the Seminary at Louisville, He will be a more 
humble Christian when he gets through, because he will have learn- 
ed now far he is from knowing all things, and he will then have 
on the armor fit for service. This report, is in no wise a slur at 
those noble, earnest Christian gentlemen, who labored so earnest- 
ly and successfully in our body, Hnt had no education; things 
were different when they grew up, and they had not the chance nor 
so much need of education. They have done noble service, and 



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their day is not done yet, for thank God, many of them are growing 
8s fast as the march of progress, and keep eveii with our advance- 
ment. These Nave the best education — common sense, and trust in 
£*°d- Respectful ly submitted. 

Pleasant Coffey. 

27. Report on Ministerial Belief was next called. The com- 
mittee not being present, on motion of J. .f. Beeson, the report was 
passed for the present. 

28. Report on Temperance was next called. The committee 
not being ready to make a report, asked that further time be «Hven 
them to make a report, which, on motion of M. Hill, was granted. 

29. The report on Sunday Schools, by motion, was postponed 
until 9:30 tomorrow morning. 

30. Report on Periodicals was next called. The report be- 
ing ready, was read by J. J. Beeson. Discussed bv J. ,f. Beeson 
Milton Roach and C. T. Starkey, and on motion of Milton Roach' 
supported by R. Howell, was adopted. 



REPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

„„ . Vour ,om »n>ftee on Periodicals, would submit the following- 
I he importance of every family being supplied with good, whole- 
some literature is so apparer t to your committee, that we urge the 
necessity upon all to take and read at least one good reliuious news- 
paper. As the Alabama BaptisJ is just such a paper, ami is the or- 
gan of the Baptists of Alabama, furnishing us with the doings^ our 
brethren throughout the state, and a correct knowledge of our mis 
sionary and educational enterprises, we, therefore, ask our brethren 
to take and read it. We will thereby keep in touch with our breth- 
ren and in sympathy with our general work. 

We recommend to our Sunday schools, the publications of 
" r S°uthern Baptist Convention, and those of the American Bap- 
tist Publication Society. We also urge the importance of takiiU 
our Missionary Journal, which is filled with information in regard 
to our home and foreign missionaries. Respectfully submitted 

J. J. Be* son, 
P. Brown, 

J. J. Cr/NNINOHAM. 

31. On motion of J. J. Beeson. supported bv R. Howell, the 
Association adjourned until after preaching tonight. Preaching at 
6:30 by A. Sisk. followed by J. G. Denton. 

♦u tu ¥' After Poaching the Association was called to order bv 
the Moderator The report on Denominational Education bein- 
ready, was read by W. W. Lee, and discussed bv W W Lee T J 
Beeson, J. M. Mclver and C. T. Starkey ; and on motion of 6 T 
Starkey, supported by J. M. Mclver, adopted. 



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REPORT ON DENOMINATIONAL EDUCATION. 

Your committee submit the following; 

«.** The subject of denominational education was the one that 

TM, C r«n 8e 5° IIr i? ,0 . l, r ,r u pre8Cher * t0 form our state convention, 
ihis, too. has called forth the most heroic struggles of the men 

whose names are interwoven with pur history as a denomination. 

I he prosperity of our schools has ever been the thermometer bv 

Zt2Z , We * Q T t, 1 , mea . sure ° 11 '- Prosperity as a denomination. The 

lnS2K °>U T ,S ! ° f Alabam: * to < la y> * 8 *» «» the Howard and 
«« hT." 1 llie f es « h,,ois h ,ave for more than half a centurv stood 
as the bulwark of strength, and the rallying point of the Baptists. 

™ i')I arcl U T tr,Ven ° 8 our b<;st ,nen > both f or «*> Pulpit and the 
pew. I hose who would not have their children taught error and 

:2 Ddcd , b ! ■»»?« te.nptat.ions, to intemperance and everv 
uorjdiy and sinful mdulgeuce, will be careful about sendmo- their 
children to state schools. The school in some sense takes the place 
of home. 1 he ideas imbibed at sehool become a part of the person 

ISiJSSE'mlk thfc chara(:ter forever. In non-denominational 
schools he Bible cannot be taught. Should not the Bible be an 
essential part of an education? At the Howard the Bible is taught 
as a text book, and oh, how our young men need such training 
1 here too, we have a faculty of the most godlv men, whose pravers 
and influence are the safe-guard of the bovs committed to them 
We should patronize the Howard as a matter of lovalty, as well as 
fhe superior advantages it offers. The Judson Institute, with Dr. 
h W. Averetle president, located at Marion, Ala., stands at the top 
among denominational schools. The college is well equipped, and 
has a faculty that is unsurpassed. The influences that are brought 
to bear upon students, are of the very best, religiouslv. morallv, "so- 
cially and intellectually. Her Alumnae have been the strength and 
stay of our church and boards. Their culture is of the highest— 
they may be known in every gathering by their superior culture. 
It is worthy of our >upport, and should be a source of pride to all 
our hearts. 

But grandest and greatest of all our institutions is the South- 

17. n hi 1 a?t, i , ^n ,e , 0l0 ^ CH, , SB,uinarv ' :ir Louisville, Ky. It was estab- 
lished in 18o9, by Broadus, Boyce. Manly and Williams. Through 
the sacrifices and prayer * of these men and the t.lessings of God we 
no v have the larucsr^heological seminary in America, and the best 
it theworld. Its corps of teachers are trulv great and good men. 
1 he advantages it offers are the best. It is well endowed and no 
one should May away from it because of the lack of funds. Its cur- 
riculum is so arranged that men with only a moderate English edu- 
ction can take a course that will fit them for work in the Master's 
kingdom, while it offers to the college graduate the best advantages 
for pursuing his utmost researches. Alabama should send three 
times as many men to the school as it does. Last vear we had onlv 
eight there. There are men here who ought to go to the seminarv 



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their day is not done yet, for thank God, many of them are growing 
as fast as the march of progress, and keep even" with our advance"- 
im-nt. These have tfie best educa tion — common sense, and trust in 
"Owj Respectfully submitted. 

Pleasant Coffey. 

27. Report on Ministerial Relief was next called. The com- 
mittee not being present, on motion of .1. I. Beeson. the report was 
passed for the present. 

28. Report on Temperance was next called. The committee 
not being ready to make a report, asked that further time be given 
them to make a report, which, on motion of M. Hill, was granted. 

29. The report on Sunday Schools, bv motion, was postponed 
until 9:30 tomorrow morning. 

30. Report on Periodicals was next called. The report be- 
ing ready, was read by J. J. Beeson. Discussed bv J. .1. Beeson 
Milton Roach and C. T. Starkey, and on motion of Milton Roach' 
supported by R. Howell, was adopted. 



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RKPORT ON PERIODICALS. 

- Your committee on Periodicals, would submit the following- 
1 he importance of every family being supplied with good, whole- 
some literature is so apparer t to your committee, that we urge the 
necessity upon all to take and read at least one good reliu-ious news- 
paper. As the Alabama BaptisJ is just such a paper, an. I is the or- 
gan of the Baptists of Alabama, furnishing us with the doings'of our 
brethren throughout the state, and a correct knowledge of our' mis- 
sionary and educational enterprises, we, therefore, ask our brethren 
to take and read it. We will thereby keep in touch with our breth- 
ren and in sympathy with our general work. 

We recommend to our Sunday schools, the publications of 
°. ur Southern Baptist Convention, and those of the American Bap- 
tist Publication Society. We also urge the importance of takin- 
our Missionary Journal, which is filled with information in regard 
to our home and foreign missionaries. Respectfully submitted 

J. J. Be* son, 
P. Brown, 

J. J. CUNNINGHAM. 

31. On motion i of J. J. Beeson. supported bv R. Howell, the 
Association ad journed until after preaching tonight. Preaching at 
b:30 by A. Sisk, followed bv J. G. Denton. 

♦k« tu 3 1' * After PJ? achin g the Association was called to order bv 
the Moderator The report on Denominational Education bein- 
ready, was read by W. W. Lee, and discussed bv W W Lee I f 
Beeson, J. M.McIver and C.T. Starkey; and on mo km ot 'c "t 
Starkey, supported by J. M. Mclver, adopted. n or c. i. 









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REPORT ON DENOMINATIONAL EDUCATION. 

Your committee submit the following: 

<w The 1 sub J e( ^ of denominational education was the one that 

ThtTn e K° Ur , l ? ,0 1 T r K Preachei ' s t0 form our ^ convention. 
Uiis, too. has called forth the most heroic strafes of the men 

Th«nrL ameS , are ; nterWr °u Von wi ^ our history a°s a denomination. 
I he prosperity of our schools has ever been the thermometer bv 

Ilrln .r 6 ^, U x J mea . SUreouipro8 P eritv as H denomination. The 
I. d«nn °ih ' e B T 18 \ *l A,ab{ ""« ^»y> *« due to the Howard and 
Jul8on. I hese schools have for more than half a centurv stood 
as the bulwark of strength, and the rallying point of the Baptists, 
new ™ ard 'T - ,ve,1 I as our beet men, both for the pulpit and the 
pew. I hose who would not have their children taught error and 
surrounded by untold temptations, to intemperance and everv 
voridiv and sinful indulgence, will be careful about sending their 

o t° Tf^ Cll0 °^? e Scho °' in "»»«'*»*» takes the place 
of home. I he ideas nnbibed at school become a part of the person 

tcLn^^n-L character forever. In non-denominational 

schools he mble cannot be faught. Should not the Bible be an 
Hal part of an education? At the Howard the Bible is taught 



as a text book, and oh, how our voun^ 



men need such training. 



tk u .„ .„ ', — \. — V v * .'"«"gi "icu uceu sucn training. 

There too, we have a faculty of the most godlv men, whose praveFs 
and influence are the safe-guard of the boys committed to them. 
We should patronize the Howard as a matter of lovalty, as well as 
the superior advantages it offers. The Judson Institute, with Dr. 
T; „„" ******* president, located at Marion, Ala., stands at the top 
among denominational schools. The college is well equipped, and 
has a faculiy that is unsurpassed. The influences that are brought 
to bear upon students, are of the very best, religiouslv. morally, lo- 
yally and intellectually. Her Alumnae have been the streno-th and 
Htay „f our church and boards. Their culture is of the highest— 
hey may be known in every gathering by their superior culture. 
i*#Z * >Upporr " and H,, o«»d be a source of pride to all 

.„ i* B !' 1 - r |; a,uh ; st an,i S™ atc ' 8t of all our institutions is the South- 
rn Baptis, 1 heologjcal Seminary, at Louisville, Kv. It was estab- 
lished in 18o9, by Broadus. Boyee. Manly and Williams. Through 
the sacrifices and prayer* of these men and the t.lessings of God we 
no ,v have the largest,theologi«al seminary in America, and the best 
u theworld. Its corps of teachers are truly great and good men. 
the advantages it offers are the best. It is well endowed and no 
one should May away from iLbecause of the lack of funds. Its cur- 
riculum is *o arranged that men with only a moderate English edu- 
cation can take a course that will fit them for work in the Master's 
kingdom, while it offers to the college graduate the best advantages 
for pursuing his utmost researches. Alabama should send three 
times as many men to the school as it does. Last vear we had onlv 
eight there. There are men here who ought to go* to the stminarv 



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Lei us cberiHh and pray for this greatest of all God's blessings to 
Southern Baptists. In eonelusio :, we would eall attention to the 
Pisgah Hiifh School, presided over by Rev. J. J. Beeson, which, 
though not denominational, has many of the advantages of a de- 
nominational school. Respectfully submitted. 

W. W. Lee, 
Milton Roach, 
James Jars agin. 

33. The report on Women's Work being ready, was read b,' 
W.W.Lee. After the discussion of the question, C. T. Starkey 
moved that the report be adopted. 



REPORT ON WOMEN'S WORK. 

We vour committee submit the following: 

As far as we have been able to learn, the ladies have not 
done what thev should in this work. We find no report in the min- 
utes, and the letters sent up this session report only two mission 
societies within our Association. While this is true, we hope and 
believe that our ladies are becoming more interested, and that the 
dav will soon come when they will realize that there is a work for 
them, and that thev will awake from their seeming indifference and 
neglect of their great work. And in behalf of the ladies, as an in- 
centive and bv wav of encouragement, we bespeak the co-operation 
of the ministers; without their aid and sympathy, we can do but 
little Therefore, let us urge upon the pastors in our Association, 
to call a special meeting in their churches, and make an earnest ap- 
peal to the ladies in behalf of mission work, and if possible, have 
them to organize themselves for systematic, regular work. I he 
societv at Scdttsboro was organized in July, and at present there are 
twentv-one members. For missions and all purposes they^have 
raised' during that time about $15. The society at Gurlev church 
has been orgauized for some time, and has done good work. Why 
not others do the same? Respectfully submitted. 

Hettie Beeson. 
Sallie F. McIver, 
Thulu B. Roach. m 

34. On motion of J. J. Beeson the Association adjourned 
until 9:30 tomorrow morning. Benediction by A. Sisk. 



THIRD DAY — Morning Session. 

Sunday. September 29, 1895. 

Association met according to adjournment, called to order 

bv the Moderator. A short time was devoted to religions services, 



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after which the report on Sunday School Work was called for and 
read by John T, Richards On motion of J. M. Mclver, adopted. 
Discussed by W. W. Lee, P W. Sutherland, J. J. Beeson and J. M. 
Mclver. Thediscussion was quite interesting, and a oreat many 
facts were brought out along the line of Sunday School work. 



REPORT ON SUNDAY SCHOOL WORK. 

We your committee submii the following: 

Dear Brethren : The great importance of this branch or de- 
partment of ehurch work cannot be overestimated. The instruct- 
ion of our children in the Scriptures becomes our sacred duty not 
only be.ause God requires it of us as Christians, but also from that 
impulse awakened in the renewed heart bv impulse of the Holy Spirit 
What Christian parent does not desire the salvation of his children' 
and is not willing to employ any and all laudable means to accom- 
plish that resmt? But it seems to your committee that Sunday 
Schools are looked upon by the churches with the.same indifference 
with which nearly every other department of the church work is 
regarded. In proof of this we sadly refer you to the reports of the 
churches through their letters. Out of 31 or 32 churches, which 
compose the Tennessee River Association, only 6 report any Sun- 
day schools. Oh ! what a sad commentarv. Dear Brethren while 
this neglect is going on in our midst, what is becoming of the minds 
nnd morals of our children? Brethren, are we doing our duty as 
Christians? Are our lights shining brilliant, that others mav see 
our good works? Who is to blaim* for this great neglect? Is it the 
children? Is it the young men and women? We answer nay 
for we find them always ready to help in this great work. Jesus' 
said, when He had gathered the little children, and took them into 
His arms, "Suffer it to be mo, for of such is the kingdom of Heaven " 
Then why are we, as professed followers of Christ, so blind to the 
great results which have been achieved in other sections, and might 
be here amongst us, if we would go to work and discharge the du- 
ties we owe to God, and our children? Brethren, shall things g0 on 
at this rate? God forbid. We your committee would beg^ofyou 
that you take this all important subject into praverful considera- 
tion, and endeavor by the help of God, to organize Sundav schools 
in every church in our bounds. Search the Scriptures as thev point 
out to us the way of happiness. May God's gracious spirit touch 
this natural cord of sympathy and love in all our hearts, and awaken 
us up to the fearful responsibilities of bringing up children, and of 
bringing them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord. In 
the opinion of vour committee, there is scarcely a better, safer way 
to do this than through the influence and means presented by the 
ordinary Sunday school. Your committee thus impressed, do most 
earnest! v recommend this important subject to the earnest, candid, 






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praverful attention of each and every church within the bounds of 
the Tennessee River Association. Respectfully submitted. 

John T. Richards, 
James Matthews. 

35. At 10:30 a motion was offered by J. J. Beeson, support- 
ed bv R. Howell, that this Association adjourn for preaching at 11 
..'clock. Services at the church were conducted by W. W. Lee with 
('. T. Starkey. 

Singing b\ t lie congregation : 

low Arm a foundation ye saints of the Lord, 
Is laid for vonr faith in his excellent word; 

hat more can he say, than to you lie has said, 
^ on who unto .Jesus for refuge have fled. 

Brother VV. W. Lee read from the 3d Chapter of Acts. 
Prayer by 1 . Brown. 
Singing hv he congregation: 

When I can read my title clear. 
To mansions in the skies; 
I'll bid farewell to every fear, 
And wipe my weeping eyes. 

Subject: Witness for Jesus. 

Me selected as his text Acts 1 : 8. "But ye shall receive pow- 
er after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be wit- 
nesses unto me, both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Sama- 
ria, and unto the uttermost parts of the earth. The sermon was 
well timed, and forcibly impressed by the speaker, and was well 
received bv the delegates and was enjoyed fully by the large audi- 
ence. He'was followed by C. T. S arkey in a short address upon 
the same subject, urging the brethren of our churches in the bounds 
of our Association to work and contribute of our means for the pro- 
motion of our Master's cause. At the close of the sermon a collect- 
ion was taken up for foreign mission work. Amount col iected, 
$20:50. After a few appropriate remarks by the Moderator, the ser- 
vices of the hour closed until 2 o'clock p. m. Prayer by G. W. 

Morris. 

36. The As?ociation met accord iug to adjournment, and was 

called to order by the Moderator. 
Song by the congregation : 

Amazing grace how sweet the sound, 
That saved a wretch like »••; 
I once was lost, hut now am fonnu, 
Was blind, but now 1 see. 

Praver bv R. Howell. 

37. Report on Obituaries submitted by J. J. Beeson, and on 
motion of M. Hill, was adopted. 



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REPORT. 

We, your committee on Obituaries, find from the church let- 
ters, 18 deaths reported since our last meeting, towit : 
Bethel, one — name not given. 
Centenial, two — Ellen and Elizabeth Carlisle. 
Freedom, two— F. R. Grimmett and W. H. Reid. 

cu G^-ey, three— Louis J. Tipton, W. H. Zachary and S. H. 

Shackelford. 

; Hale's Cove, three — names not given. 

Hollywood, three— Rev. C. B. Roach, Rebecca Brown and 
Catherine Sharp. 

Friendship, two— John Rorex and Sal lie Estes. 

Mt. Nebo, one— Mrs. J. A. B. Padgett. 

Scottsboro, one — Green A. Beard. 

Dear Brethren, several of our best brethren and sisters are 
gone from earth, and we must soon follow, let us therefore be ready. 
We offer our condolence and sympathy to the bereaved, and say • 
"Sorrow not as those who have no hope," for if we believe that 
Jesus died and arose again, then also, who sleep in Jesus, will God 
bring with Him. Respectfully submitted. 

J J. Beeson, Chairman. 



SPECIAL ON OBITUARIES. 

Dear Brethren : Since the last annual meeting of our be- 
lovedJ>ody, the messenger af death has been in our midst, and 
among the number struck down thereby, is one of our ablest minis- 

! e - r8 i )f ,i he g08 P el ' Kev « Chas - B - Roach. He has been removed from 
his field of labor on earth to his reward with the redeemed. In 
looking over the assembled delegation today, we painfully miss the 
familiar face of our beloved and highly esteemed brother, Chas. B. 
Roach ; and his vacant seat reminds us sadly of his final departure 
never more to return to our annual meetings. While we are again 
here in session, he is with his own father, and brethren Brvant 
Howell, Taliaferro, Bruce, Manning, Derrick, Castiller, Horton," and 
many others, with whom on earth he labored and worshipped, and 
he iw in that Association over which Christ presides, and which 
will never sland adjourned. We miss him here, but they iovfullv 
greet him over there. 

Brother Roach was a native of this county, and loved his 

5°^ n ™L and P e °P le - Hfe wa8 born Ma y 16 th, 1834 and died June 
4th, 1895, aged 61 years and 18 days. He professed religion when a 
small boy, and while attending school at Union University, Mur- 
freesboro, Tennessee, where he was educated, joined the Baptist 
church of that place, in September or October, 1868. He was or- 
dained as a minister of the gospel at Friendship church, this coun- 
ty and state, by a presbytery, consisting of Bailv Bruce, Sew- 



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ard, G* A. Moriug and J. -I. Beeson, all of whom, except J. J. Bee- 
son, preceded him to the better world. As a minister, Brother 
Roach was able, earnest and zealous, and labored as long as he was 
able, in fact he preached until he completely broke down. His dis- 
ease was throat and lun# trouble, which was, no doubt agrivated, 
and his death hastened by his zeal for the cause of Christ, anil the 
salvation of sinners. Mo.-t of his ministerial work was done within 
the bounds of this Association and he contributed his part in mak- 
ing it what it is. He was a strong gospel preacher; and while hi* 
preaching was mainly direcled to the church, yet there are but few 
who can appeal to the sinner with more force than he did. But 
alas, he is gone fropi among us, yet in our -memories he shall live 
till God shall call us home. May our Father in Heaven, comfort 
the bereaved ones, and help each one to so live, that when his last 
moments come, he may be enabled, like our departed brother, to say 
"glory." P. Brown, 

J. J. Beeson. 

Quite a number of brethren participated in the memorial ser- 
v vices of the hour. At 4:30 p. m., on motion of C. T. Starkey, sup- 
ported by A. Sisk, the Association adjourned. 

Preaching at 6:30 p. m., by R. Howell, followed by G. W. 
Morris. M. Hill and A. Sisk preached at Gray's Bluff, at night. 

Prornptlv at the hour of 6 :30 the congregation met for preach- 
ing. Song, "All to Thee," No. 199, Class Choir. 

R Howell read from the 4th ehapter of St. Luke. 

Prayer by R. Howell. 

Song by the congregation, "Will the Waters Be Chilly, etc." 

Text, Luke 14 : 17. "And sent his servant at suppertime to 
say to those that were bidden, come for all things are ready." 
The services of the hour were edifying, and the brethren preached 
good, practical sermons, which were enjoyed by the large audienee. 
After singing, the congregation was led in prayer by L. B. Irvin. 
Benediction bv P. Brown. 



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FOURT1I DAY— Morning Session. 

Monday, September 30, 1895. 

Association met aceording to adjournment. After spending 
half an hour in religious services, the Association was called to 
order by the Moderator, who proceeded to call for reports from 
special and standing committees, who have not as yet made their 
reports. 

The report on State Missions was first called, which was read 
by W.W.Lee: which, on motion of C. T. Starke}-, supported by 
Milton Roach, was adopted. The reporr was discussed with deep 
earnestness by W. W. Lee, J. J. Beeson, C. T. Starkey, M. Hill, A. 
Sisk and R. Howell, all which was quite interesting and instruct've. 



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REPORT, AS READ BY W. W. LEE. 

Your committee submits the following : 

Our State Mission board is the result of three quarters of a 
century of experience. Its success in prosecuting mission work has 
been so great that a large number of the states of the south have 
adopted our plan, known as the '"Alabama plan." This plan is to 

have onlv one board in the state into whose care is committed all 

the mission work of the state. This includes the collection andT 
distribution of all missions — foreign, home, state', etc. Our present 
board has been indeed faithful and wonderfully successful in all its 
work. Rev. W". B. Crumpion, at Montgomery, is our efficient cor- 
responding secretary. We have three evangelists in the field — Rev. 
S. O. Ray. in South Alabama, Rev. A. E. Burns, in the Tennessee 
valley, and Rev. 4. H. Glenn, in the central part of the state. These 
men have done a noble work. We would call special attention to 
the report of Rev. A. E. Burns, in our own, and adjoining Associa- 
tions. Besides these men, the board has employed pastors in desti- 
tute places, where they have established churches which are rapid- 
ly becoming self-sustaining. They have also assisted weak churches 
to keep pastors, and these too are soon able to more than return all 
the inonev given them. Many thus helped in the past are now our 
ablest contributors. But there are stilT many places in our state 
which have no Baptist preaching at all, and the board has all it can 
do unless we do more than we are doing to help thern. In our own 
Association is Bripgeport, that should have a really strong man for 
all his time, and this cannot be unless the board helps them. We 
should have preaching at Paint Rock, Woodville and Stevenson, by 
all means. Athens is a town of more than 2,000 population, and 
has ho Baptist preaching at all. This should not be, and we are the 
ones to have things changed. Besides this work, our board helped 
to support nineteen young men at Howard College, and six at the 
Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. This work, of itself, 
should comment! the board to our hearty support. For better ac- 
complishing the work, your committee recommends : First: That 
the pastor of each church be requested to preach at least once during 
the year on the subject of State Missions. Second : That monthly 
collections be taken for missions. That the clerk of the churches 
be requested to forward at once whatever is collected, whether 
much or little, to W.-B. Crumpton. Fourth: That the churches be 
requested to use the envelope svstem in their collections. 

Respectfully Submitted." W. W. Lek, Chairman. 

The report on Home Missions was called for, and the com- 
mittee being readv to report, the report was read by J. J. Beeson. 
After the discussion of the report by J. J. Beeson, W. W. Lee and 
C. T. Starkey, it was adopted. 



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REPORT AS READ BY THE CHAIRMAN. 

Your committee on Home Missions, beg leave to submit the 
following : 

As we have had so little time, we cannot do the subject jus- 
tice. The Home Mission Board has for its object, to supplv with 
the gospel : I' 

1. The foreign population within the bounds of the Southern 
Baptist Convention. In all our large cities on the coasts, hundreds 
of foreigners are constantly landing, many of them are poor, and as 
strangers are abashed and confused by the manners, customs and 
language of the American people, the board, iu addition to having 
some one to preach to them in their own language, has in Balt£ 
more, a German lady, who meels them with words of cheer, and 
tracts and testaments, all German, and directs them to the church 
where they ;an go and hear the gospel preached in their own moth- 
er tongue by one of their own countrvmen. What a blessing it 
W °a\ ^uJ , P °° r forel *S n ere, » 'n every citv we could have churches 
and faithful ones thus working for their salvation. 

?• ' r . he negroes of the Southern states and territories, some- 
thing is being done for them ; hut for want of time and opportuni- 
ty, ^e cannot furnish statistics. This is a department of the boaid's 

7JHH» » Ht \ ?K U ^ ern Chri8,ians ou *»t to feel a deep interest in ; 
from the fact that they are among us to stay. 

hAt . f; Our Secretary says: After all our greatest mission field, 
S5 w M membersan<1 importance, and as to the results that must 
follow their evangilization, is found among our native white popu- 
ation. Manv of our people in some of the large cities of our South- 
land, are poor, wretched, and without church privileges; and some 

1 i •! i? the , C0UDtry di8trict8 are 8ad, 5' in need of help and wHe 
much is being done, yet we ought to do more. 

.,. 4 . There are numbers of missionaries laboring among the 
■Indian* in the Ind.an Territory and Oklahoma, with gratifvinsr re 

gn.-zatfon }et m ° re ° UJ?hr t0 be ,l0,,e f ° r their «alvatiSn ami fvan- 

islandofC^nf^hi haS ^ ent i! epr0gre880f the «°*P el on the 
island of Cuba. I he work has been somewhat retarded bv the war 

which has been, and is still going on there. Yet our ministers^ 
MLf 8pel ,f nd charch « 8 are laboring faithfullv and manfu h f or the 
Master, and success is atteding their efforts. Let us, dear brethren 
do what we can for the Home Mission Board. Bs'^SbI^ St 

Report on Temperance was next caHed/ ^T^oTT T 
Starkey. And after the discussion of the question by C T Starke v 
adopter "' W ' W ' ^ andother8 ' on Motion of V 'ft: 



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REPORT ON TEMPERANCE. 

Your committee on Temperance submit the following : 
Paul, in the judgement hall, reasoned of Temperance with 
the people of that age. Solomon said : "Wine is a mocker, strong 
drink is raging ; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise." 
"Look not upon the wine when it is red, when it giveth its color in 
the cup, when it moveth itself aright At last it biteth like a ser- 
pent, and stingeth like an adder." Our .Savior said : "Touch not, 
taste not, handle not." etc. One said : "Take the reptile not into 
your arms, nor fondie it in your bosom." Th«se admonitions all 
come from the spirit of light. We insist that we, as a body, pray 
that the time may soon come when our people shall look upon in- 
toxicating drinks as a viper. We, in conclusion, recommend the 
temperate use of all things, and total abstinance from all things not 
necessary. Respectfully submitted. 

C. T. Stakkky, Chairman. 

Report on Associational Missions was next called, and read 
by C. T. Roach, and after a short talk by a few of the brethren on 
the subject, on motion of R. Howell, supported by C. T. Starkey, 
adopted. 



REPORT ON ASSOCIATIONAL MISSIONS. 

Your committee on Associational Missions, submit the fol«- 
lowing report: • . . 

We believe the gospel to be the grandest mission that man 
ever received, and that it is our indispensible duty to send it to all 
the nations of earth ; vet we must not forget the destitution within 
the bounds of our Association. The reports along this line of work 
for this associational year, are quite meager. Brother P. Brown 
reports nine sermons delivered, six days spent in the work, and 
forty miles traveled. Brother J. J. Beeson reports more than two 
weeks spent in the Work, fourteen sermons delivered, paid out $1.00, 
received 60 cents, traveled one hundred miles. Only two of the 
whole number of ordained ministers reported. If all had reported 
to us, we would have had a very interesting report to submit. If 
the brethren just understood themselves, and would come up like 
men and report what thev have done during the year, we would get 
the best part of the work reported. Why not do this brethren ? 
- Respectfnlly submitted. C. T. Roach. 



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REPORT OF FINANCIAL COMMITTEE. 

The committee on Finance submitted the following : 
We, your committee, find that the churches have contributed 
for printing minutes, the following amounts : 

Beech Grove, 86c; Bridgeport, ; Bethel, $1.00; Centen- 



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GnXVtt n?% P ° int ' $1 gL Freed <> m > W.60 ; Friendship, $2.00 ; 
— "m! SL •?«° ny i? 1 ^ >; t Ho,1 > w °°<i,$1.00; Larkinsville 
5^ il^^ , i 8 E ; M&S'W^W-W; Mt. Ararat, 50c. ; New 

Pleasan!' Viiw^" 8 ^ '^ 50 ; « 8M P of Zion ' 75c ' Trentoi, 75c. 
Pleasant View 46c ; Mt. Tabor, 75c. ; Mt. Zion, 65. Total, $21.90. 

dolUrTi^ft rJ - J ? ee80 ? mo ' red that a special collection of ten 

aSdthP^^ apf0r ? ,, 5 ,,le o andexpeil8e8 ' which ™ carried, 
and the amount soon raised. Respectfully submitted. 

Milton Roach, Chairman. 

o 

REPORT OF THE TREASURER OF THE TENNESSEE RIVER 

ASSOCIATION. 

1894. 
Dec 17. 
1895. 
Apr. 21. 
May 19. 
Julv 81. 
* 81. 
Sep. 2«. 

u u 



To am't. from Friendship church. State Mission * 



» 30 
July 81. 

u u 



Sep. 80. 



Harmony * 

u u 

Ship of Zion *• 
Hollywood •» 
Bethel * 

New Hope " 
Cave Spring u 
Centemal * 
PUt. Grove * 
Bridgeport * 
Stevenson " 
Center Point " 
Lark ins vi lie " 
Mt. Nebo * 
P'lt. View 



5.61 

Home and Foreign Missions is.so 

C. B. ttoach 50J 

State Missions 5*93 

Orphanage 5 ' M 

Home and Foreign Missions 5 7»» 



State M ission ■ 



8.05 
8.00 

•95 
1.47 
3.50 

.15 
1.15 
1.95 
4.25 
2.41 
2.15 
4.00 
5.00 
3.00 
1.(10 



Total. 



Sunday Col at Aiw'n. at Pisgah. . . . .'. 3051 

Larkinsville Church .. ' 400 



1894. 
Dec. 19. 
1895. 
Apr. 22, 
May 19. 
July 81. 
Sep. 20. 
Oct. 2. 



CREDIT. 

By am't. for'd. to W. B. Crumpton 



1107.11 



By am t. for'd. to W. B. Crumpton. 
* + * - C.B. Roach.'. ... 

" . */ to * A. K. Burns 

" * .* * W.B. Crumpton.. 



Total 

Respectfully submitted. 



5.61 

13.80 
5.01 

40.90 
5.72 

32.51 
4.00 



$107.11 $107.11 

Milton Roach, Treasmer. 



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1. 



M ISCELLANEOUS. 
On motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by TV. W 



Lee, the 
Southern 



■kit j x >w+ ^Z — "• 1,CCB " U ) supponeu dv w. w 

Moderator, P. Brown, was elected as a delegate to the 
Baptist Convention, and J. J. Beeson as alternate. Said convention 
meeting in the month of May, 1896, at Chattanooga, Tenn 

l. J. J. Beeson offered a motion that all the words after As- 



23 

sociational Mission in the standing committee list, be stricken out. 
Motion adopted. 

3. On motion of J. J. Beeson, queries No. 12, was stricken 
out. 

4. Motion was offered by J. J. Beeson that the words "Bible" 
and "Colportage," (No. 13.) in the standing committee list, be strick- 
en out, and insert the words, "Religious Literature." Motion 
adopted. 

5. A motion was offered that the churches known as Charity, 
Pleasant Mount, Hale's Cove and Union, be granted letters of dis- 
missal, and the Clerk instructed to write and forward them as soon 
as practicable.- Motion adopted. 

6. As the election of Treasurer for the Associational year 
had been overlooked at the election on Friday for Moderator and 
Clerk, on motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by C. T. Starkey, Milton 
Roach was unanimously elected Treasurer of this Association by a 
rising vote. 



RESOLUTIONS. 

1. On motion of W. W. Lee, supported by R. Howell, the fol- 
lowing resolution was adopted.: 

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed by the 
Moderator to arrange for a minister's and deacon's meeting to be 
held within the bounds of the Association. 

The Moderator appointed J. J. Beeson, W. W. Lee and Milton 
Roach. 

The committee met and decided to meet with the Friendship 
church, at Fackler, on Friday before the first fifth Sunday in 1896. 

2. On motion of W. W. Lee, supported by M. Hill, the fol- 
lowing resolution was adopted : 

Resolved, That this body exprese our hearty thanks to this 
church and community for their bounteous hospitality and kind- 
ness shown the delegates composing this body, during our sitting 
with them. 

3. On motion of W. W. Lee, supported by G. W- Morris, the 
following resolution was adopted: 

That we now return our thanks to our Moderator and Clerk 
for the faithful work done by them during the session. 

On motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by C. T. Roach, the fol- 
lowing resolution was adopted : 

Resolved, That the members of the Mt. Pisgah church tender 
to the delegates and visitors, our heartfelt thanks for their kindness 
and good behavior while in our midst, and pray God's blessings on 
them. 

2. Resolved, That we are greatly strengthened and benefited 
by the meeting of this body with us. 

5. On motion of J. J. Beeson, supported by M. Hill, the fol- 



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lowing resolution was adopted : 

Resolved, That this Association send delegates to the Mount 
Carmel, North Liberty, C rokee and Duck River Associations. A 
motion was offered calling for volunteers, when the following 
responded : North Liberty, W. W. Lee, J. J. Beesou; Mt. Carmel, 
M. Hill, L. T. Webb; CI rokee, L. B. Irwin, J. J. Beeson; Duck 
River, R C. Horton. R. I >>vell. 

6. ■ »n motion of ,i ». Beeson, supported by R. Howell, the 
following resolution was dopted. 

Resolved, That thi Association do now adjourn to meet with 
the Scottsboro church on ! 'ridav after the Kourth Sundavin Septem- 
ber, 1896. 

Prayer by J. J. Beeson, benediction by the Moderator, and the 
Association stood adjourned. 

P. Brown, Moderator. 
Jno. T. Richari>s, Clerk. 



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ORDAINED MINISTERS AND THEIR POSTOFFICES. 

P. Brown, Moderator, Hollywood, Ala. 

Jno. T. Richards. Clerk, Pisgah, Ala. 

Beeson J. J., Pisgah, Ala. 

Coulson L. C, Scottsboro, Ala. 

Collins D. S., Narrows, Ala. 

Crawford W. L., Maynard's Cove, Ala. 

Howell R., Stevenson, Ala. 

Hastings G. W., Larkinsville, Ala. 

Higginbotham R. M.. Mud Creek, Ala. 

Isbell M., Linirock, Ala. ■* 

Isbell J. W., Limiock, Ala. m 

Jones J. L. Paint lock, Ala. 

Knight J. L., Coffev's Store, Ala. 

Knight M., Holly free, Ala. 

Lee W. W., Scottsboro, Ala. 

Morris G. W., Kirby's Creek, Ala. 

McCloud J as., Pisgah, Ala. 

Pigg W. A., Paint Rock, Ala. 

Hill M., Scottsboro, Ala. 

Sloan L. W., Gnrlev, Ala. 

Starke v C. T., Attaila, AJa. 

Woodall L. W., Gurley, Ala. 

Taken all in all, Ave think the session a very profitable one. We 
are glad to say that the Association made a better showing on mis- 
sions than last year, and all seemed to be satisfied on that line. For 
all we pray the direction of the Master's spirit in this and all things 
else, that his name may be glorified upon the earth. 

P. Brown, Moderator. 
Jno. T. Richards. Clerk. 



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tatosties ef tl^e Ter^essee Rivep Baptist ^sseeiafciei^ fop t^e Yea? 18Sf>.-<«- 




c hunches. 



Beech Grove 
Bridgeport 
Bethel .... 
Centennial 
Center Point 
Cave Spri no- 
Freedom . . 
Friendship 
Gurley 
Harmony . . 
Hollywood. 
Larkinsville 
M't. Nebo . . 
M't. Zion . . 
M't. Tabor 
M't. Pisgah 
M't. Ararat. 
M't.Moriah 
New Hope 
Scottsboro . 
Ship of Zion 
Pleasant View 
Trenton . . . 



COUNTY. 



Jackson Co., Ala. 



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Jackson 

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PASTOR. 



C. Howell 



R. Howell 
R. Howell 
P. Brown 



C. Howell 
J. J. Beeson 
W. W. Lee 
W. L. Crawford 
J. J. Beeson 



H. E. Rice 



J. J. Beeson 
W. A. Pigs 



D. S. Collins 
W. W. Lee 
M. Hill 
M. C. Dean 
JL L. Jones 



CLERK. 



CLERK'S 
POST-OFFICE. 



V. A. Gattis 



W. F. Webb 
W. M. Chandler 
W. O. Thorp 



J. T. Prince 
J. B. Campbell 
W. T. Roberts 
Jno. GL Sanders 
J. F. McCarrell 



W. F. Cunningham 
J. B. Carter 



Jno. T. Richards 
W. P. Culver 



J. F. Terrv 
W. W. Howard 
S. S. Purvoar 
P. H. Wharton 
L. E. Smith 



Francisco, Ala. 



Bass Station Ala 
Scottsboro, " 



Estill Fork, Ala 
Fackler, f 

Gurley, " 

Mud Creek, " 
H oily wood, " 



Holly Tree. Ala 
Ala. 



Pisgah, 
Limrock. 



Bloomington. Ala 
Scottsboro, 
Hollywood. " 
Callahan. u 

Trenton. 




SUPERINTENDENT'S NAMES 
AND POST-OFFICES. 



N. J. Gattis, Fransisco, Ala. 

J. P. McClendon, Scottsboro, Ala, 



A. P. Womack, Fackler, Ala. 

W. T. Roberts, Gurley, Ala. 

R. M. Higginbothem, Mud Creek, Ala 

Dr. McClendon, Hollywood, Ala. 



Jno. T. Richards, Pisgah, Ala. 



J. M. Mclver, Scottsboro, Ala. 



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Revival 
Revival 



Revival 



Revival 



Revival 
Revival 
Revival 
Revival 



Note— If this exhibit does not give a correct report of your churches it is the fault of the clerks of the.churchefyj*fft. is a correct report as given in your letters. It is to be remembered that you 
letters furnis^fbGrmaterial from which future history is to be drawn. J^et the churches be sure to leoOrt 'in $iy $ iRil the work done of which a proper minute ran be made. Strive after as full and a 
accurate a record as can be obtained. Ct.erk. 'mI* 

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FINANCIAL EXHIBIT OF T 



Beech Grove.. 
Bridgeport.. 
Bethel 

Centennial . 
Cave Springs 
Center Point 
Freedom. 
Friendship. . . 

Gurley 

Harmony 
Hollywood . . 
Larkinsville . . 
Mt. Nebo.. .. 
Mt. Zion ..... 

Mt. Tabor 

Mt. Pisgah . . 
Mt. Ararat. . 
Mt. Moriah . . . 
New Hope. . . 
Pleasant View 
Scottsboro . . 
Ship of Zion. 

Trenton 

m * Pleasant C 



si 

dp a 



it Grove. 



■ 
e s 
£ 2 

O » 

— 30 

s 






St 

CS 



- 



T ** 

1- as 

-= * 



■- 

- 



49 
"C bC 

3 1 

sl 






$2.41 
3.50 



1.15 

1.00 



11.60 



3.05 
3.92 
5.00 



i 



)&1 



£1.00 



8.63 



$ 1.95 



6.65 
30.00 

9.51 
47.59 

5.75 

1.65 



$5.00 



1.00 



15 



4.25 



$47.66 



.n. 
4Y 



7.57 



8.63 



1.00 
18.83 



-v»- 



ifrO.51 



jm 



8.50 



.50 




Note.— This is as full and as* Yccu^JJ record as can be 
facts of eachyears work with sufficient fullness*** Clerk. 

> 



\ 



HE TENNESSEE RIVER ASSOCIATION. 








EDUCATIONAL. 


Benevolence. 


STTNDAY SCHOOL. 


| Pastors Salary. 


Current 
Expenses 
; The Poor, etc. 


! 

Repairs, 
Fuel, etc. * 


9 

u 




= — 


Ministerial 
Education. 


Ministers. 


Associat'n'l 
Purposes. 


Sunday 

School 

Expenses. 


Total. 


Value of 
Buildings 
and Furniti 








$ .85 






.... 


$ .85 

2.41 

4.50 

2.05 

115 

15.85 

31.50 

42.63 

86.30 

14.28 

6.57 

5.00 

9.42 

65 

75 

27.96 

50 


$ 22.45 






$ 600.00 
















600.00 








1.00 
1.10 








550.00 












. 


5.15 






200.00 








400.00 








1.45 
1.50 
2.00 
1.80 
'1.00 
1.00 






$ 3.75 


26.75 
50.00 
60.00 
401.64 
21.00 
11.50 






800.00 








m 




$50.97 


$163.15 


1000.00 










$5.01 


37.00 

• 2.48 


500.00 








2750.00 












250.00 












500.00 


















150.00 






.... 


1.85 
65 
75 

2.00 
50 








75.00 






450.00 
300.00 




















150.00 










1.70 


7.00 


40.00 
7.50 


6.50 


20.00 


400.00 








500.00 
















150.00 








1.00 
45 

1.50 
75 
75 








1.15 

1.45 

38.12 

8.25 

75 

4.25 


16.50 






300.00 


















150.00 












9.29 


200.57 
12.50 


27.66 




1600.00 




$7.50 




200.00 








250.00 










































$21.50 


$7.50 


$6.71 


$59.52 


$306.1C 


l $951.5* 


, $85.13 


$183.15 


$12,450.00 

I , 



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