Excerpt from Centennial History of the Southern Indiana Christian Conference, Southern Wabash-Illinois Christian Conference, Illinois Christian Conference, 1817-1920
By a resolution of the Southern Wabash Illinois Christian Con ference at its centennial session, held with the Olney Christian in 1919, it was voted to publish a centennial history of the confer ence, including a general history of the conference, a picture and sketch of each minister and a picture and sketch of each church. Revs. G. R. Hammond, ph.d., J. M. Plunkett and William Campbell were appointed a committee to collect, edit and publish such a history.
Upon looking up the history it was found that the Southern In diana Conference was really the mother of the Southern Wabash. Hence the Southern Indiana was asked to co-operate and join in this history, and so voted in its last session, held at Haubstadt, in Septem ber, 1920, and appointed G. R. Hammond, D. A. Epperson and Mrs. Virginia Emerson as a committee.
Upon looking up the history of this conference it was found that it was really the mother of the Illinois Conference also; hence, as that conference had already held its session, correspondence began with its president, Rev. John Baughman, and secretary, Rev. E. C. Geeding, who heartily joined in the movement and acted as the Illinois Con ference committee. We thus present the three conferences instead of the one. But the lateness of the hour when the Illinois Conference joined made the time very short to collect the proper data. The com mittee, however, of that conference has done exceeding well under the circumstances. The secretary presents a fine history of the conference and by the aid of the president several pictures and sketches of churches and ministers are presented.
The work of the whole committee has been made hard and imper feet because so many church clerks and a few ministers have failed to respond to the requests, and even pleadings of the committee. Again so many records have been lost or destroyed that the commit tee has been unable to collect data, especially between 1825 and 1863.
Imperfect as it is, it is sent forth, and the committee wishes it were better and more complete, but hopes it will be useful.
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