DLC Honors Veteran Preachers, 1954

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Here is another installment in my Dorris research.  From the February 25, 1954 Gospel Advocate, page 157, the men pictured are the “honor guests” of the 13th Annual Fellowship Dinner at the Lipscomb Lectures.  Each having preached more than forty years, the combined number of years preached, Willard says, is near 1300 years.  As one I know is wont to say…that calls for a lot of patience from all concerned.

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Of the 26 men honored, 14 are from Nashville. Seven more are from Middle Tennessee.  Again we see the familiar faces of the elder statesmen from years past at these Fellowship Dinners.  Seated on the far left is George Bethurum, one-time classmate of Hall Laurie Calhoun at the College of the Bible and the man who was very likely behind Calhoun’s move to Nashville in 1926-ish.  Front-row-center is Price Billingsley, who published a paper–the Gospel Advance–and who took over Dorris’ Tidings of Joy in the summer of 1920.   To Dorris’ right is O. C. Lambert,  whom Dorris took to task a decade earlier concerning his (Lambert’s) stand with Cled and Foy Wallace on the ‘War Question.’  Lambert was in cahoots with the Wallace War Baby and CEWD was none to pleased about it.  There is much, much more to be done on that one.  And, I’m still sorting through what is happening even as this photo was snapped between Dorris and Benton Cordell Goodpasture, who appears in this august company for the first time.  He is standing behind Dorris’ left shoulder…close enough to shake hands but I think they are growing farther apart by the day.

As I remarked in an earlier post in this series, look carefully, ponder deeply the faces you see, and consider those who were absent.

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South College Street Christian Church

A kind and generous friend passed along to me a sketch of South Nashville Christian Church, also known as South College Street Christian Church, South Nashville Church of Christ (all interchangeably) and finally, after 1920, Lindsley Avenue Church of Christ.

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David Lipscomb is an elder here from the beginning until his death in 1917.  He preached to three or four ladies (some sources say 3-4 ladies “and a little boy”) in 1857.  It took 30 years for the congregation to grow to the point where they could afford a building.  So, Lipscomb was involved in one way or other with this church from 1857 to 1917. 

This photo is a digital photograph I took of a printout from a microfilm reader.  All things considered, it is an excellent drawing.  I’d not been able to find a picture of this building.  So I am very grateful to see it.

It is from the Nashville Daily American, Monday morning, November 14, 1887.

I will work on transcribing the article…but for the mean time I just had to post this picture.

I might add C.E.W. Dorris was a member at this congregation, under Lipscomb’s pastoral oversight, from 1892 to probably 1896 or 1897.  James A. Allen, who would be editor of the Gospel Advocate, grew up at South College Street and later at Green Street (planted by So. College).  Allen also preached for the congregation after they moved to Lindsley Avenue.  James A. Harding preached often in meetings.  The early opening and closing exercises of the Nashville Bible School were conducted in this building.  David Lipscomb’s funeral was conducted in this building.

And the list could go on.  I’ll return to this congregation and its story as it has become one of my many research interests.

DLC Honors Veteran Preachers, 1949

In the same vein as my previous post, here is a photo of the group of preachers honored in 1949 by David Lipscomb College for having preached 40+ years.  As I said in my earlier post, pause and look carefully for these are the veterans of the ‘Nashville scene.’  Look for CEWDorris standing on the back row, third from the right.  This is from the March 3, 1949 Gospel Advocate.

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DLC Honors Veteran Preachers, 1948

Note this photo from the Febuary 19, 1948 Gospel Advocate.  Among those  honored for holding forth 40+ years is, front row far right, Charles Elias Webb Dorris.

He looks older in this photo than in the one from Christian Leader from the same time (1947).  Evidently the Leader published an older pic. Again, nice to have a face to put with the name.  Look closely, friends, these are the veterans of the Nashville preaching scene in the mid 1940’s.

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East of the River

Stone-Campbell/Restoration churches in East Nashville…there are several and there were many more.  I refer you to Chris Cotten’s paper for the historical meat.  Below all you’ll get is photographic milk, as it were.  What you need is a map of Nashville in order to see how very close all these churches are to each other.  I’m still thinking of some way to do that, perhaps with Google earth or something.  I’ve not photographed the churches in Chris’ neighborhood (in old North Edgefield).  He lives north and west of Main Street/Gallatin Road.  The churches in that little area did some remarkable things back in the day.  Today they are gone, but that is another story for another day.  The churches you’ll see below are east and south of Main Street.  Again, here is where a map would be helpful.  There’s no special order to the pics below.  If you have any old pictures, documents or ephemera (or if you know someone who does), please…please, contact me.  I’d really enjoy seeing them and hearing the stories.  It’s not too late to preserve the stories of these churches, but we must act now.

11th Street Church of Christ

11th Street Church of Christ

 

11th Street Church of Christ

11th Street Church of Christ

11th Street Church of Christ

11th Street Church of Christ

Eastview Church of Christ

Eastview Church of Christ

Shelby Avenue Church of Christ

Shelby Avenue Church of Christ

Shelby Avenue Church of Christ

Shelby Avenue Church of Christ

Shelby Avenue Church of Christ

Shelby Avenue Church of Christ

Shelby Avenue Church of Christ cornerstone

Shelby Avenue Church of Christ cornerstone

Russell Street Church of Christ, 1913-1998

Russell Street Church of Christ, 1913-1998

Russell Street Church of Christ met in this building from 1913-1998

Russell Street Church of Christ met in this building from 1913-1998

Russell Street Cumberland Presbyterian Church cornerstone.  Russell Street Church of Christ had attached a metal plaque, with their name, covering this stone.

Russell Street Cumberland Presbyterian Church cornerstone. Russell Street Church of Christ had attached a metal plaque, with their name, covering this stone.

17th Street Christian Church, 1917-1950's? 17th Street continues as Madison Christian Church

17th Street Christian Church, 1917-1950

17th Street Christian Church

17th Street Christian Church

17th Street Christian Church cornerstone

17th Street Christian Church cornerstone

17th Street Christian Church cornerstone

17th Street Christian Church cornerstone

Location of the Woodland Street Christian Church, NE corner of 5th and Woodland Streets.  The lot is now a parking lot for First Church, Nazarence.

Location of the Woodland Street Christian Church, NE corner of 5th and Woodland Streets. The lot is now a parking lot for First Church, Nazarence.