Facts Concerning the New Testament Church, a tract by P. H. Welshimer

24 page tract (as paginated by the publisher this count includes covers), stapled, 3 1/8 by 5 3/4 in.  Undated, this printing is no earlier than 1937 given the ad in the rear for Cecil James Sharp’s Personal Evangelism (1937).  Claude Spencer (Author Catalog) by 1946 knows of four printings of this tract, all with pictures of Bibles on the cover.  He doesn’t know of this printing, no. 3252.  The cost of this one, per hundred, is $2.50; it is significantly higher than the .75 per c of the ones Claude knows.  So, maybe even late 40’s?

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The Millenium and the Second Coming of Christ, A Tract by Ira C. Moore

Ira C. Moore, The Millenium and the Second Coming of Christ, undated tract, about 8.5 x 14 in. folded once; perhaps printed by F. L. Rowe in Cincinnati.  K. C. Ice tucked it into an envelope sometime after 9 November 1936, in which envelope it still resides.  I assume the typewritten notation at the top of the first page from Moore is to K. C. Ice; I further assume Moore’s forthcoming article was to appear in the pages of Rowe’s Christian Leader, of which Moore was an editor from 1910 until his death in 1938 (inclusive of his editorship of the Christian Leader and The Way).

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Christian Baptism: A Tract by Isaac Walton Lowman

Four-page, a single sheet folded once, tract entitled “Christian Baptism” by I. W. Lowman.  Undated.

I see from the Christian Standard index that Isaac Walton Lowman died in about June or July 1924.  One G. Lowman, his child I presume, authored an obituary published in the 19 July 1924 issue of CS at page 1067.  Isaac authored 52 obituaries for the pages of Christian Standard from October 1895 through December 1915.  CS published one notice of his, of some kind, in 1909.  Another about an evangelistic meeting is titled in the index as “Loogootee (Ind.) meeting (from the minister). 1911  1 Ap:542.”  Loogootee, Indiana is a new one to me…with a name like that I would surely remember it.  Perhaps some Hoosier can comment about Loogootee?

Isaac appears, barely, in Christian-Evangelist.  In 1905 he authors “Impression of city campaigns by workers engaged” (page 274) and in 1911 there appears “Our budget” on page 1458.  The latter includes a portrait!

Both Christian Standard and Christian-Evangelist carry obituaries of Ellen Frances (Kutzner) Lowman, deceased 1911.

I’ve scoured neither Google nor other print sources for Isaac.  I welcome information, though.  At present it appears he had an active ministry of some twenty years’ duration, some of it in Loogootee Indiana.  Apparently he died after about a ten-year retirement.  Where, if anywhere, he matriculated for ministerial preparation remains unknown.  What other, if any, publications from his pen saw it through a press remains unknown.  Details of the publishing of this tract remain unknown.  For all I know Isaac had it worked up by a job printer and used it in that 1911 “city campaign.”  How Kromer Columbus Ice got his hands on it, and why he kept it, well…who knows?  But he did, and here it is:

Which Church Did Christ Build?: A Tract by John T. Hinds

While I’m thinking about McMechen, I thought I’d post this tract by John T. Hinds.   I think it a fair assumption, based on his post-script, that the handwriting on the envelope (the inked address) is Hinds’.  K. C. Ice’s hand pencilled the tract’s title on the end of the envelope, as was his preference, for his system of storage and retreival (whatever that was and however it worked for him).  If I’m right then this tract pre-dates 1912, as do the other leaflets Hinds mentions in the postscript.

Flyaway: Chester Baker tract on the Church

Card-stock tract, 5 x 3 9/16 in., undated.  Published by Chester Baker, 3801 Elkins Avenue, Nashville, Tennessee. Elkins runs parallel to, and is two blocks south of, Charlotte Avenue in West Nashville.  Chester lived at the corner of 38th Avenue and Elkins about one block southwest of the Park Avenue Church of Christ (earlier known as the Pilcher Avenue Church of Christ).  In the directories I have from Charlotte Avenue Church of Christ (8 blocks due west) there is no Chester Baker.  I do not have, nor have seen, directories from Park Avenue/Pilcher Avenue.  There are other possibilites…many…but the usual suspects first.

Chester presents in canonical order every occurrence of the terms church and churches in the New Testament (King James Version).  From this table he isolates and interprets about a dozen verses into a compact ecclesiology.  N. B. Hardeman remarked he could state his position on any doctrinal question on a postcard and still have room to ask about Susie and the babies.  Brodie would be proud on Chester on that count.

Chester’s card is a flyaway, an ephemeral snapshot of one man’s  convictions tucked between the pages of a book.  What of him? and what of his ecclesial affiliation in West Nashville?  These are good questions.