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--.s11r-.TENlqIAL EDFFIGN (TImu-NewL Mr. PulaskL IlL) THURSDAY. JIL.Y 13. 1961 iiiii ii   :! !:i : ,i PAST 50 YEKRS--- (Continued from preceding page) about in pretty dresses carry- ing plates of ice cream and cake to the "customers," while the young men waited impatiently, each hoping for a chance to talk to his best girl, as the children ran and played happily, or beg- ged "Papa" for a dime for an- other dish of ice cream. 30 gallons of ice cream was hauled out from Mt. Pulaski via wagon and team, and all too often, it seemed, a thunder storm would build-up and spoil the ice cream social. Boys will be boys, they say, and this truth was made evident many times during the Revival meetings, as young men, said to be from a neighboring village caused considerable aggravation on the part of the church goers. For instance, taps on buggy wheels were often loosened dur- ing the time services were in pro- gress, so when one started home it was wise to check the taps l lest your buggy wheel ran off on  the way home, as this thing was known to have occurred. Then the buggy whips and the lap rob- es would often disappear, so the driver's finally contrived a way buggy shafts, and to carry their lap robes inside the house to would be found unhitched from safety. Sometimes the horse the buggy, and sometimes they were untied from the hitchrack and turned loose so they would go home, leaving the owner a- foot! Then there were the trouble- makers, who, sitting in the very back pew, would mumble, laugh and shuffle during services hop- ing to create a disturbance. But a long, stern look or caustic repri- mand from the God fearing man in the pulpit would usually re- store order, and bring guilty looks to the culprit's faces. Solemn, but happy wedding ceremonies were conducted within the old building. Many funeral parties with long, horse-drawn processions gathered to pay their last respects to the deceased, and it was consideerd Bad Luck to count the number of vehicles in a funeral procession. The Copeland Christian Church was truly the heart of the com- munity. Here people worshipped the Living God, prayer, sang, re- joiced, wept, or laughed, as the occasion demanded. The church was a Home to which the people turned in their many and various needs of the soul. Around 1903 the Bible School was begun with a few pupils and a few volunteer teachers, this effort continuing and progressing through the years as a most suc- cessful means by which is taught the Word of God. As attendance increased and class corners be- came crowded, agitation for more room began. Through the efforts of the Lad- ies' Aid and others, funds were raised for building, and in the summer of 1955 the third major remodeling was done on the Church House consisting of a large room and its basement at the east end. The basement was converted into a modern kitchen and the large room above into a class room for the ladies 40 or 50 local men gave their time and talents to the erecting of this addition and when it was finish- ed a banquet of appreciation was given them by the ladies of the church. By the year 1956 the Church had called a full-time minister, in comparison with the "parttime" and "half time" of previous years. Missionary endeavor had in- creased considerably; the Bible School was operating with 100 or more in attendance. The annual basket dinner con- tinues to be observed, 4th Sun- day in June. No longer do the good ladies in long full dresses, bustles, and bows, spread cloths on the grass as "tables" for the food, for now we have the full basement and all things necessary to serve a delicious meal. Besides, there are so many shining Fords, Chevrolets, Pon- tiacs parked in the yard there is no room left in which to spread tablecloths. Good roads are now a reality. No longer need the people ride in farm wagons or on through clinging mud, or jolt miserably over frozen ruts in order to attend church services. No more, need they ride slowly home in pitch darkness, unhar- ness the horses by touch rather than by sight, for now, cars with brilliant head lamps are the com- mon thing. Vacation Bible School, begin- ning in 1948 under the direction of Mr. and Mrs. Vern Barr, the pastor at that time, has continu- ed to be an annual event with 50-60 children in attendance. Sunday morning and Sunday evening services continue to be held as in days of old. The Gos- pel of Jesus Christ is upheld; souls are won to Christ, and strengthened by the messages of that Gospel presented from Pul- pit; the teachers desk; and by living example. Present day officers of the church and its various organiz- ations are as follows: Official Board Elders -- Fred Bellatti, Eles Quandt, Frank Pope, John Stoph- er. Deacons n Otto Henriehsmeyer, Oscar Poffenbarger, Duane Cope- land, Robert Gulso, Kenneth Tra- go, Sheldon Copeland, J. Lee Hild, Robert Shanle, Sr. Pastor---Crald Burr. Ladies Aid Society President--Ruby Quandt Vice-Pres.--Irene Volle Secretary--Alma Sanle Treasurer--Nancy Shanle Bible School Officers Supt.-John Stopher Ass't. Supt.Eliis Green Secretary--John Poffenbarger Treasurer--Sheldon Copeland Pianists---Joyee Wood, Ruby Quandt. Bible School Teachers Men's Class--rald Butt Women's Class---Ruby Quandt Young Adults---Frank Pope High School--Meria Bowers IntermediateEmogene Green Junior--Margaret Henrichs- meyer Primary--Brenda Lowe Primary--Bill Shanle Beginners---Joyce Wood Sponsors for Christian Endeavor and Study GrOul Adult--Ruby Quandt Senior--Mr. and Mrs. Bill Shanle; Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Gulso. Junior--Mr. and Mrs. John Stopher. PrimaryRue Evelyn Copeland, Lucille Pope. Copeland Reminiscent (Continued from preceding page) home with them for Sunday din- ner. Their latch string hung on the outside, and they were cer- tainly given to hospitality. Next I see Uncle Ham Copeland waddling in to the services and taking his accustomed seat. While he had no. rented pew, he usually occupied the same seat, and I see the grease spot on the wall where his curly locks rest- ed while listening to the sermon. HIS home was the well-known Oliver Gulso place. Then Uncle John Copeland and his wife, Mariah, the latter being one of the charter members. They lived where Oscar Henrichsmeyer now lives. Andy Buckles and family, who lived southeast of Mount Pulas- ki, were usually on hand, far away as they lived. I see the girls in their red and black striped worsted dresses; their calfskin shoes polished to a fin- ish with the old style boot blackening No Shinola; nor pumps and silk hose, but calf skins tallowed up for home and school wear during the week, and shined for Sunday. Then came the Harberts; Sam and wife being charter members; Eli and wife coming into the church later Dave Birks and wife Sarah Jane, were always there with their old hymn book; words printed in verse form, but with- out musical notes. I have no idea how, when or where, they caught the melody, but they sang just the same. Then there were the Paynes', the Barclays, Shinns, Bowers, Combs, Lawrenc- es, Seroggins, and many others who came later. My first recollection of a Bas- ket meeting at Copeland dates back to when Robert Buckles was a little boy 3 or 4 years old. My mother spread her dinner with his mother (Aunt Liz). I was glad to have mother set dinner with her because she had a big stone Jar full of straw. berries. One thing especially I remember on that occasion was Bobble, who had a habit of ty- ing strings to his toes and call- ing them his horses. This was how he spent his time while his mother spread the dinner. I i fancy I see him yet as he sat on the ground clucking to his hors- es and saying "get up". In those days we had no tables but spread table cloths on the grass and everyone became hum. ble as he got down on his knees and helped himself. I do not remember who the preacher was on this occasion, but I presume it was Uncle John England as he was among the first preachers I am able to re- member. A few years later came Joseph E. Cain, who lived on a farm and divided his time be- tween the Buckles and the Cope- land Churches. It was under his preaching that I made the good confession and was baptized by him August 23, 1876. Uncle Bolivar Turley and fam- ily moved into the neighborhood at a later date and they, like others I have mentioned, were given to hospitality. Their home was the preacher's home. A bet- ter family never lived in Cope- land neighborhood. Another fam- ily came later; husband, wife and two children, a little curly- haired boy, and a tiny girl, who grew to womanhood and became one of our faithful workers. I remember the little girls who were in my S. S. Class, the youngest one being a tiny tot with a high keyed voice, which in fancy I still hear as she tries to read. . Another incident I would like to relate is this--that Cal Payn- es' mother gave him a whipping during services at Copeland, which must have been the turn- ing point in his life, as in later years he became Elder and S. S. superintendent. Revival services were held ln l those days for the harvest was fully ripe. W. F. Black held a re- vival meeting in August, 1886, lasting 4 or 5 weeks, with the result that 80 souls were added to the church. A basket dinner was held every Lord's Day dur- ing the meeting. A year or so later came Knox P. Taylor, who held a weeks' in- stitute. He was well equipped with maps, charts, blackbboard, and to me the Bible became a real Book, concerning real peo- ple. HIS manner and illustrations were both simple and unique. He led us to love the reading of the Bible, and taught us how to teach it. From a number of families mentioned has come a large por- tion of our official board S. S. JEnRY SUS=.0000 ZflMERMANN BUI="--  TORN VOWM; TO mZD","00 CM0000-h Workmen have tor, e D old Zimmermann . .,,o_., ings on South wash   adjoining the Myers  on the corner. Two 1-: ' ern brick building s erected by the owner,   Zammermann. The to be 22x75 feet anu t to -- decided improvemen block. | ! The congregation of Copeland Christian Church was or- ganized 95 years ago Aug. 11, 1866, the white frame building situated 7 miles S.W. of Mr. Pulaski, being erected the autumn following and dedicated Dec. 11, 1867. The changing rural scene, its efficient machinery reducing the need for farm laborers, has brought about a decrease in the rural population. Many have found it necessary to forsake their rural homes to seek employment in the cities. This situation of lessened population has been a factor in the closing of a number of rural churches over the land. Yet, in the midst of these adverse conditions, Copeland Church continues to open her doors twice each Sunday for wor- ship services, with a morning average attendance of 100. For 95 years this church has functioned, giving spiritual strength, comfort, and direction to lives which sought it. Many who now sleep in the sod of Steenbergen Cemetery are among those who had part in making history of both the City of Mr. Pulaski and of Copeland Christian Church. They could tell of the Old Settlers meetings in Mt. Pulaski; the picnic dinners on the square; the ladies with their long skirts dragging the dirty streets; the long planks on upturned tiles forming benches on which the old-timers sat and listened - more or less - to the long-winded politicians, or to the loudly playing Town Band. Or of the baby contests, when every mother present knew full well that her baby was the most beautiful one, decrying the judges' poor taste when her squalling little darling failed to win the prize. A more tender note is added as many of these same settlers would recall the annual Basket Meeting at Copeland Church when friends and relatives not seen for perhaps a year would gather in their spiritual home, visiting, eating, showing off their new babies; afterwards in the hard pews, singing together the good old hymns, and nodding heads in approval as an eloquent, bewhiskered preacher of the Gospel warned them of a Hell to shun, and a Heaven to gain. 95 years of Copeland Church history has been lived. Those who served in these several decades have, most of them, lived out their time, playing their part on the stage of life, then making their exit from the scene. Their zeal, their will, their consecration, their efforts, though imperfect, have left to the rural community of Copeland this sturdy, faithful and effective little church. Inside her walls our children have been taught the love of God, and the principles of Christian living. From her pulpit has sounded forth, for 95 years, urgent messages from the Word. Hands of assistance have reached across the wide seas to give aid to those doing the Master's will of giving the Gospel to the world. COPELAND Young men from the 00oup have left her d00rs to country and keep her free, both in time of peril and in - Copeland Church is a family. We are concerned i each other. Our joys and our tears are shared. God Eternal'Father, and Christ our Elder Brother. era of The past is over and gone. As far as the early wrd.tl the Church are concerned, they sleep the peaceful sleep Oteas Yet, across the tapestry of the years, the silver  t] [ among us of the present, as we in turn seek to carry u,. | work left to us. n @ And what of the future of this rural congregatio _ot We cannot say. There may be perilous and dod  times ahead for all of those of the Christian faith, yet, L ,e we do not know the future we know who holds our h,ot" expect to press on, to sow the seed, to build young live. P.;'" V ing them and inspiring them to Christian service that teebi. in turn take the lighted torch of faith from aging hanwAd must some day lay it down, carrying it on to victory, oo, the great Ship of Zion must ride rough and turbulen ' shall look to our Great Pilot to bring us safely into the Harbor. --tl "If for us, who can be against us?" - ."tcl e God be Apostle Paul. The Christian world is not doomed! I on, and on, and on, for God marches with us. . ML F OP May we offer our congratulations to the people Olrt s i .. aski for their many good works, and for their fine eflO  o gard to its Sil-Tennial Anniversary. Also, let us e.x.PVO appreciation for their good will, and for the many jm spoken in connection with Copeland Church.  o _.1 | Congratulations to the people of Copeland Churc steadfastness, their loyalty in the face of much  _,,d i spiritual upheaval in the world at large, ible v.: Appreciation and congratulations to Mr. Harry Wtller-0 his crew for their time-consuming efforts in putting _. msl fine edition of the Times News. commemorating the M- l Iw Sil.Tennial Celebration of 1961, something to be che manaYa?ight, when the curtains of darkness are dr,?c.tio lights of Mt. Pulaski shine forth brightly in all .a liglt, People from considerable distances can see the glitter'o tO on the Hill. _ contitle_d Even so, may Christ, the Light of the world, ..^el: U t.r- LY shine forth from the lives of those who make P ^ , Christian Church, that many now in darkness might a guided upward to the glorious hills of Eternity aria u, Home. CHRISTIAN CHURC officers, teachers, LadieS ricers. Not alone in .theu  $ community is the 1nil felt IM these early Christians :',ltl in man different cn--u 1 and churches we tln.ac workers who first founa - Copeland church, andy'00 out to serve that Christ - they may be. _ rri" And so, tho many of o'-tl " Jan forefathers have gon , liv" reward, their influence  tt ing on, and radiating " hearts and lives of n'laY'-.tl "Lives of great men oft r us . - We can make our live, bi! m And departing, leave be. ti Footprints on'the sandS Footprints, that pe rhaps ,., Sailing o'er life's sole rnt. A forlorn and shipwre"-- brother _., " Seeing, shall take hem'.:M w:t us, then, be up and ith a heart for any f.W"teg. Still achieving, sctill pu PRESENT COPELAND 95 Years of Christian Service...