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MURFREESBORO, N. C., THURSDAY, JUNE 19, 1924.
LEADERS AND LAYMEN TO COMMENCEMENT PROGRAM | Murfreesboro Church Has Made Great
GATHER AT THE COLLEGE
The Chov/'an Baptist Assembly
Holds Its First Annual Ses
sion July 15-24
ReliKious leaders from four eastern
ap.sociations, the Chowan, West
Chowan, Tar River and Roanoke are
expected to be in attendance. A
strong consecrated faculty of Christ
ian workers will be in charge of the
various courses of study which will
irclude Sunday School, B. Y. P. U.
and W. M. U. courses in stewardship
and missions by Mr. Gilmore, of Ral
eigh, N. C., sermons by Dr. Zeno Wall
of Goldsboro, N. C., and Bible lec
tures by Dr. Yates of the Southern
Baptist Theological Seminary, Louis
ville, Ky. In addition to these at
tractions pastors of the various asso
ciations will conduct the Quiet Hour
every evening. A detailed statement
of the assembly program appears else
where in this issue.
The first session will be held Tues
day, July 15th at 8 P. M. and the last
session Thursday evening, July 24.
A number of r creational features
have been planned which should fur
nish a real vacation for all who at
tend. Every resource of the college
will be at the disposal of the visitors,
including the library, gymnasium,
swimming pool and athletic field. In
addition to these attractions there
will be ample opportunity to fish for
those so disposed and boat trips up
the Meherrin and Chowan rivers.
The college has a capacity of about
100 boarders. Those planning to
come should communicate with Presi
dent Chas. P. Weaver and reserve
their rooms early. Already a num
ber have expressed their intention of
attending. All visitors are expected
to bring their bed and table linen.
ENDED TUESDAY, MAY 20
Eight Young Ladies Receive
Diplomas; Dr. Poteat Makes
THREE CHOWANIANS IN
For the first time in the history
of the college a Chowanian—yes,
three of them—has been sent to
On June 7, Dr. Weaver mailed
three copies of the Chowanian to
Mr. J. B. Durnin, parole officer of
the famous Auburn Prison, Au
burn, N. Y. Dr. Weaver met Mr.
Durnin on the train during a re
cent trip south and his interest in
the college led to the mailing of the
Chowanian to him at Auburn. The
three copies were; The Big Sister
Edition, The Chesty Edition and
The Green But Growing Edition.
Mr. Durnin assisted Thomas
Mott Osborne in his famous experi
ment in prison reform at the noted
Sing Sing Prison.
Short Cuts to Heaven
God made the country but man
made the dangerous curves.—Lyre.
The seventy-sixth annual com
mencement of Chowan College had a
most auspicious beginning Saturday
night. May 17, with the rendition of
the Shakespearian play, “As You Like
It,” presented by the Dramatic De
The baccalaureate sermon by Rev.
John Arch McMillan of Wake Forest
College was well attended. The
seating capacity of the church was
overtaxed exceedinly. The church
beautifully decorated with ferns and
cut flowers, blended warmly with the
music, made an effective -setting for a
most impressive service. Mr. Mc
Millan also preached the missionary
sermon in the college auditorium on
On Monday afternoon the Board
of Trustees held tHeir annual meet
ing and the Alumnae Association had
a conference at which plans were
made for some extensive and con-
sti'uijtiva wnrk. The class at ’124 was
admitted to the Association at this
meeting. At four o’clock the Senior
class gave a play, “What They Think.’’
The music department gave an oper
etta, “A Day in Roseland” on Mon
On Tuesday morning. May 20, the
following were awarded diplomas:
Mary Henry Lewis, Gladiola Parker,
Camilla Manson, Christie Whitley,
Mabel Jenkins Boyette, Jannie Ward,
Willie Mae Horton, and Catherine
Tuesday morning in the magnifi
cent new auditorium of Chowan Col
lege, before a commencement crowd
that filled the house. Dr. Poteat spoke
on “Horizons.” Speaking to the
graduating class, he advised them to
be certain that they kept their con
tact with God all through the widen
ing horizon; and not to allow the in
tellectual horizon dim their sight of
God. He illustrated how it was pos
sible to be changed entirely by the
environment by citing the life of the
French historian and essayist, Jos
eph Ernest Renan.
Born in the little corner of France
known as Brittany, Renan lived close
to nature and worshipped at the
shrine of the real God. Moving from
there to gay Paris, Renan by virtue of
the new horizon upon which he looked
and moved soon lost hold upon the
things he had learned and had wor
shipped back in Brittany; several of
his later writings especially the “Vie
de Jesus” created considerable dis-
sussion as to the genuineness of Re
nan’s Christianity. It was illustra
tive of what effect one’s environment
and the Horizon upon which he looked
“Be on guard” he said “against
the idea that as you grow into intel-
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Pastorate Of Mr. Whitley
During Five Years New Pas
tor’s Home and Magnificent
Church Building Have Been
Erected, Along With Ad
vance In Work
REV. JULIUS W. WHITLEY
Pastor First Baptist Church of
Murfreesboro, N. C. and College
TO THE LIBRAR’.:
Mr. H. B. Parker Gold.sboro, N. C.
Rev. E. C. Smith Windsor, N. C.
Mrs. W. 0. Allen Windsor, N. C.
Miss Ruby White Windsor, N. C.
Mrs. Leo Barber Moultrie, Ga.
Mrs. C. E. Grandy Hickory, N. C.
Mr. G. W. Simpson, Virginia Beach,
Mrs. A. L. Holmes Creswell, N. C.
Mrs. J. A. Williams._ Ahoskie, N. C.
Miss 0. B. P. Williams, Cape Charles,
Miss Kate Jenkins Murfreesboro,
Mr. W. L. Lyon Windsor, N. C.
Northampton County Sunday Schools
Bethel Rich Square
Class of 1909
Mrs. J. 0. Askew (In memory of
daughter, Maidie Askew), Harrells-
ville, N. C.
Sallie Irvine Barkley, Halifax County,
Maggie Speight, Washington, D. C.
Eddie Mae Vann Como, N. C.
100 Per Cent Class
Campbell, Isabella Raleigh, N. C.
Cohen, Mamie (Mrs. W. M. Kennedy)
Gregory, Melissa (Mrs. C. E. Grandy)
Mrs. C. T. Vaughan, Murfreesboro,
N. C., and Mrs. I. T. Walke, Norfolk,
Va., have given to the library a set
of books, “The Library of Choice Lit
erature”, which formerly belonged to
their mother, Mrs. J. N. Harrell. Mrs.
Harrell (nee Elonora Lawrence) was
one of the orignial eleven, the first
to matriculate as students of Chowan,
October 11, 1848.
The present pastorate of Rev.
Julius W. Whitley began five years
ago last May. The Church at that
time was on the State Mission Board.
The Church itself was paying to pas
tor’s salary $800.00 and about $240
to all benevolences making $11.43 per
member. The membership totaled 91
including the good, bad, indifferent
and the absentees. The church
building was very inadequate having
been erected in 1846, but had been
remodeled two or three times. It did
not have but two Sunday school rooms
and both of these were small, the larg
est being 13 x 13 feet. The ch
owned a pastor’s home but it was not
very well located.
During these nve years wonderful
advancement has been made along
all lines of church work.- The Church
sold its old pa.stor’s home antJ erected
'& new one wftli ali inudtrf.’^convei’-
iences upon one of the most desir
able sites in Murfreesboro being on
the corner and next to the College
campus: The church having out
grown the old church building, voted
unanimously to erect a modern church
building. Accordingly such a build
ing was erected during the years
1922-23 which is second to none in
all this great section of our State.
When it is fully completed, it will
have twenty-six Sunday school rooms
and an auditorium with a seating ca
pacity of between seven and eight
hundred. The ground floor will
have an auditorium 42x42 which will
be used for Sunday School work,
prayer meetings, B. Y. P. U. work and
social gatherings of the young people
and church banquets, etc. The church
has already raised and paid out more
than $22,300 on its building pro
The membership has increased more
than 100 per cent during the five
years. The contributions to all ob
jects have increased more than 600
per cent, being more than $67 per
member last year. The Sunday
School under the wise and enthusias
tic leadership of President Charles P.
Weaver has increased more than 100
per cent and has again become a
Standard Sunday School.
During the five years three B. Y. P.
U’. have been organized. The first
was a Junior union which has been a
Standard Union now for five years
winning the State banner last year
and is very much in the running for it
again this year when the Convention
meets in Wilmington on the 17th.
The Senior union was the next to be
organized. It has now gone on the
Standard basis with the determina-
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