Friday, February 17, 2012

Wyatt Scrapbook - Go to Church Tomorrow

In November 2011, I purchased a scrapbook at an antiques mall in Carson, California. The scrapbook is believed to have belonged to Laurine Wyatt. I am transcribing the articles and documents contained in the scrapbook with the hope that it may be of value to genealogists who may be researching the individuals named.

Laurine Wyatt carefully trimmed this article by Dr. John L. Hill before pasting it in her scrapbook. It is clearly evident that she felt his words merited preservation. I’ve not transcribed the article, but have included a biographical sketch about Dr. Hill at the end of this post. 

The following biographical sketch is from the finding aid to the John L. Hill Collection at the Southern Baptist Historical Library and Archives in Nashville ( : accessed 9 February 2012): 
“John Leonard Hill was born September 15, 1878 at Smither's Bottom, Owen County, Kentucky. He spent his childhood days in Kentucky, completing high school in Williamtown, Grant County, in 1894. He received his A.M. degree from Georgetown College in 1899 and another A.M. degree in 1912 from Columbia University.
 “Hill taught at Kentucky high schools from 1900 to 1909, was professor of history and political science at Georgetown from 1909 to 1922 and professor in religious education at George Peabody College for Teachers from 1923 to 1934. Dr. Hill served as book editor from 1923 to 1950. For the next three years he was director of promotion for Ridgecrest and Glorieta Baptist Assemblies.
 “Hill, a long time member of First Baptist Church in Nashville, was noted for his Sunday School lessons broadcast on WSM radio for more than 25 years. He became teacher of the Fidelis Bible class for women on October 7, 1923 and was still considered teacher of the class at the time of his death.
 “He served as president of the Tennessee Baptist Foundation, president of the board of trustees of Tennessee Baptist Orphanage and Tennessee College for Woman and vice-president of the American Bible Society. He authored numerous articles and books published by the Sunday School Board.
 “He died on November 15, 1964 in Nashville.”

© 2012 Denise Spurlock, Ancestral Trees Research

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