W[illiam] H. Trout
6and instruction, and had the satisfaction of seeing them better attended, and by a better class. He was als appointed censor of the motion picture and other shows, that came to the city. It was a delicate job to steer between the careless amusement lovers on one side, and the ministers on the other, but he holds on.In this town of Lufkin, which ambitiously calls itself a city, we have a congregation of about 150. A low third in point of numbers, but not in ambition. It meets in an old churchhouse at one side of the town, being inconvenient to reach, particularly on dark nights. As before mentioned the fine band of women we have is the working force of the church. There is not much wealth among us, but with the good will of the community we are undertaking a big job. A $3500 lot has been purchased and $1000 paid & $250 in bank toward second payment. We have a year to complete the payments; but intend to do so in 6 mos. Then make a loan from our Church Extension Society, of 4 or 5000., and build a fine 12.000 dollar house inside of one year; which is certainly a big job for a small band of women; but they are on the job with both feet, and the men are backing them. They have not called on me yet, and I have subscribed $200, and will likely double it before we get thru.When I want a good lively chat, and a pleasant time, I call on our pastor, he is a good kindly man, looks after his flock and the community interests, like the good shepherd that he is. But his wife is the peach, she plays and teaches, violin, piano, or organ. Sings solos, leads choir, and helps in the church societies, and other public doings; and will give you more lively, sprightly, sensible chat, in one hour than most any other woman I ever knew.I was telling her about your articles in the Atlantic Monthly. She began asking questions to find out more about you, and stretching out toward me, with an extra pleased quizzing look, and in a lower tone, Brother Trout, is he a man of much means? I laughed, now I see you are after a church building subscription, you bet I am at every chance. Well he can stand it.05376
1913 Feb 15
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