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NASHVILLE A CITY OF OPPORTUNITY THE LEADING NEGRO JOURNAL IN TENNESSEE.
NASHVILLE, TENN FKIDAY. NOVEMBER 2. 1317.
LMJUUV uu Kyu zs
OF MRSJL G. MERRY
Spruce Street Church Tliroiiged-Sorrow--
ing Friends Pay Last Tribute-Short
History of Deceased.
"A SAD FAREWELL.
CompoNed hy J. E. Tit A VIC II.
. After nearly ninety years of toiling! ed with several fraternal organiza
Mrs. N. G. Merry has passed Into the Hons during her life.
Great Beyond. Perhaps this state- .JheMru"e''?,1 cone of th late
sorrowingly on more; ,,,., ,.,,.,, ,... ,hB ,.,.,.,,
ment will fall
ears and cause more remorse and rec-i
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uuuuuj' tiitta ui uoluu ol any cUtii
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IU,VH,,B; "nm. 'F3 of Baptist clmrcl.es in Nashv.lle, Sun-
k- JLT., L uu " , , , day morning, v he e iit (he ee eiK
w n , iuur years pnjh.cai- 0.clouk hour the funeral ..ru.ions mr
il i c.",i,llon remained, the remains ot t,:e decked were
T:T?J1- I'reachcl by Kev. Wm. HaM.es, U. 1).,
I ti'uuiu i jig I Ut- (J QtlCCl UilLHlol
l nurou ly two 01 the uw-r si ile u ons
Tune: ("It's A Long Ways To Tipperary.")
It's a merry road which leads to Germany,
It's a long wag through snow,
We are going to the trenches,
Where the blood forever flow.
years ago v. as remarkable, i-he con
versed with the intelbgeu' e of. n ripe
scholar. Dales ana iiici le'nls of
things that occurred before the war
the pastor of the i iiurch, and Kev.
John 1 Thomas, D. I... pastor o the
Kbcnezec Baplisi l hnrea of Chicago,
111. 'i lie 'deal n of iirs. iu.ny had
lee:i unnoiiaced and Lie new, spxad
rapidly ityluit ho.' I he i-oit.i'l'v,
l.e i.tt.. iV. i . oiii. is- ,-ai',', i .J4 owl a
promise thai had 1 ri a .. .11,0 0 er
twenty j ears ay,o, i'.-po d i ,. uu; 1
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MRS. NELSON G. MERRY,
"Wife of the late Rev. Nelson G. Mer
ry, Nashville, Tenn.
call lit ! il 0 - l i 'L Si i'l' h 11
ai-iivi'i i.i 11. . e to p.u'iio
-i 1 i. es.
At 1 i 10 npe'iiir
cnoir saa : 11 ,
read Uie i.t n;
icrcd by l.e'i
l'teiP'SL 1 ite c
loi'dau'a s. iiiiiv bu-.k. 1 sua ,u." Tue.i
a solo,' "Fa -e 10 la c," ..s ..uir by
Ansa Qnieiiio iine . r.erbe r., a te
which Kev. Jr. llayne.s annon.ice ilie
text selected by the deceased fro.u
July. Kith ihaplei', "1 am 1 lie G oi
Shepherd, " etc. lie stated thai ho
would simply outline this, Lit that lh
text of his sermon would be Kev.
14:13, "And 1 heard a voice from
heaven saying unto me, Write lUessed
are the dead which die in the Lord
from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spir
it, that they may rest 110111 their
labors; and their works do follow
them." When he had finished hi-i
discourse he introduce 1 Rev. John V.
Thomas, D. D., who proceeded to eulo
gize the dead, giving his experience
and his personal observations of the
TENN. ANNUAL CONFER-
Bishop B. F. Lee, PresidingUnusual
Session Held Over Until Tues
The appointments in the leading
charges practically the same. One
change in the Presiding Eldership.
Dr. J. A. Jones, the veteran news-
THE HAYWOOD COUNTY FAIR
HELD AT BROWNSVILLE
The Haywood Colored Fair Asso-
papcr correspondent and ex-president ' elation closed its gates Saturday,
Farewell Dear Old Nashville,
We are eager to do our share,
, To bring the cruel, cruel Kaiser
Back to senses,
SO GOODBYE, FAREWELL.
were related by her in a remarkable late Father Merry, and declared that;
Names of Heroes.
Walter Jackson, 915 Morrison St.
John Lewis, 1210 Grant street.
Edward .Storey, 150j Jackson St.
1 William Abernathy, 1534 Merry : ins them to report to receive instruc
I 8treet, I tions preliminary to leaving for camp
I John Henry White, 912 Forty-third ' They left for Camp Meade at 9:45
! avenue, north. j Monday night
I William Sneed, 3708 Richland ave- 'Local board No. 2 of Davidson
I nue I county sent their first consignment
! r:Vnt r.arnev. 1019 Fortv-third 1 of colored drafted men to Camp
In the death of Mrs. Merry perhaps
is removed Nashville's real Baptist
landmark, as, notwithstanding the
controversy as to the" seniority of the
Spruce Street Baptist Church and
he had been intimately acnuninted
with the family since ISO!). He was
present at the church when the first
services were held in the building,
and preached iuthe afternoon. His
was a most beautiful discourse, quiet
the other church known in former r unassuming, extremely pointed and
years as the Dick Ham Church, no onei very eloquent. He told of the sainled
seemed to doubt but that her husband, i dead, comparing her life with that as
me late in. u. Merry, was tne pioneer
church builder in Nashville among
I the Negroes. Mrs. Merry kept' her
membership in the Spruce Street
Baptist Church, having been trans
ferred to that church by letter from
. the First white Baptist Church .at the
organization of the present church by
. her husband, who was ordained as a
gospel minister on November 30, 1853.
The ordination services took place
at the home of Rev. S. Baker, who
was at that time pasto ing the white
. baptist church. The Nashville Anieri
' can under date of Dec. 1, 1853, in
speaking of the ordination of the late
: N. G. Merry said: "An ecclesiastical
.. council "was convened at' the house
of 'Elder S. Baker on Wednesday, Nov.
20th, at 3 p. m lor the exauiina ion
- of Brother Nelson Alerry wilh refer
.ence to ordaining him to the work of
- the gospel ministry. Brother S. Ba
. ker wasjhoseu moderator and Broth
v er J. R. Manton clerk. The council
Xwas opened with prayer. Brother
Merry, who is a colored brother, a
v member of the Firsst Baptist
Church in Nashville, then related his
religious experience, his conviction of
- I duty with regard to the min.stry, his
iews on- Bible doctrine. The counci;
being satisfied with the narration of
the candidate and the evidence of his
. call to the ministry, voted to proceed
to his ordination at the First Baptisi
Church, Nov. 30th, at 7 p. m and
also voted that the order of puldic
services be as .follows: viz: Sermon
, by Elder S. Baiter; ordination prayer
by J. R. Graves; "Charge To ( andi-
- date' by J. R. Manton; "Presentation
'of Bible and Righthand of Fellow
ship" by J. M. D. Cates.
In accordance with the abve vote,
public services of ordination were per
formed at the First Baptist Church,
and Brother Merry solemnly set apart
'-- to the work of the ministry. An ap-
propriate sermon from 2 Tim. 2:15
was delivered by Broiher S. Baker,
: ' "Study to show thyself approved unlo
God, a workman that needeth not be
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of
.' truth." The divine sanction blessings
were besought by Brother Graves, and
' the righthand of fellowship by Broth-
er Cates. The services were of fC
solemn and impressive character, and
, we trust received the divine approval
and benediction of Brother Merry.
;- - v " J. R. Manton
This seemed to have set -at rest for
a while all doubt that the late N. G.
' Merry was the first organized ordain
. led Negro Baptist minister of Nash
ville, and upon this Mrs. Merry al
ways loved to discourse. She often
referred to and exhibited with pride
the Bible that was presented as a
token of friendship to her husband
by Rev. Samuel Baker on this particu-
pointed out by John the Revelator.
I'or forty minutes he dwelt upon the
beautiful traits and character notj
only of the deceased, but of her
former husband. At the conclusion or
his remarks, the choir sang while
the entire church wept. The obituary
was read by Mrs. S. L. Nolan, follow
ing "which there were resolutions
from the church read by Miss 11. T.
Fowler; from .the Deacon Board by
Mr. S. L. Ferguson; from the choir by
Mr. V. W. l-ladl.'y. D.irin.,' Die ser
vices two of the (ddesr. deacons in the
"Church, viz.. Deacons 1'askett anil
Allen, told of their work, conneclion
and lije-long friendship, of tiia de
ceased. Then came ?is;ers C.ee and
.ilia Jones The remains were view
cic4).v the audience as they passed
Evans Inman, 1516 Scovel street.
. .William Chavers, 1703 1-2 Hampton
Will Westbrook, 745 St. Charles
Emmett Williams, 1710 Thompson
Jeff Whitaker, 522 Fortieth avenue,
Lewis Glenn, 1700 Sixth avenue,
Noah Wallace McKay, 908 Twelfth
Jesse Strayhorne. 2412 West End.
Oliver Leroy Williams, 1609 Four
teenth avenue, north.
Joseph Cdwarrf Anderson, 1027
Eighteenth avenue, north.
Thomas Lewis, 1407 Harding street.
John Ridley, 4010 Michigan avenue..
1910 Heffernan ! third avenue, north.
! Meade, Md., Monday, October 2'.lth.
of Turner College made
elder. Next conference goes to Pu
laski. The fifty-first annual session of the
Tennessee Annual Conference of the
African Methodist Episcopal Church
is now history. The conference in
many respects was one of the
ever held in the history of the A. M.
E. work in Tennessee. The reports
were all that could be expected, con
sidering the high cost of living and
the exodus of Negroes to the north.
Bishop Lee gave many patriotic ex
pressions which found their way
through the associated press, which
were helpful to t!j.o wljpfo Negro
race. The leaders of tVSf lfarence
vied with each otjber '48rtn'&J''eo
nifin service for the ch'uKiWi.'".' :""
Amon.g tin in might be 'Itjijiati.iic'.l.
the Rev. .1 H, Smith. D. lY.rftfr of
St. John; Rev. II. 1,. V. .Jo'M-i. TV 1 ,
pastor of St. Paul; Rev. S. J. How-u-d,
pastor of Bethel; Drs (1 L .lie' -in.
W. It. Porter. I. J. Edwards :uid V
G. Gardner, the presiding elder s. a I'd
mnnv others. The follow in": ""cr 1
officers were present, and rir' 'Vied
their (liferent department: Dr. .1.
Frank McDonald, Kansas Citv, Edi
tor of the Western Christian Re
corder; G. G. Allen. D. 1)., Nashville,
Editor of the Southern Christian
! Recorder; Julian C. Caldwell, D. I).,
j Nashville, Secretary of the Allen
Christian Fmdenvor League and Ira
'T. Bryant, Secretary of the A. M. E.
presiding 'October 27th.
H is tno custom or the coioiea peo
ple of Haywood County to hold a
Fair of their own the week follow
ing the Fair held by the white peo
ple at the same Fair Grounds. This
vear the Colored Fair Association
best . composed oi some ui uie piugrcsiiiYo
co'.oi'LMi men aim women oi me couu
ly planned a mammoth show. Hav
ing business in that section, the on
looker took occasion to spend a few
iio. i ; ii .vitntss the display. The
el leading from up town to the
! Grounds was literally crowded
i!i uiouohiles filled with the
l people on earth from early
1 ite at. night. The crowd
. I h i ted between 3.1100 and
litis was the largest, hap
i '. most orderly crowd of my
l ,i li s been nr' pleasure to
for many a day. Not one
v word did I hear during
' in .' boni s slay.
Meredith Gillespie- Ferguson, sss'ii'e ma nasnvnie on me n-nnon
ct..nth avptiue. north. 1 see Central railroad at
William Henry Perkins, 2425 Mer
Sunday School Union. Among the
visitors nrnent wntv. it TIov J CI
ilroad at 9:45 Monday ; Kohlnsn n n. the n'residm."!
evening. They went by way of Knox- of , Knoxvillo District- tlr 'ftV A .'
FACTS ABOUT THE LIFE OF MRS.
Ninety years' ago there was born
to Mr. Edward and Mrs. Lizzie Jones
of Gallatin, Sumner County, Tennes
see, a daughter whom they named
Mary Anna, who afterwards became
letter known throughout Pumne:
County as Mary A. Junes. The pa
iJ!s of Miss Jones were free people,
and back in the days of slayen- they
occupied a conspicuous place because
of their popularity and because of
the freedom that they enjoyed. When
Miss Jones was siNteen or seventeen
years of age she met one Nelson G.
(Continued on page 8) I
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Lt. FRIERSON U. S. A.
A Nashville product, worked his
way from ranks to commissioned of
Claude Berry, 928 Twelfth avenue,
Rayburn Baker, 826 Jo Johnston
John C. Mayberry, 1807 Jefferson
Albert Street, 1401 Grant street.
Gentry Collier, 1200 Hampton.
Elisha Phillip Darden, 1717 Heiman
Leroy Petway, 923 Jackson street.
Edgar Utley, 2316 Merry street.
Chester Julius Westfied, 911 Elev
enth avenue, north.
George Washington Brown, Ten
nessee State Normal.
Charley Roper, 14j1 Ninth avenue,
Ben Reams, 2601 West Hill street.
John Tolliver, 217 Louise avenue.
! OieV Bernard Watkins, 1729 Scovel
wii.'ani Jcseph -Hayes, 306 Twenty
; second avenue, north,
i Hmry Louglas, 1C33 Jackson
i jonn nenry iaa, mti tievenin.
Uifcs. An lcrson Smith, aJ iwcr.tni
j Willie Smith, 13H7 Grant s'reet
i John Wtsley Mecllin, 1200 Third ,
! avenue, north. "
j John Quincy Marshall, 1C23 Seven-!
teenth avenue, north.
Mibcrn Hynes, 1024 Gulch avenue
Will Harris, Jr., E23 Sixtesi)':!i ave-'
George Winston Brown, 9C2 Lock-1
James Monroe Wood, 1513 Twelfth ;
avenue, north. - ' j
Robert Hendren, 1013. Morr son !
Henry Allen Glenn, 1313 Heiman
street. ' j
Abe. Moore, 1006 Morrison street. '
Local exemption boards Nos. 2, 3
and 4 issued calls for the first incre
ment of their quotas of men, order-
ville. Bristol and Washington, and
reached the camp Wednesday morn
ing. October 31st.
The list of thirty men certified by i was dispatched with ease and system.
Lewis of the West Ten neas3 Confer
ence and Dr. J. Q. Johnsott'-pt. Mem-
plus. The business of tjjo conference
the board is as follows:
S. St. Clair Joplin.
Wm. Lucky Bell.
Vvm. Webster Collins
(Continued on page 8)
Sermons were preached byi'man.ar.ii)
the foremost men of the Mtifcr"-i
last Sunday in the various inClf.t
the city. Dr. S. L. Howard, iliwri
nectional Evangelist, one otV.St.
John's ex-pastors is a member of te
conference, and after spending the
year in the North and East holding
great evangelistic meetings', was
present, and took part in the delib
erations of the conference. Rev. A.
P. Gray, D. D., one of the leaders of
the conference was re-elected treas
urer, and the Rev. H. L. P. Jones,
D. D., was elected Secrtary-T. ins
urer. Those two men, with the Rev.
J. A Jones, D. D., chairman of the
Finance committee, and the Rev. J.
II. Smith, D. D., chairman of the
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ELDER PRESTON TAYLOR
who has just returned to the city.
The number and quality of exhib
its exceeded my fondest expectation.
I know the people ot Haywood Coun
ty and 1 know they havo excellent
holdings. I know they own farm
lands and products, horses, cows,
coinmitte on contingent handled j hogs, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks.
Bill accounted for all of ihe monies ' geese, etc., etc., but this was the
of the conference. j first time I havo ever seen so many
Among the assignments, none , of them together on display,
seemed to be more popular than that I The ladies had on baud all kinds
of the Rev. J. II. Smith, to the sec-Jof needle work, fruits, vegetables,
ond year at St. John. St. John etc. The children contributed their
church is the first A. M. E. Church share from the scltool room, gardens
in the State of Tennessee. Dr. i and trunk patches nnd the men had
Smith is the youngest man who has ! everything. Special mention should
ever been appointed pastor of St. bo made of their agricultural pro
St. John. His report along all lines ' ducts, live stock and more especially
was above that of last year. He is their horses. I am not a horse man
leading in a light to create a fund in the ordinary acceptance of the
for the support of aged and worn out Iterm, but I have seen those animals
pre ichers and pastors, andd because at Latonia, Lexington and Louisville,
if th if fact and his ability us a i Ky., and some other tracks where
REV. WM. HAYNES, D. D.
Pastor of the Spruce Street Baptist
Church, who preached the luner.i!
over the remains oi the la e Airs.
N. G Merry.
REV. JOHN F. THOMAS. D. D
'"'Pastor of - the lbenezer Baptist
Church, treasurer of the National'
lar occasion, which was kept still in-' Baptist Convention and lire-lorn?
tact and well preserved. Sister Mer- friend of the late Airs. N. G. Merry,
ry was also a member of the Benevo
lent Order ond one of tho oldest mem
bers in Nashville. She was connect-
who preached the funeral sermon. of
Mrs. Merrv on Sunday morning at
the Spruce Street Jiaptist ChurclL ,
preacher and pastor, he easily
r i r; ! s among the torcmost men of the
entire connection, lt is predicted on
sides tii t Dr. Smiili will clear
! old f-'t. John o.i a long standing debt.
Aniiji.g the surprise appointments,
! v,..i iii,;t of t ie Rev. Jas. A. Jones. D.
1 1)., to Hie pi-'.'.d ling cldei
; S'.j'.iiii Nashville District.
i ... ore oi the bed. Known ministers
i.-f lie: A. Al. I'i. Church, and his ap
pointment w is greeted with applause.
1 All in all the comci'tuce was a suc
icess. The milliliters and delegates
were all well pleased with the trcat
Minil accorded them by the people of
NmJiv ille. '1 he 'women of the con
ference under the leadership of Mrs..
G. Ii. Jackson made a splendid report
t .r Ah :s'o, s.
(Continued on page 8)
horse flesh sold for ten dollars per
The races began. 1 looked and
drew near. By invitation I accepted
a seat in the Grand stand. The
steeds charged by at a speed that
would be admired at any of the
hip of the I tracks mentioned above. The track
Dr. Jones I was one half mile and the time for '
pacers, 2:!), 2:11, 2:13, 2:18, re
spectively. This record was re--
poated several times during the after
noon by horses not borrowed or
hired by colored men but bred and
owned by them. Then four days of the
Fair were well attended. The exhibits
were splendid, premiums small and
paid and the colored people ot Hay
Wood County gave every evidence of
being prosperous and happy.
Beginning November 2nd, Postage on First-Class Mail for out of city,
3-cents per ounce or fraction thereof. Drop letters for city and Rural
Routes from Nashville, 2 cents per ounce or fraction thereof. All postal
Cards, both city and otjit of town, 2-cents each.
Failure to comply with these changes means delay to your mail and
more work for you as well as the Post Office.
' .. ' E. S. SHANNON, Postmaster.
To be sure of Christmas Parcels reaching soldiers in AMERICAN
EXPEDITIONARY FORCES ABROAD they must be mailed before Novem
ber 15th.v Limit 7 pounds. Rate 12 centsva pound. Inquire at Post
Office as to method of sending heavier packages.
SYLVAN ST. BAPTIST CHURCH.
The Sunday school is still asking
for nei.v scholars. The school pres
ented $1.00 Sunday morning to be
given to the soldiers, to assist in
helping them along the way. The
church gave $2.00, making a total of
$3. IMrs. J. P. Evans has taken
charge of this work. We are wish
ing for her a credltaible report. Rev.
Evans has on now a series of ser
mons which will be delivered each
iSunday. Visitors are welcome. The
Aletoka Club had a very nice rally
Sunday. Twenty dollars was the
amount raised. Sisters Boyd and
.Blood will serve fish and ice cream
in the basement of the church Nov.
5th, for the Pastor's Fund Club. The
Ladles' Aid Club had a meeting Oc
tober 29th at the church to arrange
a program for the 12lh when the hat
contest comes off. The B. Y. P. U.
lesson was beautifully discussed by
Sister Burnett at 7 : 30 o'clock.
CHRISTMAS PACKAGES FOR
SOLDIERS LN FRANCE.
The Post Office Department re
quests that you kindly give the wid
est publicity through the medium of
your paper to the necessity of the
early mailing of packages Intended
to reach our troops in France by
Christmas and to the fact that such
packages must not exceed 7 pounds
The Department y advises me that
unless packages intended as Christ
inas presents for the troops in France
are deposited in the post office on or
before November 15th, it will not
be possible for them to reach desti
nation by Christmas Day.
The Department further advises
that on account of the Postal Regu
lations in France packages weighing
more than seven (7) pounds cannot
be forwarded by mail.
Jit you will give these facts wide
rjiibllcity it will doubtless be appre
ciated by your many patrons.