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My Testimony
(T%*),i :article was written by .Rev.
b K . .'Y f I '. I* a. nd published
v n v yBulletin
Dr M " hell is the
. . Six Mile
baptist Academy.-klu.)
The whole story of toy strugglc for
an education is a story of friendships.
I was born :in 1874, of honest, humble
and rather exceptionally poor paren
tsge. The first eighteen years of my
life amounted to but little education
s' ally. There wiat nothing in my envir
bninent to develop and refine me. The
chools were short and not the best.
Above all, I was without ambition. I
had neither read, traveled nor stud
ied. So at the time of my conversa
tion "I didn't know nothing." but
when the sweet transforming spirit
of Jesus came into my life, there be
gat the slow dawn of a new day.
How I wish I could sufficiently praise
him or lay worthy honors at his feet!
What I am or may be, I owe first to
him. The first force that entered my
new life was a desire to preach; and,
in some way, I knew that in order to
do so I must be educated. I brooded
.ver it for many a day, and this de
sire was the profoundest secret of
my life. I determined at last to set
tle it. Going down into the field, for
I was a farm boy, late at night, I
prayed that I might have God tell me,
-once for all, my duty. I prayed as
earnestly as I could, but there was no
answer, not even a still small voice.
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As I returned, there came to me th
conviction: that it is not'worth whi
to ask for what we already hav
What I asked had been in my hea
for a long time. I confided my secri
first, to my pastor, he in turn to i
father, then it was no longer a secr<
My father was a railroad man
the time, and worked liway fro
home. When he came home, v
walked down to the spring togeth<
I and he told me that he was glad
know that I wanted to preach. T1
tears were flowing from his ey
and his voiced trembled, but he ma
aged to say slowly that I might d,
pend on him to help me all he coul
which was not much for he had
large family dependent entirely upc
his daily labor. In a few days, wit
out any previous notice he Wrote a
to go at once to Clemson College. I
two hours after receiving his le't
I had put my handful of beleng;nl
into a small trunk and was on il
way to Clemson. This was en ti
twenty-first of July, 1893, just thre
weeks after the College first opeit
her doors.' I had made no arrange
mncnts at all for my admission, bt
President Craighead was exceptional
ly kind to me and allowed me U
I was assigned to the preparator
department, and having now a nev
life and purpose, I applied mysel
with all diligenceQ, so that when th
Preparatory Department was divide
into higher and lower preparatory,
as assigned to the higher. I wa
low in my twentieth year and jus
beginning. In November I was take
sick and after spending about fiv
weeks in the College hotpital, wen
home till after the winter vacatior
I resumed my work in the highe
preparatory class, having lost toe
much time in my sickness to pass int
the Freshman class. My father wa
seriously injureld in March of thi
.car, 1894, and it became clear tha
his injury was permanent, and tha
I could not look to him for help mue
ltnger. He generously stood by im
till 1 had finished the Freshman yea
at Clemson. The two years and
half cost him about $275.00. Th
rest of the cost 1 paid with 'ark fo
the College at eight and five cent
per hour, By the time sclool close
in I ?P5 (Clemson had vacation i
winter for the first few years) it wa
clear that I was in the wrong schoo
and that my dependence upon Im
father must stop entirely. The timrl
sPent at Clemson was well spent an
I think it a kind providence that ser
me there. It was now December ,
1:95. I was on my own resource
.:d }ha'I to wait till the followir
Fe ui'r for the opening of ti
other schools. For something ovc
.Atw amontlis I did night duty for th
!dgemcore Bridge Company whil
they were constructing a steel brid.
over the FEnorce river at Enoree. Fo
this work I receivedl a dollar per niigh
and went hack to my father's littl
farm at Switzer with $52 in cash
This I dep'ositedl ini a Spartanhur
ib:1nk till Sentember. In the men
ti.e I helped my father and brothe
make a crop and assistedl in gatherin;
it till abonut the itddle of Septembei
I acceptedl no compensation for th
work t f this year, but let it go a
a partal return for my father's pas5
At this time Brother I. W. Wing
had a flourishing high school ii
Camipobello. A good friend directe
my attention to it. 'I'hither I wer
with my $52.00 and the promise c
goodl friends at home to standl by m<
This they did in every needed wvay
Before my dleparture they met, th
pastor and deacons and a few of th
leaiding brethern ', of the Swit~ze
church, and after consulting with mi
it dleveloped that my pastor was nc
very favorably impressed with me a
a prosp~ective minister, and one of th
deacons was not in favor of helpin
any young man prepare for the miir
istry. "Let him fight his own battle,
was his theory, andl a very economi
cal one it was. But the brethernit
the main endorsed me and pledge
ribout $30 or $60 for my support wvho
it was needed. I want to record her
my everlasting gratitude to Dr. J. I
Stepp, wvho was at that time a men
her of the Switzer church. He wa
at this time perhaps the most valt
anle friend I had, though it so bar
pened that neither he nor the othe
brothern needed to give me any finar
cial aid.
Soon after entering the Campobell
.school, Brother WVingo generousl
gave me teachi-ng to (10 which suppb
mnentedl my funds and helped me ii
tellectually. He gave me more an
more teaching to (do as the way oper
ii, so that in the third and la:
year wa~h him, I was receiving e,
penses and $3 per month. I was h
"carpenter' and received seven conl
per hour for that work. My vaci
Lions were also spont with him. Du
ing about two years of this time
did al! my wvashing and ironing. F(
Brother Wingo I did every kind
work: scoured the floors, scalded bed
ditched, built and repa'red house
etc. At the end of the three years 1
was my debtor in the sum of $8
is I During the summer I taught Ut
le Weeks at Gowansville.
e. In September of 1899 I entered til
rt Soplhomnore class of Furman Unive
t, sity. This was the great day of ni
1y life--the day as it seemed and sti
t- seems, that gave meaning to all t1
st rest of my endeavor. Myron I
m Bruckman, one of the purest and14 ip
e lest young men that ever lired, an
, 1, ren'ed a room at a low pri-e r
to a kind old aunt of mine, in ta w
IQ set up "batch". I was "!k an
* Brockman was housekeeper. 11. wa
- a good one. 'T'he whole i(oiom wI
L- alaiys neat and clean. lie said
(1 was a good Cook. At. any rate w
a kept well and both Pained in flesh
t1 In addition to my duies as cook any
Furman student. I carried papers fo
e the Evening Times and made table
which I sold to the furniture met
r I think that dun hg the first year a
'urman I niade and sold about
Y hundred tables., The total cost of ou
oomi, board, fuel and laundry Wa
from three to five dollars a montl
each. If this seems incredible, I mak
no complaint. I hardly bclieve it my,
self, though I know'that it is tru
On entering Furman I had a hundre
and thirty dollars, with which I pai
all my expenses except tuition, bougt
some extra books and had enough lef
to take me to my next task.
rThis vacation was spent at variou
kinds of labor for which I receive
1 from fifty cents to $0.00 a day. Thi
large amount I received as cenlsu
t enumerator.
This sent me back with nearly tw
hundred dollars. Father had move
to Greenville by this time and boar(
ed me for a small amount. So I wer
through my Junior year in mor
elegance, without calling upon an
one for aid. The next summer Br
1. W. Wingo accepted work as trave
ing agent for Furman and Greenvill
Female College, and put me in chars
of his churches as supply. This wry
a helpful work, but not very lucr,
tive. In consequence I had to ca
upon the Board of :Ministerial Educi
r tion for $25.00 and on Mr. M. C. Trei
for $50.00. Thus through a somewh:
! rugged way, but pleasant and, ft
the most tart, happy way. I came I
the close of my senior year and r,
ceived the B. A. degree.
After teaching about three mlontl
at Arrowwo(od in Spa:rtanbturg cou
ty, I went to Colgate Theologie
Seminary. The Board of Miniteri
e ducation there generously suppl
dmentcd my funds. I wa- able to en
a good (eal of money there as barb
for some of the seminary men, a
by shoveling snow ol' the walks f
one 'r two fa:ili(.s It wa a pler
tnt and prolitable year. Son of t
greatest friendships of my life we
frimed here, notably that of [
VI Clarke who probably became the 1110
liberating and he!lful influence in n
life; also Dr. A. A. Bennett. a mi
sionary to Japan wvho was at lhon
that year and( had a room niext
mine for' three mombts. Inl spite
a'll that .was good and helpful in thi
1eVar, I longedl for Louisville, and
the face of the most Ilattering ot'e'
of ad, Ireturnled to the good o
S'uh.The summiner was spenlt
A\rrowwvood teac hing as the last.]
the. fall I wvent to Louisville with $4
This was supplemuentedl by the sti
dent's fund and small loans from D
Bennett and1( a friend iln Grecnv'ille.
''lThus for ten and a half years
tstayed in school without a break oi
ing less than two hundred (dollars:
Sthe end. I had a oo many valuab
I went along.
My clothes weore always worn at
faded, and frequently much and var
ously patched by my own hand. I g
my first overcoat a second hand CI
at Colgate. Yet for all this the pe
s 1p1e respected me and were helpf
in a thousand ways.
A's I look back now across the litt
~stretch of twenty years, it is perfec
ly clear that through these and subs
~quent experiences, Jesus inspired ar
1led me all the way. It is a vei
precious assurance. Without Jesu
' life must be a soridl thing indee<
a with him, it is a great joy, and ft
of wonderful promise.
r Robert B. Lumpkin died at his hon
- on Mile Creek <.n1 March 9, 191.
pneumonia, and was buried the di~
o following at Mile Croek church. 3
y Lumpkin left a wife and five childr'
- nesides a host ef friendU an.d re!
tives to mecurn~ f(r himi. Ik. wasl
d1 Rocd neighbo(r. The writer l:new hi
I- 1 or years itnd always foundl him
tbe a straight, up:-ight main, strict
- honest in a~ll his iaa!ings. The niig
s was never too (lark or' weather t<
.s coldl for him to go in case of sickne~
-or distress to help any one. We b
-lieve for such con-tuet as that the
I is an eternal reward more valuabi
~r than gold, more pr'ecious than rubo
s, Mr. Robert M. Welborn of no
me Pickens visited his sister Mrs. A
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