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Old clipping on Big Creek Sabbath-School, Adair County

Thanks to David for sending this article. Comments re: More on West Big Creek School, 1948-1949 and Mike Watson: A remarkable Sunday school

By David von Rosenberg

I found your article on the Big Creek Sabbath-School based on an internet search after finding the following undated, unattributed clipped article inserted in a family bible. The clipping could date from the late 1800s; the other item I found in the pages was a ribbon commemorating Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation.
Solid Work
The American Sunday-School Union, in the year 1855, organized the Big Creek Sabbath-School, Adair County, Ky. This school has continued to meet every Sabbath, except for a short period during the civil war. It is located in the country, many miles from any railroad. From its organization until now, about 700 scholars have been enrolled, so that the average attendance has not been large. From this little Sunday School in the backwoods there have gone:
  • 7 Ministers of the Gospel
  • 1 Missionary of Amer. S.S. Union
  • 1 Candidate for V. Pres. U.S.
  • 1 Lieut. Governor of KY
  • 72 School Teachers
  • 13 Merchants
  • 10 Lawyers
  • 13 Practicing Physicians
In their youth, 200 scholars in this School united with the church, and no person connected with Big Creek Sunday-School has ever been convicted of any crime. Some who received their moral training here, now occupy important positions in other States, in colleges, banks, and as successful business men. Small Sunday-Schools in the country make noble contributions to the Church and the State.

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Clipping on Big Creek Sabbath-School

2022-03-30 - Columbia, KY - Photo by David von Rosenberg.
David von Rosenberg found this undated, unattributed clipped article inserted in a family bible (we asked if he would send us this photo, to add to the story we posted last week). David writes, "It's not clear that the article I have is directly from any formal publication, although possibly it's a photocopy from an old newsletter of some type."

Click "read more" for a text version. There's also a lot more to read about the graduates of this school at Mike Watson: A remarkable Sunday school

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