Title: Eighty-Five Years of Life and Labor
Publisher: Author, Carbondale, PA
Publication Date: 1902
Book Condition: Good
Edition: 1st Edition
Good maroon cloth hardcover with gilt lettering, 5 1/2 x 8 1/4, light edgewear, pinprick hole in cloth at the top of the spine. Bookseller's ticket "E. H. Stiick, Scranton Book Exchange" pasted inside the front cover. 299 clean and unmarked pages, tight. William Breede Grow (1816-1913), born at Homer, NY; died in Carbondale, PA. His father was a pioneer farmer, and the Baptist church at Homer was the first church of any kind in the county. William began work with a tanner at age 11, and he was apprenticed to a carpenter at the age of 15. In 1837 he followed the rest of his family in their migration to Michigan, his father purchasing land for a farm in Waterford. He marries, enters the Baptist ministry, with his first pastorate in at Plymouth Village, Michigan. "At the age of 15 years he joined the Baptist church and was licensed to preach as a Baptist minister. His first pastorate of fifteen years was very successful, there being 175 baptisms and additions to the church, and over 200 conversions. He is amiable, affectionate and charitable The total period of his ministry was 57 years. Of brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and other relations he baptized over 25. He was very successful in his work as a pastor of a church and as an evangelist. His winning personality and faith in divinity won the hearts of the people. He was wholly absorbed in his labors and nothing was too difficult in the divine cause for him to attempt, giving His life and his means entirely to the cause he loved." - pa-roots website. After serving several churches, he moves to Carbondale, Pa., in 1863, where he is pastor. His biography describes revivals in Scranton, Benton Centre, Factoryville, Pittston, "the Great Revival at Danville," Williamsport, Colerain, Willistown, Union, Chester, Lewisburg, Watsontown, Milston, Germantown, Damascus, Mead's Corners, &c., mostly in Pennsylvania but with excursions in New York (Hancock), New Jersey, and Michigan. An interesting and scare account of a Baptist revival evangelist. Bookseller Inventory # 208
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