Patron – Participants in All Day Singing December 25, 1907 – Sacred Harp – J. S. Carroll lifetime president

(Transcribed from Crenshaw County News, Luverne, Alabama, Jan. 16, 1908)


December 25, 1907, 9:30 A. M., the people of Troy and Singers from Dale, Coffee, Crenshaw and Pike County were present for the purpose of celebrating Christmas by singing the grand songs of Zion in the Revised Sacred Harp. The exercises was opened by J. D. Compton, singing song “Be With Us Lord.”. By request D. C. Allen led song on “America.”

On motion J. S. Carroll of Troy was elected President, and J. L. Hawkins of Luverne, Secretary. By request Prof. W. M. Cooper led three songs, “A Place for Children”, “Calvary”, “Repose in Jesus”, all new songs of his own composure. J. M. Dunford sung “I will shout and sing in Glory”, “My Happy Home”; “Shall we know each other there.”

Committee report a lesson by two.

First by W. F. Mathews of Banks leading three songs Followed by Rev. D. C. Allen of Florala led three songs.

By request of J. S. Carroll, Bro. Allen sung “New Harmony”.

Three songs by Cracis Rubenstein, “Happy Land”; “Dear the name the Rock on which I stand” and “When I am Gone”. Miss Emma Pain of Ozark was then requested to sing the “Resurrection”.

Then next lesson conducted by T. R. Tatum of Banks followed by J. D. Compton of Troy in a lesson of three songs each. Upon motion W. S. Sikes sung Amazing Grace, J. D. Compton then sung “The Promise Land”. Recess until 2 p.m. House called to order by President Carroll’ one song by Nathen Corroll and one song by S. B. Reeves. Prayer by Rev. Myers. T. J. Allen and son, Purcer Allen came in for the first time during the day. The president requested Prof. Allen to lead one song, the organ was placed in position and Purcer played the organ through the remainder of the day which added much to the harmonious strains of the music. Committee report a lesson by three of three songs each.

First by T. J. Allen of Brundidge, Ala. W. M. Cooper requested that he sing three new songs of his own composition, “Gathering Home”, “We are going Home” and “Gods Wonderous Love”. J. E. Coker of Whigham, Ga., sung next, followed by J. J. Barton of Troy. Recess 10 minutes. House called to order by the president. The committee failed to hand their report to the Secretary, hence this lesson is give by memory, one song by J. J. Sanders, Miss Emma Pain sung “The Resurrection.”

Three songs by J. D. Compton, business session 10 minutes. Upon motion it was agreed to hold an annual singing in Troy Celebrating Christmas Day with Sacred Harp Music. Upon motion of W. M. Cooper, Brother, J. S. Carroll of Troy, was elected lifetime president of the Troy Singing. Upon motion of T. J. Allen, J. D. Compton was elected vice-president. One song by Prof. W. M. Cooper “Parting Hand and prayer and benediction by Rev. Mr. Welsh of Troy. Thus closed a grand day for Sacred Song.

J. S. Carroll, Pres.

J. L. Hawkins, Sec’ty.

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