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Presbyterian Church Choir.

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Record 2045/2101
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Collection McCord
Date of photo 1890-1906
Description Presbyterian Church Choir. Rev. John R. N. Bell in the middle. (More about Rev. Bell below.)

Top Row: Lee Bell (dep. county clerk), Elsworth Lentz (printer), ? , ? , Marcus E. Swan (clerk, Basche-Sage Hardware)
Middle Row: ? , ? , Rev. J. R. N. Bell, ? , F. M. Saxton (lawyer)
Seated: Gussie Swan (Mrs. M. E. Swan), ? , Mrs. Currey (probably wife of Dr. Herschel Currey or lawyer Alfred Currey)

Info in ( ) taken from 1905 Baker City directory.

Baker City Evening Herald, 2-9-1906:
(Article in Herald about Rev. J. R. N. Bell taken from Corvallis Times.) Bell currently in Corvallis where he is conducting meetings for the Presbyterian Church. He was born in Virginia and married there. Came to Corvallis 32 years ago in 1874 to attend a conference. He was minister of the M. E. Church, South. Sent to Ashland church for three years. Then three years at church in Roseburg. While he was the pastor in Corvallis, the college (OSU) was run by the M. E. Church South. Rev. Bell was a leader in the separation of the college from the church. The fact that he was a member of the denomination gave to his efforts extraordinary influence. He justified his action on the ground that the church and state ought forever to be kept separate. After several years in Corvallis he left in 1887. He conducted the Review newspaper in Roseburg. Affiliated with Presbyterian Church at this time. Came to Baker City in 1893 and has been here since except for 16 months in California.

Baker City Herald, 12-19-06:
Rev. Dr. J. R. N. Bell, pastor of Presbyterian Church for 14 years, has resigned. He has been on school board, trustee of the public library, member of the Development League. Leaving because of wife’s health, altitude too high. Will probably move to Portland area. His home town is Wytheville, Virginia. Came to Baker City from a pastorate in Roseberg 14 years ago. He has been Grand Chaplain of the Masons for 33 years, longer than any other.

Rev. Bell was a Shakespeare scholar, who gave lectures in Baker City and elsewhere on his favorite author and poet. Rev. Bell was a veteran of the Civil War on the side of the south.
Object ID 1981.1.5100
Place 4th, 1995
COPYRIGHT INFORMATION: Credit Baker County Library, Baker City, Oregon

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