By Jay Moore
Abilene historical past in simple Sight is a consultant to the folk, areas, and occasions that outline Abilene. It presents the excessive vantage aspect from that you come to grasp the lives at the back of the names—Cooper highschool, Shotwell Stadium, and Maxwell golfing Course—and to satisfy those people who are venerated by means of the naming of a park or road (such as Egbert Kirby, Nelson Wilson, Vera Minter, and Walker Ely). during this enticing booklet, the previous is picked up, dusted off, and given a brand new shine. As you study the tale at the back of the church, tuition, or university that you just force earlier, it is going to create a connection that serves to endear Abilene to you extra deeply.This is a e-book that brings the relics of the prior out of the darkish and directly into the homeland on your center.
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Stoude pulled the train to a stop alongside the one-year-old T&P depot at twelve past three. More than a thousand school children had been let out early in hopes of catching a glimpse of Colonel Roosevelt. Both sides of the track from Pine to Cedar were crowded with people lined thirty deep. ” Enthusiastic Abilenians emitted a sustained ovation as they saw, standing on the rear car platform, the mightiest American of the day flashing his famous tooth-filled grin. Local state senator William John Bryan quickly swung up onto the train to stand next to Roosevelt, who warmly greeted him.
Only hours before a fatal heart attack in 1933, Jim Radford had opened his front door to find an Abilene farmer, suffering from the financial effects of the Great Depression, who sheepishly asked Radford about possible assistance for his family. As was his nature, Radford was quick to help but did so in secret. ” Before her husband’s death, the couple aided Abilene Christian College by helping to retire the school’s outstanding debts in order for the campus to qualify for a much larger gift from the Hardin family.
A plaque commemorating their historic gathering is located in Everman Park. Initially, the young congregation met at the frame schoolhouse located at North Third and Cedar before moving into its own building in 1884. The 1920s were a period of growth in Abilene and that population spurt resulted in a new sanctuary for First Presbyterian that opened for worship on April 6, 1924, and which still stands at the corner of Orange and North Fourth Street. A second Presbyterian congregation was organized in 1885.