||OCTOBER 1, 1892.
| The TALENT NEWS is published
1st. and 15th. of each month.
Terms: 25 cents a year.
EDWARD ROBISON, Editor.
Entered at the Talent Post Office as second
class mail matter.
LETTER FROM GROVER.
Andrew Wilcox returned last Sunday,
after a visit of several month's in Iowa.
Who says it is unhealthy to sleep in feathers?
Look at the old rooster an I ese how tough he is.
A recipe for lemon pie vaguely adds: "Then
sit on a stove and stir constantly." Just as if
anybody could sit on a stove without stirring
Mart Pellet returned from Spokane
Falls a short time since and is now living
on his farm near Talent.
John L. is not in it and Corbett is king.
About the guiltiest-looking people in the world
is a man accused of a crime of which he is in-
nocent, and a newly-married couple trying to
pass for veterans.
The late protracted meeting of the Dunkards,
or Brethren, at Talent, has led to many inquir-
ies as to the origin and general belief of this sect.
Much, however, relating to their faith and
practice has been explained and exemplified at
these meetings. We have endeavored to look
up data regarding these "peculiar people," but
find much that is conflicting.
The name Dunkard is from the German dun-
ken, to dip, in allusion to their manner of bap-
tizing. The sect originated in Germany in about
1708. Being persecuted there, they fled to Hol-
land and finally to America, 1719-1730. Their
first community located in Pennsylvania, from
which they gradually spread to New England
and other states. One authority states that in
the early history of the sect the sexes dwelt apart
and marriage, though not strictly forbidden,
was discouraged. The Brethren, however, deny
this. Originally, they partially established a
commonwealth, or community of goods, but as
private holdings of property was not fully pro-
hibited, this feature soon disappeared. Their
system of church government does not differ
materially from that of other religious sects.
In faith and practise the Dunkards hold the
bible to be the infallible word of God and accept
the New Testament as their only moral guide.
They endeavor to obey its plain teachings as
they interpret them and take but little interest
in subtle theological theories and speculations.
Sufficient to them to follow the teachings and
example of Christ. Their ministers receive no
regular salary and are never found begging from
the public. One can attend a Dunkard church
without witnessing the "religious cerimony" of
passing the hat. They cheerfully pay their own
expenses and cordially invite the public to at-
tend their services. The Brethren never go to
law with one another and seldom with others.
All serious disputes--and these are rare--are
settled by the church. Were all the people
Dunkards, there would be little use for lawyers.
They hold that Christ is the Prince of Peace.,
therefore they are opposed to war. They take
little part in politics and will not swear in court,
but affirm without raising the hand. No mem-
ber of this sect can belong to any secret society.
With Dunkards, marriage is for life, therefor
divorces are unknown. They practice annoint-
ing the sick with oil and to a great extend be-
lieve in the faith-cure system. They maintain
their own poor; no indigent Dunkard was ever
turned over to the tender mercies of the county.
Temperance is an essential part of their re-
ligion and the "filthy weed" is abhorred. Their
most distinguishing cerimonials are "feet wash-
ing" and the "kiss of love," the brothers, as
well as the sisters kissing each other. The Love
feast, or the Lord's supper, followed by the
"communion of the bread and wine," is anoth-
er interesting cerimonial which with them is
always held at night. The brothers dress plain-
ly and with such uniformity that, in general, no
Dunkard may be known by his dress. The sis-
ters are plainly but neatly dressed and, during
church service, wear pretty caps with long de-
pendant ribbons. In a word, the Dunkards are
an honest, law-abiding people, tolerant, non-ag-
ressive, sincere and intensely in earnest.
They not only believe in clean feet, but clean
hands, clean mouths and clean hearts.
PIONEER CHURCHES OF ROGUE
BY WELBORN BEESON
But few of the many attendants at the many
churches that now raise their steeple towards
the clouds in this beautiful valley have any
knowledge of how the first church was formed
and and edifice built to hold meetings in.
In October, 1853, a train of immigrants, con-
sisting mostly of preachers and church mem-
bers, of which Father William Royal appeared
to be the leader, arrived in Rogue River Valley.
Mr. Royal had been a noted itinerant meth-
odist preacher in Illinois, often holding confer-
ences in company with the great Peter Cart-
When the Royal train, as it was known, ar-
rived, Father Royal wishes to hold a meeting.
A messenger was sent around among the set-
tlers far and near that a meeting would be held
on the following Sunday at what was then
known as the Walton cabin, the remains of
which now stand in J. E. Foss' orchard. It was
something new in the history of Rogue River
valley and every body came, mostly on horse-
back, a few with ox teams. The men came
with their spurs clanging and pistols and knives
belted to their waists. The cabin was not large
enough to hold the crowd, so they adjourned to
the shade of a wide spreading oak that has now
like the people there assembled, disappeared
forever from view. Father Royal then deliver-
ed a sermon and dedicated this land to the
church of christ and Him crucified. It was
probably the first sermon that the sturdy pio-
neers had heard since they left their far away
home in the east, and although many of them
had had hard experiences and were rough in
exterior appearance, when the good old man,
(for if there ever was an honest, sincere Metho-
dist, Father Royal was one) called for assistance
to build a church edifice somewhere in the val-
ley, the "boys" chipped in twenty-dollar gold
pieces faster than dimes are put in at the pres-
ent time in Talent.
Father Royal met with such good success that
he and his son, Fletcher, went to Jacksonville
and preached in the saloons, and the gamblers
would quietly listen to the sermon while still
bucking at the games, and when the hat was
passed around, would drop in their winnings
let it be much or little. Early in the spring of
1854, Father Wilbur, the presiding elder, and
Father Miller came to Rogue River and it was
decided to erect a church edifice at Jacksonville,
which by the help of gambler, horse racers,
infidels and all classes, was soon built and still
stands, a land-mark of the past generation.
Whether there has ever been much good to
mankind accomplished within its walls, is a
question, but there has been earnest effort made
by some true followers of the meek and lowly
Jesus. Among the first Methodist clergymen
to come to Rogue River were Stephen Taylor,
whose relict, "Grand-ma" Taylor, still surviv-
es; also numerous grandchildren; and Father
Gray, five of whose sons are yet members of
Father John Stearns was the first Baptist
minister to arrive, and also preached his first
sermon in the Walton cabin, a few sabbaths
later than Father Royal. Numerous descend-
ants of John Stearns are scattered through Ore-
gon. His remains lie burried in the Talent
cemetery, he having lived to the ripe old age of
a century. I have often heard him relate how
when a small boy, his mother carried him to a
place of safety, during the Revolutionary war. Four
sons and two daughters came with him to Rogue
River. Two of the sons, Miran and Samuel,
were Baptist preachers. Avery P. was the first
probate judge of the county and David E. lived
on and improved a farm on Wagner Creek.
They have now all passed to the other side.
His two daughters, Mr. B. J. Pendgra and
Mrs. I. Williams are living in Lane county.
Grand-children great grand-children and
great-great-grand-children, to numerous to men-
tion are with us yet, but few of them are mem-
bers of the church that Father John Stearns
spent his life in trying to establish.
The Revs. Fletcher and James B. Royal are
sons of the above mentioned Father Wm. Royal
and reside in the Willamette valley. Prof.
Miller Royal, recently of the Ashland normal
school was a grand son.
Chas. Sherman return ed from Beswick Cal.,
on the 23rd ult, to remain several days visiting
friends and relatives here.
J. W. Briner is over from his mine on Hun-
A new American citizen arrived on Anderson
Creek on the 22nd ult. He will make his home
for an indifinite time with Mr. and Mrs. Geo.
Mrs. Alice McCumber arrived on the 24th ult,
to remain for the winter.
Jas. Briner, Al. Helms and Geo Wolgam-
ott are back from Klamath county.
Picking apples in full blast, the codlin moths
are unusully large and in fine condition for
John Crosby of Phoenix has rented Ad. Helms'
farm near Talent.
Everybody appreciating the lovely weather
since the rain--no dust, no smoke, temperature
just right. Who would'nt rejoice?
Reno Goddard, while returning home
from the People's Party meeting last Fri-
day evening, unconsciously, in the intense
darkness, approached to near a horse
and received a kick on the left side of the
face, which made him look as if he had
been discussing politics with Corbett.
It was a very narrow escape.
M. H. Coleman moved to Wagner Creek
Sam'l Carlile moved into Jas. Helm's
house near S. Sherman's yesterday.
Our reporter who took in the fair found
the pavilion exhibit much better than
last year. The races, however, and the
live stock fell short.
We are asked: What is the most valu-
able metalic substance in the World?
Why, Brass of course, for by the aid of
a few grains of this precious metal a 10th
rate politician can humbug the people
and feast on the fat of the land.