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Miller, Marvin

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Miller, Marvin
March 15, 2007 06:02PM
1844-1943" by Wendell H. Rone. Probably published in 1944 by
Messenger Job Printing Co., Inc., Owensboro, Kentucky, pp. 469-471.
Used by permission. [Daviess]

MARVIN MILLER: In many respects Brother Marvin Miller is the best
Clerk the Daviess-McLean Baptist Association has had in its entire
history. He was born at Hartford, Ohio County, Kentucky, on June 25,
1871, and is the son of Elijah and Elvira Barrett Miller. In his
twelfth year he professed faith in Christ and united with the Goshen
Methodist Church, Ohio County, Kentucky, under the ministry of Rev.
P. A. Edwards. He later became a Baptist and was baptized into the
fellowship of the Baptsit [sic] Church at Lamar, Colorado, by Rev. D.
B. Livingston.
In early life he attended a country school and later attended
Hartford College and Business Institute. For a number of years he
served as office stenographer for railroad companies in the South and
West. For the past thirty-four years he has been Court Reporter for
the Daviess County Circuit Court and other courts in Kentucky and
Indiana. He has the reputation of being the best court reporter in
the entire State.
For a number of years he served as the Clerk of the Third
Baptsit [sic] Church in Owensboro and has been the Recording Clerk of
the First Baptist Church for the past seven years. Since the year
1926 he has served as the Clerk of the Daviess-McLean Baptist
Association. He is now in his eighteenth year in that position. His
work has been so efficient that on one occasion the Association was
awarded an honor for having the best Associational Minutes of any
fraternity in the State of Kentucky.
Mrs. Miller was formerly Miss Virginia Mamie Dawson, the
daughter of William H. and Virginia B. Dawson. Their only child,
Miss Abbie Catherine Miller, is Director of Piano at Gardner-Webb
Baptist School, Boiling Springs, North Carolina.
On the occasion of the One Hundredth Anniversary of the
founding of the First Baptist Church, in 1935, Brother Miller wrote a
poem to commemorate the event. The poem is as follows:

When restless bands of savage Indians trod
A land whereon no white man yet had been;
A land whose every foot was blest of God
To be a dwelling place for Christian men,
Brave pioneers from out the East came here,
And with their trusted rifles drove the foe
Back westward to the plains and broad frontier
And this they did One Hundred Years Ago.
They blazed a path over trail where dangers lay,
In quest of lands whereon they might reside,
And westward, many a long and tiresome day,
They journeyed on with loved ones by their side.
Until they reached the "Yellow Banks" of sand
And here they felled the trees with many a blow
And planted seed and tilled the virgin land
Where now we live, One Hundred Years Ago.
Proud Spartan mothers, with determined will,
Worked side by side with sires as brave as they;
Undaunted by the snows or winter's chill,
Pursued their tasks from dawn till close of day,
While men, with strong determination bent,
Built homes and laid the mighty forest low,
And caught a vision as from heaven sent,
A church for us, One Hundred Years Ago.
Their souls were filled with love for God; they yearned
To do His will and serve Him with their might;
Their hearts with fire from off the altar burned,
Rejoiced in doing what they knew was right.
From nearby woods the ring of axe resounded,
And many a tall and stately tree laid low,
To build a house, and then a church was founded
On sacred ground One Hundred Years Ago.
Their bodies rest, we know not where they lie
But hallowed be the spot that holds their clay.
Their spirits gone to be with God on high,
To wait the great and final Judgment Day.
We think of them as having gone before,
And now at rest from earthly sin and woe.
Some day we'll join them on the other shore,
Those saints who lived On Hundred Years Ago.
Today still lives the work they started then,
A monument to last throughout a nation,
A refuge built for saving sinful men
Who turn to God and seek their soul's salvation.
We breathe a prayer, with voices hushed, today,
To God above, from whom all blessings flow,
That He may ever keep us in the way
As trod those saints One Hundred Years Ago.

(Written in commemoration of the One Hundredth Anniversary of First
Baptist Church, of Owensboro, Kentucky, January, 1935.)

Miller Barrett Edwards Livingston Dawson
Hartford-Ohio-KY CO IN NC

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