Downtown Pomeroy Washington, 1908

News from the

East Washingtonian newspaper logotype

October 24, 1935

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Hundreds Listen To Aimee's Talks


Approximately 1100 persons heard Aimee Semple McPherson speak last Saturday, [Oct. 19, 1935,] in the afternoon at the high school auditorium, at a business men's dinner at the Revere hotel in the evening, to which the ladies were invited, and again in the evening at the auditorium.

Aimee's naive suggestion that perhaps one or two had come out merely as a matter of curiosity brought a good natured laugh from her responsive audience in the evening.

No matter what one may say regarding the noted evangelist, whether or not her methods are approved, everyone must concede that she has a charming personality—a vivacious person that you would like to count as your friend. Possessed of an innate sense of the dramatic, gifted with a naturally splendid voice which has been trained, with pleasing grace and poise, Mrs. McPherson held her hearers in rapt attention.

At the evening meeting she gave the story of her life. Born in a small Ontario, Canada, town, the daughter of a small tract farmer who was also choir leader, Aimee lived the life of a normal healthy, spirited girl. She was converted at the age, of 17, and at 18 married Rev. Robert Semple, a young minister who had trained for missionary work. Soon after their marriage the young couple went to China, as missionaries. Within two years Rev. Semple died, leaving his young wife and a small baby. Returning to America, the young woman decided it was her mission to carry on religious work. She began evangelistic work in small way, found she had ability along that line and gradually expanded her endeavors until she was holding meetings all over Canada and the United States. That was the beginning of her life work which has gradually grown. Establishing the Foursquare gospel and building the Angelus temple were high marks in her career. She also built a four-story building dedicated to the work of training young men and women for the ministry. During the year 1935, Mrs. McPherson declared, there have been four Foursquare churches built and dedicated each week, on the average.

Mrs. McPherson's story of her kidnaping was practically the same as she gave it when she was found in an isolated desert locality, following her disappearance.

That Mrs. McPherson is doing and has done a lot of good no one can honestly deny. Hers is a happy interpretation of religion. She believes that God means for human beings to appreciate and enjoy the good things of life—the beauties of nature, the comforts and conveniences of man's invention, and all of the many other things that one may rightfully find happiness in. She does not believe a long face and watchful waiting for the final summons is necessarily any indication of true religion.

Aimee Semple McPherson will draw bigger crowds if she ever comes to Pomeroy again.

Many Attend Banquet

Those attending the 6 o'clock dinner given in honor of Mrs. Aimee Semple McPherson at the Revere Hotel were: Mrs. M. L. Warren, Mrs. McPherson and members of her party consisting of Rev. Howard P. Courtney, Portland, assistant district superintendent, Rev. and Mrs. Olson, Lewiston, George Simonson, pianist, Seattle, Miss Clara Belle Burt and Rev. and Mrs. Hoffman, Walla Walla, Miss Ella Nordin, secretary to Mrs. McPherson; George Simenstad, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Ramsay, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Matthies, Mr. and Mrs. R. J. McKeirnan, Mr. and Mrs. W. V. Ostby, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Weimer, Mr. and Mrs. L. N. Knettle, Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Dick of Dayton, Judge M. F. Gose, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Morris, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Kimble, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Cardwell, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Tucker, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Patterson, Judge and Mrs. E. V. Kuykendall, Jerome Kuykendall of Seattle, Mr. and Mrs. H. L. Chard, P. J. Bue, Miss Lucile Bue, Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Cabbage, W. B. Kuykendall, Mr. and Mrs. R. D. Williams, Dr. J. W. Sherfey, E. O. Crump.

Frank Cardwell, president of the commercial club, presided and introduced Mrs. McPherson, and Mrs. M. L. Warren whom he said was responsible for bringing Mrs. McPherson and party to Pomeroy.

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