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and starve.

And if the minister is obliged to turn aside
to some other occupation to procure food and
clothing and shelter, he cannot be expected to
do very much in building up church interests.
These facts the reader should remember in
estimating the forty years' labor performed in
Lake. If the Home Mission Society had done
what was expected in 1864, it is possible that
Baptist interests in Lake would not be what
now they are. Hundreds, within the last few
years, have been immersed in this county,
though not by Baptist ministers ; but very few
have united with a Baptist church. But He,
in whose hands is all power in heaven and on
earth, yet rules over all. He weighs actions,
he sees, he knows. Well does he know if, in
the language of that old bell in European
legend, x 'Some one hath done a wrong."
Faithful labor and patient waiting will yet
see results.



Among other pleasant remembrances of the
busy missionary, pastoral, and teacher life oi
T. H. Ball, are the donation parties ; not only
the many at Crown Point, but at Cedar Lake,
at the home of Alfred Edgerton, an old friend
of boyhood ; at South East Grove; at "the
Little School House on the Prairie;" and at
Plum Grove, both at the school house and at
the home of Mrs. Dinwiddie. The donations
at the four places named, where no little Sab-
bath school and ministerial labor has been per-
formed, have been peculiarly pleasant, and
they will always live in a retentive memory.
The girls at the " Prairie school house " made
at one time a much prized donation of their
own. The following refers to one at Crown

To those very pleasant and kind friends, who
visited us on Friday evening last, bringing with
them such substantial tokens of their continued
confidence and regard, we here return our hearty

We appreciate and prize confidence and good
will, and as we have tried in the past shall strive
in the future to deserve the confidence of all
good citizens in the community where we live.
Cherishing an unfaltering faith in God, endeav-


oring to cultivate a true love for humanity, be-
lieving that right is strong and must finally
become might, we fully expect ultimate success
in life, and shall cherish for those who are kind
and confiding toward us now, a long and grate-
ful remembrance when the star of our united,
toilsome life, passes into a deep, serene, cloud-
less, sunny blue. Peace and love we expect
above ; love and hope clieer us on here, and
glow in brightness around us. Our thanks then
to all who help to brighten our pathway.

T. H. Ball."

And but for these pleasant donation visits,
privations would have been much greater than
they were in those years, after the closing of the
Institute, when one great effort was to become
free from debt. Many and many a time, un-
known only within the home where were three
and sometimes four inmates, the gaunt wolf of
starvation, amid all. the world of abundance in
this fertile region, would press his head far in
at the door. Butter was sometimes then only
six cents a pound, but the six cents were not in
the purse. Meat, abundant as it was, became
almost a forbidden luxury. And then it was
that the almost continuous donations of Mrs.
Dinwiddie of Plum Grove relieved so often a
suffering the existence of which even she did
not realize. Those months passed. Again the
occupation of teaching furnished a support.


And at last the burden of debt is almost gone.
He who would have lifted that burden off at
once would have given to higher activities years
of what some in their blindness might call a
wasted life. He would have saved many a drop
of anguish wrung from suffering hearts. But
God's ways are not as our ways, his thoughts are
not as our thoughts. Some have been crushed
in this world ; and some have survived, when
enduring many a wrong.

Jehudi Ashmun, who at the age of twenty-
eight, burdened with debt, debts "caused by
unavoidable misfortune" and, "most unjustly,
he had been reproached with them as stains on
his character as a Christian and a man of honor,"
commenced a new life work, and worked out of
debt. But six years of his incessant and suc-
cessful struggle brought him fc the grave. He
was "the pioneer of civilization and Christianity
in Africa. ' ' And of him well has one said —
see Moral Heroism, published by the American
Sunday School Union, page 256. — "We have
chosen, as the type of this kind of moral heroism,
one who in our view is perhaps the best example
of it that the world ever saw; one who struggled
hard and successfully against greater difficulty
and discouragement than often falls to the lot
of those who now go forth to spread the gospel ;
one who accomplished in the thirty-five years


that were given him on earth such a work as
few can show at the end of their full three-score
and ten."

"Full many a throb of grief and pain
Thy frail and erring child must know ;
But not one prayer is breathed in vain,
Nor does one tear unheeded flow."

Those who have suffered and struggled
through may well sing,

" My God, I thank thee; may no thought
E'er deem a Father's hand severe;
But may this heart, by sorrow taught,
Calm each wild wish, each idle fear.'"

It but remains to give briefly the present sit-
uation of those who have taken up the work
commenced by the pioneer Baptists in Lake.

The Dinwiddie family are pleasantly situated.
The five children upon whom we looked in their
pleasant home in 1861 are children no longer,
but men and women in years and in position.

Four of the five attended the Crown Point
Institute, the eldest three, Oscar, Jerome, and
Frances, completing there their course of edu-
cation. Mary, the youngest attended the gym-
nasium and normal school, taught by the pastor
of the North street church, during the academic
year of 1878 and 1879.


hi 1870 a new family residence was erected,
adjoining a part of the old, which is one of the
large, commodious, well furnished dwelling-
houses among a few of that class, which, repre-
sents the third stage of improvement in farm
buildings in the county of Lake. The county
authorities have just erected a forty-five thousand
dollar court-house ; but the time has not yet
come in this county for any twenty thousand
dollar farm residences. * The new residence of
Mrs. Dinwiddie is one among the best.

Miss Frances E. Dinwiddie, then eighteen
years of age, was married in the new home,
February 2, 1871, to Earl Brownell, the young-
est son of Dr. Brownell. They reside upon a
farm about a mile and a half from her mother's.
They have five children, and are training them
up to love the Sunday school life and work.
Mrs. Brownell was one of the ten baptized at
Cedar Lake in 1867, and retains the sprightli-
ness and cheerfulness of her girlhood. She
seemed ever to have a fresh and a bird-like
nature, and has become, as might have been
expected, a lovely woman.

Jerome Dinwiddie, the second son, was mar-
ried December 28, 1872, to Miss Mary Chapman
of Illinois, who was one of the pupils at the
Crown Point Institute. He erected a fine,
commodious dwelling house, of the class lately


mentioned, within half a mile of his mother's
home, and is devoting himself diligently to the
occupation of farming. They have three chil-
dren. He assists his mother faithfully in the
Sunday school work. The Plum Grove school
house is just across the street from his home.

Oscar Dinwidclie, the oldest son, was married
February 2, 1874, to Miss Joanna Robertson,
who was also a pupil at the Crown Point Insti-
tute. Their home is distant a quarter of a mile
from the family residence. Soon after the
marriage ceremony they started on their bridal
tour for the city of St. Louis, where they at-
tended the meeting of the National Grange of
Patrons of Husbandry, of which he is one of
the officers. These meetings of the National
Grange in different cities of the South and
North he attends annually, often accompanied
by his wife, who has thus fine opportunities of
seeing the large cities, and of meeting with
some of the wives and daughters of leading
farmers of the country. These annual gather-
ings are said to be very pleasant. O. Dinwid-
die, as might be expected, is actively engaged
in farming operations. He retains his taste for
reading. He is very intelligent and well in-
formed, and in different relations is active and
useful in the community. He is a reliable
friend. For some reason he has not fully iden-


tified himself with the cause of Christ, but he
aids, with his wife, in the Sunday school work.
They have two charming little boys and a
young daughter.

Edwin W. Dinwiddie, who has attained the
age of manhood and has become one of the
voters of the county, remains at home with his
mother, where also may be found Miss Mary E.
Dinwiddie, now a young lady, rather above
medium height, of fine appearance, intelligent,
industrious, and possessing an ample patri-

It seems pleasant when the members of a
family, those that were children together, in one
household, are so situated that they can remain
near each other. An amount of fertile and now
valuable land, sufficient for them all, having been
secured years ago by their father, there was no
need that any of them should go to the right
hand or to the left. And now, at Christmas
time and at other family gatherings, twenty
members of this household circle may be col-
lected with about two miles of travel.

By and by death will enter into this pleasant
circle, and then the next reunion possible will
be in the heavenly, not in an earthly home.
Well may these brothers and sisters say :


"Closer, closer let us knit

Hearts and hands together,
Where our fireside comforts sit,

In the wildest weather:
Oh! they wander wide who roam,
For the joys of life from home.

Nearer, dearer bands of love,

Bind our souls in union,
To our Father's house above,

To the saints' communion:
Thither may each prospect tend,
There may all our labor end."

Of the Warriner family one member only
remains, Edwin B. Warriner of Kankakee City,

The oldest son, Sylvester Warriner, a jeweler
in Lonisville, Kentucky, a kind and generous
hearted friend, died in March, 1864. He vis-
ited at Cedar Lake but never resided there.
As Louisville was on one^pf the routes of travel
southward, T. H. Ball met with him at differ-
ent times in that city and received kindnesses
from him there. The pleasure of meeting there
among strangers the brother of two of his par-
ticular friends he will never forget, nor the
generous spirit of Sylvester Warriner.

The death of the second son, Lewis F., and
of the younger daughter, has been mentioned.

Fanny C. Warriner, having married James
A. Hunt, the family removing to Kansas in


1856, died in Arkansas in May, 1869. She left-
three sons and one daughter who with their
father are now living in Washington Territory.
An older daughter, a young girl also named
Sabra, was thrown from a horse in Arkansas,
while riding to school, and instantly killed.
One other daughter and one son the Hunt fam-
ily have lost by death. Four are gone before
and five on earth remain of a very pleasant
family of genuine Baptists. The whole broad
continent lies between the four children of Fanny
C. Hunt and the bank of the Connecticut where
she first saw the light of earth.

Edwin B. Warriner, the only survivor of the
family that came from -New England, was in
childhood a member of the Agawam Baptist
Sunday school. The members of his class
were Edwin B. Warriner, Charles Bodurtha,
George King, Martin King, Meshach Ball, and
T. H. Ball.

Five of these were within a few months of
the same age. Martin King was a year or two

Charles died in boyhood, a noble specimen
of a New England, well trained, Sunday school
boy. One of the six, Meshach Ball, a cousin
of E. B. Warriner, a th^rd or fourth cousin of
T. H. Ball, probably still resides in Agawam.
But two of those six boys, the reader has


learned, spent their youth and early manhood
as playmates and friends and sometimes school-
mates together, with the Lake of Cedars be-
tween their two homes. And now, when more
than half a century of life has passed, they are
still fast friends residing only forty miles apart.
They meet as often as they can. Edwin B.
Warriner was married at Yellowhead near the
present Grant Park, in Kankakee county, Illi-
nois, October 21, 1851, by Kev. Thomas L.
Hunt, to Miss Charlotte W. McNutt. He
was baptized March 18, 1866, by Bev. J. M.
Whitehead, in the Kankakee river. He had
removed to a farm in Kankakee county in 1855,
in October, and in November 1862 had become
a resident of the City. He has held, like mem-
bers of the family in New England, various
offices. Among these may be here named,
township trustee, town clerk, city alderman,
county treasurer, and church trustee and clerk.
These and other offices he has filled well. As
a Baptist he believes in the principles which
were held by the founders of the church at Cedar
Lake and in those held by their successors.

By his side, a member also of the Baptist
church at Kankakee, is his noble-hearted wife,
and around them are sons and daughters. They
have a pleasant home of abundance, and a posi-
tion where they are and can be useful.


The dust of the members of the Warriner
family is widely scattered.

Three forms are sleeping in that mound that
has been mentioned beside the Lake of Cedars ;
one was laid to rest in the Louisville city ceme-
tery ; two young forms rest in Kansas ; the
dust of Lewis Warriner, of his daughter Fanny,
and his granddaughter Sabra, sleeps in Wash-
ington county, Arkansas ; and there is one
sleeping form in the Kankakee cemetery. But
when the light of that glad coming morning
shines on the crystal lake, it will not take the
angels long to gather all these, and to bring
them into the Saviour's presence. The whole
of earth belongs to Zion's King.

Of the Muzzall family, mentioned on page 22,
there were four members ; a mother, then a
widow, a son, and two daughters. The younger
daughter spent some time with the Cedar Lake
family in 1838. She afterwards married, resided
in Chicago, and died. Her son, George L.
Yoice, was some years ago a builder and a man-
ufacturer at Crown Point, and afterward in Chi-
cago, and is now in California. He has a gen-
erous investment in the North Street church

The elder daughter of the family above
named, whose mother was a devoted English
Baptist, came with the Ball family to Cedar


Lake in 1837. She soon returned to her home
in Porter county, was married Aug. 12, 1839,
by Rev. W. K. Talbert, to L. W. Thompson, an
ingenious mechanic, a carpenter and machinist,
and in 1841 became with her husband a resident
of Chicago. Nine years afterwards the family
returned to Lake county, and in April, 1869,
became residents of Crown Point.

Mrs. Thompson, having spent a few years of
her girlhood in Canada and having seen society
there among the wealthy and the aristocratic,
and sharing in the firm Baptist principles of her
mother, became not only a woman of informa-
tion and judgment and good taste, but a devoted
Christian woman, true to the principles which
characterized the earlier Baptists. She has been
from its organization a member of the North
Street Baptist church. For some years she has
been keeping a green-house, from whence bou-
quets and choice house flowers readily find their
way to the church and to the pastor's residence.
She has two sons and one daughter, all married.
Two of her grandchildren, George and Jessie
Thompson, have been very interesting members
of the last infant class of the North Street Sun-
day School. In that school her daughter-in-
law, Mrs. Mary Thompson, is an earnest, faith-
ful teacher.


Of the Ball family, the following additional
particulars may be given.

The oldest daughter, Mrs. E. H. Woodard, is
still living at Grove Hill, in Alabama. Judge
Woodard has there a pleasant home. He is
county superintendent of education, clerk of the
Grove Hill Baptist church, superintendent of
the Sabbath school, and holds other responsible
positions. They have four daughters and one
son, two of the daughters being now married
and living near their early home.

The second daughter, Mrs. M. J. Cutler,
whose husband, Dr. A. S. Cutler, is a Sunday
school superintendent and a licentiate, is herself
active in Sunday school and mission work and
in Baptist enterprises. Her pen and pencil are
guided by a skillful hand, and her mission
maps have been in more than one woman's cir-
cle. She has no children. She often attends
the large Baptist gatherings. Her home is forty
miles from Crown Point, in Kankakee City,
Illinois. Her home is near the residence of E.
B. Warriner and they are members of the same

Mrs. J. A. H. Ball, now in feeble health, re-
sides with her youngest son, James H. Ball, in
Crown Point. She is the only resident, in the
county, of the constituent members of the church
at Cedar Lake. She and Henry Sasse Senior,


who became a near neighbor in 1838, who was
the pioneer of the Lutheran G-ermans in Lake
county, and is now an intelligent and wealthy
citizen of Crown Point, are the only survivors
of the early settlers around the lake.

Born in Agawam, October 7, 1804, thirty-
three years of age when first entering Lake
county, Mrs. Ball has spent more than forty-two
years of a very active life within its borders.
She has seen all the Baptist and nearly all the
religious growth and material growth of this

LTnaccustomed during thirty- three years to
much household toil or to any privations, she
found in these as well as in other respects quite
a new life before her when entering upon the
realities of a new settlement in Northern Indi-
ana. And for thirty years in caring for the
wants of a large household ; teaching for about
fifteen years for the sake of her own children
and the children of her neighbors ; visiting the
sick, administering medicine, extracting teeth,
bleeding when it was absolutely needful, going
to the bedside of sufferers not only in the day
time but in the dead of night ; she found in all
that time very few hours for rest. On her feet
usually fifteen hours a day, except at meal
times ; sewing in the still hours of night, before
machines for that purpose were invented, and


almost ruining a pair of once excellent eyes,
with which nevertheless she can jet see to read
and to paint and to analyze flowers without the
aid of glasses ; seldom sleeping more than six
or seven hours in the twenty-four ; only an un-
usual constitution inherited from a long-lived,
industrious, exceedingly temperate ancestry,
has enabled her to undergo so much during
these forty years. For the last ten years, al-
though constantly active, she has had more
opportunity for rest and for reading. Accom-
plished in her girlhood in the use of water colors
she still loves to paint beautiful pictures for her
children and grandchildren ; and this summer
of 1880 she has a class of three of her grand-
children studying botany. In that branch, as
in penmanship and drawing and painting, she
has been for forty years a superior teacher.

Some fond hopes in regard to her children
she has certainly seen realized. Although not
much of a singer, she used to sing in the quiet
hush of evening, in her rich Georgia home, to
her oldest son and daughter, those who first
called forth her maternal love, when she was a
young mother, Watts' Cradle Hymn. And
there was an earnest depth in the simple song,

" Mayst thou live to know and fear him,
Love and serve him all thy days;
Then go dwell forever near him,
See his face and sing his praise."


Three have already gone, and four are press-
ing on in the same path. It is surely some-
thing for a mother to train seven children for
Paradise. For seven grandchildren, four of
whom are church members, she now cares and
prays ; and one great grandchild, the oldest
daughter of her oldest daughter's oldest daugh-
ter, a sweet little bud of Southern life, who
spent one year in an Alabama flowery home,
has gone before her into Paradise. The changes
of earth ought to make us yet more glad that
the day of the re-union for severed households
is drawing near.

"The day of re-appearing ! how it speeds !
He who is true and faithful speaks the word.
Then shall we ever be with those we love —
Then shall we be forever with the Lord.' 1

Rev. T. H. Ball is still pastor of the North
Street church. His chosen daughter of the
South remains through every trial close by his
side, as sunny as in younger days, as cheering
as a flower in constant bloom.

They have just passed the "silver" day.

The following is an editorial from the Lake
County Star :

The twenty-fifth anniversary, or "silver wed-
ding," of Rev. Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Ball was
pleasantly celebrated last Monday evening at
their residence. The church was thrown open


for. the occasion, and very prettily arranged,
and when the large company had gathered it
presented an animated picture very pleasing to
the eye. Mr. Cheshire was called on, and al-
though taken by surprise and totally unpre-
pared, delivered a very neat and happy little
speech, and was followed by Mr. Ball, who
made appropriate response, and then invited
the company to follow the bride and groom to
a supper table in another room loaded with
good cheer. The presents were numerous and
well chosen, representing the useful and orna-
mental. Mrs. Ball is so much beloved by all
the ladies of Crown Point, and looked so hand-
some that the ladies present felt it a positive
pleasure to thus have an opportunity of show-
ing her how much she is appreciated and es-
teemed. Some excellent music was furnished
by Miss Woodard and Miss Georgie Ball, and
all together it was a very happy and pleasant

The following card was inserted in the Regis-
ter :


Many have been the acts of kindness shown
to us by friends at Crown Point, and in Lake
county, and many have been the tokens of con-
fidence and regard, during our sixteen years of
residence in this place. Besides many donation
visits, our fifteenth and nineteenth marriage an-
niversaries have been made memorable, to us,
by our Crown Point friends. Last evening we
reached the twenty-fifth anniversary, and be-


tween seventy and eighty guests encouraged us
with their cheering presence, and also with
choice gifts of silver, in useful and ornamental
forms, silver in coin, broad American dollars,
and other useful and valuable articles ; making
in all such a token of thoughtful kindness as
will make memorable through life our "silver
wedding." Some distant friends send gifts and
cheering words saying, "We assure you we
should be very glad to meet you at your home,
on Monday, April 19th, on the twenty-fifth an-
niversary of your married life, with our warm-
est congratulations and best wishes as you pass
the silver towards the golden day."

And we have passed : and as it was not our
lot to be in the clime of the magnolia and the
calycanthus, in the home and amid the sur-
roundings of twenty-five years ago, we are
doubly grateful to those who have made so
pleasant to us the " silver " day ; and to those
friends from Plum Grove who this morning
called with yet other tokens of an unchanged,
unwearied regard ; and if we should not with
them all reach the "golden day," it is our best
wish that we may with them reach the golden
city, that city of ' ' pure gold, ' ' measured by
an angel with "a golden reed."

T. H. Ball.

M. C. C. Ball.
Crown Point, April 20th, 1880.

The following is from the Crown Point Cos-
mos :

It was preceded by the statement that it was


received by Rev. T. H. Ball from his only young
lady cousin residing in his native town.

"Agawam, April 19, 1880.
Mr. and Mrs. Ball :

Dear Cousins: I regret that I cannot be
present to represent the town which may well
be proud of being the birthplace of one of the
party who celebrates this evening the happy
event of a silver wedding. Accept our con-

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