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BRIEF SECULAR HISTORY OF TEXAS AND OKLAHOMA As has often been said, there is no state in the Union whose history presents such varied· and romantic scenes as does that of Texas. This alone would recommend it to the general reader and to the earnest student. * * These quotations are taken from a Texas History written by Miss Pennypacker and as she only attempts to picture the principal event we have a very meager idea of the history of that state if we stop with those quotations. These facts ought to inspire us to become better acquainted with the greatest things in the largest and most interesting state in the Union. Let these be the starting point of your historical knowledge of Texas. The State can be looked at in a general way by seeing it in the following way: a. Under the heading, Explorers; b. Its early settlers; c. Times of the Filibusters; d. The colonization; e. The days of Revolution; f. The Republic; g: The admission to Statehood and to the present. Since we will be unable to give much history of the State, we will only give those things that show development and especially those that have to do with the Educational and Relig!ous. The Political and the Economic would be interesting and no doubt helpful but the limits of this little book forbids us going into those fields.
Towards evening Abrahan Degart of "Bateson Creek" also arrived. I also found a man from New York, who is a cousin of Bro. Edmons. The Brethren have often lodged with him. He loves us and intends to visit Bethlehem. On March 16-27, I asked the Lord very urgently that, as I was to enter Virginia to-day for the first time, he should show me the right persons and places. I had hardly entered the house again when Abraham Degart offered to take me to "Batesons's Creek" [Patterson's Creek], where we arrived late, but safely, in the evening. On March 17-28, I went up to the South Branch. I had to climb a terrible mountain, and at the same time it rained very hard. I came to an Englishmiian, Daniel Onar, who showed me much love, and soon afterwards to a German, named Kasselnman, in whose house I felt a peculiar grace. The people sat around me and gave me an opportunity to speak to them. They would have liked to give me a horse to Matthaes Jochem, if it had been possible to take it across the South Branch. The weather being so bad Mr. Kasselman accompanied me three miles, he took me across the South Branch and assisted me in getting a horse from an Englishman, named Collins. Kasselman said to him: "Mr. Collins, here is a friend, who would like to hire one of your horses. Let him have one, and if he runs away with it, I will pay you for it." Whereupon the Englishman was not only immediately willing to give me one of his horses, but also asked me to preach in his house to the English people living there. I replied that I would be willing to speak as well as I could, if there were people willing to hear of the Saviour, and I appointed a sermon for the 18-29th, at four o'clock. Then I rode awav. During the night it became so dark that I could no longer see the way. I went astray several times, and finally, late at night, eight miles this side of Matthaes Jochem's, I came to a Germarn, nanmed Heiter, with whom I stayed over night. Early on the 18-29th, I went to Matthaes Jochem's. On the way I met several English people, who asked me for an English sermon, which I promised them. I appointed an English and German sermon for the 21-31st at Matthaes Jochem's. The visit of our Bro. Schnell is still a blessing to that house. At four o'clock in the afternoon I preached at Collins.' I felt very
Potsdam Church of the Brethren Georgetown Church of the Brethren Georgetown Church of the Brethren There is no record to indicate what the original name of our congregation might have been, although in the beginning the greater church body was known simply as Dunkers. The name Fraternity of German Baptist was adopted by the 1836 Annual Meeting who in 1871 formalized the name German Baptist Brethren. This continued in use until the 1908 Annual Conference commemorating the 200th anniversary of the founding of our denomination in Schwarzenau, Germany, when the delegate body voted to change the name to Church of the Brethren. The Georgetown German Baptist Brethren church name was changed in accordance to Georgetown Church of the Brethren and remained so until 1947 when it was decided in a congregational meeting to change the name to Potsdam Church of the Brethren to conform to the village name. The Potsdam Church of the Brethren as we know it today had its beginnings in the late 1820’s when families of the Dunker faith started taking up patents on the vast majority of the land in the southwestern portion of Union Township. Elder Phillip Younce of the Brush Creek congregation near present day Nashville preached about once a month or every six weeks to these hearty pioneers gathering in their log cabins, barns and groves for worship. His was a wide circuit, tending also to the needs of the Pitsburg and Painter Creek churches, all of which were preaching points under the name of the Ludlow arm or district of the German Baptist Brethren church. Four sections of land meet at the intersection of present day Cross Street and Main Street or State Route 721. The original village plat was laid out on the northeast quarter on the farm of John and Susannah [Warner] Ditmer. On August 16, 1845 in two transactions, they sold lots to George Hatfield and David Longenecker, the first deeds issued in the newly established community of New Lebanon. It soon became unofficially known as Georgetown, perhaps so called after Hatfield who as a huckster was the first businessman, and by 1880 the postal deliveries were made to Potsdam, creating the unusual situation of a village being known by three names.