Let me resume my earlier track. You can see at the bottom below where my posts may be headed.
The Great Generation
My father's and mother's family knew each other casually in the early days of the Pilgrim Holiness Church, officially renamed in 1922. It was a snowballing of several smaller holiness revival groups with a similar way of thinking about God and religious experience.
1. So Dorsey Schenck and Esther Miller married in 1920, began having children and pastoring Pilgrim churches. And Harry Shepherd married Verna Rich in 1923, began having children and pastoring Pilgrim churches until he started teaching at Frankfort Pilgrim College in 1927 when it was founded.
Vernon was born in 1922 in Delphi, Indiana. It doesn't look like my grandfather was preaching yet at that time. He received his local preacher's license in August of 1923 and his conference license in August of 1924. These presumably were given at the annual conference in Frankfort. I wonder if his parents attended, since they were living in the same county!
By October, when my father was born in 1924, Dorsey was pastoring his first church in Thorntown. I know he planted some churches but don't know which ones. I'm assuming in this early phase these were established holiness churches.
After two years at Thorntown, he spend a year from 1926-27 in Muncie. My uncle Eugene would be born there. Then he seems to have taken a hiatus from ministry for a couple years. In early 1928 they were back in Frankfort and Francis was born. By late 29 they were in Indianapolis pastoring again, a church called "Riverside" that could have been a plant. Maurice was born late that year. Linda would not be born until over a decade later!
2. It was not until 1923 that my mother's parents were married. For some reason, they had a small ceremony just across the border from Sullivan County in West York, Illinois. But as it turned out, the minister was not licensed to perform a marriage in Illinois, so they had to cross the river back into Indiana and do it again for it to be official.
I don't know at this time what his first Pilgrim church was. He had been pastoring as a Quaker and of course his first wife died in Michigan. In 1920 he was living in Hemlock, Indiana, with his sister Marquerite and her husband James, both of whom were Quaker ministers. In 1924, the year my father was born, they had a stillborn child, Dorothy Juanita.
By 1926, when my mother was born, he was pastoring a Pilgrim church in Greenfield, and he would go to Frankfort to be one of the founding professors of Frankfort Pilgrim College in 1927. Paul was born in what must have been the first semester of the college's existence in the Fall of 1927. Then David was born there in 1930 and finally Bernadine in 1932, a year before the school closed because of the Depression.
3. The Great Depression started with Black Friday in October of 1929. I was under the impression that my Grandpa Schenck owned a grocery store in Indy at the time. But as the depression continued, I believe he sold his store and went to work as a butcher. I don't know what year that was.
I not sure how much changed for my Grandpa Shepherd at Frankfort Pilgrim College when the Depression hit. I'm sure it affected enrollment but I get the impression that there was little pay anyway. They ate with the students, often watery soup.
2. The Revivalin' Twenties
In the Year 1920 (Dorsey Schenck)
From Quaker to Pilgrim (Harry Shepherd)
The Great Generation (my parents)
3. The Depression Thirties
Dutch Reformed Past (Samuel Schenck)
North Carolina Flashback (Eli Shepherd)
Wanting to be Rich (Oscar Rich)
7. The Divisive Sixties
Flashback to Jamestown (Champion Shelburn)