Horace Woods Bible
Choctaw Church Presented With Ancient Pulpit Bible TALIHINA, Okla. (Special). — A large pulpit Bible, presented to the church at Lennox, Choetaw Nation, by the Massachusetts Bible society in 1857, has been, placed in the care of the Rev. Grady James by Joe Dukea. The Hev, James is pastor of the Presbyterian churches at Talihina and Wadesville. The Wadesvllle church is the Choctaw congregation that cornes closest to being the direct descendant of the old Lenox church, On a fly leaf of the Bible, which is still in excellent condition, is written "Presented to the Church Germany Plane Lost, Says Nothing More BERLIN, </P) —German authorities Saturday announced the loss in the Mediterranean of a German plane, apparently a military craft, with ten persons aboard, but left the purpose of the flight and identity of the victims wrapped in mystery. Officials refused to confirm conjectures that the plane, which disappeared Friday, belonged to the air force. It was stated that it v/ns on a special flight from Germany, but the destination was not disclosed. Baptist Church Meetings, Planned Monthly business meeting of Sunday school officers and teachers of First Baptist church will follow supper at the church Wednesday evening at 6:15 o'clock. Departmental reports for the month will be presented. Shelby Collier, educational director, will present the new record system which is to be instituted March 1, and nil secretaries are expected to be present to hear hb discussion of this. Departmental meetings will be hold at 7:!5 o'clock, and the midweek prayer service at 7:45 o'clock will be conducted by the pastor, the Rev, A. B. White. Other Meetings On Thursday at 6:30 p. m., the orchestra will rehearse at Collier's apartment on Clarksvillc street, the monthly rehearsal party for the choir to be held there at 7:30 o'clock. On Sunday, March 5, the Lamar County Associational Sun- v,.ij .n.iusui inccis at r irsi church at 2 p. m. All members of Lamar County Baptist churches who are interested in Sunday school work arc invited to attend. Junior Bible Club Meels In Cooper COOPER. (Special). — Mrs. at Lenox, Choctaw Nation, by the Massachusetts Bible Society in 1857. This is left in the care of Horace Woods, to be called for whenever the Presbyterian church needs it. (Signed) S. L. Hobbs, pastor of the church, March 11, 1872." In 1863, during the second term of Choctaw Governor Alien White, the Rev. Hobbs and his wife, Mary C., came to the land of the Choctaws from the little town of Lenox, Mass., in the Berkshire hills, to establish a mission among the Indians in the Kiami- chL valley. The Rev. Hobbs gave his mis- .sion the name of Lenox after his native horne. Hobbs and his wife were probably the first white family to live in the Kiamichi valley and they both died in the service which they had selected for themselves and v/ere buried in the little cemetery near the present site of Whitesboro, which was brought to light by a survey of state highway No. 63 in recent years. The inscription on the stones that mark their graves are: "Our father, Rev. S, L. Hobbs, born April 24, 1813, died September 1, 1833. For 15 years a missionary among the Choctaw Indians. His chief aim and ciesirc was the spiritual welfare of the 'Dear Choctaws'." "Our mother, Mary C. Hobbs, born August 22, 1828, died August 12, 1883. Her best years v/ere spent for the good of the Indians. She waits above/' The Bible was in the hands of the church at Lenox before the Rev. Hobbs ever came to the church. However it was not named Lenox at that time and the writing in the book was put there by the Rev. Hobbs. In the Kiamicni valley when Hobbs arrived was a white man named Horace Woods. Woods was born in Massachusetts about 1801. He came to the Indian Territory in 1831 on his way home from Texas. In order to earn enough so that he could return home he stopped among the Choctaws. The Choctaws became attached to him and induced him to remain and becaomc a citizen. He married a full-blood Choctaw maiden and lived here the rest ot life, dying in April 1878. A daughter of Horace Woods, Isabelle, marriprl Gilbert Vv*. DuKes who became governor of the Choclaw Nation. Joe Dukes is a son of Governor Gilbert VV. Dukes and through this descent had been given the care of the Bible. In 1938 the Wadesville con- Sregation had a revival of spirit and rebuilt the Wadesville church under the direction oC the Rev. James. Tho church then needed the old Bible and Joe Dukes, who came across the book among the documents and papers of the Dukes family, presented it as the permanent property of the Wadesville church.