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TOCB8, POBTSMOOTH. OHIO JU. S, formally region a curving spontaneous A n t i o c h Church To Observe 100th Birthday Sunday T» Tilt TlmM JACKSON, June 19-- Marking the end of Its first 100 years of religious influence in the community six miles south of here, the centennial anniversary of the Antioch Christian church will be celebrated with an all-day service, Sunday, June 21. Antioch is considered one of ihe most important of the rural churches of Jackson county. While the county was still thinly settled and isolated, Rev. ·Joseph Springs founded t h e church in a log building in 1836, with but 13 members. They were Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Spriggs, Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Fleming, Mr. and Mrs, Peter McCain, Mr. and Mrs. John Shoemaker, Squire Spriggs, Rebecca Gilliland, Mr. and Mrs. Julian Masters and Lucinda Littlejohn. The present building was constructed 82 years ago. In accord with the c u s t o m among f o u n d e r s of r u r a l churches a century ago, giving Bible names to their organizations,! the name of Antioch was taken from Antioch, Syria, where the followers of the Christ were first called Christians. The Welsh in Jackson county used s u c names as Nebo, Zoar, Horeb Penlel. The coming celebration a l will mark the seventh decennial homecoming. Soon after, the -start .of his lengthy service as pastor, Rev. John Southard originated in 1876 the custom of holding decennial basket meetings at the church. Rev. Mr. Southard conducted the 10-year meetings from 1876 to 1906, Rev. W. D. Barrel had charge of the 1916 meeting and Rev. I. N. Grisso conducted the last gathering .of that type in 1926. Four years after the death of the founder in 1854, the church was.reorganized in 1858 by Elder John Brown at a meeting of congregation on agreement "to take the Bible for our rule of fgith and practice, Christ the head of the church, Christian character our test of fellowship." An unusual item in the records under the date of Feb. 18, 1894, is a resolution presented by the church janitor "that the church prohibit the use of tobacco in church by any person or persons for it is a nuisance in church, because it is annoying to the

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  1. Portsmouth Daily Times,
  2. 19 Jun 1936, Fri,
  3. Page 5

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