North Congregational Church, St. Johnsbury, Vermont.
Dr. Bob's boyhood home
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Preliminary Presentation of Vermont Historical Slide
Among the Historical Slide-Show Pictures Included:
As indicated, there is lots of
work still to be done in labeling, describing, identifying, etc. And there are
many more photos to be added from the work of other Workshop participants.
The following subjects and others
are or will be included:
Burlington, Vermont: our arrival
and kickoff of the workshops on Sept. 2.
St. Johnsbury, Vermont: center of
Dr. Bob’s boyhood Christian upbringing, Sept. 3-5
Plant--many photos and paintings
members, homes, patents, and gifts
Dr. Bob’s boyhood home
at 20 Summer Street (now 297 Summer Street)
School--where Dr. Bob attended
Church--where the Smith family attended
of participants with Pastor Jay Sprout
of the Dr. Bob Core Library and the resource binder subjects
at dedication of the library by Pastor Sprout
of the sanctuary, baptismal font, pews, organ, pulpit, and windows
of the church itself--located on Main Street
Museum--location of thousands of historical records, papers, and manuscripts
Men’s Christian Association building and activities (building destroyed by later fire)
Courthouse where Bob’s
father, Judge Walter P. Smith, was Probate Judge
Firehouse and public
offices across the street--where we obtained Bob’s birth certificate
library containing newspapers on microfilm and many items
St. Johnsbury Academy
and Grace Orcutt Library
Photos of workshop
participants and the restaurant where they dined together.
Village Welcome Center
and new location of Town Offices
Panoramic views of village, signs,
and well-known historical locations including banks, hotels, and railroad
The importance, significance,
influence, and activities involving the “Great Awakening” of 1875 in St.
Johnsbury, Evangelists, the YMCA, the Salvation Army, Congregationalism,
churches, and the United Society of Christian Endeavor are thoroughly covered
and documented in Dick B. and Ken B., Dr. Bob of Alcoholics Anonymous: His
Excellent Training in the Good Book as a Youngster in Vermont; and their new
book, Bill W. and Dr. Bob, The Green Mountain Boys of Vermont:
The Roots of Early A.A.’s Original Program
Northfield, Vermont--location of
Norwich Military Academy attended by Bill W. and Ebby Thacher--September 6
Kreitzberg Library--filled with pictures, plaques pamphlets, records, books,
curricula, religious emphasis, chapel data, and more.
More data pertaining
to Bill W. still to arrive.
Gill, Massachusetts--location of
Dwight L. Moody schools and Mount Hermon home—Sept. 6
Schauffler Library--filled with archives and books about the schools, the
Vermont people and evangelists and students who attended, visited,
taught, or spoke. YMCA activities; Christian Endeavor; school news; and Moody
speeches and events
where Dr. Bob’s foster sister, Amanda Carolyn Northrop, taught,
where Professor Henry Drummond taught and delivered his famous talk on
1 Corinthians 13.
Extensive material by him.
where Colonel Franklin Fairbanks of St. Johnsbury, Vermont frequently visited,
held meetings, and became a trustee of the school where F. B. Meyer, the
evangelist and Christian Endeavor-YMCA leader spoke.
where Dr. Robert E. Speer, author of The Principles of Jesus (origin of
Absolutes), taught and
later became Vice President.
“Launching pad” from which Dwight L. Moody and his partner Ira Sankey visited
revivals and meetings in Burlington, St. Johnsbury, and other Vermont locations.
Manchester, Vermont--Sept 7-8
Location of Burr and
Burton Seminary, attended by Bill Wilson, Ebby Thacher, Bill’s
girl-friend Bertha Bamford, and Reverend Perkins’s son Roger.
Location of the home
of Rev. Sidney K. Perkins, pastor of the First Congregational
where Ebby boarded with Rev. Perkins and got to know his son Roger quite well.
of First Congregational Church of Manchester, where Burr and Burton “scholars”
(i.e., students) attended each Sunday and for special events; and whose members
actually help found the East Dorset Congregational Church where Bill Wilson and
his family attended.
of the huge Burnham “summer home,” where Lois Burnham, her brother
Rogers, her father Dr. Clark Burnham, and other family
members lived half of
as “summer people” and then went on to spend much time at their bungalows at
Emerald Lake, Vermont (quite near East Dorset) where Bill met Lois and became
engaged to her, and where the Thacher family became good friends.
of the adjacent, large, George Thacher “summer home,” where the Thacher family (including Ebby Thacher) lived half of the year;
where Ebby got to know his Oxford Group mentors Rowland Hazard, Shep Cornell,
and Cebra Graves; and where the Thachers also summered at Emerald Lake near the
Journal newspaper contains many articles about these personalities
Skinner Library is where our workshop people did a good deal of research on
Manchester, Burr and Burton, the Congregational Church, Bill Wilson, Rev.
Perkins, and the Burnhams, Thachers, and Bamfords.
Episcopal Church, where Bertha Bamford’s father was rector; where there is a memorial plaque about Bertha and her death; and where
Bill Wilson and Roger Perkins were pall bearers at Bertha Bamford’s funeral.
The Manchester period, people, and
events are well covered in the Dick B. and Ken B. Book, Bill W. and Dr. Bob,
the Green Mountain Boys of Vermont; Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W.:
More on the Creator’s Role in Early A.A.; and some excellent histories of
Burr and Burton, First Congregational Church, and Vermont people.
East Dorset and Emerald Lake,
Vermont—Sept. 7 and 8
Dorset Congregational Church, the Wilson House, the Griffith House and Library,
and nearby Mount Aeolus all played important roles in the Christian upbringing
of Bill Wilson, the church and Bill’s parents, the church and Bill’s
grandparents, and the Sunday school itself, as well as Bill’s Bible studies with
his maternal grandfather (Gardner Fayette Griffith) and his friend Mark Whalon.
events are well covered in Dick B., The Conversion of Bill W.; and Dick
B. and Ken B., Bill W. and Dr. Bob, the Green Mountain Boys, as well as
Dick B., The Dick B. Christian Recovery Guide, 3rd ed. (2010).
More photos and
reports are yet to come.
Rutland, Vermont—Sept. 8
This is the town to which Bill’s
parents, Bill, and his sister moved and where they lived from about 1902 to
We have photos of the Wilson home
on Chestnut Street, the Longfellow School where Bill attended.
We also have photos of the nearby
Grace Congregational Church and are working with its pastor and others to see if
there are records of attendance or activity by any of the Wilsons during the
period of their Rutland residence.
Burlington, Vermont—Sept. 9: We
researched extensively at the Bailey Howe Library on the Central Campus of the
University of Vermont at Burlington. The library contains a wide variety
historical records on Moody, Congregational Churches, and other locations.