Freedmen's Aid Commission and Officers, 1864


Sunday, April 10, 1864, at 7:30 P.M.

The various congregations of this City will unite in religious services on to-morrow (Sunday) evening, in Union Hall, in behalf of the Freedmen’s Commission.

Rev. H.W. Cobb, General Agent of the "Northwestern Freedmen’s Aid Commission," will conduct the services.

("The Home Journal", Mount Pleasant, Saturday, April 9, 1864, page 2)

Freedmen's Aid Commission.
-The meeting of the various Congregations of the City on last Sabbath evening in Union Hall for the benefit of the Freedmen of the North was a large one- the spacious hall being filled. The services were opened by Rev. Prof. Bergan, who read the parable of the Good Samaritan, followed by Dr. Elliot, who led in prayer. Dr. Jocelyn then gave out the hymn commencing.

          "Awake and sing the song
           Of Moses and the Lamb,"

which was sung heartily by the audience.

After which Rev. H. W. Cobb, Agent of the "Northwestern Freedmen’s Aid Commission" addressed the audience for about one hour and a half, stating the condition of the Freedmen and the object of the Commission.

He was followed in a short speech by Rev. Stewart of Chicago.

A collection was then taken up- the amount of which we have not learned. The Doxology was sung, the benediction pronounced and the audience retired feeling that they had a duty to perform to the Freedmen of the South. We learn that the "Commission" of this City is now auxiliary to the Chicago Commission, and if any of our citizens wish to aid in this good cause, they can do so through this branch. A list of the officers will be in another column.

Mt. Pleasant Freedmen’s Aid Commission.
-The following is the Board of Officers and Managers of the Commission:

Rev. Geo. B. Jocelyn, D. D., President.
Mrs. Sarah Robinson, Vice Pres’t.
Miss Phebe L. Elliott, Rec. Sec.
Rev. E. Gunn, Cor. & Fin. Sec.
Rev. J. W. Pickett, Treas.

Board of Managers:
Mrs. E. Guylee, Chairman;
Mrs. S. Vandenburgh, Secretary;
Mrs. A. Housel,
Mrs. S. Boyles,
Mrs. Sarah H. White,
Mrs. C. Coats,
Mrs. Eliza A. Tyner,
Francis White,
M. L. Edwards,
Jno. H. Whiting,
Wm. A. Saunders,
G. W. Edwards.

The next meeting of the Commission will be held at the residence of Bishop Hamline, Tuesday, April 19, 1864, at 2 P. M.
Phebe L. Elliott, Sec.

("The Home Journal", Mt. Pleasant, Saturday, April 16, 1864, page 3)

The annual meeting of the Freedmen’s Aid Commission of Mt. Pleasant, will be held at Asbury Chapel M.E. Church, on Tuesday evening, Nov. 15th, 1864. Addresses are expected from Senator Harlan and Rev. Mr. Salter, of Burlington, and others. A full attendance of all members and the public generally is invited.

E. GUNN, Cor. Sec.
Nov. 10, 1864.

("The Home Journal", Mount Pleasant, Saturday, November 12, 1864, page 3)

NOTE: Resource provided by Henry County Heritage Trust; transcriptions done by Hayley A. Hopper, University of Northern Iowa Public History Field Experience Class, March 2022, and Pat White.

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