From the Los Angeles Daily Times
July 18, 1903


Rev. Robert J. Burdette is Flock’s Leader.

. . . Temple Baptist Church came into existence last night with 258 members, named the famous Robert J. Burdette [shown] as its pastor, elected a full board of officers, subscribed its funds to run the business, and will execute its papers of incorporation today.

The membership . . . comes from nearly all the Baptist churches in the city, but the First Baptist Church, over which Rev. Joseph Smale still presides, furnished more than 100 of the total.

The Rev. Joseph Smale was one of the founders of the modern Pentecostal movement. You can read the story at any of these sites found through Google. I am assuming that the new Temple Baptist Church was founded in revulsion against the Pentecostal practices of Mr. Smale.

. . . almost a year ago . . . a Baptist banquet was given at a leading hotel, with Robert J. Burdette as the guest of honor. That was the conception of the birth that took place last night, under the most auspicious circumstances.

All was unanimity, except in the choice of a name. Several were proposed, but only two had any following the vote being almost evenly divided between “Metropolitan” and “Temple.” The latter won on the second ballot by thirteen votes, and it was then made unanimous.

But one name was presented for the position of pastor of the church — that of Mr. Burdette. His salary will be $3,500 a year, to accept which the popular lecturer is said to have sacrificed an annual sum fully equal to his salary, as the proceeds of his lectures.

The preliminary meeting was presided over by C.H. Barker, and on the platform were Dr. C.A. Woody of Portland, superintendent of Home Missions, and Dr. C.T. Douglass, superintendent of missions for Southern California.

The various sub-committees reported and had their action ratified by the meeting, but these were only routine matters. The principal thing was the securing of the old First Congregational Church for their services, until other arrangements can be effected. They have the old structure from month to month at a rental of $100 a month and have put in an application for Simpson Auditorium as soon as it is vacated by Christ Episcopal Church. . . .

Robert J. Burdette has a fascinating history.

He wrote an amusing memoir of his Army service in the Civil War, became a respected journalist and editor, took to the lecture circuit, wrote a song called Reveille, which included the famous “You can’t get ’em up in the morning!” line, survived a beloved wife and fourteen years later married an old friend (the very wealthy Clara Bradley, who was the first president of the California Federation of Women’s Clubs).

Although he had been licensed to preach in Pennsylvania in 1897, he was not ordained until one month after he was given the Temple Baptist position. His biography can be found in bits and pieces throughout the Los Angeles Public Library and in some of these Web sites.

From the Los Angeles Daily Times,
July 18, 1903


The plans submitted by architect Theodore Eisen for the Good Samaritan Hospital have been accepted by the trustees and, after certain modifications are incorporated in them, they will be used as the basis of the building. It will stgand just west of Figueroa Street, between Seventh and Eighth streets and will cost between $75,000 and $80,000.

From the Los Angeles Daily Times,
July 12, 1903

From the Los Angeles Daily Times,
July 10, 1903


Will Join Associated Minors Under Right Conditions.

When [Los Angeles Angels] Manager [James] Morley speaks for the Coast League in the coming meeting with James A. Hart [president of the Chicago Cubs], Pat Powers [president of the International League] and other leaders of the National Association of Minor Baseball Leagues, he will demand a series of concessions that will be rather bitter medicine for the affiliated minors to swallow, but a dose which they will in all probability eventually take.

Morley will demand nothing less than the admission of the Pacific Coast League as it now stands, and as a Class A minor league; in other words, he will demand that the [PCL] . . . be authorized to draft players . . . in much the same manner as the National League used to do.

A further part of the compact will be the allowing of a high salary limit on the Coast, as the public in the West has been educated to a class of baseball that costs big money even in peace times.

There are other details that will have to be arranged favorably to the Pacific Coast League before it will enter the association. . . . with matters as they are now in Eastern baseball, the minors will be prepared to make almost any kind of a concession in reason, as their association is almost a dead letter without the organization of Morley, Harris & Co.

. . . Morley has been very favorably disposed toward the affiliation project ever since he and [Henry] Harris[, owner of the San Francisco franchise,] conferred with T.J. [Thomas J.] Hickey[, president of the American Association minor league].

Mr. Harris has been the lukewarm one from the start of the peace negotiations last winter. He maintains the league has done well as an “outlaw” and has no reason to change its status.


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From the Los Angeles Daily Times, July 12, 1903



Luxurious travel
on mountain tops.


Wawona, Cal, July 9, 1908.
Norman W. Church, 439 S. Main St., Los Angeles Cal.

From Raymond, 6,920 feet altitude and steep grades via Big Trees without unloading a pound of matter, animate or inanimate. Machine and tires in good condition. 7:27 p.m. (Major) J. Palmer.

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Another carload “In Red” just received.

The famous Stevens Duryea.
“Starts From the Seat.”

This wagon is famous for hill climbing and speed contests. It has won all over the country. We will soon be able to make prompt deliveries.

We have skilled mechanics in our repair shop.

Norman W. Church

439-441 S. Main St.

Phones — Home, 2515; Sunset, South 142.

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