Vol. 115. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, March 13, 1901. No. 195.
THE ORIGIN OF THE MORMON BIBLE.
SCENERY HILL, PA. March 12 -- Standing in the little grave yard in the town of Amity, on Ten Mile creek, but a short distance over the hills from the town is a little mound and the remains of what was at one time a headstone that bore this inscription:
Vol. ? Harrisburg, Penn., Monday October 28, 1901. No. ?
Dr. HILL's EXPOSE OF THE FALSE FAITH...
The church was filled with people who listened with bated breath, and tense drawn faces to Dr. Hill's awful expose of the purposes, degradation and curse of Momronism... In his sermon Dr. Hill said... "Having lived in Utah but little short of five years, and having made a close and critical study of Mormonism during this period, I think that I am able to speak truthfully and intelligently with reference to this history, doctrines and purposes of this so-called religion.
Vol. XX. Pittsburgh, Pa., Thursday, July 16, 1903 No. 194.
SOME MORMON HISTORY.
Two missionaries of the Mormon Church, Elder Jesse L. Smith, of Magrath, Canada, and Joseph Glover, of Lehi, Utah, are at work building a Mormon church, 40x26 feet in size, near the Fairview school house in Quincy township. This church will be the first sanctuary of this denomination constructed in this county, but it is not the first contemplated. More than half a century ago an attempt was made to build a huge Mormon temple on the McLanahan farm along the creek west of town and to found a settlement of Mormons which should be the parent of the church in the United States.
Vol. XXIV. New Castle, Penn., October 7, 1903. No. 25.
MORMON BIBLE A TRASHY NOVEL.
Mrs. J. H. DeVore, who is lecturing in this county for a week under the auspices of the National Reform Association, spoke three times Sunday. In the evening she made a strong address at the Reformed Presbyterian Church; in the afternoon she spoke at a union meeting at the United Presbyterian Church, and in the evening a large audience heard her talk on Mormonism at the Epworth Methodist Episcopal Church.
Vol. 120. Pittsburgh, Wednesday, September, 27, 1905. No. 61.
DEDICATE A MONUMENT.
WASHINGTON, PA., Sept. 26. -- The handsome monument to the memory of the Rev. Solomon Spaulding was dedicated this afternoon at Amity, this county. Several hundred people were in attendance. Prof. J. K. Lacock of Canonsburg, was master of ceremonies and addresses were made by the Rev. Dr. W. F. Brown, Canonsburg; Hon. E. F. Acheson, Washington; Dr. E. F. Dodd, Van Buren; D. H. Fee, Canonsburg; the Rev. J. W. McKay, Waynesburg, and Dr. A. F. Fletcher of Pittsburgh.
Vol. ? Washington, Pa., Wednesday, September 27, 1905 No. ?
A Monument Erected and Dedicated to
Vol. ? Washington, Pa., October ?, 1905. No. ?
WAS JOSEPH SMITH THE AUTHOR
Quite a bit of interest or curiosity has been in evidence, recently, over the question of the origin of the Mormon Bible, which Joseph Smith professed to have received as a revelation from heaven and transcribed for the Latter Day Saints.
Vol. 52. Indiana, Penn., February 6, 1907. No. 9.
"Book of Mormon."
The "Book of Mormon" has been proved to be a literary plagiarism, being a free paraphrase of a romance written by the Rev. Solomon Spalding in 1816,the manuscript of which came into the possession of Joseph Smith. and he, sitting behind a curtain, dictated it to Oliver Cowdery, who, seated out of sight of the reader, wrote the matter as it was given him. Smith pretended that the book was discovered to him by revelation and dug up from the side of a hill not far from Palmyra, in the county of Ontario, N. Y. The claim was made by Smith that the writing on the plates was engraved in "reformed Egyptian," which he was unable to read until magic spectacle s. which he called his Urim and Thummim, were given to him, enabling him both to read and translate into English.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Thursday, March 23, 1911. No. ?
Many of you have forgotten, if you ever knew, that the great Mormon movement first flourished here, and that one of the brainy but adventurous men of this city is accredited with giving it a start.
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Monday, April 17, 1911. No. ?
A few days ago there was given in this column a story from a Conneaut paper, that purported to be a true story of the famous "Manuscript Found." by the Rev. Solomon Spaulding, for some time a resident of Conneaut.
Vol. XII. Charleroi, Penn., Tues., Aug. 29, 1911. No. 27.
OLD SCHOOL BAPTISTS
The 135th annual association meeting of the Redstone Old School Baptists will be 'icld Friday, Saturday and Sunday Septemebr 1, 2, and 3 at the Maple Creek church in Fallowfield township. Announcement of the meeting has been issued to th members of the association.
Vol. X. Sewickley, Pa., Sat., November 9, 1912. No. 12.
Hon. Frank J. Cannon, who is to lecture here, was the first United States senator from Utah, was organizer of the Republican party in Utah and is a world traveler, author and orator. Recently he resigned from his position on the editorial staff of the Rocky Mountain News of Denver that he might give all his time to the Lyceum and Chautauqua platform.
Vol. X. Sewickley, Pa., Sat., November 16, 1912. No. 13.
A splendid lecture was given on this subject in the Auditorium last Thursday evening by Frank J. Cannon, before a large and appreciative audience. It was the first in the lecture course of the Home and School Association, and in this initial success, the Association scored a great success.
Vol. X. Sewickley, Pa., Sat., November 23, 1912. No. 14.
The Origin of the "Book of Mormon."
The following extremely interesting narrative relating to the origin of the first "Book of Mormon" was related by Judge W. A. Way as a prelude to the lecture given on "The Modern Mormon Kingdom," by Hon. Frank J. Cannon, under the auspices of the Home and School Association on Thursday evening of last week. The authenticity of the narrative, the local coloring attached to it, and the nature of the occasion, made its rendition peculiarly appropriate, and we deem it a pleasure to be able to present it to our readers"
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Pa., Sunday, November 24, 1912 No. ?
PITTSBURG PASTOR MAY HAVE
Pittsburgh's intimate association with the birth of Mormonism and the part that a little Western Pennsylvania town played in the institution and promulgation of the Latter Day Saints' religion, were among the startling features of a lecture on Mormonism delivered by Miss Anna Milligan yesterday afternoon before the Woman's Union Missionary association in the Second Presbyterian church.
Vol. 51. Washington, Pa., Tuesday, February 7, 1922. No. 10,061
THREE RELIGIONS HAD THEIR
How Mormonism, the Christian Church and the Cumberland Presbyterian church had their real beginnings from Washington county, or were started by men from this section, was told in a most interesting manner last evening by Attorney Joseph F. McFarland, at the February meeting of the Washington County Historical Society, which was held in the public meeting room of the court house. An interesting feature of the evening was old-fashioned music of 100 years ago played by William Cummins of Washington...
Vol. XXVIII. Charleroi, Pennsylvania, Aug. 4, 1927 No. 51.
New Light Shed On Old Cult
The report from Waynesburg of a plan to open a supposed grave of a "halcyon individual" on the John Parkinson farm, Morris township, this [Washington] county, brings to light a curious bit of almost forgotten religious history of Washington county of more than a century ago. No doubt the "halcyon undividual" referred to was a member of either the Halcyonites, Rhodanites, [or] the New Light sects that flourished nearly a century ago in old Finley and Morris townships. The grave referred to, if a grave it really is, is probably that of a member of one of the above sects.
Vol. ? Altoona, Pa., Tuesday, September 20, 1927 No. ?
Today in Pennsylvania History
For many years it was the general belief among religionists that the "Book of Mormon" was compiled from the manuscript of a romance entitled "The Manuscript Found," written by Rev. Solomon Spaulding of Amity, Washington county. Pa.
Vol. 42. Kittanning, Pa., Saturday, December 28, 1929 No. 47.
If you were to ask one of the many Mormon missionaries who might come to your home any day what the Book of Mormon was, he would likely tell you that it was a history of the American continent and the American Indian, prior to the coming of Columbus to these shores. [Not] that was what Smith, Cowdrey and Rigdon and his other helpers tried to make out of the Spalding manuscript or from some other sources. Wherever they got it, it is too crude to have come from divine sources. Even Smith himself had told an old friend, so this man made oath, that there were no golden plates; the story of the angel was only a trick but since he had fools he was going to push it to the end.
Vol. 46 Jeannette, Pa., Wednesday, Feb. 12, 1936 No. 237
Mormon Origins Traced to
Attorney Lewis C. Walkinshaw, Greensburg historian especially interested in the early times of Western Pennsylvania, last night gave an enlightening talk on "Baptist Beginnings in Western Pennsylvania" before members of the Church Men's club of the Baptist Church.
Vol. ? Erie, Pennsylvania, January? 1938 No. ?
A full page picture of Heber J. Grant, twenty years president of the church of Latter Day Saints in the current issue of Life. Erie insurance men knew Heber J. Grant by reputation and personally because of his prominence in the insurance world.
Vol. 69 Pittsburgh, Pa., Thursday, July 24, 1952 No. 31
Book of Mormon
Amity, Pa. -- Was the famous "Book of Mormon" written under another title by Rev. Solomon Spaulding, who died here in 1816? Innumerable arguments have failed to settle this question.
Vol. 147 Washington, Pa., Friday, April 1, 1955. No. 24,396
ROAD OF HISTORY, ROMANCE
...Carrons Tavern. The next point of interest is the old Carrons homestead on the south side of the pike, seven-tenths of a mile west of Moses Little’s and about a mile east of Pancake. For the last 142 years this farm has been owned by the Carrons family, and [Leslie Carrons], great-grandfather of the present Carrons sisters who still live there, came from Ireland to Washington County in 1803. He first lived near Chambers' Dam, although there was no dam at that early date. Later he moved to Amity and occupied the house in which Solomon Spaulding had lived. Spaulding gained historical fame as the author of the Mormon Bible, which many of later years claimed was taken from his manuscript entitled "Manuscript Found," although present day historians give this little credence. Carrons occupied this house as early as 1811, as shown by his old account book, and there in 1812, his son Robert, father of Robert M. Carrons, was born. Some time in 1812 Spaulding moved to Amity and Leslie Carrons went to the present Carrons farm.
Vol. ? Washington, Pa., Monday, September 18, 1972. No. ?
Peters Creek Historical Society Plans
FINLEYVILLE -- Members of Peters Creek Historical Society will review the life and doings of the Rev. Alexander Campbell, Washington theologian and educator, on a pilgrimage to Bethany, W.Va. on Sunday, Sept. 24. Campbell not only founded Bethany College and instituted the Christian (Disciples of Christ) Church, but opened Buffalo Seminary....
Vol. ? Washington, Pa., Wednesday, November 7, 1973 No. ?
Peters Creek Baptist Church
The Peters Creek Baptist Church, Library, is in the process of celebrating the 200th anniversary of its founding.
Vol. 74. Connellsville, Pa., Friday, June 25, 1976. No. 194.
Church of Jesus Christ
The Church of Jesus Christ was organized at [Green-Oak], Pa., in 1862. Present headquarters are in Monongahela. Its basic belief is that the Gospel, or Authority of God, was restored to earth in 1830 through Joseph Smith, Jr. There is no connection or affiliation with any other church, including those who might believe in the Book of Mormon, which the Church of Jesus Christ has accepted as a Divine Word of God.
Vol. 16. Warrendale, Pa., Sunday, May 28, 1977. No. 21.
Hiland Church named
Members and friends of Hiland Presbyterian Church, 845 Perry Highway, Ross, will dedicate a plaque naming the church an historic landmark following the 10 a.m. service tomorrow (Sunday). The Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation has named the church one of the landmark buildings in the Pittsburgh area.
Vol. ? Washington, Pa., Saturday, September 12, 1981 No. ?
And It Came To Pass...
Washington County during the last 200 years has been the setting for more than one little cause celebre. It was assured of a place in American history books as the scene of the Whiskey Rebellion in the 1790s. A different sort of flap occurred in the 1930s when it shared with Greene County the nationwide notoriety resulting from the publication of the spurious Horn papers. In between there was another interesting controversy with national repercussions. This was the Spaulding affair.
Vol. 99 Pittsburgh, Pa., Sunday, August 8, 1982 No. 46
The Mormon Mystery
Are 4.4 million Mormons entrusting their destinies to scriptures taken from an adventure novel?
Vol. 80. Gettysburg, Pa., August 31, 1982. No. 203.
Church may trace roots
AMITY, Pa. (AP) Can the Mormon Church trace its roots, through a 19th century plagiarism, to this quiet Pennsylvania village about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh?
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Pa., Sunday, October 1, 1995. No. ?
Have you ever heard of a jury guzzling beer introduced as evidence in a trial?
Vol. ? Pittsburgh, Pa., Sunday, December 23, 2007. No. ?
SIDNEY RIGDON'S MORMON LEGACY
Depending upon those who were writing the history, the Prophet Joseph Smith was either God's spokesman or the L. Ron Hubbard of the Great Awakening of the 1830s.
Vol. ? Washington, Pa., Friday, April 18, 2008. No. ?
Authors look into Spalding,
Is it possible that in 1814 a man living in Amity wrote a novel that would become the basis for a religion now with 13 million members worldwide?