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Memories of Oakland, page 6


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scarcely audible tones but warmed up to a louder tone toward the last. Then Rev. Smith appeared as Pastor, and he had the faculty of preaching the church empty. He was slow and very deliberate in his sermons. By the time he arrived at the "steenthly" the audience was hungry and tired, sitting on the hard seats, and began to leave. This would begin to occur about two hours after he began his sermon. I would have gladly withdrawn with the others but father was there, and I would have had reason to regret it later. Joseph Sharp, a young man, came next as regular Pastor. One Sunday when he was to preach Mr. John Dailey and a slim, pale-faced man took opposite seats to the one I occupied. The stranger attracted my attention more than the sermon. He wore fine clothes, expensive jewelry, and even had a gold toothpick which he used once during the sermon. Mr. Sharp, who never did preach long sermons, was more brief than usual. He had another appointment north of Oakland for the evening and stopped at our house for dinner. It was then I learned who the pale-faced man was, as Mr. Sharp was relating how embarrassed he was in trying to tell such a man as Jefferson Davis anything he did not already know.

Isaac McCarty on entering the church would carefully remove his fuzzy gray plug hat so as not to drop the red silk handkerchief that




ID:
gctg195

Creator:
Thomas J. Brandt

Date:
1956

Collection Location:
Ruth Enlow Library, Oakland

Original Size:
22 x 15 cms

Subject:
Maryland, History

Coverage:
Western Maryland, 1750-1963

 
 
Western Maryland Regional Library
100 South Potomac Street
Hagerstown, Maryland 21740

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