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 The Beginning of Tulsa
By J. M. Hall (1927)

(c) Karolyn Kay Garland (1997)

Nothing here is free for the taking. This book is reproduced here with the permission of the copyright holder - see copyright statement.

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Photo Dr C W Kerr

       Dr. C. W. Kerr has been pastor of the First Presbyterian church for more than 33 years to this year of 1933. He preached his first sermon during December, 1899, in the old Mission school. Then he was a young man, and just married. Now the gray hairs are showing plainly on his head. Then he weighed 140 pounds. Now he tips the scales at 210. When Doctor Kerr took charge of the church its membership was less than 100. Now the rolls have more than 3,000 names. His duties have multiplied with the membership. With preparing his two sermons for Sunday, his lecture for Wednesday night prayer meeting, with his visits to the sick and his many funeral services and marriages, and the frequent talks he must make before the various organizations within the church, his position is one that only a man of the strongest constitution could maintain. Fortunately he possesses that, for he is able to do all his church work and much civic endeavor besides. He has been a trustee of the University of Tulsa since the school was moved to Tulsa from Muskogee.
       Because of his long and wide acquaintance in the city and county Doctor Kerr probably is called upon to conduct more funerals than any other minister in the city.
       There have been few breaks in his kindly ministry. Once the church sent he and Mrs. Kerr with their daughter, Margaret, on a trip to the Holy Land. They were gone several months. Then the minister has been chairman or a member of home mission committee of the church for about 20 years, and this assignment occasionally calls him from the city.
       Does it pay to enter the ministry?
       Not in money, for his was supported

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