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MINUTES OF LAY ELECTORAL CONFERENCE.



spacerOMAHA, NEBRASKA, September 29th, 1899.

   The Lay Electoral Conference of the North Nebraska Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church, for the year 1899, convened at the Hanscom Park Methodist Episcopal Church in Omaha, Nebraska, at 10 o'clock A. M.
   Rev. F. M. Sisson, resident pastor, called the Conference to order, and S. K. Warrick, of Battle Creek, and M. C. Hazen, of Norfolk, were chosen temporary Chairman and Secretary, respectively.
   On motion, the following named Brothers were appointed as a Committee on Credentials, viz.: Geo. Terwilliger, of Wayne; Aaron Bovee, of Herman; W. E. Morgan, of Greeley.
   A short recess was declared, pending the report of the Committee on Credentials.
   The Conference being called to order, George C. Terwilliger, of the Committee on Credentials, submitted report of charges in the Conference entitled to representation, and names of delegates present.

LAY DELEGATE ROLL, 1899 -- NORTH NEBRASKA LAY ELECTORAL CONFERENCE.

Name of Charge.

Name of Delegate.

Albion

George R. Browder

Albright

....

Allen

....

Archer

J. B. Templin

Arlington

G. W. L. Mitchell

Bancroft

....

Battle Creek

S. K. Warrick

Battle Creek Circuit

A. S. Cunningham

Beemer

J. Kunes

Belgrade

A. F. Klease

Benson

J. W. Tindell

Blair

J. H. Mead

  


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Name of Charge.

Name of Delegate.

Bloomfield

Alvin L. Leigh

Boone

M. J. Smith

Carroll

W. L. Robinson

Cedar Rapids

J. W. Balson

Central City

G. H. Gray

Clarks

A. T. Giagne

Clearwater

.....

Chambers

Mrs. E. F. Hedden

Columbus

.....

Coleridge-Hartington

J. F. Hester

Craig

J. A. McLaughlin

Creighton

George F. Kollar

Cushing

J. B. Copley

Dakota City

J. W. Hazelgrove

Decatur

...

Elkhorn

Frank Gilston

Elgin

...

Emerick

....

Emerson

Frank Eichberg

Ewing-Inman

....

Fullerton

J. J. Burley

Fullerton Circuit

....

Fremont

....

Genoa

....

Grand Island First Church

....

"

Trinity

....

"

Circuit

....

Greeley

W. E. Morgon

Herman

Aaron Bovee

Homer

0. H. Lake

Hooper

....

Hoskins

....

Humphrey

....

Ionia

....

Kennard

....

Laurel

John Douglass

Leigh

Arthur M. Russell

Loretto-Petersburg

....

Lynch

....

Lyons

M. E. Ford

Madison

W. F. Trine

Mapleville,

J. G. Galloway

Meadow Grove

....

Neligh

I. Howell

Newman Grove

C. J. Steiner



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Name of Charge.

Name of Delegate.

Nickerson

Wm. Slothower

Niobrara

....

North Bend

George Miltonberger

Norfolk

M. C. Hagen

Oakdale

Thos. Warner

Oakland

....

O'Neill

....

Osmond

B. M. Smith

Omaha First Church

C. A. Goss

"

Hanscom Park

John Dale

"

Trinity

C. W. DeLamatre

"

Seward Street

B. R. Ball

"

Walnut Hill

R. B. Coats

"

South Tenth Street

Mrs. C. W. Jester

"

Monmouth Park

Alex McAslin

"

Southwest Church

F. W. Young

"

West Church

Mary C. Peak

Paddock

....

Page

L. T. French

Papillion-Richfield

....

Pender

B. F. McDonald

Pierce

H. S. Reppert

Pilger

....

Plainview

W. T. Kile

Plainview Circuit

P. C. Aby

Platte Center

....

Ponca

E. E. Stover

Purple Cane

S. P. Shultz

Randolph

Z. Boughn

Richland

J. M. Dressler

Savage

....

Schuyler

M. D. Cameron

Scotia

....

Scribner

....

South Omaha

E. L. Martin

South Sioux City

....

Silver Creek

....

Springfield

S. J. Stewart

Stanton

M. C. Gamble

St. Edward

Samuel Crouch

St. James

A. H. Thompson

St. Paul

J. W. Templin

St. Paul Circuit

S. S. Hoover

Tekamah-Arizona

R. N. Day

Tilden

S. A. Neisanger



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Name of Charge.

Name of Delegate.

Valley

....

Verdell

....

Wakefield

I. H. Weaver

Wausa

A. C. Butler

Wayne

George C. Terwilliger

West Point

....

Winside

E. E. Renick

Wolbach

....

Wood River

....

   (Note: -- Names of delegates to Lay Electoral Conference are given of those who attended the Conference.)

   On motion, the report of committee was adopted, and the committee continued.
   On motion, the temporary organization was made permanent.
   On motion, the following named Committee was appointed to notify Bishop Warren that this Conference was organized and was ready for business, viz: Chas. A. Goss, Omaha; H. S. Reppert, Pierce; Morris E. Ford, Lyons.
   On motion, the following named Committee was appointed on resolutions: John Dale, Hanscom Park; J. J. Burley, Fullerton; and Morris E. Ford, Lyons.
   On motion, the Secretary was instructed to prepare a synopsis of the minutes of this Conference, together with a list of the delegates and the names of the charges they represent, for the use of the Secretary of the Ministerial Conference and publication in the minutes.
   The Committee appointed to wait on the Bishop returned, and reported that Bishop Warren had no recommendations to offer, but be stated that he thought it useless to elect a provisional delegate, as the membership of the Ministerial Conference, as now determined, would not be sufficient to entitle this Conference to three delegates to the General Conference, which report was, on motion, adopted.
   Moved that the Conference now proceed to vote by ballot for two lay delegates to the next General Conference, and that the first ballot be informal, which motion being put to a vote, was adopted.
   On motion, J. F. Hester, of Coleridge, and W. E. Morgan, of Greeley, were appointed as tellers.


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   Charles A. Goss, of First Church, Omaha, presented a resolution in regard to the Methodist Hospital at Omaha, which resolution was, on motion, referred to the Committee on Resolutions.
   The Committee on Credentials made a supplemental report, finding that J. A. McLaughlin was present and entitled to a seat in this Conference as a delegate from Craig charge, which report was adopted and J. A. McLaughlin seated as a delegate.
   The informal ballot for two delegates to the General Conference resulted as follows: J. W. Balson, 38; Charles A. Goss, 55; John Dale, 14; Morris E. Ford, 13; C. H. Gray, 4; M. D. Cameron, 3; J. W. Templin, 1; Wm. Gorst, 1; C. W. Mills, 1.
   John Dale moved that the informal ballot be made formal, and that Chas. A. Goss and J. W. Balson be elected as the delegates to the next General Conference, which motion, being seconded by Morris E. Ford, C. H. Gray and J. W. Templin, was adopted.
   Chas. A. Goss and J. W. Balson, delegates to General Conference elect, were called for and addressed the Conference.
   On motion, Conference adjourned until 2 o'clock P. M.

   Conference re-convened at 2 o'clock P. M.
   Moved that the Conference proceed to the election of two reserve delegates to the next General Conference, which motion was put and carried.
   The following Brothers were placed in nomination, viz: Morris E. Ford, Lyons; John Dale, Hanscom Park; J. W. Templin, St. Paul; J. J. Bailey, Fullerton, and B. M. Smith, Osmond; and a ballot being taken, Morris E. Ford and B. M. Smith were elected as reserve delegates.
   On motion, Morris E. Ford was designated as a reserve delegate to Chas. A. Goss, and B. M. Smith as a reserve delegate of J. W. Balson.
   Committee on Credentials reported the names of Mrs. E. Hedden, as a delegate from Chambers charge, and W. H. Tildell as a delegate from Benson charge, and recommended that they be seated, which report was adopted and said persons being present, were seated as delegates.
   C. W. Miller was elected as provisional delegate to the General Conference, and John Dale as a reserve provisional delegate.


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   The Committee on resolutions reported as follows:
   WHEREAS, The Methodist Episcopal Church recognizes among its watchwords "Intelligence and Education", as witnessed by its institutions of learning and its mighty denominational press, and
   WHEREAS, The Omaha Christian Advocate, on account of its geographical location being in the midst of the great Missouri Valley, and located in the principal city thereof, and is the natural representative of the mighty Methodist constituency therein, and also on account of its own intrinsic excellence and the success that has attended it. Therefore
   Resolved, That we instruct our representatives in the next General Conference to use all honorable means to have it placed on a par with the other members of the Advocate family, and also
   Resolved, That in view of the fact that the States of Nebraska, Kansas, Western Iowa and the Black Hills have no facilities for purchasing Methodist Literature nearer than Chicago or St. Louis, that we, as a Lay Electoral Conference, also ask our representatives to, if possible, induce the Book Concern of our Church to establish a depository in the City of Omaha.
   Resolved, That it is the sense of this Lay Electoral Conference in convention assembled, that after a Presiding Elder shall have served for six consecutive years in One Conference, that he be ineligible to serve longer in the same Conference until after he shall have served a full term of five years in the pastorate. And be it further
   Resolved, That a copy of this resolution be sent to the North Nebraska Annual (ministerial) Conference, now in session.
    WHEREAS, There are many hospitals called Methodist, which desire to be fully so in fact as well as in name, and we have also within our own Conference, one that is doing a large and rapidly increasing work for the Church and Master; and
   WHEREAS, The laws of the Church make no adequate provision for the control of the affairs, and for the vesting of the title to hospital property in the Church, therefore be it
   Resolved, That our delegates to the General Conference be requested to memorialize the General Conference to take such action


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as will put our hospitals and hospital property under the control and ownership of the Church.
spacerJOHN DALE, Chairman.
M. E. FORD.
J. J. BURLEY.

   Said report was taken up by resolutions, and each adopted.

   On motion of John Dale, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted:
   Resolved, That this Conference hereby acknowledge our gratitude to Almighty God for sparing the life and bringing to our Conference our beloved Bishop, H. W. Warren.
   On motion, a vote of thanks was extended to the members of Hanscom Park Church and the people of Omaha for their royal hospitality.
   Dr. J. W. Shenk was introduced, and addressed the Conference on behalf of the Omaha Christian Advocate.
   Frank L. Hunt, of Chicago, was introduced, and addressed the Conference in regard to church insurance.
   On motion, the Conference recommended to the different Church authorities the Board of Insurance of the M. E. Church.

   The following resolution was adopted:
   Resolved, That we express our sympathy to Dr. J. B. Maxfield in his affliction, and the hope and prayer that he may soon be restored to health.
   The minutes were read, amended, and, on motion, approved.
   On motion, a vote of thanks was extended to the President and Secretary for their services.
   On motion, the Conference was adjourned until the next day at 8:30 A. M., to meet with the Ministerial Conference.
spacerM. C. HAZEN, Secretary.
   S. K. WARRICK, Chairman.


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ADJOURNED SESSION.

   The lay Electoral Conference reconvened Saturday, September 30, 1899, at 9 o'clock A. M. The Secretary being absent, George C. Terwilliger was appointed by the chair as Secretary pro tem.
   On motion, it was ordered that we adjourn to meet in joint session with the Ministerial body of the North Nebraska Conference this morning in joint session, whereupon the Lay Electoral Conference repaired to the room of the Ministerial body, and were cordially greeted by that body. The Chairman and Acting Secretary of the Lay body were introduced to the joint session by the Bishop, and accorded to the honor of seats on the platform with our beloved Bishop Warren. Chairman Warrick addressed the joint session, which was responded to by Bishop Warren in a most cordial manner. Chairman then announced the election, by the Lay Electoral Conference, of Charles A. Goss, of Omaha, and John W. Baldwin as delegates to the General Conference, to convene in Chicago, Ills., the first Wednesday in May, 1900; and the election of Morris E. Ford, of Lyons, and Banks M. Smith, of Osmond, as reserve delegates; after which the Lay body returned to the room of its separate session.
   On motion -- after the benediction by Rev. G. W. Kliver, of Ponca -- the Lay Electoral Conference stood adjourned sine die.
spacerM. C. HAZEN, Secretary.
   S. K. WARRICK, Chairman.


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