Wesley expanded the paper into a chain of Informer newspapers in Galveston, Beaumont, Dallas, and Austin, Texas, and New Orleans and Shreveport, Louisiana, and Mobile, Alabama, and circulated a statewide edition in small Texas towns, including Groesbeck and Crockett. The Informer acquired a printing company, employed 1,500 people at its peak, and is credited with starting many black writers in their careers.
Harper, Columbus C. — Pastor of Bethel Baptist Church. Was born in 1884 and began preaching at nine years of age. In 1902 he began pastoring, holding some prom- inent charges, among which were Mt. Olive, Dayton, Ohio; St. James, Texarkana, Ark. ; Bethesda, Marshall, Texas, and Bethel, of Houston, Texas. He is now retiring to accept the pulpit of St. John's Church, Dallas, Texas.
The writur of this little volume, J. A. Hamilton, was born near Hallsville, Harrison County, Texas, July 27, 1875 ; always en- joyed excellent school advantages, having attended regularly from a boy of five years of age until twenty-two. Finishing the high school courses at home, entered college, Marshall, Texas, at age of sixteen, graduating from courses of 1894 and 1897; taught school as first-grade teacher for eight years. W
ALLEN R. GRIGGS FATHER OF TEXAS BAPTIST. Allen R. Griggs, Baptist minister, was born a slave.Griggs joined the Baptist Church in 1869 and was ordained as a missionary five years later. Griggs received his first pastorate at the New Hope Baptist Church in Dallas, a position he held for ten years. He served as pastor at Mount Gilead Baptist Church in Fort Worth. He helped raise funds to establish Bishop College and served that institution as a trustee.
Dickson, Winston M. C. — Attorney-at-Law, office 4091/2 Milam Street; phone Preston 1459; born at Crockett, Texas, and came to Houston in 1896. Graduate of Tillotson Col- lege 1894, Pomana College 1904, Boston University 1909. Holds A. B. from Pomana Col- lege and J. B. & J. M. from Boston University. Owns homestead. Member of Chri.stian Church.
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Isaac, has been for ten years corresponding Secretary of the National Baptist Young People's Union Board of the National Baptist Convention, and editor of the National Baptist Union, the organ of the denomination.