From: Hall, Jacob H.; Biography of Gospel Song and Hymn Writers,
Fleming H. Revell Co., 1914 (reprinted 1971 by AMS Press, Inc.,
New York, NY)
<-- RMMACINT.JPG: R.M. Macintosh
died July 2, 1899, Atlanta GA;
buried July 4th 1899, in the cemetery at Oxford GA.
"Only his own songs were sung at the funeral service."
<-- JHFILLMO.JPG: J.H. Fillmore
Was still alive as of the publication of this book.
<-- EEHEWITT.JPG: E.E. Hewitt
<-- JOATMANJ.JPG: J. Oatman Jr.
<-- HNLINCOL.JPG: H.N. Lincoln
The Cyber Hymnal lists H.N. Lincoln as one of the pseudonyms of
Fanny Crosby; however, this book lists, under this name:
Horace Neely Lincoln was born May 14, 1859, in Mexico, MO. In
the fall of 1866, the family embarked in covered wagos for Texas.
H.N. Lincoln attended his first music school at the age of ten,
and taught his first singing class in 1880. In 1885, his first
song book, "Gospel Carols," appeared. The first real successful
book he authored was "Songlad Messenger," "Songland Melodies" is
his most successful. Married Sept. 4, 1887, to Etta Lee Thurmand.
Graduated 1898 frmop the Chicago National College of Music.
As of 1914, he resided in Dallas, TX.
<-- IHMEREDI.JPG: I.H. Meredith
Isaac H. Meredith was born at Norristown, PA, March 21, 1872.
His father played the violin and his mother sang in the choir.
By age ten, he was taking organ lessons, sang alto in the church
choir by age twell, and was converted at age thirteen through the
personal invitation of his brother. Sang for a number of years,
each Sunday morning, to prisoners in county jail. Summer 1891,
vacationing in Ocean Grove NJ, was invited to sing in evangelistic
meetings held by Dr. Munhall; shortly after, entered into
evangelisting work himself and began composing gospel songs
Still alive as of 1914.
<-- JRMURRAY.JPG: J.R. Murray
James Ramsey Murray was born at Mallard Vale, Andover MA, March 17. 1841;
died in Cincinnati OH, March 10, 1905. Began a business career
with the Tyer Rubber Company, but his musical talent was so pronounced
that his friends encouraged him to devote his life to music. Attended
the Musical Institute at North Reading, MA, 1856 - 1859. 1862,
enlisted in the Civil War as a musician. After the war, accepted
a position with publishers Root & Cady in Chicago as editor of the
Song Messenger. In 1871, after the great fire, he returned to Andover
and resumed teaching. Married Isabel Maria Taylor, 1868. In 1877,
he edited "The Songs of P.P. Bliss," after Bliss' death. In 1881,
called to Cincinnati OH to edit The Musical Visitor for the John
Church Co. "The last great labor Mr. Murray was engaged on at the
time of his breakdown and subsequent death was seeing through
the press five volumes of Wagner's music dramas, with full score,
original German text and a smooth and excellent English translation."
<-- CCCASE.JPG: C.C. Case
Charles Clinton Case was born near Linesville, Crawford Co, PA, June
6, 1843. When he was about four years old, the family moved to
Gustavus, OH, where Mr. Case still lived as of 1914. Learned to play
violin at age eight or nine. He had an intense longing to sing, but
his parents discouraged him, thinking he had no talent in that
direction. He was not allowed to attend singing school until
sixteen years old, and then did so without the consent of his parents,
borrowing the money from a neighbor. April 1866, married Annie Williams.
Attended "Normal" singing schools beginning in 1868. Close friend
of James McGranahan. For ten years, he served as songleader and
soloist in D.L. Moody's meetings.
<-- LCEVERET.JPG: L.C. Everett
Born Virginia, 1818; died Elmira NY April, 1867 while on his
return from Europe. Studied church music, believing it would be
valuable to him in his chosen work as a minister. With his brother,
went to Boston for a thorough musical education. The L.C. Everett
Co., prior to the Civil War, had over 50 teachers of vocal music
in the Southern and Middle Atlantic states. L.C. passed away before
the "gospel song era," but had composed many anthems and hymn tunes.
Most popular collection - "The Wesleyan Hymn and Tune Book."
<-- ABEVERET.JPG: A.B. Everett
Asa Brooks Everett was born in Virginia in 1828; died near Nashville
TN in September 1875. Started out to be a doctor, but became interested
in music and, with his brother, L.C., studied in Boston. A.B. took a
further four year course in music in Leipzig, Germany; on his return
to America, worked with his brother in an effort to develop an easy,
practical and scientific method of elementary class instruction.
Most important publication - "The Sceptre," published by Biglow & Main.
<-- HPMAIN.JPG: H.P. Main
Hubert Platt Main was born at Ridgefield, CN, August 17, 1839. His
father was an old-fashioned singing school teacher of unusual
skill and success. He attended singing school until 1854, when he
went to New York City and worked as an errand boy in a wallpaper
house; in April 1855, he became errand boy in the piano house of
Bristow & Morse. That same year, he helped his father edit the "Sunday
School Lute" songbook by I.B. Woodbury. In 1867, he was called to
fill a position in William Bradbury's publishing house, and on
Bradbury's death in 1868, the publishing house of Biglow & Main
was formed as successors to Bradbury's company. In addition to
publishing, H.P. Main wrote over a thousand pieces - part song,
singing school songs, Sunday School music, hymns, anthems, etc.
He was also a collector of music books; in 1891 he sold his collection
of over 3500 volumes to the Newberry Library of Chicago, where they
are known as the "Main Library."
<-- LOEMERSO.JPG: L.O. Emerson
Luther Orlando Emerson was born at Parsonsfield, ME, August 3, 1820,
descended from distinguished English ancestry. His parents were musical,
and although L.O. considered entering the medical profession, his
love for music led him to a course of musical instruction under
I.B. Woodbury. He began composing as director of the choir in
Salem, MA. In 1847, he married Mary Gore. In 1853, he decided to
make an effort to make an effort to put his music before the public,
and went to Boston in search of a publisher; the result was called
the "Romberg Collection." In 1857, the Oliver Ditson Company of
Boston became his publisher. The first frut was "Sabbath Harmony,"
1860, followed in 1863 by "Harp of Judah," containing his anthem,
"Guide Me, O Great Jehovah." He was held in high rank as a singer
as well, a powerful baritione, and as a lecturer on musical
subjects. As of 1914, he had produced 72 volumes of music, and was
still actively working, living in the Hyde Park section of Boston.
<-- WJKIRKPA.JPG: W.J. Kirkpatrick
Born Feb. 27, 1838 (in Pennsylvania?). His father was a school and
music teacher and well known as a musician. In 1854, he left home
to study music and learn a trade (carpentering). In February 1855,
he joined the Wharton St. Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia,
and from that time devoted himself mostly to sacred music. His work
in music publishing began when he impressed publisher A.S. Jenks
with his ability to write down melodies as he heard them. During
1872 - 1875, his first popular gospel songs were written and published.
After the death of his wife in 1878, he resolved to abandon the
furniture business and pursue music. From 1880 to 1897, he published
forty-nine collections of music, and another forty-two between 1897
and 1914. As of 1914, he lived in Philadelphia, with a winter home
<-- EEREXFOR.JPG: E.E. Rexford
aBorn Johnsburgh, NY, July 16, 1848; moved to Wisconsin when about 8
years old. His first attempts at verse-writing, while very young,
were published in a New York paper, and by age 16, he received his
first check for literary work. He paid his way thorugh college by
writing and selling stories and poems. While in college, publisher
H.P. Danks wrote him, offering to pay him three dollars apiece
for writing song lyrics; he submitted nine, of which he was paid for
six and the other three were never accounted for. In addition, he
wrote several gospel songs for composer and publisher George F. Root.
One of his most popular songs, "O Where Are the Reapers?" started
out as "O, We Are the Reapers;" the title was changed at the
suggestion of Ira Sankey and D.L. Moody, who thought the "we" would
sound too much like Moody and Sankey thought themselves the "great
and only" reapers. Hymn-writing was mainly a side issue for
Rexford - for fourteen years, he was in charge of the floricultural
department of Ladies' Home Journal, and wrote many articles on
gardening for other magazines as well. As of 1914, he was living
in Shiocton, WI, serving as organist for the Congregational Church
<-- WAOGDEN.JPG: W.A. Ogden
William Augustine Ogden was born in Franklin County, OH, October
10, 1841. He began studying music at age eight; by age ten he could
read church music fairly well, and soon after he could write down
a melody he heard sung or played. In the Civil War, he enlisted
in the Thirtieth Indian Volunteer Infantry, and organized a male
choir among the soldiers. After the war, he continued his study
of music, and in 1870 published his first song book, "Silver
Song." In 1881, he moved to Toledo, OH, and in 1887, became
Superintendent of music for the public schools of Toledo. He was a
prolific composer of both words and music, and his writing was
always characterized with beautiful thoughts. He was an educated
musician and possessed most excellent taste, so that his compositions
are models of beauty and correctness. Prof. Ogden died Oct. 14, 1897. The
funeral was said to be one of the largest ever seen in Toledo.
<-- ESLORENZ.JPG: E.S. Lorenz
<-- JWILSON.JPG: Jennie Wilson
Born near South Whitley, IN. Whe she was about four years old,
an attack of spinal trouble resulted in rendering her an invalid.
Not being able to attend school, she studied at home and received
some musical instruction. Her first hymn was entitled "All the Way,"
and, not knowing of its publication, she was pleasantly surprised
when it was found in new songbooks purchased by a Sunday School in
her neighborhood. Baptized in 1881, carried on a chair into a
beautiful, tree shaded stream, and, in her words, "it gave me much
joy to thus confess my dear Savior." Her death occurred September
3, 1913, in her fifty-sixth year.
<-- CDTILLMA.JPG: C.D. Tillman
<-- WEMHACKL.JPG: W.E.M. Hackleman
Born Feb. 28, 1868. Attended district school and singing school, and
by age 17 began teaching singing classes. Studied music at the
Toronto Conservatory of Music in Canada, and in New York City.
He remained busy composing, editing song books, and leading music
in State and National Conventions of the Christian Church. Married
to Peral Damie Conner in 1899, and as of 1914, lived in Indianapolis,
IN. Maintained a hymnological library said to be one of the largest
and best in the country. Served as president of the National
Association of Church Musicians.