Histories and Tributes

Malachai 3:16 ... and a book of remembrance was written before Him, for them that feared the LORD


Messenger of Millennial Hope — Charles F. Redeker, 2006
Life and times of Pastor Charles T. Russell and the Bible Student movement.

Russell family tree — Map of the Joseph Lytle Russell family
with marriages, siblings, children and dates connecting with Charles T. Russell.

Margaret Russell Land Testimony — Niagara Falls Labor Day Convention 1907
By Pastor Russell's natural sister regarding their early life.

The Rich Young Man Whom Jesus Loved — and Another Rich Young Man
Memorial Address for Pastor Russell. Delivered November 5, 1916 in St. Paul, MN.
by W. H. Bradford, an Elder in the St. Paul Ecclesia.

The Laodicean Messenger — W. M. Wisdom, 1923
A biographical account of the life of Charles T. Russell through the eyes a contemporary Bible Student of those events and times.
Please read introductory words of discretion for the reader in the Foreword page vii

Bible Students — Pastor Russell founded the Bible Students,
not Jehovah’s Witnesses. Copyright 2010 Kenneth Rawson.

Bible Students Newsletter — 1972 - 1997 Special Anniversary Edition
Articles that have brought to the Lord's people new opportunities for service, new technologies
for communicating and for public witness, and new discoveries of brethren in foreign lands.
Use your PDF reader to arrange your screen or change the zoom level for convenient viewing.
Use the Bookmarks side panel to open various sections. Use the [+] to expand sub sections.
The document may be searched for key words or phrases. Enjoy a look backward in time!

Chicago Bible Students — Irving Foss
How they broke away from the Watch Tower Society in 1933

Lest We Forget — Lawrence Kirkham, 2002
A brief history of the Bible Student movement since Pastor Russell's death

Looking Through My Window — Eugene Burns, 2002
A personal view and review of the life and times of Pastor Russell and the Bible Student movement and activities after his death.
If you heard the recording, you may find some special gems in this text version that had not time in the delivered presentation.

Light After Darkness — September 1917
Facts for Shareholders — November 1917
Two essential documents from the objectors to the Watch Tower directions at the crossroads after Pastor Russell's death.

A Review — of Bible Student history from 1916 to 1937
As appearing in the January 1955 issue of Watchers of the Morning - Editor: Isaac Hoskins.

The Harvest in France — Adolphe Debski, 2003
A history of the Bible Student movement in France

The Harvest in Belgium — Compiled and written by Brother Emile Wlodarski assisted by Brother Adolphe Debski.
A history of the Bible Students in Belgium from about 1901.

Ukraine — Memoirs of Sister Maria Kravetc
A short history of Bible Students in Ukraine

West Meets East in Romania — Bible Students Newsletter supplement
First meeting with the Bible Students in Romania in August 1990

The Sky Through Bars — Ligia Brie, published 2001 in Romania
Follows the history of the Bible Student movement in Romania beginning in 1911 with personal interviews and testimonies.

Moldova Memories — Interview with Lida Ceban and Gheorghe Bivol in Moldova, 2011
A history of Bible Students in Moldova

Italy — Bible Student origins in Italy

India — Early Bible Student history in India. From 1910 - 1911 with photos.

Bible Students in Australia — 1893 – 2006 by David Simkin. Photos and graphics.

Stand Fast History — August Swanson, 1936 Including the Elijah Voice Society.

Stand Fast & Elijah Voice Images — Large 9 meg PDF file.

Bible Student Biographies — Sketches of memorable lives from former years

1929-1930 Reunion Convention — Souvenir Notes with Covers and Introductions

John Edgar — Medical history and testimony
Many know of his faith and personal history as found in Faith's Foundations, available at: www.PortlandBible.com/publications
But few know of his medical profession and a testimony from the British Medical Journal recorded here.

Seattle Convention Report — 14-17 September 1916
This was the last Seattle convention Pastor Russell attended before his death in October.
Notice the last pages with a review from a news editor.

Dallas Texas — 22 October 1916, Discourse given by Pastor Russell 9 days before his death.
1 John 2:1 "We Have an Advocate" reported in a newspaper article.

Galveston Texas — 23 October 1916, Discourse given by Pastor Russell 8 days before his death.
Luke 21:28 "When Ye See These Things" transcribed by Menta Sturgeon along with other of his journal notes regarding Pastor Russell's final journey. This is the last delivered discourse of which we have any record before his death.

San Diego — 29 October 1916.
This discourse by Pastor Russell was scheduled for San Diego on October 29 and so released to the press syndicates before his journey. However, due to deteriorating health, this schedule was cancelled and not delivered by him. After a private service in Los Angeles, he departed on the 6:30 October 29 train and died less than 48 hours later. Some papers carried the discourse not hearing of his death till later.

VanAmburgh Biography — 1863 - 1947 Biography (compiled by James Hill, Seattle Washington)
       Served Pastor Russell and the Watch Tower as Secretary - Treasurer continuously from 1903.
Troubled Waters — in the Watch Tower after 1916. (compiled by James Parkinson, California)
       VanAmburgh's connections with organizational changes after the death of Pastor Russell.
VanAmburgh Photos — A few images from Jerry Leslie family archives.

Revising and Revisions — Transcribing, modifying and revising original manuscripts led to many difficulties from ancient until modern times. Here are examples of how this has affected some Bible Student publications.

Last Volumes Edition — Evidence that the printing order for the 1917 edition of Studies in the Scriptures was placed by C.T. Russell with updates and his foreword dated October 1916, but delivered shortly after his death.

October 1916 Forewords — by Charles T. Russell.
Because Pastor Russell had sent the new forewords to the printer but the new Volumes with that foreword had not been received by January 1917, the Watch Tower distributed the printers sheet for those forwards that would be included in the new books when received. In the meantime Bible Students could fold and include these forewords in their earlier editions.
Large 20 meg PDF file. Allow time for download.

Where Else But Pittsburgh — 1958 Published to celebrate the Pittsburgh Bicentennial by George Swetnam.
Here is one chapter dedicated to the history of Charles Taze Russell.

R. H. Oleszynski — 1857 - 1930 A tribute to the late Polish Leader
Souvenir Notes from the second General Re-Union Bible Students' Convention, 610 Arch Street, N.S. Pittsburgh, Pa.
October 31, November 1-2, 1930

Conrad Binkele — 1867 - 1942 Tribute to a European leader in a transition era.
Pastor Russell appointed Brother Binkele the director of the European Tower offices in 1916. Brother Binkele shares lessons from his experiences after 1916 in a discourse delivered in Los Angeles about 1940. Documents and photos.

August Stahn — 1888 - 1945 His dedicated work in Poland and beyond.
His death in the Nordhausen concentration camp.

Thomas Stracy — 1884 - 1969 Yeovil England, Autobiography
A dedicated life and history of Bible Students in England.
Phyllis Stracy composed the Addendum and also "Songs in the Night"

W. Norman Woodworth — 1891 - 1975
This is an autobiography of Norman Woodworth.
The Bible Student movement has taken many interesting avenues with remarkable experiences.

Anton Frey — July 1, 1895 - January 12, 1987
This autobiography of his early life would be well read while also listening to the recording in his own voice here:
Frey Autobiography — mp3 recording of the same

Janina Fitz — 1918 - 2008 Poland, Siberia, Russia, Germany
Translated from the Polish Na Strazy 1995
Addendum added by Jerry Leslie from 1998 and 2002 visits.
Visit the Polish testimonial and graphics: http://dabhar.org/priv/zdjecia/nina/PogrzebNiny.htm

Benjamin Wilson — 1817 - 1900
Author of the Emphatic Diaglott. Short biography by his nephew W. H. Wilson

Emphatic Diaglott 1902 edition — Graphical PDF version with introductory notes and Appendix. Searchable text.

Gertrude W. Seibert — 1864 - 1926 Her history and work with "The Finished Mystery"

William Strutt — 1825 - 1915
Painter of "Peace, a little child shall lead them" based on Isaiah 11:6.
The PDF file has a short history of his life, motivation, and death, followed by the painting so well known to Bible Students.
Also see: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Strutt

Isaac Newton — Theology, Prophecy, Science and Religion
At the end of the seventeenth century, Isaac Newton (1642-1727) initiated a revolution in science. At the end of the twentieth century, scholars began a revolution in the understanding of Newton. As Newton's long-concealed private papers on theology become increasingly accessible, students of Newton's thought are coming to see Newton as more than a scientist.

This website brings access to his academic papers (with some in pre-published form) that explore Newton's theology, prophetic views and the interaction between his science and his religion. These studies include substantial transcripts from Newton's unpublished theological manuscripts. Examine the resources indexed on the left of the homepage.

Isaac Newton, Heritic? — The Strategies of a Nicodemite
This essay, published in the British Journal for the History of Science, details Newton's dissenting theology and his attempts to preach his antitrinitarian faith in secret.

Newton and Socinianism — "The One Supreme God"
This essay, published in Germany, explores the many analogies between Newton's heretical theology and that of the Polish Brethren, or Socinians (the leading antitrinitarian movement of the seventeenth century).

Publisher's of Newton's "Daniel and Revelation"
Background for reprinting Thomas Jefferson's copy

The Fall of the Dynasties — Edmond Taylor - 1963
Chronicle of Europe's Old Order. Anatomy of the socio-political structures which have produced the 20th century. Covering the years 1905-1922, the survey centers on the four doomed dynasties, the Ottomans, Romanovs, Habsburgs and Hohenzollerns. It extends from the Edwardian Era to the post-WWI debacle. Its portraits include those of Franz Joseph and his Austro-Hungarian stronghold; the mock-heroic Kaiser Wilhelm; Abdul Hamid, deposed by the Young Turk movement; Czar Nicholas; and Rasputin, old Russia's spiritual scourge. All existed in a cultural circus whose anarchist assassin ushered in the new age of radicalism and revolt, of blood and thunder ideologies, of political psychopaths like Lenin, Hitler and Mussolini.
It provides an incredibly useful foundation for understanding the causes leading up to World War I. The author clearly demonstrates how much the war was a turning point for the world's major empires, and how life was irreversibly changed forever.
This is a worthy companion to the works of Hobsbawm, "Age of Empire 1875-1914" and Tuchman, "The Guns of August."