Baptizing at Kensett Arkansas

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Baptizing Kensett AR

Remember when the preacher baptized in the river with the saved person fully dressed?  This great image has been shared by a reader.  Here is what he wrote to me.

Hello Barbara,

Sending a scan of a baptizing. Notation on back gives name and location. I think the name is Henry Biden ?. This  body 0f water the Little Red or is it a large farm pond. Got this card in Cave City several years ago. Sending four scans one at a time. Hope your readers like it.

James

The back of the card looks like this.

 

Baptizing Kensett AR

Here's a closeup.  They have probably had a revival and the "converts" are all being baptized at the same time. Note the hand made outfits of the ladies.  Everyone used to sew.  Now we can buy clothes made overseas cheaper than we can buy sewing materials. 

Baptizing Kensett AR

And here's another closeup.  And our new friend, James Whitlow, sent all four of these to me in perfect order for a blog!  Thanks again to James for bringing us more White County history.

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Irene Durocher
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Hi Barbara , it is a unique photo. And yes some ladies still sew their clothes. With the age of

technology sewing machines are computerized now . Have a great day.

Jul 07, 2012 05:41 AM #1
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Anita Fuller

Love the pictures.....I'm wondering if the Rev. Biden might be related to our Vice President? 

I cannot imagine wading out in waist deep water with clothes on!  and the women are outnumbering the men by about 3 to l.  That could start another blog discussion.

Jul 07, 2012 07:13 AM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Irene, how does a computerized sewing machine work?  I need to research this.

Anita, I noticed the same thing about the lack of men.  But men have always been less religious, haven't they? Makes me wonder what people wear now when they are baptized in the huge churces with the baptismal pools.  This will require some "Don" research.  I also wondered if they left their shoes on the bank or waded in with shoes on.  Definitely a deep subject that we have now touched on.......

Jul 07, 2012 07:26 AM #3
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Don Thompson
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I can tell you about my Baptism at age 13. First I have to tell the story of how I came to be Baptized.

My high school friend, Calvin Skaggs, went on a mission to convert me and have me be Baptized and join the First Baptist Church. He talked to me at every opportunity like a Baptist preacher. Finally, I agreed and so at one service I marched up when the call for acceptance occured as it did at each service and so I was baptised at a morning service weeks later.

The Baptismal basin was a large tank behind the preacher's pedestal. I wore a Baptismal robe and walked down some steps with the preacher into the water where I was bowed backward and immersed in the water. All this was in view for the congregation since the basin had glass at the top.

That whole experience is as fresh in my mind as if it occurred yesterday as it should be. Churches have different ways that they perform the Baptismal ceremony. I would suspect Baptist churches still have the total immersion ceremony and folks wear some special garment. Those old timely Baptisms in the river or creek were sure interesting. I think I also have a photograph somewhere so I will look. Remember the scene in the movie "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou"?

Jul 07, 2012 09:01 AM #4
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, you left off a very important bit of info.  What was under the baptismal robe?  Did you disrobe?  Were you told to bring a fresh set of dry clothes?  I do think that Baptists still do the total immersion vs. the Methodists doing a sprinkle.

Mary, I was hoping the sewing machine could just stitch up a whole outfit.  I remember button hole attachments.  It would make the button hole whereas my mother used to have to stitch the button hole manually.  When we girls were sent to home ec they taught us how to stitch a hem and how to stitch a buttonhole.  I guess the sewing machine now certainly does the hem?

Jul 07, 2012 10:12 AM #5
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Not that I've been immersed, as I am Methodist BUT.....I think the person to be baptised was asked to "don" (no pun intended) a bathing suit....then there was a baptismal gown belonging to the church, that the person put on.

I think mother used to tell a tale about a baptising at the Bluff Hole in Letona....a snake slithered by.  You can imagine the rest.

Jul 07, 2012 10:18 AM #6
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Harold Gene Sullivan

I've told this story here before when a similar subject came up. 

My Mom and Dad were fishing on the bank of Des Arc Creek somewhere south of Griffithville when a group came up right beside them and went into the water and started a baptism service. Now my Mom and Dad were very religious, Methodists.  Mom said they didn't know what to do as they were there first. She said that she and Dad felt funny fishing next to the group so they just pulled their lines out of the water and sat there until the group left.  She said it sure did ruin the fishing.

Jul 07, 2012 10:52 AM #7
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Don Thompson
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Let me look. Oh, sort of like under a Scottish Kilt.

Here's some scenes from "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" .

 

Jul 07, 2012 11:27 AM #8
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"Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" is one of my favorite movies.  Like the movie, Jean Shepard's "A Christmas Story", they are one of the few movies that I enjoy watching several times.

Do you remember when you could get film developed and they printed it on postcard paper, ready to address and mail?



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Jul 07, 2012 02:22 PM #9
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Anita, your mother lived it all.  I wish she were still around so we could pick her memories some more. 

Harold Gene, it was pretty rude of them to interrupt the fishing trip, wasn't it? 

Don and Harold Gene, I have never heard of that movie.  Was it a comedy?  Going by the pictures Don put up, it looks like it may be.  I like funny movies so tell me whether it is.  Harold Gene, I never experienced the film being developed on postcard paper but that must explain why there are so many cards like this baptism one. Perhaps they were advertising for a revival date or something.

Jul 07, 2012 02:38 PM #10
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Harold Gene Sullivan

Yes, Barbara, "Oh Brother, Where Art Thou" is a very, very funny comedy, especially to anyone who was raised in the South.  It is based on Homer's epic poem "The Odyssey", set in the deep south during the 1930's. In it, three escaped convicts search for hidden treasure while a relentless lawman pursues them. Google the title for more information about it.

I'm sure  you will enjoy it.  I have the DVD of it and will mail it to you if you cannot find it to rent at some local source.  

Jul 07, 2012 10:34 PM #11
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Harold Gene, I'll be on the lookout for it.  I was raised in the deep south so I need to see it.

Jul 08, 2012 05:35 AM #12
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Harold Gene, I just ordered me a copy. 

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