Pastor Horace M. Oberholtzer, D.D., conducting services.
Helen Wolven Lasher, church treasurer for the previous 37 years, died at the age of 83. Florence Peper was elected treasurer to fill her unexpired term.
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Calvin Coolidge (Republican) was President. The 70th Congress was in session. A dollar in that year would be worth $10.86 in 2006 for most consumable products.
The 64-year-old Guarantee Trust Company of New York had resources of over $1 billion ($10.86 billion in 2006 dollars).
from the Jackson MS Daily News in December: Before escaping from the state penitentiary at Parchman, a Negro lifer named Charley Sheppard murdered the prison carpenter and kidnapped his 18-year-old daughter, whom he took on a wild 24-hour flight through the swamps. He allegedly raped the girl. Several thousand men, including units of the National Guard, aided by bloodhounds, failed to catch Sheppard, who finally turned himself in to a woman plantation owner. A mob, skillfully and purposely directed, then seized him. After being displayed in front of a store, Sheppard was taken on a 7-hour tour of the main roads, the cross roads, and the back roads. Several prison camps were visited. As word of the affair spread through the Delta, some 3,000 cars and 6,000 whites converged on the scene of the revelry. Here, with the same methodical precision which had marked all their actions, mob leaders unloaded dried wood for the cremation, built their pyre, bound and strapped the negro and poured upon him gasoline which had been carried along for the occasion. Before the match was touched to him, Sheppard's mouth and nose were partly filled with mud to prevent him from inhaling gas fumes which might cause his instant death. As the fire blazed up, a wild-eyed member of the mob, intent on further torture, leaped atop the pile of wood, straddled the negro's body and cut his ears off with a pocket knife. Like a knock-out in the third round, the sacrifice itself took only a few minutes but not before the shrieks of the victim had been mingled with the screams of a hundred female spectators. Sheppard twisted and rolled in the flames, and finally rolled off the pile of flaming stavewood. He was immediately seized and thrown back, and more gasoline was applied. The orgy finished, a leg bone and the skull were claimed as souvenirs. Later the ears were exhibited at a filling station. The coroner's verdict: 'Death from causes unknown.'"
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