Books [Rev. D. D. Tidwell]
The pioneer minister dared the dangers of the frontier, the perils of unblazed trails, and the lurking red man that he might mark spiritual paths that are today well-beaten roads.
It is difficult for us to imagine the hardships under which Rev. Ross labored. His churches were miles away from his home. This meant that his family was left to face the danger of Indian raids alone. It was necessary for him to go prepared for any emergency so he rode a large yellow horse of good racing ability, carried tow guns, his Bible and hymn book. Rev. Ross often stated that he could whip all the Indians that he could not outrun. Sometimes danger from the Indians became so acute that he dared not travel during daylight and would wait until nightfall to go on to and from his appointments. In after years he said that it was one of the happiest moments of his life when he could lay his guns aside.
Let us endeavor to visualize a typcial early day church service. The congregation gathering at a little log church building, coming by foot, horseback and some in ox wagons. The preacher arrives on horseback, two pistols strapped to his side, his Bible and hymn book in his saddle bags. As the men enter the building their guns are stacked conveniently in a corner, while the preacher lays his pistols near his Bible and hymn book. Sometimes the service was conducted beneath the [friendly [?] of a stately