[Mrs. Sarah M. Bonds]
[Karen?], Ivey G.
November 22, 1936.
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Mrs. Sarah [?] Bonds,
[?] 17th St.,
When Mrs. Sarah H. Bonde [came?] Lubbock in July 1921, the First Methodist [?] was already established here. The Reverend E. [?]. White, former pastor of the first Methodist Church of Waco, was at that time pastor of the Lubbock Church. Mother [?], as most of her friends lovingly call her, worshipped at this church until the little church was built on the corner of 19th Street and Avenue J. then she moved her membership there, as this was only two blocks from her home.
“I had accompanied Brother and Sister Write one afternoon on a trip to one of the circuit churches. “Mother Bonds [?] " And coming home they pastor told me that we were going to build another church in Lubbock.”
“Well, Brother Edgar, I am so glad”. Mother Bonds said she told him. “I like the First Church, but it seems like there just isn't much for me to do there, I want to be at work, I want to serve the Lord.”
“You will have some work to do over there,” She said he promised her. “Sure enough, I did too, and I enjoyed it so much.”
“In June [?] we had a tent meeting [it?] was grand. [we?] had one [?] feature about it [?], and that was that the wind was so terrific that we had a hard time keeping the tent up. The men would go up there and retie the ropes [?] it all fixed up for [??], then as like as not it would blow and flop as all during the sermon that some of the women would get real nervous.
“But we finally got our [?] church built”. Mother Bonds went on. “Brother Dickinson was the first pastor we had and after that we had Brother Walker with us.”
“The ladies of the church did all they could to help out with the finances, [we?] had some rummage sales, I used to not [?] in things like that, and would not take