The Society for Strang Studies
founded in 2000 to facilitate research into the life and accomplishment of James Jesse Strang

   

 
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J.J. Strang Writer's Society
Issue No. 7
December, 2002

J.J. Strang Writer's Society
Issue No. 7 December, 2002
From Bill Olson (your friendly editor):
Not much input from our members for this issue. However, thanks to Bill and Vickie for their contributions. Please join in next issue. There was no response to items in last issue. I do hope nobody was afraid of hurting my feelings by commenting about the chapter I included.
I was able to spend a couple hours talking to Bill Cashman on October 3rd when nine of us from Washington Island chartered a plane for a day trip to Beaver Island. I was surprised at how many changes (improvements) had been made in the two years since my first visit. Incidentally, for those of you who subscribe to the Beaver Beacon check out page 31 of the November issue for a picture of our group (that's me, 4th from the left). Does anyone have Sam Han's current e-mail address? I had been sending e-mail to him at shanMetLife.com but it now bounces The latest from Vickie Speek:
Last September I attended the John Whitmer Historical Association convention in Nauvoo. JWHA is associated with the Community of Christ or former RLDS Church- part of the historical Mormon Church. I was very fortunate to meet up with Jerry Gordon from this club and Bill Shepard and some other members of the Strangite Church.
Bill convinced Jerry and me to submit proposals to present papers at next year's JWHA meeting and at the Mormon History Association. Jerry submitted proposals for Warren Post and I submitted proposals for Elvira Field and Sarah Wright. Bill also suggested that John Quist, another member of this club, to be one of the commentators. So far I haven't heard back whether our proposals were accepted or not.
Also, in October I spent a wonderful weekend as a house guest of Bill Shepard and his wife Diane. I had such a wonderful time conversing with Bill and going through his research files. He is such a knowledgeable man about Strang's history and the history of the Mormon church. Bill also invited me to attend church services in the Strangite Church, which is located next door to his house. I was given the opportunity to speak to the congregation about Strang's five wives. Everyone treated me so kindly! It is important to today's Strangites that the real story of James Strang and his followers be told - not sensationalized.
From Bill Cashman:
“The Beaver Island Historical Society recently received a small metal box (an archaic cookie tin, perhaps) of legal papers belonging to W. W. Boyle (his naturalization; some insurance papers for his home on Main Street in St. James; a mortgage to International Harvester) from the Charlevoix Historical Society. Willie Boyle was our postmaster around the turn of the century; he had two children, a daughter who may have died, and a son, Carlton, who moved to California. Among his papers was a document, #42490, ‘Library of Congress, Copyright Office, Washington. To wit, Be it remembered, that on the 22nd day of July, 1896, W. W. Boyle of St. James Mich has deposited in this Office the title of a Book the title or description of which is in the following words, to wit: King Strang, or Life Among the Mormons of Beaver Island by W. W. Boyle, the right whereof he claims as author and proprietor in conformity with the laws of the United States respecting Copyrights.’
“We have not previously heard of this endeavor.”
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 

 

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