Chicago House of Spirituality notes: 1909-1912
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YR 1909

Minutes of the House of Spir. 5 Jan. 1909 There was no House of Spir. meeting on 29 Dec. 1908. The convention will be on Sat. 20 Mar. 1909; that is the most suitable time. Invitations will go out. Mrs. Br-ham write about international correspondence between the Baha'i women of the East and the West. She informs the House of Spir. of her efforts; the House of Spir. decides to place the letter in the archives (where is it?). Edward C. Gets. to G. Lesch, Sec. of House of Spir. copy 83 25 Dec. 1908 After the inauguration [of the President of USA] money will ease up. The convention should be after the Fast, not before. April would be good. Mrs. True says many delegates should go from each city. He doesn't like that; some communities will send only one and representation won't be equal. Sohrab translated Bethlen's tablet about the Temple dependencies. Gets. complains that Baha'is dilute the Faith with other ideas. He says New York has a lot of trouble with this tendency. Minutes of the House of Spir. 12 Jan. 1909 A list of persons invited to the convention was drawn up earlier, modified, and approved. Chicago delegates will be chosen later; we will wait to see how many are appointed from other cities. The preface for Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas was read and considered. Feast will be next Tues, so there will not be a House of Spir. meeting that night (19 Jan.). Chicago circular letter copy 83 Chicago, 12 Jan. 1909 It is typed on T. Chase's typewriter. The convention will be on 20 March. Give us the names of your delegates. Minutes of Joint Meeting of House of Spir. and [?] Temple Committee copy 83 26 Jan. 1909 The Temple committee seems to be all women. Convention is planned. There will be a reception at Mrs. Foster's. Feast will be that night too. The Sunday morning service will be held on 21 March; all will be invited. Miss Tyckson of the Young People's Society and Mrs. Waite will look after the music. Minutes of the House of Spir. Tues. 2 Feb. 1908 [1909] Replies have been received from Seattle, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Spokane, Sandusky, Walla Walla, Goblesville, Paoli, Racine, Duluth, Farmingdale, Newport, Hudson, Washington [Wash. D.C.], Laurance [sic], and Kenosha. Mr. Remey will be asked to describe the Ishqabad Temple at the convention. `Abdu'l-Baha sends a tablet for Tablets of Abdul Baha Abbas. "After due consideration, it was deemed advisable to ask Mr. Remey to be with us during Convention to impart information regarding Mashrak-el-Azkar in Ashkabad, etc." Minutes of the House of Spir. 9 Feb. 1909 Ober's letter about New York City prompts a letter to the New York Board of Counsel stressing the desire for more unity. We are "expressing our desire for a closer bond of unity and understanding" the House of Spir. says. Minutes of the House of Spir. 16 Feb. 1909 A letter from Khurasan was received; its from the Baha'i women. Mrs. True wants to have another joint meeting. A letter to New York is approved. House of Spir. to New York Board of Counsel copy 83 Chicago, 19 Feb. 1909 It was signed by all eleven members, but by T. Chase, not by each man. The House of Spir. is united after years of tests. Consultation is the key. We rarely use parliamentary forms and hope there are no majorities and minorities. We go around the circle and consult. Rarely do we have to vote; unanimity usually results. Chicago has growing confidence in the House of Spir. Mr. and Mrs. Foster;s home at 35th St. is central to the Baha'is, so unity feasts usually are held there. The meeting is under the auspices of the House of Spir. and business is done. There were 100 at the meeting last Sunday. A children's school meets before the service. Meetings with seekers are held Sunday night at Russell's and Moody's; A. Agnew usually speaks. An "industrial class" meets sat. afternoons. There are group meetings all over the city every day. The convention is for the Temple, but it is for unity also. Minutes of Joint Meeting of the House of Spir. and the Temple Committee 23 Feb. 1909 A list of convention delegates is drawn up. Baha'i homes will be opened to delegates. Chicago will choose its delegates for the convention a week from this Sunday; it will choose three delegates. They will rent a hall for the business sessions of the convention. At feast a credentials committee will be appointed (on 20 Mar). The Advertising Committee will be A. Agnew and C. Scheffler. The program committee will be T. Chase, Windust, and Waite. Minutes of the House of Spir. 2 Mar. 1909 MacNutt is present as a guest. He spoke at the end. Remey suggests that Chicago correspond with the Reunion Marattebe; a Baha'i group in Tehran. Henry Goodale is made an honorary member of the House of Spir.; this will be discussed later. Remey to Windust Wash. D.C., 30 May 1909 Enclosed are two copies of tablets. Remey to A. Agnew 24 Feb. 1909 He has received a letter from the Reunion Marattebe giving an account of their work. They especially correspond with other groups. Remey met Taere [Ta`irih] Khanum in Tehran. Mrs. Br-ham is corresponding with her and other women in Iran. p. 3: "In response to her [Ta`irih] greetings and remembrances, on behalf of the Bahai women of Tehran, some of the Maidservants in this Country, through the initial efforts of Mrs. Brittingham, have entered into a regular system of corrispondence [sic] with the women of the various Assemblies of the East." Tehran is the center of Baha'i activities in Iran; news, letters go out from there to the entire country. There are thirty meetings weekly in Tehran. Mirza Azizollah Khan at the Russian bank, Tehran, is the man to write to for the Reunion Marattebe. Votes for Chicago delegates, Sunday 7 Mar. 1909 T. Chase -- 20 Mrs. Harrison -- 10 Windust - 15 Miss Jones -- 5 Mrs. True -- 37 Mrs. Russell -- 1 Woodworth -- 1 Ioas -- 3 Mr. Foster -- 11 Sprague -- 2 Currier -- 3 Kirchner - 1 G. Lesch -- 14 Waite -- 1 Dr. Moody -- 20 Hoffman -- 1 A. Agnew -- 21 C. Scheffler -- 1 Mrs. Brush -- 2 19 total received votes House of Spir. to ? Chicago, 11 Mar. 1909 It may be to Mrs. Bartlett. Her mother died; a condolence letter. She's not active; they tell her of the growing unity in Chicago and the USA resulting from the Temple effort. Minutes of Open Meeting copy 83 17 Mar. 1909 The meeting is at Mrs. True's. The complete convention plans are listed. Monday is for business; Sat., Sun. for other things. There will be a public meeting Mon. evening. The children will recite the Baha'i alphabet. Miss Masson will publicize the convention. The Young People's Society will organize a talk by Mr. MacNutt on Tuesday evening. Photo of the Convention 20-23 Mar. 1909 Wallace A. Busselle, Treas., Seattle Circular letter Seattle, WA, 9 Mar. 1909 They are publicizing the financial straits of the Bahai Publishing Society. They ask that money be sent to A. Agnew, 1379 Smalley Court, Chicago. J. R. Price to Friends 22 Mar. 1909 His address is 87 Canal St., Chicago. A Quaker, he was moved to speak at the public meeting last night but didn't so he writes in stead. "I must write you good people and tell you that I love you" Windust notes on the bottom this "speaks well for the presence of the Spirit at the open meeting" for the Temple at Northwestern University. Dr. Pauline Barton-Peeke to House of Spir. Cleveland, 27 Mar. 1909 Her's was the first Baha'i marriage in Cleveland ever; between her and E. C. B. Peeke on 4 Feb. 1909. They used the "blessed words of Baha-U-Allah." Fourteen Baha'is witnessed the wedding, which was after the regular meeting. Minutes of the House of Spir. Sunday 28 Mar. 1909 Mrs. Davis of Walla Walla, WA, went insane from fasting; what would the House of Spir. advise? We must not fast if it will be physically harmful. Teachers are badly needed in the Pacific northwest. C. Scheffler will turn over the funds to the Bahai Temple Unity treasurer. Minutes of the House of Spir. 6 Apr. 1909 Jacobsen wrote for the BTU about confirmation of Chicago members of the BTU. We will meet at Mrs. True's to plan the celebration of Ridvan and will rent a tent [for the Temple grounds?]. We will retain the hall for another year. A. Agnew read the proceedings of "First Bahai Convention." BTU to A. Agnew 4 Apr. 1909 By B. Jacobsen, secretary, on BTU stationary. Please have the Chicago Assembly confirm the selection of True and A. Agnew on the Executive Board. BTU to House of Spir. 5 Apr. 1909 Please have the Chicago Assembly confirm Agnew and True on the Executive Board. Minutes of the House of Spir. Open Meeting 13 Apr. 1909 Held at Mrs. True's. The Ridvan celebration is planned. Tents and seats will be rented. The women will provide refreshments. All Baha'i assemblies will be invited. A program committee is appointed, and a few others. Orient Weekly 15 Jan. 1909 Several articles follow; one entitled "Bahai Feast" says that over 80 were present at feast at the Kinney home. 56 names are listed. There is a photo of the gathering too. Meetings are held at the Genealogical Society Hall each Sunday. Mr. Hoar is the treasurer of the "Bahai Society." Regular meetings are listed in New York City, Brooklyn, and Jersey City. News Clipping: On 11 Mar. 1909 an election was held in the General Hall. Over 60 were present at it. Elected were: Mr. Mills (Chairman), Mr. [Paul] Marshall, Mr. A. P. Dodge, Mr. Hutchingson [sic], Mr. Kinney, Mr. Seeley, Mr. Rich, Mr. Baker, Mr. Lincoln. There were 70 guests at the Dodge's for Naw-Ruz on 21 Mar. undated clipping from the Orient: There was a musical evening for the Temple fund in New York City; $25.00 was raised. 50 guests were present, including Mr. Ed. B. Kinny [sic], Miss Wuledge, Mrs. Cory, Mrs. von Lilienthal, Miss Phillips, Mr. Conrad, and Miss Annie Boylan. Minutes of the House of Spir. Tues. 20 Apr. 1909 They have received a letter about the condition of Mrs. Davis in Walla-Walla. Ida Finch writes to ask about nineteen day feasts. Remey notes that Edward Gets. received a tablet about the Temple. Ida A. Finch to House of Spir. Seattle, 9 Apr. 1909 Can non-Baha'is serve in the Baha'i community? [The House of Spir. said yes, but not in teaching the Faith.] Mrs. Finch sends out notices, listing all the feasts in the entire year. If people aren't reminded, "there is a decided lack of interest" in feast. We would like to print up cards with all the feast days; they could be useful elsewhere [The House of Spir. said yes, a good idea.] Minutes of the House of Spir. 11 May 1909 A letter received from Frank Osborne of the Brooklyn Board of Counsel. Remey suggests a translation fund and support for Ameen Fareed. Remey also submits designs and blueprints; they are examined [on the Temple?]. There will be a business session at the regular assembly meeting the first Sunday of the month. The Women's Assembly of Teaching is to be reorganized on 15 May. Mrs. Agnew will tell us who the officers are. The women should not have a separate treasury though; it will complicate matters. Minutes of the House of Spir. 25 May 1909 Miss Jean Masson is the secretary of the Women's Assembly. "After due consideration, it was agreed that an Occidental presentation of the Baha [sic] Revelation should be the feature of our Sunday service." Remey suggests that architects should gather on 1 Aug. to discuss the Temple. Mr. Sykes gave a discourse on Sunday, 16 May; they discuss his case. Frank E. Osborne, Secretary, to House of Spir. copy 83 Brooklyn, 4 May 1909 The letter is not on stationary, and is handwritten, with words scratched out. A Board has been elected in Brooklyn of men, with a separate Board for the women. I guess for the first time. Albert Hall to Miss Jeanne Masson Minneapolis, 30 Apr. 1909 It is snowing in Minneapolis now, so I can't come down for Ridvan! The martyrs in Iran must be our example. We must build a Bahai Temple Unity [BTU] that is united. Executive Board of the Assembly of Teaching to House of Spir. Chicago, 22 May 1909 By Miss Jean Masson, recording secretary. The women met on 8 May at Mrs. Russell's and Dr. Moody's to reorganize. `Abdu'l- Baha said to the delegates, "Now is the commencement of organization." They have elected an executive board of nine women, patterned after the BTU: Mrs. Ida Brush, Mrs. Mamie Agnew, Mrs. Luella Kirchner, Mrs. Louise R. Waite, Mrs. Mary Keller, Mrs. Julia Elizabeth Diggett, Mrs. Christine Loeding, Miss Laura E. Jones, and Miss Jean Masson. At their first executive board meeting on 15 May the following officers were elected: Mrs. Brush, President; Mrs. Agnew, Vice President; Miss Masson, recording secretary; Mrs. Waite, corresponding secretary; Mrs. Kirchner, treasurer. The women organized seven committees for: organization; education; program; philanthropic; visiting; sick; the press. The title of the women's body will be the "Assembly of Teaching." They will write to `Abdu'l-Baha for confirmation. House of Spir. (per. T. Chase) to Women's Assembly of Teaching copy 83 Chicago, 27 May 1909 We appreciate the women's "spirit of endeavor." We see that all need a chance to work; but all have a special fitness for some work or another. Remey to Windust 22 May 1909 A quick letter. He's still working on Temple drawings. Minutes of Joint meeting of the House of Spir. and the Temple Committee 1 June 1909 We'll ask out of town speakers to come talk on the Temple. All Chicago Baha'is will help support the Kappes fund, once current expenses are met. Bahai Women of Isphahan to Bahai Sisters of America Isphahan, 24 Mar. 1909 received Chicago June 1909 Mrs. Br-ham received the letter first; she wrote to them. Its a nice letter, almost quotable. [p. 2-3] "The female education in Persia is in a very low degree and we the Behais women much depend upon our American sisters in obtaining the means of education." Frank E. Osborne to G. Lesch (House of Spir.) Brooklyn, 27 May 1909 One member of each board should correspond with the other. Our member will be Mr. MacMechan. The person would be an "at large" member of the other's Board. G. Lesch to Osborne 14 June 1909 We won't follow your suggestion because there are too many Boards. But we've acquired a lot of experience a a body and would be honored to advise you. Minutes of the House of Spir. 15 June 1909 The funeral service of Mrs. Johnson is arranged. BTU Designs Committee circular letter n.d. The letter describes the grounds of the Temple and invites the submission of designs. It describes the Temple too; a good description. For now, they will just build the basement. Architects will meet on 1 Aug. 1909. Remey and Hall are the committee who drew up the letter. Frank J. Phelps to Albert Windust Wash. D.C., 17 July 1909 Sohrab has been commanded by `Abdu'l-Baha to write a history of the Faith in USA. He wants to go to Chicago and examine the archives. Wash. D.C. supports Sohrab; they give him $45/month. Thank you for agreeing to pay his train ticket to Chicago. Minutes of the House of Spir. 20 July 1909 T. Chase present. Letter from Mashhad received. Sohrab is coming to Chicago. Minutes of the House of Spir. 27 July 1909 T. Chase present. The next meeting will be 24 Aug. 1909. They met with Mr. Farnsworth. Minutes of the House of Spir. 24 Aug. 1909 T. Chase present. They discussed the publication of a "monthly booklet, or magazine." Minutes of the House of Spir. 31 Aug. 1909 T. Chase present. Mrs. True received a tablet about the "rights of women to serve in consultative bodies." "It was the opinion of those present that some misunderstanding might be incurred by circulation of said Tablet." Minutes of the House of Spir. 7 Sept. 1909 "Mirza Sohrab stated that he had secured original of recent Tablet to Mrs. True regarding woman's rights and that he considered translation of same good, but that he would submit to Abdul Baha certain subjects which do not seem perfectly clear, for our information." Miss Lillian James was Chicago's pianist. Mirza Munir Zayn wrote about capitalization of pronouns referring to the Bab, Baha'u'llah, and `Abdu'l-Baha. Asher R. Gluck to the Officers and members of the Bahai Society 22 Aug. 1909 He offers a vacant lot as a place "to introduce the philosophy of the Bahai religion." Minutes of the House of Spir. Thurs. 16 Sept. 1909 We will give to the Denver newspaper [which wrote an inaccurate article on the Faith] the article on Bahaism from the Nouveau Larousse Illustre. Sohrab will write to `Abdu'l-Baha about the main uses of the Temple. The House of Spir. will write to `Abdu'l-Baha and ask Him to ask Sohrab to relocate to Chicago. "It was decided that Mr. Thompson be asked to meet with us next Wednesday and become better acquainted." T. Chase present. Mrs. A. M. Bryant to House of Spir. Woodland Park, CO, 12 Sept. 1909 She writes about an article about the Faith in the Denver Post that's inaccurate. She doesn't know who instigated it. Remey and Struven spoke to the Theosophical Society (in Denver?) in spite of the society's strict rules. Please reply to the article. House of Spir. to Mrs. A. M. Bryant 21 Sept. 1909 We will write the editor of the Denver Post about its inaccurate article. Four Baha'is to House of Spir. 16 Sept. 1909 A post card from four Baha'is en route to Akka: Gertrude Buikema, Harlan Ober, Edna McKinney, and Effie Dixon. Charles Ioas (House of Spir.) to Editor of Denver Post Chicago, 21 Sept. 1909 Please keep the enclosed pamphlet; your article of Sunday, 12 Sept. 1909 was mostly erroneous. Minutes of the House of Spir. 22 Sept. 1909 T. Chase present. The Denver article is dated Sunday, 12 Sept. 1909. Capitalization of pronouns; doing it too often would be distracting, so we'll use our judgment. House of Spir. to Mr. Andrew J. Nelson Chicago, 27 Sept. 1909 We hear Mr. John Peterson is very ill; how is he? Andrew J. Nelson to House of Spir. Racine, 9 Oct. 1909 He didn't know about Peterson, in Racine, is sick. He found him finally, and yes he's very sick. He has "consumption of the lungs." "The Cause is not growing very much in Racine that is we are not gaining any new Believers although we try to spread the Message when we can get someone to listen. But the trouble lies with ourselves I am sure and sorry to say we think we are too poor, to do anything we are too lukewarm, it is a shame to acknowledge it..." Minutes of the House of Spir. 29 Sept. 1909 T. Chase absent. We have sent a report to `Abdu'l-Baha with advice requested about reelections. The letter to `Abdu'l-Baha asking Sohrab to move to Chicago was read and approved. Certificate and bond issue to finance the East and West Magazine was discussed. It must be on a non-profit sharing basis in stead. Harry C. Thompson is listed as a member of the House of Spir. Minutes of the House of Spir. 5 Oct. 1909 T. Chase absent. Mrs. Waite and Sidney Sprague are en route to Akka. The BTU will meet on 9 Oct. Plans are made to continue the work in the fall and winter. The House of Spir. will meet with different Baha'is; Mr. Woodworth and Mr. Thompson are appointed a committee to do this. Minutes of the House of Spir. 12 Oct. 1909 T. Chase absent. Various letters. Minutes of the House of Spir. copy 83 19 Oct. 1909 Feast is a private meeting for Baha'is only (essentially), while Sunday meetings are open to all and designed to attract others. Baha'u'llah's and `Abdu'l-Baha's words are the center of both. Food should be simple at both. T. Chase absent. House of Spir. to Andrew J. Nelson Chicago, 18 Oct. 1909 A reply to Nelson's last letter. The situation in Racine is the same as elsewhere. Minutes of the House of Spir. 26 Oct. 1909 T. Chase absent. He is in California and writes about conditions there. Minutes of the House of Spir. 2 Nov. 1909 "After due consideration, it was decided that Mr. Lesch succeed Mr. Scheffler as Treasurer." Mrs. Ladd of Seattle offers to assist in a literary capacity. Minutes of the House of Spir. 9 Nov. 1909 Mrs. Lua Gets. says she will come to Chicago to teach; she wrote to Miss Masson. Miss Masson proposed a paid public meeting. The House of Spir. will not support it. Mrs. Foster will be paid what she is due from the Fund. Frank E. Osborne, Secretary, to G. Lesch of House of Spir. Brooklyn, 10 Nov. 1909 The Book of the Covenant should be retranslated. The letter is from the Brooklyn Board of Consultation. Minutes of the House of Spir. 16 Nov. 1909 Sohrab, T. Chase both wrote about the magazine. Remey wrote about work in the West. Osborne writes for Brooklyn proposing a retranslation of the Book of the Covenant. Denver Assembly to the House of Spir. 19 Nov. 1909 The Denver Baha'is have organized a Denver Branch of the Temple Association. Mr. Clark is the treasurer. Mrs. Josephine Clark and son, George Nathaniel Clark, are Baha'is; their home is "headquarters." Minutes of the House of Spir. 23 Nov. 1909 We'll send reports to `Abdu'l-Baha more regularly. Feast is discussed; a central meeting place is necessary, or meetings in several places in the city. House of Spir. to Mrs. A. M. Bryant Chicago, 30 Nov. 1909 Congratulations with Denver's organization; we hope your regular meetings will continue. House of Spir. to Osborne Chicago, 30 Nov. 1909 Yes, the Book of the Covenant should be retranslated. But we don't have the original. Minutes of the House of Spir. 30 Nov. 1909 Miss McCoy is now the Chicago pianist and is paid. They will publish extracts from tablets about the use of the Iqan. Minutes of the House of Spir. 7 Dec. 1909 Mrs. Waite makes suggestions about the Sunday services. Mrs. H. S. Moss, treasurer of the translator's fund [in Wash. D.C.?]. We will ask her how much money she has. T. Chase wrote to Windust. Minutes of the House of Spir. 28 Dec. 1909 They received a letter from Mashhad. General discussion.

YR 1910

Minutes of the House of Spir. 11 Jan. 1910 A Persian American Educational Society [PAES] is proposed. Sohrab writes them about it. The treasurer reports. General discussion. No other letters. No House of Spir. meetings were held on 18 or 25 Jan. 1910. Minutes of the House of Spir. 1 Feb. 1910 General discussion. No letters. Minutes of the House of Spir. 8 Feb. 1910 Lease on the hall. Appointment of delegates for the upcoming convention. General discussion. Minutes of the House of Spir. 22 Feb. 1910 The New York Board of Counsel expresses approval of the idea that Chicago publish Bahai News. Mashhad writes. Remey writes from the S. S. Bulow, with articles by Rev. Timothy Richards. Letters in reply are approved. B. Jacobsen to G. Lesch [?] Kenosha, 27 Feb. 1910 A. Agnew and True did a good job last year, so I hope the Chicago Baha'is will reelect them as their delegates this year. The letter was read at the Sunday meeting to the Chicago Baha'is. Minutes of the House of Spir. Tues. 1 Mar. 1910 Letter from Ida Finch; the secretary will reply. This is the last set of minutes in the House of Spir. records until 1917. House of Spir. to Mrs. E. G. Foster 12 Mar. 1910 Baha'is should not go into business in any way different from non-Baha'is; we must be careful. She is the wife of L. W. Foster, from other letters in this file. Edward L. Parsons to Chicago Baha'i Assembly Berkeley, CA, 9 Apr. 1910 He wants information on the Faith. G. Lesch to Edward L. Parsons Chicago, 16 Apr. 1910 He encloses literature. The Faith has "About fifty centers" in the USA. For more information write T. Chase in Los Ang. Louis Gregory to Mrs. A. S. Agnew Wash. D.C., 5 May 1910 Please send this list of books. Joseph Hannen just gave a speech on "The Race Problem in the Light of the Bahai Revelation" to "our largest colored literary society. It would make an excellent pamphlet. Would the `Household of Spirituality' like to publish it? [I never wrote a closed quote mark.] Hannen gave a glowing report of the convention to Wash. D.C. Gregory couldn't go to Chicago because he was in Akka. Oakshette to House of Justice n.d.; must be May 1910 He has loaned money to a Baha'i and can't get it back. House of Spir. to Dr. James C. Oakshette Chicago, 7 May 1910 It is about a personal business matter. Baha'is can sue; you should strive to obtain justice. A Baha'i must pay his debts. Don't tell us who owes you money; we don't need to know. Oakshette to House of Spir. 13 May 1910 Thank you for your advice. House of Spir. to Louis G. Gregory 18 May 1910 The Bahai Publishing Society [BPS] has more than they can publish. The subject is delicate; individual effort is important, but a publication could stir up prejudice. L. Kirchner to House of Spir. Chicago, 23 May 1910 A rather bitter letter. She feels crudely slandered. She never gives the details, though! She resigns from all community responsibilities. "I do not care to work with people whose service is mainly lip-service." She double underlined every underlined word except "do," "to," and "with." L. Kirchner to G. Lesch Chicago, 24 May 1910 She won't contribute to the fund any more. Nor will Mr. Kirchner. House of Spir. to L. Kirchner Chicago, 25 May 1910 We feel regret that you feel as you do. Thank you for your service. [She had assisted the treasurer as the women's treasurer, I think.] Oscar S. Hinckley to G. Lesch San Diego, CA; received 20 June 1910 He is going blind; he can barely see. Everything has wavy motions around it. He can barely read. [The letter is horrid; he couldn't see what he had written.] Otherwise Hinckley says he's fine. "I was 71 the 18th of April." F. M. Nichols, secretary of Board of Consultation, to G. Lesch Kenosha, 4 July 1910 Have you any tablets saying that women can serve on boards of consultation? He wrote the same letter to Windust. House of Spir. to F. W. Nichols, secretary 11 July 1910 We don't have such, but Mrs. True obtained a tablet three or four months ago; she can send you a copy. Windust to F. W. Nichols copy 83 Chicago, 23 July 1910 Nichols lives in Kenosha. He seems to have written about organization. The House of Spir. quotes all the tablets they have about the House of Spir. and spiritual assembly. Spiritual Assembly is a correct translation; Sohrab uses it correctly. Mrs. True has received a tablet which says women may be elected to spiritual assemblies. The House of Justice must be elected by a general election. Cincinnati should organize a spiritual assembly. Contributions to the Baha'i fund is not obligatory. The House of Spir. suggests that Kenosha take a vote whether to add women to the Board or not.

YR 1911

Jacobsen to Windust Kenosha, 16 May 1911 We wrote to `Abdu'l-Baha asking whether we should dissolve our Board of Consultation; He said no. The tablet is attached. `Abdu'l-Baha to Kenosha translated 4 Mar. 1911 The tablet mentioned in the above letter. The House of Justice cannot be organized yet. Spiritual Assemblies must be organized in stead. I am sorry to hear about the disunity between the men and the women. Organize a separate spiritual assembly for women and one for the men. This is the best solution. James C. Oakshette to G. Lesch Houghton, MI, 9 June 1911 He signs his name with M.D. and Ph.D. after it. At this date apparently he is no longer living in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Albert [Windust] to George [Lesch] July 1911 Please ask those elected to come to a meeting next Sunday. The voting tally: Dr. Zia Baghdadi 25 Mr. W. E. Kelly 11 ______________________ Mr. Geo. Lesch 25 Mr. Chas. Ioas 10 Mr. Alb. Windust 25 Mr. Lars Johnson 9 Mr. Chas. Greenleaf 22 Mr. Louis Keller 8 Dr. W. F. Nutt 22 Mr. Peter D. Coyne 8 Mr. Arth. Agnew 18 Mr. Albert Kirchner 6 Mr. Jas. Woodworth 15 Mr. Chas. Scheffler 5 Mr. Jos. Johnson 14 Mr. Jas. Murphy 4 _______________________________ Mr. Chas. Currier 3 Mr. Herbert Anderson 2 Mr. Arthur Dealy 2 Mr. Geo. Loeding 1 Mr. Honore Jaxon 1 Mr. Holdt 1 Those above the line were elected to the House of Spir. G. Lesch to Dear Bahai Brother Chicago, 27 July 1911 You've been elected; come to the first meeting on Sunday 30 July at 10:30 AM in the Corinthian Hall parlor. BTU (Jacobsen) to House of Spir. (G. Lesch) 8 Nov. 1911 Agnew has resigned from the BTU as a delegate. Enclosed is his resignation. Please elect another delegate. A note below says Dr. Wm Fredk Nott [sic] was chosen as delegate. Ratified by the Assembly on 1 Nov. 1911. Mary E. Farrell to House of Spir. Spokane, 9 Nov. 1911 Are there any Baha'is in Spokane? She read about the Faith in last Sunday's Spokesman's Review. The House of Spir. sent pamphlets and addresses.

YR 1912

Business Meeting of the Bahai Assembly of Chicago Sunday, 18 Feb. 1912 The meeting is held in the Corinthian Hall of the Masonic Temple. The Assembly discussed the upcoming convention. They chose various committees: a Feast of Ridvan Committee, a Finance Committee (for the Feast), a Reception Committee. All delegates will be invited to the celebration. Dr. William F. Nutt and Mrs. C. True will be Chicago's delegates. Zia Baghdadi and Luella Kirchner will be the alternates. The Assembly extended the lease on the Corinthian Hall for another year. A committee was appointed to look for other places. Dr. William Nutt presided. He is on many of the committees. The House of Spir. can't be functioning. Roger Dahl says no House of Spir. correspondence exists in the BTU and Kenosha papers in the teens, not until the Kirchner affair. YR 1917 Minutes of the House of Spir. 9 Sept. 1917 Present were Lesch, Windust, Dr. Slater, Mr. Hanby, Mrs. True, Mr. Scheffler, Mrs. Lesch, and Dr. Baghdadi. Three guests also. They write a letter in reply to one from the BTU. END


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