Give & Take

History Lesson

The August 21, 2014, Adventist Review had comments in it about Hymns and Tunes (p. 5), one of the earliest Adventist songbooks. It reminded me of something that might be of interest to readers.

My grandfather, Henry Elmer Simkin, was working for the publishing house in Battle Creek when my father was born in 1898. He was working there when Hymns and Tunes was first published, and kept the original press proofs of the whole book. After he retired, he was attending church at the Forest Lake Academy church. He decided that those proofs should be in the archives at the publishing house. He sent them to the Review and Herald (I don’t …

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