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History of the Disciples of Christ: California and Thomas THOMPSON
Source:  Winfred Ernest Garrison.  1931.  Religion Follows the Frontier: a History of the Disciples of Christ.  Harper & Bros., New York (photocopy courtesy of Betty Ann (Matthiesen) Cogliati).
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EMERGING FROM THE PIONEER STAGE...

CALIFORNIA

Since the purpose of these sketches is not to present a complete series of abbreviated state histories, but rather to illustrate the way in which the advance of the Disciples followed the westward course of the general population

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movement, it will be sufficient to pass as hastily as possible across the mountain country, as the 'forty-niners themselves did, and come to California.  Within two years after the discovery of gold at Sutter's Mill there were two congregations in California, one at Stockton and one at Santa Clara.  These were the product of the work of Thomas Thompson, the first Disciple preacher in the state.  He looked like Horace Greeley, and had money enough to evangelize at his own expense and religious zeal enough to devote his time to that work even when everyone else was in a fever of eagerness to find gold.  The first state meeting of which there is definite record was held in Vaca Valley, in October, 1856, though there are references to an earlier one at Stockton.  The state meeting became annual camp meetings, the first of which was held at Yountville in 1858.  This grew into the assembly at Santa Cruz with its permanent camp-ground upon which the northern California convention is still held.
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