Guy and Grover are sons of John Bolin Parrack and Rebecca Landis, other children John, Horace Edgar, Effie, Ira Landis, and Aggie -John Bolin Parrack buried in Ganado,Jackson Co., Texas --John Bolin Parrack was a Baptist Minister --per is an actical about him
Copy of newspaper article abt 1930 containing information on J.B. Parrack a
Baptist Minister and former circuit rider and wife, Rebecca Landis Parrack.
He was ordained in Waco on Dec 7, 1873 by the First Baptist Church of Waco.
After his marriage in 1870, John and his wife joined the Shady Grove Baptist
Church, which had been organized by his grandfather "Street".He served as a
circuit riding preacher throughout Texas, Indian Territory and New Mexico.He
served as a missionary for the old Union Baptist Association, which was the
mother of all Baptist work in Texas. (Per 60th Anniversary: First Baptist
Church, Lamesa, TX, 1970, p 24, copy in Historical Collection and Archives, A.
Webb Roberts Library, Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX)
By 1905 J. B. was living in Christoval, Tom Green Co., TX.In Jan. 1905 he was
assigned stations stretching from Christoval and Knickerbocker, in Tom Green
Co., TX, to Rudd a mere Post Office amoung the scattered ranchers. the only
preaching place in Reagon Co., TX (Per letter to J. B. Gambrell, Superintendent
of the Dallas Office of the Baptist General Convention of TX from John Bolin
Parrack, 17 Sept. 1907, copy in the Historical Collection and Archived, A. Webb
Roberts Library, SW Baptist Theological Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX)
On 31 Aug. 1907, J. B. resigned from the station at Christoval and accepted a
new station at Salado, TX. (Per letter to J. B. Gramrell, from J. B. Parrack 17
Sept 1907, copy Hist. Coll. A. Webb Roberts Library, SW Bapt. Theo. Seminary,
Ft. Worth, TX)His circuit included churches from Midkiff in Upton Co., TX to
Garden City, in Glasscock Co., TX (Per letter to J. B. Gramrell from J. B. 16
Dec 1909, copy Hist. Coll. A. Webb Roberts Library, SW Bapt. Theo. Seminary,
Ft. Worth, TX)
By 1910 J. B. was living in Garden City, Glasscock Co., TX.While he was
still preaching in Upton County at Midkiff and Upland, J. B. organized and
preached in Adrews, Andrews Co., TX; Shafter, TX; Seminole, Gaines Co., TX;
Eunice, Monument, Knowles, and Lovington in Lea Co., NM (Per letter to F. M.
McConnell, Supr. Dallas Office of the Bapt. Genl. Conv. 4 Mar 1910,
copy at Hist. Coll. A. Webb Roberts Library, SW Bapt. Theo. Seminary,
Ft. Worth, TX) This territory today covers some two hundred miles and J. B.
describes the hardships associated with his work in various letters.He
states, "My support is not equal to the work here, nor the expenses of the
field.I have to drive two horeses and haul my feed for all these long trips.
There is no feed in all this country except what is shipped." He vividly
describes the effects of the 1910 drought upon his congregations, saying, "Many
people have gone, others yet going.Some connot leave because they have
nothing to leave with, and precious little to stay with... Stiles church
reported 61 members in 1908 and 47 in 1909 and now report 19 for 1910... The
whole country has suffered equal loss.(Per letter to F. M. McConnell from J.
B. 4 Aug 1910, copy at Hist. Coll. A. Webb Roberts Library, SW Bapt. Theo.
Seminary,Ft. Worth, TX)By August 1910 the drought was so bad that J. B.'s son
Ira, abandoned his post.By agreement, as congregation size had dwindled, J.
B. took over the post Ira vacated, in addition to his own.Thus he once again
began serving the churches at Stiles and Garden City. (Per letters btwn F. M.
McConnell and J. B. 2 May 1910; 4 Aug. 1910; 5 Aug 1910; 20 Aug 1910; 23 Aug
1910; 24 Aug 1910; 30 Aug 1910; and 31 Aug 1910; copy at Hist Coll., A. Webb
Roberts Library, SW Bapt. Theo Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX) By June 1911, as the
drought had not abated, J. B. was given a leave of absence to preach at other
fields.He resigned from his post 1 Aug., 1911 (Per letter to F. M. McConnell
from J. B. 27 Jun 1911,copy at Hist. Coll. A. Webb Roberts Library, SW Bapt.
Theo. Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX)
By 1918, J. B. was retired.He and his wife had apparently been living in
Eastland Co., TX, as in a letter dated 28 Sept. 1918, J. B. states that they
had been able to lease their "little place" in Eastland Co., TX for enough to
buy a "moderate" shelter in Lorenzo, Crosby Co., TX. (Per letter to S. F.
Grover, Supr. of the Old Minister's Relief Board, Dallas, TX from J. B. 28
Sept. 1918, copy received from the Hist. Coll. A. Webb Roberts Library, SW
Bapt. Theo. Seminary, Ft. Worth, TX)
Per Nell Shankle, J. B. and his wife later moved to Ganado, Jackson Co., TX
where he died 30 Jul 1932. (Per letterfrom Nell Shankle to Susan Wilkerson
dated 4 Apr 1991)