Auburn In The Long Ago
For many years, Bro. McCormick was the
beloved pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in
were four churches. Baptist, Cumberland Presbyterian,
Christian and Methodist. Each had preaching once a month, but
each had Sunday School every Sunday. Bro. McCormick was very
popular and usually had his church full on his day to preach.
He had one son, Hershel, who after finishing Auburn College,
worked in the bank. He married Mary Sloss. I recall an
interesting incident, which took place. It was Bro.
McCormick’s preaching day and after the sermon he announced
baptizing. Upon reaching home, George Blakey excitedly to his
father (a Baptist) that Bro. McCormick (and they lived across
the street from the McCormick’s) “After announcing he would
baptize some folks, did not baptize them at all but just
sprinkled some water on their heads.” His father said, “Son,
that is what Bro. McCormick calls baptizing.” George replied,
“Well, somebody ought to tell him better.” The preacher
greatly enjoyed the story when he heard it.
Bro. McCormick built up a large and loyal
church in Auburn. Although he only had one child to send to
college, he was a loyal supporter of the college.
J. HENRY BURNETT