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Name: REES, Emory John (Rev.)

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Birth Date: 13.2.1870 Edgar, Illinois

Death Date: 30.9.1947 Urbana, Champaign, Illinois

First Date: 1904

Profession: Missionary - Friends' Africa Industrial Mission. Rev Rees arrived at Kaimosi in June 1904 with his wife.

Area: Kaimosi, 1922 Maragoli

Married: In Champaign, Illinois 28 Dec 1898 Deborah Gorman b. 22.2.1876 Urbana, Illinois, d. 15 June 1967 Concord, California

Children: Olive Aurilena (13.12.1905 Maragoli); Dorothy Deborah (Urbana, Illinois 15.4.1910-1996); Emory Keith (2 Aug 1915 Kisumu-1993)

Book Reference: EAHB 1905, Red 25, Hut, Playne, Drumkey, Red 22, EAHB 1906, North, EAHB 1907

General Information:

Drumkey 1909 - Friends' Africa Industrial Mission, Maragoli - Rev. E.J. Rees, Chairman of Field Committee and Mrs Rees
Ane Marie Bak Rasmussen, A History of the Quaker Movement in Africa, 1995 1st school set up by Hole at Kaimosi in Feb 1903. Even for the Friends, the relationship between the four departments of their work — the evangelical and the industrial together with the medical and the educational, which were soon added — was not always without problems as the work developed over the years. But from the outset, all four departments appeared necessary, and missionaries engaged in them with great energy. Willis Hotchkiss left Kaimosi after only about six months because of disagreements with the other two missionaries.° But already in that same year, in 1903, a missionary doctor, Elisha Blackburn, arrived, with his wife and Edgar Hole's wife. In 1904 Emory and Deborah Rees came, and in 1907 Edna Chilson, wife of Arthur Chilson. All these missionaries took part in all aspects of the work, but as time passed, and some kind of specialization became necessary, Arthur Chilson concentrated more and more on evangelization, while Emory Rees used a good deal of his time translating the New Testament into Luragoli together with the first African convert, Akhonya, later on with Yohana Amugune, and finally for many years with Joel Litu.61 The women missionaries were active in educational and evangelizing work among women. Meanwhile, the industrial work assumed a relatively independent position with the arrival in 1912 of Fred Hoyt, who took charge of the milling and building activities, and in 1913 of C. Frank Conover, who was an agriculturalist. Medical work was continued when Dr Archie Bond took over from Dr Blackburn in 1917, while the educational department, which at first developed alongside the evangelistic work, gradually became more and more important. In 1929 Everett Kellum arrived to supervise all Friends educational institutions. All these and other missionaries, together with their wives, took part in evangelization, and often saw their own departments as serving the overall purpose of converting the Africans to Christianity. But the two missionaries who became the most prominent preachers were Arthur Chilson and Jefferson Ford, who came to Kenya in 1914. It was Jefferson Ford who, together with Joel Litu, translated the Old Testament into Luragoli.

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