In Darkest England and the Way Out, by William Booth

William Booth

On this day in history,

in 1890, “In Darkest England and the Way Out”, a classic work of social programming by Salvation Army Founder, William Booth, was first published.

This controversial book presented Booth‘s plans for a program to help the poor and needy. His ideas were summarized in what he termed ‘The Cab-Horse Charter’ which read,

“When a horse is down he is helped up, and while he lives he has food, shelter and work. That, although a humble standard, is at present absolutely unattainable by millions – literally by millions – of our fellow men and women.”

“In Darkest England and the Way Out”

In Darkest England and the Way Out by William Booth Cover

Evangeline Booth

On This Day In History, 1934, Evangeline Booth

In 1934, Evangeline Booth became the first woman and fourth General of The Salvation Army, at age 69.

She was the seventh of eight children born to Salvation Army founders William and Catherine Booth. The Salvation Army’s work greatly prospered during Evangeline Booth’s leadership from 1934-1939, with Salvation Army activities being commenced in Singapore, Algeria, Egypt, French Equatorial Africa, the Philippines, Mexico, and Penang (Malaya).

Evangeline Booth

Doing The Most Good!

The Wiggles

On This Day In History, August 16

On this day in history,

in 1977, Elvis Presley died at his home, Graceland. In related news from Australia, Greg Page, better known as the “Yellow Wiggle”, staged an exhibition of Elvis memorabilia including his 1956 Lincoln Continental Mark II, with all proceeds going to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief appeal. Gotta love the Wiggles!

The Wiggles

Jesse Owens, Salvation Army Supporter

Jesse Owens, Salvation Army Supporter

On This Day In History, August 9

Today, in 1936, Jesse Owens wins his 4th gold medal at the Berlin Olympic Games, becoming the 1st American to win 4 medals in one Olympiad.

Jesse Owens, Salvation Army Supporter

Jesse Owens later became a great supporter of The Salvation Army, specifically the South Mountain Youth and Family Center in Pheonix, AZ, which is now part of The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Center of Phoenix South Mountain.

Jesse Owens, Salvation Army Supporter

Happy Birthday, Dustin Hoffman!

On This Day In History, August 8

In 1937, Dustin Hoffman was born. In a CBS News interview, Hoffman talks about his early career when he took acting classes and bought his clothes at The Salvation Army! The Salvation Army clothed Dustin Hoffman!!

Hoffman quoted on Twitter: “The money I save buying clothes at…Salvation Army goes into investments, or kid’s education.”

Happy Birthday Dustin Hoffman

Happy Birthday, Dustin Hoffman!

Hurricane Diane and The Salvation Army

Hurricane Diane Hits and The Salvation Army Helps

On This Day In History, August 7

In 1955 on the east coast, Hurricane Diane hits and The Salvation Army is there to serve with Disaster Relief Services. Hurricane Diane was the costliest Atlantic hurricane at the time and was one of three hurricanes to hit during the 1955 Atlantic hurricane season. The flood waters damage was immense and it destroyed homes and buildings. The Salvation Army was there with Disaster Relief, providing food, clothing, and shelter. Doing The Most Good, in disasters!

Hurricane Diane Hits and The Salvation Army Helps
Photo from the Connecticut State Library website.

On This Day In History: Apollo 15 Launched, 1971

On This Day In History: Apollo 15 Launched, 1971

Apollo 15 Launched, 1971: On This Day In History, July 26

Apollo 15 launched, 1971: On This Day In History, July 26

Apollo 15 Insignia

In 1971, Apollo 15 launched as the fourth mission to land men on the Moon. It also was the first mission to use a lunar rover, and ninth manned mission in the Apollo Program. In December 1972, Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot, Colonel James B. Irwin, a Christian and supporter of The Salvation Army, presented Salvation Army General Erik Wickberg a color photo of him at the “Missionary Headquarters on the Moon!”

When Colonel James Irwin took his first steps on the surface of the moon during the Apollo 15 Mission, he was only the eighth man to do so!

Doing The Most Good!

In December 1972, Apollo 15 Lunar Module Pilot, Colonel James B. Irwin, a Christian and supporter of The Salvation Army, presented Salvation Army General Erik Wickberg a color photo of him at the "Missionary Headquarters on the Moon!"

Commissioner George Scott Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton Dies: On This Day In History, July 19

Commissioner George Scott Railton dies at age 64

“I am going to heaven. Meet me there.” –G.S. Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton

Commissioner George Scott Railton dies at age 64 in Germany en route to Switzerland, in 1913. He was second in command of The Salvation Army to founder General William Booth and the first commissioner of The Salvation Army. His faithfulness and devotion to the Lord and the Army is evident in this note that he had written if ever found:
“To the police:
G.S. Railton, for years, since 1898, suffered from heart weakness.
Address: 101 Queen Victoria Street, London, EC
If found anywhere dead or unconscious please:
If dead- bury on the spot as quickly and cheaply as possible, reporting as above.
If a church close by will bury, good.
If not, do not trouble, but report.
If found unconscious, get into any hospital. I do not want to burden anyone.
You can rely on The Salvation Army to pay any really needed costs, as of a poor man, no flowers.
101 will report to my dear wife and family; but I do not want any of them to have the cost and misery of coming to bury or nurse me.
My love to everyone. Amen. I am going to heaven. Meet me there.”

William Booth

William Booth Makes His Last Public Appearance: On This Day In History, May 9

William Booth Makes His Last Public Appearance

William Booth makes his last public appearance at Royal Albert Hall in London in 1912. The 83 year old founder of The Salvation Army, in front of a crowd of 7,000, gave his farewell sermon closing with these words:
“While women weep as they do now, I’ll fight;
while little children go hungry as they do now, I’ll fight;
while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight;
while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl on the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight—I’ll fight to the very end.”

William Booth makes his last public appearance

William Booth began The Salvation Army in July 1865. Preaching to a small congregation in the slums of London, his spirit was as militant as that of a professional soldier while battling an almost overwhelming army. Thieves, prostitutes, gamblers, and drunkards were among Booth’s first converts to Christianity. His congregation were desperately poor. He preached hope and salvation. His aim was to lead them to Christ and link them to a church for continued spiritual guidance.

Read more about William Booth, The Salvation Army’s founder, here.