|Photo by Fenton & Andruss
Jamestown, N. Y.
|Early Pastor Charles Taze Russell Chautauqua Lake Baptism Jehovah
Witnesses Zion Celoron NY
Pastor Russell was the featured speaker at the 1910 annual Bible
Students' Convention. Held at Celoron Park, an amusement park on
Chautauqua Lake outside Jamestown, New York, the convention drew
more than 4,500 attendees from across the U.S. According to the
official account, there were two baptisms at the lake during the week
and 354 adults were immersed.
A lifelong student of the Bible, Charles Taze Russell (1852-1916)
began publishing Zion's Watch Tower in 1879. He co-founded Zion's
Watch Tower Tract Society in 1881 in Pittsburgh and moved the
organization to Brooklyn in 1909, establishing his pastoral
headquarters in abolitionist preacher Henry Ward Beecher's old
church. Russell promoted extensive and intensive study of the Bible.
Pastor Russell watches from toboggan ramp.