Listen to a recording of Sister Cora Sumdbom telling her story of experiences at the Bethel in the days of Pastor Charles T Russell and the early days of the Watchtower Society. She talks about the brethren’s meals, discussions, studies, work and interactions with each other and with a kind, gentle, funny, engaging, warm and loving Pastor Russell. Did you know that Pastor Russell would sometimes carve the meat for dinner at the Bethel? He would often joke around with the brethren, always trying to create a loving, friendly, encouraging and spiritual atmosphere.
Sr. Cora then goes on to explain how J.F. Rutherford was so easily able to take over the Society due to his swiftness of action and the TRUST the brethren all had for each other. Nobody believed it possible that a fellow brother would act in deceit and treachery to seize control of the Society. She explains how Pastor Russell bequeathed his controlling interest in the stock of the Watchtower Society to three sisters and how J.F. Rutherford prevented them from voting. She explains how Bro. Richie, the Vice President, was prevented from taking control of the business meeting electing the next president and why he did not take the matter to court.
She then goes on to discuss how she and her family were disfellowshipped by J.F. Rutherford and how the brethren regrouped and reorganized into today’s Bible Student movement.
Sister Cora Sumdbom, Brother Baker and others testified that Brother Russell had quietly dismissed J.F. Rutherford from the Watchtower in 1915 for indiscretions unbecoming of a Christian. Brother Russell was a compassionate gentleman who did not want to destroy Brother Rutherford’s reputation, so very few were aware that he had been expelled.
Enjoy hearing Sr. Cora Sumdbom’s personal recounting of Watchtower history.
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