Fourteen members and guests of the Rushville Chapter DAR met at noon Dec. 8 at the Rushville Elks. Libby Smith said Grace before the meal, and the opening ritual was conducted by Regent Lisa Winship. Pat Carrigan read the National Defense Report, followed by the Treasurer’s report. Kay Pike, of the John Conner Chapter in Connersville, reminded those who are going to National Convention to make their bus reservation as soon as possible. She said that the bus will make several extra stops this year at places of historic interest.
Larry Stout then gave the program about Knowles Shaw. Although Shaw was born in Ohio in 1834, his family moved to Orange Township in Rush County when he was only a few weeks old. His father died when Shaw was 12 years old, leaving him his violin in his will. His mother remarried several years later, and his stepfather was a music teacher and master of the violin. Knowles learned to play his father’s violin and soon became a favorite of the youth of the area, as he played for many social gatherings. During one of these gatherings, Shaw recalled the dying words of his father “Prepare to meet your God.” When it was time for another set, Shaw declared that he could no longer play. He began attending meetings of the Big Flatrock Christian Church with a new purpose. Prior to this, he had attended because everyone else was doing so. In September 1852, he was baptized in Mud Creek after a meeting south of Homer.
In October of 1858, Shaw preached his first sermon at the Big Flatrock Church. Before long he was traveling around the country, and preached in at least 14 different states. He began each service with about half an hour of music, and soon became known as “The Singing Evangelist.” He died in a train wreck in 1878, as he traveled from Dallas to McKinney, Texas, but left quite a legacy. He wrote and put music to at least 115 songs, published 5 songbooks, and was credited with saving 20,000 souls. He is most remembered for his hymn “Bringing in the Sheaves” and is buried at East Hill Cemetery.