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Senior in college, 1944.

Stanley L. Stiver attended Capital University, a Lutheran college in Columbus, Ohio. He struggled at first. By his sophomore year he was making the honor roll. From 1944-46, he was a member of Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities.

After graduation from college, he attended nearby Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary. This seminary merged with Hamma Divinity School in Springfield in the 1970's and become today's Trinity Seminary. During these war years, he began a Lutheran mission in New Martinsville, West Virginia.



From A Brief History of the Stivers

I lived in an old dormitory called Lehman Hall, which was torn down in the nineties. The rooms were large. When we arrived we had to purchase furniture for the room, a desk, chair and bed. Usually these were purchased from those who were graduating or those who were selling for the graduates. This was the same in Divinity Hall at the seminary, although there were two rooms, a study room and a bed room.

During college, I was extremely active in many different organizations and causes. A highlight was being a member of the Capital University Debating Team that in 1944 won the InterCollegiate Debate Championship in the State of Ohio. We all took turns ringing the college victory bell.

From the Capital Chimes, Wednesday, April 19, 1944:
"Seniors Select Popular Students"
In a poll conducted by the Chimes the above seniors were chosen by their class mates to occupy niches in the 1944 Hall of Fame. Happy smiles, cheery greetings, and being good sports identify Stanley Stiver and Naomi Long as having the best personalities in the class...Stanley Stiver was awarded the honor as the student who contributed most in his four years on campus.

During the 1940's our college courses were accelerated. At the time of graduation, I had completed half of the seminary requirements.

In September 1944, I was sent to a town of about 4000 people along the Ohio River called New Martinsville to start a Lutheran mission. A young doctor and his family, the president of the Viking Glass Company, and several engineers at Pittsburgh Plate Glass's new development were seeking a Lutheran church. A small Episcopal church was available to be used.

While there, I stayed at Watson Boarding House, which provided room and all meals, and used a bicycle to get around. I became acquainted with the Magnolia High School students, as the teens had a big need for a place to meet. During the war there was no gas and few cars.

I asked the town board in regard to a certain building, if they would pay the rent and utilities, and I would be responsible. This they did and the church took off.

He and the other young men formed a Young Men's Civic Club. It was also quite a success. But all good things must come to an end and then I returned to Columbus to complete my seminary education.

Seminary 1947Stanley 1947
1947 Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary Graduating Class (click on photo to see larger image) and 1947 photograph.

Several months before seminary graduation, everyone begins to think about the possibility of a call to a church. When a call comes where will it be? You can imagine my surprise when I received the call to be pastor of St. Luke's Evangelical Church in New Orleans. Of course, I had never been to New Orleans and heard many interesting stories of the town.

Because of that call and my acceptance after the seminary graduation, I then could be ordained. Of course, I wanted to be ordained at Faith Lutheran Church in Youngstown. This was my home church, truly a rather humble church building.

The event was held on Sunday night, June 29, 1947, my birthday. Dr. Harold Yochum, president of Capital University, was the speaker. Chet Holmquest, a roommate in my senior year, and Albert Glessner, pastor of Faith Church, participated in the ordination. Many family members, relatives and friends attended.

The next day I took the train the New Orleans to be able to begin on July 1, 1947.

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