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meeting which formed this association was called to meet August 5, 1884,
at Mexico, by J. C. Armstrong; then pastor of the church at Mexico. The
churches which were represented, five in number, were members of three
different associations and organized as the Audrain Association.
held a session October 15, 1884. Among the leaders of the new association
were: J. C. Armstrong, C. H. Hardin, J. F. Smith, James Reid, M. L. Bibb,
and J. H. Baskett. The sermon at this meeting was preached by James Reid
and Governor C. H. Hardin was chosen moderator and J. A. Guthrie, clerk.
It was resolved at this meeting to carry on the work of missions in all
of its phases and a collection amounting to $57.35 was taken up for state
second annual meeting of this association was held at Laddonia, October 6,
1885. C. H. Hardin was continued as moderator and J. C. Armstrong was
chosen as clerk. Twenty-one churches reported to the association.. They
had 1,539 members with 108 baptisms and there were eight Sunday Schools
this year. They collected $95.49 for mission purposes at this meeting. A
list of notable visitors attended at this time. Among them were: Dr. W.
Pope Yeaman, who was the corresponding secretary of the General
Association; S. M. Brown, representing the Central Baptist; W. D. Clark,
representing the American Baptist Flag, and Rev. G. W. Hyde, from the Home
The eleventh annual session of Audrain Association was held in Saline Church, September 25, 1894. The introductory sermon was preached by J. S. Conner and the meeting chose J. A. Guthrie as moderator and J. E. Jesse, clerk. Twenty-four churches reported to the association and they had 1,963 members with baptisms numbering 175. This year the churches in this association gave $333 for district missions. Ten years later Audrain Association met September 24 with Mt. Airy Church. The same officers continued at this time and reports were received from 21 churches having a total membership of 2,318 with 122 baptisms. Ten years later the association met September 29, 1914, with Martinsburg Church. At this meeting J. E. Jesse was moderator and C. A. Witherspoon, clerk. The introductory sermon was preached by T. L. West. At this time there were 19 churches represented and the total membership was 2,339 with 71 baptisms. After a lapse of ten years Audrain Association met September 30, 1924, with the church at Mexico, Missouri. Rev. C. P. Walters preached the introductory sermon and the session chose E. A. Shannon moderator and John J. Johnson clerk. The 17 churches represented had 2,572 members and had 109 baptisms during the year. Among the pastors of the association this year were: H. B. Rice, W. N. Maupin, J. H. Hughes, J. S. Jesse, and I. M. Turnage.
Audrain Association at its meeting in 1933 continued E. A. Shannon as moderator and chose A. B. Hale as clerk. This year there were 15 churches in the association and the total membership was 2,591, and these churches had baptized 133 converts during the year. Among the pastors at this time were: James H. Weaver, C. C. Riley, Cecil Ensor, I. M. Turnage, Blake Smith, Roscoe Mundy, Floyd Sams, G. W. Wright, C. R. Brimer, and T. J. Smith.