|Members of the Twentieth General Conference, Old Constitution UB, 1889. Bishop Wright top row, third from left.(1)|
|January 5, 1876 issue, Milton Wright and W.O. Tobey, Editors.(1)|
|Portion of Milton Wright letter to L.N. Countryman, June 22, 1909 (1)|
In 1877, Milton was elected bishop, as recorded in the Proceedings of the Seventeenth General Conference, of the United Brethren in Christ, Held in Westfield, Illinois.
|May 1877 Proceedings of the 17th UB General Conference (1)|
|From the 1877 Proceedings, Milton Wright elected Bishop.|
|Religious Telescope, May 26, 1886- Wright's desire to move family to coast, but they were in ill health. (1)|
|May 5th, 1886 Telescope, Marriage of Reuchlin and Lulu Billheimer. (1)|
|Dr. L. Davis officiated in the ceremonies of the occasion, marriage of Reuchlin Wright and Lulu Billheimer.|
The October 6, 1886 Telescope reports that Susan Wright's mother fell on the stairs, breaking one of her thighs. Several years later, January 23 1889 issue reports Susan's mother has died. Susan would also die that year, on July 4th.
|October 6, 1886 Telescope, news of Susan Wright's mother's accident. (1)|
|1889 photo of William Dillon, editor of the Christian Conservator|
Susan writes "Hott has held in as long as he could and has now commenced on you. In the last Tel he has a note entitled a New Bishopric proposed, and then goes on to quote what Dillon wrote in the last Conservator about your last visit to the coast.....I have it in my mind to write him a note thanking him for the interest he takes in your welfare and that of your district and suggest that Judas also took quite an interest in his Lord...." (Susan was so shy in nature, it really is funny that she wrote that line. Matt Yanney)
|The Christian Conservator edited by Revs. W. Dillon and H. Floyd. Bishop Floyd spoke at Susan Wright's funeral.|
|Telescope, July 2, 1885, Christian Conservator succeeds Richmond Star (1)|
Milton Wright recorded in his Diary July 6, 1889 "D. K. Zeller and Emma came & Daniel Koerner, and our son Reuchlin. Funeral at 2:00 afternoon. Bp. Halleck Floyd (pictured above) pr. Ps. 116:15. 'Precious in sight.' Bury Susan in Woodland Cemetery about 4:00 pm. Daniel Koerner & Emma Zeller stay with us."
Susan K. Wright had passed away July 4, 1889. Milton had written "and thus went out the light of my home." In the June 22, 1909 letter pictured at the beginning of this blog, nearing the 20th anniversary of his wife's passing, Milton wrote "..Susan Koerner, 'the sweetest spirit earth ever knew', who left us July 4th, 1889...."
The responsibilities of the church struggles continued, and Bishop Wright worked on the new Discipline, indicating in his Diary July 11th, "Worked on preparing copy for the next Discipline all forenoon & part of the afternoon with Rev. Wm. Dillon (pictured above)..."
Below is pictured the 1889 Discipline as assembled by Bishop Wright. I have read that "Wright's sons Wilbur and Orville provided publishing services for the new organization until a publishing house could be established in Huntington, Indiana"- I have wondered if Wilbur and Orville may have printed the 1889 Disciplines. Anyone with information one way or the other on this question- I would appreciate any comments.
|Two Disciplines were published in 1889, one from the New Constitution UB Church, and this one compiled by Bishop Wright, for the Old Constitution UB Church.(1)|
|This 1889 United Brethren Discipline was signed by Rev. J. K. Nelson, pictured in the members of the 20th General Conference. (1)|
|1889 picture of J. K. Nelson of the Maryland Conference.|
|December 31, 1914 issue of The Telescope, 80th anniversary issue, Author's copy.|
|Dayton Daily News, April 4, 1917|
Milton Wright died April 3, 1917, and is buried at Woodland Cemetery in Dayton, Ohio in the family plot shared with his wife Susan, sons Wilbur and Orville, and daughter Katharine.
See also "Christianity Amongst the Wrights" for more on Bishop Wright.
Index of Topics
3/9/19 added April 4, 1917 Death notice.
1. From author's collection.