Dr. Solomon S. Hilscher, clergyman, lecturer and author was born at Lincoln, Ill., December 24, 1862. He is a son of Joseph and Louisa (Woland) Hilscher, both natives of Pennsylvania and of German descent. Dr. Hilscher began his education in the public schools of Lincoln, and was graduated from Lincoln College in the class of 1886. He then taught school in Illinois two years and later was superintendent of schools at Wells, Minn., for two years, and for the same length of time held a like position at Lake Crystal, Minn. During the time he was engaged in teaching he studied law, and was admitted to the bar, at Blue Earth City, Minn., in 1889. Later he entered McCormick Theological Seminary, and was graduated in the class of 1894, and at once entered upon the duties of the ministry in the Presbyterian church. He was located at Manchester, Iowa, for two years, and at Sandwich, Ill., four years, when he was transferred to Vinton, Iowa, where he remained seven years. July 1, 1907, he became pastor of the First Presbyterian Church at Iola, Kans. Dr. Hilscher is prominent in the councils of the church and has served as commissioner to the General Assembly on two occasions. He has served as Moderator of the Neosha Presbytery, as well as other Presbyteries, where he has been located. The degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred on him by Coe College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in June, 1905. Dr. Hilscher is well known as an author, his writings having frequently appeared in the leading periodicals for a number of years, but perhaps his greatest production is "The Eternal Evangel," published in 1910. This work was well received, and has been subject to favorable comment by critics from all parts of the country. It is a book to be read and reread. Its scope and contents may be judged from the subjects treated in its nine chapters: 'History," "God in History," "The Magic East," "Primitive Revelation," "The Great Apostasy," "The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob," "The Eternal Gospel," "Progress," and "The Consummation." The following extract from the preface gives a very clear idea of the author's purpose and the scope of the work: "I have tried in the following pages to tell the story of the Eternal Evangel. I have tried to show that the Gospel of Christ is as old as human need, and that it is the Primitive Truth once given to this world and which many forgot. I have tried to put this fact in its historic setting, to give reason for the views presented, and to show the ultimate triumph of "The faith once for all delivered to the saints,"to the saints at the beginning of human history. Some of the views presented are not in harmony with certain popular theories, but I hope that I may not, for this reason, be considered ignorant of such theories." Dr. Hilscher is well known as an orator, both in the pulpit and on the platform, and in addition to his many other duties, is now engaged as a Chautauqua lecturer. He was united in marriage July 23, 1891, to Miss Ida Hermina, daughter of Rev. Herman and Henrietta (Goettell) Bunse, both natives of Germany. The father was a minister of the Evangelical Association and spent most of his active career in Minnesota. He is now retired. Mrs. Hilscher was born in Minnesota and educated in the public schools and the Minnesota State Normal School of which she is a graduate. She was a teacher for four years prior to her marriage. To Dr. and Mrs. Hilscher have been born two children: Harris Gregg, born September 28, 1897, graduated from the Iola High School in the class of 1914, and Dorothy, a student in the Iola schools. Mrs. Hilscher is active in church work and an invaluable assistant to her husband in the great field which he has chosen.Pages 164-166 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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