Preaching on the Plains has been covered in the Nov 30, 2011 edition of Presbyterian Weekly, including a quote from Myers’ son, Rev. David T. Myers:
[F]or any who are interested in the history of the early days of the BPC, especially up in the Plains states of Montana, South and North Dakota. Dad was a church planter, an evangelist complete with sawdust tent revivals, an Army chaplain from WW2 through the Korean War, a seminary professor (Faith from 1956 – 64 – Any one who graduated from Faith in those years would remember him.) and a pastor. He was one of a handful of Presbyterian ministers who was censured by deposition in 1936 from the Presbyterian Church USA (Yellowstone Presbytery in Montana) for his support of the [Independent Board for Presbyterian Foreign Missions] in 1933.
It features his experiences at Wheaton College in the 1920′s and Princeton in 1927 – 29. He had sat under J. Gresham Machen, Robert Dick Wilson, Casper Wister Hodge (grandson of Charles H.), Geerhardus Vos, and the like “famous” names. He tells of his experiences of having to prepare his sermon while drunken cowboys still shot their pistols into the air on Saturday night. It tells of one of his “members” who had killed an entire farm family only to meet frontier justice and swing from the end of a rope over the railroad trestle! That happened just after Dad had led him to a profession of faith in the town jail. Probably not many of our present day pastors have had to experience that!!!
Over all, it is a testament of divine grace, of the Holy Spirit’s work in a man who was yielded completely to Him, doing His work in the Great Depression days of our country, and up to the mid to late 80′s of the last century.
The story of the jail-cell confession of faith, and lynching of Charles Bannon can be found in Chapter 15, The Bannon-Haven Murder Case. Why not get your own paperback or e-book copy and read the whole story?
There is a fair amount of information on the internet about this case, including this comprehensive account from the North Dakota Supreme Court website (with links to Charles Bannon’s early statements and final confession, and photos!) and a 2005 article from the Bismarck Tribune. Here is a picture of Charles Bannon (right) and his father James (left):