STACEY GORDON Special at Franklin News-Post
CALLAWAY – The minutes of the meeting of the late Pigg River Primitive Baptist Church have been preserved in a recently published book.
L. Lane Hash of Moneta wrote and edited “Pigg River Primitive Baptist Church of the Callaway Communityâ¦ Meeting Minutes 1796-1896.”
The book is a collection of electronically scanned pages of the minutes of church meetings.
While pursuing his interest in genealogy and his own family history, Hash, who has a number of family ties to the church, said he was beginning to realize the value of historical records held by older churches. like Pigg River.
âUnfortunately, a lot of those records have been lost,â Hash said. “Some through the fires and some have just been put away and forgotten.”
Hash discovered that a childhood friend, who was the former church clerk, had the original minutes in his possession and he was allowed to electronically scan the old pages.
âThat’s when the idea for a book started to take shape in my mind,â he said.
In addition to the scanned minutes, the book contains condensed highlight notes for each page.
âI call these condensed notes my ‘Reader’s Digest’ version of the most interesting material on every page,â Hash said. âBecause of the archaic sentences and ways of saying things, as well as spelling mistakes, grammatical errors and inkblots, reading the minutes can sometimes be like trying to understand a foreign language. My side-by-side layout allows the reader to choose between playing the original recording, the highlights, or both.