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Rev. Milton Koger Little
** Tenth May Generation **
Son of Reuben Lafayette Little
Rev. Milton Koger Little and wife,
Joel J. Blackburn and
*** From a narrative by Dru Sheldon of Grapevine, Texas in We, The Little People ***
He was known as Koger, M. K., Brother Little and by his grandchildren, Baugh. He was licensed to preach in 1874 and soon afterward in 1876 he and his wife moved to Texas. He was admitted "on trial" to the Northwest Conference of the Methodist Church. For nearly half a century, he was an active pastor and presiding elder (District Superintendent) filling church appointments throughout northwest Texas. In Fort Worth about 1889, he turned one of the first shovels of dirt for the Methodist College, now known as Texas Wesleyan College. During the period from 1890 to 1894 he covered an area now in fifty-four counties in the Texas Panhandle. Koger is quoted in "A History of the Expansion of Methodism in Texas: 1867-1902" telling of his experiences in the Panhandle.
Koger's obituary in the Fort
Worth Star Telegram reported "In his half century of
service as a minister, Rev. M. Little received 4,400 members and
performed 440 marriage ceremonies. The number converted under his
preaching could hardly be estimated. The birth places of his children
give an indication of the scope of his service." He retired from
the active ministry in 1922, the same year his beloved wife died.
Thereafter he was often called upon to baptize babies, perform
marriages and preach. When he died at the age of 89 he left a
half-finished sermon on his desk. He had wanted to be prepared so
that the next time he was invited to preach he would have a fresh sermon.
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A young man, a distinguished minister and a bear hunter in Texas
© 2000 Fred T. May