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Papers of Ira Everett Hartman - Collection 137


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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Ira Everett Hartman

An Essay on the Contents of the Collection (Scope and Content)

Other Information Which Will Be Helpful to the User of This Guide

List of the Contents of Boxes of Paper Records in This Collection (Container List)


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Brief Description.
Primarily sermons and sermon outlines--over 250 in all--delivered by Hartman in evangelistic services in Iowa, Nebraska, and Colorado. The sermons also contain reflections of contemporary issues and mores. Diaries covering 1939-47 report national and international news; financial ledgers reflect the Great Depression. For more information, please see guide. Vol: 2 Boxes (RC) CN # 137 .


Collection 137
[February 16, 2001]
Hartman, Ira Everett; 1867-1951
Papers; 1901-1958, n.d.
2 Boxes (RC; 2.2 cubic feet)

Restrictions

There are no restrictions on the use of this collection.



Biography

Ira Everett Hartman was born September 6, 1867, on a farm near Polk City, Iowa, the fifth child of Joseph S. Hannah Elizabeth (Russell) Hartman. In 1885, the Hartmans and four of their children moved from Iowa to the Dakota Territory, where they homesteaded hear Tripp. The family soon returned to Iowa where Ira became a student and railway telegraph operator.

On July 18, 1891, he married Minnie Elizabeth Kaster (1871-1954), daughter of Friedrich and Minnie (Hildebrand) Kaster, who were German immigrants. Throughout the decade, he worked as a carpenter, paper hanger, and painter to support his wife and children: Jesse Ray (1893-1979) m. Bertha Nelson, Lillian Victoria (1894-) m. Fred Smith, Verna Viola (1897-1979) m. George Ellicott, and Margaret May (1903-1971) m. Clarence Mitchell.

About 1899, Hartman became a Christian and shortly enrolled in a four-year seminary course, which he completed in three years, and was then ordained in the United Brethren Church at Goodell, Iowa. Hartman served Iowa congregations in Des Moines, Ventura, Lovilia, Stilson, Goodell, and Dumont. In 1909, the failing health of Mrs. Hartman necessitated a different climate, and the family moved to Colorado where Hartman served as a supply minister in the Manitou Springs area. Later, he was pastor in the United Brethren Churches of Mead and Delta, Colorado; Bayard, Nebraska; and Niwot and Yuma, Colorado, after which he retired from the active ministry although yet a young man.

In 1913, the Hartman family moved to Longmont, Colorado, where Ira set himself up as an optometrist. Although no longer in the pastorate of any one congregation, he continued to preach as an evangelist throughout the area. A list of the Iowa and Colorado towns in which he preached can be found on the Chronology page in this guide.

In July 1951, the Hartmans celebrated their sixtieth wedding anniversary. Less than a month later, on August 10, Rev. Ira Hartman died at their home in Longmont. His widow died October 16, 1954, in the same house; they are buried in Mountain View Cemetery, Longmont.



[NOTE: In the Scope and Content description, the notation "folder 2-5" means box 2, folder 5.]

Scope and Content

This collection consists primarily of over 250 sermons and sermon outlines by Hartman. The majority of these are individually foldered and arranged in two groups: titled and untitled. The titled sermons (folders 1-14 through 1-175) are arranged alphabetically; the untitled ones (folder 1-176 through 1-259) are arranged by Scripture text in keeping with the order of the Bible. Many sermons have dates and places of presentation jotted in the margins. In these cases, the earliest date appears on the folder. These preaching-dates are probably indicative of writing-dates, but this cannot be taken absolutely.

Sermons also appear in folders 1-4, 1-11, 1-12, and 1-13. Folder 1-11 consists of the contents of one envelope in Hartman's papers, labeled "Revival Sermons used at Pleasant Valley and Plain View." These have been kept together to illustrate the range of topics and texts which Hartman night use in any particular series of meetings. The specific rallies in question have been tentatively dated 1917, which puts them in the same year that evangelist Billy Sunday was drawing huge crowds in New York City. Folders

1-4, 1-12, and 1-13 are notebooks which contain sermons, notes and texts that for obvious reasons cannot be interfiled by title with the main run of sermons. Lists of sermons within these volumes are found in each folder.

Although peppered with allusions to the great men of the past--British monarchs, John Bunyan, the Wesleys, the Pilgrim Fathers, Benjamin Franklin, and Abraham Lincoln (an entire sermon, folder 1-100)--Hartman's sermons address themselves to contemporary issues as well. The Titanic disaster (folder 1-174), social activism under the guise of "Christian capitalism" (folder 1-13, pg. 110), patriotic celebrations such as the Fourth of July and Decoration Day (folders 1-47, 48, 70): all these find themselves the subject of Hartman's speaking. Hallmarks of his era are a racist (but not intentionally malicious) poem, "Ringing the Changes" (folder 1-10), and an anti-Mason tract and a piece of Ku Klux Klan smear-tactic literature against presidential candidate Al Smith in 1928 (both folder 1-7). One sermon of special note is "The Minister as a Prize Fighter," an example of early twentieth century analogy concerning manhood. Also of interest is a description of the more memorable events of the Hartmans' sojourn to the Dakota Territory, recorded in his essay, "Through Fire and Storm" (folder 1-2).

Box 2 consists of Ira Hartman's diaries (1939-1945, 1947) and his financial ledgers (1929-1932, 1944-1954). The diaries are principally one-line, factual entries apparently filtered from news broadcasts through Hartman onto the diary pages. The supposition that Hartman relied on the radio (rather than newspapers) for his raw material is supported by his marginal notations of broadcast times and often by mention of the reporter's name: H. R. Baukhage during the war years, and Lowell Thomas and Drew Pearson in the 1947 volume. His original spellings (eg. Ugo Slavia and Isenhower) undoubtedly stem from hearing these names without seeing them in print. There is little editorializing on Hartman's part, and his opinion is seldom given. (Three examples of such personal input are January 28, 1939, which relates his fears of encroaching socialism, and January 16, 1941, and January 7, 1945, both of which tell Hartman's opinion of why World War II was being fought.)

The staples of Hartman's diary are local and national crimes and disasters, deaths of famous persons, domestic and foreign politics (especially the presidential elections of 1940, 1944, and 1948), and World War II. The war occupies over ninety percent of the diary, with news both of the warfronts and of the war effort at home. The earlier sections of the diary deal extensively with the "Townsend Plan," an old age pension scheme proposed by Francis E. Townsend, a private citizen. On March 20, 1947, Hartman notes that his and Mrs. Hartman's first pension checks arrived.

No mention is made of Hartman's evangelistic activities, which largely pre-date this diary. He often reports in detail the topics of sermons he has heard, many of which directly concern the war and patriotism, even before Pearl Harbor in December of 1941. He tells about a 1939 Thanksgiving sermon on "God and the American Way," and an October 1940 sermon on God and Americanism in general. Two evangelists' deaths are noted in short entries: Aimee Semple McPherson, October 13, 1944; and Gipsy Smith, August 5, 1947.

The financial ledgers are a parallel log of income and expenses. The volume for 1929-1932 is interesting for its reflection of the economy from the months before the stock market crash to the middle of the Depression's nadir. The volume for 1951-1954 contains brief eulogies of both Rev. and Mrs. Hartman, written by members of the family.


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Provenance

These materials were received by the Center from the Hartman family in August 1980, and December 1980.

Accession 80-101, 80-159

September 5, 1980
Galen Wilson
M. Buffington
S. Kouns

February 20, 1981, revised
Galen R. Wilson
M. Buffington
S. Kouns



CHRONOLOGY

From notes on his sermon outlines, Ira E. Hartman preached in the following places:

IOWA
Lovilia - December 1905; April, July, September, October, November, December 1906
Coal Creek - October, November 1906
Edwards - October, November 1906
Carmel - January 1907
Goodell. - May, December 1907; January, February, May 1908; February 1909
Stilson - February, May, November, December 1908
Dumont - May, July 1909
Ventura - October 1903; August 1931

COLORADO
Mead - November, December 1909; January, July 1910
Dilly Chapel (west of Johnstown) - April 1910
Longmont - November, December 1914; February 1915; April 1916; 1919; 1922; 1923; 1947; 1948; 1950; and many other times
Berthoud - 1910; 1926; 1927
Loveland - 1923
Johnstown - 1927
Lake View - April 1910
Grover - January 1919
Peetz - May 1916; 1918
Padroni - 1916
Buckingham, Marcy - 1920
Eckley - December 1916
Genoa - December 1914
Flagler - 1918
Seibert - December 1915; June 1916; May 1920
Stratton - 1912; 1915; 1916; 1923
Holyoke - July 1916
Bryant - 19??; 1917
Soddy - December 1919
Plain View - 1917
Pleasant Valley - 1916; 1917; 1922; 1923
Kit Carson - 1916; February 1919
Arlington - November 1919; December 1922
Kansas Valley - December 1922
Roggen - April 1916

NEBRASKA
Bayard - February, March 1912
Crete - June 1919
Lamar - 1919



CONTAINER LIST
Box Folder Item
Miscellany
1 1 Biography; Chronology; Genealogy; Obituaries
1 2 Essay: "Through Fire and Storm;" n.d.
1 3 "Golden Sheaves": Poetry Collection; 1958
1 4 Notebook; n.d.
1 5 Notes, Clippings, Sermon Fragments; n.d.
1 6 Notes taken from radio sermons (KNX); ca. 1933-34
1 7 Pamphlets; 1928, 1947, n.d.
1 8 Poetry (by Hartman); n.d.
1 9 Poetry (not by Hartman); 1929-1944, n.d.
1 10 Revival Illustrations; n.d.
1 11 Revival Sermons: Pleasant Valley and Plain View; 1917?
1 12 Sermon Notebook; 1903-49, n.d.
1 13 Sermon Notebook; 1906
Titled Sermons
1 14 "Are We All Going to Heaven?;" n.d.
1 15 "The Ark and Its New Sanctuary;" 1926
1 16 "The Authority of Christ;" 1918
1 17 "Baccalaureate Sermon;" n.d.
1 18 "The Baptism of Fire;" n.d.
1 19 [The Bible . . . Its Foundation]; n.d.
1 20 "The Blessedness of Temptation;" n.d.
1 21 "Building for Eternity;" n.d.
1 22 "The Burning Bush;" 1923
1 23 "The Chambers of the King;" n.d.
1 24 "Christ at the Door;" n.d.
1 25 "Christ in the Common Affairs of Life;" n.d.
1 26 "The Christ of the Everyday World;" 1941
1 27 "Christ the Ideal;" 1930
1 28 "Christ the Light;" n.d.
1 29 "The Christian: A Distinguished Personality;" n.d.
1 30 "Christian Character the Adornment of Religion;" n.d.
1 31 "The Christian Church;" n.d.
1 32 "Christian Enthusiasm Defended;" n.d.
1 33 "Christianity's Object Lessons;" 1918
1 34 "The Christian's Hope;" n.d.
1 35 [The Christian's Journey]; n.d.
1 36 "Christmas Sermon;" n.d.
1 37 "Christ's Gift to Us and Ours to Him;" n.d.
1 38 "Christ's Ploughmen;" n.d.
1 39 "Christ's View of the Future;" n.d.
1 40 "The Church as a Family;" 1938
1 41 "The Church Longing for her Lord;" n.d.
1 42 "The Conjunctions of Life;" n.d.
1 43 "The Cost of an Ideal;" n.d.
1 44 "The Courage and Cowardice of Sin;" n.d.
1 45 "The Crucifixion;" 1917
1 46 "The Culture of the Spiritual Life;" n.d.
1 47 "Decoration Day;" 1907
1 48 "Decoration Day: America;" 1908
1 49 "The Defrauded Husbandman;" 1919
1 50 "The Devil Has Attractions;" n.d.
1 51 "A Difference;" n.d.
1 52 "Discontent;" n.d.
1 53 "Dispensation of the Father;" n.d.
1 54 "Doing One's Best at the Best Things;" n.d.
1 55 "Dreaming, Daring, Enduring;" 1916
1 56 "Easter Sermon;" n.d.
1 57 "The Education of Religious Personality;" n.d.
1 58 "The Eight I Wills of Christ;" 1942
1 59 "The Empty House;" n.d.
1 60 "The Empty Seat;" n.d.
1 61 "Evangelism;" n.d.
1 62 [Experience]; n.d.
1 63 "The Fair Havens;" 1915
1 64 "A False Step and its Consequences;" n.d.
1 65 "Fishers of Men;" n.d.
1 66 "Follow Thou Me;" 1901
1 67 "For All Things Are Yours;" 1919
1 68 "For the Old Year;" 1916
1 69 "Foreign Missions;" n.d.
1 70 "Fourth of July" (supplement); 1909
1 71 "A Friend of the Nation;" n.d.
1 72 [Funeral Sermons]; 1902-1941, n.d.
1 73 "The Future Glory of the Church;" 1916
1 74 "The Glory of God;" n.d.
1 75 "God's Love;" n.d.
1 76 "God's Plan for His Children;" n.d.
1 77 "God's Property in Man;" n.d.
1 78 "The Great Celestial Railroad;" 1920
1 79 "The Great God in the Hands of Man;" n.d.
1 80 "The Greatest Command;" 1918
1 81 "Have Faith in God;" n.d.
1 82 "Hearsay vs. Experience;" n.d.
1 83 "The Highway of Holiness;" n.d.
1 84 "Home;" 1920
1 85 "The Inconsistency of a Good Man;" n.d.
1 86 "The Increasing Christ;" n.d.
1 87 "Increasing Waters;" 1921
1 88 "Jacob the Type of Religious Ancestry;" n.d.
1 89 "Jeremiah;" n.d.
1 90 "Jesus and the Religion of the Spirit;" 1918
1 91 "Justification;" n.d.
1 92 "Kept of God;" n.d.
1 93 "King Bramble and His Subjects;" n.d.
1 94 "Large Place;" n.d.
1 95 "Life, Its Pathway;" n.d.
1 96 "The Life of Faith;" n.d.
1 97 "Life's Journey;" n.d.
1 98 "Lift Up a Standard;" n.d.
1 99 "The Light of the City;" n.d.
1 100 "Lincoln;" 1930
1 101 "Losing and Finding;" n.d.
1 102 "Love for Christ;" 1919
1 103 "The Love of Christ;" 1925
1 104 "The Love of God;" 1919
1 105 "Love, Service, Sacrifice;" 1923
1 106 "Love to the House of God;" n.d.
1 107 "Making and Living a Life;" n.d.
1 108 "Making our Own World;" 1923
1 109 "Manifesting the Christ-Life;" n.d.
1 110 "The Marriage of Earth and Heaven;" 1920
1 111 "The Mastery of Envisionment;" n.d.
1 112 "The Matchless Speaker;" 1923
1 113 "Memorial Sermon;" n.d.
1 114 "Memorial Sermon;" 1909
1 115 "The Men's Movement;" 1910
1 116 "The Minister as a Prize;" n.d.
1 117 "Missionary;" n.d.
1 118 "Missions;" n.d.
1 119 "Mother's Day;" 1919
1 120 "The Mysterious Book;" n.d.
1 121 "A Negative Description;" n.d.
1 122 "New Jerusalem: A Type of Men;" n.d.
1 123 "New Year's Sermon;" 1916
1 124 "New Year's Sermon: Discounting the Future;" n.d.
1 125 "[New Year's Sermon:] The Golden Gate of Opportunity;" n.d.
1 126 "Our Only Priest;" n.d.
1 127 "Past Feeling;" n.d.
1 128 [The Path of the Just]; n.d.
1 129 "The Permanent in Life;" n.d.
1 130 "A Persecutor Turned Preacher;" n.d.
1 131 "Personal Fidelity to Jesus Christ;" n.d.
1 132 "The Power of Habit;" n.d.
1 133 "Prayer;" n.d.
1 134 "Prayer as a Unit in Making Our Country God's Country;" n.d.
1 135 "The Prodigal Son;" n.d.
1 136 [The Queen of Sheba]; 1917
1 137 "Recognition of Our Friends in Heaven;" n.d.
1 138 "Reflection;" n.d.
1 139 "The Religion of Christ;" n.d.
1 140 "Remember My Bonds;" n.d.
1 141 "Repentance;" n.d.
1 142 "The Resurrection Here and Now;" n.d.
1 143 "The Road to Heaven;" n.d.
1 144 "Salvation Complete;" 1916
1 145 "Sleeping in a Storm;" n.d.
1 146 "Son Remember;" n.d.
1 147 "Soul Winners;" 1916
1 148 "The Sower;" n.d.
1 149 "Steadfast, Unmovable, Abounding;" 1927
1 150 "Storm Driven;" n.d.
1 151 "Temperance Sermon;" n.d.
1 152 "Thanksgiving Sermon;" n.d.
1 153 "Thanksgiving Sermon;" 1916
1 154 "Thanksgiving Sermon;" 1948
1 155 "Thou Shalt be a Blessing;" n.d.
1 156 "The Transforming Power of Christ;" n.d.
1 157 "True and False Worship;" n.d.
1 158 "True Greatness;" n.d.
1 159 "Turning Back;" n.d.
1 160 "Unconscious Spiritual Decline;" n.d.
1 161 "The Union of Humanity and Divinity . . .;" n.d.
1 162 "Unity in Christ;" 1940
1 163 "The Universal Cry of Humanity;" n.d.
1 164 "The Unpardonable Sin;" n.d.
1 165 "The Unveiling of Life;" n.d.
1 166 "The Value of Life;" n.d.
1 167 "The Value of Man;" n.d.
1 168 "The Value of Standing Together in Christian Work;" n.d.
1 169 "The Visit of the Dayspring;" n.d.
1 170 "The Wages of Sin;" n.d.
1 171 "What Christianity Does for Man;" n.d.
1 172 "The Wicked Husbandman;" n.d.
1 173 "The World's Greatest Crisis;" n.d.
1 174 "The Wreck of the Titanic;" n.d.
1 175 "Ye Must be Born Again;" n.d.
Untitled Sermons
1 176 Genesis 4:10; n.d.
1 177 Genesis 7:1; n.d.
1 178 Exodus 34:29; n.d.
1 179 Deuteronomy 1:19; n.d.
1 180 Joshua 1:6; n.d.
1 181 I Samuel 1:28; n.d.
1 182 I Samuel 2:30; n.d.
1 183 I Samuel 28:15; n.d.
1 184 I Kings 22:34; n.d.
1 185 II Kings 4:2; n.d.
1 186 Nehemiah 8:10; n.d.
1 187 Job 31:35; n.d.
1 188 Psalm 8:3-4; n.d.
1 189 Psalm 17:15; n.d.
1 190 Psalm 18:35; n.d.
1 191 Psalm 107:27-28; n.d.
1 192 Isaiah 32:2; 1919
1 193 Isaiah 51:1; 1913
1 194 Isaiah 55:6; n.d.
1 195 Jeremiah 8:11; 1928
1 196 Ezekiel 33:45; n.d.
1 197 Daniel 1:8; n.d.
1 198 Daniel 6:20; n.d.
1 199 Hosea 6:4; n.d.
1 200 Amos 9:13; n.d.
1 201 Zechariah 4:7; n.d.
1 202 Matthew 5:8; n.d.
1 203 Matthew 5:14; n.d.
1 204 Matthew 7:13-14; n.d.
1 205 Matthew 7:21-22; n.d.
1 206 Matthew 11:3; n.d.
1 207 Matthew 11:28; n.d.
1 208 Matthew 17:19; n.d.
1 209 Matthew 19:21; n.d.
1 210 Matthew 21:10; 1918
1 211 Matthew 22:42; n.d.
1 212 Matthew 25:6; n.d.
1 213 Mark 13:34; 1917
1 214 Luke 2:34-35; n.d.
1 215 Luke 6:47-49; n.d.
1 216 Luke 8:38; n.d.
1 217 Luke 10:30; n.d.
1 218 Luke 11:2; n.d.
1 219 Luke 22:31-32; n.d.
1 220 John 4:48; n.d.
1 221 John 6:12; n.d.
1 222 John 6:37; n.d.
1 223 John 8:12; n.d.
1 224 John 13:15; 1918
1 225 Acts 9:6; n.d.
1 226 Acts 10:38; n.d.
1 227 Acts 12:10; 1946
1 228 Acts 16:9-10; n.d.
1 229 Acts 17:6; n.d.
1 230 Acts 26:19; 1922
1 231 Romans 3:22; n.d.
1 232 Romans 5:9; 1914
1 233 Romans 5:10; n.d.
1 234 Romans 8:19; n.d.
1 235 Romans 14:17; n.d.
1 236 Romans 14:22; n.d.
1 237 I Corinthians 2:10; n.d.
1 238 I Corinthians 2:16; n.d.
1 239 I Corinthians 16:10; 1917
1 240 II Corinthians 4:6; n.d.
1 241 II Corinthians 8:9; n.d.
1 242 II Corinthians 9:15; n.d.
1 243 Galatians 5:1; n.d.
1 244 Galatians 6:9; n.d.
1 245 Ephesians 5:16; 1916
1 246 Colossians 1:20; n.d.
1 247 I Timothy 2:5; n.d.
1 248 Philemon 1:6; 1915
1 249 Hebrews 2:1; n.d.
1 250 Hebrews 2:9; 1920
1 251 Hebrews 4:14; n.d.
1 252 Hebrews 10:35; n.d.
1 253 Hebrews 11; n.d.
1 254 II Peter 1:5-7; n.d.
1 255 II Peter 1:19; n.d.
1 256 I John 1:9; n.d.
1 257 Revelation 1:18; n.d.
1 258 Revelation 2:17; n.d.
1 259 Revelation 22:17; n.d.
Diaries
2 1 1939
2 2 1940
2 3 1941
2 4 1942
2 5 1943
2 6 1944
2 7 1945
2 8 1947
Financial Ledgers
2 9 1929-1932
2 10 1944-1947
2 11 1948-1950
2 12 1951-1954



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