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Interview with Edna Louise Asher Case - Collection 196

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Table of Contents

Brief Description of This Collection

Title Page and Restrictions

Biography of Edna Louise Asher Case

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

List of Audio Tapes in This Collection


Transcript 1 Transcript includes a link to an audio file of the entire interview

Brief Description.
Oral history interview in which Case talks about her aunt, Virginia Asher, who was a co-worker of Billy Sunday; she was also involved in many other evangelistic efforts. Case also discusses her impressions of Mel Trotter, Billy Sunday, Helen Sunday, her student days at Wheaton College, and her involvement in city mission work.
Collection 196
[February 28, 2000]
Case, Edna Louise Asher; 1905-1999
Interview; 1981

1 Audio Tape


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Edna Louise Asher was born in Chicago on November 13, 1905, to Alexander and Dorothy Lucile Evans Asher. She was one of three daughters in the family. Her father's sister-in-law, Virginia Asher, was an evangelistic singer and speaker and through her, Edna was able to meet some of the leading evangelists of the day, such as Billy Sunday. Her parents were involved in city mission work, first in Chicago at the Pacific Garden Mission and then in Saint Louis, where the family moved in 1916. Edna's parents ran two different city missions there. In 1925, Edna enrolled in Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois, from which she graduated in 1929. She married Richard C. Case and they settled in Saint Louis. The Cases had one child, Carol Case McCarthy. Mrs. Case died in St. Louis on May 15, 1999.

Scope and Content

This collection consists of a tape of an interview of Mrs. Case by Billy Graham Center staff member Robert Shuster. This interview took place on November 27, 1981, at the Archives of the Billy Graham Center. The interview covered roughly the time from Case's birth in 1905 until her graduation from Wheaton College in 1925. The topics are discussed are listed below. Time elapsed in minutes and seconds is recorded to the left of the topics discussed in the interview. This index is keyed to the cassette copy and not to the reel-to-reel original.

T1 - side 1 (95 minutes, click to link to the transcript of this tape).
00:00 Beginning of tape
00:20 Introduction
00:45 Early history of Virginia and William Asher; their activities among city rescue missions in Chicago
02:50 Virginia Ahser's singing abilities; work with J. Wilbur Chapman and Billy Sunday
03:50 Her work with working women during Sunday's evangelistic campaigns
05:45 William Asher's activities in Sunday's campaigns; Case's attendance at the campaign at Beckley, West Virginia
07:10 Description of the meetings; Sunday's style of speaking; relations between Sunday's co-workers
10:10 The function of Mrs. Helen Sunday in the Sunday party; her personality
11:50 A silk dress from Aunt Jennie
12:30 Personality of Virginia Asher; her loyalty to family; her memory
14:15 Asher's contacts with working women; discipling
16:30 Attendance at Business Women's Conferences at Winona Lake, Indiana; missionary outreach of the Council
20:25 The creation of Virginia Asher Councils; involvement of Virginia Asher in local councils; the councils after her death; Margaret Huff
23:10 Memories of Billy Sunday
24:00 Memories of Homer Rodeheaver; his sense of humor; Rodeheaver's music schools and their development into Rodeheaver's Music Company; Joseph Rodeheaver
27:10 Edna's father's superintendency of a city rescue mission in Saint Louis; Pacific Garden Mission; acquaintance with Mel Trotter and Harry Monroe; the humor of the mission men; International Council of Gospel Missions
31:15 Memories of Harry Monroe; his conversion; comparison of Monroe's preaching with Billy Sunday's
33:50 Activities at the Pacific Garden Mission; Mel Trotter and Harry Monroe
36:05 Beginning of the city mission in Saint Louis at Ninth Street; Mr. Card; arrival of the Asher family in 1916
37:30 Nature of the mission's work; service more to families than to individual trasnients; activities at the mission; family counseling and witnessing
41:00 Outfitting the children with shoes; breakfasts for school children
43:10 Difficulties of rescue mission work; lack of crime problem
45:20 End of side 1

T1 - side 2

00:00 Beginning of tape; overlap with end of side 1
01:50 Difference between city missions and rescue missions; the type of person most effective in city mission work
04:15 Lack of contact with black families
05:15 Changes in the work of the mission between 1916 and 1941
07:30 Paul Rader in Saint Louis; creation of the Saint Louis Gospel Center and the Midwest Bible Institute; Rader's style of preaching; personnel work at the Saint Louis meeting
10:45 Counseling at Billy Graham crusades, types of people who came forward; reasons for coming forward
12:10 Memories of William Biederwolf; joint meetings of Biederwolf and Asher; characteristics of Biederwolf
14:50 Washington-Compton Church in Saint Louis; memories of R. A. Torrey; Mr. Jacoby
17:05 Parable of the broken bottle; Moody Church
17:50 Reason for attending Wheaton College in 1925
20:15 Smallness of Wheaton in 1925; activities on campus; the Aelioian Society and its benefits
22:40 Pranks on campus
24:20 Tuesday night prayer meetings and their importance
26:05 Evan Welsh as a student; high quality of professors
27:20 Dr. Dowel and Dr. Straw; humor of Dr. Straw
29:25 Mrs. Buswell; feelings among students toward Charles Blanchard
31:10 J. Oliver Buswell; personality of Mrs. Buswell
32:55 Spiritual atmosphere on campus; some rebellion on campus; campus rules for women
34:50 Religious activities on campus
36:35 Dating situation at Wheaton
38:15 Feelings toward code of conduct
38:55 Advantages and disadvantages in attending Wheaton College
41:10 YWCA on campus
42:40 Competition between classes; the flagpole rush
43:55 Memorable classmates
45:00 End of side 2

T1 - side 3

00:00 Beginning of tape; overlap with end of side 2
04:15 Description of her classmates
05:00 End of tape


This tape was given to the Center by Edna Case in November 1981.

Accession 81-139
March 7, 1984
Robert Shuster
J. Nasgowitz

Accession 81-139
Type of material: Audio Tape

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE FILE:

T1 - Reel-to-reel, 3-3/4 speed, 95 minutes. Oral history interview of Edna Louise Asher Case, November 27, 1981.

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