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Papers of Arvilla Evangeline (Kirchhofer) Garner - Collection 666

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Table of Contents

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection


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

Other Information That Might Be Helpful To Anyone Using This Collection

List of Photographs in This Collection (Location Records)

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

Collection 666

[December 13, 2011]

Arvilla Evangeline (Kirchhofer) Garner; 1903-1974

Papers; ca. 1922-1940, n.d.

1 box (DC) Photographs (0.42 cubic feet)

Brief Description:

Correspondence of Helen Mae Doderlein, missionary with the Christian and Missionary Alliance in India and transcripts of sermons preached mostly by Rev. Harry A. Ironside of The Moody Church.

Restrictions: None


Full name

Arvilla Evangeline (Kirchhofer) Garner


July 16, 1903, Chicago, Illinois


May 1974




Joel Georg and Bertha (Hoerner) Kirchhofer





Marital Status

Married Harold E. Garner, May 1, 1939, Chicago, Illinois, by Rev. Harry A. Ironside


As a young child




Graduated from Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois



ca. 1920s

Member of Moody Church



Leader of the Young Ladies’ Octet at Moody Church



Secretary to Rev. Harry A. Ironside, pastor of Moody Church


1948-ca. 1970

Special instructor in Christian education at Moody Bible Institute

Other significant information



Moody Bible Institute Alumni of the year along with her husband

[Note: In the Scope & Content section, the notation “folder 2-5" means “Box 2, Folder 5"]

Scope and Content

Series: Paper Records

Subseries: I. Correspondence of Helen Mae Doderlein

Arrangement: Chronologically

Date Range: 1922-1926, n.d.

Volume: 0.2 cubic feet

Boxes: 1

Geographic coverage: India

Type of documents: Correspondence, prayer letter,

Correspondents: Arvilla Kirchhofer.

Notes: Helen Mae Doderlein born ca. 1898 of Norwegian parents and died May 24, 1926 was a missionary with the Christian and Missionary Alliance at a boys and girls boarding school in Akola, India. She joined the Moody Church in Chicago in 1917 and became a friend of Arvilla Kirchhofer. Mae arrived in India in 1921 and was there until her death. Her letters to Arvilla were addressed to Miss Billie Kirchhofer, 1617 N. LaSalle St., Chicago, Illinois, and are usually signed “Maisie.” The letters were written from Khamgaon, Akola, Berar, or Chalisgaon, India.

Exceptional items: In her first letter dated May 30, 1922 she tells of struggling with wanting to enjoy life back home instead of being a sedate missionary on the field. She wanted To be young again and not having to think of a thing serious for one whole evening but have a good time.

On June 6, 1923 Mae wrote that she was pleased to hear that God was speaking to Arvilla and that God formed our friendship and I believe He is making it grow more and more precious and bringing us closer to Him too than ever.

In her letter of July 15, 1923 she describes in detail her daily schedule which begins at 4:00am with prayer and ends by 11:00pm. She also talks about being a single missionary. I wouldn’t want to stay a single missionary for the life out here at best is a lonely lonely life. There is no use to say it isn’t for tho I love the work and the missionaries and am happy in God’s will still out here as never before. I do I crave companionship some on with whom I can share things and ideas with. In one very long paragraph she tells about the conflict the Alliances new vision to drop the current work in India and move out into new territories has brought about. She talks about the Pentecostal experience of a number of the Alliance people and her spiritual life in the November 9, 1923 letter.

Mae gives Arvilla advise about dating boys in her January 18, 1924 letter by writing, I don’t know what to make of Paul Nelson. I’m sure he must like you Billie and even must have some hopes of winning you because he wouldn’t hang around or even bother to take you home from places if he didn’t. Mae mentions in her March 2, 1924 letter that ...the mission folks are always figuring on what I am going to do in the future regards to romance. I have been able to keep them guessing anyway.

Attached to her December 10, 1924 letter is a printed prayer letter of Harriet Beardslee of the Alliance Mission Boys’ Boarding School, Akola, Berar, India. In the last sentence she states that Miss Doderlein, the boys and I all send you greetings in His Name.

She tells of her work in India and desire to desire to serve God in her August 19, 1925 letter in which she says, I take a Christian woman and go out to villages alone and oh how I love it all. You know how bound and how fearful I felt before, but oh God has done this great thing, that I feel free as a bird, and before I should have been scared of my life to have gone out among the people alone or to attempt to preach to them alone. But now I simply revel in it, and know no greater joy than to preach the gospel to these brown folk....I want to be only a flame for Him. I long darling pal of mine that God should do the same thing for you that He has been doing for me and that He should make you a flame among those young folks that thru you hearts might become hungry for God. I do praise Him that He is so dear to you and that I can talk to you so freely about Him.

She gives advise to Arvilla in the November 12, 1925 letter. Honey, girl I wish you would not take life so strenuously. I know I can’t have room to say much but it is a little different with me because God has given me a good healthy constitution, but for you to go at the rate you do in the office and then every night as you do, I am afraid you will be having a breakdown sooner or later.

The letter of January 14, 1925 still finds her praising the Lord. Praise, praise, praise my precious Jesus. Oh, Billie Darling, He is so very wonderful. How can this poor heart of mine fully praise Him for all His gracious love to me and all the wonderful, wonderful way He has led me. I only wish there were time to tell you all.

In her last letter of March 3, 1926 she mentions that I love that verse you quoted. Let’s claim it together Darling. “All things whatsoever ye ask in prayer believing ye shall receive.” Matthew 21:22.

Her letter of December 11, 1925 contained two envelopes with letters in each, one for Miss Charlotte Sorenson, 3257 Crystal St., Chicago, Ill. dated December 10, 1925 and another for Miss Clara Leidholm, 4201 Addison St., Chicago, Ill. dated Dec. 12, 1925. These letters apparently were intended to be forwarded to these ladies.

Folder 1-8 contains a letter dates 7/1/1914 (1924?) from Sara of Khamgoom, India containing two photos (see Photo Location Record) of Mae, one inscribed on back, Went “Home” Mar. 24, 1926; two unsigned typewritten letters (March 30 and April 6, 1926) describing the death of Mae and a four page handwritten, undated, and unsigned eulogy for Mae Doderlein. This was most likely written by Arvilla. 

Mae Doderlein has laid down her life for India and for Christ. That is all we know of her passing. That is sufficient. Her name is written on the roll of the immortals. For love of Christ she gave herself. Her gift will live forever. Any gift made for Jesus’ sake has in it the seed of immortality.

 The C.C. Club [Christian Companionship Club of Moody Church] has not received a communication from Mae. She did not leave a will, and yet the C.C. Club finds itself possessed of a very precious legacy. Mae Doderlein has left us - The Example of a life given unreservedly to God. The example of a life lived wholly for others. The memory of a character that had upon it the marks of the molding fingers of God.

 If the world ever held any attraction for her, she turned her back upon them, that she might invest her life in one of earths’ neediest fields.

 There is only one way in which we can adequately perpetuate her memory and that is by following Christ even as she followed Him.

 Mae has gone. We shall not see her again until we see her in the light of the morning that follows the fleeing away of the shadows, but we shall see her then, when we stand with her in the presence of the King.

The following materials with information on Doderlein and Kirchhofer were gathered by the archivist and placed in Folder 1-8: an article with photo of Miss Mae Doderlein reporting on her death, from the April 1926 issue of The Moody Church News. Materials about Arvilla Kirchhofer Garner: The Young Ladies’ Octet, The Moody Church News, November 1934; Local Girl Makes Good in Children’s work, Moody Student, (Moody Bible Institute) April 2, 1954; 1966 Alumni of the Year - Harold ‘27 & Arvilla (Kirchofer ‘29); biographical information on Mrs. Harold Garner, News from Moody Bible Institute, undated.

Series: Paper Records

Subseries: II. Transcripts of sermons mostly by Rev. Harry A. Ironside

Arrangement: Alphabetically or chronologically

Date Range: 1930-1940, n.d.

Volume: 0.2 cubic feet

Boxes: 1

Geographic coverage: United States

Type of documents: Sermon transcripts

Notes: Seventy-nine typewritten transcripts of Rev. Harry A. Ironside’s sermons are filed in Folders 1-5 through 1-7 and are arranged chronologically or by sermon title. There is a series of sermons on Psalms, I & II Corinthians, and Galatians which also have sequential numbers in the corner . If there was no date on the transcript, the archivist placed it in Bible text order within the series. Undated transcripts in Folder 1-7 are in alphabetical order. All of the transcripts were prepared by Ironside’s secretary Arvilla (Kirchofer) Garner.

Exceptional items: There are messages by Dr. M.R. DeHaan, Rev. W.B. Riley, and A.H. Steward in Folder 1-5 and by H.H. Savage and Roy L. Brown in Folder 1-7.


The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Charles Nichols in August 2011.

Accession: 11-48 

December 13, 2011

Wayne D. Weber





Folder 5


The Second Coming of the Holy Spirit


by Dr. M.R. DeHaan

April 13, 1930

The Church, Past, Present, and Future

Col. 1:18-22

by Rev. W. B. Riley

April 20, 1930


Acts 17:29-34

Mr. A. H. Stewart

June 10, 1934

The Jew, the Gentile, and the Church of God

1 Cor. 10:31-53


Aug 19, 1934

Christ’s Provision for His Church

1 Cor. 12:27-13:


Aug 26, 1934

The Love Chapter

1 Cor. 13


Sept. 16, 1934

The Gospel According to Paul

1 Cor. 15:1-11


Nov. 18, 1934

How are the Dead Raised Up?

1 Cor. 15:35-49


Nov. 25, 1934

The Rapture of the Saints

1 Cor. 15:50-58


Dec. 2, 1934

The First Day of the Week

1 Cor. 16:1-12


Dec. 9, 1934

Quit You Like Man

1 Cor. 16:13-24


Dec. 16, 1934

Comfort in Affliction

2 Cor. 1:1-7


Dec. 23, 1934

Three-Fold Deliverance

2 Cor. 1:8-20


Dec. 30, 1934

Operations of the Holy Spirit

2 Cor. 1:21-22


Jan. 6, 1935

Led in Christ’s Triumph

2 Cor. 1:23-2:17


Jan. 13, 1935

The Epistle of Christ

2 Cor. 3:1-6


Jan. 13, 1935pm

Is Drunkenness Curable?

1 Cor. 6:9-11


Jan. 20, 1935

The Lord of the New Covenant

2 Cor. 3:7-18


Jan 27, 1935

The Gospel Ministry

2 Cor. 4:1-6


Feb. 10, 1935


2 Cor. 4:6-18


Feb. 24, 1935

Paul’s Three Impelling Motives

2 Cor. 5:9-14


March 3, 1935

Why Christ Died

2 Cor. 5:14-21


March 17, 1935

The Ideal Ministry of Christ

2 Cor. 6:1-10


March 24, 1935

Separation from Evil

2 Cor. 6:11-18


Feb. 2, 1936pm

Three Crosses

Luke 23:33

includes typed outline

May 31, 1936

In King Solomon’s Quarries, Living Stones

I Kings 5:17-18


Folder 6


Introduction to Psalms

Psalm 1


Nov. 19, 1937

Psalm 2



Nov. 26

Psalm 3



Dec. 3, 1937


Psalm 6


Dec. 10, 1937


Psalm 9-11


Dec. 17, 1937


Psalm 13-14


Dec. 31, 1937

Psalm 17



Jan. 7, 1938

Psalm 18



Jan. 14, 1938

Psalm 19



Jan. 21, 1938

Psalm 20 and 21




Psalm 22, 23, and 24



Feb. 18, 1938

Psalms 25, 26, and 27



Feb. 25, 1938

Psalm 28, 29, 30, 31



March 11, 1938

Psalm 32



May 1, 1938

Introduction to the Epistle to the Galatians

Gal. 1:1-5


May 15, 1938

No Other Gospel “Will another gospel be revealed from heaven for the 20th Century?”

Gal. 1:6-9


May 22, 1938

The Story of an Honor Graduate of the University in the Wilderness

Gal. 1:10-24


May 29, 1938

The Gospel as Ministered to Jew and Gentile

Gal. 2:1-10


June 5, 1938

Peter’s Defection at Antioch

Gal. 2:11-21


June 12, 1938

Who Hath Bewitched You?

Gal. 3:1-9


June 19, 1938

Redeemed from the Curse of the Law

Gal. 3:10-18


[June 26, 1938?]

The Law as Child Leader Until Christ

Gal. 3:19-29


July 10, 1938

The Elements of the World

Gal. 4:8-20


July 17, 1938


Gal. 4:21-31



A Divine Allegory

Gal. 4:21-31


July 24, 1938

Falling from Grace

Gal. 5:1-6



Falling from Grace

Gal. 5:1-6


Nov. 20, 1938

Faith Working By Love

Gal. 5:7-15



Faith Working By Love

Gal. 5:7-15



Liberty Not License



Dec. 18, 1938

Glorying in the Cross

Gal. 6:11-18


July 7, 1940

Expository Message on the Gospel of John

John 13:18-30

Dr. H.A. Ironside

July 14, 1940

Expository Message on the Gospel of John - “The Eleventh Commandment”

John 13:31-38


Sept. 8, 1940

“The Father’s Peace”

John 14:27-31

Dr. H.A. Ironside

Oct. 6, 1940

Expository Message on the Gospel of John

John 16:1-6

Dr. H.A. Ironside

Oct. 13, 1940

Expository Message from Gospel of John “A Little While”

John 16:17-22

Dr. H.A. Ironside

Folder 7


The Chains of Our Sins

Acts 12:1-19



The Challenge of the Depression

Psalm 81:8-16



Debunking Religion: or the Four A’s and the Bible

Isaiah 45:18-23



A Dream That Will Never Come True

Isa. 29:7-8

by H.A. Ironside


The God of the Valleys

I Kings 20:28



God’s Two Great Epic Poems

Romans 1:20

Eph. 2:10

by H.A. Ironside


Hiding from God

Psalm 139

by Ralph E. Stewart


How Herod Lost His Soul

Acts 4:27-28. Mark 6:20. Luke 23:7-12



How Judas Iscariot Lost His Soul

Acts 1:25



How Pontius Pilate Lost His Soul

John 19:10-16



[How Shall We Escape, if We Neglect Great Salvation]

Heb. 2:3



The Key of Knowledge

Rev. 20:1. Luke 11:52

H.H. Savage


May We Expect a Great Revival Before the Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Hab. 3:2



The Mission of the Holy Spirit

Acts 2:22-36

by H.A. Ironside


[Paul’s Address on Mars Hill]

1 Cor. 2:1-5

First page missing


Is Peter the Rock Upon Which the Church is Built?

Matt. 16:13-19



The Priesthood of all Believers

Heb. 13:15-16



Separation, Scriptural and Unscriptural

2 Cor. 6:17

Jude 17-18



The Sifting of Satan

Luke 22:31



The Unspeakable Gift

2 Cor. 9:15

H.A. Ironside


Where Do You Live?

Col. 1:9-14, 18

Roy L. Brown


Will a Loving God Permit Any One to be Eternally Lost?

John 3:36

by H.A. Ironside


Accession: 11-48

Type of material: Photographs

The following items are located in the PHOTO FILE; request by folder title (in bold) at the beginning of each entry below.

DODERLEIN, HELEN MAE. Three photos of Doderlein. A portrait photo taken in Chicago, an outdoor oval photo, and a full-length photo of her standing against the rail of a ship with the ocean in the background and labeled on the back, “When “Home” Mar. 24, 1926.” The last two photos were included with a letter dated 7-1-14 (1924?) in folder 1-8. Ca. 1921-1926.








Correspondence: Doderlein, Helen Mae
























Ironside Sermon











1937-1940 n.d.









1924, 1926, n.d.

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