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Papers of Theophilus Edward Jr. "Ed" and Marilou G. Hobolth McCully - Collection 687

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To Carry the Light Farther:
A Story of Faith, Sacrifice and
Cultural Conflict in the Jungles of Ecuador

 


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Table of Contents

Title Page and Restrictions

Brief Description of This Collection

Biographies


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

    Paper Records
    Audio Recordings

Lists of Audio Tapes and Photographs in This Collection (Location Records)

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



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Collection 687                                                                                                     [October 27, 2015]

McCully, Theophilus Edward Jr. “Ed”; 1927-1956
McCully, Marilou G. Hobolth; 1928-2004
Papers; 1944-1985

1 box (DC), Audio recordings, Photographs; 1.1 cubic feet


Restrictions: Audio recording T22 is closed to use until January 1, 2031.


Brief Description. Journal, correspondence, manuscript, audio recordings, photos and other documents that describe Ed McCully’s education (including at Wheaton College), successes in oratorical competition, courtship of Marilou Hobolth, their work in Ecuador as Plymouth Brethren missionaries, his death at the hands of Waorani tribesmen, and her subsequent involvement in telling the story of his life and faith.


Biographies

Full name

 McCully, Marilou G. Hobolth

Birth

April 18, 1928

Death

April 24, 2004 in Sumner, Washington State, after a long battle with cancer

Family

 

Marital Status

To Theophilus Edward “Ed” McCully Jr. on June 29, 1951

 

Children

Steve (1952), Mike (1954), Matt (1956)

Education

 

 

Moody Bible Institute, Chicago, Illinois

Career

 

1952-1963

Missionary in Ecuador with Christian Missions in Many Lands. Arrived in December 1952 with her husband and son; language study in Quito for several months; helped in evangelistic work at Shandia, 1953-1955; mission station at Arajuno (very close to Waorani territory), 1955-1956. From late-1956 on, (after an eight-month return to the United States that included several speaking engagements about the men’s deaths), she managed a home for missionary children in Quito, Ecuador.

 

1964-ca. 1985

Bookkeeper at Auburn General Hospital, Seattle, Washington

 

ca. 1985-ca. 1990

Worked as a bookkeeper for a cardiologist

Other significant information

 

Two schools among the Quichuas in Ecuador are named for Ed and Marilou McCully.

 

Was active in music ministry and played the piano and was music director at the Des Moines Gospel Chapel in Washington State.


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Full name

 McCully, Theophilus Edward Jr. “Ed”

Birth

June 1, 1927 in Des Moines, Iowa

Death

January 8, 1956 on Palm Beach, Ecuador

Family

 

Parents

Theophilus Edward McCully Sr. and Lois McCully

 

Siblings

2 siblings

 

Marital Status

Married Marilou G. Hobolth on June 29, 1951

 

Children

 Steve (1952), Mike (1954) and Matt (1956)

Conversion

At the age of seven

Education

 

1945, 1946-1949

Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois. McCully was president of the senior class.

 

1945-1946

Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Illinois. Took classes while stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base.

 

1946

Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois. Took classes while stationed at the Great Lakes Naval Base.

 

1949-50

Marquette University Law School, Chicago, Illinois. Dropped out to prepare to be a missionary.

 

1951-1952

School of Missionary Medicine of the Bible Institute of Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California.

Career

 

June 27, 1945-August 29, 1946

Served in the United States Navy, honorably discharged

 

1951

With Jim Elliot broadcast a weekly evangelistic radio broadcast, The March of Truth from Chester, Illinois; held evangelistic meetings, also often with Elliot, in the Chester area. Also spoke at churches and meetings in other parts of the Midwest.

 

1952-1956

Plymouth Brethren missionary in Ecuador, serving with Christian Missions in Many Lands. Through the last months of 1955 deeply involved in assisting Nate Saint in making aerial contact with the Waorani.

 

January 1956

Established a camp with Elliot, Saint, Fleming, and Roger Youderian on Palm Beach on the Curaray River for the purpose of making physical contact with the Waorani and laying the groundwork for a mission to them. After an initial friendly contact with a Waorani man and two Waorani women on January 6th, McCully and the four others were attacked and killed by a party of six Waorani men on the 8th.

Other significant information

 

1944, 1949

McCully participated in and won several local and national oratorical competitions.

 

Two schools among the Quichuas in Ecuador are named for Ed and Marilou McCully.




Scope and Content

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

This collection consists of items from the papers of Ed McCully and Marilou McCully. The main topics covered by the documents, apart from Ed’s attendance at Wheaton College and his participation in oratorical completions, are concerned with the McCully’s courtship in 1951, their work as missionaries in Ecuador, Ed’s murder (with four other men) by Waorani tribesmen in 1956, and Marilou’s involvement with the continuing reaction to those deaths and the meaning of them over the years.


Series: Paper Records
Arrangement: Alphabetical by folder title, titles supplied by archivist
Date Range: 1944-1985
Volume: .5 cubic feet
Boxes: 1
Geographic coverage: United States, Ecuador
Type of documents: Journal, correspondence, personal records, speech manuscripts
Correspondents: Marilou Hobolth

Notes: The paper records consist mostly of materials by Ed McCully and preserved by his family, although there are a few items by Marilou McCully and some letters to her by people other than Ed. There are a few items from Ed’s military service (folder 1-16), his education in high school and Wheaton College (folders 1-4, 1-15, 1-23), and his participation in oratorical competitions (folders 1-18, 1-19). The bulk of the series consists of the letters that he wrote to Marilou when they were courting in 1951. (Her letters to him were lost in a flood.) These are mainly concerned with their love for each other and their future plans, but Ed does refer at times to the evangelistic work he is doing with Jim Elliot in Chester, Illinois, and on his own at other places. Folder 1-21 contains an evangelistic sermon from this period.

Several folders contain material directly related to the McCullys’ service in Ecuador as missionary and Ed’s death there. They are described below

Folder

Description

1-1

Folder 1-1 contains the journal that he began upon arrival in Ecuador in 1952 and kept very sporadically thereafter. Only 44 of the 300 pages in the journal are written on, pages 1-41, 200, 298, and 299. While there are great lapses of time between entries, the entries on pages 17 through 41 are much more consistent and detailed in describing the thirteen flights Ed, Nate Saint, and Jim Elliot made over a Waorani settlement between September and December 1955.

1-11

This folder contains a variety of letters written by or to Marilou, including: one announcing to her parents her first pregnancy; a letter from her parents comforting her after Ed’s death; a September 1956 letter to Elisabeth Elliot, Marj Saint, and Sam Saint (Nate’s brother who acted as the agent of the widows in the United States) about Marilou’s thoughts on who should write the book being planned about the death of the five missionaries (this was the book that became Through Gates of Splendor, by Elisabeth Elliot); a couple of letters to family members describing, among other things, her activities managing the home for missionary children in Quito. There is also a photocopy of a letter to her first grandchild, telling her about her grandfather, Ed.

1-12

A carbon of the letter from the McCully family, written in 1956, to be sent in response to all those writing them about Ed’s death. Attached to the letter are quotes from some of the consolation letters they had already received.

1-13

Letters exchanged between Ed and his parents when he, Marilou, and Steve sailed away to Ecuador in 1952.

1-17

Three brief notes written by Ed to Marilou from Palm Beach in January 1956. He wrote these on small sheets torn from his notebook. Apparently Nate Saint, who was flying back and forth from Palm Beach was delivering them to Marilou. Ed lets her know about items he needed delivered and briefly describes events in the camp and anticipated contacts with the Waorani.

1-20

A set of photocopies, with a table of contents, which apparently Marilou or another member of the McCully family made to be given away to those interested in Ed McCully’s life and faith. It includes copies of some of the speeches Ed gave in oratorical competition, including his award-winning one of Alexander Hamilton (a different version is in folder 1-19), a friendly 1949 letter from Jim Elliot to Ed McCully on a variety of subjects, including his encouragement to Ed to consider going to Ecuador with him as a missionary; a 1950 letter from Ed to Jim announcing his conviction that the Lord had led him to quit law school and go into full-time Christian service, although he was not sure where; the last (12/1955) prayer letter of the McCullys to their supporters; an unfinished poem by Roger Youderian. One item mentioned in the Table of Contents, an unfinished letter by T. E. McCully Sr., was not included in the materials the Archives received. There is one other item in the folder, a 1955 letter written by Ed to his Wheaton College classmates describing his life and his work in Ecuador.

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Series: Audio Recordings
Arrangement: Chronological, with undated material at the end
Date Range: 1949-1964, n.d.
Volume: .6 cubic feet
Geographic coverage: United States, Ecuador
Type of documents: Recordings of personal messages, radio programs, memorial services, talks given at Christian conference

Notes: These are recordings kept by the McCully family, most of which relate in some way to Ed McCully’s work in Ecuador and his death there with the four other men.

Exceptional items:

Tape #

Length in minutes

Description

Note: Slashes indicate the begriming of a new line in the description written on the tape or the tape box

     Dates

T1

13

Ed McCully giving his award winning speeches on Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton. The tape box is labeled, incorrectly, “Our last tape sent home from Arajuno / Auca part is on reverse side / Greetings from Camela on beginning side / Stevie sings and tells story in Quichua.”

Ca. 1949

T2

25

The March of Truth radio program. Ed McCully introduces hymn / Trombone - Some Sweet Day / Sermon by Jim Elliot: “Christ Returneth” / Used on HCJB June 6, 1956.

2/25/1951

T3

23

The March of Truth radio program, recorded for use on 3/25/1951 / Jim Elliot message: “The Parable of Lazarus.”

3/7/1951

T4

26

The March of Truth radio program, recorded for use on 4/1/1951 / Trombone - When I Survey the Wondrous Cross / Ed McCully introduces “I Will Sing of Jesus My Redeemer” / Message by Jim Elliot: includes discussion of the return of General Douglas MacArthur after being relieved of his command in Korea.

3/28/1951

T5

20

The March of Truth radio program, recorded for use on 4/8/1951

3/28/1951

T6

23

The March of Truth radio program, recorded for use on April 22, 1951

4/9/1951

T7

24

The March of Truth radio program, recorded for use on 4/29/51 for use after the ball game. Ed McCully “Oh, What a Day,” Jim Elliot sermon: “God Uncovering Secrets,” including references to the Kefauver Senate hearing on organized crime.

4/23/1951

T8

20

Probably segments of a broadcast of The March of Truth radio program. Introduction by Ed McCully of “O, For a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” (just the intro, no song), Jim Elliot’s message “The Mid Century Revival in America.” Beginning of tape was heavily spliced.

1951

T9

31

Ed McCully sings, Ed and Marilou McCully play instruments (Ed plays trombone). Sermon by Ed McCully on “Jesus said I am the way, the truth and the life.” A note from Cecil Didier of Meadowlawn Chapel, Florida, identifying the tape that was in the tape box is in folder 1-11

1952

T10

46

Side 1: Sent from Ecuador to the Good News Chapel in Milwaukee, WI. Jim Elliot and Ed McCully talk about their plan and activities in Ecuador. Ca. Feb 1953. Side 2: Appears to be a recording of a Christian radio program with a sermon on Matthew 12

Ca. 2/1953

T11

24

T. E. McCully Sr’s message to a meeting of the Christian Businessmen’s Committee (CBMC), 1953

1953

T12

2.5

Trombone solo by Ed McCully, accompanied by Mildred Wagner “We Shall See His Lovely Face.” The letter from Marj Van Der Puy to Marilou McCully that was in the tape box is in folder 1-11.

ca. 1955

T13

142

Recording of the memorial service for Ed McCully and the four other men who killed that was held at the Central Gospel Chapel, Des Moines, Iowa. Speakers included Colin Sawson, Levi Olsen, Phil Parksen, Bob Erlandson (Wheaton classmate of McCully and Elliot). A little more than halfway through the service, a recording McCully made in Ecuador is played, but it is very distorted on this recording. Following this Walter Monroe (head of Christian Missions in Many Lands) spoke extensively about his recent visit to Ecuador missions and the widows of the five men. He also read extensively from Jim Elliot’s journal.

1/29/1956

T14

131

Memorial Service among Peter Fleming’s home assembly in Seattle, Washington. Recording of a memorial service for Peter Fleming and the other four men held in Seattle, Washington, perhaps at Whitefield Avenue Gospel Chapel. Speakers are were friends and family of Peter Fleming or of the other four men, including Herbert Elliot, Jim’s brother and John Smart, editor of The Fields, the mission magazine of the Plymouth Brethren Assemblies. The service contained many reminiscences about the men, along with quotes from the letters of Saint, Elliot, and Fleming and the diary of Fleming and an excerpt of Nate Saint speaking from the film, Conquering Jungle Barriers. The last 30 minutes of the recording appear to be hymns and similar music copied from phonogram records.

1/1956

T15

67

Recording made by Phil Saint [?] for Christian filmmaker Dick Ross containing excerpts from Ed McCully’s last tape to his parents from 12/55 and David Howard’s report to missions executives about missions in Ecuador. Material probably intended for use in the research for a film about the five men. Tape box incorrectly labeled: “Marilou’s trip to the Aucas / Good News Hour / 9/2/62?”

Ca. 2/1/1956

T16

43

Women’s luncheon, Grand Rapids, MI. Marilou McCully speaker

10/25/1956

T17

81

Christian Businessmen’s Committee conference, speakers include Barney Oglesby (Christ in the Insurance Business), David Redekop (Christ in the Electrical Business), Nate Scharf (Christ in the Clothing Business), William Horsburgh (Christ in the British Isles), T. E. McCully (Intro to film Martyred Men), Marilou McCully

10/25/1956

T18

62

Grand Rapids Convention, Ladies Luncheon, Marilou McCully speaker

11/1956

T19

60

Memorial service for the five men at the headquarters of missionary shortwave radio station HCJB in Quito, Ecuador. This program was apparently recorded from a shortwave radio which had poor reception.

11/15/1956

T20

131

Conference, side 1: T. E. McCully Sr.(Gospel - Judas Iscariot), Harold Harper / Side 2 continued, Theo McCully

1958?

T21

41

T. E. McCully Sr. message for use in Japan

1/16/1959

T22

R

54

This tape is closed to researchers until January 1, 2031. 5" reel, Tape made by Marilou McCully to send to her family in the United States describing her life as a missionary in Quito, Ecuador. Part way through side one she flipped the tape over to side 2 and recorded on that, including portions by her children Steve and Mike and finished the rest of side 1 after filling side 2. Tape Box incorrectly labeled: “Keynote address by T. E. McCully Sr, Christian Businessmen’s Committee meeting.”

Ca. 1960

T23

39

Audio soundtrack by Elisabeth Elliot, in which she talks about mission work in Ecuador and particularly about the attempts to the Waorani people, called Aucas on the tape. This apparently was intended as part of a slide/tape program.

ca. 1960s

T24

124

Honolulu conference / Banquet, T. E. McCully Sr., C. T. Skanse

1960

T25

31

Theo McCully Sr. on the radio program, The Good New Hour

9/2/1962

T26

22

Christian Businessmen’s Committee International - Talk by T. E. McCully Sr.

8/9/1964

T27

46

Reading of The Savage is My Kinsman in Spanish

N.d.

T28

22

Mid-Century Martyrs revised; soundtrack for slide/tape show

N.d.

T29

32

Mid-Century Martyrs, soundtrack for slide/tape show; script also inside box

N.d.

T30

123.5

Christian Businessmen’s Committee Evangelism Rallies - T. E. McCully Sr, speaker

N.d.


Provenance

The materials in this collection were given to the Archives of the Billy Graham Center by Steve McCully in June, 1957.

Accession: 15-16 
October 27, 2015
Bob Shuster
K Xiang


LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 15-16
Type of Material: Audio Tapes

The following items are located in the AUDIO TAPE file.

All recordings are on analog 1/4" analog tape on reels.

 #

Speed

Sides

Contents

Dates

T1

7.5

1

5" reel, Ed McCully’s speeches on Benjamin Franklin and Alexander Hamilton.

Ca. 1949

T2

7.5

1

7" reel, The March of Truth radio program

2/25/1951

T3

7.5

1

7" reel, The March of Truth radio program

3/7/1951

T4

7.5

1

7" reel, The March of Truth radio program

3/28/1951

T5

7.5

1

7" reel, The March of Truth radio program

3/28/1951

T6

7.5

1

7" reel, The March of Truth radio program

4/9/1951

T7

7.5

1

7" reel, The March of Truth radio program

4/23/1951

T8

7.5

1

7" reel, The March of Truth radio program

1951

T9

3.75

2

7" reel, Music by Ed and Marilou McCully, sermon by Ed McCully

1952

T10 3.75 2 5" reel, Side 1: Message from Jim Elliot and Ed McCully in Ecuador to the Good News Chapel in Milwaukee, WI. Side 2: Appears to be a recording of a Christian radio program, with a sermon on Matthew 12. ca. 2/1953

T11

3.75

1

T. E. McCully Sr message to the Christian Businessmen’s Committee meeting, 1953

1953

T12

7.5

2

Trombone solo by Ed McCully, accompanied by Mildred Wagner “We Shall See His Lovely Face”

ca. 1955

T13

3.75

2

7" reel, McCully Memorial Service, Des Moines, Iowa

1/29/1956

T14

3.75

2

7" reel, Memorial Service among Peter Fleming’s home congregation, Seattle, Washington. The last 30 minutes of the recoding appears to be hymns and similar music copied from phonogram records.

1/1956

T15

3.75

1

7" reel, tape made by Phil Saint [?] for Dick Ross containing excerpts from Ed McCully’s last tape to his parents from 12/55 and David Howard’s report to minions executives

Ca. 2/1/1956

T16

7.5

1

7" reel, Women’s luncheon, Grand Rapids, MI, Marilou McCully speaker

10/25/1956

T17

3.75

2

7" reel, Christian Businessmen’s Committee conference, speakers include Barney Oglesby (Christ in the Insurance Business), David Redekop (Christ in the Electrical Business), Nate Scharf (Christ in the Clothing Business), William Horsburgh (Christ in the British Isles), T. E. McCully (Intro to film Martyred Men), Marilou McCully

10/25/1956

T18

3.75

1

5" reel, Grand Rapids Convention, Ladies Luncheon, Marilou McCully speaking,

11/1956

T19

3.75

1

7" reel, 3 3/4 ips, Memorial service for the five men from HCJB. This program was apparently recorded from a shortwave radio which had poor reception.

11/15/1956

T20

3.75

2

7" reel, Conference, side 1: Theo McCully (Gospel - Judas Iscariot), Harold Harper / 2ide 2 Continued., Theo McCully

1958?

T21

3.75

2

7" reel, T. E. McCully Sr. message for use in Japan

1/16/1959

T22 R

3.75

2

This tape is closed to researchers until January 1, 2031. 5" reel, Tape made by Marilou McCully to send to her family in the United States describing her life as a missionary in Quito, Ecuador.

Ca. 1960

T23

3.75

1

7" reel, audio soundtrack by Elisabeth Elliot, in which she talks about mission work in Ecuador and particularly about the attempts to the Waorani people, called Aucas on the tape

ca. 1960s

T24

3.75

2

7" reel, Honolulu conference banquet, T. E. McCully Sr., C. T. Skanse

1960

T25

7.5

1

7" reel, Theo McCully Sr. on the radio program, The Good News Hour

9/2/1962

T26

7.5

1

7" reel, Christian Businessmen’s Committee International meeting, talk by T. E. McCully

8/9/1964

T27

7.5

1

7" reel, Reading of The Savage, My Kinsman in Spanish

N.d.

T28

3.75

1

7" reel, Mid-Century Martyrs revised,

N.d.

T29

7.5

1

7" reel, Mid-Century Martyrs, soundtrack for slide/tape show

N.d.

T30

3.75

2

7" reel, Christian Businessmen’s Committee Evangelism Rallies / T. E. McCully Speaker

N.d.



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LOCATION RECORD
Accession: 15-16
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.

MCCULLY, THEO. EDWARD JR. 37 b&w. Two groups of photos. The first contains 8 3"x3" b & w snapshots and 6 3"x5.5" b & w snapshots of a meeting of Jim Elliot, Mabel Elliot, Will Elliot, Clara Elliot, Ned Elliot, Ed McCully, Marilou McCully, and Peter Fleming in Los Angeles, ca. February 3, 1952 shortly before Jim Elliot and Peter Fleming sailed to Ecuador. These snapshots are mounted on two scrapbook pages. The second set of images are contained on 2 b& w proof sheets, 13-1/4"x10", one with 12 images, one with 11 images, each image 3"x3". The two proof sheets are mounted back to back on a black sheet of construction paper. The pictures show scenes from the visit to the Palm Beach camp on January 6, 1956, of the Naenkiwi, Gimari, and Mintaka. Also seen in the pictures are Jim Elliot, Peter Fleming, Roger Youderian, and Nate Saint.




BOX LIST

Box

Folders

First Folder/Last Folder

Dates

1

1

A Record - Journal

1952-1955

2

Clipping

January 31, 1981

3

Correspondence

November-December 1950

4

Correspondence

January 1951

5

Correspondence

February 1951

6

Correspondence

March 1951

7

Correspondence

April 1951

8

Correspondence

May 1951

9

Correspondence

June 1951

10

Correspondence

1955?

11

Correspondence - Marilou McCully

1951-1985

12

Correspondence - “To All our Dear Friends”

1956

13

Correspondence - Parents

1952

14

High School Diploma

1945

15

High School Report Card 

n. d.

16

Navy Records

1946

17

Notes from Palm Beach

1956

18

Orator Competitions - Awards

1944-1949

19

Orator Competitions - Speech Manuscripts

n. d.

20

Photocopies

1947-1955

21

Sermon - “Life”

1951

22

Tract

n. d.

23

Wheaton College Records 

1949





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