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Description: Riot In Church - Fee Will BaptistDate: April 25 1907
Newspaper published in: Huntsville, AL
Source: Madison Co., AL Library
Page/Column: Page 8, Column 2
RIOT IN CHURCH
Opposing Factions in Baptist Edifice Came to Blows
Portsmouth, O.—A faction opposing their pastor, Rev. Freeman Chase, made an attempt to depose him and hold services with another minister, and caused a riot in the Free Will Baptist Church here today. The followers of the different factions came to blows, women fainted and others fled screaming into the streets. When the police authorities were appealed to they refused to interfere. Order was finally restored to the new minister and elders withdrawing.
A majority of the church officers are opposed to Chase, who has withdrawn from the conference and has been conducting the church independently.