Brooklyn Daily Eagle
Good morning. Today is the third day of the year. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle of Jan. 3, 1909, contained a story titled, “How a Woman Became a Minister of the Gospel.” A woman minister was extremely rare in those days. The story describes how Wilmetta Smith, of Smithfield, Nebraska, the daughter of a minister, felt the “calling” as a young girl and began to preach to whoever would listen. However, her father’s church, the Methodist Church, did not allow women ministers. So she joined an unofficial Baptist church, and her ministry became a success. Women frequently took on roles in the thinly populated Western states that they would been barred from in the East.
Well-known people who were born today include actor Mel Gibson (“Braveheart,” “Lethal Weapon”), former hockey player Bobby Hull, football player Eli Manning, actress Victoria Principal (“Dallas”) and musician-singer Steven Stills, of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young.
Today at 10:30 a.m., several graduates of the HOPE Program, a Brooklyn-based organization that helps New Yorkers with various employment problems to re-enter the workplace, will receive custom-tailored suits from Mohan’s Custom Tailors. For many of them, it will be the first suit they have ever owned. The ceremony will take place at Mohan’s, 60 East 42nd St., Manhattan.