Wednesday, January 16, 2019
The Rev John Emory Berkstresser 1925-1929
DELMAR KLANSMEN HAVE LADIES NIGHT
DELMAR, Del., Dec. 26 - Ladies night was observed by the Delmar Klan No. 2, K. K. K., with an entertainment and supper in the church hall of the Baptist church, on Wednesday evening, from 8 to 11 o'clock. Benjamin F. Marsh was master of ceremonies. Led by Mrs. Paul R. Lowe, the audience sang "My Country, Tis of thee" Addresses were made by S. Ker Slemons, the Rev. J. E. Berkstresser, pastor of the Baptist church, the Rev. W. C. Little, of Midway, Del., and Taylor L. Thompson, Grand Dragon of the Realm of Delaware. One hundred partook of the supper which was served by the Ladies Aid Society of the Baptist Church.
Above from The Evening Journal (Wilmington) 6 Dec 1925
He was a well liked minister and tried to tender his resignation when he grew homesick for Alabama but his Church refused to accept it and he stayed a while longer. Finally in July of 1929 he resigned to take over as minister at First Baptist in Decatur, Alabama. While here the church building was enlarged and a social hall was added. After leaving he returned to visit Delmar a few times and in 1941 after being gone 12 years the local paper still carried an entry when his daughter, Mildred, married Earle Smith in Alabama. He remained in Alabama the rest of his life.