Rev. John Jasper’s Memorial

July 8, 1905


The Planet prints a photograph of the late Reverend John Jasper and describes the memorial service held for the “distinguished and noted divine.”


July 4th, 1905 was the ninety-third anniversary of the birth of Rev. John Jasper, and amid a mass of humanity the monument to this distinguished and noted divine was unveiled. The ceremonies began at 3 o’clock, the unveiling at 4:30, and the affair was finished at 6 o’clock.

The monument is in the form of a shaft, twenty feet high and erected on a solid concrete base fourteen feet square. On one face of the column is the legend, his last words, “I have finished my work: I am waiting at the river, looking across for further orders.” On another face is the inscription, “Marvel not that I say unto thee, ye must be born again.” St. John III: 7. This was the last text from which Rev. Jasper preached.
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