The religious section of the February 15, 1930 Toronto Globe contained this advertisement:
O.D. Cardey did not stay in Toronto long. He was listed in the 1931 city directory (as “O. D. Cardy”), but was not listed in 1932.
A Google search for Rev. Cardey didn’t turn up anything other than this link. Apparently, Rev. Cardey was a Seventh-Day Adventist but was reluctant to admit that fact up front. The Seventh-Day Adventists observe Saturday as the Sabbath, not Sunday.
I wonder whether there actually was a packed house for this service?
Daily newspapers used to have a page devoted to ads for churches and visiting preachers. Here’s one from the September 2 1922 Toronto Daily Star that stood out:
A Google search for Byron Stauffer turned up a number of things:
- In 1910, he wrote Your Mother’s Apron Strings, a series of talks to young men.
- In 1912, he delivered a sermon entitled “The Titanic Disaster and The Spirit of the Master”.
- In 1915, he gave a speech to the Empire Club titled “Sir John A. Macdonald: Empire Builder”.
- In 1919, he wrote The Battle Nobody Saw and Other Sermons.
And, sadly, he might not have lived very long after this Massey Hall event:
- A footnote from this article lists a “Byron E. Stauffer” as having lived from 1870 to 1922. Every other reference I found referred to “Byron H. Stauffer”, so this might have been somebody else.
- However, I found a reference to Byron H. Stauffer having been born in 1870.
- This Amazon link lists his birth and death dates as 1870 and 1922.
- He is listed in the 1922 Toronto city directory, but not in the 1923 city directory.
- This footnote lists his name and the date “October 26, 1922” – was that when he passed away? I didn’t want to buy the e-book to find out.
Here are two articles, more than three decades apart, which seemingly prove that faith healing has limits.
First, there’s this item from the September 2 1922 Toronto Daily Star:
I get the impression that the article writer quite enjoyed writing this piece. (I left in the Star want ads bit at the bottom because it seemed to somehow fit.)
Nearly a third of a century later, the July 26 1955 Toronto Daily Star contained this:
Wikipedia has an entry for George Went Hensley. He taught a form of Pentecostalism that “emphasized personal holiness and frequent contact with venomous snakes”.