Who changed God’s sabbath

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?


Save that man! Save that woman!

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.

The limits of faith healing

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”.