Giessner - Clergyman Kidder
Friday, February 18, 2011 at 2:29PM
Jo Giessner

Clergyman Kidder, A Salute to the Man and His Callings has been published in time for the 150th celebration of the First Baptist Church, Red Bluff. Kidder was the first pastor for the newly formed church organization from 25 September 1860 to 1 June 1861.

Jo L. Giessner, 2nd Great Granddaughter has written a comprehensive review of William Samuel Kidder's life callings from information he related to his daughters, family members' written memories, collected newspaper clippings, church records, photos and genealogy.

Kidder came from New York to western Shasta County in 1858 to preach the gospel in the gold country. He also taught school, mined for gold, worked a ranch, served in public office, organized churches, worked in a post office, named a post office/community, solemnized marriages, and much much more.

SWSCHG members will be pleased with the detail about the man, the times and the locations in this deeply researched tale. Don't be surprised if your ancestor's name appears on one of the pages!

To order your copy, contact me at The price is $13. which includes tax and add $2. if you need shipping.

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