Gospel preacher listed on Ligon's Portraiture of Preachers of 1899.
David Walter Summers was born near Wapella, Ill., May 18, 1865; departed this life April 10, 1952 at Puyallup, Wash., after 2-weeks illness. He married Rosa A. Kendall, who preceded him in death some 6 years. He is survived by his daughter, a son, 3 grandchildren, 3 great-grandchildren, a sister and several nieces and nephews. Reared as a farm lad, he early chose work of an evangelist of the Church of Christ, to which he was ordained April 25, 1886, at Long Point, Ill. When he laid his armor down he was short 15 days of being 66 years in almost continuous work as an evangelist. The old church building at Long Point is still being used. One of his great desires was to return there for a final service, making that place the beginning and ending of his public efforts in serving the Lord. After working a number of years in his native State and other Mid-West States he came with his family to Oregon, where he lived several years and preached at Portland, Salem and a number of other Places near. He later moved to Seattle, Wash., where he preached a number of years as well as in other parts of the State. Returning to Portland he purchased a home and lived here, preaching for us until his wife's death, after which he made his home at Salem with his daughter and son-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Clifford Taylor. From that time to the end he preached for the First Church at Portland as often as health permitted. Brother Summers was a very able preacher and teacher of God's word and, like Paul, shunned not to declare God's whole counsel. We sorely miss his kindly presence, able leadership and wonderful lessons from Scripture; but we thank our Father in Heaven for his godly life among us! Burial was at Salem, Oreg., beside remains of his wife. — (Written by Glenn O. Hunter, Elder, First Church of Christ, 8120 S. E. Knight st., Portland, Ore., ) May 9.) —The American Christian Review, Vol. 97, No. 5 (May, 1952): 15.
Known addresses are Parsons, KS, and Salem, OR. He was a staff writer of Octographic Review in 1899.
James A. Scott, 1610 North Church Street, Salem, Ore.: "On June 6 we had the formal opening of our newly acquired church building. We are now located on the corner of Chemeketa and Cottage Streets. This day will be to us the proverbial red-letter day in our history. All services were attended by large crowds, with many of our neighbors and friends in attendance. Speeches and prayers were made by many preachers attending the afternoon service, with L. D. Webb, from Central Church, in Portland, making the main address. Present with us was D. W. Summers, the first gospel preacher to hold gospel meetings in Salem, in 1909. --Gospel Advocate, June 17, 1948, 593.
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