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Page 326 of Life of Rev. L.B. Stateler : a story of life on the old frontier, containing incidents ... of Methodist history in the West and Northwest.

CHAPTER XXXVI. Conference at Bozeman-Mr. Stateler Retires-Sends a Mis- sionary to Japan-Conference at Butte-Bishop Fitzgerald Presides-Conference at Corvallis-New Church Dedicated -Conference at Helena-Last Attended by Stateler-Goes on His "Last Round"-Visits Corvallis-Unusually Cheer- ful-Appointment to Preach-Taken Sick-Last Hours- Memorial Services-Funeral at Stateler Chapel-Last Rest- ing Place. THE fifteenth session of the Montana Conference was held in Bozeman, commencing August IO, I892. Bishop Duncan was in the chair and W. M. Britt Sec- retary. At this session A. C. Couey was transferred to the Tennessee Conference, D. B. Price to the Ar- kansas, and J. B. Parnall, whose health had failed, and who was granted a superannuated relation, to the Co- lumbia Conference. R. H. Schaeffer came to us from the Southwest Missouri Conference. The entire work was again thrown into one district, and J. E. Squires was made presiding elder. Mr. Stateler reported that he had preached much, but had raised no funds for fear of interfering with the preachers in their regular collections. He con- sented, with some reluctance, to be placed upon the superannuated list. He deplored the idea of being considered noneffective, and frequently expressed the desire that he might cease at once to work and to live. Dr. H. C. Morrison, Missionary Secretary, who was afterwards elected bishop, was present and preached with acceptability. Mr. Stateler made a proposition to the Board of Missions to equip and send a missionary (326)

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