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Re: Who was Harry Morse ?

Oakland Tribute October 25, 1963

The Rev. Harry I Morse, founder and pastor for 55 years of the Revival Center here, has died at the age of 84.

His death came Wednesday afternoon after a brief illness.

The Rev. Mr. Morse established the "Big Downtown Mission" at 9th and Broadway in 1915. He opened the independent Pentecostal assembly like a mission with Gospel services, street meetings and jail services.

During the depression, the church feed and clothed many persons in need.

The Rev. Mr Morse also conducted a Bible training school at his home, 3370 62nd Ave., for more than 25 years. There are numerous Pentecostal pastors, missionaries and evangelists over the world who received their training from him.

The Revival Center was demolished to make room for a parking lot, and the church was moved in 1957 to its present site at the old Pix Theater at 647 East 12th St.

The Rev. Mr. Morse was born in Michigan. He moved to Stockton in 1896 and served as a minister for the Volunteers of America there. After brief stays in Canada and Oregon, he returned to California and became an evangelist in 1906.

He is survived by his wife, Maude, whom he wed in 1900, and a sister, Linnie Warda of Illinois.

The Rev. Mr. Morse held many posts in area and state Pentecostal organizations and was a member of the International Ministers Association, Inc.
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