Rural water mill and the rise of Kenneth Killinger as a preacher in the southern Appalachians
Marion Virginia USA Date:1934 Duration:5 min 20 sec Sound:NO SOUND
Depicts life near the southern Appalachian region of Marion, Virginia in Smyth County, and specifically the path of Kenneth G. Killinger from being a mill operator to becoming a mountain missionary of the Lutheran Synod of Viriginia. Man carries sack of corn to a water powered mill. Sign "Corn Ground." Young man actor portraying Kenneth G. Killinger weighs the corn with a simple scale and then pours it into the stone grinder. He gives the ground corn to the customer, along with a booklet that reads, "The Augsburg Sunday School Teacher, 1910." Close view of the contents page of the booklet. The young man standing at the edge of the mill, water wheel turning beside him. Scenes portraying two memories from his youth: A woman taking a paddle to a boy. Boys gathered together drinking whiskey. Scene of men digging a grave in a graveyard beside a rural church. Killinger reenters the mill. Scene of young Killinger sitting on the porch of a rural home, reading to young children. Killinger counseling a bed-ridden elderly woman. On screen text reads, "Kenneith G. Killinger. 'The Mountain Missionary' of The Lutheran Synod of Virginia. Marion, Virginia. July 24, 1921." View of Killinger in 1921, preaching to congregation sitting under a tree. The congregation entering a small makeshift church building. The congregation entering an abandoned rail car turned into their church. The congregation later in a larger church building. Killinger preaching. Rural children singing from hymnals. Churchgoers exiting the church.
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