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Reverend Charles W. Warlick Collection

 Collection
Identifier: Mss.Coll.#047

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of the papers of the Reverend Charles W. Warlick. The majority of the collection consists of sermons written by Reverend Warlick. In addition, the collection includes correspondence, manuscripts, patents, checks, receipts, certificates, bank statements, ledgers, photographs, and newspaper clippings. The collection spans his ministerial career from the 1890s to the 1950s. This collection will be of interest to researchers of the Evangelical and Reformed Church in North Carolina during the early 20th century, as well as United Church of Christ in North Carolina and the experience of members of the clergy.

Dates

  • 1890-1974

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research

Conditions Governing Use

The nature of the Archives and Special Collections Department of Belk Library means that copyright or other information about restrictions may be difficult or even impossible to determine despite reasonable efforts. The Archives and Special Collections Department of Belk Library claims only physical ownership of most materials. The materials from our collections are made available for use in research, teaching, and private study, pursuant to U.S. Copyright law. The user must assume full responsibility for any use of the materials, including but not limited to, infringement of copyright and publication rights of reproduced materials. Any materials used for academic research or otherwise should be fully credited with the source.

Biographical / Historical

Reverend Charles Wharton Warlick was born on October 11, 1876, in Lincoln County, North Carolina. The oldest of eleven children, he was the son of Henry Daniel and Elizabeth Wharton Warlick. He attended Catawba College in Newton, NC, where he received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1899. After his studies at Catawba, Warlick attended Lancaster Theological Seminary in Pennsylvania, where he received a Bachelor of Divinity Degree in September 1903. At that time, he was ordained as a minister in the Evangelical and Reformed Church. In June 1956, Warlick received an Honorary Doctorate of Divinity from Catawba College.

Charles Warlick was married to Mary Etta Michaels on June 19, 1899 in Conover, N.C. They had six children: Frederick Michael, born September 2, 1901; Thomas Maxwell, born February 11, 1904; Charles Wharton, Jr., born October 22, 1906; Joseph Ralph, born October 4, 1909; Hal Gerhardt, born January 31, 1915; and Richard Hoy, born January 31, 1915.

At the beginning of his ministerial career, Warlick pastored churches in Pennsylvania. His pastorates were Friends Cove, 1903-1905; Mans Choice, 1905-1908; Martinsburg, 1908-1913. From 1913 to 1921, he pastored churches in Matthews, Maiden, and Salem, NC, all part of the Lincoln charge. From 1921 to 1930 he was pastor of churches in Bear Creek, Mt. Pleasant, and Boger City, NC, all part of the Bear Creek charge. During the 1920s he also served as principal of the Mt. Pleasant grammar school, the Lowerstone Public School in Rowan County, and the Hahn School near Mt. Pleasant.

In 1923, Rev. Warlick played a key role in moving Catawba College to Salisbury, NC. At a meeting of the Evangelical and Reformed Annual classis in Charlotte, he proposed that the struggling college close its location in Newton, NC, and move to a partially-completed building in Salisbury. Davidson College had begun construction on the building but had changed plans. The motion carried; funds were raised to purchase the building and the surrounding land. Catawba College closed its Newton campus in 1923, and opened the current Salisbury campus in 1925.

Reverend Warlick was the author of two published works. In 1909, his book The Christian Ministry; or, The Problem of the Church was published. He was also the author of a booklet, A Reply to an Article “Myths, The Language of Faith”. Reverend Warlick continued to be an active minister into the late 1950s in the Concord and Mount Pleasant areas, serving churches in Concord and the surrounding area. In 1959, he received many letters of praise from Evangelical and Reformed churches (part of the UCC after 1957) celebrating his fifty-six years of service to the ministry. These letters were written on the occasion of his eighty-fourth birthday.

In addition to being a minister, Reverend Warlick was also an inventor and businessman. He created and sold several inventions through a business called the Mount Pleasant Novelty Company. One invention was a toy Tommy gun. Reverend Warlick also invented curtain stretchers for lace curtains designed to dry them in their correct shape. Receipts from the 1940s show he sold these inventions to local merchants. Reverend Wharton also invented a bed rest that elevated the head or feet. He obtained a patent for this invention in 1912.

Reverend Warlick died on May 10, 1967, at Rowan Memorial Hospital in Salisbury, following an extended illness. He was 90 years old at the time of his death.

Extent

5.5 Linear Feet (5.5)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This collection consists of the papers of the Reverend Charles W. Warlick. The collection spans his ministerial career from the 1890s to the 1950s; it includes sermons, correspondence, manuscripts, patents, checks, receipts, certificates, bank statements, ledgers, photographs, and newspaper clippings. This collection will be of interest to researchers of the Evangelical and Reformed Church in North Carolina during the early 20th century, as well as United Church of Christ in North Carolina and the experience of members of the clergy.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged into six series: Correspondence, Financial Documents, Legal Documents, Literary Productions, Photographic Material, and Printed Material. Each series is arranged alphabetically by type of document. Literary Productions includes Reverend Warlick’s sermons, which are grouped by decade (1890s, 1900s, etc.), and then arranged in alphabetical order by topic or by Bible verse associated with the sermon.

Physical Location

Belk Library Archives and Special Collections, Manuscript Collections

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2014.12.1

Related Materials

A copy of Reverend Warlick’s book, The Christian Ministry; or, The Problem of the Church, is in the Church History collection in the Archives and Special Collections Department in Belk Library. The call number for the book is 253.2 W235ch.

Processing Information

Processed by Randall Bowman, July 2014 - February 2016 Encoded by Randall Bowman, February 2016

Author
Processed by Randall Bowman, July 2014 - February 2016 Encoded by Randall Bowman, June 2016
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Repository Details

Part of the Belk Library Archives & Special Collections Repository

Contact:
Belk Library, Room 204
Campus Box 2550
Elon U.S.A. - North Carolina 27244