Since the territories were basically unsettled and populated with a host of wild animals, snakes and outlaws, they usually carried a rifle or sidearm for protection. Thus, the name “Pistol Packing Preacher” was often used.
This photo could very well be a……….
Pistol Packing Preacher
Conditions were harsh, dangers unforeseen; it was rough
But, the frontier homesteaders were extremely tough
These God-fearing people carved out their new domain
Overcoming enormous odds; they vowed to remain
A circuit pastor covers the area going from town to town
Praising the Lord while shouting the evil Devil down
These saddlebag preachers with their God-gifted lip
Spread the Word, bible in hand, loaded pistol on the hip
They’ve heard the preacher man was coming around
They’ll be gathering in an old weathered revival tent
To hear the spoken Word, sing halleluiah and repent
Poem by Herm Meyer
This photo might be typical of the garb worn by a paster in an established church with its adobe building and possibly a school: