The Caddo Herald
July 9, 1942
Flowers to the Living,
A Tribute to Ebenezer Hotchkin
Forty-five years, almost half a century Eben Hotchkin has trod the highways and byways of Bryan County, laying firm foundations for the Christian civilization we now have. Not rain, nor cold, nor heat could daunt his zeal for the welfare of the souls of men. He came to comfort, to cheer, to point to another and higher life. No one ever called on Brother Ed in vain. Often he walked; he did not ask if one has any cash- only human need actuated in his zeal to serve those who had more need of him and his living message of comfort, hope and solace. Often hungry, at no time well paid, yet he went on and on, carrying the banner for human redemption.
Bro. Hotchkin did all this because he loved his people.
In the evening of a well and gloriously spent life Friend Eb comes to his people, the folks with whom he wrought long and unselfishly, and asks them to send him a second time as a lawmaker of Oklahoma.
Eb Hotchkin was responsible more than any one man for the building and maintenance of Oklahoma Presbyterian College in Durant. Thru its halls in years agone have passed many young women to become more devout wives and mothers, to raise their children in the fear of God and in righteousness.
As the years roll by only can it be realized the worth of such a man as Eben Hotchkin. His work will live as long as men and women cherish honor and Christianity. Whether he is elected or not is not material to him, but don’t you think his kindly soul would glow in gratitude if he were elected so as to feel that his folks still loved him and believed in him?
Let it not continue to be said that our people are ungrateful, or unmindful of the great service this grand man has given to the people whom he loved as passionately as the Savior who he represents on this earth. One Whom He Befriended