From the local paper, dated July 1, 1949, “David H. Kidder, new Choir Master and Director of Religious Education at the Asbury Methodist Church, reached Salisbury this week ready to assume his new duties. Mr. Kidder was born in Fekin, China, March 31, 1921, of missionary parents of the Presbyterian Church. He attended a mission school in Chefoo. He entered Maryville College, Maryville, Tenn., in 1938, where he took part in the YMCA and other extra-curriculum activities. He graduated with a B.A. Degree in 1942.
He entered the Navy in 1942, serving on the West Coast, U.S. Naval Training Center, Miami, and was liason officer in the foreign personnel program–particularly with Chinese naval personnel sent here to man lease-end ships. He was with the Department of Agriculture at Beltsville, MD, from January to September, 1946.
In 1946 he entered Union Theological Seminary and received Religious Education in 1948. He attended Teachers College, 1948-49, Columbia University, and last June received his M.A. Degree for advanced study in music and education.
He served as chapel organist in college and organist-choirmaster in churches at Washington, D.C., New York City, and Scarsdale, NY.
In 1943 he married Mary Orr, of Maryville, Tenn., daughter of the chairman of the Division of Philosophy and Bible at Maryville College. Mr. and Mrs. Kidder have two children, Kathleen Mary, born March, 1946; and Samuel Henry born last November.
Back Row: Bill Lynch, Joe Smith, Marion Gillis, Harriet Carey, Unknown, Unknown
Middle Row: Fred Kreiser, Penn Applebaugh, David Kidder, Oscar Carey, Unknown, Graham Hayman
Front Row: Marian Marvel, Dorothy Mitchell, Mary Silvey, Gloria Lynch, Jane Burbage, Bess Williams
Ruth Holland Isear, Marianna Rounds Holloway, Elsie Hearn, Jean Sumpter, Blanche Melson
The above photograph was used as newspaper publicity, May 20, 1951, as follows: “The Asbury Church Chancel Choir of 24 voices will present a concert of sacred music in Fellowship Hall tomorrow at 8 p.m. Choral numbers will include “listen to the Lambs,” “Steal Away,” “Battle Hymn of the Republic” and “The Lord’s Prayer.” French horn solos of “The Lost Chord” and “Ave Maria” will be played by Stuart Merrikan. The choir is under the direction of David H. Kidder, Minister of Music at Asbury Church. Mrs. J.P. Applebaugh is the accompanist.”
Rev. and Mrs. Leolan Jackson
Mary and David Kidder with Tom Roe