Religion: This Wonderful Minister

To the bishop it was the shock of a lifetime. The rector of one of his best churches had complained that his job was "too soft," had asked for transfer to "the toughest nut you've got."

Episcopal Bishop Noel Porter of Sacramento surveyed his Northern California diocese, at length sent the Rev. Robert Ray Read to two struggling missions in rugged, mountainous, sparsely populated Siskiyou County: Dunsmuir (pop. 2,500), a lusty railroad division point, and Mc-Cloud (pop. 1,900), a lumber town 16 miles away. Arriving at Dunsmuir in May 1948, Read "felt like a...

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