The Gideons

The Gideons (HMT85)

Location: Boscobel, WI 53805 Grant County
Country: United States of America

N 43° 7.155', W 90° 42.276'

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"And they stood every man in his place round about the camp." Judges 7:21

One night in September 1898 two salesmen, John H. Nicholson and Samuel E. Hill, shared room 19 in the Central Hotel, Boscobel. They wondered if some organization could not be started for the mutual help and recognition of Christian travelers. A chance meeting of the two on May 31, 1899 in Beaver Damled to plans for an organizational meeting held July 1 in Janesville. They were joined by William J. Knights who suggested the name "The Gideons" from the Book of Judges. Hill was chosen first President. By 1948 (the Fiftieth Anniversary) the Gideons Commercial Travelers' Association of America had become world-wideand had distributed over 15½ million Bibles, Psalms and New Testaments to hotels, the armed forces and to young people.

Erected 1958
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HM NumberHMT85
Series This marker is part of the Wisconsin: Wisconsin Historical Society series
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Marker Number80
Year Placed1958
Placed ByThe Wisconsin Historical Society
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Date Added Thursday, September 25th, 2014 at 6:43pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)15T E 686735 N 4776614
Decimal Degrees43.11925000, -90.70460000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 43° 7.155', W 90° 42.276'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds43° 7' 9.30" N, 90° 42' 16.56" W
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Area Code(s)608
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 101-199 Old 61, Boscobel WI 53805, US
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