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Collection 468 Oral History Interviews with Elizabeth C. Stough

Identifier: CN 468

Scope and Contents

Oral history interviews with Elizabeth Quackenbush Stough (1913-2009) in which she discusses her parents, childhood, education, conversion, attendance at Moody Bible Institute, call to be a missionary, joining Africa Inland Mission, travel to Africa, work in French Equatorial Africa, evangelistic field trips, her husband Paul Stough, her work among women in the Belgian Congo, the growth of the Africa Inland Church, the independence of the Congo, the Congolese civil war and Simba uprising, the place of women in missions, leaders of the AIM, and her retirement in 1976. The time period covered by the interviews is 1913-1993.

Elizabeth Carolyn Stough was interviewed by Robert Shuster on November 11, 1992, and January 7 and 20, 1993 at her home in Carol Stream.


  • Created: 1992-1993

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There are no restrictions on the use of this collection

Biographical Information

Full Name: Elizabeth Carolyn Quackenbush Stough

Birth Date: March 13, 1913, in Cleveland, Ohio

Death Date: September 23, 2009


Parents: Conrad John Quackenbush and Jennie Marie Carlson Quackenbush

Siblings: Edith Pollock (ca. 1910), Charles (ca. 1917), Robert (ca. 1921)

Marital Status: Married Paul Pinney Stough in Uganda in 1945

Children: Helen (1949); three step sons by Paul's previous marriage

Conversion: ca. 1935, after a serious auto accident


1930 Graduated Creston, Iowa high school

1930-32 Local junior college

1932-34 Parson's College, graduated magna cum laude

1936-39 Moody Bible Institute, Chicago


1934 Worked briefly as a cashier

1935-1936 Taught at a public school of combined grades in Farson, Iowa

1939 Accepted as missionary by Africa Inland Mission

1940 Sailed to Africa

1940-1944 Assigned to the station at Zemio, French Equatorial Africa, where she taught reading, worked with the local women, did village evangelism

1944-1945 Taught at Rethy Academy in the Belgian Congo

1945-1948 Furlough in the United States

1948-1954? Blukwa mission station near Djugu, Belgian Congo, where she worked with Christian women, teaching child care practices. She also translated materials into the Kingwana language

1954 Furlough

1955-1964 Bunia, Belgian Congo, where she worked with Christian women and also frequently served as hostess for visting missionaries 1960 Briefly left the Congo during unrest following independence

1961 Left Congo briefly a second time during unrest

1964 Left Congo for third and final time during Simba rebellion

1964-1976 Managed AIM's Mayfield guest house in Nairobi, Kenya

1967 Furlough in the United States

1971 Furlough in the United States

1976 The Stoughs returned to the United States and Elizabeth began to work part-time in the Development Department of Wheaton College, Wheaton, Illinois

Other significant information:

Paul Stough died in Wheaton, IL in 1992


6.00 Audio Tapes

269 Minutes

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Accruals and Additions

The materials in this collection were given to the Billy Graham Center Archives by Elizabeth Stough in November 1992 and January 1993.

Accession: 92-138, 93-1, 93-16

April 29, 1999

Robert D. Shuster

Collection 468 Oral History Interviews with Elizabeth C. Stough
Bob Shuster
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Repository Details

Part of the Evangelism & Missions Archives Repository

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