Collection 468 Oral History Interviews with Elizabeth C. Stough
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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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
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
Language of Materials
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
- Africa Inland Church.
- Africa Inland Mission.
- Africa. -- Description and travel.
- Animism -- Central African Republic.
- Barnett, Erik S.
- Becker, Carl K., Jr.
- Belgium. -- Administration.
- Bunia (Congo)
- Chicago (Ill.)
- Children of missionaries -- Education.
- Children of missionaries.
- Christian education -- Africa, East.
- Christian education.
- Christian literature -- Publication and distribution -- Zaire,
- Christian literature -- Publication and distribution.
- Christian literature.
- Christianity and culture.
- Church and state -- Zaire.
- Church and state.
- Church work with women -- Central African Republic.
- Church work with women -- Congo.
- Church work with women.
- Davis, Ralph T.
- Djugu (Congo)
- Downing, Lee H.
- Evangelistic work -- Central African Republic.
- Evangelistic work -- Chicago.
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History
- Evangelistic work -- Congo (Democratic Republic) -- History -- Civil War, 1960-1965.
- Evangelistic work -- Zaire.
- Evangelistic work.
- Fund raising.
- Gospel Recordings, Inc.
- Indigenous church administration
- Indigenous church administration -- Central African Republic.
- Indigenous church administration -- Zaire.
- Kingwana language.
- Language in missionary work.
- Lumumba, Patrice,
- Missionaries -- Training of.
- Missionaries -- Appointment, call, and election.
- Missionaries -- Leaves and furloughs.
- Missionaries -- Retirement.
- Missionaries -- Training of -- United States.
- Missionaries -- United States.
- Missionaries, Withdrawal of.
- Missions -- Educational work.
- Missions -- Africa.
- Missions -- Central African Republic.
- Missions -- Interdenominational cooperation -- Zaire.
- Missions -- Interdenominational cooperation.
- Missions -- Kenya.
- Missions -- Zaire.
- Moi, Daniel Arap, 1924-
- Moody Bible Institute -- Alumni.
- Moody Bible Institute.
- Paul, Austin,
- Plymouth Brethren -- Missions.
- Plymouth Brethren.
- Religion, Primitive
- Religion, Primitive -- Central African Republic.
- Rethy Academy (Rethy, Zaire)
- Sex role -- Central African Republic.
- Sex role -- Zaire.
- Sex role.
- Smith, Wilbur, M. (Wilbur Morehead), 1894-1976.
- Social change.
- Stam, Peter.
- Stough, Elizabeth.
- Stough, Paul Pinney.
- Van Dusen, George C.
- Wheaton College (Ill.)
- Women -- Religious life.
- Women missionaries.
- World War, 1939-1945.
- Worship -- Central African Republic.
- Worship -- Congo.
- Zande (African people)
- Zemio (Central African Republic)
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