a Cherokee. Schaub was born in Iowa City, Iowa, on September 25, 1866, but was reared in Kansas. He had been a missionary to the Cherokees for three years, first at Siloam Springs and then at Welling, Cherokee Nation. When Schaub moved to Dwight Mission in 1900, Smallwood moved his family from Saline District to Dwight Mission in order to become Schaub's translator, interpreter, and printer. 2 Smallwood, the son of the Reverend Joseph Smallwood, was a graduate of the Cherokee Male Seminary and had formerly been a translator for The Cherokee Advocate.*
Schaub first edited and printed the monthly under the auspices of the Sabbath School and Publication Committee of the Sequoyah Presbytery of the Presbyterian Church. When he moved to Dwight Mission in 1900, he obtained a Gordon Job Press through the Board of Home Missions, and he and his wife Della, assisted by Smallwood, operated it, apparently independently.
Schaub described the publication as a "Christian monthly," which he established because little had been accomplished by mission presses among the Cherokees since the Civil War. There were thousands of native speakers who badly needed religious reading matter. Thus each issue contained three pages in Cherokee and one in English. It contained news in English of religious organizations, missions, and missionaries. Schaub believed that the "only way people can use the Word as defense in temptation is to get it in their heads and hearts." The greater part of each issue was given to translations of the Bible, study lessons on the Bible, hymns, and an occasional sermon in Cherokee. Schaub apparently had success; by May, 1899, he claimed to have issued over eleven thousand copies of Cherokee Gospel Tidings.
He published, as well, items about teachers and pupils, accounts of early Presbyterian missions, accounts of current mission efforts, illnesses, deaths, marriages, churches of the Sequoyah Presbytery, native church officials and members, and school activities.
Whether Cherokee Gospel Tidings continued after September, 1903, is uncertain.
Bibliography: Carolyn Thomas Foreman, "The Cherokee Gospel Tidings of Dwight Mission," Chronicles of Oklahoma, 12 ( December, 1934), 454-469; Foreman, Oklahoma Imprints, 1835-1907 ( Norman: University of Oklahoma Press, 1936)
Index Sources: None
Location Sources: Danky and Hady; NUC; ULS