Jo Ann Magnison Stolp
On September 20, 1926, the youngest living daughter, Jo Ann, of Babe and
Lena Magnison was born at the Luallen home on East Kansas Avenue in Medicine
Lodge, Kansas. Practicaly all of her life until graduation from high school
was spent on the farm in the Union Chapel Community southwest of Medicine
Lodge. She attended grade school at Blue Ribbon School and Dry Creek
School; the four years of high school were in Medicine Lodge. Prior to
graduation and for a few years after graduation, she worked at the Wadsworth
Abstract Company. It was at this time that she met the man, who was later
to be her husband, when Russell Stolp and his parents came on a business
trip from their home in Wichita, and stopped to talk with Mr. Wadsworth
about the possibility of locating in Medicine lodge. It was not long until
the Stolps moved to Medicine Lodge to make their home.
Jo Ann and Russell Stolp were married on September 20, 1947, at the Christian
Church in Medicine lodge. Except for a short time spent living in Pratt,
the Russell Stolp family lived in Medicine Lodge until 1951. Their two sons,
John Michael and Roger Lee, were born in 1949 and 1951.
It is interesting to observe and recall that Russell's grandfather's
brother had settled what is now the Axline Ranch. A subdivision in Medicine
Lodge and a street were named after this relative.
The Russell Stolp family moved to a farm in Cowley County, Kansas, near
the town of Atlanta in 1951. They resided there until 1954. It was during
this period of time that they began attending the Mr. Vernon Community Church.
The preaching of God's Word touched Russell's heart, and he had a desire to
go into full time service but did not yield to the call until five years
later. The construction business took the family to Toronto, Kansas, where
they spent another year before moving to Greenville, South Carolina, in
January of 1958.
Russell attended Bob Jones University, which is listed as the World's Most
Unusual University. He graduated in 1962 and traveled as an evangelist for
two years. He has pastored Boulevard Baptist Church for the past thirteen
years. With much emphasis on prayer, hard work, and soul winning, the
membership has increased from 56 to nearly 500. The church has established
a mission church; a 212 acre youth camp has been developed; as well as the
establishment of the Boulevard Christina School with Kindergarten through
grade twelve. Ministries of the church include a bus ministry, children's
churches, a visitation program, jail services, street preaching, a deaf
ministry, a preacher training program, the church's own mission board, and
an increase from nine missionaries to twenty-six.
The Stolps' sons attended Bob Jones Academy from grade seven through the
University. Both graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting.
Mike is Controller for Multimedia, Inc., and a Certified Public Accountant.
Roger is Business Manager for Boulevard BVaptist and is attending night
school at Tabernacle Baptist Institute.
Russell and Jo Ann are the proud grandparents of Christopher Owen and
James Cameron Stolp.
Source:Chosen Land - Barber County, Kansas, pg. 440
Submitted by: Jo Ann Stolp