"William (Wilhem) went to Maine
with the Shiloites. Frank died in Texas from typhoid fever, leaving his wife Mary in
a state of shock for a month after her husband's death with seven children and knowing
nothing about business. William (already in Maine for
almost a year, Ed.) suggested she come to Maine, and sent a
man from Shiloh to sell her ranch. The children's half of their father's estate was
put in trust and some portion of hers was taken to buy her a home four miles from Shiloh.
Unbeknownst to her, it was deeded to the Kingdom. She had reserved $1000 to buy warm
clothing for the children.
At some point they came to her and said
there was a desparate need, but she wouldn't give that money to them. But when she
went to the bank the next morning to get it after thinking about it, thay had already
drawn it all out. No one knows how. There was little food and they almost
When son Henry became of age, two
pastors had come to get a letter and it told of his inheritance and they got it (his share of the trust Ed.) away from him.
He didn't have enough to buy a pair of pants, so they gave him $5.00. Henry
went to Boston and stayed several days, but didn't want to worry his mother so came back.
Charles and Otto (his brothers) finally got jobs to support their mother, and they were called
deserters. Charles finally bought the place, again, from Shiloh, for his mother,
when he was married. Henry later bought the place from Charles. When Emma (their sister) got her money, (trust, Ed.) they talked her out of it
too. She was placed in their school. Aunt Mary's money was used to help buy
the boat (Coronet) that they
used to go around the world to preach the gospel in each port, their interpretation of the
Sandford the leader did time for disobeying
marine law which caused the death of (six)
his people. When people did not
have food, he called it the lack of faith. He finally said he didn't know of the
food lack as he was travelling so much, so finally said they could get jobs for
support. Many still give tithes and offerings. He claimed to be Elijah, and
attributed many scriptures referring to Christ, to himself. Charlie and Otto, the
twins, did not give their money."
Emma Marstaller's notes
According to Marstaller family records, the
Frank Marstaller farm in Kyle Texas sold (in 1905 dollars) for $40,000. Correcting for
inflation a similar value today (2001) would exceed $730k. Half of the proceeds were
put in trust for Frank's children, and half went to his widow. The widow's portion
was placed in the Lisbon Falls Branch of the Lewiston Trust Co. in behalf of Mary.
As the story above relates, when she went to retrieve some of the monies placed
there in her behalf, the account was dry. An interesting side note is that according
to a History of the State of Maine published in the 1920's Frank Sandford's attorney,
Henry E. Coolidge was also vice president of the Lisbon Falls Branch of the Lewiston Trust
as well as a member of the Board of Directors. We are not aware at this time whether
or not his service to the bank occured during this same period, or if Coolidge had
anything to do with the removal of the Marstaller funds. Coolidge was deeded all of
the Kingdom properties when Mr. Sandford went to prison in 1911, and they were held by the
Coolidge family until the late 1920's when they were deeded back to The Kingdom by his
It is interesting to note that the deal to
purchase the Coronet for $10,000 by the Kingdom was sealed five days after the
deed date for the purchase of the Mary Marstaller farm in March of 1905.
WILLIAM MARSTALLERS AUTOBIOGRAPHY
In his own words
Sometime in the early 1900s
first thing was my birth. I was born in
Walburg, Germany, a province of Hessennassan on the eighth of November 1866. Six months after that the same night my mother
told me my father had died.
The next thing God revealed Himself to me as a Father. I think I was seven years old, or not more than
five or six. I cam from the field one night
along and I stood outside the village about three or four hundred yards, and I saw a man
coming along with his little boy at his hand. As
soon as I saw that, such a longing came into my heart, and I wanted to see my father. I began to cry, and I spoke out I want to
see my father. It came to me like an
unseen hand touched my shoulder and said, I AM your father.
The next thing that came to me was that God Himself revealed Himself to me as my
I started school at six years of age. I
went there till I was about ten years of age. I
could not learn a thing until I was ten years old. My
school teacher did his best---he spanked me good many times. All I could read was just a few words read
just a few words like the and a.
I couldnt read anything after I went four years to school. That night my oldest brother, Frank, gave me a
good whipping. He was a harness maker
and he saw the importance of my learning something.
That night I went to bed. There are
three prayers in the Lutheran Church one in morning, one at noon, and one at night. I said my prayer at night that God would teach me
how to read. I dont think it was four
weeks after that when one morning, I was up soon and my mother was still in bed, and I
went to her and I read her a whole chapter out of the Bible.
The schoolteacher was so surprised that he came to my mother and asked her how it
came that I could read. I dont think he
found out, or anyone else. I could not only
read the German, but the Latin script. God
got the glory from it. That was my first
experience with my Father in heaven.
When about fourteen years old the children in the Lutheran church have a religious
form of teaching, called conformation, for four or five months. I had that training about two or three weeks, and
then I got sick, and through that sickness God worked something in my life. I read the Bible and found out that act was not
scriptural. It was not in the Bible. After I got up, I went to school again, and the
ministers teaching again. I did not
want to go there because it was not in the Bible. One
night I told my mother about it, and said, I did not believe it was the right thing
to do. She said I could go tell the
minister himself. The ceremony got through
Easter, and it was the rule for every child to give the minister so many eggs, so I took
my eggs, about twenty or so, and I told his wife I wanted to see him, but she did not want
me to see him for he was not very well. After
a while, he called to my mother to know what it was I wanted. My mother tried to force me to go, and I
stuck to the scripture: It is better to
obey God than man. So by and by, she
left it, and the minister called me to go through the ceremony. They prayed for me because I was a traitor, and
after that, all of the young people that were trained with it drew off from me, and one of them met me in the
road, and spit in my face and called me a half-heathen.
But in spite of that, god gave me the light and I walked in it.
Then the same year, I had such a longing for
God in my heart. So I separated myself from
the boys whom I was going with on Sundays when we go out and play ball and do all kinds of
things, and stealing apples. Sunday after
Sunday I went out into the hay mow and read my Bible, with the tears running down, and I
wanted God. As I look back I see that God
laid a foundation in my life.
And then all of this time I didnt know if god had forgiven my sins. The people out there in Germany do not make it so
plain as they do here. I sought God and
sought God, and I had a knowledge in my soul that my sins were forgiven.
My mother was saved too, and next one of my sisters, and the next year we got
baptized in the Baptist Church. I think the
Baptist Church there is different from the average church here. They want real Christian members. After they found out I wanted to be baptized, they
watched my daily life to see if it is contrary from the Bible and to see if what I had is
real Christianity. As I look back, I
dont see any more Christian people than I saw in the church there, and I prayed a
good deal for I was afraid I was not good enough to go into the church. I became a member that new year.
Right here in connection with this I would like to mention Dr. Keifer. He was in Shiloh when John was born. He helped me to get through to God, and God used
him to lead me from Germany all the way to Shiloh. He
told me about Texas and helped me across.
They wanted me to learn a trade, and I didnt have anything special in my
soul. Humanity tried to help out God, and
made a failure of it. I was there three
months and I got homesick and could not eat, and the doctor advised me to go home, and
after a few months they thought I would come back. But
I got it in my soul that I wanted to go to America. I
was willing to come alone. I was sixteen
years of age. After that God worked so that
my brother broke up, and went to Texas, and by and by he gave me money enough to come. So we finally landed down in Washington County,
I had the wonderful protection of God from sixteen to twenty years of age. I came to Texas a young man. A man can have a pony and go anywhere he wants to
on Sunday and get into bad fellowship. In
all that, the Lord protected me and shut me in to Himself.
I can say to the glory of God through these four or five years God kept me
clean and holy. I dont know of any boys
in Shiloh that were more clean and holy than I was between sixteen and twenty. So God took me with His own hand and kept me truly
as my own Father.
I remember one Sunday I stayed home from meeting and two of my neighbor boys came
and we went to the brook swimming. I was
trained up to keep Sunday holy, and after I came home, I was under conviction. I did something which was not right. That stuck to me, and that is the only thing I
remember I did which was not right.
About how the Lord brought my wife and I together
God Himself trained a girl
for His son whom He was protecting. I was in
Washington County until I was twenty years of age. Then
I wanted to go westerly, and in the summer I went out there to see a family I had heard
about. There I met the Miss Heidenrich and
the first look I got from her was something super-natural.
I stayed there a couple of days, and then I went home and committed it to
God and prayed. I liked to have my own home, so I prayed and asked God if that was
the young lady that He had for me that He would bring us together. That was a new county where she lived, and lots
of young men came in there, and she had plenty of chances, but God kept her for me. And that is what I wanted to bring out here. I never said anything to her or anybody till about
eight or nine months after that next summer. Then
I spent one whole night in prayer, and when I was through, I knew I had it in the hands of
God, and knew that God would have His will done. Then
I didnt walk around with her as young people do.
The first thing I told her what was in my heart, and I wanted her to pray,
then I wanted yes or no. I
always look back at that being the foundation.
I did not have much trouble in bringing up my family as that foundation was laid
there. And that was a young girl that was
trained by a man who prayed and believed God. She
was kept clean and holy and separate from the world, and she had prayed before I said
anything to her. What she wanted was a man
that feared God. There was plenty of chances
for her to get what she wanted, but she wanted what God wanted.
Then follows three or four years of Gods blessing on us and prosperity. One thing special I would like to mention - A man
sold a place to me on credit with one hundred dollars to pay over, and he had so much
confidence in me he said I didnt need any money.
He said I will give you all the time you want to pay for your farm. Then I got the house done and I move in, and the
Lord blessed me. A lot of my neighbors kind
of mocked me, and railed at me, and the reason for that was that I made two and one half
times as much as they did, with one half the expense that first year, and I lived on my
own farm. All I could say, I was walking with
God, and kept in step with Him and had Gods blessing on it.
Then came a time when I tried to go my own way.
I was so anxious to get land and money. The
country is open and good land and I tried to go one hundred fifty miles west of there and
take up land for two dollars an acre. My
prayer was always if it was not Gods plan He would not lead me there. I lost a good deal of money and a couple of
horses. God brought me back home. That was a good lesson to me. Today I appreciate it more than then.
After I sold out and bought another place, the Lord blessed me something wonderful
every year till 1900 and then I made especially large crops. I sold that year about five thousand dollars worth
of cotton, besides other stuff. My principal
after that was different.
I was seventeen years old in the first year in Texas. Somebody asked me for some money for building a
meeting house and I gave the twenty five cents, and I felt awful mean about it. I want to bring that out to show how the Lord
worked and rained me in on that line. All
through the years I had been running after money, so the Lord after that, began to work
and I felt men I had such a spirit in me, and I began to give a little for the Lord here
and there. The Lord He met me a little more,
and a little more, because I was willing to give something for missionary work.
After awhile I read in the Bible about tithes.
I told the Lord I wanted to give Him tithes from now on. I began to keep account of all I got. Then I wanted to hive Him offerings so I did that. God blessed me then, and kept on blessing.
In 1902, I was cultivating in the fields one half mile long, and I thought over my
blessings in the past years. Every thing was
paid for. It was like the Lord put a question
to me asking if I would give the whole crop this year for the Lord. It was quite a test for me. My land was running from one road this way and one
road that way. I was afraid to answer that
question. I said, You will have to
separate me from coveting after more land. And
that is the way I left it, and promised Him to do it if it was His voice only He would
have to take the coveting out of me for land.
My brother, Frank, and I have meetings together, and I had the meeting the most of
the time. One Sunday I read about the rich
young man that came to Jesus and asked Him what he should do to be saved. Jesus told him the way, and he said I will do all
of that. He said, Well, if you want to
be perfect, sell everything that you have. When
I got to that place where He said sell all you have, I could not go any further. I stopped and looked at that scripture, and I
could not go over that. Now, Mrs. Marstaller
was watching me, and she said something was going on, and she told me afterwards she could
feel what was coming next.
After a while the Lord asked me if I would sell every thing and give it to Him. I said, Lord,
what shall I do. I cant do anything but
farm. So one day I told Mr. Sandford I
was going to Shiloh. I came up here and told
Mr. Sandford about it, and he said: Well,
we will trust the Lord about it, and that was all he said. That was the year before Mr. Sandford got the
message about Begin to possess the
[it would have been in 1903, Ed.]
Then by and by it came to me I was to go to Shiloh, so I called my wife into the
other room. Then we prayed about it, and I
wrote to Mr. Sandford. All through the
winter, I said to God, I was afraid to stay down there in Texas any longer. I said, Lord, take me out of here. I sold my farm for the highest price that was ever
sold down there, and people shook their shoulders. Before
I put a price on it, I asked God for it. I
felt it was the price God wanted me to ask, and I asked it.
Six weeks after I got the letter, everything was sold and I had the cash
money. I saw the hand of God on it from the
beginning to the end. My neighbor tried to
sell his farm, but couldnt.
After this the Lord led me into deeper truths than ever before. Dr. Keifer led me to
receive the Holy Spirit and into the truth of Divine healing.
This is one experience in divine healing. One
day one boy got sick, very sick. We had never
had a doctor in our family. Then my wife said
I had better get a doctor. The boy was so
sick we hardly knew him. I said I am going to
believe God to heal the boy. I struggled and
prayed God would do it. The way I prayed, I
said, God, I believe You to save me from unbelief. Then my wife prayed a few words by the bed. Then Carl (Charles, their son) looked up and knew
me, and talked and was well from that time on, and I went to the meeting that night.