Eugene Monroe Bartlett was born in Missouri in December 24, 1885, and after being trained at the Hall-Moody Institute, he began teaching at singing schools. He quickly became a much sought-after teacher, conducting singing schools in several states. If it were not for his efforts along with his friend, Albert Brumley, churches today would have far fewer people who can read music.
In 1918 he established the Hartford Music Company which continues to this day run by the family of his friend. He pushed the use of shaped notes.
After writing several hundred hymns, most of them in a few short minutes, he suffered a stroke, ending his traveling and speaking career. He became confined to one room in 1939, and was unable to communicate.
He died January 25, 1941.
Some of the hymns he wrote were:
Bob Brumley, Integrated Copyright Group. as found at http://www.brumleymusic.com.
Ace Collins, "Interview with Ace Collins" Zondervan ChurchSource at http://www.zondervanchurchsource.com.
Jerry Kirksey, "Albert E. Brumley and Sons" Trade Review, August 1998 quoted at http://www.brumleymusic.com.
William Reynolds, "Texas Baptists' top 10 tunes are rich in history." Baptist Standard, Oct. 29, 2001.
William J. Reynolds, Companion to Baptist Hymnal. (Nashville: Broadman Press, 1976). Page 386, 413.
Dana Williamson, "Gospel Music" Baptist Messenger. Dec. 6, 2001.
Sketch is uncredited, Gospel Music Hall of Fame http://www.gospelmusc.com