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P. H. Kadey (1887-1965)

Puddle to Paradise
The Toadstool Among the Tombs
When Snakes Began to Nurse Their Young
Alibi, Lullaby, By-By
Gee-Haw of the Modern Jehu
Pen Sketch and Poetry

A Personal Message and Testimony From P. H. Kadey, Veteran Chalk Talk Artist (from Phil Saint’s "Drawing" Men to Christ, published in 1943)

My native ability in the field of art came with me into the world, but for years continued to be wrapped in the swaddling clothes of crudity. C. N. Landon, of Cleveland, steered me through an art course. For many years I carried a pocket sketch book consistently. Gradually, little by little, my lines took on the nature of legibility.

Later, pen and brush work began to give way to crayon sketching on the public platform. Now and then a place would be made for me on the program of teachers’ conventions. High schools and other groups began to include my "cartoon lecture" as a feature on their Lyceum and lecture courses. Then the real and longed for opening came.

A prominent Chautauqua Company made me an offer which meant full-time work in this field. But in the meantime Christ had come into my life. The knowledge of my Lord led to the recognition of a call to full-time service for Him. As the result there came an extended struggle between the flesh and the Spirit. But the long-suffering Saviour gradually molded my stubbornness into a yielded will. I gave my little "all" to Him, crayons included.

The years have added their ideas and inspiration. Illustrations for gospel songs came into being. Rhyming character sketches, scenic symbols of truth, and other and varied appeals to the eyegate developed and grew. My lack of genius demanded plenty of perspiration, but I praise God that He has seen fit to sanctify my humble efforts to the praise of His Name.

Yours in Christ,



Percy H. Kadey was born on the 19th of November, 1887 in Caradoc, Ontario, Canada. Rev. Kadey and his wife Amelia had six children, and resided in Port Huron, Michigan in the 1910s-20s. The September, 1917 issue of The Christian Workers Magazine, published by the Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, featured this notice: "The P. H. Kadey party held a campaign in North Port Huron, Mich., June 17 to July 22, three churches uniting. More than 450 went forward to the altar. The pastors and people are enthusiastic over the results of the work." Many similar notices of his evangelistic work in Michigan and the surrounding states appeared in later issues of this magazine, retitled Moody Monthly, throughout the 1920s. In 1925, Kadey provided several cartoon illustrations for Rev. B. H. Shadduck, PhD’s anti-evolution booklets Puddle to Paradise and The Toadstool Among the Tombs, as well as for the pamphlet When Snakes Began to Nurse Their Young (1926) and the anti-Modernist booklets Alibi, Lullaby, By-By and Gee-Haw of the Modern Jehu ( both 1928). Kadey also wrote Christian poetry and occasional articles which appeared in Moody Monthly magazine in the 1920s.

By the 1930s, Rev. Kadey was residing in Flint, Michigan where he was pastor of the Flint Gospel Assembly. He continued with his evangelistic chalk talks over the next few decades, often singing hymns whilst he drew. His poems as well as spot illustrations appeared in various evangelical Christian magazines at that time, some of which were reprinted in Pen Sketch and Poetry, a sixty page book published by Carl J. Bihl in 1965. Some of the material therein was derived from his chalk talks. P. H. Kadey departed from this earthly life in September of that year.