Cutler Whitwell (1882-1968) was an executive with the Standard Oil Company of California until he felt led to resign that
post and preach the Gospel. During the late 1920s, he was dean at BIOLA. The Cutler Whitwell Diaries record the lives of Cutler
Whitwell (1882-1968) and his wife Florence Nye Whitwell. The diaries begin on December 31, 1927 and end June 8, 1968. The
bulk of the content reflects the evangelical movement of those years. The diaries repeatedly mention Charles and Grace Fuller
as well as regular trips to the Long Beach Auditorium, the location of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour radio broadcast (1930s1958).
The 1948 and 1949 diaries also mention Fuller Theological Seminary. The 1950s diaries refer to Harold Ockenga, Wibur Smith,
Carl Henry, Billy Graham, J. Vernon McGee, Charles Woodbridge, and Charles Fuller.
Cutler Whitwell (1882-1968) was an executive with the Standard Oil Company of California
until he felt led to resign that post and preach the Gospel. During the late 1920s, he was dean of
men at BIOLA, and his wife Florence taught Bible lessons for children each morning over radio
KTBI. In 1927, she published a novel entitle Cynthia Stands Fast, which was popular with
BIOLA students. During this time, the Whitwells became close friends of the Charles E Fuller
In 1941, the couple went as representatives of the Old Fashioned Revival Hour into the
northeastern United States, often opening churches buildings that had been closed and boarded.
During the 1941 trip, the Whitwells met the Fullers for lunch. According to the entry from
October 13, 1941, the Whitwells sang Heavenly Sunlight’s chorus, which Charles Fuller
remembered as becoming “Heavenly Sunshine,” the later theme song of the Old Fashioned
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Supervised use only. Scholarly use within parameters of copyright law. The diaries are housed in boxes listed with the Charles
E and Grace Payton Fuller Collection, 1892-2009 as Box 69 and Box 70.
Box 69: Diaries, 1927-1946;
Box 70: Diaries, 1947-1967