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Westover, Ruth, 1910- / The Waukau Methodists, 1867-1986
(1986)

Anniversary 1894,   p. 19


Page 19

Anniversary 1894
Eight people who had witnessed the 1867 Waukau M. E. Church dedication were
present at the twenty-seventh anniversary celebration in 1894.
A feature of that occasion was a baptismal service at Waukau Creek, conducted
by the Rev. C. W. Turner.
Donation Parties 
Parishioners brought food, quilts, household equipment, hay & oats for
the preacher's horseā€”it was the annual donation party to supplement
his meager salary.  At any time of year church members brought gifts from
their bountiful harvest or at butchering time. 
As salaries increased the custom died out.  Records show that the Rev. Fairbanks
in 1862 was paid $325 a year.  By 1904 the stipend was $500 & in 1910
it was $900.  In 1986 the pastor is paid annually $16,500.00 of which 47%
is paid by the sister church in Eureka.
The Waukau Church has never been seriously in debt, but during depression
times it was sometimes difficult to raise all of the pastor's salary when
it was due. 
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