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Loose, Myrtle; Bastian, June / Persohn family tree 1812-1988

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During the next thirty years families increased and membership
increased also, making it necessary to build a new church building.
An extra half acre of land west of the church was bought from
Henry M. Bastian on Mar.12, 1901. Same description as above, with
an additional 5 rods west and 16 rods north. This makes a total of
2 acres for the church and the parsonage.
The west 5 rods of church property were deeded to Fritz Bastian,
Carl Zick, Henry Bastian, Geo. Wolfmeyer, David Reichardt, Robert
Timm, Henry Zick and Carl Keuers Trustees of the German M.E.Church
of Brillion in Calumet Co. or their successors in office. Mar.12,1901.
Recorded 7/6/1901 in Vol.31 Page 570 in Cal. Co. Court House.
The first parsonage was built while Rev.Ferdinand Karnopp served
from 1873 to 1875. Fire destroyed the parsonage in 1928 during the
Rev.W.P.Kramer's pastorate. The present parsonage was built shortly
afterward. The Kramer family lived in a cottage on the campgrounds
during the rebuilding of the parsonage.
The congregation has celebrated its 50th or golden jubilee on
Apr.21, 1912, its 75th anniversary on Apr.24 and 25,1937, the 100th
anniversary May 13, 1962 and now the 125th anniversary Sept.20,1987.
There was remodeling and improvements made to the inside and outside
of the building and surroundings, but the word of God was preached
to all who entered to worship thru out these years. More then 40 min-
isters have served this parish.
Many births, confirmations, deaths and marriages have taken place
over the years. The congregation has had organizations for every age
group,, such as BibleSchool, Youth Fellowship, Ladies Missionary
Society, Ladies Aid (now United Methodist Women), Methodist Men
and Sunday School for all ages. The members were also musically in-
clined so some music was always presented for the services. We have
welcomed many new ministers and also bid farewells to pastors and
their families. There were fellowship meals with each doings.
One quarter mile west and a little to the south side of the road
of the original church, there are remains of the camp-meeting grounds
started by our ancestors. Religious services were held in a tent in
the beginning.Later a frame tabernacle and private cottages were er-
ected. Religious services were held, during the summer, for several
days and evenings. People attending from surrounding cities stayed
in the cottages during these days. They prepared their meals and
cooked on oil stoves. All had to furnish their own bedding for the
cots and bedsteads. There was a well on the grounds, which supplied
water for cooking, drinking and your morning wash up time. There was
a hand pump on the well, you pumped your pail full of water and car-
ried it to your cottage. Relatives said lamps and lanterns were first
used on the camp grounds. Then a delco-light plant supplied the elect-
ricity. The later years the public service supplied the electricity.
About a week before the services were scheduled to begin, the
grounds were cleared of long grass and old dry leaves. Cottages were
housecleaned and lights were supplied with oil and glass chimneys
cleaned. The local church members donated their time and labors to be

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