Outagamie County (Wis.) State Centennial Committee / Land of the fox, saga of Outagamie County
Baker, Louis C.
Call to worship, pp. 164-185 PDF (9.8 MB)
CALL TO WORSHIP By Louis C. Baker The Fox River which for centuries has been the natural highway from Lake Michigan and Green Bay across the state to the Wisconsin River at Portage and thence to the Mississippi carried those first enterprising and courageous Jesuit~s on their missions of Christianity and civilization. This river is of greatest im- portance in the early annals of missionary work in Eastern Wisconsin. Beginning with the coming of Jean Nicolet to Green Bay in 1634, a stream of French mission- aries and explorers passed up and down our great river, pausing here and there to visit a fur trader or to celebrate the Mass and then to continue their journey. Allouez, Albanel, Andr6 and Silvy were among the priests who worked with the Indians of this region and who traveled through the county. They either traveled the Fox River or crossed overland to an Outagamie village near New London. We might add to these names that of the architect-priest, Father Mazzuchelli, who arrived in Green Bay in 1835 on his way to Prairie du Chien, and who stopped often at Kaukauna. CATHOLICS The first Catholic church established in what is now Outagamie County was built at Little Chute by Father T. J. Van den Broek in 1836. Father Van den Broek was transferred from Ohio in 1834 to become a missionary to the Indians of Wisconsin. He arrived at Kaukauna in 1835 and lived later in Little Chute in a small hut until the completion of the first church in 1836. In 1842 Bishop LeFevre visited the new church and was received by the Indians in procession. In 1843 the Indians (Me- nominee) were moved to a new reserve on Lake Poygan and Father Van den Broek lost the greater part of his congre- gation. In 1844 Bishop Henni of Mil- waukee traveled through Little Chute and was entertained at the home of Augustin Grignon at Grand Kaukalin (Kaukauna). In 1847 Father Van den 164
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