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Outagamie County (Wis.) State Centennial Committee / Land of the fox, saga of Outagamie County
([1949])

Baker, Louis C.
Call to worship,   pp. 164-185 PDF (10.2 MB)


Page 175


CALL  TO  WORSHIP
ning Club, organized in February, 1892,
bx Dr. Faville for the enrichment of the
SUnday evening service, grew into a suc-
cessful institution, the pattern of which
was copicd in many of the churches in the
Uýnitud States. The Rev. Faville xxas
clIed back to Appleton after the Rev.
FreJerick Rouse (1899-1907) had resigned
,itidi he remained here until 1917. During
this pastorate he was elected mayor of
Appleton and served one year, April, 1917
to April, 1918.
   I-he church has been fortunate in calling
 good leaders and preachers to carrx on its
 work during the difficult years that fol-
 lowed World War I and during World
 War II. Dr. Harry E. Peabodv served
 from 1917 to 1935, when he retired; the
 Rev. John Hanna became one of the
 favorite preachers in the city (1935-1940);
 the present pastor, the Rev. Dascomb
 Forbush has carried out the plans for a
 nelw addition to the church building.
   In the county, missionary enterprises
 spread the influence of Congregationalism.
 Thie earliest missionaries worked from
 Neenah and Oshkosh in the region of Dale,
 Greenville and Hortonville. Elder Keeval
 (or Keval), ai Baptist, organized groups in
 these communities in the earl fifties and
 Elder Clinton, Congregationalist, xvorked
 With him in union services in a union
 church which was built in Hortonville in
 1859. Here Baptists, Methodists and Con-
 grcgationai lists held seýrvices alternately
 or union services and there wxas an initer-
 d iIomi inational Sunday School in Medina
 until tile Methodists organized a Sunday
 School there. The first churchi built by
 Baptists and Congregationalists is ap-
 pareniti tIhe second one of this denoti-
 nation in the county. The Congregation-
 a lists served by Elder Clinton maintained
 iheiiseives for sonme years but, xwheni re-
 d need to two members, decided to sell
 theireequity in the building to the Baptists.
 I) is buiIdiing has been torni down. A third
Church was built in the Town of Freedom
and is a direct ''descendant'' of the Apple-
toil congregation. In 1854 a "Classx was
organized by a Mrs. Sykes and this little
group survived xw ith the help of Elder
Clinton and the Appleton congregation.
ln the minutes of Wednesday evening,
May 8, 1861, we find the following nota-
tion: 'Will this church take the responsi-
bility of keeping up religious services in
the McNab neighborhood (Osborn) twice
a month throughi thie coming season?'
'Voted, Yes.'' Twelvc members were
listed to go to the above neighborhood
xw ihen called on.
   In 1869 the Appleton church, together
xxith churches in Green Bay and Oshkosh,
contributed mioney for the construction of
a brick church building dedicated Novem
her, 1873, located on the John Knox farm
about two miles southi of Lime- Rock. In
1882 the church was sold to the Knox
familly, who transformned it into a dxwell-
ing-hous2.
  The chapel in Seymour xxas built in
1872 through the efforts of Elder Clilton.
After the division of Osborn and Seymour
inito two distinct townships sonie of the
Osborn congregation found themselves iII
Sey'nour and with tile establishment of a
village there, formed a small group xxhichi
has continued to exist aithough the con-
gregation has never been large. A small
churchi organized bx the Rex. W. H.
Griffth of Seymour was built in Black
Creek in 1905 hut it remains dependent oil
Seymour for its services. The churchi iII
Shliocton owes its founding to F     M.
Dexter, theni a teaciher in the School in
the village, who later became the Rev.
F. M. Dexter. A small group began meet-
ings in 1875 and in 1877 a churcih was
built. For nianix years Wisconsin's famous
poet, Eben E. Rexford, served as organist
in this churchil xlichi xvas built oil land
owned by the Retxford family.
  Missions were cstablishied in the north-
ern and northwestern townshilps which
developed later and in which no cities are
located. In the Town of Liberty, mission-
atries, possibly Elder Clinton aid others,
were active lin the early sixties; ii] the
Town of Deer Creek a small union chapel
served three groups: Danish Lutheran,
Congregationalists and Seventh Day Ad-


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