Outagamie County (Wis.) State Centennial Committee / Land of the fox, saga of Outagamie County
Baker, Louis C.
Call to worship, pp. 164-185 PDF (10.2 MB)
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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