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First Presbyterian Church, Neenah, Wisconsin, 1848-1998; 150 years of mission and ministry

[History of the First Presbyterian Church, Neenah, Wisconsin],   pp. 8-73

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orizing Bible 
s was an 
wrtant part of 
day School in 
1800s. This 
tedule shows 
Lich verses were 
be committed 
memory each 
ueek from 
ie Second Annual 
eeting of the 
7innebago County 
unday School 
kssociation was 
robably held some 
ime in the mid to late 
1800s. On the back 
is the note that 
"Neenah people will 
gladly entertain all 
who attend the 
meeting. Bring 
Bibles and Gospel 
  Hymns Nos. 1, 2, 
  3 and 4." 
In 1870, the newly re- 
united First Presbyterian 
Church called the Rev. 
John Chapin to be its 
pastor. He held the post 
for 33 years. 
His tenure was a remark- 
able one. In addition to 
helping heal the rift 
caused by the Old School/ 
New School split, he 
established a Women's 
v Isuionary oUc iety  i n  t.h 
church, and, in 1871,     The Rev. John E. Chapin, D.D. 
organized a Young Peoples' 
Meeting "for prayer, praise, and study of the Scriptures." The
Society later became a Young People's Society of Christian 
Endeavor and served the youth of the church for many years. 
Mr. Chapin was instrumental in soliciting and delivering 
funds and other aid to the people of the Peshtigo region after 
the disastrous fire of 1871. According to present member and 
local historian Nate Wauda, Mr. Chapin encouraged 83 
families who had lost everything in the fire to move to 
Neenah. He then found jobs for the men at the Bergstrom 
and Kimberly & Clark paper mills and most, if not all, of 
those families joined the Presbyterian Church. 
Mr. Chapin also led the effort to remodel and enlarge the 
1870 building and, when the congregation continued to grow, 
he spearheaded the project which led to the construction of a 
new building in 1901. 
When Mr. Chapin announced his pending resignation during 
a worship service in 1903, the audience was stunned; many 
had never known another pastor. Mr. Chapin was named 
"pastor emeritus" for the remaining eight years of his life. 
      Presbyterian Church (New 
      School) forms and calls the Rec 
      J. Evarts Pond as pastor. 
      Presbyterian church splits, 
      forming two branches: 
      Presbyterian Church in the U.S. 
      (southern branch) and 
      Presbyterian Church in the UISA 
      (northern branch). 
      Abraham Lincoln is elected 
      16th President of United States 
      and South Carolina secedes 
      from Union. 
      German composer Gustav 
      Mahler is born. 
186 1: The Rev. H. B. Thayer begins 
     three years as pastor to First 
     Presbyterian Church. 
     Kansas becomes state. 
     On April 12, Confederates 
     capture Fort Sumter in Charles- 
     ton, South Carolina, harbor and 
     Civil War begins. 
     Acheaeopteryx, skeleton 
     showing link between reptiles 
     and birds, is discovered in 
1862: The Rev. H. G. McArthur comes 
     to Second Presbyterian Church. 
     On Sept. 22, Pres. Lincoln 
     issues Emancipation Proclama- 
     tion, freeing all slaves as of Jan. 
     I, 1863. 
     American author Henry David 
     Thoreau dies. 
1863: The Rev. James Bassett is called 
     by Second Presbyterian Church 
     (his salary was $600); John 

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