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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)

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W. E. Armitage, Bishop of the Diocese,
assisted by clergy of the Diocese.
   Dr. Dafter, who had been Dean at the
 Cathedral in Fond du Lac, came to Apple-
 ton in 1895 and remained for seven years;
 he was followed by Dr. Seldon P. Delaney,
 who began the work on the new church,
 the cornerstone of which was laid in 1905
 by a Bishop Weller of Fond du Lac. The
 church was not completed until 1916 when
 it was consecrated June 18 by Bishop
 Weller. The name of the new church had
 been changed from "Grace" Church to
 All Saints. Orok Colloque was rector from
 1908 to 1910; the Rev. Doane Upjohn
 from 1912 to 1921; the longest period of
 service was by the Rev. W. J. Spicer who
 was rector from 1933 to 1946, when he
 was called to Syracuse, New York. The
 Rev. Robert A. Reister, the present rector
 has been in Appleton since 1946.
   The Greek Orthodox group has no
 church organization in the city but holds
 services regularly three times a year in
 the All Saints Episcopal Church. A priest
 from the Greek church in Fond du Lac
 serves the small group in Appleton for
 special occasions and on the three great
 festivals of Easter, Assumption (August
 15) and Christmas. Many of the Greeks
 attend the regular Episcopalian services
  The Jewish groups in the city of Apple-
ton and in the county fall into two differ-
ent societies, determined largely by time
and race. The earliest group which dates
from the 1860's was almost entirely com-
posed of German Jews; the later group was
largely composed of Eastern European
Jews from Poland, Russia, Lithuania and
Austria. The early people, represented by
the Hammels, Ullmans and the Lyons,
were the founders of the first religious
center of their faith. In 1866 when these
families arrived there was talk of a syna-
gogue; private services led by lay members
were held. But it was not until 1878 that
the Temple Zion was planned. Actual
construction began in 1881 and the build-
ing was used henceforth for the Zion con-
  The first Rabbi, Mayer Samuel Weiss,
came to Appleton in 1874 and remained
until 1883. During his administration the
Temple Zion was built but Rabbi Weiss
has gained much more fame as the father
of the famous "magician" Harry Houdini.
Rabbi Solomon followed Rabbi Weiss and
in 1892 Rabbi Emanuel Gerechter was
called by the Zion congregation. Rabbi
Gerechter became professor of Hebrew at
Lawrence College in 1894 and then pro-
fessor of German and Hebrew. He re-
mained with the college until 1913, when
he retired, but continued his duties with
the Zion congregation until 1920, when he
left Appleton. He enjoyed the good will
and affection of all the citizens of Apple-
ton. Rabbi Louis Brav, 1920-1921 was the
last resident Rabbi of Temple Zion. Serv-
ices are held privately by lay members but
for certain occasions the Temple, al-
though occupied by a Gospel Tabernacle
group, is used and a rabbi from a neighbor-
ing city or Milwaukee officiates.
  The younger group which came into
existence in 1900 is composed of people
who, in general, came later to Appleton
or who were more orthodox and adhered
to stricter observances than the congrega-
tion of the somewhat more liberal Temple
Zion. This new group organized itself into
the Moses Montefiore congregation which
in the beginning held its services at the
home of E. Ressmann. In 1913 a small
synagogue was built and the Rev. A.
Zussman became the leader of the con-
gregation. In 1922-1923 the new syna-
gogue was completed. It has been served
by Rabbis Bender, Glick, de Koven, Klein
and David Herson, the present rabbi.
  A third group, the Beth-Israel congrega-
tion consists of a little group which
seceded from the Moses Montefiore con-
gregation in 1938 and established itself as
a separate community. They are the most
orthodox group of the three

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