Bio: Haskell, Rev. George B. (Pastoral retirement – 1906)
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----Source: Fairchild Observer (Fairchild, Wis.) 9/20/1906
Haskell, Rev. George B. (Pastoral retirement – 1906)
Last Sunday witnessed the closing of Rev. George B. Haskell’s pastorate of the Methodist churches on this charge. A large congregation gathered at the church here at the morning service to hear his farewell sermon and bid their beloved pastor an affectionate farewell. Mr. Haskell left early Monday morning for Dodgeville where the annual conference is in session, and will when the assignment of ministers is made, be transferred to another city for the coming year. Rev. Haskell came to Humbird from Michigan Sept. 2?, 1903, and his three years of ministry have been the most successful in every way that the three churches on this charge have had since their organization. Mr. Haskell has been a busy man. He has traveled approximately 9,000 miles in attending to his ministerial work. Besides attending to the regular duties devolving upon him as pastor, he has in the three years, preached sixty funeral sermons and during the last year and a half officiated at fifteen weddings. He said that he wished these figures were the other way around – fifteen funerals and sixty marriages. On account of not knowing the Wisconsin law, Mr. Haskell neglected to record his papers with the proper officials and during the first year and a half of his residence here turned away all prospective bridegrooms. Through the efforts of Pastor Haskell and the workers in the churches a debt of $336 has been paid and improvements to the extent of $400 been made to the property here and at Alma Center. The benevolences during the three years have amounted to nearly $240; but the results that have pleased the pastor the most and that which he considers the most successful part of his labors, was the receiving into full fellowship by letter and from probation thirty new members. At one time a whole family received the ordinance of baptism.
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