- St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church
was organized February 28, 1841. For the
- first three years services were held
in the village school house; for the next seven years in a brick
building erected for school purposes, by Leonard HUMPHREY.
Rev. Harvin HUMPHREY was the first pastor and labored
here until November, 1845, when, on account of his advanced years,
he was compelled to resign. He died October 12, 1858, age ninety
years. Rev. Stephen MILLETT succeeded him, and during
his rectorship a church edifice was erected. The corner stone
was laid in the spring of 1848. The first services were held
in the building in December, 1851. Mr. MILLETT served
until February, 1853, and was succeeded in July, 1854, by Rev.
John E. C. SMEDES, who remained pastor until July 1, 1858.
Rev. J. H. EGAR succeeding him and remained until February
4, 1861. Seven months later Rev. L. W. DAVIES became rector
and served until October 1, 1868. During his services a rectory
was purchased on the corner of Bridge and Bluff streets. Rev.
Fayett ROYCE came on November 1, 1868, and remained in
charge of the church for twenty-nine years, and died in 1898.
He was succeeded by Rev. Frank MALLETT, who remained three
years, when Rev. H. J. PURDUE became rector, resigning
in 1905. In January, 1906, Rev. Joseph CARDEN was called
from the diocese of Massachusetts, and is at present in charge
of the church. Under the present rectorship many improvements
have been made and the mortgage debt nearly wiped out. The communicant
list numbers 350.
- [Source: Rock County, Wisconsin:
A new history of it's cities, villages, etc., Vol. I, by
William Fiske Brown (editor-in-chief); ©1908
C. F. Cooper, Chicago, IL; pp. 272-273]