St. Paul's Protestant Episcopal Church


City of Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin

Courtesy of Carol

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]

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