- The First Methodist Episcopal Church,
of Janesville, was organized in 1841, with
- Rev. Alpha WARREN as the pastor.
He was succeeded by Rev. Boyd PHELPS in 1843. The Rev.
Lyman CATLIN was the first minister to have his home in
Janesville. Then followed the Rev. F. W. PERKINS, S. ADAMS,
J. LUCOCK and Wesley LATTIN. During the latter's
pastorate, the congregation built their first church; it was
of frame, in dimensions 35x25 feet, and was located on the west
side of the river, on the east side of Center street. It was
opened for worship in 1848.
- Mr. LATTIN was followed in succession
by the Revs. J. M. SNOW, O. F.
Daniel STANSBURY, Mr. MASON, Joshia W. WOOD
and Henry REQUA. In July, 1853, they dedicated their brick
church, which had just been completed; it was 75x45 in size,
and stood on the corner of Center and Jackson streets (west side);
the services were conducted by the Rev. John CLARK. Mr.
REQUA was succeeded by the Rev. Alpheus HAMILTON,
and he was followed by the Rev. Dr. MILLER, who has been
succeeded in turn by the Rev. H. C. TILTON, J. H. JENNE,
R. B. CURTIS, A. C. MANWELL, W. H. SAMPSON,
D. W. COMPT, E. W. KIRKHAM, C. N. STOWERS,
Steven SMITH, Samuel LUGG, Thomas CLITTRO
and Henry SEWELL, 1879-1880; he was followed by Rev. G.
W. WELLS in 1881. On October 3, 1882, Rev. G. E. GOLDTHROP
was appointed. He remained until October 13, 1885, when Rev.
Thomas WALKER was appointed. October 1, 1888, Rev. Matthew
EVANS became pastor. Rev. I. S. LEAVITT was appointed
September 26, 1892; Rev. J. D. COLE, September 25, 1893;
Rev. Andrew PORTER, October 1, 1894; Rev. H. W. THOMPSON,
October 5, 1896, and Rev. W. W. WOODSIDE, October 3, 1898;
Rev. James CHURCH, October 14, 1901, and Rev. W. W. WARNER
was appointed September 15, 1902, and remained pastor of this
church until January 30, 1904, when the First Church and the
Court Street Methodist Episcopal Church were consolidated, forming
a new church, named the Central Methodist Episcopal Church, which
occupied the Court Street Church building, with Rev. J. H. TIPPETT
- [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. 282-283]