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Methodist Episcopal Church

Same as English ME and First ME

Fifth and Main

 

 

1858

12 09          Donation Festival given for benefit of Rev. A. C. Huntley    WD

 

1859

01 12          Series of revival meetings held; preaching every evening by Rev. A. C. Huntley, pastor   WTranscript

 

07 14          ENLARGED CHURCH DEDICATED; PARSONAGE ADDED   

Dedication—The enlarged Methodist Episcopal Church of this city will be dedicated next Saturday.  The Rev. W. G. Miller, the Presiding Elder of this district, Rev J. M. Leihy and Rev. A. C. Huntley, together with other clergymen from abroad will be present and take part in the impressive ceremonies.  Services will commence at 10 1/2 A.M. and 7 1/2 P.M.  The Methodists have now a large and commodious house of worship.  The considerable improvements which they have recently made will better accommodate the large numbers who assemble there to engage in religious exercises.  A parsonage has been added to the present building, which will secure a pleasant and permanent residence for their minister.   WD

 

1860

08 23       CAMP MEETING—The annual Camp Meeting of the Milwaukee District, Methodist Episcopal church, commenced a series of meetings at the Junction of the Milwaukee & Mississippi Railroad and the Milwaukee, Watertown & Baraboo Valley Railroad on Monday, August 20th, and will close next Saturday.  Arrangements have been made on the above named railroads to carry passengers to and from the Camp Meeting during the week at half fare.   WD

 

1861

06 20          SABBATH SCHOOL PIC NIC

The Annual Pic Nic of the Methodist Episcopal Sunday School will take place next Friday, the 21st inst.  The party will leave on the morning train of the Milwaukee and Western Railroad, proceed to Oconomowoc, and on the beautiful and embowered island of La Belle Lake, spend a day of pleasure, relaxation and enjoyment, surrounded by all the loveliness that can charm and delight.  We wish all a happy day and safe return.   WD

 

12 19       DONATION FESTIVAL

The friends of Rev. O. D. Jones, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church of this city, propose to give a Donation Party for his benefit in Cole’s Hall, this evening.  All who feel disposed to contribute to the support of the Gospel here are cordially invited to attend.  Liberal and intelligent citizens cannot make a better use of whatever means they have to spare than to devote them to the support and dissemination of religious truth.  The cause of religion is the hope of mankind, and just in proportion to the dissemination of the sacred teachings of the Bible will the welfare of all communities be promoted.  We regard no appeals to the public more worthy of favor than those which have for their object the principles and doctrines of the Savior, and the ministry is the chief instrumentality by which this beneficent end is accomplished.  Let all who can, lend a helping hand.   WD

 

1862

01 09       RELIGIOUS MEETINGS

A series of religious meetings are now being held at the Methodist Episcopal church in this city, under the charge of the pastor, Rev. D. O. Jones.  During their progress a deep interest has been manifested and there is a promise of much good as the result.   WD

 

1863

03 19       DONATION VISIT

On Tuesday evening, the 24th, a Donation Party will be given in Cole’s Hall for the benefit of the Rev. Henry Coleman, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church at which, we are requested to say, a general attendance is respectfully solicited.

 

In a country where religious institutions depend wholly upon voluntary support, it becomes all who properly appreciate the inestimable blessings of the Gospel to readily do whatever may be in their power to diffuse more widely the saving truths of Christianity.  As the ministry is one of the Divinely appointed agencies for the accomplishment of the great work of salvation throughout the world, we should gladly give it all the efficacy it can derive from being placed in such a position as will enable it to devote all its energies to the labors imposed on it by the Author and Finisher of our Holy Faith.  This is our duty and if we fulfill it willingly and well we shall do so much to advance the sacred interests of the Redeemer’s kingdom . . .    WD

 

12 17       CHRISTMAS FESTIVAL

The Superintendent and teachers of the Methodist Episcopal church in this city have made ample arrangements to give the Sabbath School Scholars connected with that denomination a Christmas Eve festival.  The children belonging to that school always have a good time on these occasions.  It they don’t enjoy themselves on the Eve of the Nativity of their Savior it will be their own fault.  A Christmas tree loaded with rewards in the shape of gifts to those who have done well will be there – and many other things calculated to gratify and delight the good children.   WD

 

1875

11 24          Thanksgiving service

 

1886

  

 

1900      REV. HENRY S. FOSTER, Rector

 

1901

02 13       SETTLEMENT WITH INJURED WORKMAN

The Chicago & Northwestern Railway Company has made a satisfactory settlement with William Ebert, the workman who was injured recently at the company’s coal sheds here, Mr. Ebvert receiving $200 on account of his injuries.  The settlement was effected through the efforts of Rev. A. M. Bullock, pastor of the M. E. church.    WG

 

1902

01 17          There will be a reception in honor of Rev. A. N. Bullock, pastor of the Methodist Church, on Friday evening, Jan. 17th.  The reception will take place at the parsonage and church, corner of Main and 5th streets.  An informal literary and musical program will be given during the evening; also light refreshments will be served.  No charge for lunch, no collection will be taken.  Anything, however, that the friends may desire to give will go for the benefit of Mr. Bullock and family.  By order of the officials of the M. E. church.   WG

 

1907

01 03       The congregation of the English M. E. church have had plans drawn for a new church to be erected of concrete blocks, work upon which will be commenced early in the spring, the cost of which will be in the neighborhood of $12,000.   WG

 

08 20       The first Gospel meeting of the English Methodist church took place last night at the Masonic hall and was very enthusiastic, considering that it was the first gathering.  The meeting had to be conducted in the Masonic hall, as the tent, which was to be used for the meetings, had not arrived, but is expected today and the next revival gathering will take place at the Turner Hall park under the tent . . . The meeting will be in the Masonic hall tomorrow night if the tent does not arrive.   WG

 

12 27       The entire Chinese population of the city was in attendance at the services held at the German M. E. church Christmas evening, and HE was very much interested in the services which were indeed very fine and enjoyed by a large congregation.   WG

 

Aug          An August 1907 article reported that a resolution was sent to the Chicago conference of the German M. E. church asking for the return of Rev. Henry Karnopp, who had been pastor and whose services were “most acceptable to the members of the church”.

 

1908

DEMOLITION THE FIRST METHODIST CHURCH

  

Demolition of the old Methodist church located on the corner of Fifth and Main Streets in 1908.  Razed to make way for the "new" Methodist church, a brick edifice, which stood on this site until the late 1970s, when it was razed to build a bank, Bank One.

 

Cross Reference:  Old church pews removed from first church used in first movie theater.

 

09 25       At the recent conference of the M. E. church held at Neenah, Rev. M. L. Eversz of this city was reappointed pastor.   WG

 

   Eversz misspelled as “Everetz

 

09 30       Rev. Henry Karnopp has been reappointed pastor of the German M. E. church in this city.   WG

 

10 09       About 75 of his parishioners tendered Rev. Karnopp, pastor of the German M. E. church, a surprise at his home last Tuesday evening.  Attorney N. Thauer delivered a welcoming address on behalf of the congregation, which was responded to by Rev. Karnopp.  Elder C. Berg also delivered an address.  The affair was a decidedly pleasant one.   WG

 

Cross Reference:  Rev. M. Eversz was a pastor at the Pipersville ME church while serving in Watertown. 

 

1909

01 15          Old fashioned revival meeting in the Sunday school parlor of the new Methodist church   WG

 

04 09          Methodist Ministers' Assn of the Janesville district meets in Watertown    WG

 

04 30          New bell hung in the belfry    WG

 

05 14          20th anniversary of Epworth League; special program    WG

 

09 03          Fourth quarterly conference; Rev. M. L. Eversz invited to continue for sixth year   WG

 

1910

01 15          Epworth League decided on church entertainments   WG

 

12 30          REV. EVERSZ RECEIVES GOLD WATCH

At the Christmas tree exercises last Friday evening at the M. E. church, Rev. M. L. Eversz, the esteemed pastor of the church, was taken completely by surprise when he was presented by the men of his congregation with an elegant gold watch and chain.  Mr. Eversz prizes his gift very much, especially so as it makes him feel that his work as pastor is appreciated by his flock.   WG

 

1912

01 04          ORGANIZE BOY SCOUT TROOP

A branch of the Boy Scouts of America is being organized in Watertown under the lead of the Rev. E. J. Matthews, pastor of the M. E. church.  A gymnasium will be fitted up in the basement of the church devoted to athletics and where drills will take place, also boxing and other manly sports, with the addition of a baseball team during the summer.  Cross country hikes and a scout camp will also be features of the organization.  The camp will be located on the shores of some lake and will afford the boys a splendid summer outing.  It is said “a boy has 500 muscles to wiggle with and none to sit still with,” and it will be the endeavor of the organization to have the boys wiggle their muscles at the right time and place.   WG

 

10 10          M. E. CHURCH OUT OF DEBT

Recently the pastor of the M. E. church in this city, Rev. E. J. Matthews, received a check for $1000 from the presiding elder of the Appleton district, the money being given the elder by a lady with instructions to use it where he thought best.  Some time ago a Juneau friend gave $1000 to the M. E. church here and a Watertown friend gave a like amount, making three very fine donations recently received by the M. E. church.  WG

 

11 28       A CONUNDRUM SUPPER

The young people of the M. E. church enjoyed a conundrum supper last Friday evening at the church dining room.  The menu was as follows:   WG

 

An oriental square            Napkin

Spring offering               Water

Whip tips                     Wafers

A product of the desert       Sandwich

Crystallized nectar           Sugar

Cordial cheer                 Coffee

Cupid’s patrons               Pickle

Infant’s delight              Milk

Dyspepsia’s forerunner        Cake

Cartwheels                    Doughnuts

 

1951

02 11       FIRST METHODIST CHURCH NEWLY DECORATED

The auditorium and Sunday school room of the First Methodist church have just been nicely decorated by Louis E. Schmutzler, painting contractor and decorator of this city, and on Sunday services on the main floor at the church were conducted for the first time since the decorations began.  The decorations are very fine and reflected much credit on Mr. Schmutzler, who designed and did the work.   WG

 

c.1938

 

1951

11 26       FIRE NEARBY

A wall and part of the roof of the First Methodist church were scorched by a fire in the Piper building.

 

1955

04 14       TWO CHUCHES COMBINE

The congregations of Watertown’s two Methodist churches voted overwhelmingly on Sunday in separate meetings following the morning worship service to come under a common pastor beginning in June, with an aim for eventual union of the two churches.  The possibility of such an arrangement was suggested to the two congregations last month, after the pastor at Wesley church, the Rev. J. Ellsworth Kalas, announced his resignation to his congregation.

 

The district superintendent, the Rev. Alvin J. Lindgren, met with the Rev. Carlos Asher, pastor of the First Methodist Church, and Mr. Kalas, after which meetings were held with the pastoral relations committees of the two churches and their respective official boards and quarterly conferences.  In each case it was voted that the matter should be referred to the individual congregations for an expression of their opinion.

 

06 07       The appointment on Sunday of a prominent Methodist minister, the Rev. William V. Stevens now pastor of Epworth Church at North Second and West Garfield Avenue, Milwaukee, to become minister of First Methodist and Wesley Methodist churches in Watertown, is expected to speed the way for eventual union of the two Watertown congregations.  The Rev. Mr. Stevens will take over here next Sunday, his appointment having been announced in Racine yesterday at the closing session of the Wisconsin Conference of the Methodist Church.  Announcement that the two Watertown churches would have a dual pastorate starting this June was made by the Rev. Alvin J. Lindgren, Watertown district superintendent of the Methodist Church some months ago.   WDT

 

1956

04 05       The first of two church mergers affecting four of the city's present Protestant congregations, first announced in the Times in 1955, will take effect on June 1, 1957, when Watertown will have only one Methodist church.  Announcement of this date was made here today by the Rev. William V. Stevens, minister of First Methodist and Wesley Methodist churches.

 

The other merger, which is also scheduled for next year, will involve the First Congregational church and the First Evangelical and Reformed church. Details on the merger are still pending.   WDT

 

1962

09 17       Plans for a new city parking lot in the Main-North Fifth Streets area were suggested at last night's meeting of the common council by Alderman Herman Gerth.  Mr. Gerth told the council that the old church building of the Watertown Methodist church at North Fifth and Main Streets is reportedly for sale.  He suggested .that inquiries be made to determine the asking price and that it be considered for a parking lot.  He also asked that the Hilary G. Riechert [Reichardt] property, directly north [109 N Fifth] of the church property be checked for possible purchase, making the entire area available for possible future parking lot purposes.   WDT

 

 

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