History of Wright County Minnesota,
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Clearwater, Silver Creek and Corinna Excerpts from :  
Curtiss-Wedge, Franklin.  History of Wright County Minnesota.  
Volume II.  Chicago: H. C. Cooper, Jr. & Co. 1915.   
Call Number:977.6C94h


Page 671- 673

The Saint Anthony Falls,  Mission 1852-1864.  This extensive mission 
field included the present county of Wright, then just beginning to 
have its scattered settlements.  Within its borders were the prospective 
towns of Monticello, Clearwater, and Buffalo, with others where services 
were held at a later day, as Rockford, Delano, Howard Lake and Cokato.

The earliest recorded services of the Episcopal Church in Wright county 
appear to have been held by the Rev. J. S. Chamberlain, of Saint Anthony 
Falls, in 1857.  His services were held at regular intervals, and among 
those interested we find the names of W. D. Davis, Thomas Tollington and 
Orange Hyatt.  In 1857 Clearwater is named as a station of Mr. Chamberlain, 
and Grace Church, Clearwater, was incorporated October 17, 1859, by 
James Stevenson, S. N. Nixon and W. D. Davis.  The officers were James 
Stevenson, warden; S. N. Nixon, treasurer, and W. D. Davis Secretary.

In 1859, Mr. Chamberlain reports a " church on foot: at Clearwater and 
five communicants.  In 1860 he reports two baptisms at Clearwater and 
six at Buffalo Lake; seven confirmations and seven communicants at 
Monticello; eight at Clearwater and two at Buffalo Lake, also seven 
confirmations at the latter place.

Mr. Chamberlain reports a corner-stone laid at Clearwater, "churches 
on the foot at Monticello and Buffalo Lake."   He says, "A parish has 
been organized at Monticello since last report."  It appears that he 
refers to St. George's Church, which as organized at the store of Thomas 
Chambers, April 18, 1860, by the Rev. J. S. Chamberlain, Thomas Murry, 
T. G. Mealey, James Chambers, Samuel E. Adams and Henry B. Hill.  
The following were the officers: 
Thomas Murry, warden; 
Thomas Chambers, treasurer; 
Samuel E. Adams, secretary.

Mr. Chamberlain adds: "The bishop's consent to the organization of 
a parish at Buffalo Lake [Editorial Note-Buffalo, the county seat 
of Wright County, was formerly known as Buffalo Lake, from the beautiful 
body of water on which it is situated.] has been given, and the parish 
will be organized at once."  G. A. J. Overton is reported as a delegate 
of St. Paul's Church, Buffalo Lake, in 1861.

No further report of Mr. Chamberlain appears in our council journals, 
yet it is certain he continued his ministrations in Wright county 
regularly or as occasion required.

In 1860, Bishop Whipple speaks of the stations of the Rev. Mr. 
Chamberlain and reports visitations at Monticello, Clearwater, 
and Buffalo Lake, gives consent to the organization of a parish 
at the latter place, and the same year, July 13, lays the 
cornerstone of Grace Church.

Fifty Years of Progress, 1865-1915.  On the removal of Mr. 
Chamberlain, the missionary work of the region north of 
Minneapolis, including Wright county, became part of the 
labors of the Rev. D. B. Knickerbacker, of Gethsemane Church, 
Minneapolis.  December 21, 1864,  Mr.  Knickerbacker,  
accompanied by D. Ames, Sr., held a service at Watertown, and 
either that day or the day before at Rockford.  He continued 
to hold monthly services at these places, assisted occasionally 
by the Rev. Samuel Wardlaw and other clergymen.  April 20, 1868, 
Bishop Whipple made a visitation and baptized two children at 
each place.  The next day he preached in the court house at Buffalo 
Lake and confirmed one person.

Page 674 - 675
In 1859 Octavius Longworth located on the banks of Clear Lake 
(Clearwater Lake) in the town of Corinna, Wright county.  Mr. 
Longworth, who had been warden of St. Mark's Church, Williamsburg, 
N. Y., soon began reading the prayer-book service in his own house.  
The Rev. Mr. Chamberlain soon became aware of the settlement and
considered it as a part of his missionary cure.  Meanwhile the 
Rev. Mr. Knickerbacker, having known Mr. Longworth often visited 
him, and after the retirement of Mr. Chamberlain added this mission 
known as Hassan, to his other missionary labors.  As the log house 
of Mr. Longworth became too small to hold those who attended the 
services, Mr.   Knickerbacker decided to build a church.  The Rev. 
Dr. Haskins, of Williamsburg, N. Y., a friend of Mr. Knickerbacker, 
contributed a liberal sum for this purpose, and with the aid of 
others a church was consecrated by Bishop Whipple, September 4, 1872, 
as St. Mark's Chapel, Longworth, from the name of the parish in 
Williamsburg, of which Mr. Longworth had been warden for many years.  
Mr. Knickerbacker continued to minister at Longworth's and at 
Monticello, Clearwater and Big Lake.  The project of building a 
church at Clearwater eight miles distant, was given up when it 
was decided to build a church at Longworth's.  Other clergy who 
officiated are Rev. John Scott, of Anoka; Rev. W. R. Powell of Park 
Rapids, and the Rev. S. B. Cowdry, of Minneapolis.  Other eminent 
clergymen, attracted by the beauty of the lake, have ministered to 
the people in the little church.  After the election of Mr. Knickerbacker 
as Bishop of Indiana, the Rev. A. R. graves, of Gethsemane, ministered 
to the people, and the Brotherhood of Gethsemane included St. Mark's, 
Longworth, in the annual report of their work.  The death of Ocatvius 
Longworth occurred in 1889 in the eighty-fifth year of his age.