written and contributed
Episcopal Church of Abrams was
two miles west of Abrams at the NE corner of the intersection of County
what today is Sandalwood Road and Reim Road.
location of a church at
this site was identified on Oconto County
plat maps of 1898, 1905 and 1912 on land that surrounded by the
Charles Schliep farm in Section 33
Township 27 Range 20.
church, built in 1883, was struck by lightning and burned to the ground
1901, but was rebuilt.
baptismal records of the Reim Family, the pastor in 1886 was Rev.
Karnopp and during the years 1918 – 1921, Rev J. F. Brandt
served as pastor.
As the church served
population, services were conducted in the German language. Membership
included family names of Feldt,
Reim and Schliep among others.
is likely the church was white or
off-white in color with reddish trim on the windows and frame.
German Methodist Episcopal Church With
Congregation on a Wintery Day, c1900 - 1910. Hulda Reim and Reinhold A
the fourth and fifth persons right of the central figure on the step. Note
the differences relative to photo No.126
namely a closed steeple,
steeple roof and no downspout over the entry area.
1939, various Methodist
Episcopal and Methodist Protestant denominations merged and the
Methodist Episcopal Church became known as the Country Methodist Church
Abrams Country Methodist Church. Also
this time, the use of German had phased out. In
1947, the members of the
Country Methodist Church began consolidation
with members of the Abrams Methodist Church and the Brookside Community
Built in 1897 and
of the corner of
Road and Co. J, the Brookside Community Church had been closed, sold
The members had
to the Abrams
In 1950, the
Country Methodist Church building was
moved to Abrams and added to the existing Abrams Methodist Church
becoming the sanctuary part of the new church building (Abrams Methodist Church
The new structure
retained some characteristics of each original structure; namely, the
stained glass triple window of the German Methodist Episcopal Church
tower and main structure of the Abrams Methodist Church.
The original German Methodist Episcopal Church building, with gothic stained glass windows is on the left.
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