Transcribed and contributed by Bobbie
BRIEF HISTORY OF THE BUILDING OF THIS CHURCH
The three men who founded the village of Mukwonago in 1836, Sewell Andrews, Martin Field and Henry Camp, were of the Unitarian and Universalist faiths. As young New England Yankees who arrived here while it was still an Indian village, they stayed to settle the village of Mukwonago.
Forty years later, two of the men were still living and helped to build this church. Andrews was a Universalist and Field was a Unitarian. Thus the two denominations joined together in one endeavor eighty years before the Unitarians and Universalists formally merged, in 1961.
The Yankee settlers of Mukwonago liked to build churches that resembled the churches of New England and New York state. The Baptist church across the street was of the same style, and so was a third church, Congregational, on Main Street, corner of Blood. All three white frame churches had steeples which were struck by lightening and taken down. This church is the only remaining New England gothic style church in Mukwonago. In 1987 it was honored to be on the National Register of Historic Places. The only other building so designated in Mukwonago is the Andrews house on the square, now the Mukwonago Museum.
You may wonder about the double stairway and the decision to place the sanctuary on the upper level. This was a style favored by the Universalists in the 19th century, and can still be observed in some of the Universalist churches of New England. It had a practical intention and that was to earn income from renting out the community hall on the first level, which originally had a stage where the furnace room now stands.
In the early years, the "U & U Hall", being the largest in the village, was used by government bodies for auctions, elections and livestock sales, and by civic organizations for socials, dances, lectures, etc. In some years the church made more money from such revenues than it did from the contributions of its own members.
In recent years a smaller kitchen, nursery, two bathrooms and a minister's office have been partitioned off, but long time members can still remember a large kitchen at the rear of the church and a large club room above. Food was carried to the club room by way of a dumb waiter, and many people were served upstairs during the annual church bazaar.
Early Membership List (copied from the church records)
D = deceased
W = withdrawn
M = moved away
Sewall Andrews-D Wm M Frazier-D J W Crawford-D Otis F Sargeant-D F M Payne-D Wm P Collins-D Martin Field-D Peter Greeley-M Esther P Blood-D Martha Duiant-M D A A Crocker-D D. A. Perkins-D E L Perkins-D Sarah J Andrews-D Mary Collins-D Mary Sargeant-D Emily M Webloy-M March C Platner-D Harriet Payne-W Sarah P Field-D Martha M Frazier-D Erastus Kellogg-W August Hoehne-M A J Boss-D Louella Payne-D George G Smith- D Hiram Colgrove-D A J Labarre-M D Mary Field Mary A Colgrove-D Mellissa Hoehne-M Julia Gibson-D Milan P Baker-D William Mcarthur-D J Ballard-M Wm Rhoades- D L M Johnstone-D Arletta T Boss-D E L Lobdell-D Henry Adams- D Lillian Adams-D Jessie Field Mary Tymesen-D Lillian Wood-W D Martha Baker-D Mary F Brimmer-D Orlin Brimmer-D F A Wood-W D Helen Gale Lucy Simonds-W Edith C?? Dolly Simonds-W D Lucy M Camp-W D Dan L Camp-W D Eva Hillier- D Libbie Fraedrick-D Charles Tymesen Adell Clefton-D E C Tymesen-M Jane Harland-D Issac Harland-D Helen Harland-D M W Clefton-D Emily M Camp- D Delia Simonds-W Wm F Adams- M Earle Camp- M Jennie Brimmer-W D Lester M Smith-D Elsie B Grault-D Wm Gault-D Emily K Smart-D Mame Clist-W Albert Green-W Jennis Simonds-W Mattie Pollard-W John Godfrey-D Rosella Harden-W D Marion Stickels-D Elsie Boss-W C C Tymsen C Yonk-D Mary Whitmore-D Edith E Whitmore- D Catherine Porter-M D Nell Camp-M Perry Camp-M D Alma Harden- W R L Porter-D L G Andrews- D Mattie Andrews-D Lois Corser-D Minnie Rintelman-W D Dora Yonk-W H A Porter-W Hanna L Stevens-D James S Hudson-D Mary Tans- W Katherine Zepperfeldt-W May Plattner Florence Adams-W Ruth Lobdell-D Edna Stracker-M Imogene Lobdell-M Lloyd Lobdell-M Martyn Lobdell-D Celia Lobdell- W Ella Lobdell-D Carrie Lobdell Francelia Lobdell-M Rachel Blott-W Fanny Himebauch-D Ada Swan-D Laurel Swan-M Evelyn Swan Anna Fraedrick-D Harvoy Lobdell Walter Lobdell George Lobdell-D Josephine Davis-D Lena Hillier- D Walter Hillier Mrs. James Horridge-D Margaret Lancaster Merle Reichold Hazel Vass June Hillier-M W Melvin Hillier-M Ellen Blott-D Raymond Blott-D Mayme Grutzmaher Albert Grutzmacher-D Van Vey Grutzmacher-M Janice Grutzmacher John Grutzmacher Mrs. Lloyd Lobdell-M W Henry Hillier- Mary Aileen Klemme-M Elizabeth K Klemme-M Ferm Reichold Sedgwic Alleta Mayhew- Sara L. Lobdell Lee K Lobdell Charles Snover-D Julius Mason-D Jennie Field-M James Johnstone-D Peter Boss-D Elizabeth Boss- D Alvia Collins-D Delia Potter-D Mrs. Florence Sugden M Miss Ruth Sugden-W Eloise Eleanor Durant Marion Louise Durant Viola May Reichold Mabel May Lancaster-W Ruth Fay Rintlman Fern Berth Rintelman May Burnson- M D- Eugene B Runson- M Ida Lewis- M Martin Lewis-M Mrs. Elizabeth Anderson Mr. Alpha B Heinz-M Mrs. Edith Younger Miss Faye Grilbronson Ausline Mair Francine Mair Mrs. Florence Guelsch Charlotte Rintelman Loraine Rintelman Mrs. Lena WannerD Mr. Emil Wanner