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Historic Sites of Manitoba: St. Paul’s Anglican Church (Clearwater, RM of Louise)

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In 1881, the first Anglican services of worship were held in the Clearwater area, in the Rural Municipality of Louise. They were conducted in a school building by a Rev. Jeffrey who was paid $85.50 in cash and farm produce. Plans were formed to build a permanent church building using donations solicited locally, as well as from the surrounding communities of Wakopa, Killarney, Derby, Cartwright, Holmfield, Pilot Mound, and Wood Bay. The minister, who lived at Clearwater, would visit these other communities on horseback and hold services in homes or schools.

The Clearwater Parish was established in April 1888. By the following year, $900 had been collected, land had been donated by settler Robert Rogers, and carpenter John Drew of Snowflake was hired. Much of the construction work was done by volunteer labour. Finally, a bell donated by James Collins of Clearwater and James Peck of Crystal City was installed. The first service, conducted by Canon O’Meara, was held in the new church on 4 November 1889 although the structure was not formally consecrated until August 1893, by Bishop Machray. It was not the first Anglican church in the area, that honour going to a log church at Pembina Crossing, but after the older building was destroyed by fire, St. Paul’s is now the oldest surviving church.

Renovations to the church through the years have been modest. Initially, heat was provided by a wood stove. This was later replaced by a coal-burning booker stove, then in 1954 by an oil furnace, and finally in 1984 by electric baseboards. Electric lights were installed in 1951. Beginning in 1987, repairs have been made to the foundation, the windows have been replaced, and a new stained glass window has been installed above the altar. The roof has been re-shingled.

Clerics

Period

Cleric

1883-1888

Rev. Jeffrey

1888-1889

Rev. Walton

1900-1901

Rev. Belford

1902-1904

Rev. Lackey

1904-1911

Rev. Stoddart

1912-1915

Rev. George Holmes

1915-1921

Rev. F. Halliwell

1921-1925

Rev. J. Morgan

1925-1928

Rev. R. Graham

1928-1930

Rev. C. C. Landon

1931-1935

Rev. Laurie Wilmont
Rev. R. M. Boas

1935-1939

Rev. George Adams

1939-1943

Rev. Bill Cross

1943-1946

Rev. Herbert Oldfield

1946-1949

Rev. David Pierce Jones

1949-1950

Rev. Orville Spencer

1950-1954

Rev. Dan Noonan

1954-1956

Rev. Salmon

1956-1957

Rev. Orville Spencer

1957-1960

Rev. R. B. Horsefield

1960-1970

Rev. W. Gregory

1971-1973

Rev. David Jackson

1974-1977

Rev. R. E. Stallard

1978-1979

Rev. Robert Willingham

1979-1982

Rev. Deborah Van der Goes

1982-1986

Rev. Gladys Spurll

1984-1990

Rev. Ian Mills

1986-1992

Rev. Ken Turnbull

1993-2007

Rev. Alvin Jacobs

2008-2010

Rev. Canon Tim Plorris

2010-

Ministry team

Photos & Coordinates

St. Paul's Anglican Church

St. Paul’s Anglican Church (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Interior of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church

Interior of the St. Paul’s Anglican Church (June 2013)
Source: Gordon Goldsborough

Site Coordinates (lat/long): N49.13431, W99.03489
denoted by symbol on the map above

Sources:

We thank Rev. Carol Guilford for providing information used here and for providing a tour of the building during a visit in June 2013.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 21 June 2020

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