P. S. Just for fun I went, via Google to William Waters' home town of Franklin in Delaware County New York. There was St. Paul Episcopal Church with a steeple looking much like that of the churches in Waupaca and Oshkosh. The top of the tower also resembles that of Appleton's 1873 First Methodist Church. St. Paul's church, built 1865 was the work of Richard Upjohn a prominent eastern architect. Mr. Waters may have been in Franklin at that time and may well have been influenced by what he saw.
Wednesday, June 24, 2015
The subject of my last post, the Plymouth Congregational Church of Oshkosh was unusual yet familiar to me. There was something about the bell tower that resonated with me, as if I'd seen it somewhere else in a different context. I decided to check the on line reproduction of “Illustrated Waupaca” a book published in 1888. The original book had no photographs but instead drawings based on photographs. There was a fine drawing of the Methodist Episcopal Church with a steeple identical to that of the Plymouth Church in Oshkosh. It also bore a resemblance to Oshkosh's 1873 First Congregational church. I contacted the Waupaca Historical Society and received friendly and informative response from the groups' president. He sent a photo for the Methodist Church with a truncated steeple and a newspaper article as to how it got that way.