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History of Iowa County, and Its People, 1915

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    St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church was organized in the year 1904 in Williamsburg and a building was constructed the same year.  The first pastor was Reverend Zollman and there were ten voting members.  The membership has substantially increased.  Rev. Merman Greif is the present pastor.  There is also a fine parsonage connected with this church.
    St. Mary's Catholic Church was organized in 1889 by Rev, J. C. White, of Marengo, and was composed of people living at or near Williamsburg, who were members of the Old Man's Creek congregation at Holbrook.  The church was built in 1890.  Succeeding Father White have been: Revs. Mulvihill, Cassidy and Kissane.  The history of the Old Man's Creek congregation, out of which this congregation grew, dates back to about 1860 when it was served as a mis- sion by the well known Father Emmons of Iowa City.  The present church edifice at Williamsburg is a large and well constructed frame building with a seating capacity of about four hundred.


    Noted for its splendid exhibits of live stock, agriculture, culinary and artistic handiwork; for its racing and entertainments; and lastly for its crowds and popu- larity, is the Williamsburg annual fair.  This is without doubt the superior of all fairs in the county in the lines of competitive exhibits and the equal of any in the sporting phase.
    The fair association was established June 30, 1897, with twenty original stock- holders.  George Poineer was the organizer and chief worker for this association. The organization continued for five years and then was disbanded.  It was taken over and merged with the interests of those who owned the fair grounds.  The first name to be given to the association was that of Williamsburg Pavilion Com- pany.  The fair grounds are in good shape, with a good track, which is used for horse and automobile racing, and adequate halls where the various exhibits are housed.


    There was an old Indian burying ground near Williamsburg, in section 15. It was used at a very early day and is now obliterated.
    A postoffice was once kept by Ed Dill at his house in section 19, near the Pilot Township line.
    In an early day there was a sawmill in Williams' Grove, on section 10, run by Richard Williams and William Rowlands.
    Williamsburg was at first called Stellapolis, and the postoffice was known by that name. John Hughes was the first postmaster.
    The Williamsburg Brick and Tile Works were established about 1898 and incorporated in 1901 with H. E. Hull, president, and W. W. Lewis, manager.
    The Williamsburg Telephone Company was organized in 1899 and began by putting in a system confined wholly to the town. Now the town is connected with the whole world.
    The following quotation from a letter from John M. Williams, of Paso Robles, Cal., dated April 21, 1915, is interesting: "I believe I am the oldest living man

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