Fonds Acc: 2000 - 11 - Red Lake United Church fonds

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Red Lake United Church fonds

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CA UCA Acc: 2000 - 11

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  • 1939 - 1990 (Creation)

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4 volumes, 2 folders textual material.

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Red Lake United Church has existed in the small amalgamated municipality of Red Lake, 535 km northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario, since 1935. A Mr. Rose was the first United Church student minister in the Red Lake area in 1927. The first student minister to make regular trips into Red Lake to conduct weekly services was Murray Smith in 1931. In 1935, the Howey mine donated a building to be used as a church and community hall. The first ordained resident minister, Rev. John Witzel, arrived in 1936. The congregation bought one of the mine staff houses in 1941 to be temporarily used as a church, until a new church was built on the site. This log structure was damaged by fire between 1945 and 1947. A new church and hall was dedicated in October of 1949. This church was destroyed by fire and the land was sold to the Imperial Bank of Conference in 1976, the proceeds of which was used to buy another parcel of land on Part 1, Plan K3707 for a new church that same year. Since 1996, the Red Lake Pastoral charge, consisting of Cochenour and Red Lake, has been a shared ministry with the Anglican Church.

Custodial history

The records of Red Lake United Church came to The United Church of Canada Archives-Conference of Manitoba and Northwestern Ontario as part of a transfer of records from the Red Lake Pastoral charge in 2000.

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The records of Red Lake United Church held at the conference archives include: Sacramental Register pertaining to Baptisms (1945 - 1981), Marriages (1960, 1964 - 1978), and Burials (1943 - 1945, 1963 - 1971); Communion Rolls (1939 - 1978); annual reports (1987, 1989,1990); and history (1967).

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Some limits on access to Baptism, Marriage and Burial Registers apply.

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  • English

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