Guide to the St.​ Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (Rusk County) Records,​ 1866–1981

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Summary Information

Title: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (Flambeau, Rusk County, Wis.) Records Inclusive Dates: 1866–1981

Creator: St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church (Flambeau, Rusk County, Wis.)

Call Number: Eau Claire Micro 22; Micro 1014

Quantity: 1 reel of microfilm (35mm)

Repository: Housed at the Area Research Center, William D. McIntyre Library, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire; owned by the Wisconsin Historical Society, Library-Archives Division

Archival Locations: UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library / Eau Claire Area Research Ctr. 

Abstract: Records of a parish which first served French-Canadian settlers and Chippewa Indians; including a record book, 1866-1908, noting baptisms, first communions, confirmations, and marriages; financial records; and miscellaneous papers.

Language: English, French


Records of a church constructed in 1881, the first church in Rusk County, Wisconsin.

Located along the Chippewa River, the parish first served a congregation of French-Canadian settlers and Chippewa Indians. At its centennial in 1981, it still served a small congregation and was administered as a mission of St. Mary's Catholic Church in Bruce, Wisconsin.

Scope and Content Note

The records consist of a sacramental record book, 1866–1908, in French noting baptisms, first communions, confirmation, and marriages; financial records, 1880–1968; and miscellaneous papers, 1879–1981. Included in the miscellaneous papers are a mimeographed history of the community, an 1879 subscription list for building the church, an 1884 petition from Flambeau citizens seeking to eliminate saloons from the community, clippings and memorabilia from the 1981 church centennial, and other items.

Administrative/Restriction Information

Acquisition Information 

Originals loaned for copying by the Rusk County Historical Society via Gerald J. Schweigert, President, Ladysmith, Wisconsin, 1985. Accession Number: M85-011

Processing Information 

Processed by Karen Baumann, January 11, 1985.

Search Terms/Subject Terms

  • Catholic Church—Wisconsin—Rusk County
  • Church records and registers—Wisconsin—Rusk County
  • French Americans—Wisconsin—Rusk County
  • Ojibwa Indians—Wisconsin—Rusk County
  • Temperance—Wisconsin—Rusk County
  • Flambeau (Wis.)—History
  • Rusk County (Wis.)—Church history—Sources

Contents List

Reel/Frame 1/1Sacramental Records, 1866–1908 
Financial Records Box/Folder 1/56Unbound papers, 1880–1954Box/Folder 1/116Account book, 1921–1968 Box/Folder 1/171Miscellaneous Papers, 1879–1981