St. Thomas Episcopal Church

9 South 1st Street

St. Thomas Episcopal Church- The Rev. John Roberts held services in various places around the area starting in 1901. In 1905, Dr. Francis Welty donated two lots for a church to be built. The Ladies Guild was started, and Alice Hewett (Dr. Welty’ daughter) donated the land behind the church for the original Dubois cemetery. St. Thomas Episcopal Church was built in 1908 and consecrated in 1910.

Wyoming Tie and Timber Company cut the logs for the church at the tie hack camp. Martin Olson, head of Wyoming Tie and Timber Company and his wife Lydia donated one of the first stained glass windows.

Miss Adeline Ross was a deaconess sent by Bishop Thomas to oversee day-to-day activities around the little log church. It is said that one day she was teaching a Sunday school class and heard a worker laying shingles on the roof take the Lord’s name in vain. When she found the worker later nursing a sore thumb, she told him, "My friend, I don’t mind damns or hells, but please don’t use the name of my friend and Savior that way." Apparently Dubois’ language was cleaned up for a while after that.

In 1948 the church held the first Swedish Smorgasbord Supper, based on the Scandinavian food served during the tie drives. The Smorgasbord Suppers of 1949 and 1950 paid for the Community Room. The church also started the Summer Square Dance that still happens today Tuesday nights June - September at the Rustic Pine Tavern Frontier Room.

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