History of St. Paul's


St. Paul's- Established 1947
Church members originally met in a stable. At the end of WWII church volunteers drove to Oregon, dismantled a surplus army chapel and drove it back to Crescent City where it was rebuilt. This chapel still serves as the church today. 
Sunday School continued to meet in the Pony Stable located on the property.
The church grew to an attendance of 65 in the first 10 years. 
A major tsunami hit Crescent City killing 12 people and leaving many homeless. Church members banded together and gave support to many individuals in the community
Three earthquakes registering 6.3, 6.2 and 7.1 hit the Crescent City area causing widespread damage. Church members worked together to help others.
The first community dinner is served feeding a variety of community members at the end of each month when needs are at their highest. This event continues today.
Today St. Paul’s has regular Sunday service at 10am each week with adult education immediately following. The congregation numbers approximately 20 people each Sunday.
  History of Priests at St. Paul’s Episcopal Crescent City
           Priests                                                Start Date                                            End Date______  
      Robert Ray Read                    October 3, 1947            November 23, 1947
      Angus Miller                              December 12, 1948      October 23, 1949
      J Thomas Leven                       December 1947            November 1948 
      William John Howes                  January 22, 1950          December 26, 1954
      Warren Lorin Botkin                 April 10, 1955                March 3, 1956
      Robert Ray Read                     June 1, 1956                 June 19, 1965
      Granville Arthur Waldrom         April 1, 1966                 June 15, 1973
      John E. Cline                           September 16, 1973      December 21, 1986
      James Parker Cavanagh         July 1, 1988                   November 1, 1992
      Marilla Jane Whitney               August 1, 1993              September 30, 1994
      Richard Barrington Yale          December, 1994            June 12, 1997
      Thomas Herbert Taylor           November 28, 1999       December 31, 200
      Thomas Murphy                      May 12, 2006                 November, 2007
      David P Shewmaker                November 30, 2008              


Religion: This Wonderful Minister - TIME Magazine
Monday, March 19, 1951

To the bishop it was the shock of a lifetime. The rector of one of his best churches had complained that
his job was "too soft," had asked for transfer to "the toughest nut you've got."

Episcopal Bishop Noel Porter of Sacramento surveyed his Northern California diocese, at length sent the Rev. Robert Ray Read to two struggling missions in rugged, mountainous, sparsely populated Siskiyou County: Dunsmuir (pop. 2,500), a lusty railroad division point, and Mc-Cloud (pop. 1,900), a lumber town 16 miles away.

Arriving 2010 at Dunsmuir in May 1948, Read "felt like a Midterm throwback to the 1 8th Century, when
ministers really had to work, instead of keeping office hours." He had to work to stay alive: he got only $600 from the two missions, plus a $600 travel allowance from the diocese. He also had to build up his  congregations; the average Sunday attendance at Dunsmuir was nine, at McCloud only six.

Read had the stamina to do both. A ruddy, greying bachelor of 52 he became night clerk at a Dunsmuir hotel, worked seven nights a week at $49 a week.  Says he: "I met numbers of people whom I  would never have known otherwise." Through these and other contacts, he multiplied his  congregations to the point where he needed his evenings for meetings and parish visits.  He moved to McCloud, got a lumbermill job, joined the local C.I.O. union. As a ripsaw he stands at the end of a screaming saw and deftly lifts some 30,000 molding strips a day into waiting trucks. In 1950 the mill paid him $3,130, nearly double what he got from the church. But in one way or another, he works at being a pastor all
the time.

Pastor Read lives austerely in his one small room that is almost bare of personal possessions. It does have a piece of clothesline and a hotplate. As fast as he earns money, he spends it on birthday presents for moppets, fishing trips for underprivileged boys, books and ice cream for the sick. Most of his charity is secret. Last week John Glaese, principal of Dunsmuir High School, who recently became an Episcopalian "because I admired this wonderful minister so much," said: "Nobody will ever know
how much Mr. Read does for people, helping sick bodies as well as souls. He works in a conspiracy of silence. He won't tell what he's done."

Today there are 30 communicants at McCloud, and Dunsmuir has a combined church and Sunday school membership of 100. Each Sunday Pastor Read holds a 9 a.m. service in the white-painted, frame St. John's Church McCloud, gives a ten-minute, one-point sermon. Then he hops into his secondhand Chevrolet, drives over a mountain road to Dunsmuir and conducts 11 o'clock services.

In 1950 both missions paid their diocesan assessments in full, Dunsmuir for the first time in 15 years. Dunsmuir has also cut its mortgage in half to $614.06. When Bishop Porter makes his next visit to the two missions, 25 adults and children will be ready for confirmation.