Episcopal Diocese of Northern Indiana Archives

Rev. Francis Clarence Coolbaugh

The Rev. Francis or Frank C. Coolbaugh was born in Bradford County, Pennsylvania, on 5 August 1842, the son of Marvin Milton and Abigail Elizabeth (Grantier) Coolbaugh. When he was aged 8, his parents moved by covered wagon to Illinois, where his father entered 600 acres. They later moved to Minneapolis, where Marvin Coolbaugh built one of the early houses in town. Frank Coolbaugh graduated from Hobart College and Seabury Divinity School, being ordained a deacon and priest by Bishop Whipple in 1870. Previously he had taught at St. John's School in Faribault, Minnesota. He married Ella Lang. He was rector of St. John's Church, Mankato, Minnesota, from 1870 to 1873. From there he moved to Minneapolis to become rector of Holy Trinity Church, then from 1876 to 1880 he was rector of Christ Church in Waukegan, Illinois. He then moved to Grand Rapids, Michigan, to take charge of Grace Church, then in 1886 journeyed to Plymouth, New Hampshire, to take charge of Holderness School, an Episcopal school. He remained there until 1892, and then returned to Minnesota to head a church in Faribault, Minnesota. In 1895 he moved to Logansport, Indiana, to become rector of Trinity Church and remained there until 1898, when he became rector of St. John's Church in Lafayette. From there he moved in 1901 to assume the rectorship of St. Andrew's in Cloquet, Minnesota, where he was stationed in 1915. He was then rector of Christ Church in Hibbing, Minnesota, and late in his career became rector of the Church of the Redeemer in Superior, Wisconsin, where he celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of his ordination. He died there the following year on 5 July 1921, suffering a stroke while reading an announcement in church.

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