Endeavor in Marquette County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
Walter March Ellis
Christian Endeavor Academy
1902 — 1925
Born August 24, 1859, Nevinville, Iowa
Died November 10, 1945, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Graduate B. A. Tabor College, 1882
Yale Divinity School B. D. 1887, Commencement Speaker
Ordained Congregational Church, Howard, South Dakota 1884
Served as pastor there until 1885
Maryville, North Dakota 1887-1889
Wisconsin – Tomahawk, 1889-1892
· Elroy, 1892-1901
· Endeavor, 1901-1909--1920-1921--1925-1927
· Moundville, 1925-1927
· Ashland, 1927-1929
Instructor, Northland Academy, 1927-1929
Author of "Values," 1938
Editor of "Church Life of Wisconsin," 1901-1903
Beloved by all, his kind, patient sympathetic
understanding, his great unselfishness and devout
Christian life were among his many attributes.
Forty years after the closing of Christian Endeavor
Academy and twenty years after his life was taken,
this memorial was made possible by his students,
friends and those who learned of his staunch Christian
character through the efforts and accomplishments
of a small, limited alumni association.
Walter March Ellis will ever be
a bulwark of sincere Christian influence to
all who were privileged
August 28, 1965
Erected 1965 by students and friends of Walter March Ellis.
Location. 43° 42.908′ N, 89° 27.934′ W. Marker is in Endeavor, Wisconsin, in Marquette County. Marker is on North Church Street (County Highway CX) south of North River Road, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at Trinity Endeavor United Church of Christ. Marker is at or near this postal address: 234 North Church Street, Endeavor WI 53930, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. John Muir, Foster Son of Wisconsin (approx. 3.9 miles away); John Muir Memorial Park (approx. 3.9 miles away); Potters' Emigration Society (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Wee White Kirk (approx. 6 miles away); Montello Historical District (approx. 8.7 miles away); Montello Granite (approx. 8.8 miles away); John Muir Country (approx. 9.7 miles away); Russell Flats School (approx. 9.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Endeavor.
Regarding Walter March Ellis. Funeral services for the Rev. Walter March Ellis,
86, who died Saturday in a Milwaukee hospital after a long illness, will be held at 2:30 p. m. Wednesday in the Congregational church at Endeavor. The Rev. L. C. Litchfield will officiate and burial will be in Hillcrest cemetery, Endeavor. The body was taken to the Port funeral home, Portage.
A graduate of Tabor college in Iowa and the Yale Divinity school, Mr. Ellis served for 25 years as principal of the Endeavor academy and was pastor of the Endeavor Congregational church. He was visiting in Milwaukee when he became ill.
—excerpt from Wisconsin State Journal obituary; November 13, 1945
1. Geneology of Walter March Ellis
I am a grandson of Walter Ellis through my mother Katherine and did research on the Ellis geneology in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia from where Walter Ellis' parents moved shortly after being married. The Ellis family migrated to NS in the 1760's from Sandwich, MA. It is an interesting and complex story which I would be happy to share.
My mother was present at the creation of the memorial.
— Submitted December 14, 2010, by George Olson of Sewickley, Pennsylvania.
2. Family Connection
I was interested to see this marker. I am Walter Ellis' great-granddaughter, but don't know much about the family. My grandmother was Margaret Ellis (Larson) Langford and my father was Ellis George Larson. I have an old photo of Joseph Loran Ellis, Walter and Margaret standing in front of the school. I think Aunt Katherine is in it as a child, as well. I also have other family photos Aunt Katherine sent to my mother after Margaret passed away.
Editor's Note: Thank you for sharing a bit of your family history related to this historical marker. If you have historical photographs of the school, please consider adding them to this page.
— Submitted June 24, 2011, by Deanna Larson Lindstrom of Tallahassee, Floriida.
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