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A Centennial History - Chapter 5

Church Records

Recapitulation of Records

  Pastors Visiting Year
1. J. T. Feltmann 1881-84
2. J. Hennes 1885
3. Msgr. Muehisiepen V.G.
(most famous, #2 priest of chancery)
1886
4. F. Gadell 1887-90
5. Henry Hussmann
(gave Lindbergh the medal for flight)
1891-95
6. Charles Schaefer
(most records of 1800's in our books)
1896-1904
7. Henry Fabry 1904-05
8. Anton Wigger (first pastor) 1905
9. E. J. Blankenmeier 1925
10. Edward Meier 1928
11. J. Schutzbach 1936
12. Wm. McCarthy 1947
13. Edm. Stolz 1952
14. Anth. Talir 1953
15. J. O. O'Brien 1960
16. A. J. Acton 1963
17. J. P. Lessard 1969
18. C. R. Ruff 1976
19. Francis Maytas 1984
20. Lawrence Schieber 1990
21. Richard Coever
Martin Mannion, Asst.
2002
22. Mark Bozada 2003-Present

First Baptism Recorded
Catherine Welsh - Born 6-29-1881 of John & Marie in Boles Township, Frankllin County - By J. T. Feltmann

First Marriage Recorded
Edw. Breitenbach - son of Fred Breitenbach & Rose Otten, daughter of John Otten, by J.L.Gadell on Feb.21, 1897
Note: Early church records are sometimes hard to reconcile. It shows that Father F. Gadell was pastor from 1887-90. The first marriage recorded was performed by J. L. Gadell.

First Death & Burial Recorded
Wm. Hy Hanneken - July 4, 1904 - killed in storm.William and Augusta Lakebrink - May 1913

First Confirmation
55 persons on Oct. 30,1906 by Most Rev. J. J. Glennon

First Record Marriage in New Church
Willam and Augusta Lakebrink - May 1913

Sisters of Precious Blood
Left St. Mary's in 1964 (info by Hattie Gartherfner - housekeeper)

Restoration and Remodeling
On November 25, 1971 the "Washingtonian" newspaper showed the final stages of our organ being repaired, an historical one built by Hans Pfeffer in 1862. Fr. Lessard also replaced the "bath-room tiles" above the main altar with wood paneling  about a year later. About two years later he had the church carpeted in golden color.

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