Church: Colby - St. Mary’s Cornerstone Laid (1904)

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Surnames: Eisen, Joehren, Frierweiler, Niederpluem, Reding

----Source: Colby Phonograph (Colby, Clark County, Wisconsin) Thursday, 08/11/1904

Cornerstone in Place.

The cornerstone of St. Mary’s Catholic church was laid, last Sunday, before a large concourse of people, by Rev. John Eisen of Marshfield. Father Eisen was assisted by Rev. Joehren of Marshfield, Rev. P. Frierweiler of Rozellville, Rev. N. Niederpluem of Wichita, Kan., and Rev. Wm. Reding, the local pastor. Before the ceremony, the pastor celebrated high mass, after which Rev. Frierweiler delivered an eloquent sermon in German. Rev. Reding spoke in English reviewing briefly the history of the parish, which 16 years ago erected a church that was considered among the best in this part of the state at that time.

St. Mary’s new church will be a monument to the energy and untiring efforts of the Catholics of Colby, Wis. It will cost when completed $20,000 and will be finished about Dec. 1. The seating capacity will be 640. The stained glass windows have been donated by members of the parish. This will be the third church the parish will have had since its foundation.



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