St. Mary's Catholic Church
Neillsville, Clark Co., Wisconsin
This above postcard (unk date) was contributed by Mike Warlum from the Peter Magnus Warlum (1878-1944) collection. The card was printed by G. & R. Brown Post Card Co., 324 Lake Street, Eau Claire, Wis. The flip side reads: St. Mary's Parish, 1803 Black River Road, Neillsville, Wisconsin. Masses 7:00 - 9:00 - 10:30. Sat. Confessions 3 - 4 - 5 on hour and 7:30 to 9:00 P.M.
Members of St. Mary’s Catholic Congregation have started razing the old school building to make way for a new parochial school structure located on the north side of their church.
Last week, when the cornerstone of the old school was removed, many mementos were found; among the articles which had been sealed in the cornerstone since the dedication of the two-story building, on May 5, 1887.
There were five coins, a copy of the Republican-Press, published preceding the dedication ceremonies, containing a notice of the dedication, and a manuscript written in Latin and preserved in a bottle.
Translated, the manuscript revealed the date, May 5, 1887, as the tenth year of the Pontificate of Pope Leo XIII, Supreme pontiff, while that Most Rev. Michael was reigning as Archbishop of the Metropolitan of Milwaukee; Rt. Rev. Kilian Casper Flash, D. D. as Bishop of our Diocese of La Crosse; Grover Cleveland as president of the United States of America; Jeremia Rusk, governor of Wisconsin; James Hewett as mayor of the City of Neillsville, county seat of Clark County.
Most interesting of the coins uncovered in the cornerstone was a three-cent piece, dated 1868. Other coins found were an 1887 10-cent coin, and three pennies, dated 1880, 1881 and 1886.
The newly-remodeled basement of St. Mary’s Catholic Church will receive its first public inspection during the parish’s annual chicken dinner and picnic on Sunday.’
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