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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
(509) 358-7340; FAX: (509) 358-7302

From the Diocesan Archives

by Father Ted Bradley, for the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 8, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

FEBRUARY
150 Years Ago: 1851
Oregon City, Ore.: Bishop Blanchet left Oregon City, the headquarters of the Nesqually Diocese, on a tour to Mexico to raise funds for the diocese.
125 Years Ago: 1876
Fort Vancouver:
The Sisters of Providence left Fort Vancouver by stage and six days later arrived in Yakima City to establish a school. They immediately began making plans for further schools in the Inland Northwest.
100 Years Ago: 1901
Spokane:
Priests of the Spokane Diocese went to Rathdrum, Idaho, to participate in the dedication of St. Stanislaus Koska Church, the first brick church in Idaho.
Umatilla, Ore.: Jesuit Scholastic Michael O’Malley was teaching Indians at the Umatilla Mission when ordered to go to Spokane and begin his philosophy studies at Gonzaga College.
75 Years Ago: 1926
Spokane:
Father Walter Fitzgerald announced that after 39 years, the different college and high school departments of Gonzaga University will be separated, each having its won academic administrations.
Spokane: Jeanne Marie Rotchford, daughter of John and Millie Rotchford, was baptized at Sacred Heart Parish by Father Theophilus Pypers. Dr. and Mrs. Herb Rotchford were Godparents.
50 Years Ago: 1951
Spokane:
Holy Names College presented Song of Bernadette in the auditorium. Actors included Marty Schwellenback, Dick Mertens, Cathy Baldus, Marie Verna, Joanne Laughlin and Rita Leehan.
Brewster: Mrs. N.A. Van Loan, C.W. Schulke, Tom Byrnes and Dick Weeks were chosen officers of the altar society. Later in the week, a nuptial Mass was celebrated uniting Doris Pulsipher and Ivan Vallance in holy matrimony.
25 Years Ago: 1976
Pullman:
Sacred Heart Parish announced lectures and homilies by Father Michael Savelesky, as part of the parish bicentennial program.
Uniontown: The 23rd Community Sausage Feed will be held under the co-chairmen of the event, Ernestine Dahman and Joe Oenning. The dinner will have a bicentennial theme.
10 Years Ago: 1991
Guatemala Mission:
Charles Fosmire of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes completed his many thousands of miles delivering a school bus and ambulance to the mission. Twenty “pilgrims” accompanied Fosmire on the trip.
Chewelah: The youth group of St. Mary of the Rosary Parish concluded a busy Advent season, during which they made cookies, gave instructions to little children, and planned a spaghetti dinner, with proceeds going to St. Joseph Hospital. Leaders of the group are Helen Hughes, Ralph and Tammy Hill, and Jerry and Nita Reddinger.

(Father Bradley is archivist for the Diocese of Spokane.)


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