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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: March

by Father Ted Bradley, Diocesan Archivist

(From the March 1, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

150 Years Ago: 1851
Coeur d’Alene Tribe: Jesuit Father Peter DeSmet, missionary among the Coeur d’Alene Indians, attended the Indian Council near Fort Laramie, Wyo.

125 Years Ago: 1876
Tekoa: Father Diomedi made plans to move the mission on the Coeur d’Alene River to the Hangman Valley and set up a new DeSmet Mission about 10 miles west of Tekoa.
Davenport: Father Ruellan visited the Catholics in the area and wrote, “What misery, what pangs of heart I suffer when I see how religion is neglected. Truly, the Indians are our only consolation.”

100 Years Ago: 1901
Clarkston: Jesuit Father Hubert Post of St. Stanislaus, Lewiston, purchased two lots in Clarkston for a church. On this site at Chestnut and 11th, the first Catholic church in Asotin County was built by volunteer labor.

75 Years Ago: 1926
Spokane: The Inland Empire Catholic Messenger advertised a brand-new overland sedan with balloon tires, 27 horsepower, 5 passenger seats, and nickeled radiator, available at Sprague and Madison for $799. A new stove range priced at $62 was advertised as especially adapted for “western fuel.”
Spokane: The Franciscans at St. Francis of Assisi Parish also serve Catholics at St. Paschal, Del Monte, Yardley, Millwood, Orchard Ave. and Park Water.

50 Years Ago: 1951
Portland: Mother Mary Flavia, foundress of Holy Names College in Spokane and schools in Oregon, was named by the Oregonian, Portland’s daily newspaper, as one of the outstanding women in Oregon.
Spokane: Officials at the prison wrote to Bishop Charles White, thanking him for appointing Father Victor Breznikar to administer the sacraments and care for the inmates.
Spokane: Elected officers of the Catholic Business Women for the coming year are Jean Thorpe, Isabelle Schaaf, Beth Riley and Nettie Herrman.

25 Years Ago: 1976
LaCrosse and St. John: Father Rudolph Gerhart, former pastor of Republic, Northport, LaCrosse and St. John, wrote to the Spokane bishop that he must give up his parish in Switzerland because of bad health.
Guatemala: Father Arthur Mertens of the Spokane Diocese, serving in the mission, reported on the terrible earthquake which killed over 20,000 in that Central American country.

10 Years Ago: 1991
Walla Walla: St. Francis of Assisi Parish received word that the Washington State American Mother Award had been bestowed upon Marguerite Daltoso. She has been active in a great number of organizations promoting Catholicism in the area.
Spokane: The Philomathea Club of Gonzaga celebrated its 70th anniversary. The club raises funds for scholarships for needy students.
Spokane: Jon Van Vogt, music director of St. Thomas More Parish, has released his new recording of traditional Jewish music. The album is titled Jewish Heartstrings.

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