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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: May

by Father Ted Bradley, for the Inland Register

(From the May 24, 2001 edition of the Inland Register)

150 Years Ago: 1851
Fort Colville: Father DeVos served the Indians at the fort and at St. Paul Mission at Kettle Falls. An elderly missionary, his health failed and he retired to the Catholic establishment on the Willamette. Fathers Joset and Vercruysse succeeded him at St. Paul Mission.

125 Years Ago: 1876
Walla Walla: Oblate Father Charles Richard arrived in Frenchtown, a settlement west of Walla Walla, with instructions to build a mission church. The church later was dedicated to St. Rose of Lima.

100 Years Ago: 1901
Spokane: Dr. John O’Shea was toastmaster at the annual banquet given by the Harvard Class at the Spokane Hotel. Dr. O’Shea graduated from Gonzaga University and has his medical degree from Harvard.
Nesqually Diocese: Jesuit Father B. Feuse, a Swiss missionary, left Wyoming to care for the Indians in the Nesqually Diocese, a forerunner of the Spokane Diocese. He served in North Yakima and, later, in Chewelah.
Spokane: Father Goller of Gonzaga College said the Requiem Mass for Sister Rosalia, a venerable teacher at St. Joseph Orphanage and loved by all. She died suddenly while preparing the First Holy Communion class.

75 Years Ago: 1926
Walla Walla: Father Romualdus Balducci wrote to Bishop Augustine Schinner asking that he be incardinated into the Spokane Diocese. Father had served in the diocese for the previous 12 years.

50 Years Ago: 1951
Kettle Falls: The Spokane Diocese opened its first Women’s Retreat House at Our Lady of the Valley Convent. Dominican Sisters staff the retreat house. The first retreat was given by Jesuit Father Joseph Grady.
Spokane: Miss Anatha Oriard was elected Grand Regent of the Catholic Daughters of the Americas for the coming year. Other officers elected included Marguerite Maguire, Theresa King, Margaret Koch, and Mae Ryan.
Spokane: John Rompa and Cornelius Verdoorn were ordained priests at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. Both new priests are from Holland.

25 Years Ago: 1976
Spokane: St. Mary Parish is planning a champagne auction. Paul Lodgson and Robert McKanna are collecting items for the project.
Spokane: The diocese has announced a new Assistant Superintendent for Education: Holy Names Sister Joan Dixon.
Spokane: St. Paschal School was the winner of the St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive. Students leading the drive are Charles Yeaw, Dick Howerton, Rochelle Gay, and Joe Angelo.

10 Years Ago: 1991
Walla Walla: DeSales High School graduates 22 seniors this year. Class leaders are Craig Botkin, Shari Gannon, Brenda Baumgart, and Chris Carson.
Spokane: The St. Vincent de Paul Society opened its new Social Services Center on Trent. It will provide space for the food bank and storage, including a large walk-in freezer. Volunteers Jeanne Rees and Ted Barbanti do much of the food sorting.

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

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