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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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From the Diocesan Archives: Aug. 2, 2001

by Father Ted Bradley, for the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 2, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

150 Years Ago: 1851
Frenchtown: Oblate Father Charles Richard arrived at Frenchtown, just west of Walla Walla, and began building a mission church called St. Rose of Lima. The church will be located on the McBean property.
Walla Walla: The name of Father Paschal Ricard, the Oblate Superior, was suggested to be the first bishop of Walla Walla. Father Ricard, in turn, suggested Father Brouillet of Walla Walla to be the next bishop of San Francisco.
125 Years Ago: 1876
Walla Walla:
Father Duffy, pastor of St. Patrick Parish, reported the Catholic population as 700 souls. He covered the entire county, Eastern Washington, Southern Idaho, and Western Montana to the Rocky Mountain crest, by foot, horseback or carriage.
Rocky Mountain Missions: News arrived that Father Joseph Cataldo had been named superior. He began the mission among the Nez Perce near Culdesac, Idaho, to be cared for by Spokane priests.
Fort Colville: Father Urban Grassi arrived at the Fort after a long horseback ride from North Yakima.
100 Years Ago: 1901
The health of Father Herman Eitel, pastor of the parishes in Colton and Uniontown, broke down while he was visiting Wurzburg, Germany.
Uniontown: Bishop Schinner appointed Father John Adolph Faust to take over St. Boniface, effective next November. Father is also Director of the Society of the Propagation of the Faith.
Chewelah: Father Joseph Stang returned from the hospital in Tacoma and wrote to Bishop Schinner that he was anxious to open the new school next to Holy Rosary Church.
Pomeroy: Father Emil Frederick baptized John Bunch, son of Thomas Bunch of Sunnyside and Maria McKeirnan. Sponsors were Lester and Isabel McKeirnan.
Lind: Father Lawrence Noldin, pastor in Ritzville, received a $1,000 check from the Extension Society, made out to “The Congregation of St. Emma at Lind.”
50 Years Ago: 1951
Coulee Dam:
Bishop Charles White sent all marriage papers concerning dispensations from St. Henry Mission to Seattle for decisions, since Benton, Grant and Douglas counties will be in the new Yakima Diocese. Father Anthony Farrelly will continue serving St. Henry until further arrangements.
Kettle Falls: The Spokane Council of Catholic Women announced two retreats at the Dominican Convent for the next month. Giving the retreats is Jesuit Father Erwin Toner.
Spokane: Three nuptial Masses united Del Corey Smith to Mildred Mae Brown, Nicholas Merriman to Karen Soderberg, and Ronald Davey to Barbara Winkler.
25 Years Ago: 1976
Bishop Bernard Topel ordained David Baronti to the priesthood. The candidate had been working at the Guatemala Mission and is the first from the diocese to learn the K’iche language.
Philadelphia: Msgr. John Donnelly, executive editor of the Inland Register, became a victim of Legionnaire’s Disease while attending a Catholic Press meeting in Philadelphia.
Colbert: Over 100 people took part in the Youth Leadership Workshop sponsored by the Youth Services of the diocese.
Spokane: Catholic Charities announced that the Bishop’s Golf Scramble will be held next month at Liberty Lake. Father Owens of St. Mary Parish will be in charge, with all proceeds benefitting Catholic Charities.
(Father Bradley is diocesan archivist.)

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