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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: October

by Father Ted Bradley, for the Inland Register

(From the Oct. 25, 2001 edition of the Inland Register

150 Years Ago: 1851
Fort Walla Walla: Father Chirouse, an Oblate and two laymen began laying plans for a mission about 30 miles from the fort. Many retired Hudson Bay employees and their Native American wives lived in the area.
125 Years Ago: 1876
Jesuit Father John Baptist Rene was ordained a priest. While serving the Indians in Montana, he was appointed third president of Gonzaga College in 1891.
Walla Walla: Students of St. Vincent Academy must have “a pair of slippers, two flannel undervests, two skirts, a black apron, an umbrella, a napkin ring and two yards of carpet for the alcove and a clothes bag.” Tuition at the girls’ school varied between $8-$12.50 a quarter.
100 Years Ago: 1901
St. Francis of Assisi Church was completed and dedicated by Bishop O’Dea. Father Van de Ven of Sprague supervised the construction. The new church cost $1,500.
Spokane: Sister Hildegarde and four other Sisters walked daily from Sacred Heart School to Sacred Heart Hospital (now Medical Center), then located where Riverfront Park is today. While walking, “Sister Rosalia led the Sisters in reading the Office of the Dead.”
Sprague: Elizabeth Balfe, one month old, was baptized. Her parents are John Balfe and Maria Murray. Godparents are Matthew and Mary Brislawn.
75 Years Ago: 1926
Father Arthur Joda was appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish, succeeding Father John Campion. Missions of Dayton are located in Prescott, Waitsburg, and Starbuck.
Colton: Kevin Kaiser and Jake Wieber helped Father John Herrmann install cement sidewalks around St. Gall Church, replacing badly worn wooden walks.
50 Years Ago: 1951
Father John O’Brien succeeded Father Maurice Helfenstein as pastor of St. Joseph Parish. Father O’Brien was the parish’s first resident pastor.
Kettle Falls: The historic site of St. Paul Mission was presented to the State historical Society by Bishop White. Joel Ferris represented Gov. Langley at the ceremony.
25 Years Ago: 1976
St. Aloysius dropped from the ranks of the undefeated in Knights of Columbus Grade School Football. The school lost to Cataldo, 19-6. St. Mary defeated St. Patrick with a score of 20-0.
Spokane: St. Mary Parish was the site of the funeral of Dich Dinh Vu, 39, a father of nine children. He and his family arrived a year ago from Vietnam. Dich was accidentally killed while working in a valley garage.
10 Years Ago: 1991
Jesuit Father Kevin Waters, music professor at Gonzaga University, composed an opera titled Dear Ignatio, Dear Isabel. He collaborated with Father Ernest Ferlita. Directing the orchestra and choir is Edward Schaefer.
Colton: Sister Janet Druffel of the School Sisters of Notre Dame was presented with the award Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice (“For the Church and the Pope”), bestowed by Pope John Paul II. The graduate of St. Gall School in Colton was honored for her long-time work in the Diocese of Sololá, Guatemala, on behalf of the Diocese of Spokane.

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