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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: January

by Father Ted Bradley, for the Inland Register

(From the Jan. 17, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

150 Years Ago: 1852
Kettle Falls: Fathers Joset and Vercruysse reported 91 baptisms of Indians at St. Paul Mission. Fort Colville was placed under the direction of these missionaries.
Walla Walla: The Diocese of Walla Walla was suppressed by Rome and the bishop was transferred to the newly-created bishopric of Nesqually. The districts of Walla Walla and Colville are now subjects to the Archbishop of Oregon City.
125 Years Ago: 1877
St. Regis Mission: Father Tosi at the mission received a copy of the Kalispel language dictionary from the Jesuits at St. Ignatius Mission, Mont. It was over 1,000 pages, from the manuscripts by Fathers Giorda and Van Gorp.
Illinois: The future Father Morgan Morris was born. He served in the Spokane Diocese, as pastor in Northport, in 1914. He also ministered in the Idaho panhandle.
100 Years Ago: 1902
News reached Spokane of the death of Mother Joseph of the Sisters of Charity of Providence. Mother was the foundress of Sacred Heart Hospital in Spokane. She died, age 79, in Seattle.
Trentwood: Father Joseph Purcell submitted his annual financial report. Receipts: $278; expenditures: $214. There were seven infant baptisms and one funeral at St. Joseph Parish.
75 Years Ago: 1927
Father Shiel, pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish in Davenport, reported that a statue of St. Anthony had been donated by Frank Heckett. The pedestal was made by O.L. LeFavre, the high school principal, from material given by the altar society.
Cheney: Father Lyons, caring for Cheney, Lamont, Reardan, and Edwall, reports his parishes are prospering. The local farmers sold 170,000 bushels of wheat and 1,000 gallons of milk. Wheatlands are selling at $75 an acre and pasture land at $10 an acre.
50 Years Ago: 1952
St. Anthony parishioners and school children were treated to a motion picture of Father Gerald Feistís fishing trip to Campbell River, Vancouver Island.
Spokane: The girls basketball team from Holy Names College defeated the Independents, 32-17, and the Ritzville Women, 45-34. They have yet to play the YWCA, Whitworth and the Yellow Cab teams.
Pasco: Father William Schmitz offered the requiem Mass for Floyd Juvenal, a resident of Pasco for more than 40 years.
25 Years Ago: 1977
The first president of Holy Names College, Sister Esther Mary (Genevieve) Kelly, died on her 83rd birthday. She entered the Holy Names Sisters novitiate at Marylhurst, Ore., in 1913.
Spokane: The high scorers in Knights of Columbus girls basketball play are Ann Waller, Rhonda Troutman, Carol Geiger, Colleen Merryman, Eric McClatchey, and Marie Bertis.
10 Years Ago: 1992
Holy Family Hospitalís Foundation elected new Board members: Leroy Byrd, Lyle Crecelius, Angelo Lurus, Paul Becker and Frederick Hollon.
Spokane: Ann Doherty, principal of St. Thomas More School, received the annual Distinguished Principal Award from the National Catholic Educational Association. She was chosen from candidates from Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

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

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