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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: March

by Father Ted Bradley, for the Inland Register

(From the April 11, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

MARCH
150 Years Ago: 1852
Walla Walla: The future Jesuit Father William Smith was born. He has the distinction of being the first native son of Washington Territory to be ordained a priest. This Jesuit did much for Catholicism in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.
125 Years Ago: 1877
Switzerland:
Benedictine Barnabas Held was ordained. He later served in the Spokane Diocese from 1914 until 1927, the year he died.
Hangman Valley: Jesuit Father Diomedi of Gonzaga College set up a mission in Hangman Valley, about 10 miles from Tekoa.
100 Years Ago: 1902
Sacred Heart Hospital:
The new wing at the hospital built last year proved inadequate, and so the new hospital “amid the pines of Manito Hill” was realized.
Spokane: Gonzaga College’s new cadet officers are John Weber, Richard McHale, Hugh Winder, Ed Twohy, L. Tienemann, Hihn Donahoe, W. O’Shea, and Raphael McKiernan.
DeSota, Mo.: Thomas Cooney received his philosophy degree from the Redemptorist Seminary. After ordination he served in the Spokane Diocese for over 50 years.
75 Years Ago: 1927
Milwaukee, Wis.:
Father Cyril Feisst received his master’s degree from St. Francis Seminary in Milwaukee, Wis. Father Feisst gave nearly 60 years of his priesthood to the Spokane Diocese.
50 Years Ago: 1952
Okanogan:
The Holy Names Society elected new officers. They were, in Okanogan, Bert Jahm and Anthony Goldade; in Twisp, Patrick Smith and Charles Breslin; in Brewster, Frank Webster, Pop Schulke and Ed Heath.
Spokane: At the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, altar boy Ronald Kofmehl won an essay contest on “The Most Embarrassing Experience.” He told how he kicked the bell across the sanctuary. After Mass, Bishop White said, “It sure made nice music!”
25 Years Ago: 1977
Spokane:
Two new appointments were announced. Father Terence Tully, assistant pastor at St. Charles, was named pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Rosalia. Deacon Paul Vevik was assigned to St. Patrick Parish in Spokane.
Oroville: An 80-year-old Okanogan Indian, Madeline Wells, is known as the “Quilt Lady.” She has sewn literally hundreds of quilts for charity in various Indian projects in Oroville, Tonasket, and for various Reservations.
10 Years Ago: 1992
Spokane:
Justin Padden, son of state representative Mike and Laura Padden, a student at St. Mary School, has gone to Olympia to be a legislative page.
Pasco: The nurse manager of the Lourdes Hospital Internal Care Unit has been chosen to be on the critical care delegation to Russia and Hungary. She was one of 40 nurses nation-wide chosen for this trip.

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

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