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Official News Magazine of the Diocese of Spokane

Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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From the Diocesan Archives: June

the Inland Register

(From the June 13, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)

150 Years Ago: 1852
St. Louis, Mo.: Father Urban Grassi professed his Jesuit vows in St. Louis. In 1869, stationed in Colville, he served as a missionary to the Native Americans of the area. In 1886 he helped build Gonzaga College in Spokane.
125 Years Ago: 1877
Rocky Mountain Mission:
Jesuit Father Joseph Cataldo, age 41, is appointed superior of the Rocky Mountain Mission. When the Nez Perce killed 33 soldiers in a battle that marked the formal beginning of the Chief Joseph War, Father Cataldo was asked which side he stood on, and he replied, “Neither.” He said he was there “on God’s business.”
Freiburg, Germany: The future Father Herman Loeffler, long-time pastor of several parishes in the diocese, was born in St. Maerges. He studied at Eichstaett, Bavaria, and came to what was then the Nesqually Diocese in 1903.
100 Years Ago: 1902
The first council of the Knights of Columbus was organized in Seattle. Councils were planned at this meeting for Spokane as well as Butte, Mont.
Curlew: St. Patrick Church was built out of logs by the local Native Americans, under the direction of Chief Tonasket. This church was destroyed by a large tree which fell across it during a storm.
Spokane: Gonzaga College enrollment reached 248 students, making the college among the largest Jesuit schools in the country, ranking in size with Georgetown and Santa Clara.
Omak: St. Mary Mission finished its school years with students, children of both the Native Americans and the white settlers, tested in such areas as Latin, mathematics, bookkeeping, drawing, and music.
75 Years Ago: 1927
Jacob Deffland, an old-time pioneer in the Methow Valley, sent Bishop White $100, money which Deffland had saved over the course of the year.
Pomeroy: Plans were made to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Holy Rosary Parish. Organizing the celebration were Alex McCabe, S.A.Feider, R.J. McKeirnan, and Joe Schaaf.
50 Years Ago: 1952
Newport and Usk:
Father Maurice Helfenstein celebrated his 25th anniversary of priestly ordination. Some 30 priests from the Spokane, Yakima and Boise dioceses were present. The solemn high Mass was preached by Father Joseph Pineau.
Spokane: Rosemary Devlin and Carol Holgren will be the new editors of Holy Names College’s Collegian yearbook.
Ritzville: Grade school children laid flowers at the foot of the Virgin Mary statue. Bonnie Baker, with the help of Janice Anderson and Colleen Lindsey, placed a garland of roses on the head of Our Lady.
25 Years Ago: 1977
Walla Walla:
Providence Sister Bernadette Botch left the Walla Walla Catholic schools after six years of service and a farewell reception.
Spokane: The girls softball team from St. Francis Xavier won its second straight city championship. Placing second was the team from St. Paschal.
Odessa: Janice Tebow and Jean Null, both of St. Joseph Parish, graduated from the local high school.
10 Years Ago: 1992
Republic and Curlew:
Father George Morbeck will travel to Uniontown to celebrate a special jubilee Mass. Also attending will be two Holy Names Sisters, Flavia Bauer and Angela Morbeck. All three are Uniontown natives.
Spokane: The Gonzaga Prep theater saw a presentation of "Made in the U.S.A.," with song and dance performed by Melissa Crocker, Meighan Rasley and Megan Fitzsimmons.

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