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: September
the Inland Register
(From the Oct. 3, 2002 edition of the Inland Register)
150 Years Ago: 1852
Cusick: Nine years ago, Father Peter DeSmet picked Cusick as the site for St. Ignatius
Mission. Eleven years later, he moved the mission to Montana.
Walla Walla: Bishop Blanchet, the first and only bishop of Walla Walla, was transferred
to Nesqually. Because of the Cayuse Indian Wars, Father Brouillet, who was left in charge of
the St. Rose of Lima Mission, also had to leave.
100 Years Ago: 1902
Spokane: Gonzaga College advertised its board and tuition as $200 per year. For day
scholars, $50; for the law school, $50 per year.
Spokane: The Catholic Church Goods Company, located at Monroe and Riverside, advertised
one dozen vigil lights, one brass stand, and one ruby glass – all for 75 cents.
75 Years Ago: 1927
Spokane: Gonzaga High School’s football schedule includes games with Hillyard (Rogers),
Lewis and Clark, North Central, St. Maries, Coeur d’Alene, and Chewelah. The junior varsity
will play Chattaroy, Brown’s Addition, East Side Athletic Club, and McKinley School. The
Midgets will play Lourdes Cathedral, St. Francis of Assisi, Mission Park, St. Aloysius, and
Coeur d’Alene Park.
50 Years Ago: 1952
Spokane: Marycliff High School held its annual “Miss Marycliff” contest. Winner: Carol
Travo. Her Court: Marilyn Stewart, Sarah Baumgardner, Rita Perry and Eleanor Dullanty.
Spokane: The Knights of Columbus bowling champs for the year are Harold Boulac, Ed
Sweet, Don McNulty, Earl Barschaw, and August Welk.
Usk: A statue of Our Lady of Fatima was given to the parish. The statue is a gift from
Father Maurice Helfenstein, former pastor of St. Jude Parish in Usk. The present pastor
received and blessed the statue.
25 Years Ago: 1977
Spokane: Kathryn Grayhek, 79, who headed the diocese’s “Thursday Sewing Ladies,” died. This
group of women began sewing quilts for the St. Vincent de Paul Society in 1943. In 1971,
Kathryn Grayhek received a special Apostolic Blessing for her work for the poor.
Cheney: The Northwest Marriage Encounter Convention will be held on the campus of
Eastern Washington University. Convention chairs will be Mr. and Mrs. Loren Behrens of St.
Paschal Parish, Spokane.
10 Years Ago: 1992
Spokane: Bishop Skylstad has appointed Holy Names Sister Sheila McEvoy as the new director
of Immaculate Heart Retreat Center. Msgr. William Van Ommeren will remain on the Center’s
Spokane: Msgr. John Coleman, long-time pastor in the diocese, died. His funeral Mass was
celebrated at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. He was born in Ireland in 1906, and served
the diocese from the time of his ordination in 1934.
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