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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Compiled by Father Tom Caswell, for the Inland Register

(From the Aug. 18, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

From the Inland Register
Vol. 19, No. 46
Fifty Years Ago: June 23, 1961

In Walla Walla, area faithful study migrant labor problem

A meeting was held June 12 in the Bishop White Aula at St. Patrick Parish of area Catholics interested in the migrant labor problem. Msgr. Hugo Pautler, pastor of St. Patrick, was host.

The meeting was called at the request of William L. Galligan, Pullman Deanery representative of the board of lay directors of Catholic Charities, and under the auspices of Diocesan Catholic Charities and the Inland Register.

Many phases

“An attempt was made,” according to Father Bernard Schiller, Charities director, “to gather together a group representing as many phases of the migrant problem as possible, so that some clearer direction could be given to Catholic efforts in helping community groups working on the migrant labor problem.”

Father John Donnelly, editor of the Inland Register, who started the meeting off, said, “Though this is a one-shot effort – with no plan for making the group a permanent organization – it is hoped that out of this meeting will come several Catholics, better informed on the problem, and more interested in helping civic groups with a solution.:”


Among those present besides Msgr. Pautler, Father Schiller, Father Donnelly and Galligan were Father Joseph DaLio, Dayton, who has worked the past three summers with the migrant Mexican-Americans; Dr. James B. McLeClellan MD, chairman of the Medical Committee of Catholic Children and Family Services in Walla Walla; Fred Sporleder, chairman of the Board of CCFS in Walla Walla – who also chairmaned the meeting; Elmer W. Heitstuman and Joseph J. Chvatal, both farmers and employers of migrants; Ruben Berrones and Alphonso Hernandes, both permanent residents of Walla Walla but former migrant workers from Texas; Mrs. Edwin Chadek, delegate from the Walla Walla deanery to the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women and a CCD instructor of migrant children; Mrs. William Galligan, Pullman, chairman of the libraries and literature committee of the Diocesan Council and special representative of Mrs. Lyle Olmsted, Spokane, executive director of the Council and director of the Immigration Committee; Lawrence J. Brown, publicity and public relations chairman of the Walla Walla CCFS and a member of the Board; John Lynch, manager of the Walla Walla St. Vincent de Paul Salvage Bureau; Mrs. Hazel Shick, business manager of St. Mary Hospital, Walla Walla; and Mrs. Francis Pautler, active in the Diocesan Council and in charity work on behalf of the migrants.

Marie Perry of Walla Walla was official recorder for the three-hour session.

“We hope many of those who attended – and many others – will get themselves actively involved in civic groups working toward a solution to the migrant labor problem,” Father Donnelly said, “and we hope they will be able to go about it in a more effective way as a result of hearing ‘both sides’ of the problem at this meeting.”

From the Inland Register
Vol. 44, No. 3
Twenty-five Years Ago: Aug. 28, 1986

Groundbreaking ceremony starts new church for St. Thomas More Parish

Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Aug. 10 for St. Thomas More Parish’s new church.

Construction on the new building will begin this fall, with completion scheduled for spring 1987.

Among those participating in the groundbreaking ceremony were Bishop Lawrence Welsh; Father Arnold Schoffelmeer, the pastor of St. Thomas More; Frank Bouten, of Bouten Construction, general contractor; Vince Schmid, president of the Parish Council; and Gina Hopoi, who represented the parish of the future.

Entertainment music for the ceremony was provided by the World’s Fair Dixieland Band.

The parish’s present facilities were originally designed as a gymnasium and family center. The building was to be used for seven years, whereupon a new building would be built.

Some 30 years later, work has begun on that new church.

The main worship areas of the church will hold approximately 600 people. A smaller chapel will hold 95.

When the new church is completed, the present church will revert to its originally intended use.

A Building Fund Drive was conducted by the Parish Council and Planning Committee, with a goal of $750,000 in pledges to be paid back over a three-year period.

The pledges have in fact exceeded $850,000. Collections to date come to over $800,000.

(Father Caswell is archivist for the Inland Register.)

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