Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
As it was, before the fire of 1920.
As it was meant to be, in Joseph Huber's post-fire plan. Notice the statues over the doors.
And as it is, with the final reworking of the towers, by Willfred Holtzmann.
Gen. Leonard was a son of Dennis and Anastasia Leonard, of the Old South End, and a brother of Sr. M. Marguerite of Mercy Hospital. His mother, shown here, died in 1943, while he was military attache in London.
Gen. Leonard was a classmate of Dwight Eisenhower and Omar Bradley at West Point.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
Among the few items we brough downstairs were a few copies of a booklet published in 1922, called "During the War". It's a brief account of the parish's contribution to World War I. One hundred seventy seven parishioners served in the armed forces and seven in the Nursing Corps. Two, James Flanigan and Thomas F. Mullen, lost their lives.
The booklet includes several interesting pictures, mostly chaplains, which I've scanned. The one above is Bishop Stritch.
This gentleman was Fr. George Barry O'Toole, a son of the parish. He later served as the first president of the Catholic University of Peking. I posted more about him, HERE.
Fr. Arthur Sawkins looks awfully young in this picture. Another son of the parish, he went on to serve as pastor of Immaculate Conception for more than forty years.
This one has me curious. Fr. M.J. Smith was assistant pastor in the early 1920's. He went on to serve as pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas, in Toledo, and St. Michael, in Findlay. Oddly, he was a chaplain in the Australian army, until suffering the effects of poison gas at the Battle of the Somme. ( Nasty business, that. One of my uncles died from the effects of a gas attack in the Argonne. ) Fr. Smith left the Australian forces with the rank of major. He died in 1949.
Finally, we have Lt. Col. John W. Leonard, a layman who was raised in the parish. He graduated from West Point in 1915 and, during the course of the war, was awarded the Croix de Guerre, the Distinguished Service Medal, and the Legion of Honor. He was second in command of the regiment that represented the United States in the Allied Victory Celebration. Col. Leonard served as a major general in World War II and was present at the crossing of the Rhine at Remagen. I have pictures of him attending Mass at Immaculate Conception, with his mother, in the late 1940's. I'll post them some other time.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
Saturday, July 26, 2008
Friday, July 25, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
When the new shrine church at Carey was dedicated in 1914, Fr. Vattmann was present:
The church in Texas was destroyed by a hurricane in 1916, and only a bell survived, so the painting donated by the Carey church must have been ruined as well. But Our Lady of Consolation in Texas was rebuilt, and looks like this today:
Friday, July 18, 2008
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
See the completed work here (second photo):
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Above photo is from the 1934 Diocesan Yearbook.