Thursday, February 25, 2021

Searching for Fr. Scollen's Manuscript


A request for information from a reader of this blog:

For over 25 years, I have been conducting a search for a missing unpublished manuscript. The last possible known connection with it was Fr Frederick A.Houck who was long associated with your church in Toledo. He died in Toledo in 1954.

Fr Fred and his brother, Msgr. George F Houck, also an Ohio priest grew up in Tiffin, Seneca Co., Ohio in a mainly German/Austrian community in the mid 1800s. Quite a few of the young Catholic men there joined the priesthood and one was their friend, Fr Anthony S Siebenfeurcher who became parish priest in Kenton, Ohio. They all remained life-long friends. 

One of his friend's was an Irish born priest, Fr Constantine M Scollen who had spent many years living and working among the native people of Alberta, Canada, mainly the Blackfoot, before moving down into the USA where he continued to work amongst the native peoples before ending his days in Ohio. He died in Dayton in 1902 and is buried in the Calvary cemetery, there. I created a Wikipedia page of his extraordinary life.

On his death, his personal papers journals and the unpublished manuscript were passed into the care of Fr Siebenfeurcher. He died in 1911, also in Dayton and it is thought that his papers including those of Father Scollen were passed on to George Houck and then again to Frederick.

I live in County Durham, in North East England which is where Fr Scollen was raised and I am surrounded by many of his family. I am hoping that the papers have survived and are lying on a dusty shelf somewhere in Toledo or Ohio just waiting to be rediscovered. It would be lovely to successfully conclude my search because I am now no spring chicken.

Thank you for reading this and for any potential assistance.
Best wishes
Ian Fletcher
Seaham, Co. Durham, England. SR70ER

You can read more about Fr. Scollen HERE and HERE.

Sunday, January 17, 2021

Henry J. Harks, Architect


St. Anthony's School

Cleveland architect Henry J. Harks designed several schools and buildings in Toledo around 1900.  These include St. Anthony's School, St. Michael's school, St. Ann's School (now Gallagher Hall) and the former Notre Dame convent. He had two brothers who were priests serving in the area, and two sisters who were Sisters of Notre Dame.  The Basilica of St. Adalbert in Grand Rapids, Michigan, was his design as well.

A biography and list of his works can be found HERE.

Thanks to Chip Valleriano for passing along this information.

Saturday, December 12, 2020

Our Lady of Consolation Videos

From the "Finding Sacred Spaces" channel on Youtube, a series of three videos of the Shrine of Our Lady of Consolation in Carey, Ohio.  Drone footage featured of the Shrine Park. 
Link to Video 2. 
Link to Video 3.

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Maria Stein, Shrine of Holy Relics

Just south of the border of the Diocese of Toledo, Maria Stein features a large collection of saintly relics, an adoration chapel, a museum exploring the history of German Catholics in western Ohio, and beautiful outdoor courtyards.  According to their website, all areas of the shrine have reopened.  More information HERE.

Monday, May 18, 2020

Johann Anton Goehr, Architect & Builder

Johann Anton Goehr, of Minster, Ohio, was part of a family of German immigrants who built many Catholic churches in western Ohio.  In the Toledo Diocese, he assisted in building Ss. Peter & Paul in Ottawa, St. Augustine in Napoleon, St. John in Delphos, and St. John in Defiance.  (Some of these may be previous churches, not the ones currently standing.)  Read more about his life HERE.