Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Sunday, September 26, 2010

St. Mary, Sandusky

Height of spire is 200 feet.

Built of Sandusky limestone, naturally.

Construction lasted from 1873 - 1880. Architect was Franz Georg Himpler.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Country Churches

"Six Thousand Country Churches" is a sociological study of Ohio's rural churches published in 1919. There's a map for each county (sample above), as well as state maps of the main Christian denominations.

You can access/download the book here:


Sunday, September 12, 2010

Dr. Seraphin Bauer

Mausoleum of Rev. Dr. Seraphin Bauer (1835 - 1911) in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Fremont.

"Hoch W." is the abbreviation for Hochwuerden, "Very Reverend" in German. (Thanks, Jeffrey.)

Photo of Dr. Bauer from 1862. Bauer was an early pastor of St. Joseph in Maumee and founder of St. Rose in Perrysburg. From 1862 to 1911, he served as pastor of Fremont St. Joseph, where he was known for his elaborate Christmas services. He was also a friend of Rutherford B. Hayes.

Monday, September 6, 2010

St. Patrick's, from Swan Creek

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I have an external hard drive with plenty of extra space, so I've been downloading 19th century books from the Internet Archive. Found three illustrated catalogs from Benziger Brothers. silversmith and metalwork; religious articles and pictures; and vestments, banners, and regalia. If you type "Benziger" in the search box and set the media type to "texts", you'll find several hundred of their books, as well.