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The Catholic History of La Crosse, Wis.
In Two Chapters
By FLORENCE CRANE.
LA CROSSE, Wis.
Published with the knowledge and consent of His Grace. The Right Reverend
Bishop James Schwebach, of La Crosse.
SPICER & BUSCHMAN, Printers, La Crosse, Wis.
In writing this booklet, which is more of an illustrated review than a
history, we used the Catholic History of Wisconsin for reference. It was
published about ten years ago by T. P. Sullivan, of Milwaukee, and he
deserves the credit for most of the dates and instances mentioned herein.
Bishop JAMES SCHWEBACH OF LA Crosse.
7 THE CATHOLIC HISTORY
OF LA CROSSE.
Archbishop MICHAEL Heiss, first Bishop of La Crosse
Bishop KILIAN Caspar FLASCH, second Bishop of La Crosse
In the year 1868, Pope Pius IX, of blessed memory, erected the Diocese of
La Crosse, by document dated March 3rd, that year. The Right Rev. Michael
Heiss was the first Bishop appointed to the See. At that time the
Catholics living within the boundary of the new Diocese were many and the
churches not a few. The sincerity of the presiding priests and the great
desire of the settlers for better ecclesiastical advantages, gave the
devoted Bishop great promises for the future.
He established missions in the northern part of the Diocese, among the
Indians, and during the twelve years of his administration, the extension
of spiritual influence was marked and the financial condition was much
improved. The number of officiating priests in the Diocese was increased
from 15 to 59, churches from 47 to 101 and parish schools from 2 to 24.
It is probable that no man could have been better qualified to develop and
advance the interest of the Catholic Church in this territory than Bishop
Heiss, who was so deeply devoted to his work.
The more important improvements which were made and are directly traceable
to the zeal and efforts of Bishop Heiss, were the establishment of the
Franciscan Sisters at La Crosse and the erection of the St. Rose Convent;
St. Joseph's Cathedral Church; St. Wenceslau's Church; St. Michael's
Orphan Asylum and the Bishop's residence with adjacent public oratory, on
the corner of South Eleventh and Ferry streets. This work of progress was
not confined to the Episcopal city of La Crosse for during the same period
the Sacred Heart of Jesus College was started by the Jesuit Fathers of the
German Mission, at Prairie du Chien, where also St. Mary's Institute was
erected and placed in charge of School Sisters of Notre Dame from
Milwaukee. The parochial school system also attained a rapid growth during
this administration, a
8 The Catholic History of La Crosse.
REV. Jo N.RAPP, Bishop's Secretary
majority of the schools established being conducted by Franciscan Sisters
from the La Crosse Convent and the School Sisters of Notre Dame,
Milwaukee. It was during the residence of Bishop Heiss at La Crosse that
the first Diocesan Synod was held in the Sacred Heart College at Prairie
du Chien on July 2~26, 1871.
After the Bishop's promotion to the Archbishopric of Milwaukee, a
successor was consecrated in the person of the Right Rev. Kilian Casper
Flasch, who assumed the duties of the Episcopate on August 24, 1881. He
died on August 3, 1891, after a long and painful illness, universally
regretted. The remains of this saintly prelate lie in a vault beneath the
altar of the Catholic Cemetery Chapel, which was dedicated to the Blessed
Virgin Mary of the Seven Dolors on November 1, 1891.
Bishop Flasch was born at Retzstadt, Bavaria, in the Diocese of Wuerzburg,
on July 9, 1831, and came to America with his parents in 1847. He then
entered the college at Notre Dame, Indiana, which he afterwards left to
become a student in the Seminary of St. Francis near Milwaukee, at its
opening in 1856. After sufficient study he was ordained to the priesthood
on December 16, 1859, and at once assigned to mission work. His first
appointment was to Laketown, where he remained for ten months being then
recalled to St. Francis, where he became master of discipline and
professor, which office he filled until failing health compelled him to
resign. After a brief rest he was
again assigned to active duty in the ministry, being placed in charge of
St. Mary's congregation at Elm Grove. In 18Th he returned to St. Francis
to fill the chair of moral theology, and in 1879 succeeded the Very
Reverend Father Wapelhorst as rector of the Seminary. When Bishop Heiss
was made coadjutor of Milwaukee, this learned and experienced priest was
elected to the Bishopric of La Crosse, being consecrated by his
predecessor. Under the direction of Bishop Flasch the interests of the
church and its adherents expanded to an altogether satisfactory degree.
Year by year the number of priests, churches, schools and missions
accumulated in the diocese. Some of the many notable as well as valuable
improvements from 1881 to 1891 were the. Church of the Holy Cross, St.
Nicholas' Church, St., James' Church, St. Francis' Hospital and St. Ann's
Orphan Asylum. Besides these there were erected in different parts of the
diocese seven new Catholic hospitals, all of which were placed in charge
of Sisters belonging to one or another of the numerous religious orders
now represented or established in the state.
There were in the diocese in 1891 one hundred and two priests, nineteen of
whom were regular and eighty-three secular, and one hundred and sixty-two
churches and sixty parochial schools.
9 The Catholic. History
of La Crosse
CATHOLIC CEMETERY CHAPEL
In 1883 Bishop Flasch paid his official visit ad limina" to Rome, where he
remained during the entire winter. In November of the following year he
attended the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore. On August 24, 25, 1887,
he presided at the Second Diocesan Synod for the diocese of La Crosse,
which was held at the Sacred Heart College of the Jesuit Fathers in
Prairie du Chien, Wis. It was at this place that the
Jesuits opened the Sacred Heart Novitiate and Scholasticate during the
following year. On November 4, 1889, Bishop Flasch consecrated St.
Joseph's Cathedral and its principal "altare fixum." The second Catholic
State Convention was held in the city of La Crosse May 19, 21, 1891. Many
new priests were received into the diocese at that time, so that, in
addition to the Jesuit and Franciscan Fathers already established, there
were now others of the Order of the Holy Ghost from Pittsburg, Pa., who
were placed in charge of Notre Dame parish of Chippewa Falls and some
The Very Rev. James Schwebach, who had held the position of Vicar General
of the Diocese of La Crosse since 1882, was made administrator after the
death of Bishop Flasch.
Bishop Schwebach was consecrated third Bishop of the diocese February 25,
1892. The consecration took place at St. Joseph's Cathedral, La Crosse, on
the Feast of the Holy Apostle Nathias, the Most Reverend Archbishop
Frederic Xavier Katzer, D. D. of Milwaukee, acting as consecrator.
The Rt. Rev. James Schwebach was born at Platen, parish of Bettborn, Grand
Duchy of Luxemburg, August 15, 1847, where he obtained his elementary
education. There he had private teachers for two years. Afterwards he
attended the college at Diekvich. He came to America in the spring of
1864, and at that time entered the Seminary at St. Francis, near
Milwaukee, where he completed a five years' course in philosophy and
theology. Being too young for ordination to the priesthood, he was
ordained a deacon on July 24, 1869, by Bishop Heiss, by whom he was called
to La Crosse. He then officiated in St. Mary's church in this city,
preaching in English, German and French, and instructing the school
children in Christian doctrine. He was ordained to the priesthood on June
16, 1870, the Feast of "Corpus Christi," for the diocese of La Crosse, by
Right Reverend T. L. Grace, at St. Paul, Minn. After his ordination he was
appointed by Bishop Heiss to the rectorship of St. Mary's. He labored
faithfully here for nearly a quarter of a century, when he was raised to
the Episcopate. It was during his pastorate at St. Mary's that the
erection of a new church, parochial school building and a pastoral
residence was made. He also built the Church of St. James, at North La
Crosse. Bishop Schwebach paid a visit to His Holiness, the Pope, in 1894,
remaining absent from April 1 until August 3, of that year. The Acting
Administrator of the Diocese during that time was Very Reverend..
Vicar-General Paul Geyer, of
The present Catholic population of the Diocese of La Crosse amounts to
fully 120,000 souls, which is about 50,000 more than in 1891, with 167
10 The Catholic History of La Crosse
REV. G. SLUVTER.
St. Joseph's Cathedral School
St. Joseph's Cathedral.
In the year 1855, The Rev. Father Tappert came to La Crosse, then merely a
little settlement. With the view of sowing the seed of the Catholic Faith
he took op his abode among the settlers. For some time he remained and
labored faithfully, planting the seed from
which has sprung forth the abundant harvest of Catholic Churchly triumphs
which now distinguishes La Crosse as a Catholic city.
The first services were held in a small humble building. The parish of La
Crosse was established in April, 1863, and the corner stone of the present
church was laid in 1869.
This great work which. was started and established by Father Tappert, was
carried on by his successors, Fathers F. X. Etschmann and C. J.
Schraudenbach who worked earnestly and faithfully to promote the cause.
After these followed Fathers Marco, Kampschroer, F. X. Pfaller and the
Benedictine Fathers, L. Lay, P. Geyer and J. B. Wiedmann, who did much to
advance the cause.
The efforts of the Rev. Kampschroer were particularly marked. He came to
La Crosse in 1869 and it was through his enterprise that the structure now
known as St. Joseph's Cathedral was erected. Father Wiedmann was also very
successful in his work. He built the tower in the church and in 1883, the
following year, he also erected a parochial school and purchased a tower
clock and bells.
In 1887 the congregation of this parish was too large for the church, so
the membership was divided. Those living in North La Crosse forming St.
John's parish while those residing to the south formed that of Trinity.
The parochial school known as St. Joseph's, has a regular attendance of
two hundred and seventy-five pupils and is in charge of the Franciscan
The Catholic Societies in St. Joseph's parish are St. Joseph's Society,
St. Bonifice Society, Catholic Knights, Catholic Foresters, Casino
Young Men's Society, The Altar Society and The Young Ladies' Sodality.
The present pastor of St. Joseph's Cathedral is The Rev. G. Sluyter, He
was born in Cleve, Rhenish Prussia. Febuary 20, 1860. He was ordained to
the priesthood at St. Francis, Wis., on June 24, 1885.
ST. JOSEPH'S CATHEDRAL
12 The Catholic History of La Crosse
REV. WILLIAM WHITE
St. Mary's Church.
As early as the year 1850, the Rev. Father Galtier, of Prairie du Chien,
visited the little settlement of La Crosse and administered to the wants
of the few Catholics then living in this vicinity. There was no church;
the services were held in private buildings. In August, 185i, the Rev.
William Tappert came to La Crosse and took up his residence among the
settlers. He began at once to erect a church, and although his people were
poor he succeeded in having the structure completed the following year,
1856. The church was named St. Mary's. The same year a parochial school
was started and placed in charge of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, and
it has been kept up ever since.
In the year 1863 St. Mary's congregation was divided, and only the English
and French speaking families remained. The Germans and Bohemians formed
St. Joseph's congregation. Father Tappert was followed by the Rev. F. N.
Etschmann, who was also a very zealous and hard-working priest. Rev:
Charles Schraudenbach succeeded Rev. Tappert, and after him came Rev.
Marco, who remained until 1868.
In 1868 the Right Rev. Michael Heiss was appointed first bishop of La
Crosse and resided at St. Mary's until 1876. From 1868 to 1869 different
professors from St. Francis Seminary attended the congregations. In 1869
the Rev. P. M. Abbelen took charge of St. Mary's congregation and the Rev.
H. Kampschroer became pastor to St. Joseph's church. On account of ill
health the Rev. Abbelen could not remain in his charge long, so the St.
Mary's congregation was also placed in charge of the Rev. Kampschroer
until the ordination of Father James Schwebach, who had been spiritual
instructor at St. Mary's school since 1869, when he was ordained
sub-deacon-, being too young at that time to be ordained to the
priesthood. Rev. James Schwebach took charge of St. Mary's in 1870. The
church was old by this time and not nearly paid for. In a short time,
however, the debt Was cleared and three lots were purchased whereon a
beautiful two story school building was erected. It was opened on
September 1st, 1872, by the Sisters of St. Francis of La Crosse. In 1874
the new church, which now is known as St. Mary's, or according to its full
name, The Church of the Immaculate Conception of The Blessed Virgin Mary,
was built, and was dedicated by Bishop Heiss on October 7, 1875. The
church is built of brick and is one of the best and most comfortable
buildings of public worship in La Crosse.
In 1886 St. Mary's congregation was again divided, the French families
forming the St. James parish in North La Crosse.
The priest house which is large and commodious was erected in 1888, at a
cost of $6,000. Thus the members of St. Mary's church, although poor in
the beginning, built, one by one, the substantial and comfortable
parochial buildings which now mark the parish, one of the most successful
in the diocese.
In 1892, on the 1st of January, the Very Rev. Father Schwebach gave into
the charge of his successor, the present pastor, Rev. William White, an
intelligent congregation of eight hundred souls.
The Rev. William White was born in Addison county Vermont, October 9,
1850. His parents were from Ireland; they settled first in Vermont, and
afterward 1853, in Sauk county, near the town of Sandusky Two of the sons
entered the priesthood, one of whom died in 1877.
Father William White received his early education in Sauk county, and at
the age of 16 engaged in teaching. At the age of 21 he entered the State
University at Madison and graduated in 1873. After this he went to Niagara
Falls, New York, where he was finally ordained priest by Bishop Ryan, of
Buffalo. His first parish was at Ettrick, Trempealeau county, Wisconsin.
He began his duties there in July, 1877, and remained
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in charge until February 1st, 1880. During that time he
built a church and regularly visited the outside missions of Trempealeau
and Roaring Creek.
In February, 1880, he was sent to Hammond, St. Croix county, Wis., to
which the mission of Wilson was attached. After Hammond he had charge of
the Church of he Immaculate Conception, which prospered and grew under his
care. The parishes he left numbered about ate thousand souls In January,
1892 he was appointed to succeed Bishop Schwebach at St. Mary's.
ST. MARY'S CHURCH
REV. H. J. UNTRAUT
Holy Trinity Church.
The congregation of this church was formed by the German families from St.
Joseph's cathedral in 1887. At that time six lots were purchased, upon
which were erected a church and school building. The church was completed
and dedicated in the fall of the same year, in honor of St. Nicholas, by
the Rt. Rev. Bishop Flasch. At first the congregation was attended by Rev.
F. X. Willms, assistant at St. Joseph's cathedral. In January, 1888, the
Rev. Louis Kalusa became his successor, dividing his time between St.
Nicholas and Holy Cross congregations. Under his administration the
congregation prospered and progressed. The members were mostly all poor,
but each one contributed generously, according to his means toward
improving the church property. Among those who made generous donations
were the Schwartz brothers, who gave the Stations of the Cross, a
Monstrance and a Shrine for the Sacristy; and Nic. Birnbaun, Sr., who did
much valuable work without accepting any compensation.
The first resident pastor of Holy Trinity Church was the Rev. Peter Alfes,
who came here in July, 1885. He was born at Schoenau, Germany, on June
29th, 1849.. He came to America in August, 1884, and four years later was
ordained to the priesthood at St. Francis Seminary. About this time the
Sisters donated to the congregation a house, which was moved from St.
Joseph's Church to the new church property, and used as a parsonage. A
collection was also taken up at St. Joseph's congregation for the benefit
of the new parish. In 1891 Father Alfes was placed in charge of St.
Boniface church, at Waumandee. He died at
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HOLY TRINITY CHURCH, ETC.
Medford on March 14, 1894. A memorial window in Holy Trinity Church
perpetuated the memory of Father Alfes among the people for whom he had so
unselfishly labored. In 1891 the Rev. A. J. Joerres was appointed to take
charge of Holy Trinity. His successor was the Rev. Paul Geyer,
vicar-general of the diocese, under whose administration a new church was
built and dedicated December 4, 1892. At his request the boundary line of
the parish, which had been in dispute, was settled by Bishop Schwebach.
The Rev. Geyer was succeeded by the present pastor, the Rev. H. J. Untraut.
At that time a debt of $10,000 laid as a heavy burden on the people. Under
this administration the church has been greatly improved. Among some of
the donations made were
two handsome altars, a pulpit and three lamps. In 1895 the sum of $1,250
was donated for the decoration
of the church, and in 1896 the same benefactor donated $1,100, to be
applied to the purchase of three altars, which were afterwards blessed by
who celebrated the first pontificial mass on the high altar. The Stations
of the Cross, in bas-relief, were
also donated by a widow lady, Mrs. Mary Koller, and an electric light
plant, by the Young Men's St. Alloysius Society and the Young Ladies' St.
Rose's Sodality, Father Untraut erected a new parsonage in 1894, at a cost
The congregation of Holy Trinity consists of about one hundred and ninety
families, and the school has an attendance of one hundred and seventy
children, and is in the charge of the Franciscan Sisters of the Perpetual
The Rev. Hermann Joseph Untraut was born at Meckenbeuren, diocese of
Rottenburg, Germany, on July 28, 1854. He came to America in June, 1882,
and was ordained to the priesthood at St. Francis Seminary. After
ordination he was for five years rector of the parish at Edson, Chippewa
county, where he erected a school house and parsonage. He was afterwards
at Arcadia, Trempealeau county, where he also built a church and school
house in spite of unfortunate financial conditions. After five years'
pastorate at Arcadia he was transferred to Holy Trinity parish, La Crosse.
St. Wenceslas Church
St. Wenceslas' Church
Rev. Zaver Till
Rev. Leo. Suchy, O. S. F., founded this parish in the year 1873. He was
born in Hrachnovteinitz, Bohemia, in the year 1841, July 20. He received
his education in his native land, where he was ordained to the priesthood
in the year 1867. He remained pastor of this parish until September 1875
when he was transferred to St. John's congregation, Milwaukee, where he
died in 1894. The second pastor was the Rev. Weidlich, who remained from
December, 1875, until April of the next year. Then came the Rev. Bannwarth,
who remained until he died In November, 1877. Then the Rev. Heller took
charge and remained until the April following. The next pastor was the
Rev. A. Lang, who remained until October, 1881. He died in 1885, in New
York. His successor was the Rev. J. A. Blaschke, who was succeeded by the
Rev. Hon Prucha, he remaining from August, 1888, until May, 1892, when he
was transferred to Union Center. Then came the Rev. J. Mueller, who left
in February, 1894, when Father Blaschke again took charge of the
congregation. In 1901 the Rev. Kiefner George was placed in charge and
remained from April to the 14th day of August of the same year. At that
time the present pastor, the Rev. Xaver-Till, took charge of the
The Rev. Zaver Till was born on December 12th, 1861, at Chrudim Bohemia,
where he received his early education. He was ordained to the priesthood
at Dralove Hradec on July 5, 1885. He came to this country, September,
1894, to the diocese of Green Bay, and in 1898 he was transferred to
Prairie du Chien, diocese of La Crosse. He was given his present charge on
August 14, 1901.
The Catholic societies represented in the parish are St. Wenceslas
Society, St. George Society, St. John of Nepsmuc, which belongs to the
Catholic Central Union of Wisconsin; St. Joseph's Catholic Workmen and the
Catholic Knights are the Men's societies. The societies for young men are
St. Stanislas and St. Vitus. The young ladies' society is Holy Virgin
Mary, and for the ladies there are St. Ann's and St. Agnes. Besides the
benevolent societies there are the Altar Society and Most Holy Rosary
Society with one hundred and sixty-three members.
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REV. A. MURPHY
ST. JAMES' CHURCH
St. James' church.
This congregation was established in 1887 by the Very Rev. James Schwibach,
vicar general of the diocese. It was dedicated on January 9th, the same
year (1.887) by the Rt. Rev. Bishop Flasch.
At first the congregation was attended by its founder, who attended it
from St. Mary's. He was succeeded as rector by the Rev. P. J. Lavin. who
remained in charge from August, 1887, until March 1888. The present
pastor, the Rev. Ambrose Murphy, assumed the duties of his appointment on
March 14, 1888. Father Murphy has done much toward the improvement of the
parish property, having made many and valuable additions to the parochial
property in general. besides erecting the magnificent new church, which
was dedicated Mar. 3, 1901, and also building the new school, which was
opened September of the same year (1901). The old church, which was a
comfortable building, was burned on June 9-10, 1900. It was two-story
structure; the first floor was used for school purposes and the upper
floor for church service. After the fire the school was closed for a year,
until the new school house was completed.
The congregation consists of about two hundred and fifty families. The
parochial school, which is largely attended, is in charge of the
Franciscan Sisters of this city. The Catholic organizations connected with
St James parish are: An Altar Society, a Court of the Catholic Order of
Foresters, branch of the Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, and the Sacred
The Rev. Ambrose Murphy was born September 2 1862, at Belledune, New
Brunswick. He came with his parents to Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, on
August 5. 1866, where he attended school until 1877, when hi entered the
Seminary of St. Francis, near Milwaukee In September, 1880, he went to
Floreffe, Belgium where he completed his classical course, and in October,
1882, entered the University of Innsbruce, Ausfria where he studied
philosophy and theology. He Was
ordained to the priesthood on October 28th, 1886 Three days later he said
his first mass, after which hi entered the Catholic University of Paris,
where hi studied for some time. He returned to Chippewa Fall in 1887, and
was appointed assistant to Father Gold smith, attending various outside
missions. He was
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then appointed assistant to Father Lavin, of La Crosse, on Jan. 19, 1888,
but resided at the Bishop's residence. He was appointed to his present
charge March 14, 1888.
Father Murphy is a member of the Catholic Total Abstinence Union, Catholic
Order of Foresters, Catholic Knights of Wisconsin and Knights of Columbus,
and is also director of the League of the Sacred Heart for the diocese of
ST. JOHN'S CHURCH
REV. L. KALUZA
St. John's Church.
In the beginning Mass was said for the members of St. John's congregation
in the school house on the corner of Avon and St. James streets. The
parish was established by Father E. Wilms, former assistant priest at the
cathedral, with eighty families. In 1890 he was succeeded by the Rev. J.
W. Ritz, formerly of Medford, Taylor county, Wis. He had the school house
moved to the next lot and built the new church on the ground where the
school building formerly
stood. The edifice was dedicated during March, 1894. The interior of the
church is large and comfortable and furnishes accommodations for one
hundred and twelve families.
The parochial school in connection with St. James' church is in charge of
The Franciscan Sisters of the Perpetual Adoration, and the number of
pupils in regular attendance is about one hundred. The Catholic societies
represented in the parish are: St. Ann's Society for Ladies, St. John's
Society for Men, The Catholic Knights of Wisconsin, St. Aloy's Society and
the Young Ladies' and Young Men's Society.
The Rev. Louis Kaluza, the present pastor of St. John's church, was
appointed to his charge in October, 1899.
The Rev. Louis Kalusa was born on January 11, 1850, at Beuthen, Upper
Silesia. His father, a descendant of a Polish family in Silesia, was an
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HOLY CROSS CHURCH
Holy Cross Church.
Rev. Dr. Sierzputowski
the Prussian government and army. His mother was Louisa Hulda Schubert,
who came of a German family. Rev. Kaluza's early education was obtained in
Silesia, then in Flensburg, Schleswig-Holstein. When the Franco-Prussian
war broke out, in 1870, Louis Kaluza enlisted as a volunteer and took an
active part in the campaign in France. His father intending him to remain
ii' the army, he passed his examination of an officer, but desiring to
follow a priestly calling, entered the Society of Jesus in February, 1872.
He afterward studied in Holland and England. He was ordained to the
priesthood in September, 1882, in England, where he finished his
In August, 1884, he was placed in charge of the Bohemian settlement at Prarie du Chien, Wis. He was afterwards sent to La Crosse and later to
Menomonie, Dunn county. He was also for a short time in Muscoda and
Lancaster, then he re-entered the religious life of the Society of Jesus,
at Florissant, Mo., but ill health compelled him to leave, and he
established the congregation at Plum City in 1k95. Afterward he had the
congregation of Big River and El Paso; after this he was placed in his
Holy Cross Church was dedicated on September 13. 1885, by the Rt. Rev.
Bishop K. Flasch, who was assisted by the Rev. Fathers Schwebach, Wiedmann,
Obermueller, Fitzpatric, Blaschke, Byzewski and Harrier. The Polish
congregation consists of about eighty-five families. The first resident
pastor of this parish was the Rev. John A. Blaschke, who continued in
charge until October, 1887. He was followed by Father R. L. Guzowski who
remained a year. Then followed the Rev. Louis Kaluza, from January, 1888,
to September of the same year; Rev. Stanislaus Baranowski, from January to
June, 1889; Rev. Joseph Horbarzewski, June 1889, to March, 1891; Rev. John
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April, 1891 to July, 1892, and the Rev. Joseph Miller, from July to
August, 1892, when Father Anselm Kroll, was placed in charge. After Father
Kroll followed the present pastor, the Rev. Dr. Camillus Sierzputowski.
Father Sierzputowski was born in Russia, province of Siedlec, March 7,
1871. He began his education in his native home and finished philological
course at St. Petersburg, Russia, where he also spent four years attending
the medical lectures at the university. In 1887 he entered the clerical
seminary at Warsaw, in Polish Russia, and finished his studies in 1894
when he was ordained to the priesthood. For a more thorough education he
left Russia without military passport, and by so doing lost the right of
returning to his native country. In Austria Rev. Sierzputowski acquired
the degree of Doctor of Philosophy. For two years he
was Professor of Philosophy in Yassy, Roumanico, Europe. Later he labored
among the Poles in Austrian Roumania. He came to America September 21,
1903. For some time he was stationed at St. Stanislaus parish, Chicago,
Ill., then was appointed pastor of a Polish parish at Pierco City, Mo. At
the invitation of Rt. Rev. James Schwebach he took charge of the Holy
Cross parish in the summer of 1904.
The parochial school connected with the church has an attendance of about
one hundred pupils, and is in charge of two Franciscan Sisters. The
Catholic Societies in the parish are, The Holy Cross Society for men,
Rosary Society for married women, Children of Mary Society for young
ladies, St. Casimir's Society for young men, and the Holy Childhood
20 The Catholic History
of La Crosse
Photo, by E. Bosshard
The following rhymes, by Florence Crane, are some of a few which have been
printed before in' Catholic publications. They will serve to fill in
between the chapters.
The snow had been falling softly
All the hours of the night,
And it clung to the trees and bushes
And robed them all in white.
I wandered away alone
In the silent hours of morn,
Among the beautiful groves
When the day was newly born.
The early hours rolled by,
The dawn crept into day,
The sun came slowly over the hill,
And the silence stole away.
The day grew older and older,
The sun was all aglow,
And it finally shone so strongly
It melted away the snow.
Once the soul is clothed
In innocence's pure stole,
But years roll into our lives
And steal it as they roll;
The soul is robbed of beauty
As older in life we grow;
The years consume our innocence
As sun melts all the snow.
If a fairy would pass in her little boat,
With wishes for all who are true,
I'd call her back, to open her pack,
For I wish something, too.
A kindly smile lights the way
Upon the road to wrong;
It shines so bright the wrong see right,
It makes the weak grow strong
the Sacred heart.
I would praise the heart of Jesus
But my words would find no goa
They are too weak, I cannot speak.
The praise that's in my soul.
the Iroquois Fire, Chicago.
Innocent children, powerless men, All in a terrible strife,
Until the curtain of death rolled down And closed the drama of life
And left the remnants of their Woe For us to view that are here below,
Their souls were turned from the cruel ha To enter the heavenly gates
Uncertain world, eventful road Whereon the soul must travel:
We (10 not know what ~veal or woe Time will unravel,
Rut we must wait and find our fate On the highway as we travel.
JANUARY, FEBRUARY, MARCH.
The rolling hills are covered with snow, The trees stand in a solemn row,
The beautiful sky, the frozen brook. A winter's scene in Nature's Book.
APRIL, MAY, JUNE.
The April rains, the May flowers, the June bugs and sunny bowers,
Most joyous tide of all the year, So perfect to eye, so pleasing to ear.
JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER.
The little brook moves slowly on. The cold wind moans and blows along
The cloud drops down a tear from high And all of nature seems to sigh.
OCTOBER, NOVEMBER, DECEMBER
Now the little flowers die,
Requiem winds are blowing by; Beautiful summer lays in rest,
Autumn leaves are on her breast, And all the beauty here below
Is tucked away beneath the snow.
THE NEW CHAPEL OF ST. ROSE CONVENT, OR MARY or THE ANGELS CHAPEL
CATHOLIC INSTITUTIONS OF LA CROSSE.
ST. ROSE CONVENT, MOTHER HOUSE OF THE FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF LA CROSSE
St. Rose Convent.
MOTHER HOUSE OF THE FRANCISCAN SISTERS
OF THE PERPETUAL ADORATION.
In the year 1870, seventeen lots were purchased on Market street, between
Ninth and Tenth, whereon was erected the main part of The St. Rose
Convent. The foundation was begun in June and although the funds were
small and Mother Antonia, the first Superioress, had much opposition to
contend with, the building progressed rapidly, and the work was completed
spring of 1871, when the Sisters, numbering one hundred and seven, took
On the Feast of the Assumption, 1871, The Right Rev. M. Heiss conducted
the ceremonies of the first reception and religious profession in the new
Convent. A room furnished for the purpose served for a chapel.
In 1872-74 the north wing and a chapel were added. The new chapel was
dedicated by the Right Rev. M. Heiss, under the title of "Mary of the
Angels." Two years later the south wing was added which completed the
building as it now stands.
VIEW OF CONVENT GARDEN SHOWING PART OF NORMAL SCHOOL AND HOSPITAL
REAR VIEW OF CONVENT SHOWING OLD CHAPEL OF ADORATION
The Catholic History of La Crosse
MOTHER ANTONIA, first Superioress of St. Rose Convent
FATHER OBERMUELLER, first Chaplain of St. Rose Convent
In 1878 the perpetual adoration was introduced and a small temporary
chapel was erected for the purpose. Since August 1st, 1878, the Blessed
Sacrament had been constantly exposed for adoration in the chapel, and the
adoration kept up day and night by the Sisters in the spring of 1901, the
exposition and ration were temporarily transferred to the community
chapel, the present new chapel, which is now, nearing completion, having
been planned to partly occupy the spot whereon the old adoration chapel
In 1875 the Diocesan St. Michael's Orphan Home on Winnebago street was
erected and during the same year a Home for girls was begun in Sparta,
Wis., by the Sisters, and in 1878 the orphan girls, who, in the meantime,
had been kept at St. Michael's, La Crosse, took possession of it. In the
fall of 1890 the Girls' Orphan Home was again removed to La Crosse where
the Sisters had erected for them a spacious edifice, under the patronage
of St. Ann. This home is on Market street. The first Superioress of The
St. Rose Convent, Mother Antonia, died suddenly January 26, 1882. She was
succeeded by the present Superioress, Mother Ludovica Keller. During her
administration the community has been incorporated and the branch house,
St. Francis Hospital, built, which was opened December, 1883. The first
chaplain, the Rev. F. X. Obermueller, departed this life June 12, 1886,
which was a sad bereavement indeed for the community. Father Obermueller
was born October 6, 1810, at Schwarzenberg, Diocese Brixen. He came to
America in 1844, and was ordained to the priesthood June 11, 1846. His
remains lie in the vault at the Catholic Cemetery Chapel in this city.
The next appointed Chaplain for St. Rose Convent was the Rev, H. J. Kruse,
former professor at St. Francis, Wis., who took up his appointment July 7,
1886. He remained a litt1e less than a year, for after long suffering he
died on May 29, 1887. On May 26, 1888, the present Chaplain, Rev. K. G.
Beyer was appointed to the charge.
Thus the work, which was begun so modestly long ago, has grown and
prospered and stands today triumphant and well established. At present
(1904) the community consists of three hundred and ninety members, who,
besides the Sisters who are stationed in the mother-house, the hospital,
and two orphan homes, are active in seven parochial schools in the city,
and 53 others are in the Diocese of La Crosse, Dubuque, Davenport, Sioux
City and Peoria.
26 The Catholic History of La Crosse
Mary of the Angles Chapel of St. Rose Convent.
The new St. Rose Convent Chapel, now nearing completion, is considered by
prominent architects to be one of the most elaborate of its kind in the
It is being erected by the Franciscan Sisters of this city, who, aided by
the pious donations of generous benefactors, are thus enabled to see the
fulfillment of a long cherished desire to erect a more worthy edifice for
the service of God, and indeed nowhere in the land is there a more
beautiful place of worship.
This triumph of architectural skill, built in strictly Romanesque style,
was designed by Mr. Eugene Liebert of Milwaukee. Its external dimensions
are: Extreme length, 164 feet; extreme width, 76 feet; height of dome, 130
feet. Its internal dimensions are:
Length from main entrance to sanctuary, 94 feet, width, 44 feet, depth of
sanctuary. 24 feet.
The exterior of the building presents to the eye a stately structure
surmounted by four towers and crowned with an ornamental central dome
sustaining a massive cross. Owing to the height of the towers and dome,
the chapel may be seen at a great distance, in all its queenly beauty,
rising majestically above its surroundings, the glazed tile roofing in
various designs gleaming like burnished in the noon-day sun.
In reality the structure contains three chapels. The first, a basement
chapel, with a seating capacity of about four hundred, to be used by the
community during the winter months.
The second, or main chapel, has a seating capacity of about five hundred,
exclusive of galleries.
The third, an exquisite semi-circular or apsidal chapel, 36x40, the
Adoration Chapel proper, is separated from the Main chapel by a wall, on
either side of which is to be a double altar.
Over the main entrance to this last mentioned chapel, in a framework of
geometrical tracery, is a terra cotta bas relief figure of Christ in the
act of blessing.
Just above the interior entrance is another bas relief representation of
"Moses and the Burning Bush," symbolical of the reverence due to God's
The contract for the altars has been placed with Mr. Egid Hackner of La
Crosse, and neither skill, expense nor labor will be spared to make these
artistic pieces the finest of their kind. These altars, all of marble
and oynx construction, are built in Romanesque style, in harmony with the
architectural work of the chapel.
The emblematic centerpieces of the antipendium of the main altar are of
Venetian Mosaic beautifully colored, which, with the delicately carved
figures of adoring angels in fine Carrara marble, used in decorating the
Adoration Chapel altar, were imported direct from Italy for the purpose.
While a beautiful background of mural painting, framed by an elaborate
arch of stucco work, richly gilded and ornamented, is a prominent feature
of both, the Adoration Chapel differs, however, from that of the Main, the
emblematic centerpieces of the antipendium, as also the marble panels of
the former being beautifully carved and bordered with rich glass Mosaic in
delicate and restful tints. These, together with the finely carved ivory
finished Stations of the Cross, are a production of the studio of the
above mentioned eminent altar builder.
All the oil paintings to be used will be the work of the celebrated
artist, Zukotinski of Chicago.
The fine art glass windows imported from Munich, the marble alter railing
mentioned elsewhere, the exquisite gold imported monstrance, as well as
various other chapel appurtenances, were donations of generous benefactors
of the community.
A magnificent two manual pipe organ, built by the well known eastern firm,
The Estey Organ Co., and which in all its majesty and grandeur will peal
forth its sonorous tones in Divine Service as a support and handmaid of
the solemn Plain Chant and Cecilian music, will occupy the main gallery
which is in the rear of the chapel.
The ceilings of the different chapels are high, and like the walls, are
stuccoed and ornamented with arabesques and delicate fretwork of elegant
and intricate design.
The frescoing and other similar interior decorations have been intrusted
to Mr. Liebich of Milwaukee.
Spacious galleries having several exits, and reached by bronze finished
iron stairs, with handsomely decorated balustrades, and having slate-stone
stair treads, extend entirely round the building.
These galleries, as well as the arch-topped roof, are
sustained by massive columns with ornamental composite capitals and
St. Rose Normal School
St. Clara's Convent, Branch House of St. Rose Convent
ST. ANN'S ORPHAN HOME
ST. MICHAEL'S ORPHAN HOME
29 The Catholic History of La Crosse
with finer work.
The galleries in the chapel will furnish ample seating capacity for 250
The third chapel is situated at the east end of the floor and will be used
as a chapel of perpetual adoration. In this room the Host will be
constantly exposed ~ four (4) Sisters will always be on duty here.
Day, and night, incessantly, prayers will be offered aloud before the
Sacrament in this chapel. Four Sisters pray in unison as they have prayed
constantly since 1878. One hundred Sisters are called into service, a
change being made every hour. This room is much smaller than the other
chapel rooms, and is the first that will be entered on ascending the
stairway in the stair tower at the northeast corner of the structure. The
altar fittings, which were made by Mr. E. Hackner of this city, the artist
who is known from ocean to ocean as the skillful altar builder, are
marble. There will be three of these, one for each chapel. The altar in
the main chapel will be fronted with an altar rail, also of marble, and
figures will be placed at the sides of the construction.
The most elaborate of the altars will be placed in the chapel of perpetual
adoration. This will be of marble with marble steps ascending. A large
mural painting will occupy the wall space at the hack of the altar, and
will represent the hosts of angels worshipping perpetually at the throne
Figures of the cherubim will be placed at the sides of the altar, and
other figures will be added as the building is completed. Here, as in the
main chapel, he ceiling is high and arched. Frescoes will adorn he walls,
of a character in keeping with the purpose nr which the room has been set
The windows of the entire building will be of stained en glass. The light
effects have been made the subject of special study by the architects.
The gallery is connected with the Sisters' apartments so that it will not
be necessary for them to descend to 'the lower portions of the building in
order to enter the chapel. The building is connected by means an
underground passageway with the Sisters' normal school, and will furnish a
means of easy communication with the main building in all stages of
The entire building is fire proof, not a fiber of wood or
material outside of the ingredients of cement and plaster enter into the
composition of any of the substance used in the construction of the
chapel. A more expensive building could scarcely be put on the foundation
laid, without great extravagance entering into the interior and exterior
VENERABLE SISTER M. ROSE,
First Superioress of St. Francis Hospital.
St. Ann's Orphan Asylum.
In the year 1878 the girl orphans of St. Michael's Orphan Asylum were
transferred to Sparta, Wis., where the Franciscan Sisters of this city had
erected a large comfortable building for them. In 1889, on the 20th day of
September, the girls were transferred back to La Crosse, and the home in
Sparta changed to a boarding school. The girls were not taken back to St.
Michael's, but were placed in a large, commodious new brick building which
the Sisters had erected opposite the St. Francis Hospital, on Market
Street. This home is sufficiently furnished f2ir the accommodation of one
hundred and twenty-five children. Up to the year 1898, four hundred and
thirty-three girls had been received into the home. There are now
(September, 1904) 95 girls in the St. Ann's Orphan Home who range
30 The Catholic History of La
in age from three to fifteen years. This institution is
entirely dependent upon charitable contributions of the diocese. It is a
worthy cause which should be remembered by all who are charitable. Those
who have a surviving parent are expected to receive some help from that
The children receive a good education, and are also taught that which will
be useful to them in later years, such as sewing, knitting, washing,
ironing, cooking and general housekeeping.
Group of Orphan Girls, St. Ann's Orphan Home
St. Michael's Orphan Asylum.
St. Michael's Orphan Asylum is in charge of the Franciscan Sisters of the
Perpetual Adoration of this city. It is incorporated, and was founded in
1875 by Archbishop Heiss, who was then bishop of La Crosse.
This institution is supported by the annual collection taken up in the
churches of the diocese on Christmas day, and by donations and legacies
and dues paid by parents. Children are received into the home between the
ages of eighteen months and eleven years, and are bound out to Catholic
families as occasions offer. The half orphans are not given into strange
hands so long as the parents show an interest in them, but are kept until
the parents can take charge of them; they are not, however, allowed to
remain any longer than after they make their first holy communion, then
they are given to good Catholic families, with whom they remain until they
are eighteen years of age. During this time they receive small wages, from
$25 to $50 per year, besides clothing. This sum is deposited with the
Orphan Asylum, and given to the ward after he has become 18 years of age.
Over five hundred boys have been harbored in this home since its beginning
31 The Catholic History of La Crosse
St. Francis hospital.
In the year 1883 the Franciscan Sisters of St. Rose Convent, of La Crosse,
erected a modest little hospital, wherein they began the mission of
nursing. This was the first institution of the kind in the city.
Located in a quiet portion of the city away from the
business streets and amid
pleasant surroundings, the little enterprise began. Small indeed was the
beginning but earnestly the faithful sisters toiled and year by year the
number of patients increased. Three years after opening the hospital it
was found necessary to enlarge the building and an addition was built on
the west end. With this advantage the sisters were better equipped for
work and as a consequence they became better known and appreciated. In
1891 another addition was made, which is know as the east wing or chapel
addition. This contains the chapel which is large and spacious. It is
nicely furnished and contains galleries in the rear which may be entered
from the three floors, thus making it convenient for the patients.
In 1896 the building was again found too small to
accommodate the number of
patients and the large addition on the west side facing Tenth Street was
erected. This contains the entire surgical department and is fully
equipped with every facility which modern surgical service demands.
ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL
The building now occupies the entire block between Tenth and Eleventh
streets, and fronting on Market street. From an humble beginning, St.
Francis Hospital has grown to a spacious, modern and completely furnished
establishment, which will compare favorably with any like institution in
the country. The Electric and X-Ray department is furnished with
everything necessary for treatment in this line of work. The entire
32 The Catholic History
of La Crosse
A PRIVATE ROOM IN ST. FRANCIS HOSPITAL
building is of solid brick, three stories high and can
one hundred and fifty patients. It is well lighted and ventilated
throughout. The corridors are bright and sunny and large balconies from
each floor furnish bright and pleasing surroundings for the convalescent.
The wards are large and cheerful, the private rooms well furnished and
pleasantly arrayed. Every convenience which could add to the comfort and
pleasure of the sick has been considered.
The service which Catholic sisterhoods render to humanity is so quietly
done that never does adequate record of it reach the outside world. The
Catholic Sisters care for the sick in the still watches of the night, or
feed the poor and abandoned, when no one except God makes note. The gentle
sisters in charge of St. Francis Hospital are engaged in a holy work, one
that ought appeal to all Christian people.
SISTER ANN ROSE FRANCOIS.
The first Superior of St. Francis Hospital was the Venerable Sister M.
Rose, who was placed in charge
when the institution was opened in 1883, and continued to fill this
position until her death, June 19, 1904.
Sister Rose was born at Treves, Prussia, in 1842 and came to this country
with her parents at an early age. They settled near Milwaukee, where her
childhood days were spent. While still very young she showed a deep
interest in the work of the church and following this inclination entered
the sisterhood of St. Francis when but fifteen years of age. She remained
there fifteen years and then came to La Crosse for the first time with
Bishop Heiss, when he brought the sisterhood to the city. She remained
here but a short time and was then sent to Dubuque where she was stationed
for thirteen years. Then she was called back to La Crosse to take charge
of St. Francis Hospital.
Through her long connection with the hospital she was widely known and by
her gentle, kindly ways greatly endeared herself to all. Her death was
deeply mourned and many were the expressions of love and regret sent by
those who in their sufferings had experienced her devotion and
self-sacrificing zeal for their welfare.
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HOLY DAYS OF OBLIGATION.
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THE E. R. BARRON CO.
424 to 430 Main Street.
FIRST-CLASS DRY GOODS, CARPETS AND DRAPERIES, CLOAKS AND FURS.
5. Thou shalt not kill.
6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7. Thou shalt not steal.
8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.
Watch our Special Sheet Music Sale every Saturday.
HARNESS AND COLLARS,
MISS F. J3OSSHAKD,
118 N. Fifth Street.
We want you to visit our Studio, to see our new WO1 and let us show you
how successfully we can ma
Wholesale and Retail. PHOTOGRAPHS T h ~ 1 C t C CARPETS, RUGS, LINOLEUMS,
e e son arpe ompany or LACE CURTAINS AND PORTIER
Musical Season Offerings.
~'EMBER marks the opening of the musical season. From now until next
spring music and mus ~ruments will be of interest in every home. Perhaps a
new Piano, or your old repaired and tur s a Piano Player or a Phorrngraph
or Talkinu Mnihine. Possibly a Guitar, Banjo, Mandolin, the la or
two-step-whatever it may be, we are ILl punluon to furnish it to you at
the very lowest price.
'lip I mit at lianos contains thc pro~u6tiones 01 tlic Ieaffln~ Piano
makers 01 tHe countru.
VOSE & SONS, KOHLER & CAMPBELL, PRICE & TEEPLE,
CHICKERING & SONS, WEBER, CONOVER, KIMBALLS,
f,th.'.rC R,,rcr~ne In ii~~ P~,n,,c ,n~l flrn~,nc (~,s,s~-4 ~ "~"~.ed at
HI PIANO CO.
CARPETS, RUGS, LINOLEUMS,
LACE CURTAINS AND PORTIERS
I. H. MOULTON, Pres.
W. F. GOODRICH, Sec'y and Treas.
A CKRISTIAN'S RULE OF LIFE.
(To Be Closely Followed.)
I. Be careful to say your morning and evening prayers; for prayer is
necessary for perseverance and is certain to obtain it. 'Ask and you shall
receive," says our Lord.
2. Often call to mind that it is appointed for you once to die-you know
not when, nor where, nor how; only this you know, that if you die in
mortal sin you will be lost forever, if you die in the state of grace, you
will be happy forever. "In all thy works remember thy last end, and thou
shalt never sin."
3. Never neglect to hear Mass on Sundays and Holy days of Obligation. By
uniting our hearts with all the faithful in Mass, we offer, first, an act
of infinite adoration to God; and, second, we bring down the choicest
blessings of Heaven. A dark cloud hangs over the family that neglects
4. Be careful about what you read, for bad reading is poison to the soul.
Provide yourself with Catholic books. Take a Catholic newspaper.
5. Remember that a man is known by his company. Fly from the danger of
sin; for "he that loveth danger shall perish therein."
View of the John A. Saber seed Co's astanuanment at La Crosse. wis., said
to be the largest of its ama in America, if not in the world.
ROBT. C. WALLACE,
Manufacturer and Dealer in
Ground Feed, Baled Hay and Straw.
American Beauty Flour. Cornmeal and Graham.
Old Phone 5614. 113 PEARL STREET. New Phone 550C.The Nelson Carpet Company
YOU SHOULD USE
THE NEW PHONE
B The entire system is owned exclusively by La Crosse people and all
O CallS made in La Crosse, which makes it essentially a home institution.
Any reduction or improvement in your telephone rental that you may be
enjoying is due to the competition inaugurated by the La Crosse Telephone
R~8ID~NCE TELEPI1ONE~8 $1.00 PER MONTh.
W. W. CARGILL, Vice Pres.
CARPETS, RUGS, LINOLEUMS,
LACE CURTAINS'AND PORTIERS
DRUGS, ARTISTS' MATERIALS,
425 MAIN STREET,
MAIN KODAK AGENCY. LA CROSSE, WIS.
Do you want
If so go toW. A. Pryor
121 N. Fourth St.
Cotton Mattresses and Box Springs.
Odd Pieces, Ltc.
ORDLRLD WORK A SPLCIALTY.
The Nelson Carpet Company for ~
6. When you are tempted by bad thoughts say
quickly, "Jesus and Mary, help me!" Then say the
Hail Mary until you have banished the temptation.
Frequently invoke St. Aloysius and your patron saint.
Remember that God sees you at every instant.
7. If you are so unhappy as to fall again into sin, be not discouraged;
quickly beg pardon of God and seek the first opportunity to go to
Confession and start again in a new life. "He that shall persevere unto
the end shall be saved."
8. Go to Confession and Communion once a month, if possible; at least
never allow three months to pass without approaching the sacrament. By
our souls are cleansed from sin and strengthened to resist temptation. By
communion our souls are nourished by the Sacred Body and Blood of Jesus
Christ." "He that eateth Me, the same shall also live by Me."
9. Christian parents!-Be kind, and bear patiently with each other's faults
and shortcomings. Not in society, but within your own family you will find
the true peace of heart. Remember the day will come when God will ask you
of the souls of your children. Woe to you, if only one of them be lost by
Our dear Lord said: "He that is not with me is against me, and he that
gathereth not with me, scattereth." Luke 11-'23. Hence:
Work arid Material Quaranteed First-Class
at the very Lowest Prices.
A choice selection of Furniture Covers always on hand. Mattresses made
over, Furniture Repaired and Re-upholstered as good as new. Furniture
Shipped. Give us a trial and we assure you satisfaction.
Cor. Seventh and State Streets,
LA CROSSL, WISCONSIN.
The Best and Cleanest Cigars
in the world are made by
P. & W. Cigar Co.
La Crosse, Wis.
118-120South Front Street 224 MAIN STREET.The Nelson Carpet Company for[
CARPETS, RUGS, LINOLEUM.S,
LACE CURTAINS AND
Yeo & Clark Company
Proprietors of City Mills.
Peerless-Our Best, from Hard Dakota Spring Wheat.
Favorite-Straight, from Hard Dakota Spring Wheat.
La Crosse-A Fancy Straight \Vinter.
Graham-A Superior Article, and always Fresh.
Corn~ea1-Roller Ground and Purified.
S. W. Cor. Second and Pine Streets,
LA CROSSL, WIS.
La Crosse Soap Works,
SCHMIDT & SCHILLIEG, Proprs.
The Best and Purest Laundry,
Bath and Toilet Soaps.
Ask your Orocer especially for SWEET HONEY and
SEA FOAI1 soap.
~a Crosse Paper lox Co.
D. U. MURPHY, Proprietor.
...ALL KINDS OF PAPER BOXES...
FINE CHOCOLATE CREAMS
122- 124 NORTH
- FRONT STREET
J. A. L. BRADFIELD, M. D.
EYE, EAR, NOSE AND THROAT.
FITTING AND FURNISHING GLASSES.
LA CROSSE, WIS.
C. A. SMITH, a D. S.
506 Main St.
LA CROSSE, WISCONSIN.
II. A. LOEFFLER & Co.
AND SHIRT MAKERS
The Nelson Carpet Company for~~flIok~MS1
:~d and Main
Wh'y not smoke the best?
113 and 115 South Second St. La Crosse, Wis. FETTER-BAKER-NIEBUHR CO.
(lrave ~rosSes (lasts
Ornamental Iron and Wire Work
~ences a Specially
429 lung $fl'eet La ~rOsst, Wis.
A non-practical Catholic hurts himself and his church. By his example be
destroys, he tears down, he works against Jesus Christ.
A practical Catholic observes the laws of his church, stands by her as be
would by his mother, respects her and helps on her work and institutions.
Pray for your bishops and priests and be subject to them, for they watch
as having to render an account of your souls, that they may do this with
joy and not with grief, for this is not expedient for you.
Any one frequently remaining away from church is in danger of getting
careless in every point of religion.
Con~p1cte biz2c 01 Bar Supplies
SMOKE MILLER'S SUCCESS CIGARS
DUTIES OF PARISHIONERS TOWARDS THEIR PASTOR.
Never forget, dear Christian, that it is your sacred duty to love, respect
and obey your pastor. This obligation is grounded on many important
reasons. "Brethren," says Paul (1 Thess. ~13), "we beseech you to know
them who labor among you in the Lord. and admonish you that you esteem
them more abundantly in charity for their work's sake." Again: "Let the
priests that rule well be esteemed worthy of double honor; especially they
who labor in the word and doctrine." (I Tim. 5, 17.) "Obey your prelates
and be subject to them. For they watch as having to render an account of
your souls; that they may do this with joy and not with grief. For this is
not expedient for you." (Heb. 13, 17.) Your pastor made you, in holy
Baptism, a confessor of the true faith, a child of God and heir of heaven.
He instructed you in the truths of the only saving religion. He frees you,
by the sacrament of Penace, from the everlasting punishment due to your
sins. He offers daily for you the Holy Sacrifice of the New Law. He
teaches and exhorts you continually by his instructions and sermons. He
gives you at the table of the Lord the bread of angels as often as you
desire it. He counsels and comforts you in your doubts and adversities. He
will one day assist your soul in its passage to eternity.
Highest quality lOc Cigar
Hand made 5c Cigar. Equal to many lOc Cigars
PAMPERIN CIGAR COMPANY
FOR GOOD, RELIABLE,
SAFE AND MODERN
PLUMBING AND HEATING
THAT CLASS OF WORK BUILT UP OUR
REPUTATION. WE WILL KEEP IT UP
:e for Samples and Prices to La Crosse.
to make our store a visit this Fall. Our stock is now compiet~.
in every respect, and contains everything that is new, in
MEN'S, BOYS' AND CHILDREN'S CLOTHING AND FURNISHING GOODS.
Let us make your acquaintance, it will be mutually beneficial.
WE WILL APPRECIATE
WESTBY BROS., the New Clothiers,
115-117 South Fourth Street, La Crosse, Wis.
Oldest and Largest Liquor Firm.
ABSOLUTELY PURE ALTAR WINES
RECOMMENDED BY ~1ANY BISHOPS AND PRIESTS
THROUOI-IOUT THE COUNTRY.
~IIG.H GRADE .- .- -
Pure Wine for Medicinal and Sacramental use.
L -~-?,fusreAL M~ERCHANDISE.
CARPETS, RFGS, LINOL~TJMS,
LACE (1URTA[~ AND PORTIER~
V. Tauche Hardware Co.
No. 201 South Fourth St.
and 401 Jay Street.
New Violins made to order.
Old Violins repaired.
325 Main St.. FRED LEITHOLD.
THILL & LAPITZ
PLUMBING AND HEATING
SEWER & WATER CONTRACTORS
E. G. HAMILTON,
Farmers' Boarding Stable.
LIGHT LIVERY FIND TRPtNSFF.R.
512-514 STATE STREET
LA CROSSE, WIS.
Your desire is to buy to the
WHEN YOU BUY best advantage as to quality and style, as ~vell as price.
YOU ARE 'rHE JUDGE.
Look around, and then come to us. We can give you just what you want, and
as to values, come and see our enormous stock. Everythingin the Furniture
YOURS FOR RELIABLE FURNITURE,
PHONES: I Old 3304.
'tNew369. S. 6ANTERT.
110 and 112 South Third St.
The ElliottLoeffler Co.
WINE AND LIQUOR MERCHANTS,
222 and 224 Pearl St.
LA CROSSE, - WISCONSIN.
~3O PEARL ST.
G. R. Hou~a. .1. M, BRADEURY.
"II. & B." CITY LIVERY
BOTH PHONES 19.
11~ North Sixth Street, LA CROSSE, \Vis.
All Vehicles Rubber Tired.
Weddings and Party Calls a Specialty.
Gentle Horses for Ladies.
119 Main Street.
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