The Times Recorder from Zanesville, Ohio on December 24, 1967 · 9
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The Times Recorder from Zanesville, Ohio · 9

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"IK.. The 1 Times Recorder I SECTION Matures V I FEATURES 1 AND NEWS ZANESVILLE, OHIO, SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24, 1967 KT? mm , fr. 1!nilli,,S,f!lf;;il::!llflllinJ!:1l?: First Service Held Here In 1819 aw r tt' I Catholic CliiiFclies To Celebrate Anniversary Of Maior Events 11 m 1 A 1 V ' " V " - . . ; : ' 4: if". i' " 'rr " ' T ' ",W'V'T". - -fc' By NORRIS F. SCHNEIDER St. Thomas and St. Nicholas Catholic Churches will celebrate the 125th anniversary of events important in the history of both organizations on Dec. 31. In ' 1842, 125 years ago, the first mass was said in the present St. ; Thomas building and the first : St. Nicholas house of worship , was dedicated. t' Vae history of the Catholic f"y community in Zanesville began 27 years earlier than those events. In 1815 William a Colerick, a printer from Philadelphia, brought his family to Zanesville. They were the first Catholics in the settlement. Colerick set type for the Zanes- fc '-y 1 ; Jiw: 1 V yTt ville Express. tl The second Catholic famfly in Rev. Father Camillus Mussel the town consisted of John S. man was namea pastor oi m, Dugan and wife and son of Thomas In 1963. Brownsville, Pa. They came in 1817 to take charge of the Green Tree Tavern at Fifth and Main streets. Later that year they entertained President James Monroe. Dugan needed help in running t.l n..AHM T. 1010 U .Mi fAaa z uia idvciu. iir ioio lie sciu iui I his widowed sister. Mrs. Hark- ins and her nine children from Butler County, Pa. Rev. Father Linus J. Dury has been pastor of St. Nicholas Church since 1951. t - - . in i i . If ed after the Gospel In German and the Bishop after mass in English. During the following in 1829, the bell was hung in the week instructions were given in belfry. the morning and evening in uerman ana Engnsn on tne AFTER THE completion . ofjSacraments." the National Road to Zanesville in 1830, thousands of settlers drove their covered wagons Westward over its limestone surface. In 1840 the improvement of the Muskingum Riv er for steamboats further stim- THESE PEOPLE assembled ulated business and increased 1 TancI made by Mosaic Tile Company over Church copied picture of landing of Colum-entrance to present St. Nicholas Catholic bus In Qipitol at Washington: in an upper room of the Green Tree Tavern in the spring of 1819 for the first Catholic service in Zanesville. It was conduct ed by Rev. Father N. D. Young. He came through this town on his way to St. Joseph's In Perry County, the first Catholic Church in Ohio. Whenever Father Young rode 1 L ..... L r . ,j in r o u g u a ii e s vine on 2 linrsphnrV ho sniff macs fnr tho Catholic colony. They held services in the tavern and in homes. Dugan wanted a church for these services. In 1820 he paid 12,000 for a brick warehouse on South Fifth street on the site of the population of Ohio. of unrest in the Fatherland. By 1840 St. John's Church was too The service was conducted small for the growing con-gregation. In 1842 occurred two im portant events. The St. John's the . State Theater. A few gomery came to St. John's in the growing congregation. In JL, t 4 . 1. '' months later Father Young dedicated the structure as Trini ty Church This "brick chapel" soon proved too small for the grow ing congregation. In 1823 Dugan bought and donated the lot on North Fifth street where the gomery, you have asked me to illimiH)!l'j'' w i C T cnurcn. Meanwhile construction was In progress en the new church Bishop Fenwick dedicated the building on July 2, 1827, as St. John's Roman Catholic Church ' Rev. Father Stephen H. Montgomery was pastor at the time of the dedication. He toured the Celling of central dome of St. Nicholas church dedicated on Aug. 27 of the following' vestments!6 newecame I, I If" 1 present St. Thomas Church stands. The cornerstone was laid on March 4, 1825, LATER THAT year Bishop Fenwick was returning from hauling." . .. H- -f- J 4,'S 7 Rome. Dugan drove his own stagecoach to Maryland to bring the Bishop back to Ohio, Near Cumberland, Md., the coach overturned and Dugan was killed. His remains are buried under the present Sunday, auditorium Is. 72 v feet from floor. The jcar, cornerstone was set on July 10, 1898, and the . THESE GERMANS wanted a church for themselves with sermons in their own language. They withdrew from the Fifth street congregation and formed a new parish. On Dec. 1, 1842, they dedi cated their stone church on the Many Germans came because hill at the head xf Main street church and the German-speak- Municipal auditorium on Dec. 31. WHEN FATHER C. P. Mont- 1838, he saw the need for a new as St. Nicholas Catholic Church, ''-: " J ' : ' K'' if" v'lr '.'tt- .. rf "ill, ,,-,' -" . - . :: .--,, ' ; -., ' . I jJ! , rtf "M m mm mm I i -. , , . . ,.' ';"! t mm m ' t- ;. . ,!":!a . j : QSf r.:.;1 ' J :'f : . ,".,;.;:,;.S , t ..i- - J I I YM, il f .' ; I t ., if Ii :a 4i,!-il . 'I l.ikMsi't. -,...., i -r-,;1'''-..- I - -..:.:: p. ; j('H1ii:aiii.'j!i: J':"I -:'', - ' !.; moo-- 1 1 V i-'fefSSi, !ll;;ji; UaT0- i - : - "' 11 6 ii! f- -"' --' TT?rri! by Rt. Rev. John Baptist First miss was said In St. Thomas Church cornerstone was laid on March 17, 1842, and Purcell, Bishop of Cincinnati. The building was 40 by 60 feet in size. It stood at the top of the congregation started the present hill. On Dec. 26, 1842, Rev. on North Fifth street 125 years ago. The ' the church consecrated on Dec. 14, 1851. Joseph Gallinger, missionary ing members withdrew to form from the Archdiocese of the St. Nicholas Parish. The Munich, Germany, arrived in 125th anniversary o f those Zanesville. He was sent by events will be observed at Bishop Purcell to. become the first resident pastor of St. Nicho las. By 1898 the 56-year old build ing was no longer adequate for January of that year Father church. He had little m o n e y Leininger and his members and did not know where to find decided to construct a new enough brick. One 3ay John C. Howard, a Quaker, came to Father Montgomery. Howard said: "Father Mont- contribute toward a new church. I have no money, but if you will build of stone instead of brick, I will give you all the stone at no cost except for quarrying and Father Montgomery accepted the stone. On March 17, 1842, the cornerstone was laid. The new church was named St, Thomas Aquinas. That event will be commemorated next Although the cornerstone of St. Thomas was laid in 1842, it was not completed until a decade later. The first mass was said in the basement on Christmas after the cornerstone ceremony. WILLIAM Mattlngly donated $3,000 for furnishing the interior. Quarrying the stone two miles berow Zanesville was a slow process. It was hauled house of worship on lots at the foot of the hill. THE 80 BY 118 foot structure was built of mottled brick with terra cotta trimmings in the Romanesque style of architecture, the Mosaic Tile Company made the large panel over the front entrance. It is a copy of the painting, The Landing of Columbus, by John Vanderlyn in the rotunda of the capitol in Washington. The cornerstone of the new St. Nicholas Church was laid on July 10, 1898, by Bishop Waterson of Columbus. The building was dedicated ton Aug, 'ri'iiiiniiiini!;'"::;;! 'mi' , f t .: (! ( ; ;!). if... ml 'Sii '.' ' t": fi. h'.. it;i::l w' iir':ii'-"53l!'J.,l; ,'!i:i'( ' Uf "'"! "'i'"1 , V" -' - i- i1 ! inn, i. '"''"..jj.mM . m Jhk j-. lli.i1.1t''''"''-'ittiti'''i''i''i"-'i':'tt't.i M.l'i -M-.i-tiw' - . ' ,1 I ' 1 ! ' I, .y ft (j : t. I Klitf' .-.r M 'I "V;1 i 3 "1 11 1 '- 1 1 I ' St. Thomas interior Ins been remodeled mcnts and furniture were obtained in the n, 1899, by Rt. Rev. Leo Haid, several times since church was built in 1842 east. Vicar Apostolic of North 0n ,ot donated by John s Dugan. invest-Carolina. ' "'I .41 ll.il rl 1 J1..B 'MM from France. For a year the bell hung from a beam across two uprights in by horse and wagon to North 1 front of the church. When the Fifth street. Stone masons la- 100-foot steeple was completed'boriously raised the blocks with I pulleys and set them In place. St. Thomas was consecrated on Dec. 14, 1851, by Archbishop J. B. Purcell of Cincinnati. The church has been repaired, renovated and redecorated several times since its completion. When the Catholic community divided in 1842, both parishes were smaller and weaker. But both labored with zeal and sacrifice to build churches. f Sv 'I J,:lLl , ' I. ','. ,' ' 1 ..' 11. W ... I T ... II 1 i ! j; ;' ':' '' , .. '' V v''-.:'.: X'-iV l I t ' I Y..T V''VV ''!';," w' r""""- 1 - ; s i . .'kM First home of St. Nicholas Church was built as school gymnasium after present church on hill at head of Main In 1812 and Mas used was completed. ( 1 t , THE GERMAN Catholics had been increasing In numbers for several years. The first gathering of German-speaking mem bers in Zanesville was reported Ailar b0ys durng pastorate of Rev. Paul turran more than Richard Wallar, Dan Durant; FOURTH ROW, Fred Llnscr, isiB TeIeeraph in 50 ycar, ag0t FRONT ROW, left to right, John Rdchart, William Riley, Leo Wagner, Alan Gondcr, Jerry Dlnan, ThP whnn loft rini innati nn Joha McDona,d. w Vrt, William Urban, Jack Klmberly, Fred HolHngsworth, Michael Kearney; FIFTH ROW, Leo Julv 11 1836 with Rev JowS IIubcrt Baschart and Char,cs Rc,chart ,nd ,0SCPh WcDona,(, Hulbcrt Kimbcrly, now a priest, Paul Crown, Louie cinhkrhmMt' min hv'hnat tn bol Psts. SECOND ROW, John Ryan, Richard Ilagan, Dlnan, Warren Farrcll, 'Chink' Archer: SIXTH ROW. Joe John S. Dugan donated lot on Wheeling. He visited Zanesville Gcor8 AUk,n IIarry Baschart, Thomas Dlnan, Dan Barry, Camillus A Mussclnin, bow pastor of St. Thomas which St. Thotws Church on July 24. McGuire, Pat Kearney; THIRD ROW, Leo Collopy, Carl tnurch, William Hincs, Fred Brlcc, Maurice Farrcll, Frank stands. "Father Stahlschmidt preach- Allen, Leo Emmcrt, Joseph Mulvcy, John HolHngsworth, Urban, Harry Dulan, Claude Archer, Marshall WHson. . I ft !' '

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