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"History of Eau Claire County Wisconsin, 1914, Past and Present"

Chapter  38 - Eau Claire Churches

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Congregation

(-as transcribed from pages 534 - 535)

St. Mary's Roman Catholic Congregation, of Altoona, Wisconsin, was founded in 1892, as a mission of St. Patrick's Church, Eau Claire, attended first by Rev. Father T. A. Kelley, and after his death, by the Rev. Father A. B. C. Dunn, up to 1903. In that year Rev. L. J. Vaughan was appointed pastor, serving four years. He established a parochial school and also equipped the school for the work of the 8th grade, likewise introduced a four-years' course of high school studies. In 1907 Rev. H. P. Toeller was appointed pastor of the congregation, with missions at Augusta and Rock Falls. He rearranged the schools to accommodate boarders as well as day scholars under the supervision of eleven sisters of St. Benedict of St. Joseph, Minnesota. The high school is affiliated with the universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota. The school property comprises one square block, valued with equipments at $25,000.00. A parsonage was erected on a separate lot in 1901, at a cost of $3,200.00. The congregation has a membership of thirty families, or one hundred and twenty souls; the school has an attendance of 90 pupils, about one-half of which are from surrounding territory. St. Mary's Altar Society is the only society connected with the congregation, who take charge of and pay all expenses of the altar, and the furnishing of the parsonage.

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