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Catholic Church lOOth Anniversary MARTIN ROTHE roof, copper gutters, cornice and pinnacles tower. The leaded art are composed of ent opalescent and 10 cathedral glass. is 39 feet wide with a height of center of the Cloth. The seating capacity for 325 people in cir- The floor is an in- floor, which pitches sides and entrance to- altar. cost of this building for which incurred a debt This debt was car. years. after the comple- the new church Rev. health began to fail. he resigned from PUlaski pastorate in 1905 after 16 years of Brenner took the Mt. Pulaski Con- early in 1906. the year 1920 the a call from Trin- Lutheran Church which he accepted 14% years spent in Wittrock succeeded Rev. e came to Mt. Pulaski 1920. year, 1921, the was organized and Junior Walther Lea- improvements were basement in 1923. last quarter was ex- Was arranged so that could be convert- School room to a hall capacity of over new furnace and ere also installed. rman services were one service a month Years later the consti. translated from Ger- In 1932 the chur- was examined and and was this recom- steeple was re- was not replaced at A Lutheran Laymen's organized in 1937 services were dis- In 1939. celebrated twenty-five years service in Mt Pulas- and he resigned the due to ill health. G. Hoffmann, of Illinois was install- 1946. Soon after hit for the celebration began to grow. sent to Mr. Arthur teach the parochial the call and 1949, a new of the school were organ- "the Lutheran Wo- Society and Association. the young who had been the Senior Walther from the Lea- the Fellow- Congregation put. and lot ad- Church on the south a teacherage. to Grow term 1955-56 Mr. Lester Frellwitz served as prin- cipal of Zion School. Mr. Otto Hattstaedt from 1956-60. Following the resignation of Rev. Albert G. Hoffman, August, 1955, the Rev. Milton Beer served as pastor until March 10, 1957. The Rev. Martin H. Rothe was instai;ed as the twelfth pastor of Zion on June 16, 1957. With the constant growth of the congrega- tion and the school more space was needed so it was decided in 1957 to add an educational wing to the south of the church. The following were appointed as the Building Committee: Herbert Finke, Willord Tendick Albert Horn, Vincent Stoll and Carl Maxheimer. These five chose Ed Dittus to serve as their chairman and Wil- bert Schahl as Secretary-Treasur- er. In August 1957, they engaged the services of C. R. Miller as Architect. Ground breaking serv- ices were held on October 6th, i 1957. Actual construction got un- der way on October 21st. Be. cause of the mild fall weather and voluntary help, it was poss- ible to get the educational unit under roof by the end of the year. All winter long members of our congregation continued the !building.By spring Sunday School i was conducted in the new build- ing and the upper grades moved into their new classroom. At the time of the explosion, June 1st, 1958, the building was practically finished and some of the furn- ishings were in place. In the new addition all 10 sections of frames and windows upstairs on the ;outh and east and all sections of frames and windows downstairs on the south and east were com- pletely wrecked. The three out- side doors on the south and east were completely ruined. Some of the inside doors were blown off the casing. The new folding doors were broken, the floor was raised in places and also a section of the roof. Glass imbedded the wood panelling and some of the school desks and Sunday School tables were marred. However, the building remained structurally sound. The church suffered consider- able damage. The east wall had to be partially rebuilt as well as two chimneys. The chancel had to be replastered and supporting pillars rebuilt. The art glass win- dows were so badly damaged that it was just as cheap to re- place the ones on the south and north with new windoWs. The pews were so marred that it was necessary to refinish them as well as the floor. The entire church had to be redecorated and the rug cleaned. The insurance companies allowed us $31,065.00, which was sufficient to cover the needed re- pairs and renovation. Prior to the explosion, we had spent $'77,000.00. With all the furnishings, the en- tire expenditure was approximate- ] ly $120,000.00. The Building Com" i mittee deeply appreciate ne nne I cooperation on the part of all I that made our fine edifice poss" I ible. I School Faculty [ Now there was ample room for other activities that a growing church and school needs. A kind- ergarten was added to the school in 1959. The present teachers are: Mrs. James Borgerson, kinder- garten; Mrs. Harold Tendick, pri- mary room, and, Mrs. Albert Awe, upper grades. The total enroll- ment is 55. . ] The present membership _of Zio | Church stands at 580 souls.am | 420 communicants, several of me j members belonging to the 6th[ generation of the founders. [ Bapmd Seventh Tammy Lynn Maxheimer, born Feb. 9, 1961, was baptized March 5 of this year has the honor of being the seventh generation of the family tree of Mr. Erhardt Stoll, Sr., Erhardt Stoll, Jr., Mrs. John Maxheimer, Walter Max- heimer, Everett J. Maxheimer, Jerry Maxheimer, Tammy Lynn i Maxheimer. The latch-string is always out when you come to Mr. Pulaski. Next week the "door" will be! wide open. Ground Broken Last Fall For Present Edifice The subject of this brief history is in the midst of celebrating its Centennial in a year (1961) dur- ing which the city of Mount Pul- aski, IlL, is commemorating the 125th anniversary of its founding. Contemporary with the starting of the town there were a number of Catholic families here. Travel- ing Missionaries visited Mount Pulaski in the early 1840's, and offered Mass and administered !Sacraments. Until the time when St. Thomas Aquinas Church be- came a mission of the Lincoln, Ill., parish, the visiting priest said Mass in the home of Casper Young. First Church in 1867 [ Growing stronger in numbers, I I the Catholic faithful were able to[ have a church, a common place of worship. To this end they pur- ' chased, in 1867, the Zion Luth- eran_ Church building on South Vine Street. For 35 years this little brick church served its pur- pose for the congregation. In 1884 John and Christian Schick gave I two lots on South Lafayette St., ion which a new church was to be built. During the pastorate of Father Thomas Kennedy plans and means were devised for the erection of the new church, and through the zeal and generosity of the good people of the parish the plans were fulfilled in 1901. The frame church, located on So. Lafayette St., has now been in use for 60 years. Severely dam- aged by the Illinois Central tank car explosion on June 1, 1958, the old frame church will be replaced by a new church of worship. Construction of this new church is now in progress, just north of the present building. Imbued wlth the same spirit of zeal and generosity of their an-  PRESENT PASTOR REV. EDWARD M. KREWER cestors, the present congregation will have its plans fulfilled when, during this year of 1961, the new church will be dedicated to the greater honor and glory of God. This, then, is but a brief his- tory of St. Thomas Aquinas Cath- olic Church of Mount Pulaski. And as we of the parish offer gratitude to God in our Centen- nial year, so too, we give thani to Him for His care to the com- munity during 125 years, and ask His continued blessing. Rev. Edward M. Krewer, Pastor Visitors to Mount Pulaski will find the city filled with gra- cious hosts and hostesses. Our folks have always had a fine rep- utation for friendliness and this occasion will fully prove It. Welcome to the Mount Pulaski Sil-Tennial Celebration July 22-29 ARTIST'S DRAWING OF NEW CHURCH ST. THOMAS AQUINAS CATHOLIC CHURCH 1861 :-: 1961 Celebrating Its Centennial IN A YEAR DURING WHICH THE CITY OF MOUNT PULASKI IS COMMEMORATING THE 125TH ANNIVERSARY OF ITS FOUND- ING IN 1836. LET US OF THE PRESENT DAY SO LIVE THAT OUR ACTIONS AND LIVES SHALL REFLECT THE DEEDS AND LIVES OF OUR ANCESTORS