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Parish History

St. Joseph erected its first school in 1870, while the corner stone for our church is not laid until May 12,1875. Under the direction of Rev. Beiter, the church is completed and dedicated with the celebration of its First Holy Mass in 1876.

1877: Four Sisters of St. Dominic are appointed to St. Joe's

1885: A sacristy is added to the church and the rectory is built

1890: The parish reports 111 members and steam heating is added to the church and school

1897: The school is expanded to includ an "entertainment" auditorium on the second floor at a cost of $8,000

1899: Modern gas lighting replaces kerosene lamps in the church, school and rectory

1900: City water and hot water heating are introduced into the rectory

1903: A pew rent system is submitted to the Chancery. Those who rent pews but intrude the pews of others are fined 10 cents.

1917: Holy Name Society is organized and English becomes the official language of St. Joseph's Electric lighting is introduced to the church, the altars are regilded and statues redecorated.

1920: The present playground is purchased for $23,000 with the intention of building a much needed high school. In 1924, the Dominican Sisters opened St. Catherine's High School and this because unnecessary.

1922: The old pew rent system was abolished. A new finance system and democratic seating are introduced.

1924: A carrara marble altar is installed in the church

1925: St. Joseph's celebrates its Golden Jubilee. The church is now 280 families strong.

1926: An envelope system and school fund are introduced.

1928: Receipts for 1928 totaled $18,668

1929: The current school is built at a cost of $135,000