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, Montgomery I The present school building at left, now a public school, was built in 1961. The old school was torn down in 1962. The significant influence of Irish settlers is obvious from the stained glass window of St. Patrick; even more obvious are the names of Irish origin promi- nent among the living and the dead. The stained glass win- dows and the Stat/ons of the Cross in the interior of the church below were imported from Italy by Father Patrick Rowan. ter Catholic Church mery, Indiana 47558 812) 486-3149 I .......... Father Joseph L. Clauss ucation: .............. Scott Hedrick s;i; ..... v- ......... Anthony Fuhs ....... St. Michael, Daviess County ............... St. Patrick, Coming Lturday, 5:30 p.m.; Sunday, 9:00 a.m. ............... Sunday, 7:30 a.m. .............. Sunday, 10:30 a.m. I ,r, ch:.A tradition of faith and 00outhwestern Indiana gomery, is built on the highest spot between St. Louis and Cincinnati, according to Father 's been told by people with the B&O Railroad. The ,first church was not so prominent. ,g church, 16 by 20 feet, under the direction of Father Napoleon Blanc, at Black Oak Ridge, ng to Appolinaris L. Grannan, who wrote a summary of the History of St. Peter Church for arish in 1818, is the second oldest parish in the Evansville Diocese; it is also the second h served early Catholic settlers who had crossed the Ohio River from Kentucky, to move : I.P.  halumre was the first resident pastor; he built the second log church, somewhat , rame church was completed in 1827 and blessed by Bishop Flaget in 1829. A brick :hurch did not last long, due to the faulty work done by the carpenters. of the Church farm and cemetery. The fifth church was built about one-half mile east of : of the ridge. The cornerstone was laid in 1865, and consecrated on July 18, 1869. = consecratibn of the church, a restoration effort began, in 1968. By 1975, a new roof had tdblasted and tuckpointed, the windows had been repaired and restored, and the interior ea and'the pastor, Father Roman Heerdink, concelebrated the Mass of Re-Dedication April lic Education would find at least two quite interesting stories, in Montgomery. It is the ae place where Catholic and public schools have achieved a remarkable degree of ors of Charity started a parochial school in 1832. ld the Ioly Cross Brothers came to Black Oak Ridge to construct a college, butNotre Dame man ddscnbes the chain of events: immediately started a brick yard and began construction of buildings. Because Bishop De Catholic College at Vincennes, he thought it best to move the Holy Cross Brothers from . ,,th Be.-Indiana. Father Sorin went to the South Bend location, liked the looks of the h'e shape of Catholic education in the U.S. might have been very different. At Vincennes, lished St. Gabriel College in 1839. St. Gabriel was closed in 1845, three years after Father ved away, to achieve greater success at Notre Dame. e story mention a less than adequate supply of water as the reason the Holy Cross Brothers in such an account. rs left the Montgomery area. The Sisters of Providence occupied the buildings left by the t in a parochial school from 1843 until an insufficient number of students and malaria led See ST. Pr' page Zl