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WASHINGTON St. Simon ChuTch Father Bob Temme, above, was ordained June 21, 1985; his first assignment is his present one, Associate Pastor at St. Simon. The rectory, left, on the same block as the church, was built in 1903 on the site of the first rectory. Until 1862, when the first rectory was built, priests had boarded with parishioners. The new rectory and the new church were completed by Father John W. Doyle, who served as pastor from 1870 to 1010. Stained glass representations of Mary, below, and St. Joseph, opposite page, decorate the side doorways of the church. ! Text And Photos By Paul Leinsang GIBSON B JASPER DEANERYIi ] =,., o,t =,'t lrv II:N' IE e ff PRINCETON a' . I ' NEWBURGH ,,"3 ''''" _eJ s,l., ,,s,.*,. . I,,, c -j "' [ * , I .=,,  ( ..... o ") POSEY I ',"lO ! "-" "J"J % ..... _ _ I "'. ' U ( o,,,,s,. t ""*1 i " DEANERY SPENCER r3 '-.-__1 ]. , .o,,u. EVANSVILLE DEANERIE S.. ,..,.,,y ..,,j After 150 years, Washingto deep roots in Daviess Coun St. Simon Parish, established in 1837, celebrates its 150th an- niversary this year. One and one half centuries have seen traditions .of change and stability. The first pastor was Father Simon PetitLalumiere, who. had been born in Vincennes of emigrant parents from France. He was the firs.: priest ordained by Bishop Joseph Flaget of Bardstown, for the diocese which was about to be formed in the Northwest Territory. In 1828, Father Lalumiere was sent to the Daviess County area of Indiana. He served parishes at St. Peter, Montgomery, and St. Mary at Boggs Creek Settlement in Daviess County. According to a publication prepared for the St Simon anniver- sary, Father Lalumiere wrote to a friend in 1831 that "there is also some prospect of having a Catholic Church built-in the thriving town of Washington. The catholic religion is evidently gaining ground in this section of Daviess County." Fro Brute, 2: "Bishop  accordin shibeg secrated tion of b church t gregatio new chu ,: of the n ; church i "I.,al .!