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II hurch, 1Evansville Photos By Barbara Paul Copy By Paul Leingang in her ,. and thnic World i ith/' talents, gifts to share in the school auditorium, with Father Anthony hlin as chaplain. history, printe d in a program book prepared for a. and school reunion, identifies the original 11 as Mr. Mrs. Charles Edwards, Mr. Eugene Johnson, Miss Taylor, Miss Fronia Crooks, Mrs. Johnson, Miss Morpin, Mrs. Virgil Stone, Miss Louise Stone, Mrs. Ford and Mrs. Crooks. On Feb. 11, 1932, Father Ryves organized the Little Flower to help raise the funds needed to buy .the land along de where the church and school are now located. . In the summer of 1940, Bishop Joseph E. Ritter of idianapolis sent 30-year-old Father Herman Mootz to build a  'aurch. le I've i i:, Construction" of the church was made possible by a gift of =, T ,,,-) 4,2G.000 from ci ar facto owner ohn H. Fendrich. The i:, ' - P P Y "we *aether gift of $50,000 from John Fendrich to supplement the m : .eL e school was started in two classrooms at the rear of ad ,i ahU-rch; the school building was. completed in i955. ,umptioe ,lertlaps a more lasting type of building'was also taking  ce in the early years, described by Lucy Osborne. There ; very few Catholics when the parish was founded, but is P.   8gr,. Mootz made many converts "She would certainly pecial !, ow of such matters, as the godmother of 52 new Catholics, r black See ST. ]OHNpage 13 ST. JOHN , EVANSVILLE WEST DEANERY EVANSVILLE EAST DEANERY