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'oh, Gibson County I II I I III I IIIIIII II II IIIII II c church built in Gibson County accused the priest "did acknowledge her unjust accusation before her death." While Father Weinzoepfel was embroiled in legal matters, another priest residing in the St. Wendel area attended the community at St. James. A log church was built during this period -- October, 1842 :- throughe latter part of 1845 -- while Father Conrad Schneiderjans served the area. The Bishop of Vincennes, however, would not allow the chapel to be used, until he had. the deed to the property. The difficulty was settled after Father Weinzoepfel returned to the area after being released from prison. The official beginning of St. James Church is recorded as July 25, 1847, when the log chapel was blessed. Another dispute came to a boil on January 24, 1848, the day church seating space was auctioned to defray expenses. As Father Weinzoepfel describes it, a "nefarious faction of so-called Catholics" broke into the church that night, took the pews outside and burned them. The bishop put the church under interdict. Permission was granted eight months later for Mass to be celebrated at the home of Bartholomew Reinhart, but the log church remained locked from the pew-burning incident until Ju- ly 25, !850. iy TL)log church was the center of more pleasant attention three years later, because of its size. It was too small for the rapidly increasing con- gregation. Seven acres of land were purchased, adjoining the original .ite, as the location for a new brick church. Bishop de St. Palais laid the See ST, IAA pase 11 II -- I II I III/I St. James Catholic Church, Gibson County Rural Route 1, Box 280 Haubstadt, Indiana 47639 Rectory: ....................................... 867-5175 Convent ....................................... 768-6342 Sr.hool anCafeteria: ............................. 867-2661 Pastor: ......................... Father Michael T. Madden In residence: ........................... Father Dave Fleck Mass Schedule Saturdays: .................................... 6:30 p.m. Sundays: ................................ 7:45, 10:00 a.m. Father MAchael Madden, right, was named pastor at St. James June, 1084. He is a native of Washinston, Ind., who studied for the priesthood at St. Meinrad, Ind., and Innsbruck, Austria, before ordination in 1975. The marble altar at St. James bottom risbt; was installed in 1065 by Father Herbert Muensterman. He and men from the parish had disassembled the high altar and the two side altars at Assumption " Cathedral in Evansville. The cathedral was torn down to make way for a civic center. 4 Text And Photos By Paul Leingang ,ll i M,I i _