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Catholic Church, 1878

Burrington  (Manchester)



      The Catholic Church. -- The first clergymen of the Catholic Church who held services in Manchester were Rev. Fathers P. J. Clabby and R. McGrath. In 1872, under Father Clabby's pastorate, the subscription for building a church was begun, assisted largely by many citizens if Manchester, and work was commenced under Father Clabby's direction and continued under Father McGrath, who saw its walls completed and roof put on. Rev. Mr. McGrath was succeeded in 1875 by Rev. J. F. Nugent, who completed the church. The building is of stone, forty-four by sixty-six feet in size, and is located on the south side of Butler Street, about a block west of Franklin.


      Father Nugent still remains the honored Pastor of the Manchester church, having also charge of the church at Delhi. He is an eloquent and captivating speaker, and invariably draws crowded houses. The Catholic Temperance Society at Delhi was organized by him, and his example and wise counsels serve to secure and maintain entire sobriety in the churches under his charge.


~ source: History of Delaware County, Iowa, Published by Western Historical Company, Successors to H. F. Kett & Co., Chicago., Illinois, 1878.; page 504

~ contributed by: Debbie Clough Gerischer for Delaware County IAGenWeb

~ Transcribed by: Constance Diamond for Delaware County IAGenWeb

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