You ask an interesting question. I checked my ready references and have
many more questions.
History of Jones County, in two volumes, S H Clarke Publishing Co.,
Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Rev. M.M. Hoffmann,
Columbia College Press, 1937; and
With Faith and Vision, Rt. Rev Msgr. Justin A. Driscol, Bureau of Education
Archdiocese of Dubuque, 1966.
As best as I can tell, the Catholic Church in Anamosa was always St Patrick.
However, they were dependent upon visiting priests for many years. The
location of the church changed frequently, also. The cemetery took on more
than one location, but it is the reference to Holy Cross that really
From History of Jones County, page 235
"As mentioned in a preceding notice on the church in Washington
township, the principal thoroughfare of traffic in the early '60s ran from
Dubuque westward. Accordingly, all ministerial attendance might be expected
to come here, by way of stage, from Cascade, or Temple Hill. So it was.
Fathers Slattery, Cunningham and O'Connor paid regular visits in the order
of succession specified; also occasionally Fathers Pickenbrock, Rehnoldt,
and in response to special calls Father Cogan of Monticello, Bernard of New
Melleray Monastery, Treacy of Garyowen, Sheila of Independence, and Paul
Gillespie, C.S.C, of Holy Cross, now Key Stone."
My first thoughts on Holy Cross was of Holy Cross in Dubuque County, which
was one of the first parishes established outside Dubuque. But in
Centennial History, pages 184 and 186, the parish of Immaculate Conception
Church at Van Horne (Benton County) is discussed. "The record shows that
on January 30, 1863, a pioneer of Benton County, named Francis Murphy deeded
two sections of prairie land near Keystone, to the University of Notre Dame,
Indiana, to pay for the education of his two sons. In 1867 the Rev Paul E.
Gillin, C.S.C, with Brothers Mathew, Cesaire, and Aloysius, was sent from
Notre Dame to take possession of this tract of land. ... and eventually if
found advisable, to open a college there. It was in the spring of that
year that Father Paul )came to start the college).
"The first building was a combined church and house and was named Holy
Cross Church. ...
"Father T. J. Reynolds came to Holy Cross apparently with orders from
Dubuque to provide a parochial school. We find a list of subscriptions for
that purpose in February 1889. An old store building was bought at Keystone
and moved a mile and a quarter and remodeled into a school. It was ready in
September of that year and the Sisters of St. Francis from Anamosa the
motherhouse is in Clinton) took charge.
"Meanwhile the Van Horne mission increased in numbers, and the Holy
Cross parish declined. ... then Holy Cross was served as an out-mission
until 1928 when the church was closed. ... The building still stands in Holy
Cross Cemetery ...
I would be interested in learning more about this interesting connection
between Anamosa, its churches, Holy Cross, Keystone, and Van Horne.
Jim in Alabama
Formerly of Cascade, Jones County
----- Original Message -----
From: Dave and Janis <foleys(a)tx3.com>
Sent: Monday, January 21, 2002 11:36 AM
Subject: [IAJONES] Holy Cross Cemetery
I am trying to find out what Catholic church was affiliated with
in Anamosa, Jones County, Iowa in 1870-1925. Thanks so much.
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