St. Bernard Catholic Church Bell

St. Bernard Catholic Church Bell (HM14NM)

Location: Columbus, NE 68601 Platte County
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N 41° 25.369', W 97° 22.113'

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St. Bernard Township, Nebraska

Inscribed on the Bell:
Henry Stuckstede B F Co
St. Louis, Mo 1902
In hon Sti Bernardi
pat ecclae donum me
Jacobus Weidner
orate pro
ev ejus que familia

Weight: 2,145 lbs.

About 1873-1874 a few Catholic families began to settle in the vicinity of the present St. Bernard. Thus, we find John Dieter, John Melcher, Mathias Classen, Joseph Steibly, and a Mrs. Benz. The nearest Catholic Church in 1875 was St. Mary's in Stearns' or Grand Prairie, 4½ miles northwest of the present site of Humphrey.

Until the erection of a church at St. Bernard, the settlers had to attend service in a private home or at St. Mary's in Stearns' Prairie Township.

In 1878, the colonists commenced hauling lumber from Columbus, a distance of about 35 miles. Father Ambrose directed the building operations, Bro. Damian Bueschgens, O.F.M., helped in the construction and was assisted by William Duesman, John Heinrichs, Nick Thill, P. Beyer, Frank Gores (the latter from Columbus), and others.

The dedication of St. Bernard Church, School, and Sisters' residence, a combination building, erected at a cost of $6,000, took place November 21, 1878.

The bell was donated by the Jacob Weidner family and brought from Henry Stuckstede & Company, St. Louis, and was installed October 19, 1902. The bell is inscribed in Latin, which means "In Honor of St. Bernard, Jacob Weidner has donated me; pray for him and his family."

This is the largest of the bells in the towers.

The church was closed in 1971.
HM NumberHM14NM
Year Placed1992
Placed ByColumbus Community Foundation, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and Concerned Citizens and Organizations
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Date Added Tuesday, September 23rd, 2014 at 1:29pm PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 636329 N 4586979
Decimal Degrees41.42281667, -97.36855000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 25.369', W 97° 22.113'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 25' 22.14" N, 97° 22' 6.78" W
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Area Code(s)402, 308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 648 Lincoln Highway, Columbus NE 68601, US
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