St. Bernard Catholic Church Bell

St. Bernard Catholic Church Bell (HM14NQ)

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:
Meneely & Kimberly,
Troy, N.Y.

Weight: 710 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
HM NumberHM14NQ
Year Placed1992
Placed ByColumbus Community Foundation, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and Concerned Citizens and Organizations
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Date Added Monday, October 6th, 2014 at 9:46pm 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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