St. Michael's Catholic Church Bell

St. Michael's Catholic Church Bell (HM14NT)

Location: Columbus, NE 68601 Platte County
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Country: United States of America
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N 41° 25.357', W 97° 22.114'

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Tarnov, Nebraska

Inscribed on the Bell:
The Hy. Stuckstede B. F. Co.
St. Louis, Mo 1893
Darowall Kosciolowi
S W Michala Tarnowie Nebr
Joseph Paprocki J. Sofia
Zona Jeco

Weight: 295 lbs.

In the early 1870's with much unrest in Poland, Francis Paprocki, a blacksmith, left his homeland in search of a better way of life. He came to America settling near what is now known as Tarnov, Nebraska. St. Michael's Catholic Church was founded in 1880 and in 1883 a wooden church was built on six acres of land donated by Mr. and Mrs. Francis Paprocki. In January, 1892, a decision was made to enlarge the church and build a sacristry. Work was begun April 8, 1892, and the bell in the steeple was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Paprocki.

On December 17, 1899, it was realized the parish had to have a larger church. The new church was dedicated on October 11, 1901.

In 1911, a school was built and the bell was transferred to a cupola at the school. The bell was removed from the school in September, 1978.
HM NumberHM14NT
Year Placed1992
Placed ByColumbus Community Foundation, Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, and Concerned Citizens and Organizations
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Saturday, September 6th, 2014 at 10:58am PDT -07:00
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Locationbig map
UTM (WGS84 Datum)14T E 636328 N 4586957
Decimal Degrees41.42261667, -97.36856667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 41° 25.357', W 97° 22.114'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds41° 25' 21.42" N, 97° 22' 6.84" W
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Area Code(s)402, 308
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 600-648 Lincoln Highway, Columbus NE 68601, US
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