St. Francis Catholic Church

St. Francis Catholic Church (HM1S2B)

Location: Saint Henry, OH 45883 Mercer County
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Country: United States of America
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N 40° 23.576', W 84° 34.9'

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In the "Land of Cross- Topped Steeples"

Dedication: 30 September 1906
Architect: William P. Ginther (1859- 1933), Akron, OH
Contractor: Nicholas A. Ley, Minster, OH
The parish, established in 1856 by German immigrants, was a daughter
parish of St. Henry and named in honor of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-
1226). A brick church measuring 38 by 65 feet was soon constructed
on land donated by Christopher and Margaretha Schunck. The early
pastors, Missionaries of the Precious Blood, traveled to serve the newly
formed parish from Himmelgarten Convent near St. Henry and from
other neighboring parishes.
The church, a High Victorian Gothic Revival structure, measures 54
by 99 feet with a spire rising 110 feet. An extensive transept with
large stained glass windows, created by the Artistic Glass Company,
Cincinnati, dominates the short nave of the church. Bedford Stone
was used on the stone entrance and exterior walls, creating a highly
decorative and welcoming effect. A large bell in the tower, named St,
Michael, was purchased from the Van Duzen Co., Cincinnati was added
to the two existing bells from the old church. Three carved wood
altars are from Hackner Company of LaCrosse, WI. The church because
of its historic and architectural features was placed on the National
Register for Historic Places in 1979.
The public school that stood across, designed by A.
DeCurtins, was erected in 1904 and used until 1961. The parish became
part of the St. Henry Parish Cluster in 2004.
Presented to the St. Francis Parish on the sesquicentennial anniversary of
the founding of the parish by descendants of George and Walburga Karch and
the Louis and Caroline Bernard families, A.D. 2008
HM NumberHM1S2B
Year Placed2008
Placed ByDescendants of George and Walburga Karch and the Louis and Caroline Bernard families
Marker ConditionNo reports yet
Date Added Thursday, May 5th, 2016 at 9:01am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)16T E 705250 N 4474178
Decimal Degrees40.39293333, -84.58166667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 40° 23.576', W 84° 34.9'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds40° 23' 34.56" N, 84° 34' 54" W
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Area Code(s)419
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling South
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 1519 Cranberry Rd, Saint Henry OH 45883, US
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