The Monastery of St. Gertrude – 100th Anniversary
From August 2008 until August 2009, the sisters of the Monastery of St. Gertrude are celebrating 100 years “at home” in Idaho. During the year and as a monthly feature, the Historical Museum at St. Gertrude will be contributing a feature entitled “100 Years Ago This Month” for the Cottonwood Chronicle.  We hope you enjoy this historical venture.  We welcome your comments.
100 Years Ago This Month –November, 1908
 (Compiled by Sister Bernice Wessels, O.S.B.)

Local News of the Benedictine Sisters
(The following news items are from The Echo of St. Gertrude’s)
Before the Colton Sisters officially moved to St. Gertrude’s, the community formally confirmed that the new motherhouse would be named in honor of St. Gertrude the Great. Mother Hildegard had suggested naming the new place Sacred Heart Convent in fond remembrance of her parish church in Lungern, Switzerland.  However,Abbot Frowin recommended choosing St. Gertrude as she had a great love of Jesus and was a Benedictine mystic.  He suggested that the name of a Benedictine woman saint would be very fitting. The community also discussed building a larger chapel as the present one
could not accommodate all the Sisters when they were not away on the missions.  A resolution to that effect was adopted by the Community and plans were drawn up but a carpenter could not readily be found and the building of the right wing which was to begin in fall had to be postponed until spring.

In November, the Right Reverend Bishop Glorieux honored the little community at St. Gertrude’s with his first visit.  The good Prelate expressed his joy and satisfaction and showed great interest in the new foundation 

Other Local News
(The following news items are from the Camas Prairie Chronicle)
F.S. Wimer, Editor and Proprietor

The marriage of Miss Celia Kopczynski and Jacob Welte is solemnized at the local Catholic Church, with Reverend Father Berthold officiating. The bride is the youngest daughter of Mrs. A. Kopczynski and the groom is a nephew of Mr. and Mrs. John Funke.

Fine weather is giving farmers an excellent chance to get the Fall work done.  With the railroad completed across the prairie, affording easy means of transportation, the acreage sown to grain next year will be far in advance of what it has been any year in the past.

The officers of the County Board of Health came over from Grangeville to investigate the diphtheria scare here.  They ordered all the open vaults around town to be treated with chloride of lime and be closed up.  Other sanitary measures were also ordered adopted and with close quarantine of the afflicted patients, it is hoped the spread of the disease will soon be checked for good.

The extension of Northern Pacific [Railroad] to Grangeville will be completed and turned over to the operating department about November 15.

Brick is being delivered here again from the brickyard west of town. The masons are hard at work finishing up the Schober and Peterson building.

Dr. Turner’s home was placed under quarantine.  Miss Eunice Turner was taken ill with a light attack of diphtheria.

Ah Tune, the Chinese laundryman who had been a resident at different periods, returned last week from a two year sojourn in China.  He will again take up his residence here.

The First National Bank moved into its new building.  It is beautifully finished inside and the nice fixtures give the place a handsome appearance.

Miss Florence Stevenson has practically recovered from her illness and will be released from quarantine in a few days.

All of the new sidewalk has been laid on the south side of Main Street except in front of Schober & Peterson’s building.  This strip will be put down in a few days.

A neat picket fence was erected this week along the south and east sides of the Catholic Church grounds. It replaces the wire fence that had been there.

George Stuber and P.K. Klapprich returned the first of the week from a trip to the coast. They went last week with fourteen carloads of fat hogs.

Felix Martzen left late last week for Winona to take charge of the Farmers’ Store there.

Hoene Hardware Store moved into a new building on First Street.

Dr. Shinnick expects to set up his offices on the second story of the Goldstone block early next week.

Rt. Rev. Bishop Glorieux arrived on the prairie and held confirmation services at all the different parishes before returning to Boise.

Both Catholic and Public Schools opened again with almost a complete attendance.

Diphtheria quarantine raised from every house in town.  There is not a case of the dread disease anywhere.

November National and International Events 1908

November is peanut butter lovers’ month

William Howard Taft defeats William Jennings Bryant in the United States presidential election.

Western bandits, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid are supposedly killed in Bolivia after being surrounded by a large group of soldiers.  There are many rumors to the contrary however, and their grave sites are unmarked.

Elizabeth Garrett Anderson is the first woman in England to be elected mayor.

The first credit union in the United States begins operation Manchester, New Hampshire.

November Birthdays
Harry Blackmum   -  American judge      
Imogene Coca   -   American actress
Alistair Cooke   -  English-born journalist     
Nelson S. Bond  -   American Science Fiction writer

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