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 article 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, April, 1909
(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)
There was no delay in the establishment of the community at St. Gertrude’s.  By April 26, all official matters were transacted from St. Gertrude’s Convent. On that day, Mother Hildegard began her permanent residence in her new office. With this transfer from Colton, St. Scholastica’s Academy became a mission with an appointed superior, though the community left in Colton outnumbered the professed residents at St. Gertrude’s for several years.
The construction of the north wing for the new chapel at St. Gertude’s continued. Three new altars were ordered from the Phillips Company in Dubuque, Iowa. Above each of the side altars was an oil painting from Munich, Bavaria.  One painting represented an apparition of Jesus to St. Gertrude; the other showed Sts. Benedict and Scholastica pleading with Mary, Queen of Heaven. 
Other Local News
(The following news items are from the Camas Prairie Chronicle, F.S. Wimer, Editor and Proprietor)
 Miss Anna Sarbacher, the twenty year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Sarbacher died last Saturday at her home east of Ferdinand.  She was buried there on Sunday.
Quite a number of diphtheria cases are reported in the country around Ferdinand, but none of them seem to be serious.
John Nuxoll’s children of Greencreek have completely recovered from diphtheria. The family has been released from quarantine.
The stockholders of the German State Bank held their annual meeting Monday. After declaring a 5% dividend, they elected the old officers and directors to serve again for the ensuing year.  
The windy weather lately has caused the fields to dry rapidly. A soaking rain would be welcomed by the farmers who state that the fall grain and spring barley are showing the need of moisture.
Owing to the inability to secure a proper location at the new town of  Fenn for his flour mill, Isaac Zehner, the Denver miller, has decided not to move.  He will wait until the road builds through Denver on its old survey.
The young ladies basketball team from Nezperce is scheduled to play a game tomorrow with the team recently organized at the local high school.
Three freight cars jumped the tracks near Vollmer yesterday afternoon and the passenger train did not reach Cottonwood until 11:00 p.m.
Rev. Father Baerlocher’s mother and brother arrived last week and will henceforth reside in this locality.  
National and International News
The Sport Club Internacional is founded in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil. 
 Robert Peary, Matthew Henson, and four Eskimo explorers allegedly reach the North Pole. 
The Anglo-Persian Oil Company goes public. 
Joan of Arc is beatified in Rome. 
Sultan of the Ottoman Empire Abdul Hamid II is overthrown and succeeded by his brother, Mehmed V. He is sent to the Ottoman port city of Thessaloniki (Selanik) the next day. 
Great Central Railway places turbine steamships on its Grimsby-Rotterdam service. 
Passenger service begins on the Chicago, Lake Shore and South Bend Railroad (predecessor of the Chicago South Shore and South Bend Railroad) between Hammond, Indiana, and Pullman, Illinois. 
Gary, Indiana, United States: a westbound Chicago, Lake Shore and South Bend Railroad train runs past a meet point and causes a head-on collision with an eastbound train, killing twelve.
William H. Taft has accepted the honorary position of president of the Society of International Law.  The society is composed of attorneys who make internal law their specialty.
Collier's magazine founder Peter Fenelon Collier dies at his New Jersey horse farm April 24 at age 59. His 32-year-old New York-born son Robert J. will run the magazine until 1914.
1st credit union forms in US.
Philadelphia's Shibe Park (later Connie Mack Stadium) opens.
April Birthdays
Rita Levi- Montalcini, Italian neurologist, Nobel Prize Laureate
F.E. McWilliam – Irish Sculptor
William Pereira – American  architect
Albert R. Broccoli – American film producer                   
Tom Ewell – American actor                                             
Queen Juliana of the Netherlands


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