“Lancaster Daily Eagle” (1890-1936)
16 August 1920
THE CATHOLICS CELEBRATE THE 100th ANNIVERSARY OF THEIR RELIGION IN LANCASTER SUNDAY–GREAT CROWDS PARTICIPATING IN THE CEREMONIES–THE PARADE IN THE AFTERNOON, ONE OF THE MOST ELABORATE AND SPECTACULAR EVER PUT ON IN LANCASTER AND WAS VIEWED BY THOUSANDS– The most elaborate pageant in the history of Lancaster was that witnessed Sunday afternoon by thousands of people who thronged the city streets along the line of march of the parade which was a feature of the counter marching on Broad to Sixth; then east to High and south on High to St. Mary’s Church where the parade disbanded.
Promptly at two o’clock. the hour set for the parade, the bells of St. Mary’s Church pealed forth and the mammoth and spectacular parade started north on High Street to Main, down Main hill to Columbus, north on Columbus to Sixth, east on Sixth to Broad, south on Broad to Main and then counter marching on Broad to Sixth; then east to High and south on High to St. Mary’s Church where the parade disbanded.
Headed by the Mechanics Band, came the first division of the parade led by the “1820” float, representing the pioneer church days in Lancaster. Jerome Miller impersonated the monk and others around the log church were James Donovan, Max Hettinger, Clara Thimmes, Mary Clarke and Pauline Little as school children and Mrs. Price as a woman of the pioneer days. Following behind on horseback came Winfred Miller impersonating a Missionary priest returning to the church from one of his missions.
Second came the “Rock of Ages Float” beautifully designed of Easter lilies and in which Miss Helen McGee was kneeling at the cross and Miss Clara Kent represented the angel. Next came the float representing “Hope” which was equally attractive with decorations of green and water lilies. Misses Gertrude Hettinger and Mary Margaret Yonk represented “Anchor”, while the Red Cross nurses Catherine Carlowe, Edytha Dumm, Pauline McManamy, Genevieve Keenan, Irene Morehead and Bernadine Justus were dressed as Red Cross Nurses. The local Red Cross Society donated an artistic Red Cross designed of flowers which was carried in this float by Miss Catherine Carlowe.
Green and Red Roses formed the designing of the “Charity” float and principal characters were Florence Roby, Mildred Reid and Eleanore Spires, each appropriately dressed in red and carrying crimson hearts. Miss Catherine Fagan represented Charity and others in the float were Pauline Anneshansley, Helen Smith, Mary Margaret Hulkenberg and Catherine Schorr.
Next came the White and Blue Fringed Float decorated with silver which represented the Immaculate Conception of The Queen of the Rosary, and in which Miss Margaret Maher was the Queen and Misses Clara Anspach, Vera Foreman, Gertrude Rockey, Catherine Maher, Irene O’Leary, Adelle Walley and Mary Josephine Mithoff were angels.
Following came the St. Dominic Float in which St. Dominic was seen receiving the Rosary from the Queen of Heaven. The designing was effectively carried out in black and white and gold leaves, the colors of the order. Principal characters of this attractive float were Blessed Virgin, Mary Myers; St. Dominic, Edward Hettinger; Angels, Ernestine Loehrer, Elizabeth Bininger Eileen Mambourg, Rosanna Bininger and Helen Joos.
The Mysteries of the Rosary, Joyful, Sorrowful and Glorious Mysteries each with its five separate and distinct parts was impressively portrayed in fifteen appropriately decorated floats. Each of the first five floats was decorated in white and green and each mystery had its own selected flower.
The first float of the Joyful Mystery carried Edna Schorr as banner bearer, Ruth Kessler and Catherine Zink as ribbon bearers, while Mary Bash, Ruth Kent, Dorothy Schorr, Catherine Hallarn, Mary Catherine Powers, Gertrude Kilbarger, Dorothy Leonard, Henrietta Thesing, Marguerite Todhunter and Dolores Walley represented the ten “Hail Mary’s” of the first Joyful Mystery. Edwin and Sebastian Price also rode in this float.
In the second float of the Joyful Mysteries the banner was carried by Thelma Walley, while Anna Hamilton and Mary Agnes Miller were ribbon bearers and Mary Agnes Wolfinger, Josephine Macioci, Mary Graf, Nora Morgan, Catherine Landerfelt, Mary Murphy, Leana Lang, Catherine Kessler, Margery Heppler, Emma Francisco represented the ten Hall Mary’s. Boys in this float were Ned Blaire, Leo Darfus and Edgar Fey.
The third float of the Joyful Mysteries carried Catherine Greten as banner bearer, Wilhelmenia Flood and Hilda Kilbarger as ribbon bearers and Joan Hettinger, Marvlne Shoppel, Elizabeth Kessler, Harriet Hepler, Isabel Trimble, Dolores Justus, Genevieve Snyder, Amelia Macioci, Florence Schoppel and Helen Rosencrans as the ten Hall Mary’s. Wilfred Snyder and Albert Darfus were also in this float.
The fourth banner of the Joyful Mysteries was carried by Marie Herbert, while Gertrude Kuhn and Marie Kilbarger were ribbon bearers, and Mary Hoffer, Florence Piper, Patricia Blaire, Margaret Sullivan, Frances Oatney, Florence Thimmes, Alice Boley, Mary E. Sunderman, Dolores Foreman and Florence Roley were the ten Hail Mary’s.
Helen Schorr carried the banner in the fifth and last float of the Joyful Mysteries while Ruth Justus and Frances Cenci were ribbon bearers, Mary M. Spires, Marcella Murney, Mary Kessler, Lillian Hepler, Pauline Oatney, Miriam Stover, Paulino Keenan, Bernadlne Miller, Lillian ,Molones, Ellen Spires and Geraldlne Primrose were the Hall Mary’s. Others in the float were Thomas Blaire and Hugh Flynn.
The float representing the second part or the five Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary were attractive in decorations of red and green. In the first Christine Hooker rode as banner bearer, while ribbon carriers were Bernadine Hepler and Bernadine Kessler, and the Hail Mary’s were Helen Justus, Margaret Sullivan, Alice Smith, Clara Hooker, Josephlne McAnespie, Rose Anna Uhl, Genevieve Foreman, Gretchen Ruffner, Margaret Barret and Florence Hymoe. Others in the float were Joseph Darfus, Walter Strigle and Theodore Rempe.
The second float of the Sorrowful Mysteries carried Irene Pacot as banner bearer, Mary C. Muckensturm and Dorothy Konkler as ribbon bearer, and Mary Mack, Alice Wolfinger, Lucile O’Leary, Fay Mambourg, Agnes Darfus, Adelaide Kuhn, Violet Karchner, Virginia Magulre, Ruth Bonner, Pauline Schneider as Hall Mary’s. The boys riding in this float were Harley Spires and Eugene Ross.
In the third of the Sorrowful Mystery floats rode Rose Mary Geiss as banner bearer, Eleonore Kilbarger and Isabel Tooil as ribbon carriers and Chrlstine Gossett, Mary Schorr, Ethel Brown, Olive Baus, Dorothy Kent, Agnes Hambarger, Harriet Trimble, Dorothy Ruff, Mary Joos and Ruth Powers as Hail Mary’s. Others in the float were William Foreman, Richard Showalter and Leo Landerfelt.
In the fourth of the floats representing the Sorrowful Mysteries were Marcella Yonk as banner bearer, Anna M. Goslin and Rose M. Noise as ribbon bearers, and Mary Dum, Bernadine Messbarger, Nora Brasseur, Kathleen Rohrer, Genevieve Huffner, Leonora Price, Margaret Snyder, Frances Showalter, Elizabeth Uhl and Pauline Martin as the ten Hail Mary’s. Boys In this float were Richard Bininger, Herbert Walters and James Murney.
Next came the fifth and last of the Sorrowful Mysteries In which Margaret Kern was banner bearer, Catherine Schneider and Marita Durham ribbon bearers, and the Hall Mary’s represented by Margaret Molones, Anna Rosencrans, Edna Bush, Carrie Cavanaugh, Irene Snyder, Catherine Matt, Doris Regan, Helen Uhl, Florence Clarke and Josephine Ruffner. Boys riding In this float were Paul Kuhn, Joseph Mooney and Ralph Sullivan.
The next five floats gaily decorated in green and blue represented the five Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary and in the first Helen Sunderman as banner bearer was accompanied by Regina Fricker and Mary Azbell as ribbon bearers, Louise Barrett, Mary A. Kuhn, Ethelreda Smith, Mary Margaret Tooil, Madonna Price, Hilda Mooney, Mary Costello, Bernice Cherry, Rose Abel and Mary Corbett as Hail Mary’s. Others in the float were Woodrow Chapman, Paul An-neshansley and Cyril Messbarger.
The second float of the Glorious Mysteries carried Dorothy Roby as banner bearer, Anna Morgan and Anna Mary Maher as ribbon bearers, also Cecelia Cline, Ethelreda Kilbarger, Helen Murtaugh, Dolores Miller, Margaret Greten, Genevieve Lang, Iris Ross, Rose Mary McAnespie, Mary Brasseur and Dorothy Justus as Hail Mary’s, with George Smith, Charles Smith and Nester Dourlet in the float.
The third of the Glorious Mysteries was represented by Roberta Konkler, carrying the banner, Dorothy Miller and Mary E. Daugherty bearing the ribbons, and Bernadine Tooill, Gertrude Kern, Lucile Anneshansley, Helen Flood, Esther Snyder, Leona Brown, Hilda Ehrler, Clara Primrose, Lucille Greenwald and Anna M. Thimmes as Hail Mary’s. Boys in this float were Raymond Anneshansley, Joseph Ebrecht and Paul Balthaser.
Fourth came Evelyn Wallace as Banner bearer, Anna M. Brooks and Emma Macioci as ribbon carriers, and Kathleen Snyder, Mary C. Thimmes, Frances Smith, Ruth Kennedy, Dorothy Zink, Anna E. Yonk, Catherine Smith, Alice Thimmes, Muriel Ross and Ruth Little, as Hail Mary’s. Others in the float were Thomas Sheridan, Paul Ross and John McCauley.
In the fifth and last float of the Glorious Mysteries were Teresa Joos, banner carrier, Delilah Ditto and Beatrice Schorr ribbon carriers and Charlotte Fagan, Dorothy Miller, Mary Balthaser, Catherine Helwig, Ella Sullivan. Lillian Showalter, Coletta Young, Helen Slater, Lena Cralglow and Jule Tarpey as Hail Mary’s, while others in this float were Nan Tarpey, Thomas Justus, John Graf and Ralph Murney.
Following next came “Columbia”, a beautifully designed float emphasizing the National colors and in which Mary Brown represented “Columbia”, and Mercedes Walley, Kathleen Ruff, Pauline Spires, Kathleen Cannon, Helen Fox and Lillian Blaire were dressed to represent Patriotic girls.
Soldier guards in uniform who accompanied the float were Mason Eckert, Mr. Eaton, Henry Herbert, Edward Fox. William J. Gallagher and William Fox.
“Justice” was the next of the beautiful floats and was similar to that of “Columbia” with its effective patriotic colors. Anna Tobin impersonated the part of “Justice” while the patriotic girls were Elizabeth Craiglow, Teresa Yonk, Josephine Giles and Fern Pacot and the soldier guards were Francis Kiener and John Kreidler.
The attractive Knights of Columbus float which followed the B. I. S. band, heading the fourth division, depicted the landing of Columbus, and in the decorations the National colors, evergreen branches, rubber plants and palms being effectively combined. The characters impersonated were Christopher Columbus, William Ross; Monk, Rowlee Steiner; Indians, Eugene Thimmes, Francis Strigle; Spaniards, Jack Gallagher, John Murphy, Raymond McGee, Joseph Evans; Spanish boy, Anthony Ross.
Last but not least of the twenty-five floats came the “Ship of Stale” and the characters of which were Uncle Sam, Clarence Thesing; Sailors, Paul Weiland and Leo Brown; Liberty, Leota Landerfelt; Patriotic Girls, Jennie Shumaker, Genevieve Winter, Nellie Wallace, Mary Lamb, Marie Slater, Mary Margaret Welsheimer, Anna M. Todhunter, Ruth Spires.
In the first section of the First Division of the parade were the members of the City Police Department, mounted. George R. Clarke as Grand Marshall, Col. P. H. Powers Chief of Staff, Joseph H. Goldcamp, Max Miller and Will Thimmes, Aides.
Next in automobiles rode Rev. Fr. J. B. Mattingly, pastor of St. Mary’s; Father Diegelman, his present assistant, and the following visiting clergymen, Fr. D. J. Kennedy, O. P., of Washington, D. C., Fr. Edward Mattingly of Kansas City. Mo.; Fr. Connolly, St. Joseph’s, Somerset; Fr. Pendegast, chaplain of St. Joseph’s, Somerset; Fr. Noon of California; Fr. Heasley of Aquinas College, Columbus; Fr. J. F. Dooley of Mingo Junction; Fr. C. R. Teipe of Danville; Fr. Walker, O. P., of Washington. D. C; Fr. Sullivan, O. P., of St. Joseph’s, Somerset; Fr. Weigand, of Steubenville; Fr. Cush of New Lexington; Fr. Hannon, of Circleville; Fr. Schlernitzauer, of Zaleski; Fr. Dzikowski, of Dennison; Fr. Burkhart, of Neff; Fr. Schaefer, of Glouster; Fr. Nevin, of Logan; Fr. Kessler, of Bremen; Fr. Dooley, O. P., of Columbus; Fr. Ochs, Fr. Valerius, Fr. O’Neil, Fr. Murphy, Fr. Ryan,’ Fr. Nolan and Fr. Goldschmidt, all of Columbus.
The Citizens Band, Fourth Battalion Band of Columbus and the Boys’ Industrial School Band each headed different divisions of the parade in which appeared the boys of St. Mary’s school.
St. Mary’s and the Fourth District Commandary Knights of St. John, Senior and Junior branches of the Holy Name Society, and the Lancaster Council No. 1016 Knights of Columbus.
After the return of the parade to Its starting point near St. Mary’s church, mass formation was assumed and exercises appropriate for the blessing of the beautiful centennial monument and statue of the Blessed Virgin In the church yard wore held. Father Edward Mattingly, a Missionary priest whose headquarters are Kansas City, Mo., a cousin of Fr. Mattingly, the local pastor, delivered an eloquent and inspiring open air discourse which was attentively listened to by many hundreds of people assembled in that vicinity.
Following Father Mattingly’s remarks, solemn benediction services were held in the church at which time Fr. J. B. Mattingly bestowed papal blessing upon those assembled.
A solemn high mass celebrated on Sunday morning at 9:30 in St. Mary’s Church, marked the formal opening of St. Mary’s Centennial. Masses had been read at 5, 6, 7 and 8 o’clock and at each of the earlier masses many received Holy Communion.
The altar never looked more beautiful than on this occasion with decorations of yellow and white, the papal colors. Clusters of gorgeous yellow and white flowers against a background of greenery and studded with many burning candles produced a most effective setting.
Fr. Connolly of St. Joseph’s, Somerset, as celebrant of the solemn Mass was assisted by Fr. Noon of California, as deacon; Fr. Heasley, O. P., of Aquinas College, Columbus, sub-deacon; Fr. C. B. Teipe of Danville, as Master of Ceremonies, with five Brothers from St. Joseph’s Priory of Somerset, as servers of the Mass and the smaller altar boys in cassocks of red and white assisting with their usual duties. In the sanctuary with Rev. Fr. J. B. Mattingly sat Fr. Edward Mattingly, of Kansas City, Mo.; Fr. Pendegast, Chaplain of St. Joseph’s, Somerset; Fr. J. F. Dooley, of Mingo Junction ; Fr. Sullivan, O. P., of St. Joseph’s, Somerset; Fr. Walker, O. P., of Washington, D. C. and Fr. Digellman, assistant pastor of St. Mary’s.
Fr. D. J. Kennedy of Washington, D. C., delivered the centennial sermon and in the course of his remarks briefly recounted the history of St. Mary’s Church and spoke in glowing terms of the brilliant successes achieved by the present pastor, Rev. Fr. J. B. Mattingly.
Weber’s Mass in G was sung by the choir with Mrs. James Daugherty singing the soprano solo parts. Salve Regina was also effectively sung by Clem R. Miller, baritone soloist. During the past week all of the artistic decorations of the many floats and the costumes worn by all in the floats were designed and made by those taking part in the parade and the different ladies of St Mary’s parish under the direction of the Dominican Sisters of St Mary’s Convent who returned earlier from their summer vacation in order to assist with the Centennial celebration.
Credit is also due the men of the parish of whom J. H. Goldcamp acted as chairman. They ably assisted with making the affair such a complete success as well as the owners of the autos and trucks who so generously donated their machines and services.