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1912 - "Traits of Character"

On January 6, 102 boarders and 160 day pupils returned from their Christmas holidays and took up their studies again with much zeal.  The winter months were made pleasant for the children by giving little parties and music and entertain­ments every month.  We were able this year to engage a very capable teacher for elocution and physical training.  On February 2, a renowned pianist, a virtuoso, from Chicago, visited St. Mary's.  He gave us a splendid concert during which he played the most difficult compositions of the Great Masters with finished technique.  This proved a great in­centive to spur the pupils on to the mastery of classical music.

On February 24, our dear Sister Benigna, Baumann, died a most edifying death.  On March 3, the annual retreat of the children began.  It was conducted by Reverend Smith, S.J. of St. Louis, Mo. and was attended by 130 zealous students. During the retreat, Clara Smithwick was received into the Church.  She was fifteen years old.1912: Ella Barrett, Teresa Cook, Katherine Loeb, Julia Howard, Mary Gallagher

St. Patrick's Day, March 17, was celebrated with great solemnities.  Reverend Father Quinlan, S. J., of Creighton University, Omaha, preached for the occasion.  In the even­ing, Reverend Father Cassidy surprised us by bringing his guest over here, and a hurried program for entertainment was arranged.  The monthly programs of the winter came in handy for this occasion.  Father Quinlan expressed his surprise at the musical ability shown by the pupils as also their modesty and firm traits of character, and was much pleased to learn some of the particulars about our congregation. On June 15, Commencement took place the same as in forego­ing years.  There were nine graduates. Each received a teachers' certificate.  On the following day the first re­treat for the Alumnae Association opened and was conducted by Reverend J. P. Conroy, S. J.  120 old pupils attended.

1912 GraduatesOn July 8, death again knocked at the portals of St. Mary's and called away our dear Sr. Adelgonde, Ninehaus. She died a peaceful death after nine years of suffering from cancer.  R.I.P.

In the month of August Mother Leonie left us to join three other Superiors on a trip to Germany for the election of Reverend Mother.  On October 23 she returned and brought with her Sister Godeline, now Sr. Corona and Sr. Alacoque from Stella Niagara.  The ocean trip was most pleasant es­pecially the return trip which was favorable in every par­ticular.  The voyage lasted seven days.  The good Mothers and Sisters in Europe did everything in their power to make our visit a pleasant remembrance.  The Sisters here were full of admiration at the beautiful and useful presents sent to them from Europe.  We thank the good God for the great benefits, support, and knowledge derived from this visit, for our European Sisters, ourselves, and the pupils. The bond of love between us is thereby strengthened and made more firm.

During the octave of Christimas a former pupil, Lutia  Barto, was received into the Church. During the year two Sisters were changed, Sr. Solano to Holy Rosary Mission and Sr. Amalia to Charleston W. Va.  Their places were taken by Sr. Scholastica and 3r. Alacoque  from Stella Niagara.



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