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1916 - "Cow, Horse, and Hogs"

When we glance back over the year of 1916, we are bound to sing with joyful hearts a grateful Te Deum for the many benefits and blessings of God that came our way during it. It was a year of real blessings for St. Mary's. The health of both Sisters and children was very good.

On January 4 the children returned from Christmas vaca­tion. 85 boarders and 260 day pupils were present. On April 13, the annual retreat of the pupils opened and was conducted by Rev. Father Theiss, S. J. It was again blessed with abun­dant fruit. On Pentecost 45 little ones received their First Holy Communion. Nothing was spared to make the occasion as grand and solemn as possible. The parents of these little tots, obedient to the call of their pastor, also approached the Holy Table and received with them. The May procession in honor of our Blessed Lady was solemn and impressive. New ban­ners were carried by the children for this occasion.

On June 16, Commencement took place. Eighteen young la­dies received school diplomas and teachers' certificates from the state.

On June 19, seven Sisters went to Omaha to continue high­er studies at the Creighton Summer Session. Sr. Dolores and Sr. Cherubim from New Lexington, Sr. Claver from Columbus, Sr. Cyrilla and Sr. Kiriam from Stella Niagara, Sr. Justine and Sr. Stanislaus from Uniontown, and Sr. Claudia from Buf­falo were also there. The intense summer heat gave them plenty to suffer. On July 30 they were delighted to have dear Mother Leonarda as their guest. She remained one day with them and held visitation. On August 3, the Sisters re­turned to Omaha and after a few days of rest and recreation began the annual retreat. It was a relief, they said, to be able to be alone with Our Lord in prayer. During these days the good God sent us a refreshing rain. Sr. Liguori from New Lexington spent vacation here to get a much needed rest. Sr. Honoria, at the close of summer school, received her de­gree of Bachelor of Science. She was transferred to Alliance and Sr. Remegia came here for the eighth grade. Sr. Annunciata took charge of the tenth grade. In October Sr. Blandine was transferred to St. Peter's, Columbus, and Sr. Amanda came here from Minot, N. D.

On November 2, an illustrated lecture about the life of the Little Flower was given in the opera house by two students of Creighton University. The dear Saint was evidently much pleased with this for she showered her devotees abundantly with roses. Almost daily during November we received generous gifts. The K. of C., the ladies, and children tried to out­do one another. We received $1200 in cash, flour, a cow, a horse, two or three hogs, fruit, etc., etc. On December 13, Mother Leonie and Sr. Antoinette were present at the dedica­tion of the new hospital in Alliance. It was a great joy to realize the progress made there, for only nine years previous, the foundation had been made and we gave Sr. Geralda to them as one of the foundation stones. The trip to Alliance is a very round about and unpleasant one, but the pleasure of the short visit and the sisterly love shown more than made up for the unpleasantries of the trip. On the return trip, there was a delay at Crawford of 24 hours, and the good pastor, Reverend Father Moser, offered to take them in his auto to Chadron. That was a great act of charity, for it was already dark and the road was bad. It seemed God wanted to teach us a good lesson—to pray much and often for the poor priests of the West.

On December 21, our new Archbishop Harty arrived in Omaha from the Philippine Islands and was solemnly installed. Sr. Antoinette and Sr. Annunciata attended the ceremonies. His predecessor, Most Reverend Bishop Scannell, D. D., had departed this life on January 8, 1916. He was ill only eight days of La Grippe. We have remembered him daily at the Consecration of the Mass and will always pray at Holy Hour for the repose of his soul. He was always a real fath­er to us and to him we owe the privilege of having Exposi­tion at Holy Hour. R. I. P.

During this year, our dear old Sister Euphrasia came to us. It was after the Mission at St. Francis was burned in January that she and Sr. Norberta came to us. The latter returned to the Mission after it was partly rebuilt. However, Sr. Euphrasia remained here and prayed much for us; and for the congregation. She is in her 75th year, an example for the younger Sisters, so grateful for the least kind act.

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