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Stevens County, Minnesota

Church History and News

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Wednesday, January 13, 1909; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Rev. Father John Sroka, for 18 years bishop's consultor at Duluth and pastor of the St. Mary's Polish Roman Catholic church, is dead at La Crosse, Wis., where he was suddenly stricken with paralysis.

Father Sroka was pastor of the Church of the Holy Cross at La Crosse at the time of his death. He was 48 years old and would have completed three years of service to his La Crosse Parishioners, had he lived til March 1. He was a man whose friendship and influence were not confined to the members of his congregation. He was popular wherever he went. He was born and educated in Poland, and came to America about a quarter of a century ago. He attended St. John's college a year and a half, studying English. He was ordained a priest 24 years ago, and took up his work at Alberta, Minn., later coming to Duluth.

The funeral was held yesterday at La Crosse.

Source: Duluth News-Tribune (Duluth, MN) Friday, March 10, 1911; transcribed by Mary Kay Krogman

Alberta, Minn., March 9.-On Friday of this week, the clergy of the Congregational church from North Dakota and South Dakota and Minnesota will assemble here in the town hall for the purpose of considering the organization and establishment of a church in Alberta. Rev. A. R. Lorsan of Morris, Minn., has been preaching and conducting Sunday school here for about a year. This will be the first noteworthy effort ever made to organize a church here, although the village has been in existence for more than ten years.

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