Annunciation (Lattnerville, Iowa)


Annunciation (Lattnerville, Iowa)


"As early as September 1866, the Catholics west of Dubuque in the Lattnerville area met with Catholics of the Centralia area to build a church. Unable to agree on a suitable location, the Lattnerville people quietly turned to Father Alois Meis of Dubuque, who had been deputized by Bishop John Hennessy to help them. They built a church for themselves in 1867 at the present site, where a town thrived for some decades. The cornerstone was laid on August 15, 1868, by Father J. B. McGown of Bankston at a solemn Mass celebrated in the maple grove close to the church. The sermon was preached in German by Father John B. Welkman and in English by Father Meis."

-Rev. Edgar Kurt, The Witness, Profile #71, 24 April 1988


The Archdiocese of Dubuque.
The Center for Dubuque History at Loras College.


Burback, Emily. Burns, Daniel. Gibson, Michael. Oberfoell, Carol. Waldmeir, Helen. Waldmeir, John.


Various primary and secondary sources.




Loras College
Kucera Center for Catholic Thought
Frank and Ida Goedken Series: "Spiritual Life in the Upper Mississippi River Valley"


15 August, 1868-11 July, 1989
History of the parish over the span of 121 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Anniversary documents (2 documents)
Articles/photography (3 documents)
Correspondence (10 documents)
Financial documents (2 documents)
History (8 documents)
Land acquisition/Merger documents (12 documents)
Parish life (5 documents)



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