Good Shepherd (Jewell, Iowa)


Good Shepherd (Jewell, Iowa)


"From 1898 to 1902 Father Eckhart was pastor of Saints Peter and Paul Parish, Gilbert. The church was on the western edge of Story County, about five miles north of Ames and west of the town of Gilbert but call “the Gilbert parish.” In the missionary spirit of those times, Father Eckhart drove about 15 miles northwest to seek out the Catholics in the Jewell Junction area of Hamilton County. (Junction was dropped early in this century.) He celebrated mass in private homes and a little store building. In the summer of 1899, at Father Eckhart’s direction, the handful of families built the first Catholic church, a small frame building. Father Eckhart continued to care for the mission parish by regbular visits. Parish records were kept at the Gilbert rectory."

-Rev. Edgar Kurt, The Witness, Profile #183, 22 July 1990


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"


History of the parish over the span of 104 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Parish Life (8 documents)
Pastor lists (3 documents)
Parish history (4 documents)
Land sale documents (6 documents)
Photography (4 documents)
Financial documents (3 documents)
Construction (5 documents)
Correspondence (4 documents)
Closing decree (3 documents)

Recker, Philip. “The Official Catholic Directory.” Parish survey and information. 5 October, 1994.



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