Immaculate Conception (Masonville, Iowa)


Immaculate Conception (Masonville, Iowa)


“The early Irish settlers […] were cared for by Father John Gosker of Independence, fifteen miles to the west. Mass in home or school continued until they built a church holding eight pews. Two ladies of the parish deserve the credit for getting the church built. Mrs. Mary Ryan, who was in her eighties, and Mrs. McElmeel went house to house soliciting funds. The date of building the frame church is not recorded. The first baptism of record was administered on March 25, 1883, by Father J. F. Richardson, an assistant at Saint Raphael Cathedral in Dubuque.”

- Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, “Parish Profile #114: Immaculate Conception Parish, Masonville.” Dubuque: The Witness, 5 March 1989.


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 116 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Annual Parish History for the Archives 1993, 1960, 1976, 1980-1990 (11 compilations)

Financial Statement 1967-1968, 1985-1986 (4 documents)

Fr. Caffery regarding Masonville History Letter 1939 (1 document)

Handwritten Comprehensive History written in 1961 (1 compilation)

Immaculate Conception Booklet 1972 (1 booklet)

Inventory of Resource Materials (1 document)

Mortgage Papers (2 documents)

Mrs. Mary Malone Burial Information Letter 20 July 1954 (1 document)

Pastor Card (1 document)

Pastor List (1 document)

Rev. Kurt Letter to Rev. Kruse regarding Parish Profile information (1 document)

Updates on A.C.C.W. History Project (1 document)

Vocations Information (1 document)

Warranty Deed 1870 (1 document)

Bonefas, June, “A Valentine for St. Patrick and Immaculate Conception.” The Winthrop News, 29 February 1996, p. 29.

“First Communion,” E.B. Shopping Guide, 24 May 1990, p. 8.

“Missed Parish Drive,” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXVI NO. 39, 23 November 1986.



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