St. Paul (Newhall, Iowa)


St. Paul (Newhall, Iowa)


“Newhall’s Saint Paul Parish began with Father Alfred P. Meyer’s letter to Archbishop James J. Keane asking permission to start a parish. There had been two parishes in the neighboring town of Norway. One of them began as a Czech parish, with the pastors serving the Czech Catholics in all directions. The other began as an Irish parish, which moved to Watkins when their church was destroyed by fire. By the time Father Meyer became their first resident pastor, most of the parish was German. Father Meyer chose Saint Paul as the patron of the new parish in Newhall because he thought the new parish would grow under the patronage of that great missionary Apostle.”

- Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, “Parish Profile #94: Saint Paul Parish, Newhall.” Dubuque: The Witness, 9 October 1988.


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




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


ca. 1914/1915-
History of the parish over the span of 105 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.


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


Various primary and secondary sources.

Table Of Contents

Additional By-Laws (1 document)

A.C.C.W Parish History Project History (3 documents)

Articles of Reincorporation 1961 (1 document)

Byrne, Rev. James J., Letter to Rev. Weydert concerning the Application for Annexation of Territory to the Town of Newhall (1 document)

Directors Appointment 12 January 1959 (1 document)

Directors Appointment Ballots 1970 (2 documents)

Financial Statement 1968, 1976, 1982, 1985 (4 documents)

Mission by Jesuit Rev. J.R. Rosswinkel S.J., October 19th and 23rd 1919 (1 document)

Mrs. Connolly Parish History Letter 20 July 1962 (1 document)

New Church Blessing Invitation 1961 (1 document)

Pastor Cards (1 collection)

Photographs ca. 1960-1961:

              “New St. Paul’s Catholic Church, Cornerstone         Blessing Nov. 6, 1960, Dedication Aug. 6, 1961”

              “Old Church which is being torn down at present time.”

              “Rev. Joseph N. Weber, Pastor, St. Paul, Newhall,  Iowa”

              “St. Paul’s Rectory Built 1948”

Photograph Postcards Exterior 1962 (7 documents)

Photograph Postcards Interior 1962 (5 documents)

“Church Noting 50th Anniversary,” Blairstown Paper, August 1965.

Kerker, Darlene. “Newhall parish awaits pilgrims,” Dubuque: The Witness, 10 August 2008, p. 2.

“Newhall Church celebrates 25th Year,” 3 August 1986, Dubuque, The Witness, Vol. LXVI No. 23, 3 August 1986.

“To Observe Anniversary,” ca. 1965



“St. Paul (Newhall, Iowa),” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed March 30, 2023,

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