St. Wenceslaus (Duncan, Iowa)


St. Wenceslaus (Duncan, Iowa)


“In its 110 years, Saint Wenceslaus Parish in Duncan, located in Hancock County, has only had ten pastors. Before the first church was built in 1900, the people attended Mass in Garner or were visited by traveling priests, who celebrated Mass in their homes. Father Michael Carolan, dean of Mason City, was delegated to dedicate the church in 1901. About the same time Father John B. Broz was appointed pastor of Duncan. In 1903 he was given the added charge of Garner, and he soon took up residence there, continuing to minister to both parishes.”

- Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, “Parish Profile #188: Saint Wenceslaus Parish, Duncan.” Dubuque: The Witness, 26 August 1990.


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. 1900-
After tornado 1952-
History of the parish over the span of 119 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

Anniversary - 40th (2 documents)

Annual History (5 documents)

Annual Report (4 documents)

Articles of Incorporation (1 document)

History (11 documents)

Mason City Deanery History Profile (1 document)

Parish History Additions (2 documents)

Pastor cards (1 collection)

Pastor List (1 document)

Photographs (3 documents)

Rt. Rev. Msrg. M. J.M. Wolfe Correspondences (1 document) 

“Tornado Wrecks Church, Leaving Only Steeple and Altar Wall Standing,” Duncan, Iowa. July 2, 1951.



“St. Wenceslaus (Duncan, Iowa),” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed June 7, 2023,

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