St. Paul (Traer, Iowa)


St. Paul (Traer, Iowa)


“Once the Archbishop appointed a pastor for the Blessing parish, the blessing pastors occasionally visited the Catholics of the Traer area and celebrated Mass in their homes. In 1912 Father Sampson, pastor of Blessing, directed the building of Saint Paul Church in Traer. After that, Mass was celebrated as often as Father Sampson could visit Traer.”

- Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, “Parish Profile #197: Saint Paul Parish, Traer,” Dubuque: The Witness, 28 October 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"


ca. 1912-
History of the parish over the span of 107 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Annual History 1951-1958 (2 packets)

Centennial, History of Tama County, p. 190-191.

Constitution 31 July 1985 (1 packet)

Contributions List (2 documents) 

Financial Report 1976 (1 booklet)

History of St. Paul Altar and Rosary Society, Traer, Iowa. (1 packet)

Kolash Letter 2011 (2 documents)

New Addition File 2002 (1 file)

Rembrance of Mission Card 1948 (1 card)

Hayes, Donald P. PhD. “Immaculate Conception Church, Blessing and St. Paul’s Church, Traer,” n.p., n.d.

Jackels, Archbishop Michael O., “Decree Regarding Saint Joseph Church, Dysart, Iowa Belonging to Saint Paul Parish, Traer, Iowa.” 19 March 2018.

Kurt, Rev. Edgar, “Saint Paul Parish, Traer,” ca. 1988.

Kurt, Rev. Edgar, “Parish Profile #197,” Dubuque: The Witness, 28 October 1990.

Murray, Janette. They Came to North Tama: Old Buckingham, Tranquility Folk, 1953, 1973, p. 154-155.

“Traer concludes year of St. Paul.” Dubuque: The Witness, 19 July 2009, p. 4.  


“St. Paul (Traer, Iowa),” Loras College Digital Collections, accessed July 23, 2024,