St. Thomas Aquinas (Webster City, Iowa)


St. Thomas Aquinas (Webster City, Iowa)


“During the three-year pastorate of Father Michael Daly, a new parish site was purchased near the center of the city at 1010 Des Moines Street, and Father Thomas J. O’Brien supervised the building of the present brick church dedicated to Saint Thomas Aquinas. It was the first church in the archdiocese to be dedicated by the newly appointed Archbishop John J. Keane, on January 5, 1901.”

- Rev. Msgr. Edgar Kurt, “Parish Profile #67: Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, Webster City,” Dubuque: The Witness, 27 March 1968.


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 148 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Annual History 1974-1978, 1979-1982, 1984-1991, 1995-1996 (59 documents)

Annual Report and Financial Statements 1976, 1982, 1983 (1 booklet, 1 document, 1 packet)

Centennial History (1 booklet)

Church History with Father John J. Walsh (1 document)

Combination of School and Sisters Convent 1952 (1 document)

History (1 packet)

Knights of Columbus Diamond Jubilee 1904-1979 (1 document)

Letter regarding Church lot proposition 1940 (1 document)

Pastor List and Major Developments 1936-1959, 1936-1973 (2 documents)

Pastor/Priest Timeline 1871-1988 (1 document)

Photographs Page 10 October 1982 (1 document)

Sketch for new parish school 1951 (1 document)

St. Thomas Aquinas Elementary School 1988-1989 (1 booklet)

“Archbishop to be here this Sunday,” n.p., n.d.

Bares, Michael. “New St. Thomas priest ready to serve parish.” Webster City: The Daily Freeman-Journal, 1 August 1989.

“Catholic Heart Work Camp.” Dubuque: The Witness, 28 September 2003, p. 3.

“Confirmed at St. Thomas Aquinas.” Webster City: The Daily Freeman Journal. 29 July 1991, p. 3.

“Donates picture to Catholic Daughters,” n.p., n.d.

“Fishing in the ‘Sea of Galilee.’” Webster City: The Daily Freeman Journal, Vol. 134, No. 91. 21 November 1990.

Krawczuk, Marge. “Neither rain, nor sleet, nor dark of night…” Dubuque: The Witness, 21 December 2003, p. 3.

Kurt, Rev. Msgr. Edgar. “Parish Profile #67: Saint Thomas Aquinas Parish, Webster City.” Dubuque: The Witness, 27 March 1988.

“Living Stations.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXXII, No. 14, 17 May 1992, p. 9. 

“Prayers for Peace.” Webster City: The Daily Freeman Journal. 15 January 1991.

Schuster, David. “Laotian family by Webster City Parish.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXVII, No. 47, 24 January 1988.

“Twenty-four receive first Holy Communion.” Webster City: The Daily Freeman Journal, 2 May 1989, p. 8.

“Webster City,” Dubuque: The Witness, 10 October 1982.

“Webster City,” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LXXIII NO. 13, 9 May 1993.

“Webster City Parish to Celebrate Jubilee Sunday.” Dubuque: The Witness, Vol. LI, No. 36, 28 October 1971.

“Webster City parish creates stewardship position.” Dubuque: The Witness, 29 March 2009, p. 3.


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