Sacred Heart (Fillmore, Iowa)


Sacred Heart (Fillmore, Iowa)


"Father David J. Lonergan arrived in November of 1890 to found the parish, staying in the Gordon home until a residence could be provided. Pastor and parishioners chose high ground on the Military Road, near the small town of Fillmore and about eight miles northeast of Cascade. A district school building was moved to the church property and used for Mass and instructions. As the parish was not able to secure Sisters, they hired Miss Belle Healey to teach in the district public school on the church grounds."

- Kurt, Rev. Msgr. Edgar, Parish Profile #113, The Witness, February 26, 1989, Sacred Heart Parish, Fillmore.


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 129 years, including information about its priests and parishioners.

Table Of Contents

Anniversary 50th News article (1 document)

Centennial History of the Archdiocese of Dubuque pages 373 and 375 (2 documents)

Financial Statement (6 documents)

Golden Jubilee Booklet (1 document)

Golden Jubilee 1940 Sermon booklet (1 document)

History Profile (2 documents)

Klinkner poem (1 document)

Pastor List (2 documents)

Breyfogle, Bill. “Cheerful, charitable madness.” Telegraph Herald, 25 November 1981, 1-2.  

“Centennial Sunday,” Dubuque: Telegraph Herald, 2 June 1990.

“Sacred Heart, Fillmore plans parish centennial,” The Witness, 3 June 1990.



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