On March 19, 1844, Father Henni was consecrated the first bishop of Milwaukee, although he did not arrive in the city until May. Sharing this distinction were Thomas and James, twin sons of Phillip and Mary Mc Dermott. Father Quinn also performed the first marriage ceremony at St. Graves succeeded him, but only remained for about two years, followed by the one-year tenure of Father E. Between 18, Fathers O'Neil and Horan were the pastors. A landmark along Forest Home Avenue, it served the parish for the next 60 years. Father Gormley was succeeded as pastor by Father David W. In 1942, Father Ryan entered the United States Army and was succeeded by Father Joseph T. By 1952, the number of families had increased to 288, with more than 200 children of grade-school age. Alphonsus School at Greendale through the invitation of the pastor, Father Arnold Spangler.
That the new bishop and Father Kundig had been lifelong friends is considered evidence of the latter's skill in human relations. Mary in 1843, but like all early Wisconsin priests, he served a wide territory including Greenfield, Franklin, Oak Creek and Prairieville (Waukesha). Mary, the wedding of Nicholas Nolan and Mary Kelly on November 24, 1844. Mary's parishioners in the early 1860s, and was succeeded about 1868 by Father Edward O'Connor, who had been pastor at St. He died on Valentine's Day, 1873, and was buried in Franklin. The frame church it replaced was eventually moved to land on what is now South 108th Street, just south of West Layton Avenue, and survived until demolished in a highway widening project in 1966. Followed him as pastors from 1895 to 1915 were Fathers J. Father Mc Question, foreseeing the growth of his parish, inaugurated a fundraising drive to build a school.
Father O'Kelley's duties required serving other communities along the circuit in Oak Creek, Racine, Kenosha, Burlington and perhaps several other areas.
But he had difficulty with his health, as well as his German, and he returned to Michigan in June 1842.
Thus, he is credited with establishing the first Catholic school in Milwaukee and only a little later with influencing the move to establish a public school system in Wisconsin.
His gift for organizing gains him credit in history for bringing together leaders and groups that were eventually active in formation of the state itself.
In December 1962, Father Trahey resigned because of ill health and was succeeded by Father Francis Drabinowicz, who arrived on Christmas Eve.Even with 10 classrooms (two more had been set up in the basement hall), more than 300 children were turned away in 1959.It was time for expansion and Father Trahey directed a new fund drive to garner pledges to finance an addition to the school, and for a new church auditorium, which could accommodate the growing number of persons at all Sunday masses.Holy Assumption's present church, built in 1867, still survives. Catholic families were attracted to the area by the excellent school facilities, and farms were being plotted and lots sold at a remarkable pace.Soon the capacity of the school had been exceeded, with more than 425 children enrolled.
Patrick's Day parade, which turned out to be a great civic and religious demonstration.