Last night, Larry showed me this postcard from Pierz, Minnesota, sent in 1911:
Isn't it cool? That's St Joseph's Church when it was new (22 years). The bell tower says 1888, and the event pictured was before 1911. We speculate that the banner probably says, in German, "Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord"...it's a bit too fuzzy to see, but maybe Horst or Heinz can figure it out and let me know ☺.
And, the reverse of the card (left)? We recognize the writing style (Suetterlin) but not the words. Still, they probably aren't related to the occasion pictured.
It's obviously a religious occasion, but Larry and I searched our brains for one that would elicit a bannered archway and decked out horses. Hmm, it's summer or fall, looks like the pic was taken from across the road because there isn't room today for all the pine trees planted between the arch and the church. Was there such a thing as a blessing of farm animals, etc? But no, this was WAY too fancy an occasion for animals...
SO, our Master Researcher checked the Pierz Journals for a church-related event, and WOW--he found this from October 13, 1910. We think it had to be the day pictured on the postcard!
BTW, the statue from the St Cloud Hospital that was given to the village of Pierz? It's now in a park on main street about at 3rd Ave SE. Cool x 2!