A few year ago, I attended a talk at the Stearns History Museum by LaVerne Rippley. He mentioned that the town of New Ulm, Minn. had an unusual clause in its' charter, namely, that priests and lawyers were not welcome to live there. We all laughed, and I wondered if it was true...but look, here's a clipping from the New Ulm Pioneer newspaper. LaVerne said the restriction actually lasted for over a hundred years!
It was a different, simpler world when liquor singlehandedly caused all the problems. I found this ad in a magazine from before 1919 (and before I started labelling every clipping I captured). It's just interesting....
And finally, here's the pdf Larry found last week. It's the application to designate St Joseph's Church in Pierz as a historic building. There's a lovely description--I've often wondered how they built a brick church, and now I know:
"The church, of brick veneered wood-frame construction, is styled in the
simplified Gothic Revival predominant among late 19th century church structures.
A centrally placed tower above a single front entry doorway projects slightly
from the front facade. Louvered, pointed arched openings in the tower conceal bells. The spire above is topped with an iron cross. The side facades are divided into nine bays, with single pointed arched windows centered in the bays. A single gabled roof covers the main body of the church. There is an apse at the east end....."