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An Immigrant Who Became a Northwoods Missionary

Reminiscences of a Pioneer Missionary



Chrysostom Verwyst (1841-1925) was ordained a Catholic priest in 1865 and until 1882 was assigned to various missions and parishes throughout the state. In 1882 he was appointed parish priest and missionary to the Ojibwe Indians in the Bayfield-Ashland area, serving in this capacity until his retirement in 1912. In this memoir he describes arriving in America, pioneer life in Brown county, the Civil War home front, and his religious work in northwestern Wisconsin and on Lake Superior.



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Related Topics: Immigration and Settlement
Wisconsin in the Civil War Era
19th-Century Immigration
The Civil War Home Front
Farming and Rural Life
Creator: Verwyst, Chrysostom, 1841-1925
Pub Data: Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin at its 64th annual meeting held Oct. 19, 1916. (Madison, 1917): 148-185
Citation: Verwyst, Chrysostom. "Reminiscences of a Pioneer Missionary." Proceedings of the State Historical Society of Wisconsin at its 64th annual meeting held Oct. 19, 1916. (Madison, 1917): 148-185 Online facsimile at:  http://www.wisconsinhistory.org/turningpoints/search.asp?id=1613; Visited on: 4/24/2014
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