2020 September 8 St. Thomas News

St. Anne’s Catholic Church in Le Sueur will have masses with Father Chris Shofner: Saturdays at 5:15 p. m. and Sundays at 8 a. m. and 10:30 a. m.. Check the website for more instructions.

A nice crowd enjoyed the Year end picnic at the St. Thomas Sportsmans Park. Good food and good company... always.

On the road again, Tom and Loni Graham and Diane Burns toured the Farmall Land Museum in Avoca, Iowa. The museum is operated by a former International Harvester dealer and features many unique and one of a kind tractors and implements. Sadly the museum is closing at the end of September and the contents auctioned off. They also toured the Buddy Holly crash sight, birthplaces of Maymie Eisenhower and John Wayne, a few of the bridges of Madison County, the Irish Church.
Crops looked good. Harvest is getting close.

As St. Thomas History has it, “a couple of stores had been serving our St. Thomas community for many years. Some of the early proprietors have been forgotten, but the later ones are still recalled. The old Cassin Store stood on the sight of the Alois Gill property. In about 1928-29 John Callahan, Sr., leased the store which was behind the St. Thomas Social Hall, built in 1910, by the Catholic congregation. Callahan, also called ‘Old Johnny’, rented the Dance hall for dances, weddings and anniversary gatherings and showers when the church didn’t need it for dinners and bazaars. The structure belonged to Cassin and was torn down in the late 1950’s. In the 1934, Callahan built a new store at the same location” According to LS- Town on the River. John Callahan also owned a store in Henderson. “He called it a cafe, and stocked it with candy and served ice cream.” According to the Henderson Then and Now book.

What a very different start of a school year for students this year!
Take care and God bless.