Mission to Arizona, 1916-1940: Father Augustine Schwarz, O.F.M.

Mission to Pimería: St. Michael's Mission, Hashan Kehk


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The small community of Hashan Kehk, or Sacaton Flats, was home to a fairly extensive complex of mission buildings when Father Augustine took this photograph during St. Michael’s Day Feast on September 20, 1918.

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LAB MSS-153/11:74
  In addition to the church, which is shown on the left, is the missionary’s house (where Father Augustine said he learned to cook), the school house (the first church), and a two-room teacher’s house. Fr. Vincent Arbeiter, O.F.M., is shown standing by his Ford, while the carpenters, Augustine and Leonard, pose on the roof.

The church, which was built by Rev. Francis Redman in 1909, was destroyed by fire sometime before 1973. In 2001, the adobe bell tower stands as a lonely sentinel while the desert encroaches on the barely discernable foundations of the former mission buildings.   photograph
LAB FILM S104:176

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LAB MSS-153/10:69
The sister village of Sacaton was host to the Pima Fair, and St. John’s students would enter their handicrafts for prizes. This gaily decorated float looked like it might have been a prize winner at the November 1, 1917 fair.

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