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

Mission to Pimería: St. Joseph's Church


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LAB MSS-153/6:8

 

The tiny settlement of Wetcamp is just south of the now dry Gila River. Father Augustine photographed his “new St. Joseph Church” before the roof was added in October 1916.


He wrote that the building to the left of the church was his “windowless hut,” and described the other structure as a chicken house.


photograph
LAB LSM-92:5
The little church later became a meeting house and remained in use until 1963.

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