St. Paul in Neosho County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
Osage Catholic Mission
The mission was founded in 1847 for Osage Indians living along the Neosho and Verdigris rivers. A manual labor school for boys was established by the Jesuits and a department for girls by the Sisters of Loretto. Highest recorded enrollment was 239. In 1848 the first Catholic church in southern Kansas was built. During the Civil War when property was laid waste throughout the border, the mission was always spared and school was never suspended. When the Osages moved to Indian territory in 1870, white children gradually replaced the Indians. The school became St. Francis Institution for boys and St. Ann's Academy for girls. St. Francis closed in 1891 and St. Ann's was destroyed by fire in 1895. Notable in service here were Mother Bridget Hayden and Fathers John Schoenmakers, John Bax and Paul Mary Ponziglione, the latter an Italian nobleman. A town, Osage Mission, organized in 1867, became St. Paul in 1895.
Erected by Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission. (Marker Number 51.)
Marker series. This marker is included in the Kansas Historical Society marker series.
Location. 37° 30.864′ N, 95° 9.813′ W. Marker is in St. Paul, Kansas, in Neosho County. Marker is on Washington Click for map. Marker is on the grounds of the Osage Mission-Neosho County Museum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 203 Washington Street, Saint Paul KS 66771, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. War Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); Civil War Soldiers and Sailors Memorial (approx. 4.5 miles away); American Legion Post 102 Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.6 miles away); Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.7 miles away); Lieutenant Leland R. Richey, U.S.N.R. (approx. 5.9 miles away); Mission Neosho (approx. 7.7 miles away); Osage Nation (approx. 7.7 miles away); The Legend of Greenbush (approx. 9.6 miles away).
Also see . . .
1. A Brief History of St. Paul. (Submitted on August 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. Osage Mission in Cutler's History of Kansas. (Submitted on August 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
3. Osage Mission-Neosho County Museum. (Submitted on August 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
4. The Osage Nation. (Submitted on August 19, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page has been viewed 425 times since then and 84 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.