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Mildred in Sullivan County, Pennsylvania — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

The Bell of Our First Church

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2019
1. The Bell of Our First Church Marker
Inscription.  

Built in 1896, St. Francis of Assisi Church burned to the ground April 12, 1957, Friday before Holy Week. Fire broke out at 10:20 p.m., and the Rectory was also destroyed.

Father Luke Hally kept the broken bell until he died in 1970. One day within a few months the bell was sold by mistake. A junk dealer hauled it away, but James Christini, John Evangelisti and Charles Burke brought it back the next day.

On July 4, 1983, Stanley Bohensky Sr. arranged with Ernest Menold to take the bell to repair it and to make its support. We are grateful to them for their efforts and for the memories.
 
Erected by the Parishioners of St. Francis of Assisi.
 
Location. 41° 28.983′ N, 76° 22.823′ W. Marker is in Mildred, Pennsylvania, in Sullivan County. Marker is at the intersection of Pennsylvania Route 487 and St. Francis Drive, on the left when traveling south on State Route 487. Marker and bell are on the St. Francis of Assisi Church grounds. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7699 PA Route 487, Mildred PA 18632, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 3 miles of this

The Bell of Our First Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2019
2. The Bell of Our First Church and Marker
Looking north
marker, measured as the crow flies. Veterans Memorial (approx. 0.6 miles away); a different marker also named Veterans Memorial (approx. 2.7 miles away); World War Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); Civil War Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); Korean War Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); Vietnam War Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); Spanish American War Memorial (approx. 3 miles away); Lopez Centennial Park (approx. 3.1 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Photo of the original St. Francis of Assisi Church and Rectory. (Submitted on September 10, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Newspaper article on the 1957 St. Francis of Assisi Church fire can be found here. (Submitted on September 10, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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The St. Francis of Assisi Church Bell image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., August 26, 2019
3. The St. Francis of Assisi Church Bell
 

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Credits. This page was last revised on September 10, 2019. This page originally submitted on September 10, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 29 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 10, 2019, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
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