Maria Stein in Mercer County, Ohio — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
St John the Baptist Catholic Church
In the “Land of the Cross-Tipped Churches”
Architect: Adophus Druiding (1838- 1899), Chicago, IL
Contractor: Anton DeCurtins (1829- 1895), Carthagena, OH
This historic parish was organized in 1835 by a group of German immigrants, primarily from Oldenburg, who purchased 40 acres of land. In 1836, the parish was established from St. Augustine, Minster and became the first catholic parish in Marion Township and Mercer County. The present church is the third one after log (1837) and brick (1850) buildings. The plat for the village of St. John was recorded 24 September 1838.
On 5 May 1889 the cornerstone for the present church was blessed by native son, Bishop Joseph Dwenger, C.P.P.S. (1837-1893). Two years later, the church was dedicated at a cost of $40,133, much of the work was done by parishioners. In Romanesque Revival style, the church measures nearly 138 feet in length and 58 feet wide. The exterior was decorated with sandstone trim, finials and cornices. but they were removed c. 1960. The tower, rising 180 feet, contains three bells made by the Henry Stucksted Bell Co., St. Louis in 1892. Ten Corinthian stone columns
Presented to the St. John Parish by descendants of the Leon and Catherine (Kilker) Bernard Family, immigrant parishioners from Rechesy, France, who arrived in Maria Stein in 1836; A.D. 2008.
Erected 2008 by Descendants of the Leon and Catherine (Kilker) Bernard.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Architecture • Churches & Religion • Settlements & Settlers.
Location. 40° 24.463′ N, 84° 28.407′ W. Marker is in Maria Stein, Ohio, in Mercer County. Marker is at the intersection of Ohio Route 119 and St. Johns Road (County Route 171), on the right when traveling west on State Route 119. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 8519 Ohio 119, Maria Stein OH 45860, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Maria Stein Convent and Relic Chapel (approx. 0.6 miles away); Maria Stein Veterans MemorialSt. Rose Schoolhouse Bell (approx. 2.2 miles away); Minster (approx. 5.1 miles away); Minster's Origins (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Log Church (approx. 5.1 miles away); Cholera Marker (approx. 5.1 miles away); The Crescent Theater (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Maria Stein.
Credits. This page was last revised on August 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 4, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. This page has been viewed 310 times since then and 20 times this year. Last updated on August 23, 2020, by Allen W. Bernard of Cincinnati, Oh 45202-1736. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on May 4, 2016, by Rev. Ronald Irick of West Liberty, Ohio. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.