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Chippewa Falls in Chippewa County, Wisconsin — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Reverend Charles F.X. Goldsmith

December 22, 1845 - November 24, 1890

 
 
Reverend Charles F.X. Goldsmith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
1. Reverend Charles F.X. Goldsmith Marker
Inscription. Charles was born in Rochester, New York. At the early age of thirteen he entered the provincial seminary of St. Francis near Milwaukee. He graduated in 1864 and then entered the American College at Louvain, Belgium. There he earned two divinity degrees and was ordained a priest on July 25, 1868. After returning to the United States, he spent the winter as assistant to St. Mary's in Milwaukee.

The "Boy Priest" as he was called, arrived in Chippewa Falls on May 25, 1869 and two days later said mass at the old St. Mary's of the Falls Church.

His first big work was the construction of Notre Dame Church. He began collecting money by visiting lumber camps and pioneer farms throughout the Chippewa Valley. Construction of the church began in the spring of 1870 and was completed in August of 1872.

In 1884 he helped build St. Charles Church and plan a permanent hospital, which was staffed by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. In 1886 he helped build Holy Ghost Church. He also established a newspaper called "The Catholic Sentinal".

According to his doctors, Father Goldsmith died in 1890 at the age of 44 due to a stomach hemorrhage. He was buried near Notre Dame Church. After this, Goldsmith Chapel was built in his honor in 1894; later his body was exhumed and placed in a crypt under the altar. The four
Reverend Charles F.X. Goldsmith Marker image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
2. Reverend Charles F.X. Goldsmith Marker
The marker is at the front left corner of the chapel.
smaller stained glass windows, each represent one of the four local Catholic organizations he founded: Saint Jean Baptiste Society, the Catholic Knights - now called the Knights of Columbus, the Rosary Society, and the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Goldsmith Street on the northside of the city is named after him.

Chippewa County Historical Society
Marker Sign #29

 
Erected by the Chippewa County Historical Society. (Marker Number 29.)
 
Location. 44° 56.157′ N, 91° 23.219′ W. Marker is in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, in Chippewa County. Marker is on Allen Street west of South Prairie Street, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 Allen Street, Chippewa Falls WI 54729, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Notre Dame Church (within shouting distance of this marker); Old McDonell High School (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Hiram Stores Allen (about 700 feet away); The Marsh Rainbow Arch Bridge (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oldest Commercial Building in Chippewa Falls (approx. 0.3 miles away);
Father Goldsmith Memorial Chapel image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
3. Father Goldsmith Memorial Chapel
National Register of Historic Places - Building #83003369
Site of the Mason Shoe Factory (approx. 0.3 miles away); Site of the Hiram S. Allen Home (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Norway House & the Birthplace of Alexander Wiley (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chippewa Falls.
 
Also see . . .  Father C. F. X. Goldsmith. (Submitted on January 28, 2011.)
 
Categories. Cemeteries & Burial SitesChurches, Etc.
 
Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
4. Plaque
This building has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
Tablet image. Click for full size.
By Keith L, October 28, 2010
5. Tablet
In Memoriam Adm. RD I.D. C.F.X. Goldsmith, S.T.D.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 28, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin. This page has been viewed 634 times since then and 36 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 28, 2011, by Keith L of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin.
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