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i? !ff PAGE SIX THE C, UARDIAN. SATURDAY, July 31, 1920 S. H. FIEDLER, Resident Manager Change of Program Every Monday and Thursday. .Always Five Acts of "Big Time" Vaudeville and the Latest International Screen News. Daily Matinees at 2:30 Nights at 7:30 and 9:00 HENRY HIMSTEDT HICKEY HIMSTEDT HIMSTEDT & SON Plumbing and Heating 320 LOUISIAN 4. STREET REPAIR WORK A SPECIAL'I Y ESTIMATES CHEERFULLY FURNISHED Phone Main 350 LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS I W. H. Bray "LITTLE ROCK'S ART AND GIFT SHOP" Pictures and Picture Frames Artist's Materials A Card for every purpose. Party Favors. Gifts. 702 MAIN STREET LITTLE ROCK, .ARK. "If It Comes from Bray's It's Good" "i ,::,_,_,,_ ...... :::::-, ........... .j, Enterprise Hatters 1 i$ itl[,lilLl,llllllll,llllllltllllllllttlttllllliiitllllllllllllllllllllh,l Manufacturers and Renovators 110 West Markham Street All Work Guaranteed CLETRAC TANK TYPE TRACTORS I. More kinds of work More days in the year. ARKANSAS TRACTOR SALES CO. Third and Center Streets Phone Main 5061 Little Rock, Arkansas IIIIIII I I I I I I II I I Ill I II I II I I I I Ill 315 CENTER S'rREET WEAVER'S WONDERFUL Phone Main 4224 } REEZE-PROOF CORE If It Can Be Repaired We Know Haw to I)o It JAMES T. WEAVER "TI,c ihxdiator Man" New and Used l{adiaim' for Sah' Little Rock, Ark. N I I I I I I I I I I I II Ill ')IIII 0 1 ,II,IIIIIIII I* The Bishops of Little Roc]00 J ' r --a' l hah:ak::ndl::: L dame::gPth:ncat:hi: tehes::::: :fdsl:lYr;i::dPl;i::tSlenTha institutions in the Diocese of Little Rock during the last decade was made possible through the far-sightedness and good judgment of the first Bishops of the Diocese of Little Rock. In re- ferring to the activity that has taken place during his time, Bishop Morris generously acknowledges that he owzs what he has been able to accomplish in building up diocesan institutions to his two illustrious predecessors. The First Little Rock Diocese. Right Rev. Andrew Byrne, the first Bishop of Little Rock, was born in Navan, Ireland, Dec. 5, 1802. In 1820 when pursuing his studies at the Dio- cesan Seminary of Navan, he volun- teered to go with Bishop England to Charleston, S. C., where he was or-' dained Nov. 11, 1827. In 1830 he was; pastor of St. Mary's Church, Charles-: ton, and was for several years the Vicar General of Bishop England, and his theologian, 1833, at the second Provincial Council of Baltimore. When belief in the lawlessness and the sick- liness of the country deterred north- ern people from coming. The Indian Territory, which was attached to the Diocese of Little Rock, was visited from Fo Smith. But generally the soldiers anti officers of the forts were the only ones visited--as there were no other whites. Father Picherit came to Fort Smith to go as a mis- t sionary among the Indians, and diti, I .J in 1860, make a few visits, one a l$ lengthy and successful one. He I brought back a number of bows an(t I arrows and buffalo robes and other l Indian relics. But he was changed to another mission. With his nine priests at Little Rock, Fort Smith, Helena, Pine Bluff anti New Gascony, and with his three schools by Sisters of Mercy, at Little Rock, Fort Smith ant] Helena, he was halted in the midst of his work. He died June 10, 1862, at Helena, and was buried in the Sisters' garden. In 1881, cholera broke out in Charleston, and RT. REV. ANDREW BYRNE The First Bishop 1843-1962 the patients were removed to an ad- island, the young priest dstin- d himself. Owing to a differ- enee of opinion between Father Byrne and Bishop England, in respect to a detail of the Sunday school, he de- parted for New York, where he was received by Bishop Hughes. His next nussion was at the Church of the Na- tivity, New York City. He opened: March 19, 1341, St. Andrew's Church. He'became noted as a preacher, being gifted with a rich and powerful oro- tund voice, an imposing presence and a flow of language that rarely failed on Wednesday, Nov. 30, his name's day, the remains were placed in a crypt beneath the sanctuary of the new St. Andrew's Cathedral, corner of Seventh and Louisiana streets, Little Rock. The Pontifical Mass was cele- brated by Bishop Fitzgerald, having: Father McGowan as assistant priest, and Father Phelan, editor of the St. Louis Western Watchman, as deacon, anti Father D. A. Quinn, of Forrest City, Ark., as subdeacon. Bishop Watterson and several clergy, who had come to witness the dedication of the new cathedral on the Sunday pre- vious, were present in the sanctuary. Father Phelan delivered the eulogy. Bishop Byrne was long remembered by ninny people of the state, espe- cially, by Protestant friends, with whom he was on the most familiar terms. Bishop Fitzgerald. Bishop Fitzgerald was born in 1833 in Limerick, the historic city of Ire- land's broken treaty. In 1850 he was pursuing his studies at the seminary of the Barrens, Perry county, Mis- souri, conducted by the Lazarists, and I at the time when Archbishop Lynch, I of Toronto, deceased, then a simple Lazarist priest, was professor. Bishop Cosgrove, of Davenport, Ia., Rev. James Henry, of St. Louis, Mo., de- ceased, and other prominent clergy- men, were then studying at the Bar- rens, the only theological seminary at the time west of the Mississippi. The year 1852 found him a student in Mt. St. Mary's of the West, Cincinnati, O. In 1855 he "entered Mt. St. Mary's, Emmettsburg, Md. He received the to move an audience, holy orders of priesthood August, 22, The New Diocese of Little Rock. 11857, at the hands of his chosen The new Diocese of Little Rock,] B shop, Archbishop J. B Purcell, by comprising the State of Arkansas and Iwho m he was assigned to an important the Indian Territory, was created inlparish of Columbus, O. This was his 1843. On March 10, 1844, in St. Pat-]only mission as priest. rick's Cathedral, New York, Bishop] The Diocese of Little Rock had been Hughes, as consecrating pelate, as  2 when " - sede vacante from June 18, 186 , sisted by Bishop Fenwick, of Boston, Right Rev. Andrew Byrne, its first and Bishop Whelan of Richmond, con- secrated Right Rev. John McCloskey, Bishop of Albany; Right Rev. William Quartier, Bishop of Chicago, and Right Rev. Andrew Byrne, Bishop of Little Rock. Bishop Byrne repaired immediately to his new diocese and began a visitation. Bishop Hughes al- lowed him to take two priests from the New York diocese with him, anti he selected Father Gorry and Father Donahoe. First Ordination. The Rev. Thomas McKeone was or- dained by Bishop Byrne, in St. Am- brose's Clmrch, Arkansas Post, Nov. 1. 1845 He died of consumption about seven months afterwards. hnports an Irish Cohmy. It was the phm of Bishop Byrn e to establish an h'ish Colony at Fort Smith. Father Hoar, a zealous h'ish priest, with his sanction, left h'eland in 1849 with about seventy-five h'ish families. Bishop Byrne introduced the Sisters of Mercy into the diocese in 1851. Their history will be dealt with in an- other part of this narrative, where all the religious institutions will r- ceive due consideration. It was Bishop Byrne's ardent desire to establish a college for boys as well as an academy for girls at Fort Smith. The Rev. P. W. Walsh, an ex-Jesuit rom Albany, had followed Bishop Byrne to Arkansas, and in 1845 his name is found among the priests of St. Mary's. He was a fine scholar antl in 1851 the new college was open- ed at Fort Smith under his presidency. It was named after St. Andrew. Summary of Bishop Byrne's Work. The difficulties of his position seemed not to grow less as time ad- vanced. The plan of colonization which he at one time cherished was given up. The comparatively large al- lowance from the Propagation of the Faith and the money he was able to collect or command in any way was soon exnended, with but little turn. [No Catholic immigration of conse- quence had come to the state At the thne of his death, at Helena, 1862, there were not over t,000 Catholics in Bishop, died at Helena Ark. After the close of the Civil War and when the smoke of battle had passed away, BISHOP FITZGLRALD, ," 1866-1907 the Holy See deemed the time'oppor- tune to provide for tim widowed ctio- cese, and the choice happily fell upon the erudite anti successful pastor of Columbus, O. The consecration took place in St. Patrick's Church, Colum- bus, Feb 3 1867, Archbishop Purcell being the c'onsecrating prelate; first assistant, Archbishop Lynch, Toronto I secoml assistant, Bishop Rosecranz I Archbishop Rvan. Philadelnhia, deliv 1 ered the sermon; Very Rev. J. B. Hemsteager, assistant priest at Mass. I and Rev. William J. Halley, master of ceremonies. Bishop Fitzgerald was the first pupil of Archbishop Lynch and of 13ishop Rosecranz, who became Bishop. Bishop Fitzgerald reached Little Rock, his See, by steamboat, then the only means of throtgh conveyance, on Ireland's p.tronal feast, March 17. Extent of Diocese. The Diocese of Little Rock at this time comprised the State of Arkansas DR. J. A. ASKEW Dentist 5131/. 2 Main St. Phone Main 7131 C. E. Shoemaker SHOEMAKER-BALE AUTO CO. FORD CARS Accessories, Supplies, Repairs Office Phone Main 5471. 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