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Rietbrock centennial
(1880-1980)

Churches,   pp. 78-82


Page 81

21 Gun Salute - Members of the Edgar VFW Post 10187 gave a 21 gun salute
following the outdoor mass in Poniatowski. The legion members were a part of the
color guard which honored the dead soldiers from the parish.
Family Parish, by the Dean of the Wausau Deanery,
Very Rev. Ralph Rafacz, July 24, 1979.
In summary, the history of Holy Family is perhaps
not unlike that of countless in a stubborn wilderness.
(The woods were so thick in the early days that
settlers would frequently get lost on the trails to
Edgar). The trip from Poniatowski to Edgar was often
impossible during the winter months. By todays
standards, those were not only hard, but they seem
almost exaggerated. Though they had little of what we
now consider indispensable, the people of Poniatowski
did have what it takes to get things done, and they had
it in abundance.
Accordian to Historian Noonan, "They had tenacity
of purpose and honest Christian caliber about them
that motivated the necessary sacrifice and effort to
build well for the glory of God and the good of
their souls.
No  in its fifth generation, the faithful of Holy
Family Parish continue to provide for the Church
whenever asked. For one hundred years the faithful
members have tested their loyalty and endurance and
continue to find themselves not lacking in their love
for God.
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Father Langer's resignation as principal of Newman
Catholic High School in Wausau was accepted as of
June 8, 1979. Being also a pastor of Holy Family
Parish, Poniatowski, he was granted a leave of absence
from the diocese so that he could accept an assignment
as principal of the Parkersburg Catholic High School,
Parkersburg, WV. effective July 2, 1979. He was
succeeded by our present pastor Rev. Lloyd Geissler,
who was installed officially as the Pastor of Holy
Dedication of Holy Trinity Mission Church August 6,1906
Records show that another Catholic Church was
erected, less than a quarter mile from Holy Family
Church, to serve the Catholics of German ancestry -
who also were attracted to the area by Fred Rietbrock.


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