Timeline of St. John the Baptist Parish/School

  • 1849

    Log church built under direction of Rev. Father Bonduel, near Duck Creek, 3.5 miles northwest of Fort Howard, old cemetery established

  • 1853

    Fr. Turcotte was appointed the parish's first pastor.

  • 1860

    Fr. Goey was our pastor. He was the first postmaster of the settlement.

  • 1877

    Large brick veneer church built on present property -- church entrance on west side

  • 1881

    Rev. Edward F. Van Hootegem, Pastor, St. John the Baptist, 1881 - 1892

  • 1887

    Three bells for the church were purchased for $252.82.

  • 1888

    St. Leo's school was built with four rooms. The Sisters of St. Francis of Bay Settlement led the school.

  • 1889

    St. Leo's school dedicated, October 1st, 1889