Creator

Date Original

circa 1900s

Description

This postcard was made in Germany and published by the Read-Stahel Drug Company, Importers & Publishers, 501 Main Street, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Biographical/Historical Note

Arkansas saw an influx of German Catholic immigrants in the 1800's due to the Railroad Companies' propaganda campaigns to bring in workers. They settled mostly in the Arkansas Valley area, but many had difficulty finding work and became bitterly disappointed. Some of these disillusioned immigrants moved to the Little Rock area in order to find employment. In 1884, the population of the German community was so great that Bishop Edward Fitzgerald approved the construction of a new catholic church in Little Rock. The first St. Edward's German Catholic church built was poorly constructed, and cost the parish $5,312.17. Due to the poor construction of the first church and the continued growth of the German-speaking population, a new church at 801 Sherman Street started construction by 1901. The new church was dedicated on July 4, 1905 by Bishop Allen, and contained a hand-carved oak and onyx-inlay main alter and hand-carved statues of Saint Edward, Saint Catherine and Saint Henry. The architect of the new church was Charles L. Thompson.

Transcription

St. Edward's German Church, Little Rock, Ark.
Harris
_otografer[sic]
Little Rock Ark
Made in Germany, Read-Stahel Drug Co., Importers & Publishers, 501 Main St.,
Little Rock, Ark.

Physical Description

Postcard, 5.5" x 3.5"

Subjects

Postcards; Religion; Churches; Catholic churches; Architecture

Geographical Area

Little Rock, Pulaski County (Ark.)

Language

Engilsh

Identifier

General photo file, G4125

Resource Type

Image

Collection

General photo file

Publisher

Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Arkansas State Archives

Recommended Citation

Postcard of St. Edward's German Church, Little Rock, Arkansas, General photo file, Arkansas State Archives, Little Rock, Arkansas.

Rights

Use and reproduction of images held by the Arkansas State Archives without prior written permission is prohibited. For information on reproducing images held by the Arkansas State Archives, please call 501-682-6901 or email at state.archives@arkansas.gov.

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