|Birth: ||Nov. 17, 1875|
FAILENSCHMID, REV. JULIUS
There are two institutions, which go hand in hand with civilization and are to be found in every community throughout the United States where men settle. These two institutions stand for civilization and in the great plans of men both serve the same purpose and have for their function the same end. The church and the school are the twin handmaidens of civilization and their work should be found side by side in every community. The object of both institutions is to make men better and to make the community in which men live a place where harmony, peace and love may dwell. Shelby county, Iowa, is the home of many Catholics, a large number of whom have come from Germany, and wherever these good people have settled they have promptly erected churches and school houses and contributed generously of their means to the support of both. Portsmouth is proud of its churches and schools, and the Catholics of the city and community, who have contributed so generously of their substance to the building of the St. Mary's church, the parochial school and the sisters' home in that city, are deserving of great credit. The pastor of St. Mary's church at Portsmouth, Iowa, is Rev. Julius Failenschmid, who has been the moving spirit in his church and school in this place for the past ten years.
Rev. Julius Failenschmid was born in Ravensburg, Germany, November 17, 1875, and is a son of George and Josepha (Boscher) Failenschmid. His parents lived and died in their native land. His father was a tailor and followed that occupation until his death in 1907, his wife having died in 1904. George Failenschmid and wife were the parents of four children, Mary, Julius, Josephine and Louise. Mary is the wife of Peter Gubbels, and has two sons, Julius and Rudolph. Josephine is the wife of William Doffing, and has six children, Julius, Evelyn, Edward, Louis, Guadalupe and Melania. Louise is single and makes her home with her brother in Portsmouth.
Rev. Julius Failenschmid attended school at Ravensburg, Germany, and when a young man came to America and located in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where he resumed his studies for the priesthood in St. Francis Seminary. He was ordained to the priesthood June 19, 1898, and read his first mass on June 26, 1898, at the Holy Trinity church, at La Crosse, Wisconsin.
The first appointment of Father Failenschmid was as assistant at Keokuk, and from there he was transferred to Exira, Iowa, to take charge of the St. Boniface church at that place. He built a new church at Exira and changed the name to the Holy Trinity church. His service at Exira extended from August 15, 1898, to December 30, 1904. For the past ten years he has been in charge of St. Mary's church at Portsmouth and since coming here he has made a number of fine improvements. He has built a new school building, and without doubt it is second to none in the county, for it is the most handsome building in the city of Portsmouth. He has also erected a new Sisters' house, which is also a handsome building, well equipped and one which serves well the purpose for which it was built.
Father Failenschmid is a man of broad ideas and takes a deep interest in the welfare of his community. He is loved by his parishioners and is highly respected by every one in the community with whom he has come in contact. He is a member of the Knights of Columbus and is deeply interested in the work of that fraternal organization. Politically, he classes himself with the independent voters, preferring to cast his ballot for the best men, irrespective of their politics, feeling that in so doing he is best serving the interests of society and the cause of good government.
This bio has no connection to the Shelby County, Iowa genweb site.
Source: "Past and Present of Shelby County Iowa" By Edward S. White - - Volume II Illustrated - - 1915 by B. F. Bowen & Company, Inc. Indianapolis, Indiana: Page 727, 728
Saint Marys Cemetery
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