Note Father Baur is buried in Durand, WI.
Fr. Joseph Baur was the first Prescott resident pastor. The home south of the church was purchased for use as a rectory.
Joseph M. Baur
Source: The History of Northern Wisconsin (1881) submitted by Diana Heser Morse
REV. JOSEPH M. BAUR, pastor of the Catholic Church, Durand. Was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., Nov. 26, 1853. He was for four years a student of Calvary College, in Fond du Lac County, and for six years of St. Francis College, near Milwaukee. He was ordained October, 1877. He was at Sparta one year, thence to Hammond, St. Croix Co., for two years, thence to Arcadia. He assumed charge of the church at Durand in 1881.
Eau Claire Leader December 25, 1923
Father Baur of Prescott Laid at Rest at Durand
"Funeral Occasion of Great Turnout in History of Pepin County Seat"
DURAND, Wis.,-Dec. 24-The funeral of the late Father Joseph M. Buar, held here Saturday morning from the local Catholic Church, was the largest ever held in this city. The church was packed to the doors and the largest part of the crowd was forced to remain outside, as they could not get in.
Father Casper of Lima sang the requiem high mass over the body of the departed pastor, who twenty years ago, was pastor of the church here, and who did so much to build up the Catholic communities in this section. Father Waikman of Alma Castyer and Father Kaluza of Eau Clarie delivered the funeral sermons.
The funeral procession was so long, that it extended from the church to the cemetery.
Seven lodge organizations were represented among those who turned out for the sad obsequies. They were the Durand Knightsof Columbus, the Catholic Knights of Arkansaw, of Eau Claire, both the senior and junior branches from that place, and of Plum City.
Many non-Catholics were among those who turned out to pay thier last tribute of respect to the memory of this greatly beloved priest. Priests from all over this section of the state were in attendance.
Father Baur died Wednesday at Prescott, Wis., where he had been in charge of the Catholic church for some years. Funeral services were held there Friday morning and a large number attended services there, including Bishop McGavick and Vicar General Kremer of LaCrosse. The body was then taken to Durand, the scene of his earlier labor, for burial.
Father Baur had served as pastor of the congregations at Arkansaw, Eau Galle, Durand, Lima Mondovi, Canton, Plum City and Prescott, and all his forer parishes were represented by those at the funeral services, both at Prescott and at Durand.
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