Attended St Francis Seminary in Milwaukee County, where his father had once been a professor.
Ordained by Archbishop Henni in 1870; it was Bishop Henni who converted his parents to Catholicism just before Emerson was born.
He was born Emerson Durward, but (followed the practice of the men in his family and) changed his name to "John Thomas" when he became an adult.
He served in the following parishes:
Tomah, WI (1870-1884)
Seneca, WI (1884-1888)
Baraboo, WI (1888-1911)
He oversaw the construction of St Joseph's Catholic Church in Baraboo, which was dedicated in 1902.
Author of the following publications:
"Holy Land and Holy Writ"
"Durward's Life and Poems"
"Sonnets of the Holy Land"
"Building of a Church"
"Short Course in Christian Doctrine"
"A Casket of Joys"
"Durward Centenary Memorial"
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