St. Margaret’s first school was built in 1865, the year the Civil War ended. For five years, four lay teachers provided all of the education for the children of the parishioners of St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church. In 1870, the pastor, Reverend John Thoma, invited the Dominican Sisters to take charge of the education of St. Margaret’s children, and built a convent for them.
St. Margaret just celebrated the start of 2009, and there are still Dominican Sisters involved with the education of the St. Margaret School Children.
Given that St. Margaret Roman Catholic Church will be celebrating its 150th Anniversary and the School will be celebrating its 145th Anniversary, planning has started on a reunion that will span 145 years.
The first step taken was updating the St. Margaret Church website. An alumni link was added with a form so that alumni could register and therefore be informed of all the things that will be going on in the near future.
In the last few weeks, over 100 people have registered. So far, the oldest alumni registered graduated in 1942 and Sister Cadelia was his eighth grade teacher. Furthermore, there are a number of families where the third generation is now attending the school. Organizers are searching for families that may now have the fourth generation in attendance or will be attending shortly.
If you attended St. Margaret, or if a member of your family attended, please have them register or register for them by filling out the online form. It’s that easy, and it will be your opportunity to be a part of history.