Saint Mary's Cemetery
AKA Seven Dolors Cemetery
Hurlingen, Buchanan County, Missouri
Also known as Seven Dolors Cemetery. The photos of this cemetery were taken by Kaleb Wagner in 2015 for his Eagle Scout project and donated to the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society in St. Joseph, Missouri.
One Hundred Years of Parish Picnics
HURLINGEN — Picnics are a summer offering at many parishes in this diocese and some have been held annually for years. The Hurlingen Picnic, held on the grounds of Seven Dolors Parish in Hirlingen on July 30, is celebrating 100 years of picnic fun, food, family and friends, and yes, fundraising. Pat and Mary Bray, sisters and members of Seven Dolors parish have for many years organized this annual picnic.
Honoring the picnic’s centennial, this year Pat Bray wants to recognize the founding families of Seven Dolors Church. Most of today’s parishioners are descendants of one of the founding families. Brad Fisher researched and compiled a large ancestral chart, color-coded by family, going back to the very first families who arrived before there was a parish.
Pat Bray said the centennial picnic will honor those who began the Seven Dolors community, a community dating back to 1839. When Hurlingen was first settled, Missouri as a state was less than 20 years old, St. Joseph had been founded a mere 13 years before and Kansas City wouldn’t be incorporated for 11 more years.
Sebastian and Scholastika Kessler, who came originally from Hurlingen, Germany, and immigrated to Ohio, moved to Missouri in 1839. After getting off the riverboat at the Liberty landing, they purchased wagons and oxen and continued north about 40 miles as the crow flies. The Kesslers had obtained a land grant from the U.S. government, and arriving first, they named their new settlement New Hurlingen . . .
Preparation for 100th Picnic Reflects on Rural Church's History
The annual Hurlingen Picnic draws between 800 and 1,000 people each summer. Preparation has begun early for this summer's 100th picnic and organizers are looking for descendants of the church's charter families.
At one time, the wooden dance floor at the annual Hurlingen Picnic was cordoned off by ropes and it cost a dime to get in. This year, for the picnic’s 100th celebration, that dance floor will be revived and back out on the church’s grassy lawn, but this time, no dime will be required.
“When I was a kid, they always had it out, and I remember running on it as kids do. They had ropes around it and someone sat there at a little table and you paid a dime to dance,” says Pat Bray, member of Seven Dolors Catholic Church and longtime picnic organizer. “It had a big canopy over it in those days.”
Although the picnic isn’t until this summer, preparation began earlier this year for the centennial celebration for the rural church, including the coordination of colored T-shirts for Seven Dolors’ founding families’ descendents and the creation of a historical book about the picnic and the church, located near Easton, Missouri . . .
Source: News-Press Now, 22 April 2016
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