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Friday, March 23, 1973 Th-e Woodville Re00ubllc-00, W600dvill00, M;s-s[0000|pp-I St. Joseph's Church Joins Woodville Century Group (Editor's Note: St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Woodville this year joins three other local ohurche,s in the distinction of worshiping in a building which is a centu, ry old. St. Joseph's will mark the 100th anniversary f the construction of the pres- ent church building in July, 1973. In reaching this landmark, St. Joseph's loins one local church which has already passed the century-and-a-half mark and two others 'which will soon celebrate that anniversagy. The Woodville Baptist Church building was erected in 1909 and is thus in i 164th year, while St. Paul's Episcopal Church and the Woodville Methodist Church were both constructed ,in 1824 rand will oon celebrate their 15,{)th ,anniversaries. Histories of these three church have been recorded a.t intervals through Catherine Morris was listed ,as tory. In 1871 Father Huber, I godmother. For several yearn of the N, atchez church, went to prior to 1860 the WodvillelCincinnati to solicit funds for the Woodville church building congregation was attended by and Father G. Marty proceeded .the columns of this newspaper ........... T,,o,o, The follo ,,,= ,b,-f *.or" of priests irom J,,, -, ...... , ,...-b .... ''  two of these being lathers St. Joseph s Church was corn- O'Nil,1 and MclVLaon Still ' I -- ' piled by the Historical Commit- r durn the 1860s, the late g tee of the Wilkinson County oodville mission was served by W Civil War Centennial Commem- priests from Por.t G.ibo,n and Rodney. Bishop Elder, second' oration in 1962.) Bishap of Natchez and a first cousin of the prominent Edward Elder, a leading Woodville Cath- olic, visited the Woodville con- gregaton on several occasions and conducted ,a mission here on April 9, 10, 11, 1869, gaining many converts. Among the earliest Oatholic families ws that of Judge Posey, who with his wife came to the county in 1813. Their only child, Carnot ,Posey, born Au- gust 5, 1818, organized the Wil- kinson /ifles upon the outbreak of the War Between the States. and quickly rose ,to the rank of brigadier general in the Con- federate Army. Carnot Posey was killed in action at Bristol Station, Virginia, and was buried in the University of Virginia Cemete,ry. T, he Posey home in Woodville was for many years the place where Catholic services were held. Another prominent citizen of Woodville, Atorney G e o r g e Gordon, was .after his marriage to Judge Posey's sister, Helen, converted to the Catholic faith. It was Gordon who before his deth in 1869 gave land for the l erection of a church and rec- with plans for beginning con- structon. The $3,50{) building was blessed and dedicated to St. I Joseph on July 27, 1873 Bishop Elder being the officiart. Father Finn .succeeded Father Marty as priest to the missmn ehurch in 1874, and it was at ,this time that a monthl: sched- ule of Masses was inaugurated. Stations of the Cross were erected in the church by Father Meerschaert on March 19. 1882. Father Weis in 1905 became the frst raident pastor of the parish, to be f, ollowed by Father Greimel, Father Doherty, and Father Alexander S. Denis. he last named priest made a visit to Europe in 1914 and was de- tained .in Belgmm after the our- break of the First World War. The parish of St. Joseph's was left without a resident priest and was again attached to Natchez as a mission. It was in 1940 that a priest was again assigned to Woodville. Father Patrick Moran. Succeeding priests have been Vhe Reverend Patrick O'Donnell and the Rev- erend Patrick Grant. St. Joseph's church has been renovated several times, but no structural change has been made in the quaint and charm- ing building. A recent note- worthy achievement of the con- gregation vas the completion of a new rectory and parish hall The Catholic Church, inactive in the Natchez ,area :after the French withdrew from Fort losalie in 1729, nade its re- ,appearance during the fifteen- Year Spanish occupation of Natchez in 1783-1798. Although the p,riests at N, atehez fled at the time the Spanish garrison and officials were ousted ,by the Americans in 1798, it was only a few years until the church again sent ministers into the area By 1837 Catholic work in Mississippi had expanded so much tha.t the Diocese of Natch- ez was erected .in Lthat year, John M. Chanche being named the first bishop. Reeord in the diocesan ar- chives indicate that as early as 1844 Catholic services were held in or near Woodville. F, ather James Francms, attac, hed to the Natchez church, visited the Woodvtlle area in November of that year and performed the sacraments of baptism and the Mass. The first baptism recorded ,in ,the gegister of the present St. Joseph's parish was hat of Jeanne Morris, daughtLer of Patrick and Bridget Dtmay, Morris, on November 25, 1844. .autmon m! by Charles Dunagin As Lan apparent part of this President Nixon's efforts to urn more authority back to procedure, the administration is state and local g.overnments is being felt in Mississippi, and county supe,rvisors over the.state are currently taking steps to cash in on the present mood in the White House. A number of county boards within the past few weeks have phasing out the U.S. Office of Economic Opportunity, the main ve.hicle which delivered the anti-poverty programs of the 1960s and 1970s. It is here Zhat a great many county boards of aupervisors are seeking to move into the gap. quietly begun procedures to se- They are doing so ,by passing cure control of federal assistance resolutions asking ,the Legisla- programs previously run by ture for local .and private bills agencies sometimes hostile to establishing county or rergional the locally elected officials, economic commissions to handle One aspect of Nixon's second 'tc,rm as President, according tm reports from Washington, is an effort to put more *authority with local officials for gowern- mental assistance in anti-pov- erty efforts, education, science and agriculture. to replace the building heavily damaged by a fuel gas explosion in 1961. Adjoining the congregation of the St. Joheph's Church is that of St. Patrick's in Fort Adam. Services are held regularly at St. Patrick's conducted by the pastor of the Woodville parish. The present pastor of St. Joseph's is the Reverend John Nicmeyer, who rrived at St. Joseph's on August 1, 1971. Father Niemeyer was born in Illinois but came to the South a.s a child, receiving his early education at St. Bernard Abbey in Alabama. Follow}ng his stud- ies at Notre Dame Seminary in New Orleans he was ordained on June 7. 1931. at Our Lady of Perpetual Mercy Church in Lumbertcn. Mississippi, vchere he spent his earliest years. He taught school for many years then spent 24 years in the Delta. During a seven-year stay in Picayune, where he was the first resident priest, a new church, parish hall and rectory were built. Before his appoint- merit to Woodville. Father Nie- meyer was pastor in Shelby, Mississippi. whatever federal programs are left after ,the demise of OEO. Gerald A. R.iohardson, Jr. of the Mississippi Office of Human Resources, a state agency con- cerned with federal programs, has been meeting with many of the supervisors dIsing them of the possibilities of the future under President Nixon's revised rules of procedure. At least 14 boards have contacted .him to date, he says. What he has told the boards, in essence, is that ,they hae three options': --They can appoint hem- selves as members of a commis- sion to handle federal programs. --They can ,appolnt others as commissioners. --They can do nothing and run the risk of another agency stepping into the vacuum. Reports are 'that ma'ny boards are hoping to avoid the last option, and considerable local anO private legislation .in this area is expected during the 1,ast days of the current legislative session. Local and private legislation is considered aecessary, Rich- ardson explained, because there seems to be no statutory au- thor,ity in Mississippi to autho- rize the type of agencies pro- posed, The significance of all of this could be considerable both in the future acministation of as- sistance programs and to ,the recipients. Under the OF_X) guidelines of r To Speak At Davis Reunion Here June 3 r. Frank E. Vandiver. noted author, editor, legtrer and re- nowned Davis historian, will be the speaker on June 3rl when a birth.cay celebration for Pres- ident Jefferson Davis will be held at his old home at Rose- ment Plantation near Woodville. s a mtter of .fact i will be the tlrst .reunion of the Davis the 1960s, federal programs such as Head Start were administered through "commu,nity a c t i o n agencies" and in some cases other organizations or institu- tlons. ,Many had a definite "civil rights favor." Community ,action agencies had to be run by boards of di- rectors made up of one-third elected by the ,poor, one-third elected ,by civic and fraternal g.roups, and one-third appoin.ted by governmental agencies. The new commissions which are being proposed will be the sole responsibility of elected governmental agencies. It .is ,obvious that there could be considerable differences in the phi],osophy and he methods of .the new agencies and the organization spawned dring the Lyndon Johnson ,administration. Another striking dfference in today and ,those years in which the "war on *poverty" was ,new is the willirgness of local of- ficials to get in,to the act. Their hes.itancy i,n the 60s perhaps partially resulted in some of the lack of control they exercised over earlier .programs. family and i will go or for two days. Two days during which many of the family, now in its eighth generation, will meet for the first time. For othem it will be ,their first visit to l%osemont which was the family home for five generations. The old home is now m the midst of a long range restora'tion program and is open to the public as a historic house museum. Plans for the reunion began a year ago when May-May Bradford, now Mrs. Crampton Harris of Birmingham, Alabama, returned to .her childhood home after an absence of 77 years. During .the visit the idea orig- inated for a reunion of all the descendants of Samuel and Jane Davis. They built Roseraont and settled here in 1810 vith their ten children, the youngest of whom was Jeff.erson. Family members will gather at Rosemon,t on Saturday, June 2, They will join in various family activities, tour the restoration, visit ,the family cemetery, see many of the homes and sites in historic Woodville, and will end their .day with a family dinner and informal dance. On Sund,ay morning, .as gen- erations of Dravises have done, they will attend services at St. Paul's Episcopal Chtrch which is this year celebrating its 15Oth anniversary. After church there will be a seated lunch ,at Roemont for beth family and friends of Rose- mont. Mr. Frank E. Everett, Jr., of Vicksburg, the author of "Brlerfield," conLtributor to the about-to-be-released wo volume "History of Mississippi," and noted Davis historian, will be the master of ceremonies for this Important even. The speaker for this historic occasion. Dr. Frank E. Vandiver., is Provost of Rice University in Houston, Texas. Dr. Vandiver, who has edited and written countless articles and books about Jefferson ,Davis, will talk on "Jefferson Davis---the Amer- ican President who did the most with the least." Wilkin.on Lodge No. 10, IOOF, was chartered on January 23, 1843. The cornerstone of a two- story brick structure was laid. on April 26, 1856, and the build- ing was burned on October 1, 190{). On April 26, 1901,' the cornerstone of the presen two- stozT brick building was laid. Backward, turn backward, 0 Time, in thy flight... WOODVILLE OFFERS YOU A GLIMPSE INTO HISTORY 0n this annual occasion WE JOIN MISS HOSPITALITY In EXtending To You A Hearty Welc Fred Netterville Lumber Co. WE BUY LOGS Route 1, Woodville, Miss. ome I I II