Item 22958 - St. Ignatius Parish, Sanford, 1904

Item 22958 - St. Ignatius Parish, Sanford, 1904
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Item 22958
St. Ignatius Parish, Sanford, 1904
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This property was purchased from the estate of Increase S. Kimball in 1898 for $6,500. Kimball's home, seen on the left in this photograph, still serves as the parish rectory (in 2013). Construction of the church, to the right of the Kimball house in this photograph, commenced soon after the property was acquired.

Services were held in the basement of the church until the upper part of the structure could be finished. For several years thereafter the basement was used for the parochial school. The convent, to the far right of the photograph, was completed in time for the arrival, on September 6, 1903, of the Sisters of Mercy. The Sisters of Mercy had been invited to Sanford by Father McGinnis to take charge of the school. The parish celebrated its centennial in 1992.

Sumner Increase Kimball, who grew up in the Kimball house, later became the only Superintended of the U.S. Lifesaving Service and the organizer of today's Coast Guard.

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