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St. Joseph Parish: The Later Years

HISTORY OF the Present St. Joseph's Catholic Church
Lyons, Nebraska

The church superstructure was contracted by Father Wolpert. Parishioners helped and finished the interior under Lyons carpenter G. Helgesen’s direction.

        Frank Sutholt, a native German master painter from West Point, had designed a wood interior for another church but it was not used. It was offered to the Lyons Church and he would help with its design.

        Frank Sutholt donated all of the native black walnut wood. It was used to build the altar, pulpits, and the 6 crosses on the sides of the Sanctuary and the big cross on the north wall.

        R. Eimers carved the plaques on the board shielding the fluorescent lights on both sidewalls and the white paint put in the grooves by M. Fritts.  They portray a history of the Catholic Church. (If you would like more information regarding these interesting plaques click here.)

        The sidewalls are fence boards of pine, hand picked at a Sioux City lumberyard then sent to Oakland for sandblasting at Nelson’s Implement. The trim between the boards is redwood; hand cut and stained.

        The herringbone trim around the large north wall cross is paneling, cut at an angle and installed as a herringbone pattern.       

        A donation of tile was offered for the Church. It came on a railroad car and the men moved it to the Church. Fr. Wolpert laid most of it, with help, on the main floor. Young people and adults came nearly every day for over 2 months to grout the tile. It was a long hard job! The kitchen and the bathrooms were tiled in 1964 before the first Church dinner on Sept. 27, 1964 in the new building.            

        Tables in the church basement were designed from the old church’s pews.