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Scan0026The Antholite of 1951, the yearbook of Detroit St. Anthony High School is now on line. The images can be found here, or by clicking the link which can be found on the left column of the Detroit Catholic School Heritage Project website-www.bishopgallagher.org . The parish, on Detroit's east side was established in 1857. The high school, located at the corner of Sheridan Street and Farnsworth Street, first opened in 1918, and reached a peak enrollment of 1040 in 1927. Sadly, declining enrollment led to the closure of St. Anthony high school in the late 1960s, but the building was immediately re-opened as the site of East Catholic High School, a merger of several parish high schools in the area. East Catholic enjoyed a great run from 1969 to 2005, when it closed. Sadly, the building fell victim to vandals and scavengers and was demolished in 2012. Continue reading
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After the January 30, 2014 article in the Detroit Free Press, I received an invitation for a call in interview from Teresa Tomeo's Catholic Connection show on Ave Maria Radio. The interview, to discuss the Detroit Catholic School Heritage Project, www.bishopgallagher.org, took place on Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2014. The interview, which can be heard (at least for now) by following this link. The interview is in segment 3 of the first, or local hour of the show, at about the 8:35-8:40 mark. Continue reading
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The response to the Free Press article has been amazing. 11,000 additional hits to this website have been registered over the past 2 weeks. Over 600 new members have joined the "I went to Catholic school in Metro Detroit" Facebook group. I was invited to do a phone interview with Teresa Tomeo on her Catholic Connection radio show, an interview which took place on Tuesday, February 4, 2014. I have received many donations of historic material and many phone calls and emails. I have tried to respond to all contacts, but, I am having trouble keeping up. I hope many of the nice people who called and wrote can be patient with me. I also received a letter and guide from the Bentley Historical Library at the University of Michigan asking that the Society consider the library as a permanent home for its collection. Continue reading
This audio clip from the 1954 Goodfellow Game between U of D High and St. Mary's of Redford features a 90 yard touchdown run by Bruce Maher, who later played at U of D College and then for the Detroit Lions, among other NFL teams. I was told the play-by-play man of the audio clip is the late Van Patrick. Continue reading
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Ceil Wendt Jensen posted this next picture showing the dedication of the rebuilt church in 1967. The same firemen who rescued the crucifix carry it from the rectory into the new church. Continue reading
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But it is this picture, of Detroit firemen carrying away the crucifix from Detroit Our Lady of Sorrows, after the Briggs Manufacturing factory fire (April 10, 1963) which is most affecting. This picture symbolizes, more than any other I have seen, the mission of this organization, which is the preservation of Detroit's Catholic heritage, most especially that of its Catholic schools. It will soon appear permanently on this site's home page. Continue reading
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Scan0016The 1938 University of Detroit High School yearbook, the Cub, is now on-line. The album can be accessed from the sidebar of the www.bishopgallagher.org website, or by clicking this link. This yearbook is another example of the Depression era yearbooks: softbound, short and comparatively few business ads. U of D High (now called U of D Jesuit) has been in continuous existence since 1877, and is one of only 3 Catholic high schools currently in operation within the Detroit city limits. Continue reading
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Thanks to Ralph Marontate, who dropped off (at my house) a 5lb+ box of yearbooks and alumni reunion books-mostly from St. Mary of Redford but also some from St. Theresa. The '54 Rustic from SMR only has pictures of the Seniors. Before scanning this in its entirety, I will pick out a few interesting bits. Continue reading
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Scan0001The 1938 Detroit St. Theresa of Avila yearbook, the Theresian, has been uploaded to this site. Gone is the hard-bound leather volumes of the 1920s (I have the 1927 and 1929 yearbooks in my collection). Gone is the name "Veritas" (Truth)-too bad, I really liked that. Gone are about 220 pages-this book is 30 pages long, compared to the 250+ pages of 1929. No business ads. The entire sports program gets 2 whole pages. Continue reading
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According to the parish history, the expansion of Woodward took away the church's front lawn. However, after World War II, the construction of I-94 cut through the parish, taking away its rectory and convent. That had a bigger effect on the parish. The high school closed in 1950, though it re-opened almost immediately as Salesian High School, a boy's school, sponsored by the Oblates of St. Francis de Sales. Sadly, Salesian closed in 1970. Continue reading
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Kaye Tertzag with Tony Gurierro The friends and family of the Honorable Kaye Tertzag will host the Fifth Annual Tertzag Tribute Dinner on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Judge Tertzag passed away on February 4, 2009, having established a great legacy of integrity and service to the State of Michigan, as well as a great example of love and devotion to his family and legion of friends. Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2014 at attorneybutler.net
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The Bishop Michael J. Gallagher Society has entered the Facebook world with the group: I Went to Catholic School in Metro Detroit . The group was started in August of 2013, and has 695 members as of Jan. 5, 2014. The group has greatly expanded the reach of the Society. A lot of new historic material has been posted, and based on group input, a tour of historic Detroit churches may be in organized this year. In fact, it has been suggested in an FB comment that we consider making a documentary about the history of Detroit's Catholic schools. Continue reading
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With the first yearbook posting on this site yesterday (Harper Woods Notre Dame Juggler 1969), I purchased 3 yearbooks on ebay, for a total cost, including shipping, lower than one of the "alumni" sites charges for one softcover reprint. The books cover a period from 1938-1943, an era when our city, and the country were dealing with the mammoth issues of Depression and World War. The books purchased are: the 1938 University of Detroit High School Cub, the 1941 Rosary School of Commerce Chimes, and the 1943 St. Anthony Antholite. Continue reading
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Such is not the purpose of the BG Society here. The yearbook scans which will appear here are designed to preserve the memory of the schools, the staff and the students who made those places a vital part of our heritage and our spirit. Continue reading
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The Felician Sisters and the Ladywood community made us very welcome and attendance was by far the greatest in the event's short history. A loop of over 300 photos of historic Detroit area Catholic schools, churches, students, teachers, and sports teams was shown on 3 large overhead screens throughout the dinner and program. Four priests con-celebrated Mass to begin the evening, with Fr. James Lopez (Divine Child '88) acting as chief celebrant. Continue reading