Church: Loyal - St. Balthasar’s Catholic (1931)
Contact: Crystal Wendt
----Source: Neillsville Press (Neillsville, Clark County, Wis.) 29 Oct. 1931
OPENING NEW CHURCH
After a busy summer during which construction has moved forward very rapidly, the finishing touches have finally been added to the new St. Balthasar’s Catholic church at Loyal.
The beautiful new edifice, Romanesque in design, housing the Church and auditorium, was built by P. O. Nasvik, contractor of St. Paul, Minn. It is of light colored brick with buff mortar and is 48 feet by 119 feet in size, has twin tower at the front, each housing a large bell, and between which is the pillared entrance to the church.
The interior of the church, equipped with new pews to seat 500 people, is a very inspiring scene, with its rows of massive white pillars at the sides, connected by graceful arches, and the beautiful arched ceiling paneled in white with tan background.
The entrance to the Auditorium is by means of doors at the side of the building. This large hall is 45 feet by 80 feet, and will also seat 500 persons. It is equipped with cloak and rest rooms, and a large modern kitchen, in which will be prepared the meals and lunches for the many activities that will be held in the auditorium.
This beautiful new church will be opened Sunday, Nov. 1st with High Mass at 10 o’clock a.m., after which a big chicken dinner will be served in the auditorium. Besides the dinner and also a supper served later in the afternoon, there will be amusements of various kinds throughout the day and evening.
The meals will be the big full0-table meals, for which the ladies of the parish are noted, where you help yourself and eat all you wish.
The public is very cordially invited to attend this celebration at Loyal on Nov. 1st.
Big Chicken dinner and supper Nov. 1st at St. Balthasar’s New Auditorium.
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