Spot A Clock: St. Hedwig

This month’s ‘Spot a Clock’ is St. Hedwig, located at 1702 North Humboldt Avenue in Milwaukee.

While Milwaukee’s south side is well known for its Polish immigrants, the north side also served as a Polish enclave. Many of these Poles came from Prussia. Initially, residents wishing to attend mass traveled to St. Stanislaus, which was founded by Polish Catholic immigrants in 1866. The residents eventually banded together to form their own parish in 1871, building a small wooden church on the corner of Brady and Humboldt and naming it after a queen of Poland.

Quickly outgrowing the wooden church, construction of the current church was started in 1886. Designed by Henry Messner, the Romanesque style church features cream city brisk and a copper cladded spire.

Information regarding the clock movements could not be found. According to church records, the clock was a gift from Mr. J. Jung, a non-Catholic. The movements were partially replaced during repairs in 1941.

The most recent phase of restoration, conducted on its copper spire, was completed in 2006. The church interior features beautiful stained glass windows and a Holtkamp pipe organ.

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The Mart will be on November 19th, at the Knights of Columbus

I hope everyone enjoyed the new location, it is: Knights of Columbus, 1800 South 92nd Street, West Allis, WI 53214. Everything went well and I heard the coffee was good.

Thanks to Robert Olney for his talk at the September meeting. His talk was on World War II ships clocks. He discussed that most of the ships clocks for the US were made by two different manufactures, Chelsea and Seth Thomas. While the clocks are similar there are many variances between the manufactures. Robert brought along many examples for us to see. Thanks for enlightening us about these clocks.

Brad Smith is going to do a presentation at the November 19 meeting on the Rolling Ball Clock he built.

We need presentations for upcoming meetings. If you have any suggestions or would like to do a presentation please contact Harry Schulz.

We will be having a board meeting after the presentation to discuss future chapter ideas. Please pass along any ideas you may have to me or any officers or board members.

Thank you,
Craig White

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