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Souvenir of Loretto Centenary


LORETTO, January, 1856.
    The coldest weather on record. Thermometer 20 degrees below zero frequently: from 10 to 12 commonly. About eight feet of snow fell at different times; drifted so as to close all the roads: no thawing from Christmas to April 1st. making some four months of continual freezing. April commenced beautiful overhead, with about 16 inches of snow where it had not drifted. Drifts about 15 feet high. People crossed stake-and-rider fences (on the snow) on 10th of April.
    April 18th. The greatest storm on record, unrooting almost every other barn and tearing some down to the foundation. It tore part of the roof off both churches, and tore down the Missionary Cross planted 1-51, which was 15 x 12 inches at the ground.
    May 30th. Snowed in the afternoon; wind, cold weather. Very hard frost on following morning.


    About one-half mile south of the present St. Benedict's Church. Carrolltown, on the northern slope of the "old Loretto Road" were seen until recent years the ruins of buildings erected at the beginning of this century by a colony of Trappist monks. Towards the end of the last century they were driven from their home in Europe by the storms of the revolution then raging; and first fled to Switzerland, from which country, threatened by the French, they went to Russia, thence to Prussia; and at last a small band of them under the guidance of Rev. Urban Guillet came to the place above described. It seems though that our severe winter climate did not agree with them; so in June. 1803, they abandoned their settlement and went to Kentucky.
    Under the direction of Father Gallitzin a church dedicated to St. Joseph was erected about 1830, or somewhat earlier, at a spot three miles north of Carrolltown called Hart's Sleep-

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