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Letter from Bishop Thomas F. Lillis to the Very Reverend Angelo Strazzoni. Lillis expresses his concern that many Italian families in Kansas City claim membership to the Holy Rosary parish in Columbus Park, but do not tithe or attend services outside of baptisms, marriages, or funerals. Since 90% of Italian families not living near Holy Rosary reside within the bounds of St. Partrick's or St. John's parish, Lillis suggests those families consider themselves members of those parishes.

Date: 
August 2nd 1922

Photograph of a nativity at the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Date: 
December 29th 1940

Photograph of Columbus Park community volunteers constructing the St. John Bosco Center, Roman Catholic community hall. The land for the center was donated by Rosa Nigro, Kansas City's first woman pharmacist. This vantage point was taken facing east-northeast with the Holy Rosary Catholic Church (left) and Holy Rosary School (right).

Date: 
1940

Letter from Bishop Thomas F. Lillis to Reverend Louis Franchinotti of the Holy Rosary Church. Lillis comments that since all students in the Holy Rosary School are taught in English, it would be counterintuitive to employ another Italian-speaking priest at Holy Rosary.

Date: 
May 18th 1937

Photograph of the Holy Rosary Youths' Council and Boy Scout Troop 70. This vantage point faces east-northeast towards the entrance to the Holy Rosary Health Center and School.

Date: 
May 14th 1939

Photograph of Columbus Park community volunteers constructing the St. John Bosco Center, Roman Catholic community hall. The land for the center was donated by Rosa Nigro, Kansas City's first woman pharmacist. This vantage point was taken facing east-northeast with the Holy Rosary Catholic Church in the background.

Date: 
1940

Photograph of members of the Society of Saint Angelo de Licata. Most members were from Licata, Sicily and worshipped at Holy Rosary parish.

Date: 
1929

Letter from Bishop Thomas F. Lillis to Reverend Louis Franchinotti of the Holy Rosary Church. Lillis reports that he receives ongoing requests from the Italian community and congregation of Holy Rosary for more English-speaking services in the parish. Lillis believes Franchinotti needs a priest fluent in English to help him because "eventually there will be no other language here in Kansas City but the English, so we must provide for the future."

Date: 
January 11th 1936

1940's photograph of the Holy Rosary parish with the parochial school to the right and St. John Bosco Center to the far right. This vantage point faces east on Missouri Avenue between Campbell Street and Charlotte Street.

Photograph of Columbus Park looking northeast from atop the Karnes Public School at the southwest corner of Charlotte Street and Pacific Street. Pictured are the St. John Bosco Center (center background) and Holy Rosary Church (right background) with the parochial school to the right.

Date: 
1940

1940's photograph of the Holy Rosary Church (left) and the parochial school (right). This vantage point faces southeast from the northwest corner of Campbell Street and Missouri Avenue.

Letter from the priests of the Holy Rosary Church to Edwin V. O'Hara, Bishop of Kansas City. The priests express concern that affixing boundary lines to Kansas City parishes would be a detriment to the future of the Holy Rosary Church in Columbus Park. They explain that many Italian families living outside of the neighborhood far prefer Holy Rosary as this parish provides spiritual welfare for those most comfortable speaking Italian.

Date: 
July 2nd 1940

Photograph of Bishop Edwin V. O'Hara celebrating Mass with the congregation of Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

Photograph of the original thirteen members of Boy Scout Troop 70, Holy Rosary's first boy scout troop, sponsored by the adult businessmen known as the Youth Council. This vantage point faces east-northeast towards the entrance to the Holy Rosary Health Center and School.

Date: 
November 18th 1934

Report from Kansas City Police Department detectives listing "persons having masses said at the Holy Rosary Church in memory of Charles Gargotta," including Mr. and Mrs. Marion Nigro, Mr. and Mrs. Pete DiGiovanni, Mr. and Mrs. John Blando, and other individuals, families, and businesses.

Date: 
April 13th 1950

Report from Kansas City Police Department detectives listing "persons having masses said at the Holy Rosary Church in memory of Charles Gargotta," including Mr. and Mrs. Carl Civella, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Di Capo, and Mr. and Mrs. Joe Accurso, and other individuals, families, and businesses.

Date: 
April 13th 1950

Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes an article, continued on page 8, about the crime rate for auto theft and parts stripping in Kansas City compared to Saint Louis and description of its inaccurate measurements by the Kansas City Police Department not accepted by the FBI, with photo of a stripped car and a portrait of J. Edgar Hoover. Other featured articles include: “One Year Ago This Week” (p.

Date: 
March 8th 1935

Photograph with an aerial view of the Columbus Park neighborhood of Kansas City, Missouri. The area in view ranges from Charlotte Street on the left hand side of the image to Gillis Street on the right, and from 4th Street at the top of the image to Pacific Street at the bottom. The image shows an apparent funeral procession down Campbell Street to Holy Rosary Catholic Church.

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