Marshall County

RIMMELS, Charles L.

Rev. Charles L. M RIMMELS is the present pastor of the Church of Immaculate Conception at Lacon, Illinois, and also St. Patrick’s church of Camp Grove, which congregations comprise over one hundred families. A native of Bavaria, Germany, at the age of fifteen years, he came to the United States, and was educated in the Benedictine college of St. Vincent at Latrobe, Pennsylvania. After completing the course in 1869, he was ordained by Bishop Stephen Vincent Ryan, of Buffalo, and his first charge was at Dunkirk, New York. From that state he came to the diocese of Peoria eighteen years ago, and served in various parishes until coming to Lacon two years ago, succeeding Rev. Father BRYANT, who had been stationed here for nine years. The school at Lacon is in the hands of the Sisters of Mercy, and is in a flourishing condition, having about fifty children in attendance. Father RIMMELS is entirely devoted to his parochial duties, and has the love and confidence, not only of his own church members, but of all who know him.

The Church of the Immaculate Conception was organized by Rev. Father MONTORI, who came to Lacon once a month. The first house of worship, a portion of which was of frame and the remainder of logs, now forms a part of the residence of Jesse WHITTAKER. The next priest was Father RINALDA, an Italian, who built the frame church which lasted until 1867. Rev. Thomas LYNCH had charge of the congregation from December 31, 1853, until his death, July 15, 1856, and his remains lie buried beneath the present brick church, while a tablet in the church wall is dedicated to his memory. The succeeding priests were Fathers Francis McGUIRE, Mehan, Thomas OGDEN, Water H. POWER, John N. HARRIGAN, James WALL, E. DELIHANTY, John KILKENNY, P. FLANNAGAN, M. McDERMOTT and P. J. CAMPBELL, who died while in the service of the church, and his tombstone in front of the church edifice reads: Rev. P. J. CAMPBELL, born in Keady, County Armagh, Ireland, May 10, 1839, died May 26, 1877. Rev. Father POWER was then in charge of the parish for five years, followed by Rev. Father MURPHY, who is now located at Tecumseh, Nebraska. For the next nine yeas Father O’BRYAN was here located and was succeeded by Father RIMMELS of this review.

Extracted May 2011 by Norma Hass from The Biographical Record of Bureau, Marshall and Putnam Counties, Illinois, 1896.

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