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St. Rose Church in Mt. Vernon, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell Mount Vernon is in Kingman County.
Elevation: 1475 feet
Latitude: 37° 43' 3"N
Longitude: 97° 50' 43"W
Area Code: 620
County Code: KM
History of Mt. Vernon


St Rose Church

       Frugality and inventiveness run through so much early history of small country parishes. The first church for St. Rose, was erected in 1911 for $8500. When the need for a new school arose, the parish simply bought the Methodist church and two acres of land for $700 and had a school. The Sisters Adorers of the Blood of Christ needed a convent the parish purchased a hall, did it over and they lived there quite comfortably from 1915 to 1918. Fate stepped in when lightning totally destroyed the first church. There was no insurance but a new one was built in 1921 for a modest sum.
       That year was significant for another reason. The Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother took charge of the school. Increasing enrollment caused an enlargement of the building. Further changes waited through the depression years. When it became possible, improvements were made on the parish plant including a new school, a major church renovation, and in 1984 a new parish hall. Much of this work was done by parishioners over the years, making it a most economical operation. St. Rose has been debt-free since 1985.
       The creation of the large Cheney Reservoir was to change the student numbers downward. The school was forced to close in 1966. A new apostolate has presented itself to St. Rose in the form of the many campers and fishermen who frequent the lake areas on weekends. Even a scout troop or two have been known to show up for Sunday Mass.
Church history was adapted from a centennial history of the Wichita diocese
Used by permission.


Creations Restaurant in Mt. Vernon, Kansas.  Photo by Susan Howell
Creations Restaurant



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