St. Clement’s Catholic Church

This Month's Past & Present Pic

The southeast corner of 21st Avenue West and Superior Street in 1911 (left) and 2014. (2014 Image: Jim Davis)

This month’s Past and Present Pic takes us to the southeast corner of 21st Avenue West and Superior Street, where in 1911Catholic German immigrants built St. Clements Church. St. Clements closed in 1972; in 1975 the building was purchased by the Twin Ports Ministry to Seafarers, who moved into the rectory and had the church demolished. Read more about St. Clements here. Catch up on all of Jim Davis’s Past & Present Pic’s here.

This Month's Past & Present Pic

8 Responses to St. Clement’s Catholic Church

  1. I lived on 21st Ave. West a half block up from the church. I had friends that went there.

  2. I have three stained glass pieces from st Clements that I note wish to sell. Call if interested. They are made by Zettler of Germany. They were in the church before it was torn down. 218-409-5198. Call if interested

  3. The bell can still be heard to this day!

    My great-great Grandparents donated the bell to the church in 1887 in memory of their daughter Mary. The Latin inscription on the bell – In honorem B. Marie V.S. Michaelis et S. Margaritae V. M. Donatur ecclesiae S. Clementis, P. M. Duluth, Minn., A Michaelae et Margaritae Heisler in memorium filiae ejus Mariae A D 1887″ (In honor of the blessed virgin Mary, St Michael, and Saint Margaret, donated to the church of Saint Clement, Duluth, Minn., by Mr. and Mrs. Michael and Margaret Heiser, in memory of their daughter Mary, A.D. 1887)

    At that time, the church was a wooden frame church – not the stone structure most are familiar with (and is pictured).

    When the church was raised the demo rights were purchased by a private party. He built a home north of Duluth along the Howard Gnese Road. The foundation stone was used to build the home – you can still see/visit the beautiful rose window clearly shown in the picture in this article. Other stained glass windows were incorporated as well. He kept many of the alter pieces, benches, and other artifacts from the church. He built a bell tower to house the bell; I have visited it and heard it run.

  4. Differing slightly with my old acquaintance Lloyd Berger, I believe the bells were rung every day at 5 p.m. not necessarily as a call to worship, but just to tell everyone it was 5 p.m. The good people of the parish were devout, but I don’t think they went to mass every day at supper time. Like Lloyd, this Lutheran boy was reminded each day at that time i’d better get home for my own supper. I had a second reminder, even closer to my West End home: Sts. Peter and Paul, a Polish-founded parish at 24th Avenue West and Fifth Street (edifice still there but bell tower gone), rang its bell every day at the same time.

  5. Dale Olson is correct. I remember, as a boy, listening for the St. Clement’s bells. At that young age, this Lutheran boy didn’t recognize the bell’s real purpose as a call to worship, but it was a signal for me to stop playing and come home for supper.

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