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St. Margaret’s Breaks Ground Priests and Layman Wield Shovel, Starting Work on Building

Plain Dealer, Oct. 28 1929

Ground was broken yesterday for the $200,000 chapel and school for St. Margaret’s Catholic congregation, E. 110th Street near Buckeye Road S. E. St. Margaret’s ministers to a congregation Hungarian in origin.

Rev. Joseph Peter, pastor of Sacred Heart Church, Elyria, O., officiated in place of Msgr. Charles Boehm, pioneer Hungarian priest who was called to Chicago Saturday. Father peter threw out the first shovelful of earth. The pastor of St. Margaret’s, Rev. Andrew Koeller, followed him as did several other pastors and assistant pastors of Hungarian parishes in Cleveland and nearby towns. Lay members came next, each contributing an offering for the building as they turned the earth.

Rev. Joseph Hartel, pastor of St. Emeric’s congregation, Cleveland, spoke.

The new building will be on the site south of the present frame building used as a hall. It will be of brick with stone trim. The chapel will seat 800 and the school will have twelve class rooms. The building will be a modified Romanesque in design. Antonio di Nardio, 1836 Euclid Avenue, is the architect and M. J. O’Connell, 4408 E. 131st Street, the builder.

About a thousand members of the congregation witnessed the ceremony which was preceded by a service in the present church.