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St. Michael's Church Collection

MSA SC 2674
RestrictionsRESTRICTED: Post 1940 baptisms are restricted. Written permission from the church required for access. See Registrar for further information
StorageMicrofilm only
Film Number(s)SCM 3743 - SCM 3746
St. Michael's Church, Roman Catholic, Archdiocese of Baltimore, AL, Frostburg, 28 E. Main St., P.O Box 402: baptismal and marriage register 1852-1871 (baptisms 1852-1871, marriages 1866-1871, pew book 1861-1864, creditors 1853-1857, subscribers 1857, invested persons n.d.); baptismal registers 1871-1984; marriage registers 1871-1984; interments 1920-1984; confirmations 1868-1940, 1943-1966, 1975-1984; first communions 1923-1983.
St. Michael's Church was established as the first Roman Catholic parish in Frostburg in 1852. Until that time, Catholics in the area were served by priests from St. Patrick's Church at Mount Savage which, at that time, included Frostburg (then called Mount Pleasant). About 1850, Father Michael Slattery was sent to Frostburg, where he first held Mass in local residences. Arrangements were soon made for the purchase of the abandoned Highland Hotel, a large building in the center of town. This structure was remodeled and part was used as a church and the remainder as a rectory. After Father Slattery left St. Michael's in 1860, the parish again became a mission of St. Patrick's in Mount Savage. For a few years the Redemptorist Fathers from Cumberland took charge at Frostburg, and by 1868, the old church structure was replaced by a brick and stone ediface. Set in the midst of a growing mining and railroad community, the parish continued to expand. A pastoral residence was built on the site of the former hotel and cemetery land was purchased on McCulloh's Hill.
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