The Carpenter of Mission San Jose Joseph Edouard Baron (1825 – 1921) * While it was unheard of for a priest such as Father Joseph du Lin to take possession of a church as his own property, it was not unprecedented that Eduard Baron and his co-workers took control of the living quarters at Mission … Continue reading "A Church and Faith Restored: Part 10 of 10"
The Carpenter of Mission San Jose Eduard Baron (1825 – 1921) Father Joseph du Lin, the French priest at Mission San Jose, had embarked on an extensive renovation project of the property in direct disobedience to his superior, Bishop Joseph Alemany. Among his many debts, he owed carpenters Eduard Baron and Jules Audrain at least … Continue reading "Desperate Measures: Part 9 of 10"
The Carpenter of Mission San Jose Joseph Edouard Baron (1825 – 1921) * Life in the one-street village of Mission San Jose was not as worldly as it had been in San Francisco, but there still was enough to occupy a young man’s free time. With 300 inhabitants and many travelers passing through the area, … Continue reading "Days of Romance and Bliss – Part 4 of 10"
Joseph Edouard Baron (1825 – 1921) * In 1848, as 21-year-old Eduard Baron pressed through the crowd onto the ship that would take him from his native France to America, he must have been overwhelmed by a rush of emotions. Whether he felt elation, anticipation, wanderlust, trepidation, or sadness at leaving loved ones behind, one … Continue reading "That Pioneer Spirit"
Happy Mother’s Day Feliz Día de las Madres Bonne Fête des Mères Buona Festa della Mamma Hyvää äitienpäivää Lá na Máthar Shona ar No matter what your language, “Mother” is the sweetest word of all. Margaret McCoy Born Ireland (abt. 1823 – abt. 1857) Catherine O’Grady Born Waterford, Ireland (abt. 1835 … Continue reading "Sentimental Sunday: To the Mothers in Our Lives"