Peoria Landmark #454
As ‘goob’ says, St John’s… from the book “Reading, Writing, & Religion”:
When the extreme southwestern portion of St. Patrick’s parish grew so much, St. John’s Church was born in 1890. A new building was completed in 1892 at Antionette and Blaine, noted in the WPA reports as “light and bright and an everlasting tribute to the indefatigable zeal of the pastor [Rev. John P. Quinn] and the liberty of his flock.”
A 1943 article noted, “Together with its companion parish, St. John’s, St. Boniface has literally grown up on the South Side and today it is part and parcel to one of Peoria’s largest communities, the South Side.” The two would formally merge in 1994 and become St. Ann at the original St. Boniface site.
I swore I read somewhere that it burned, but I can’t find any reference to that now. From what I was told, St Boniface was a German Catholic church; St. John’s an Irish Catholic, and they didn’t play nice together.
Update: emailed photo “The Light Weights of St. John’s Bears, 1964″