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Subject: St. Patrick's Church, Gallitzin, Fire [1912]
Date: Tue, 29 Nov 2005 22:52:47 -0500

Northern Cambria News, Hastings, Friday, May 10, 1912

The interior of St. Patrick's Catholic Church at Tunnelhill was gutted by fire shortly after 4 o'clock on Saturday morning. The damage which is estimated at between $18,000 and $20,000 is completely covered by insurance. A large pipe organ, in the rear of the church, valued at $2,500, was eaten up by the fire and a fine statue of the Blessed Virgin was thrown to the floor and broken, while the small altar upon which it had stood was burned. The origin of the fire is unknown and was discovered by two fishermen who passed the church and detected smoke coming from the building.
St. Patrick's Church is one of the oldest in Cambria County and the site is one of the famous spots in this section of the state and was erected about 1861.

Note: Does anyone know anything more about this fire and the church repairs? Is this the present brick church now called St. Demetrius?

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