March 18, 2014
Berlin is a delightful place to visit. Located along the Fox River in Green Lake County, it used to be a center for French fur traders and was long considered a fur and leather capital. It also hosted the first cranberry operations in the state. I was taken by the architecture of much of the town and homes.
This is the Nathan Strong (East Side) Park, surrounded by fabulous homes.
These were just a few that caught my eye as I drove through town.
Downtown Berlin, a walk through time.
This is the town clock that formed the town square in the day. Many businesses have moved in and out. I took this photo in 2006.
I took this photo in 2012. Businesses were still moving in and out.
This building on the corner of N Huron and N Capron Streets hosts the Berlin Chamber of Commerce on the right, the Ripon Medical Center Berlin Clinic with the brown awning and DALM Properties on the far left with the green awning.
This was the Blind Pig Saloon which I believe is no longer in business. It was at one time a historic saloon and eatery housed in an 1870s corner brick building in town. It was updated in 2005. About all I know at this writing is it was up for sale or lease.
There’s an interesting story about the Catholic churches in Berlin. The bottom line is that three Catholic churches were combined to form the All Saints Catholic Parish: St. Joseph, St. Stanislaus, and St. Michaels.
This is St. Joseph Catholic Church and Parsonage. I took this photo in 2006. At that time, it was up for sale. It has since been sold and at this writing we are unsure what will happen to it. It still stands at present, a marvelous structure.
This is a historical photo of the church in her heyday. She was built in 1853, mostly attended by Irish and German immigrants. The initial services for this parish were held in 1851 in Badger Hall in Berlin, and that was the beginning of St. Joe’s Parish.
This is St. Stanislaus Catholic Church. She has also been sold and we are unsure of what will happen to her. She still stands at present. It is a Victorian Gothic church that sat over 450 people along with an adjoining parish hall. This parish had interesting origins as well. In the late 1800s there was a large influx of Polish immigrants, especially following the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, and they wanted another Catholic parish created. A Catholic priest of Polish origin was tasked to administer to the Polish community and one from among them asked him to come to his home and celebrate Mass there. That was in 1870 and marked the beginning of St Stan’s Parish. This church was built in 1872 and it was dedicated in 1873.
Regrettably, I did not get a photo of St. Michael. In 1885, a group of Polish and German Catholics asked for a second Polish parish and that grew into St. Michael.
Each parish had its own school, and in 1979 a decision was made to consolidate them into one school system, known as the Berlin Catholic School. In 1991 a decision was made to rehab St. Michael and hold classes in one building. St. Michael is still used to this day for Sunday masses for children.
After a great deal of work to integrate the three parishes, on July 1, 2001 All Saints Parish was created, a new building has been erected, and it is now serving the Berlin Catholic community as one.