February 8, 1883 Oshkosh Northwestern
The above news item details the church fire for the first St. Mary's Church. It was the demise of this church that led to building the structure we all know today.
We've talked before about this, to include this blog post from 2013 which featured a photo of the original church and school:
But once again, this was one of those "found" items, while looking for something else. (I love when that happens!) And not to keep begrudging the journalism of the day, but I find it curious how the article just refers to it as the "German Catholic Church," not even by name.