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      Holly Barnes has written:

      Thought you might enjoy this church bell I ran across one day. The placard explains what it is. I was speaking to one of the janitors from the church who said they have the original clanger and the mechanism that caused it to ring on the hour. The bell itself stands about 3ft high. It sits behind the Catholic Church in Owatonna, Minnesota.

      Stuckstede B. F. Co., St. Louis, MO, 1903

      Sacred Heart’s Bell

      Dedicated to our forefathers, who by their Catholic faith, perseverance and resolve founded this Sacred Heart Parish.

      For many years this great bell beckoned the faithful to worship.

      Through the generosity of the Owatonna Knights of Columbus, this bell, now in silence, still serves as a reminder of its once great service to this Catholic community.

      Placed here in 1990 during the pastorate of Rev. Harry Jewison.

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      I think there’s a bit more to the inscription than what you reported.

      The maker’s inscription at the top of the bell should read THE HY STUCKSTEDE B F CO (i.e., The Henry Stuckstede Bell Foundry Company). By this point in the company’s history, periods were omitted in the interest of economy. So the second line of that inscription reads simply “ST LOUIS MO”.

      There’s also a custom inscription in on the waist of this bell, which might possibly be in Hungarian. (I can only see part of it in the photo.) Many 19th-c. churches (not only Catholic but also Lutheran, etc.) were associated with the nationalities of the immigrant communities in which they were organized. Therefore, custom inscriptions for their bells were typically in the native language of the community. While English and German are the most common, I’ve seen Hungarian, Slovak, Lithuanian, Norwegian, Greek, and probably others tht I’ve forgotten.

      Aside from the custom inscription, this bell is entirely typical of the products of the foundry which made it. From the first photo, you can also see that it was originally equipped with a tolling hammer in addition to the swinging clapper. Although the tolling hammer has been removed, the bracket for it is still in place under the crossbar of the A-frame on the left side of the bell.

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