As noted in the foreward to Wien's Blue History Book
(1876-1976), St. Mary's of the Angels is much more than a church
in a rural community.
It is a parish striving to do God's will; a parish established 125
ago by German-speaking settlers who came to Chariton County, Missouri
seeking something more.
"St. Mary's of the Angels Church parish" and Wien, Missouri"
have become almost
synonymous, and both have survived through the years as a result of
dedication to their Catholic faith and as a result of the Grace of God.
This website is being developed to gather and preserve the rich
and pioneering spirit which brought settlers from other parts of
the world to Chariton County,
Missouri. As you read through the history of our region, you will see that
there were settlers of Irish and French descent also in the area,
as well as many families from Virginia and Kentucky, and
many of them are reflected in the early census.
Click on items listed at the left to learn more about
Wien and related topics.
"Seaching Our Roots" gives you an idea of topics I'm presently
investigating while "Parish Information" and "Parish Activities" will
tell you a little more about present day Wien.
To have a good time watching a "Haus-barn" being built, click on
the "Related Links" at the left, then click on the specific link
under German Links. When you get to the Haus-barn site, read the
right hand side, and scan down on the left hand side to February
'99 when the building started in Manning Iowa. You may want to go
to the "Home Page" connected to that site to see and hear lots more!
Developed: February 7, 2001
Last Revised: August 3, 2015
Email any ideas,
questions, or comments to Mary Meinhardt.