Bruyer Church -- nr Vermillion SD
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 42° 47.197 W 096° 50.981
14T E 675877 N 4739361
This roadside marker is located at a small cemetery a few miles east of Vermillion SD on the SD state highway 50
Waymark Code: WMJQ23
Location: South Dakota, United States
Date Posted: 12/16/2013
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member Waywizard
Views: 9

The historic marker for the Bruyer church at the small but well-kept Fairview cemetery. This marker and cemetery is all that remains of the tiny Clay Co. SD community of Fairview, east of Vermillion on the SD 50.
Marker Name: Bruyer Church

Marker Type: Roadside

Marker Text:
#425 Bruyer Church “August Bruyer, his wife, Josephine (Simon) and their sons, John and Julius, were born in France, coming to America about the middle of the 19th century. By 1858, they had settled in Fairview Township, 4 miles east of what was to be Vermillion. They were Catholic and in 1859, August donated ten acres for a church site and cemetery. In 1860, a small log dirt floor church was built thereon sited on the SW of the SE of the NE of Section 15. Township 92 North, Range 51 West. This was the first Catholic Church building in South Dakota. The church was dependent thereafter on transient priests until 1879, usually from St. Peter’s Church, Jefferson, established in 1862. There was no other Catholic Church in Clay County. In 1879, a resident pastor was appointed for the Church and under the supervision of Father Hennesy, a new and commodious frame church was built, south of the present cemetery, on a site on the south side of the road. The first log church was located on the southeast corner of the present cemetery. This new church served the Vermillion community until a new church was built in Vermillion in 1885 under Father Collins. In 1905 the Fairview parish was discontinued and the members attached to the Vermillion parish. In the Fairview cemetery, gravestones are to be found bearing the names of Bruyer, Lynch, Carey, and other early settlers.” Erected: 1966

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