REV. F. A. OSTROP, pastor of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Carlinville, is one of the ablest men in the priesthood in this section of the State. He was born in Westphalia, Germany, and in the splendid schools of his native land he was given every advantage to obtain a liberal education. H early showed unmistakable signs of superior scholarship, and made rapid progress in his studies. By teaching he earned money with which to advance his education, and attended some of the best schools in Germany. He was finally graduated in Westphalia, where he had been well grounded not only in theology but in medicine as well.
Father Ostrop continued studying and teaching in the Fatherland until 1858, when he came to this country. He located in Alton, where he joined the priesthood, and was ordained in 1859. He then became pastor of St. Mary's Church in that city. He presided over that church until 1872, when he went to Quincy to take charge of St. Boniface Church. He remained there until 1877, and in that year came to Carlinville, and has held the pastorate of St. Joseph Church ever since. The affairs of the church are now in very flourishing condition. The building is a commodious brick structure, of a modern style of architecture, and is most artistically finished and furnished. A neat parsonage and school building are in connection with the church.