Sacred Heart Catholic Church
By Kathleen Tatum
town of Wadsworth, in the County of Matagorda was established and laid
out in 1909, by the Colonial Land Company, consisting of A. A.
Plottner and J. W. Stoddard, monied men from Dayton, Ohio, who
organized the company in 1908.
of the first families to move to Wadsworth in 1909, was John H. and
Anna (Lodes) Ottis, practicing Catholics from Okarche, Oklahoma.
it quite a task to take their ten children three miles from home to
St. Francis Catholic Church, in the Polish Village to mass, they were
very instrumental in building a new church in Wadsworth.
the help of Rev. George Montreuil, who was pastor in 1910 and through
the help of Bishop Nicholas A. Gallagher of Galveston, the Catholic
Extension Society, as well as the Wadsworth Catholics, they obtained
financing in 1912 to erect a frame two-story building, 75 foot long
and 60 foot wide at Wadsworth, on the corner of First Street and
Avenue H. The town of Wadsworth had a lumber yard, the Alamo Lumber
Company, where it was very convenient to buy lumber to build the
church. They named the new church and school building Sacred Heart and
it was consecrated in November of 1913.
lower floor of the Sacred Heart building consisted of one large room
and was used for a school. The upper floor, in addition to the Chapel,
consisted of several rooms. Some of the rooms were used as a dormitory
for the Sisters that taught school. The school lasted only two years
because of bad crop harvests. Much to their disappointment, the
community could not afford to continue the school.
first, church services were alternated every other Sunday with St.
Francis. Later, they held services only once a month at St. Francis
and three times a month at Sacred Heart. In 1995, Sacred Heart
Catholic Church services are held every Sunday with the priests coming
from Bay City.
the highway department shelled the road from Bay City to Matagorda,
they changed the thoroughfare through the town of Wadsworth, from the
east side to the west side of the railroad tracts. In 1995 that road
is Highway 60.
M. J. O'Regan, with the help of the Wadsworth Catholics, very
carefully dismantled the Sacred Heart Church and School and rebuilt
only the church at its present site, at the corner of Highway 60 and
Avenue F, in 1924. Highway 60 was made into a concrete highway through
Wadsworth in 1932.