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Rev. Henry P. Maus (1870-1928)
Born in Bay City, Mich., Catholic priest.
  • Added May, 2014.
  • History of Saginaw County, Michigan, vol 2, 1918 - J.C. Mills


    A commanding figure among the Catholic priests of Saginaw is the Reverend Henry P. Maus, the beloved pastor of St. Andrew's Church on the West Side. He was born at Bay City July 7, 1870, one of twin boys, the twin brother dying at the age of our and one-half years. The family comprised seven children. One daughter, Sister M. Sylvester, is a member of the Dominic Order of Sisters, with a mother house in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

    His father was Luke Maus, born in Alsace-Loraine in 1847, and his mother was Mary Andries Maus, a native of the same province, born in 1851. They emigrated to America and in 1858 settled in Detroit. Two years later they removed to Bay City, where they resided through life. Mr. Maus was a machinist by trade, and for many years was a trusted foreman in the Industrial Works. He died in 1915, and Mrs. Maus died in 1908. Both were buried in St. Patrick's Cemetery, Bay City.

    Father Maus in early life attended the parochial school of St. James' Church, Bay City, from which he graduated in 1884. He then decided to study for the Catholic preisthood, and left the same Fall for Assumption College in Canada, where he remained one year. In 1886 the Right Reverend Henry T. Richter sent him with other students to St. Francis Seminary, Milwaukee, where he completed his course of studies and religious instruction in 1895. He was duly ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Richter at Grand Rapids; and has since labored faithfully for the Church in this diocese.

    His first charge was as assistant to Reverend Joseph Bauer, of St. Francis Church, Traverse City, Michgian. There were several missions connected with the parish, to the spiritual and material duties of which he entered with zeal, and in the course of about four years built three parochial residences and one church, forming these missions into parochial churches. He was then assigned as pastor to St. Patrick's Church, Grand Haven, Michigan, where he resided for twelve years, his labors being marked by the building three parochial residences at Berlin, Michigan, for a resident priest, and the starting of a church at Robinson. In 1912 he came to St. Andrew's Parish, Saginaw, West Side, to succeed the Reverend Joseph Vogl, who was promoted to St. Mary's Church, Grand Rapids.

    The beautiful church of St. Andrew's, on Michigan Avenue, at Monroe Street, was just begun, the walls being under construction, when Father Maus took charge. He completed the structure and furnished it in the course of a year, at a cost of fifty thousand dollar. The church was consecrated on May 30, 1913, Bishop Richter of Grand Rapids singing the pontifical High Mass.

    St. Andrew's congregation is one of the larges, fourishing Catholic parishes of this city, and is the oldest church organization in Saginaw Valley. It comprises about three hundred and fifty families with two thousand members, and has a parochial school of more than three hundred pupils, taught by eight Sisters of Mercy. The parish is now contemplating the erection of a new, brick, parochial school modern in every detail. In no Catholic parish in Saginaw is there more unity of spirit and progressiveness.

    Additional Notes:

      1880 - Census: Bay City, Bay, Mich.
      Maus, Lucas - b. 1843, Germany, Steam Engineer.
      Mary A.C., wife - b. 1843, France.
      Lucas A., son - b. 1869, Mich.
      Henry J., son - b. 1871, Mich.
      Paul C., son - b. 1873, Mich.
      Mary C., dau. - b. 1876, Mich.
      Catherine, dau. - b.1878, Mich.

      1900 - Census: Grand Haven, Ottawa, Mich.
      Maus, Rev. H. P. - b. Jun 1871, Mich.
      Catherine, sister - b. Sep 1880, Mich

      1921 - US Boarder Crossings.
      Henry P. Maus, b. 1870, Bay City, Mich., departed Antrwerp on ship Scandinavian, arriving at Quebec, Belgium, on Aug 20, 1921.

      1928 - Michigan Deaths: Saginaw, Saginaw, Mich.
      Death of Henry P. Maus, on May 2, 1928, born July 7, 1870, Bay City, son of Lucas A Maus and Mary Andrews.

    Reference Notes & Pages

    Rev. Henry P. Maus

    Related Pages:
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    People Referenced
    Andrews, Mary (mother)
    Bauer, Joseph Rev.
    Maus, Catherine (sis)
    Maus, Henry P. (subject)
    Maus, Lucas A. (father)
    Maus, Lucas A., jr. (bro)
    Maus, Mary C. (sis)
    Maus, Paul C. (bro)
    Richter, Henry T. Rev.
    Vogl, Joseph Rev.
    Subjects Referenced
    Assumption Col., Can.
    Bay City, MI
    Berlin, MI
    Detroit, MI
    Grand Haven, MI
    Grand Rapids, MI
    Industrial Works
    Milwaukee, WI
    Saginaw, Mi
    Saginaw Valley, MI
    St. Andrews Ch.
    St. Francis Ch.
    St. Francis Seminary
    St. Mary's Ch.
    St. Patricks Cem.
    Sisters of Mercy
    Quebec, Belgium
    Traverse City, MI
    WRITINGS: History As It Was Written Then.