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Father Murphy's retirement is a milestone of Olmitz history

Dear Editor,
I read the article in the Great Bend Tribune: “Father Murphy, oldest Catholic priest in Kansas, retires” (Jan 16 issue). With the retirement this past Jan. 3, it marks a milestone of history for the tiny community of Olmitz. Father Ultan Murphy, age 87, retired as pastor of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Olmitz, after 33 years. My late mother was a Riedl. She briefly attended school in Olmitz as did her Riedl, Hampel, Kober, Navratil, Lux, and Reimer ancestors. Father Murphy knew them all, as well as my mom’s Schneider, Ohnmacht, and Bahr cousins. However ...

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