In late 1839 the original log church for St. Joseph was built on land donated by Joseph Doll. The families of St. Joseph came from the Archduchy of Baden Germany. In the early years priests from the diocese served the church until 1851 when the Society of the Precious Blood missionaries took over. Fr. Henry Herzog, C.PP.S. was the first pastor. The present church building was erected in 1861 and has undergone several upgrades. In 1999 a restoration project recovered the painted canvas of St. Joseph on the ceiling.
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The story is told that during one of Bishop Purcell’s visits to the eastern part of Mercer County he noticed the beauty of the woodland roses that grew everywhere, a garden design planted by the Creator. Bishop Purcell named the spot Rose Garden and hence the village was called Rose Garden. The first log church was built in 1844 and possessed a steeple and a bell. The original building was replaced twice with the most recent in 1911. Fr. Louis Navarron served as the first pastor.
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