Catholic Communities of the Ashland Cluster
Our Lady of the Lake Church
Ss. Peter and Paul Church
The first settlers, mostly Slovak Catholic immigrants, arrived in the area about 1909. The first Mass in Moquah, located about 10 miles west of Ashland, was celebrated in the home of Joseph Hovanecz. In 1913, Bishop Joseph M. Koudelka visited the settlement and made it a mission of Iron River, directing Fr. Vaclav Kolman to build a church there. The James W. Good Co. donated land, Soctt & Taylor Co. donated lumber, and parishioners provided the labor. Cost of the church was about $500. Bishop Koudelka dedicated the church in May 1915. The first priest to celebrate Mass in the new church was Fr. Wenceslaus Kolman. During the 1930s plans were made to build a rectory. Adjacent property was purchased and parishioners donated the labor. Cost of the rectory was about $5,000. Fr. Joseph Husnik, the first priest to occupy the new rectory, arrived on September 1, 1938. Moquah was no longer a mission of Iron River, but a mission on its own at Dauby. On June 15, 1948, Benedictine Fr. Florian Herides was appointed administrator of Moquah and Dauby. In 1952, St. Florian Church in Ino was added as a mission to Moquah. One of the first organizations in the parish was the First Catholic Slovak Jednota (union) branch 610. Ss. Peter and Paul Parish has had four sons ordained priests, four daughters profess religious vows, and one son profess vows as a religious brother.