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REV. FATHER JOACHIN HUWYLER, O.S.B. was born August 12, 1850, in Dietwyl, Canton Argau, Switzerland. His father, John George Huwyler and mother, Rosa (King) Huwyler, were natives of that country also. The elder Huwyler was a farmer in good circumstances and a man of prominence in his native town, being mayor for many years. He is now deceased. Twelve children were born to this marriage, of whom Father Joachin was the youngest. The latter was educated at Engleberg, Switzerland, for the priesthood. In 1878 he came to America and on the 15th of October arrived at Conception, Mo., in company with three other fellow students. Father Joachin entered the monastery and studied philosophy and theology. He was ordained priest July 22, 1883. He was a professional musician, having acquired the art in Switzerland, and was choir master at Conception. After his ordination he was missionary priest from 1884 until 1886, and for two years and a half was pastor at Tipton, Mo. In May, 1889, he visited Europe, and his people in Switzerland, and visited the Paris Exposition and Berlin. He returned in October of the same year and remained at Conception one year as professor of theology and then was chaplain of Sacred Heart Convent at Yankton, S. D. He was called by the bishop to the Black Hills as mission priest in charge of six missions, and in 1893 he was called by his Abbott to become professor of music of St. Joseph's College, Springfield, Mo. Prof. Joachin has had the best advantages for the study of music in Europe and America, is a man of scholarly attainments and profound learning. He impresses all with whom he comes in contact as being an earnest, efficient and faithful laborer in his Master's service.

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