History Book

In observance of the 150th Anniversary of St. Clement Parish, we plan to publish a commemorative history book to recognize and celebrate 150 years of our family of faith.

The 208-page publication will include some of the history from the 125th anniversary book along with updated family histories, ministry updates and parish changes that have occurred in the past 25 years. Old and new photographs will enhance these written historical accounts.

The book size will be 8 1/2 x 11, printed on archival quality paper and bound in a hard cover with beautiful gold embossing on the front cover.

We need your help in updating your family histories for inclusion in the book.

Do you have a copy of the 125th Anniversary book published in 1996? If so, we ask you to please review all of your family ancestors as well as your own. Make any necessary updates. We will need to know which ancestors you want to include in the 2021 book. Family histories will not automatically be transferred – each family needs to send a complete text of what you want included. If you do not have access to a 1996 book and would like the text for your reference, call Paulette Bruch at 573-470-0491 (cell). She will email it to you. You can also call her home phone at 324-2574 or email her at pbruch@rallstech.com

Are you new to the parish? We want you in the book! Were you a member in 1996 and missed getting your family in the book? Now is your chance!

All information needs to be submitted to Paulette Bruch by April 1.

What should you write? Following are samples of multi-generational family write-ups. Please include full names, dates of birth, marriage date, parents with mother’s maiden name, children and dates of birth, location of birth, if known. Include any parish ministries, if any. Employment and education is optional.  Write what you would like your descendants and your parish community to know about your family. There is no word limit. Photos can be submitted if desired.


Gerhard John “Jack” Purk was b. Mar. 1, 1915, the s/o Henry and Mary (Meiersick) Purk. Jack had a twin sister, Bettie. He and all his brothers and sisters attended St. Clement School and Crow School. He grew up farming with his father and brothers, Frank, Clem, and Shorty. His mother, Mary, died when he was 17 years old.
In 1942, during World War II, Jack was called to serve in the U.S. Army. He was called much later than most men because of a thumb injury that left him with a partial thumb. He first went to Ft. Leonard Wood, then served as military policeman in Texas and Denver, Colorado. He also traveled overseas to Africa to get German prisoners. After his discharge in 1946, he returned home to the farm. His father died Jan. 10, 1947. Just 43 days later on Feb. 22, the family home burned. During the summer a new home was built.
Later that year, on Nov. 29, 1947 he married Katherine Gertrude Oberdahlhoff, d/o Conrad E. and Margaret (Feldmann) Oberdahlhoff. She was b. Feb. 13, 1920. Katherine attended Concord School for two years then went on to complete her eight years at Crow School. She was employed at the Elder Garment Factory for a number of years before their marriage. She returned to work a year or so after her marriage. Jack and Katherine are the parents of 2 children.
Paulette, b. Feb. 23, 1955, married Joe Bruch Jr. (see history)
Edward Richard Purk, b. Oct. 31, 1957, married Tammy Basinger. (see history)
Both children grew up on the farm and attended the Bowling Green Schools.
Jack and Katherine always attended St. Clement Church and were active in community activities. Jack was a 50 year member of the Knights of Columbus. He served many years as chairman of the picnic parking committee. Katherine enjoys quilting at her home and is a member of the Quilting Club that meets every Wednesday afternoon at the church. She is also a member of the St Clement Homemakers Club. In 1969 she organized the St. Clement Cemetery Association and continues to serve as the Secretary-Treasurer. She has been a weekly volunteer at the Bowling Green High Rise since 1987.


Joe Henry Bruch, Jr. was born in Manhattan, KS on Dec. 2, 1954 at Fort Riley Army Base, the s/o Joe Henry and Darlene (Pollard) Bruch, On Jan. 8, 1977 he was united in marriage to Paulette Rose Purk. Paulette was b. Feb. 23, 1955; in Pike County, the d/o Jack and Katherine (Oberdahlhoff) Purk.
Joe attended Frankford Elementary and Bowling Green High School. Paulette attended the Bowling Green Schools. Both graduated from the University of Missouri. They are the parents of three daughters: Amy Jo, b. Jun. 13, 1982; Andrea Kay, b. Jun. 23, 1984; and Annette Marie, b. Aug. 31, 1986. They attended the Frankford Elementary School and transferred in sixth grade to the BG Middle School.
Joe currently works at Hercules, Inc., where he has been employed since 1976. Paulette is a substitute teacher for the Bowling Green School District.
The Bruch family is active in the Pleasant Workers 4-H Club at Frankford. Both Joe and Paulette serve as club project leaders. Joe shares his love for hunting and shooting with the area youth. He and the girls shoot competitively along with several other 4-H youth. Joe has also taught Karate Classes since 1980. Paulette has been teaching 4th grade CCD since 1988 and Joe is a member of the St. Clement K of C.

Download printable Sample Family Histories