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In Years Past

August 30, 2013
The Post-Journal

In 1913, the Rev. Christopher Schiesl, one of the oldest and most widely known priests of the order of Passionists, was drowned about 6 p.m. the previous evening while bathing on the north side of the Beacon pier at Point Gratiot. The body had not been recovered. Father Christopher and the Rev. Oswin McGibbon, of St. Mary's Church in Dunkirk, were bathing together near the point. The lake was rough and there was a strong back wash. Father Oswin had climbed to the pier when he discovered that Father Christopher, who was a poor swimmer, was in distress. Father Oswin went to the aid of his brother priest but the back wash was too strong and he became exhausted. The hold he had on Father Christopher was broken and the latter was swept away and disappeared beneath the surface.



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