Sacred Heart Academy 1908-1951

The roots of Sacred Heart Academy (Manhattan Catholic Schools)


The original  history was prepared by Sister Susan Kongs, CSJ eighth grade class in 1982-1983.


Jennifer Adams

Susan Bachamp

Chrissy Bugay

Sandy Creviston

Todd Dillon

Partick Dreiling

Gary Ehm

Dorothy Fulghem

Jeff Hooper

John Huetteman

Suzy Klinker

Lynn Koppes

Jennie Mathers

Paul Russell

Cathy Smith

Sean Weixelman


This original project was undertaken at the request of Willard F. Dempsey Ph.D, Principal of Seven Dolors School.  With the purpose to raise an awareness in the minds and hearts of the students who are presently attending Seven Dolors School – that our school system dates back to the year 1908, when Sacred Heart Academy was established here in Manhattan.




1908-1951 Sacred Heart Academy



Sacred Heart Academy


            The Sacred Heart Academy had its beginning in the Colonel Anderson home.  This home was purchased by Father Reade for $14,000.  It was located diagonally across the intersection from the church.  At this time of history, in 1903, it was the largest residence in the City of Manhatttan.  It occupied a half block of ground on South Juliette Avenue, between Pierre and Colorado Streets.  IT was shaded by beautiful elms and other forest trees.


A cross was placed a top of this three story structure, and it was placed under the patronage of the Sacred Heart.  This statue which was honored for so many years in the academy is now the second floor of the Luckey High School.  The Anderson home was a large, beautiful, sturdily built, structure of stone with large rooms, wide halls, high ceilings, lovely wood work, a sweeping stairway and spacious porches amid a landscaped yard. 


            This build, later called Sacred Heart Academy, opened in September, 1908, with six Sisters in charge.  There were about fourty students in the grade school and the first year of high school.  Each year, thereafter, another year of high school was added, so by September 1911, a full four yer course was offered.  It was the first complete high school in Manhattan, and it was the first Catholic High School in the Concordia diocese.


            The first graduate of the Academy was Rose Cunningham Irvine who completed the four years in 1912.  She was the grandmother of Bernard and John Irvine who

presently are attending Manhattan Catholic Schools.


            For many years the academy building served the entire school system, provided a home for the teaching Sisters and offered accommodations for boarding students.




Colonel Anderson


            John Byer Anderson was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania on November 22, 1817, and lived a long useful life of eighty years.  He was educated in Washington College and graduated from this historical college in 1836.


            The same year he went to Brandenburg, KY, where he taught school for five years.  In 1838, he married Cecilia Alexander and in 1841, moved to New Albany, Indiana, where he established two collegiate schools, one for girls, and one for boys.  These schools were unequaled in any part of the country and they flourished for twenty years.


            Mr. Anderson was a man of great learning and strong mentality, and his influence as an educator still prevails in the mid-west.  To the College of Emporia, he gave a fine library as well as financial help to the college.  It was through his influence that young Andrew Carnegie used his library and from this influence sprung the Carnegie Library.  A full sized statue of the Colonel is in the Carnegie Library in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.


            During the Civil War, Mr. Anderson was made Superintendent of Railroad Transportation for the Army of Cumberland.  His ability was recognized by the Secretary of Affairs, and the title of Brigadier General was awarded to him.  He declined the honor.


            In 1864, he retired as a Colonel and came to Manhattan, wherein some years later, 1881-1882 he built his home and this structure became THE SACRED HEART ACADEMY.




Sisters of St. Joseph


            During the pastorate of Father J. Reade, a consciousness of the need for Catholic education for the children of the parish led to the establishment of a school conducted by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia, KS.  Father Ready’s courage and vision were shown in the purchase of the Colonel Anderson property in June, 1903, for  parochial purposes.  This building known as the Sacred Heart Academy was opened in September, 1908, with the following Sisters in charge:  Sister Louise Cuff, Ph.D as Directress, Sister Aquinas Fenton, Sister Geraldine Budreau, Sister Cornelius Perrault, Sister Rita Rivard and Sister Mildred Huber.


            Today there are three Sisters on the faculty of Seven Dolors Grade School, Sister Luella Hake, Sister Suanna Collister, and Sister Susan Kongs.  Sister Ann Therese Reinhart is on the faculty of Lucky High School.  Five other Sister libing at the convent are involved in other ministries of the parish and community.


            The history of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph dates back to the middle of the seventeenth century, when the congregation was founded in LePuy,  France.  In 1836, several Sisters of St. Joseph came to American and settled in the area of St. Louis, and later New York.  From Rochester they journeyed westward to Concordia, KS in the year 1884.  In 1983-1984, the Sisters of St. Joseph are celebrating the centenary of their congregation.


Sacred Heart Academy was dedicated to the Sacred of Jesus.  This beautiful statue graced the front entrance of the Academy and it stood on a pedestal near the winding open stairway.  Presently the statue is on the second floor of Luckey High School.





















Roots of Seven Dolors


1903 –  Colonel Anderson’s home was purchased by the Parish of Seven Dolors for                       $14,000.


1908 –  This building, Sacred Heart Academy, formed the roots of the Manhattan                          Catholic School System.

             a.  Enrollmet was 40 students in grade school and the first year of high                       school.

             b.  Girls were boarders at the academy.

             c.  First Catholic High School in the Concordia Diocese in 1911.

             d. This building was a grade school, high school and a convent for the Sisters.


1938 -  Annex of the First Methodist Church purchases for $3,000.            

             a.  This building was moved south of the Academy and was used for grades one                      to eight.

             b.  It consisted of three classrooms, namely grades one, two and three occupied                       what is now the Math room, grades four, five and six were taught in the                                present science room and grades seen and eight had their classes in the                           present English room.

             c.  The grade school enrollment was 105 students.


1945 -  An addition was added to the White Building and it was completed at the cost of             $8,000.

             a.  This consisted of a new classroom, principal’s office and a corridor.

             b.  This addition was needed when the enrollment increased to 152 students.

             c.  Three years later, in 1948, the enrollment was 210 students.


1955 -  The first four classrooms along Pierre Street were built at the cost of $70,000.

             a.  Each classroom was built to accommodate 60 students.


1963 -  Nine classrooms, an all purpose room (Kitchen, Cafeteria and gymnasium) were                  built.  The plan also included office areas and lavatories.  The enrollment in 1963     was 495 students.


1975 -   Seven Dolors Grade School had its first kindergarten classes.


1982 -  The White Building was remodeled to accommodate Junior High Classes.  The                   enrollment – Kindergarten to eighth grade is 297 students.    







The following information is taken from a brochure of the Academy at the time Marie Brannick was a student.  She was a 1917 graduate of Sacred Heart Academy.




Sacred Heart AcademyManhattan KS


Conducted by the Sisters of St. Joseph, Concordia, KS


Grammar, Academic and Commercial Courses for boys and girls.  Courses of study which develop not only the intellect but also character.


Location  -  The Sacred Heart Academy is located in Manhattan, KS, a clean progressive city with a population of 7,000, the home of Kansas State Agricultural College with nearly 3,000 students.  The Academy is easy of access as Manhattan is on the main lines of the Union Pacific and the Rock Island Railways and the Blue Valley Branch of the Union Pacific.  The Academy grounds are spacious; the building is moderately equipped and located amid pleasant surrounding.


Scholastic Year  - The scholastic year is divided into tow sessions, the first commencing in September, and the second the first week in February.  While it is highly desirable that students enter at the beginning of the school year, yet they will be received at any time and assigned to the classes for which they are prepared.


Discipline -  Both day pupils and boarders are required to comply with the rules of discipline, which while allowing all reasonable liberty and recreation, yet are intended to develop self-control, respect for the rights of others, and those qualities which make for the refinement of character.  Continued in application to studies, insubordination or bad conduct incurs dismissal.


General Regulations -  While the Academy is under Catholic auspices yet the religious principles of any denomination are not interfered with in any way; however, when the maintenance of good order and discipline so demand all are required to attend the religious exercises.


Monthly reports of class work and general deportment are sent to the parents.  Regular attendance and promptness are insisted upon.


Damage done to the furniture or the building will be charged to the students responsible.


All books, periodicals, etc., brought to the school are subject to the approval of the directress.


Boarders -  Only girls are received as boarding students.  They should be provided with the necessary wearing apparel and toilet articles, as also table service.  A sufficient deposit should be made with the Directress for necessary incidentals such as books, clothing, pocket money etc.


Course in Music – Piano while it is not practical to adhere strictly to any particular method or list of studies on account of the individual requirements of each student, yet the following outline will give a general idea of the course; Principles of Piano Technique by W. Perkins; selections from the works of the best composers.  Ear training is prominent feature of study during the course.


Instruction is also given on the following instruments:  Violin, Mandolin, Guitar and Organ.


Tuition for music per session of five months is $20.00.  For further information apply to the Sister Directress, Scared Heart Academy, Manhattan, KS.


Academy of the Sacred Heart


The Sacred Heart Academy, conducted by the Sisters of St. Joseph, will open on Tuesday, September 8th.


There will be a kindergarten for children from four (4) to six (6) years of age as well, as  Primary, Intermediate, Grammar, and High School departments.  The commercial or Business course will also be taught.  Private classes in Latin.  A thorough course in Shorthand and Typewriting.


Students wishing to study music ought to apply as early as possible.  The latest European methods taught on the piano.  Lessons given on all stringed instruments.


The Sacred Heart Academy will also be a select boarding school for youny lady students.


For further information address:


Sister Louise, Superior

Corner of Juliette Avenue & Pierre Street

Manhattan, KS



The above news article was researched by John Huetteman from the Manhattan Nationalist of September, 1908.







White Building Annex



            At this time of history, Monsignor Luckey realized that the academy was becoming to small to accommodate the many students that came to get a Catholic education.  Fortunately, in 1938, when more classrooms were absolutely necessary, the First Methodist Chruch had their frame annex 40’ x 75’ for sale.  Monsignor made the purchase for $3,000.  To move this building, it was divided into thirds and moved just south of the stone academy building.  When reassembled and remodeled, it provided three lovely classrooms.  For the first time the grade and high school occupied separate buildings.  Eventually this building became known as the White Building Annex.


            An addition 32’ x 36’ was added to the White Building Annex in 1945.  It consisted of a new classroom, corridor and a principal’s office.  The construction cost was in the area of $8,000.  In 1946, there were 152 grade school pupils and 70 high school students.


            Mow in 1982 -1983, the principal’s office is occupied by the coach of Seven Dolors, Mr. Al Days, and the new classroom is well used by the band and vocal students of both Manhattan Catholic Schools.  Presently, Mrs. Fredrica Everett is the vocal and band director.


            On April 7, 1954, Monsignor Merchant called a parish meeting to discuss the building of two urgently needed parish units; a new grade school and a convent for the Sisters.  Two weeks later, a drive was started under the chairmanship of William Farrell assisted by the building and finance committee, composed of Tom Griffith, Dr. Harold Howe and Mont Green, Jr.  It was the wish of the Sisters that the grade school or a least part of it be built before starting on the construction of the convent.


            On Sunday, March 13, 2055, the first four classrooms of the new Seven Dolors Grade School was dedicated.  Each room was built to accommodate sixty pupils.  The cost of this structure was in the area of $70,000.  Now in 1983, these Rooms are 110, 111, 112, and 113 and they are occupied by the kindergarten and Grades one and two.


            In 1960, the parish purchased three of the four residences in the same block with the Seven Dolors Grade School and convent.  This additional ground would be necessary for future expansion.


            It was 1963, that construction was begun on the grade school.  The final addition would consist of nine classrooms, office areas, two lavatories and an all purpose room which was to be a kitchen, cafeteria and gymnasium.


            In September, 1975, a kindergarten was opened at Seven Dolors School.  Sister Luella Hake came to Manhattan to be the kindergarten Teacher.


Living History


            The students of Grade 8 were privileged to have a former teacher and alumni speak to them and reminisce their days at Sacred Heart Academy.


            Jessie DeWill, a 1916 alumna and an academy boarded for twelve years, gave valuable information of the life of Colonel Anderson whose home was purchased by Father J. Reade.  This building later became Sacred Heart Academy.  She also delighted the students with her childhood memories of good times and of the opportunities that was hers to receive a Catholic education under the direction of the Sisters and of their dedication to the education of youth.


            Joe Anderson, 1929 alumnus brought the “blue prints” of the academy and took us on a “tour” of the building.  Sister Stanisluas Kelley was the Directress and she made every effort to see that the guys got the football games, even to the point of getting the team there via train from Manhattan to St. Mary’s, KS.  The academy was graced with an open stairway and Mr. Anderson has a portion of this stairway in his home at the present time.  He also brought pictures of the Sacred Heart orchestra which was directed by Sister Francis Costello.  Another interesting fact was a 1924 picture of the entire student body and faculty.  This picture belongs to James Hoover, an alumnus, from Greenleaf, KS.


            Sister Cortone Marie Dome taught grades one, two and three during the years of 1934 to 1939.  She presented some interesting facts about the academics and gave a vivid description of the interior of the building.  She answered many questions asked by the students who were eager to hear about school life in the 1930’s.  She raised an awareness in the class of eighth graders who had no ideas of the Roots of Seven Dolors Grade School.  She also shared with the group the names of faculty members and the subjects or grades that they taught.  Sister Cortona Marie was our first speaker.


            Cora Aspely Strosnider, 1940, graduate of Sacred Heart Academy, spoke of her days as a high school student at the academy.  She mentioned of her interest in music and drams and of the opportunities that the students had of participation in drama and other fine arts.  She shared some of the fun life of the 1940’s which is quite a contrast of today.  Msgr. Luckey was superintendent and played a vital role in the religious education of the students by teaching religion classes several times a week.  She showed some floor plans of the academy which at that time was a grade school, high school and convent for the Sisters.  Cora began her careen in music under Sister Francis Costello who gave her private piano lessons.


Paul Irvine, a 1947 graduate of the academy told the class that the Irvine family set their roots in Manhattan in 1872, when his grandfather came to America.  He shared his experiences of a one room school house that he attended in the country near his home.  Paul is very interested in education and conveyed this idea to the students.  His education was encouraged by his mother who was a school teacher and who expected him to excel in all subjects.  He attended Sacred Heart Academy for four years.  He received a special award for excellence in Religion and was president of the senior class of 1947.  Paul gave much credit to Msgr. Luckey who taught him the New Testament and Church History.  He praised his teachers and among them were Sisters DePazzi, Mary Mark, James Marie and Emily.  He spoke of the sports program as quite different from today.  They had little or no equipment, no uniforms and yet no one was injured seriously during their games.  Students at this time attended Mass every day and they had the opportunity to participate as a leader of the Mass Prayers.  Mr. Irvine mentioned that his children received a good education at Manhattan Catholic Schools which was an asset to them when they began their college education at Kansas State University.


Paul Ehm, a 1950 alumnus gave the class many insights into the life of the 1950’s.  The academy orchestra played for their dances and other entertainments school parties and plays.  Other inter5est of the academy were the C. Y. S., the Marianettes and the May Crowning in the Spring.  He shared the sports program which was quite a contrast to the athletic programs of today.  At this time Sister DePazzi was Principal and Math teacher and other teachers were Sisters Mary Mark, James marie and Francis.  Students attended daily Mass which was in Latin, and Holy Communion was received by the students on First Friday only… fasting was required from midnight.  Paul’s son, Gary is now a member of the 8th grade.  


Meet the Class of 1983 – that compiled the 75 years of history of Sacred Heart AcademySeven Dolors Grade School and Manhattan Catholic Schools.


Gary Ehm – Life was give to me in St. Mary’s Hospital, Manhattan, KS on January 28, 1968.  By my baptism I became a member of the Catholic church on March of the same year.  My parents are Paul and Shirley Ehm.  My dad is a farmer and he raises cattle and many different kinds of crops.  Our family consists of five girls and I’m the only boy.  My dad attended Sacred Heart Academy during his high school years from 1947 to 1950.  


Susan Bachamp -   A small bundle came to Tanya and Richard Bachamp on March 3, 1969, at St. Mary’s Hospital in Manhattan.  I am the second child of four children.  My baptism took place at Seven Dolors Church with Father James Grennan.  My education began at Mrs. Oss’ pre-school and kindergarten classes were at Lee School.  In the first grade I attended Seven Dolors and this year, I’ll be receiving Confirmation from Bishop Daniel Kucera OSB.  God has gifted me with musical talent and my parents have given me the opportunity to develop with talent.


John Huetteman – On December 5, 1969, in El Paso, TX, my parents were the luckiest people on earth.  The lucky and proud parents were Edith and Yun Huetteman.  My father is German and my mother is Korean.  My dad was in the military; therefore we had to move to Kansas.    It ewas good news when my parents enrolled mi in Seven Dolors Grade School. 


Pat Dreiling – Life started for me in St. Louis on June 19, 1969.  I have two sisters who also attend Seven Dolors.  There hasn’t been too many exciting things in my life, but I did have a dog named Blue and a close friend named Brian.  He later moved to Colorado, and so it was up to me to make some new friends at Seven Dolors and This I have done.  I love sports, especially soccer, basketball and track.  During the summer I go to Maur Hill Summer Camp and we do have loads of fun there.  I am busy with all the books and trying to keep up my grades in the 8th grade.  My dad is Dr. Partick Dreiling who is an orthodontist in Manhattan.


Cathy Smith – On May 16, 1969, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Smith were delighted to have another baby girl and she was named Cathy.  I was different in the sense that I walked at the young age of nine months.  The sacrament of Baptism was given to me when I was eight years of age, and on the same day I received my First Holy Communion.  I will receive Confirmation this spring and will graduate with the class of 1983.


Jennie Mathews – On December 26, 1968, I appeared as a late Christmas gift in a red and white stocking at Stormont Vail in Topeka, KS.  I am the first in several ways, as I am the first child in the family, the first niece, the first grandchild, as well as the first great grandchild.  It was at Assumption Church in Topeka, that I was baptized.  My parents are George and Sandra Mathews and I have two sisters.  My First Communion was at the Most Pure Heart of Mary Church in Topeka.  I entered Seven Dolors Grade School during the second semester of first grade.


Lynn Koppes -  Life came to me on October 16, 1968.  My Mother and Father were Carol and Harland Osbourne.  I lived near Junction City until I was three, then my Father died.  Later my Mother married Rex Koppes and in 1974 my half sister, Christi was born.  I was baptized at the age of four when my mother and I became Catholics.  I have attended Seven Dolors since the first grade and on March 27, 1977, I made my First  Holy Communion in Seven Dolors Church.


Paul Russell – And there he was, a ten pound three ounce baby boy born to Mary and Eugene Russell in a Lutheran Hospital in LaFayette, IN, on November 6, 1968. He is the eighth of ten children, eighth girls and two boys.  Education for him began at the marlatt kindergarten and then off to Seven Dolors Grade School for a Catholic education.  Second grade was special as that was the year of receiving First Holy Communion.  This teenager is interested in all sports and his ambitions are to receive good grades and play football in Luckey High. 


Jennifer Adams – Captain Robert Adams and his wife Judith had a baby girl on September 13, 1969, at the St. George Airbase Hospital in California.  She was baptized the following year and name Jennifer Anne.  The Adams family was stationed at Ft. Hood, TX, and during this time the tree children attend St. Joseph’s School.  It was at this parish that Jennifer received her First Holy Communion.  Our family traveled scenic Canada and Alaska, and was in Alaska that my mother got qualified to teach and my father became a Major.  The five of us arrived in Manhattan in 1981, and we continued our Catholic Education at Seven Dolors.  Presently my mother is teaching sixth grade at Seven Dolors.


Todd Dillon - On April 20, 1969,  my Mom and Dad were blessed with another boy whom the named Todd.  I weighed 7 lbs 6oz at birth.  My parents are mary Lousise are Tommy Dillon and I have three brothers and three sisters.  Their names are Tommy, Troy, Tyler, Trenny, Trey and Toni.  As you can see all our first names begin with a T.  Education for me began at Northview, and I started first grade at Seven Dolors.  Accidents were a part of my young life as I had to get stitches on my head twice, once when a car hit me as I was riding my bicycle and another time I cracked my head on the side of a swimming pool. A special day in the life was First Communion day on March 27, 1977.  I love sports and became a wrestler for six years and one year I was undefeated in the state.  This year will be another special year as I’ll be confirmed this Spring.


Dorothy Fulghem – It was on April 25, 1969, that life began for me at Ft. Riley Irwin Army Hospital.  I was baptized by Rev. Hemphill at the First United Methodist Church, in Manhattan.  Kindergarten classes for me were at Theodore Roosevelt School, the next year rolled around and my parents, Dorothy and William Fulghem enrolled me at Seven Dolors.  Sister Francis Margaret Otter was my teacher.  My hobbies are volleyball, basketball and softball..  I love to read books and play the piano.  I enjoy going to a Catholic School because half of my friends are there and I really enjoy the people and classes.


Suzy Klinker – Spetember 9, 1968, was the big day from my parents, Mike and Carolyn Klinker.  I was born in St. Elizbeth’s Hospital in LaFayette, IN and baptized in St. Mary’s Cathedral on September 22, 1968.  My father is a lab technician at the Grain Marketing Research Center and my mother is a Junior High Science teacher at Seven Dolors.  I have one brother Mikeljon.  My education careen began at Northview School where I entered kindergarten.  In 1975, I entered Seven Dolors School as a first grader.  My first Communion was special to me.  I am also a member of the Strong 4-H, and my special interests in this club are electricity, clothing and leadership.


Sean Weixelman – On March 27, 1969 a son was born to Dale and Elizabeth Weixelman, and he was baptized on April 20, at Seven Dolors Church by Father Wolesky.  I have two sisters, Zina and Erica and my father attended Seven Dolors Grade School which at the time was the White Building.  I attended kindergarten classes at Lee School and his education was continued when he entered Seven Dolors in the first grade.  First Communion was very special to Sean because it was also his birthday.


Chrissy Bugay -  Life began for me on April 6, 1969, at Kirk Army Hospital in Maryland.  April 21, was a special day for me as I was baptized and became a member of the Catholic Church.  I have two brothers, Steve and David.  My parents are James and Patricia Bugay.  No March 27, 1977, I received my First Holy Communion and it was an exciting day for me because I knew that I was going to receive Jesus.  This year 1983, Will be special too, as I will be confirmed and also gradutat from Seven Dolors Grade School.


Jeff Hooper – A loving little child was born to Pat & J.C. Hooper on October 1, 1968.  This child being Jeff Hooper and some years later a little girl came into the family.  In 1975, I entered the hospital to have my tonsils removed.  My sister and I were baptized at a church in Kensington, KS.  I have been at Seven Dolors for two years and I find it to be a fine school.  As of six months ago, I have another little sister.  I am proud of our family and we are as happy as can be.


Sandy Creviston – It was at St,. Mary’s Hospital in Manhattan that I began my life on August 24, 1969.  Father James Grennan baptized her on August 9, 1970 at Seven Dolors Church.  She received her First Holy Communion on March 27, 1977, and it was a special day for her.  Her mother is Doreen Creviston.  Sandy loves to swim and reading and art are two of her hobbies.  This is a special year for Sandy as she will be confirmed by Dishop Daniel Kucera OSB this spring and will also graduate with the Seven Dolors Grade School class of 1983.         










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