Guide to the Father Eugene Szalay Collection - Part I At the Leland D. Case Library for Western Historical Studies

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Szalay, Father Eugene W.
Title: Father Eugene W. Szalay Collection - Part I
Dates: 1885-1975 (Bulk dates 1955-1975)
Quantity: 7 drawer(s) (16.5 linear feet)
Collection ID: MSS075
Repository: Leland D. Case Library of Western Historical Studies
E.Y. Berry Library-Learning Center
Black Hills State University
Spearfish, SD 57799

Biographical Note

Rev. Eugene William Szalay was born in Poughkeepsie, N.Y. September 26, 1915. He was the son of Eugene Szalay, Sr. and Julia Kinczel Szalay. He received a Bachelor's degree from Saint Bonaventure University in 1940. He continued his studies at Christ the King Seminary, Saint Bonaventure University, received a Master's in 1944. He was ordained June 3, 1944 at St. Joseph's Cathedral in Buffalo, N.Y. and assigned to the Diocese of Rapid City.

In 1944 he spent three month as the Administrator at St. Joseph's Parish in Gregory, S.D. He spent the next two years as an Assistant, at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, in Rapid City, S.D. From 1946-1953 he served as the Pastor at St. Thomas of the Apostle in Mission, S.D. on the Rosebud Indian Reservation. From 1953-1958 he served as a Chaplin with the United States Army I Corps 7th Division in Korea and on the Electronic Proving Ground at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. He also served on the Worm on the Rhine in Germany. He received four citations including a Letter of Commendation with a Medal Pendant.

Upon returning to South Dakota he spent 1958-1959 as the Administrator at, St. Bonaventure's at McIntosh, St. Michael's at Watauga, and Sacred Heart at Morriston. In 1959 he became Pastor at Immaculate Conception in Winner, S.D. where he remained for the next 10 years. 1969 and 1970 he spent in Graduate studies at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. In March of 1970 he became Pastor at St. Joseph's Parish in Spearfish, S.D.

His interest in history was vast and eclectic. He often wrote and spoke on the history of the Norther Black Hills. He was a member of the State Historical Society and of Westerners' International as well as the Spearfish Kiwanis Club, Spearfish American Legion Post 164, and VFW Post 5860. He died June 14th, 1975 and is buried at All Saints Cemetery in Summit County, Ohio.

Scope and Contents

Collection contains Fr. Szalay's research notes, newspaper clippings, and ephemera on a vast array of historical topics related to Spearfish and the Northern Black Hills.

Acquisition Information

Received in 1975

Related Material

Father Eugene W. Szalay Collection - Part II; Father Eugene W. Szalay Map Collection; Father Eugene W. Szalay Photograph Collection

Preferred Citation

Father Eugene Szalay Collection - Part I, Leland D. Case Western Historical Studies, Black Hills State University

Processing Information

Processed by Dora Ann Jones

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