The Lepua Church Collection 1928-1931

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07Nov2011
Last Updated on 07 November 2011 | Written by ASHPO

This Gallery presents a series of photographs that were taken of the 1928-1931 construction of the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Lepua by an unknown photographer. The photographs include images of the construction activities and the general area as it looked at the time. The collection is on file at the American Samoa Historic Preservation Office.

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0 #8 Afa Yandall 2014-07-16 20:58
I grew up in Leloaloa and this was our church. We did everything from being alter boys to cleaning and maintaining the church. Leloaloa is the village next to Lepua.
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0 #7 terry 2013-09-22 12:52
Omg i remember this church i wad raised in lepua me n my grandmother they lived there long time i was baptized there n my belly button is buried by the church.. i was raise in the new church... its awesome to see the history of the church..i attended saint Francis i remember sister Mary :-) Francis i don't remember that much but i love n miss home
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0 #6 Dena Boughton 2013-08-15 12:37
Greetings:
I am seeking assistance for a research project.
The subject is named Piui Sivanu L. Seui
His date of birth is May 19, 1916.
His baptism is registered at the Lepua Catholic Parish on September 6, 1916 by the Rev. A. Pesneau S.M.
He was born in Vaitogi, American Samoa.
His father is Seui Limu, place of birth Nu'uuli and his mother is Valelia, place of birth Vaitogi.
Any help would be appreciated. Please respond to this site.
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0 #5 Claude Lamesch 2013-08-11 10:41
Quoting EDWARD R YANDALL:
I was very young when this church was built and I remember it well. Almost my whole family volunteered to work there. I was baptized in the old church, but confirmed and married in the new church. My family has a big stained window on the right entrance of the church and a statue of the Blessed Mother in front of the Priest house.

Dear Mr Edward R Yandall
I am so happy to hear from somebody who certainly knew Edouard Bellwald, the marist father who built this church with the help of the local people. Edward Bellwald came from Luxembourg and was in Samoa from 1899 to 1935. His heart was intimately linked to his mission in Lepua. Father "Belewale" was my mothers godfather. Do you remember him?
Claude Lamesch
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+1 #4 Moana Case Miller 2012-12-25 05:26
Granddaughter of Palepa Yandall, daughter of Rita Yandall Case, and niece of Edward And Legi Yandall. I also attended this church and St. Francis with my cousins Mary and Elizabeth
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+2 #3 Lucia AlefosiBartley 2012-08-24 22:53
I would go upstairs and gave Mama Mary and baby Jesus fresh flowers before heading to the Saint Francis School and pray to help me with school exams. I remembered very well that when I took the test I would know all the answers to the test. I have fond memories of this special church as a little girl. I'm so grateful that these pictures were stored for future generations to enjoy...I also remembered the Yandall family, Len Yandall and his mother Palepa Yandall. I attended the same school with his children Mary Yandall and Elizabeth Yandall. I think Len Yandall's sister is aunty Agnes Pako who married my uncle Ben Gabbard...Ben Gabbard's mother is a Bartley.
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+2 #2 Lucia AlefosiBartley 2012-08-24 22:52
I appreciate seeing the pictures of the Lepua Immaculate Conception Church. My father, Alefosio Savili Bartley and mother, Seleni Mauala Bartley were catechist in Lepua when I was about 10 yrs. old. I think we were there in the year 1962 - 1968. I remembered my dad assigned me since I was the oldest of all the children to ring the bell every morning and evening for the angelus. I also remembered the statue of the Blessed Mother Mary and baby Jesus on the second floor at the entrance of the church.
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+2 #1 EDWARD R YANDALL 2012-04-01 17:39
I was very young when this church was built and I remember it well. Almost my whole family volunteered to work there. I was baptized in the old church, but confirmed and married in the new church. My family has a big stained window on the right entrance of the church and a statue of the Blessed Mother in front of the Priest house.
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