Rev. J. H. Dolny Biography


This biography appears on page 617 in "History of Dakota Territory" by George W. Kingsbury, Vol. V (1915) and was scanned, OCRed and edited by Maurice Krueger,  Individuals and non-profit organizations for their private use may freely copy this file. Any other use, including publication, storage in a retrieval system, or transmission by electronic, mechanical, or other means requires the written approval of the file's author. This file is part of the SDGENWEB Archives. If you arrived here inside a frame or from a link from somewhere else, our front door is at


REV. J. H. DOLNY, pastor of St. Peter's church at Platte and of St. Mark's at Lake Andes, was born November 3, 1883, in Prussian Poland, a son of John and Julianna Dolny. His father, who was a farmer by occupation, has passed to his reward. Rev. J. H. Dolny received the greater part of his education in Germany and there pursued his classical and philosophical courses


He completed his study in theology in St. Paul Seminary at St. Paul, Minnesota, and was there ordained to the priesthood in 1910 by Bishop Hefferon for the diocese of Sioux Falls. He said his first mass at Grenville, South Dakota. He was stationed at the mission at Leola for a year and was later at Miller for six months. Subsequently he was pastor of the church at Waubay for a year and in 1914 he was given charge of St. Peter's church at Platte and of St. Mark's at Lake Andes with residence at Platte. There are forty-five families in each congregation and the two churches are strong forces in the moral and spiritual life of their respective communities. Rev. Dolny gives his attention and thought to building up his two churches and to fostering the growth of strong Christian character in his parishioners, but he does not forget that the church has a mission to the world at large and seeks to aid in embodying Christian teachings in the community life. He is energetic and progressive as well as zealous and cooperates in all movements seeking the moral development of his county and state. He has gained the confidence and esteem of those who have come in contact with him irrespective of their religious belief.