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10/14/2012 5:18:00 AM
Peru's highest clock on church tower accurate again

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Craig Sterrett
News Editor

The highest timepiece in Peru is keeping the correct time once again.

Parishioners at St. Joseph Catholic Church on the west side of downtown Peru have been raising funds and soliciting donations to try to get the four-faced clock atop its bell tower repaired. A golf outing, with help from sponsors and donors, helped raise $6,000, and this month a clock expert from Wisconsin repaired the mechanism to get the clock working again.

The Rev. Harold Datzman, O.S.B., takes pride in the church and parish and sees the clock as historically significant.

“This clock used to be the official clock of Peru,” he said.

That makes sense, considering the church building and clock and bell tower date back to 1878. Datzman says not everybody had a wristwatch at that time, but the clock in the center of town always was reliable.

It actually had been accurate until only recently. The bells will resume tolling at the top of the hour in the daytime. The clock is computer-controlled and has power backup in case of electricity outages, Datzman said.

There still is some more work to be done aesthetically  for the clock, but the St. Joseph’s priest is pleased it’s functioning now.

Craig Sterrett can be reached at (815) 220-6935 or

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