Volume 3: Western United States
Washington: WA-36

St. Joseph Church and School
212 North Fourth Street
Yakima, WA 98901

Phone: 509-248-1911
Email: See website


History: St. Joseph Church and School, Yakima, Yakima County, Washington, has been a predominantly non-Native American parish in the Diocese of Yakima (Archives: Yakima, Washington).

1847-1856 (closed)

Rev. Eugene C. Chirouse, O.M.I., and Oblates of Mary Immaculate (Vancouver Province) (Archives: Vancouver, British Columbia) established and administered St. Joseph/ Ahtanum Mission (Yakama), Yakima River, until burned and destroyed by U.S. Cavalry


Rev. Louis Napoleon St. Onge reestablished and administered St. Joseph/ Ahtanum Mission, Yakima River; remains a chapel today

1872 (Natives declined)-2010s

Jesuits (Turin, California, Oregon Provinces) (Archives: St. Louis, Missouri) administered St. Joseph Church, Yakima

1875 (Natives declined)-present

Sisters of Charity of Providence (St. Ignatius, Mother Joseph Provinces) (Archives: Seattle, Washington) established and have administered St. Joseph School/ Academy; now staffed mostly by lay teachers


Yakima diocesan priests have administered St. Joseph’s

Jesuits at St. Joseph’s attended to the following Native American missions and stations: 

1877-ca. 1912

Chilen station (Yakama, Cowlitz)

1877-ca. 1912

Klikitat station (Yakama, Cowlitz)

1877-ca. 1912

Natchis station (Yakama, Cowlitz)

1877-ca. 1912

Sinpskneusi station (Yakama, Cowlitz)

1882-1958 (became a parish)

St. Mary Mission (Yakama), White Swan


Yakima Government Indian School (Yakama), Yakama Reservation


Holdings of Catholic records about Native Americans 

Inclusive dates: 1867-ongoing

Volume: Several volumes  

Description: The records at St. Joseph Church and School were not arranged according to a classification scheme when reviewed by a Marquette archivist, 2006. Consequently, the description is by record type. 


/1 Sacramental records

Inclusive dates: 1867-ongoing

Volume: Several volumes

Description: For St. Joseph Church, its attended Native missions and stations, and students at the Yakima Government School; kept in parish office.


/2 School records

Inclusive dates: 1875?-ongoing

Volume: Several volumes

Description: Student cumulative records for St. Joseph School; kept in school office.


Unless otherwise noted, the repository on this page holds (or held) the records described here and they are not held at the Marquette University Archives.