My great great grandfather was one of the earliest parishoners of the Immaculate Conception Church, founded ca 1838 by the Rev. Nicholas Steinbacher, S. J. A successor pastor recorded the families of the parish through the 1850's. I will post an image of family 92, that of John Theodore Steinbacher, in a direct e-mail to you since images aren't accepted in this format. If this is valuable information to you, there are additional Steinbacher pages in the church records that could be provided.
I wonder if you could provide me with any information on Nicholas. He also founded St. John's in Pottsville, PA prior to Immaculate Conception.
Here is the first paragraph on the Founder from the Centennial Souvenir book of 1938:
REV. NICHOLAS STEINBACHER S. J.
Founder of Parish
The founder and leader of this colony was the Reverend Father Nicholas Steinbacher, S. J. He was most likely born in Kleinbittendorf, Amt Saarbrucken, Rhein-Prussia, Germany, where his two brothers were born. He was the son of John Steinbacher and Mary Chauvin. The facts about his life known to the writer begin with the year 1833, when he became associated with Reverend Father Bally, S. J. at Goschen-Hoppen. Father Steinbacher visited the outlying missions and the scattered Catholic families throughout northeastern Pennsylvania. On October 11, 1835, he was deacon of the Mass and preached the sermon at the dedication of the church in Goschen-Hoppen. He also was present at the confirmation in Milton in September, 1837. About this time there were three Catholic families in Nippenose Valley. Perhaps at this time he visited these families and so became acquainted with the "Valley." Whatever the cause of his first visit to the Valley, the next year, April 13, 1838, he bought 414Â¼ acres for $250. The following month, May 14, 1838, he sold fifty acres of this land for $31 to Francis Joseph and Mathias Harter. In July of the same year he sold to Michael and Jacob Zuber each 25 acres for $18.75. The next July he bought two more tracts of land which were sold in the early forties to several people, among them his two brothers and a nephew. In all he sold about 1,200 acres at an average price of a dollar an acre and 20 acres were deeded on August 19, 1853 to Bishop Neuman of Philadelphia, for the use of the parish. The profit from the sales of the land was used in founding the mission.