In 1847, 1848, and 1850 cholera ravaged the city of Cincinnati, and many new German immigrants, rooted in the rich Geman subculture of Over-the Rhine, were forced to flee, and eventually settled in the tiny community of Mount Pleasant, which was renamed Mount Healthy in 1884.
Originally, the Catholics who settled in Mount Pleasant attended services at St. James, White Oak.
The growing number of Catholics in the Mount Pleasant area led Archbishop Purcell to declare on May 4, 1854:
"I cordially approve and recommend to all Catholics the zealous efforts of our brethren at Mount Pleasant to build a church. The church is to be dedicated to Almighty God under the title of The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary."
In October 1854, The Catholic Telegraph described the laying of the cornerstone of the first Assumption Church, which was built on a tract of land designated Lot 32, east of the Hamilton Pike.
[Extracted from the 150th Parish History written by Fr. Earl Fernandez on our 150th Anniversary. Read more in the full document, linked below].