Thank you for posting the photos of the Salem Church (I assume you took them when you were back there this summer.). What a wonderful restoration job!!! Any and all those involved are to be commended for their superb work and attention to detail. I have not been inside the church since we used to attend it back in the mid/late 50s, so I really don’t remember what it looked like back then, but even so, looking at these photos brought back memories of attending church there or at other churches that looked very similar inside. It is absolutely beautiful now.
It’s kind of a shame that so many of the old schools and churches have simply been lost to time. Just being inside them helps to bring back memories. Our oldest grandson, Tyler, is involved in/is a member of a Civil War Reenactment Unit. They do several reenactments every year at several different battle sites in PA. MD, VA and NC (and probably other states too). This past Spring Alice and I attended a reenactment they did at Appomattox, VA. Where they do the actual battle scene at Appomattox is an area where they have maintained/restored many of the old civil war era buildings and shops. One of the buildings they have maintained is an old one room school. As soon as I stepped in the front door it immediately brought back memories of attending the one room schools I attended in the Turtle Mountains. I always find it neat how certain sights, sounds or smells can conger up memories from our distant past.
Thanks again, Gary, for sharing,
Keith Pladson (66)
Leonard and Arliss Rude Hagen are the couple that did the complete renovation of Salem church. They did a wonderful job.
If that picture was taken at the Methodist church then the large bldg is the old city hall and the house on the far left would be the Joe Mornville house. I don’t remember who lived next to the city hall. The young girl sitting on the steps wearing glasses looks like Dawn Gregory but not sure.