In May 1902, 500 people watched as the cornerstone for the Salem Evangelical Church (now Salem United Church of Christ) was laid at 33424 Oakland, a block north of downtown Farmington. During World War I, a Red Cross sewing circle met there weekly to make bandages, socks, and helmet liners.
Here’s another shot, taken at a point when the church was covered with ivy:
And here’s one taken from near the Masonic Lodge/Old Town Hall:
Historic photos from the Farmington Community Library Heritage Room. Contemporary photo by Maria Taylor.
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