The photo postcard of the Baptist church was postmarked April 23, 1927. In 2004, the church was hit by lightening causing a fire for which the Forest-Jackson Twp. fire department responded in time to save all but the roof of the bell tower. It was replaced later that year.
The fire incident made national headlines as the building was struck just after the preacher had asked for a sign from God.
One of its stained glass windows, possibly the one shown here, was solicited from the G.A.R.
Built as a church in 1881 it was later converted to an elementary school when a new high school was built in 1936. It was known as the brick church and was eventually torn down to make room for a school building.
The Forest elementary school was torn down in 2005 and is now an open park area.
ethodist Protestant Church.
We have some information about the M.P. church bell. You can see the information by reviewing a postcard from Forest Weikart in 1880.
Also, on the grounds of the M.P. church stood the boys gymnasium or "sheep shed." Students played basketball in the shed, and at times attended classes. The shed was torn down in 1936 to make way for a new high school (Forest High).
The photograph of the Presbyterian church was taken from a postcard which was postmarked June 23, 1910.
nited Methodist Episcopal.
The Methodist Episcopal, or M.E. Church, is located at the southwest corner of Dixon & Gormley streets. The main entrance faces Gormley. An addition was approved and constructed in the 1960s. The church's new addition foundation can be seen in the photograph above taken during the summer of 1965.