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 1880.1
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.
The Methodist Episcopal, or M.E. Church, is located at the southwest corner of Dixon & Gormley streets. The main entrance faces Gormley.
The United Methodist church's new addition foundation can be seen in this photograph during the summer of 1965.
1This postcard references the M.P. church's bell in 1880. The message reads, " forest harden Couty ohio be february the 19 1880 obr Sur please Send me a Catalogues of your Church bells from 3 hundred & 60 pond & upwards & the prize of each Send the list bell to Samuel Weikart forest harden Conty ohio." This was the only church known at the time to have been built. This was possibly a request for literature in order to later purchase a bell for the church. Samuel Weikart (b. Jul 1836, OH) and his wife, Mary Weikart (b. Dec 1834, OH), lived in Marseilles in the 1870s where he was a farmer. By 1900 they had moved to Forest and lived on their own income, probably from the farm. They had two children.