In the early 1900s, not too far off Highway 7, around 340th where the fire station now stands, sat the Weyerhaeuser Church. It’s long gone now, but two individuals have memories of the little church.
Scott Coon: [It was] across the Hwy. from the old Weyerhaeuser school, between the general store and Rasmuussen’s dairy. It sat back in a five acre patch of woods. We played there as kids. Rode my horse there many times. Great hideaway as a kid.
Wilma Thorson: This old church was not being used in 1944 when we moved to the area. The boys liked to break the windows; a handy target along the highway. It was located north of Fogel’s, on the east side of the road. They moved it up to the corner across from Fogel’s, added a closed-in porch and a room in the back. The cupola was removed. We were still attending services there when we moved to Montana in 1963 and I don’t know when it was torn down and replaced by the fire station.
I have an old newspaper article showing Parson’s three churches; Bethany, the old Benston school, and this one in Weyerhaeuser. Even with the changes made, it was easy to recognize it when compared with the photo above.
Image courtesy of Gloria Manning.
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