Union Mission submitted by Karen Sue Wikoff
Karen Sue Wikoff wrote: This building is at the corner of Court & Front streets. Beaumont Electric was in this building for years.
Fred Kleinman wrote: What was the function of the Union Mission?
Charles M. Vaughn wrote: The Union Mission, ran by Carl & Marjorie Edwards, until Carl’s death and then ran by Marjorie. It was a church, rooms for transits, Sunday School on Sunday @ 2:00 pm, as to not conflict with other churches. Sunday School classes were taught by teachers from churches from within the area. They also ran a clothing store, clothes for sale, but, also, according to your situation, Marjorie would give free of charge. Carl Edwards was also a street preacher. He would preach to all the drunks on Market Street and in those days there were plenty of bars in the area.
Karen Sue Wikoff wrote: I vaguely remember Carl & Marjorie Edwards. They were unsung heroes.
Mary Adams Gregory wrote: What year was this? Cars look like 30’s maybe? I remember Mom talking about the Union Mission.
Karen Sue Wikoff wrote: The Union Mission wasn’t always at the corner of Court & Front. It was also on the corner of Front & Market.
Tom J. Keller wrote: My parents did some work (painting, wallpaper) for Mr. & Mrs. Edwards at the Union Mission. It was probably middle to late 40’s. I remember running around barefoot in that place. As I remember, they were very nice people.
Helen Jo Prior wrote: Remember Marjorie and Carl Edwards, used to have a photo of myself around 3 or 4 years old sitting on Rev. Edwards desk and they where standing behind me. My mother (Thelma Prior) worked in the kitchen at the Mission cooking up until about the time that I started school in 54. Played with other children there at the mission, since mom was working in the kitchen we had access to the dumb waiter that they sent dishes up and down between floors, I’m sure that we weren’t suppose to play on it, but can remember the rides!!
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