Sunday, April 20, 2008

The Salvation Army in Muskegon, Michigan

Here's a story from the Muskegon Chronicle that interests me both from a genealogical and personal standpoint. Muskegon is one of my ancestral locations, and as many of you know, my parents served in The Salvation Army in Alaska for a number of years during my childhood. For those of you who are unaware, The Salvation Army is first a church, and then a social service agency. There's a little history about both The Salvation Army as a church and its history in the community of Muskegon. That early Salvationists were thrown into jail for disturbing the peace during their first visit to Muskegon is not unusual for the early history of this church. I wonder what my LEWIS, WILKINSON, SAYERS, and ROBBINS ancestors thought when they read about this in their local newspaper (probably the Chronicle!) in 1885. None of them were Salvationists. I'd give anything to be able to go back and time and hear their responses to this event!

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