At a recent meeting of the Old Mission Peninsula Historical Society, Nikki Sobkowski, who’s currently serving as president of the group, brought along a few pictures she’d unearthed in her archives.
One is this undated mystery photo of a church somewhere on the Old Mission Peninsula. Written on the photo is “M.E. Church, Old Mission, Mich.” We think the “M.E.” stands for “Methodist Episcopal.”
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At first, I thought maybe this was the original Ogdensburg Methodist Church, which was located south of the current church about a mile. If you’re heading north from the Hogsback on Center Road (just north of the Smokey Hollow intersection), the original church sat on the left/west side of the road just past the Hogsback.
Now known as Old Mission Peninsula United Methodist Church, the church sits on the top of the hill on Center Road, just before you get to Ladd Road/Old Mission Flowers.
However, upon a closer look, the road isn’t right, if this was indeed that church. I know our Peninsula roads have changed over the years, but that in no way looks like it goes south to the Hogsback. There would be some sort of curve there, and the land would drop off on the sides. Read more about the history of the Hogsback here.
I think this church was located where the historic log church is now located on Mission Road, on the right just past the Old Mission General Store. In the photo, you can picture this road going down to the Swaney Road intersection, and if you turn right, you’ll head towards the Legion Hall and Haserot Beach.
Also, if you look at the far right side of the photo, it looks like it might be water, which would be Old Mission Harbor, and beyond that, Old Mission Resort (the Leffingwell Forest Preserve Association).
If my theory is correct, I guess I didn’t realize there was a church there at one time. Of course, the Old Mission School has always been there – which would be to the right of this photo (read Tim’s account of breaking in there and ringing the bell when he was a kid). But for some reason, I thought the original log church was located down by the shore (or was that where the store was located?). The log church that’s there now is a replica of the original.
What say you, dear readers? Where do you think this mystery church was located? Can you answer any of my many questions?