Community

Part 1: First Presbyterian was first in many things over the years

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The wood-frame church on the corner of 7th St and Adams Ave was built in 1892.

As the first white settlers put down roots in the late 1840s in what is now Cottage Grove, they were scattered about with no semblance of a town or village. A log schoolhouse near Latham was one of the first attempts at civilization during this pioneer stage of the Grove. With a sparse populace there was no way to support a full-time minister, nor was there enough of any one denomination . . .

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