For a few months now, I’ve been delving into the history of the properties we’ve acquired or are in the process of acquiring in the old part of Cameron. There will be a series of posts on what I’ve found, as soon as I gather all my information.
[This post was originally written for the Hermit Haus Redevelopment blog.]
No foolin,’ I got a nice boost of knowledge when a local historian and reader of this blog, David Basonic, showed up at the office and talked to our assistant, Mandi, about what he’d learned after reading my post last week when I solved the mystery of why the Rosson family never lived in the Gillis house (the future bed and breakfast to go with The Hermit Haus), but DID live on the corner of College and Gillis streets (which used to be 2nd St., and before that was Bridge St.). Oh, and by the way, Main Street used to be Belton.
David had more information for me, and also gave me links to some reference material I hadn’t looked at yet, mainly a collection of old fire insurance maps, the Sanborn Collection, and some very cool aerial photographs that you can buy prints or digital downloads of. After I gave David permission to do metal detecting around our properties, I filed all the information away for when I had time to do some research.
Meanwhile, over the weekend, he found some old money on one side of the church building but not much else. The Gillis house was just chock full of metal debris, so no luck there. I told him to go check out all the houses (since he lives right near the Washington property, that one won’t be hard).
So, What about the Church?
There are fire maps of Cameron going back to 1885, when there wasn’t much of Cameron at all. But by 1901, the Baptist church across the street from our property was built, but had no electricity or gas. In 1906, our building was there! The Gillis house was also there, but more on that in another post. In 1912, our building was listed as a “vacant” church. But in the next series, it’s the Christian Church, which it remained until last year!Continue reading “History of Our Building, Part 1”