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16 posts
Apr 06, 2012
6:12 PM
Can anyone help me out? I'm trying to remember a little white church pretty much on the corner of Fairview Avenue and North Main Street. Would have been in the 1950's, and then there was either an addition to it or they tore it down and rebuilt it in the late 50's or early 60's. I'd like to know if it's still there, and the denomination, name and address.
145 posts
Apr 06, 2012
9:26 PM
Can you describe what corner of the intersection it was on?
17 posts
Apr 07, 2012
6:04 AM
My memory is so sketchy, but I believe as we walked up Fairview Avenue, by turning right on the same side of the street (On Main) it was within walking distance on the right side.
400 posts
Apr 07, 2012
6:59 AM
Sharons - There's no church anywhere near the Main/Fairview area that I know of and I drive through that area at least once a week. I've lived here since 1972 and I don't ever remember a little white church. That area is now mostly convenience stores and empty buildings.
Riverdale Ghost
272 posts
Apr 07, 2012
10:39 AM
The only "little white church" that I really remember was -- I believe -- St. Rita's, and that was much farther north than Fairview Avenue. That WAS replaced with a newer, more substanial building. Now, that doesn't mean there wasn't any such thing at Fairview or near it -- it only means I went past the area pretty fast and didn't bother much about what was around. :-)
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18 posts
Apr 07, 2012
2:27 PM
I know where St Rita's is. Gosh, my cousin in Texas remembers this little white church from the late 1940's, and I barely do, but my mind sees it! And I know I was there. How in the world would I find out? I think I might have been baptized there, so that's why I'm seeking information. That information should be somewhere even if the church isn't there anymore but I don't even remember the name which would help. Thanks for all your help in my quest; I guess I won't take time drive past to see if it's still there since most likely it isn't. Please let me know if you come across anything. I appreciate your help!
Riverdale Ghost
273 posts
Apr 08, 2012
3:19 AM
Although you probably posted it in here somewhere, I don't know where you are. If you are in or near any reasonably large city, call the local library and ask if they have the microfisch (?sp) copies of out-of-town city directories. (There are such things.) If so, you can go look and see what you can find.

Good luck.

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19 posts
Apr 09, 2012
5:09 PM
I'm in the Miami Valley, but just don't get to Dayton anymore. If I knew the name of the church it would help so much, even if it's not there anymore. Just can't remember....
20 posts
Apr 13, 2012
2:37 PM
Driver 62 and Riverdale....I think I saw it! It's not white, but maybe brick?... I was taking my granddaughter to Boonshoft this week, and came through downtown up Main, passed Fairview Ave, and was almost past the church when I saw it! It's a little further down, maybe 2 blocks, and the name was "Agape" maybe??? Now, had I slowed down and got the address it would have helped. I could then call and find out what it used to be; I'm thinking maybe Methodist. If you drive past again and get an address, that would be wonderful! If not, maybe that new 1940 census online directory will help or I'll just need to take a trip back that way.
3 posts
Apr 13, 2012
5:51 PM
I grew up on Maplewood Ave in Riverdale and I remember a Church at the cornor of Main and Hillcrest I believe the original building was a white frame church and they built the brick church some time after the second world war.
Also there was a White frame church,I believe on the cornor of Laura and Main Street near Parkwood.The Minister use to come in Meyer Pharmacy.
21 posts
Apr 15, 2012
4:32 PM
Well, we left Fairview Ave when I was just four, but went back to that church only once or twice till about 1964. Thanks for your help. If I find out what it was, I'll let you know!
47 posts
Apr 23, 2012
8:04 PM
There was a little white (I think) church I remember on Main St. called Pilgrim Holiness. It was a down home country church with a fabulous pianist. Man, could he play! It was not far from Fairview, I think it was on the west side of the street.

Last Edited by on Apr 23, 2012 8:05 PM
22 posts
Apr 24, 2012
7:14 PM
The church I remember was very conservative. But...I'll gather all this info and hopefully find the one I was thinking of. Glad you have a church name for my quest. How long ago are you talking about that it was there?
49 posts
Apr 26, 2012
7:00 PM
I am going to say 1960ish. It was an old church so I would say many years before and after the 60's. I hope I will not be stepping on any toes here. It was a "testimonial", stand up for Jesus, pentecostal church. I and my Mom went there with some neighbors amd it was an eye opener for me. The churches I have attended have been all reserved and sedate ones. Methodist, Lutheran etc. This was a shock to a 12 year old boy that had never been to a church of this type. I am not being critical here. Just an experience.
23 posts
Apr 29, 2012
8:24 PM
Ha-Ha! You are just fine and made me laugh. Guess I'll just have to get baptized again, but was hoping I could find some record; somehow I know was baptized, I just don't have any memory of it, and remember that very infrequently we would attend that church. Just thinking it was Methodist, but yeah, I bet you did have an eye opener...I've not had that experience but have seen it on TV.
5 posts
Nov 02, 2014
2:01 PM
Built during the depression, the Hillcrest Brethren Church stood at Hillcrest and Main. It was affilicated with the Church of the Brethren headquartered in Ashland Ohio, but was owned by the congregation.
The addition (gymnasium with stage and a small chapel were build in the late '50's or early 'sixties. For a while, the minister, Percy Miller, broadcast the weekly sermon on FM radio. A scandal ended his tenure there.

Baptism was by triune immersion in a pool sunk in the stage in the lower level of the main church. Week long revivals were held each summer.
20 posts
Nov 03, 2014
9:24 AM
There is a church just North of Parkwood and Main St. Im not sure before they built the brick church if it was or wasnt a white wooden one

What I remember at Fairview and Main was Marathon gas station and Carringtons Funeral Home

I went to school with Tom Carrington
10 posts
Dec 12, 2014
2:46 PM
Sharon-I think the church you remember was at the southeast corner of Main and Laura where the Agape Church is now. That is only a couple of blocks north of Fairview. I lived on E Norman in the early 60s and seem to remember them adding on to the front of that little white church. We would play basketball in the addition in the winter. Was a small court and had to shoot thru ceiling timbers. Sorry I don't remember the name or denomination but pretty sure your correct that it was a conservative congregation. You might try going to the Montgomery County Library website and asking them to look it up in the city directory. They can be pretty helpful.
5 posts
Dec 13, 2014
2:34 AM

7600-2 N. Main St., Dayton .... It was readily available from factories in Ohio ... Fairview Baptist Church (1965). 6401 N.

Is that it?

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