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No. 599: Baker Memorial
Postcard #599

Postcard. Caption on front: Baker Memorial, Uphams Corner, Dorchester, Mass. Photo by J.V. Hartman. Postmarked Jun 11, 1910 Dorchester Station. With one-cent stamp. On verso: Pub. by J.V. Hartman & Co., Boston, Mass. Series 64.

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 Baker Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church, located at the corner of Columbia Road and Cushing Avenue. Sarah Baker was a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church near Lower Mills from early years until her death in 1866. She lived next to that church for a long time, finally moving to her early home at Savin Hill. Miss Baker conducted a band-box business for forty years, and when she had gathered $5,000, she invested the money. She left this investment in her will so that at the end of twenty years, the money would be given to the Methodist Church to build a new house of worship within three-fourths of a mile from her Savin Hill home. The money became available in 1886, at which time no church existed within the required limit. Howard Avenue Methodist Episcopal Church, Roxbury disbanded and reorganized at Upham's Corner. The site chosed was found to be nineteen feet outside the require limit, and special permission was obtained from the Court to use the Baker bequest. The money had grown to $22,642, and it contributed substantially to the construction of the Baker Memorial Church, which opened in May, 1891.
Map: Scan of detail from 1894 Bromley atlas map.
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Created: July 26, 2003   Modified: December 6, 2003