Remember When …



Atherton Road Methodist Church in Burton. Photo courtesy of the Burton Area Historical Society

Atherton Road Methodist Church in Burton. Photo courtesy of the Burton Area Historical Society

Hello! I will do my best to tell my stories as I learned growing up in Genesee County. My great grandfather Robert Barnett lived to be 99 and stayed in the family settlement until 1965, with my family going as far back as 1840 in Swartz Creek.

As we come into the Easter celebration week around the world, all the places that you normally would go to worship are now closed. Genesee County is the third largest county in the State of Michigan with 406,892 calculated last year. There are more than 400 churches currently in this County of all different faiths that started back before we became a county in 1835. Back in my grandparent’s day they walked to church, school and sometimes did all their studies at home on the kitchen table (just like us today). We will make it!

Some of the larger churches are trying to do more communications online, so we are doing work, church and school in our homes to follow the government mandate. Easter happened 2,000 years ago and has not been canceled because of any crisis.

 

 

I am glad we have new ways to communicate with people more than we did back 200 years ago. Some of the older churches in Genesee County include: the St. Robert Catholic Church in Flushing, First Presbyterian Church on Saginaw Street Flint and The Atherton United Methodist Church on Lippincott Blvd. in Burton.

Remember When is a weekly column in the Burton View which will feature historical stories about the community from the Burton Area Historical Society. If you have some Burton history to share, email History. Mona@yahoo.com.