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Union Mission

The Union Mission was (and still is) a typical ministry to the "down and out" of society. My parents were in great need when they individually arrived there and a great God met their needs. Both became workers at the Mission and my father became the driver for Mission founder, Pat Withrow, and drove brother Withrow on out-of-state preaching trips.

We lived over the downtown Mission industrial* building for the first few years of my life and then moved to the Summer Camp property where my parents served as caretakers during the winter season. The photo is me being held by my Uncle Karl in front of the building (picture on the right) where we lived in the downtown Charleston, WV area.


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My first home.

Our apartment was on the second floor. Entrance was through the single door near the center of the building.
( The photograph was made in 1951 while I was still living there.)

*The Mattress Factory was a part of the Union Mission ministry. The building (which was the original 1911 home of the Mission) also contained a broom factory, furniture repair shop, and used clothing store.


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My second home.

After living downtown the Mission allowed us to move in to the care-taker’s house at their children’s summer camp up Mission Hollow (South Park Road). These two pictures were part of a panorama, but I don’t know how to match the heights or combine them back into a panorama. The numbers represent the planned property improvements. The open air tabernacle meeting hall is 2. Dormitories for the orphans are 4. My house is between 6 and 7. The date of the photo is 1957 about the same time my family had to move to Orchard Manor. Abney park was renamed “Brookside”. “Mission Hollow Memories” tells about life at the summer camp.