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April 30, 2014

Looking Back: Steffens Hall

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Steffens Hall, as seen in 1895, was built by Charles Steffens, businessman and stave mill owner. Steffens Hall was used as a meeting place in the early days of the Village of Frazer — it was spelled with a “z” when it was still a village. The Zion Evangelical Church held church services in Steffens Hall. Later, the building would see new life as the “Sweet Shop.”

The second photo was shot in the 1960s during the building of the Sweet Shop in Fraser. The building survived the 1905 Fraser fire. Other businesses occupying the building included a dance hall, a pool hall and a Kroger grocery store.

All things must pass, and so it was, as the venerable building was razed, as seen in the third photo. Church services and town meetings had been held in the upstairs.

From Alan Naldrett, Fraser Historical Society


Do you own a piece of Fraser history? Send us your historically significant photos from around town, and we may be able to feature them in an upcomingedition of Looking Back. Email your photos and information to Nick Mordowanec at nmordowanec@candgnews.com or call (586) 279-1118.