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Highway 42 & Sitkum Road
" Brethren Church/IOOF Hall "

Originally located on the north east corner of 7th and Spruce, the building now houses Dee's Market. In 1878, the first church building was constructed near the mouth of the North Fork on land donated by Captain Rackleff. In 1898, this building was town down and the lumber used to build another church building in Myrtle Point. In 1949, that building was sold and the church moved into the old grade school on Railroad Avenue (now the Community Church). The members of the Brethren Church dressed similar to the "Amish". Very plain clothes with men wearing shirts without collars or neckties. The women wore bonnets and never cut their hair, but kept it tied in a bun at the back. The Brethren church closed their doors in the 1980's in Myrtle Point, but still retain ownership of Camp Myrtlewood, located 10 miles to the east, in Bridge.

Source: The way it really was in Coos and Curry County, by Boyd Stone, 1993, p. 19-20 and others

When the building was moved to its present location, the exiting building was raised and a new lower story added. The upstairs was used for many years as the meeting hall for the IOOF (Independant Order of Odd Fellows) Fraternity.

Dee's market was started over 50 years ago by Dee Richardson. A story about Dee was written in the Myrtle Point Herald. A Herald reader recalled a story where a young patron of the store paid for their purchases with Monopoly money for many years - while the girl's mother quietly exchanged them dollar for dollar.

Source: Myrtle Point Herald, June 8, 2006 in Through our door: praise and reminisces, p.8

Information on the Heritage Homes website was compiled from Reflections of the Past: Myrtle Point, Oregon Historic Buildings, a project of the Myrtle Point Rotary, Chamber of Commerce and the Coos County Logging Museum (circa 1985) and Take a Break in Historic Myrtle Point produced by the Myrtle Point Chamber of Commerce (circa 1975) unless otherwise noted.

Other Coquille Valley Resources: Coquillevalley.org | Coos County Home Historian | Coquille Valley Museum | Fairgrounds Museum

Last updated October 2014 by Robyn Greenlund. All rights reserved.