City Directories and History: The Boag building which was located in the vicinity of today’s Good Samaritan House at 205 S. Congress is a case in point. James Orr Boag (1843-1931) and his wife Mary Ann Lemon Boag (1844-1934) built their handsome combination dry goods and millinery shops on the southwest corner of Liberty and Congress Streets sometimes after the Civil War. With their residence above, the couple “tended to business” for nearly fifty years at this location. The success of the Boags was noteworthy as in the early Twentieth Century they became benefactors of considerable legacies. Bethel Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church was one recipient of their generosity with the construction of its Sunday School and recreation building on Zion Street which is named for the couple. The 1903 sanctuary for Bethel Church had been completed in 1903 at the northwest corner of Washington and Zion Streets. [Courtesy of J.M. Lyles]
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