Northeast of L’Anse in the Upper Peninsula is the small town of Zeba. I am not sure if it is correct but I read that the word “zeba” is Native American for “little river” In the town of Zeba, or more like what is left of the town of Zeba, is an old wooden church. The historical marker in front of it tells some of its history and reads:
Early Methodist missionaries came to Kewawenon from Sault Sainte Marie by canoe, often a two-week trip. Among then was John Sunday, a Chippewa, who arrived in 1832 to educate and Christianize his fellow Indians. John Clark came two years later and erected a school and mission house. By 1845 this mission consisted of a farm and a church with fifty-eight Indian and four white members. A second church, erected in 1850, was dedicated by John H. Pitezel, who served here from 1844 to 1847.
photo of Zeba Indian United Methodist Church
Indians from far and near came here to attend the annual camp meetings which began in 1880. The present frame church, known now as the Zeba Indian Mission Church, was erected in 1888. Completely covered with hand-made wooden shingles, this structure has changed little since its construction. The Methodist minister of L’Anse serves the congregation. The Zeba Indian United Methodist Church, the successor of the 1932 Kewawenon mission is an area landmark.
I passed by the old church on my way to the Ford ghost town of Pequaming which you can read about in Volume 3 of the Lost In Michigan books available HERE
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