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Mark Simonson

June 15, 2013

'Robber baron' helped provide landmark church in Roxbury


Richard Dykstra, minister of the church in 1990, said, “I think people recognize it as one of the most important buildings (in town) and wanted to see that it’s in sound shape for the next century.”

On Monday: A most accomplished driver of more than 2 million miles in her lifetime.

City Historian Mark Simonson’s column appears twice weekly. On Saturdays, his column focuses on the area during the Depression and before. His Monday columns address local history after the Depression. If you have feedback or ideas about the column, write to him at The Daily Star, or email him at His website is His columns can be found at

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