'John the Barber' auction in Cherry benefits two churches
CHERRY — One would be hard pressed to remember a fundraising event that benefited side-by-side churches but that is exactly what occurred in Cherry last week, in this case benefiting both the Cherry United Church of Christ and Holy Trinity Cherry.
The auction included primarily the remaining contents of the former Cherry Supper Club. The property the building sits on was originally purchased by John Stenstrom, a minister, barber and business speculator from Arlington who secured the lots when all original Cherry city lots were sold in 1904 by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad. He built a fine double-front single story building in which he operated a combination barber shop/bar on the north side and rented out the south side as a grocery store.
Stenstrom had also purchased the entire south 200 block and donated the property to the Congregational Church (now the Cherry United Church of Christ). At the time of the Cherry Mine Disaster, Stenstrom quickly stepped forward to feed and assist orphans and widows, Protestant and Catholic, of every nationality and background. These meals were served at both his barbershop and in the basement of the then Congregational Church. Interestingly enough, Protestant minister Stenstrom rented the south side of his building to Italian, Catholic grocer Dominic Formento.
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