In the early years when the first church was built (1871) people would walk to church and many would be there by 9:30. Songs were sung for about 15 minutes until the rest were present for Sunday School. The enjoyment of singing down through the years became a tradition at Salem. Many singing groups emerged from this early beginning. A measure of musical talent was always evident.
Sharon Ruhnke & Jennie Manz
Bernice Miller and Ruby Wenino
Playing for the 100th anniversary of the Zion Circuit, 1961
Preparing for the 100th anniversary service in 1961 L to R:
Bill Manz, Dorothy Miller, Norma Miller, Ruby Krupke, Donald Krupke, Mae Farnum, Carol Heitke, Linda Krupke, Carolyn Reeck, Jennie Manz and Gloria Scheel.
The German Choir 1961
Salem and Ebenezer folks
Men's Chorus Oct 1, 1961
Front L to R: Harry Snyder, Jim Heitke, Donald Krupke, Bob Heitke, Warren Reeck, and Les Snyder
Back L to R: Bill Manz, Wilfred Schultz, Ed Schmidt, Norman Liestman, Orion Miller, Lawrence Liestman (hidden), Curtis Wegner, and Harvey Miller.
Director (right) Rev. Dennis Runhke
Joint choir from Salem and Ebenezer for the Zion Circuit celebration held in 1961.
Easter Sunrise service
Pastor Ric Koehn from Grace United Methodist Church organized a sunrise service for those who wanted to celebrate Easter as was done years ago at Salem.
2005 Christmas choir
Back: Carolyn Swyter, Vicki Jenniges, Laurie Wegner
Front: Carol Heitke, Jean Moe, Jean Liestman
Christmas choir; 2001
2005 Salem Christmas
1987 Men's Chorus
1987 Salem Fest Choir
1987 Salem Fest
Art Voss and Herbert (Hub) Snyder
Salem Fest Choir 1987
1987 Salem Fest
Arnie Knebel, Les Snyder & Myrtle Liestman
Salem Fest 1984
1984, Orion Miller on Harmonica
Salem Fest 2012
Salem Fest 2013