The Salem YMCA was another popular destination for Fabens and friends. The diarist makes occasional reference to attending “Y” gym classes, wrestling matches and performances of philharmonic music. The concerts were held in Ames Hall, the same place, Fabens noted in his diary, he attended a lecture on Christian Science in December 1903. Fabens was on every institution’s list of possible supporters. He could be found at fundraisers for the newly organized House of the Seven Gables Settlement (a bridge party), the Mack Industrial School and other social service organizations, and on committees at the North Church, of which was a faithful member. Fabens also taught Sunday school and served on the boards of both the Associated Charities and the “Old Ladies Home.”
Jim McAllister of Salem writes a regular column for The Salem News.