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  Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
 Decade: 1950-1959
 Collection: Rescuing Texas History, 2007
[First Christian Church Service of Dedication]

[First Christian Church Service of Dedication]

Date: November 25, 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church service of Dedication of the new sanctuary led by Dr. Newton J. Robison (pastor of First Christian Church of Amarillo, a brother to Miss Gladyne Robison, Principal of Travis School, and a member of our congregation) spoke at the morning service. Dr. Elmer Henson, Dean of Brite University, Fort Worth was the chief speaker for the afternoon Dedication service.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[First Christian Church Summer Youth Meeting]

[First Christian Church Summer Youth Meeting]

Date: 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of a First Christian Church Summer Youth Program meeting. Young man standing at left of photo not known. Front row - left to right: Phillip Foote, Norma Moss, Sylvia Swearingen, Sandra Brazil, Linda Douglas. Second row - left to right: Judy Dawson, Mary Evelyn Murphy, (girl sitting behind Sandra not identified), Darrell Evans, Ila Mae Prafka. Thirda row - left to right: Delmer Fussell, Bobby Morgan, Alline Dawson, Betty Murphy, (person sitting directly behind Ila Mae Prafka not identified).
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[First Christian Church Youth Choir 1954]

[First Christian Church Youth Choir 1954]

Date: December 26, 1954
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Choir. Janis Joplin, a Rock Star in the 1960's, is on the second row, second from the left. She is 14 in the photo and her birthday is January 19, 1940, so she was almost 15. First row - left to right: Marilyn Harbert, Martha Oliver, Delmer Fussell, Dennis Trahan, Terry Trahan, Roy Murphy III, Tommy Stansbury. Second row - left to right: Sandra Logan, Janis Joplin, Elva Buroker, Harriett Axtell, Mary Jane Budwine, Janet Addcox, Linda Douglas, Cynthia "Cookie" Swearingen, Sylvia Swearingen, Carol Quinn, Betty Ann Murphy, Shirley Logan. Third row - left to right: Alline Dawson, Ila Mae Prafka, Jane Catanach, George Fussell, Paul B. Bertrand, Phillip Foote, Robert Kettrick, Arthur Catanach, Darrell Evans, Doris Cannon, Peggy McIntosh, Gladys Rigsby, Charlotte Pittman, not known. Austine Mills was the pianist and A.E. Catanach was the Director but they are not in the photograph.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[First Christian Church Youth Round Up Group]

[First Christian Church Youth Round Up Group]

Date: June 28, 1954
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Round Up group. The members are sitting around a table and are painting. Standing - left to right: not known, Robert Kettrick, not known, not known, Robbie Wright, not known, not known, Betty Ann Murphy, not known. Seated - left to right: Darrelle Evans, Doris Cannon, Bobby Morgan, Sarah Brazie, Linda Douglas, Delmer Fussell, Bowden Bertrand, Sandra Brazie, Terry Trahan.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[First Christian Church Youth Round Up - June 1954]

[First Christian Church Youth Round Up - June 1954]

Date: June 1954
Creator: unknown
Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Round up in June 1954. Kneeling in front, left to right are Jennilou Nowlin, Loralea Smith, Judy Dawson and Sarah Lowther. Standing on pavement holding banners, left to right are Jackie Hanson, Glynda Lowther, Robbie Wright, Sylvia Swearingen, Norma Moos, Carol Quinn, Alline Dawson, Cynthia Swearingen, Bowden Bertrand, and Lennie Stansbury (the parade director). Standing in wagon, left to right are Darrell Evans, Nathalie Bienvenue, Delmar Fussell, Jane Ashley, Janis Hickey, Elva Buroker, Sarah Brazil, Charlotte Pittman and Janet Addcox.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[Granny Pearce's 90th Birthday Party]

[Granny Pearce's 90th Birthday Party]

Date: February 2, 1959
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of Granny Pearce's 90th birthday party at the First Christian Church. Granny is sitting at the end of the table in front of her cake. The lady sitting on the left side at the front of the table is Mrs. C.E. Lauer. Also in the photograph is Mrs. Sadie Davis, Mrs. Youngblood, Mrs. Florence McDonald, Mrs. Mildred Smith, Kate Pearson, and Mrs. Powell (seating arrangement is unknown).
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[Inside the First Christian Church]

[Inside the First Christian Church]

Date: November 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of the inside of the First Christian Church. Note the rose window above the draped baptistery given in memory of John Chapman by his wife, Thelma Chapman. Communion table given in memory of Charter members by the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class. Wicks pipe organ (behind lectern on left side) given in memory of S.O. Latimer by Mrs. S.O. Latimer. The pulpit lectern (on right) given by Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hughes and their son, John Marcus. Altar-ware given in memory of E.N. George by Mrs. S.I. Bishop.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[Members of the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class]

[Members of the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class]

Date: November 25, 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of the members of the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class taken in the newly completed sanctuary. First row - left to right: Mrs. J.E. Davis (Sadie), Mrs. O.A. Youngblood (Minnie), Mrs. O.P. Pearce, Mrs. John H. McDonald, and Mrs. R.H. Draughon. Second row - left to right: Mrs. Frank Hines (Clara), Mrs. Bertie Ingalls, Mrs. Leon Little (Virginia), Mrs. W.C. Neel (Ida), Mrs. Jim Dillinger (Mary), Mrs. G.T. Wallace (Stella), Mrs. C.E. Lauer, Mrs. C.W. Warren (Rose), Mrs. C.E. Perry (Ida), Mrs. J.A House, Mrs. Mary Harmon, Mrs. Ethel Akkerman, Mrs. Dewey Prince (Terrie), Mrs. N.E. Pray, Mrs. J.R. Swan (Rate), Mrs. I.N. Noble (Maude), Mrs. J.D. Eidom (Olga), Mrs. G.E. Gartman (Alice), Mrs. H.W. Davis (Bertie), Mrs. Florence McDonald. Third row - left to right: Mrs. Kate Pearson, Mrs. Hazel Dorman, Mrs. Alta Newton, Mrs. Beulah Christopher, Mrs. Mamie Peck. Fourth row - left to right: Mrs. Burt Loy, Mrs. John Chapman (Thelma), Mrs. N.C. Cloutman (Rena), Mrs. Gladys Holmes, Mrs. Nora LaRose, Mrs. S.I. Bishop, Mrs. C.H. Powell (Elizabeth), and Mrs. Ozello Doiron.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[Mrs. O.P. 'Granny' Pearce's 90th Birthday Party]

[Mrs. O.P. 'Granny' Pearce's 90th Birthday Party]

Date: February 2, 1959
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of Mrs. O.P. 'Granny' Pearce celebrating her 90th birthday at the First Christian Church on February 2, 1959. She passed away on July 14, 1961 at the age of 92.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur
[New Edition to the Timothy Wall at the First Christian Church]

[New Edition to the Timothy Wall at the First Christian Church]

Date: August 31, 1958
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Description: Photograph of Edward Anderson, the new Timothy at First Christian Church, honored by having his photo hung on the Timothy Wall in the narthex of the sanctuary. In photo, left to right: John M. Hughes, Minister; Mary Jane Anderson, Eddie's wife; Glynn Lowther, Deacon; Edward Anderson receiving a congratulatory handshake from Charles Poston, Chairman of the Official Board; Miss Verna Evelyn Johnson, Minister of Education; and E.M. Reeder, Church elder.
Contributing Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur