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[Adult Choir]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Adult Choir. Back row - left to right: A.E. Catanach, not know, not known, Peg Catanach, Curtis Lacy, not known, Ralph Breelove, not known, not known, McIntosh, Austine Mills. Front row - left to right: Mathilda Steed, not known, Mildred Allgood, Gladys Lacy, Lolly Prafka, Alma Rigsby, Allene Breedlove, not known, Peggy McIntosh, Willie Mae West. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34938/
[Audience of the 75th Anniversary Presentation by Sutherlin and Reeder]
Photograph of the audience of the 75th Anniversary presentation by Yvonne Sutherlin and Hugh Reeder. The picture was taken from the back of the room, facing the stage, where a skit is being performed. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34913/
[Burning of the White Elephant Ceremony]
Photograph of the congregation of the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, Texas. The large group of men, women, and children are posing in a semicircle in between the church and an unidentifiable building. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34945/
[Camp Wildurr]
Photograph of Camp Wildurr and it's young campers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34883/
[Camp Wildurr]
Photograph of Camp Wildurr and the many young people who attended the summer camp. There are a few personal messages and signatures on the back of the photograph. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34886/
[Camp Wildurr Junior Summer Camp]
Photograph of Camp Wildurr and it's junior campers. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34885/
[Camp Wildurr Summer Camp]
Photograph of the young people of the Camp Wildurr summer camp. The camp was on Village Creek in Hardin County near Silsbee. It was the Encampment of the Eastern Cluster of Christian Churches, known as District 13. The campers are posing in four rows. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34916/
[Carrying the First Christian Church Entrance Tablet]
Photograph of four men placing the tablet above the entrance to the new worship building. Left to right: John M. Hughes, Minister; L.G. Douglas, Treasurer; Allen Dawson, Board Chairman; and Glynn Lowther, Chairman of the Building Committee. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34926/
[Celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the Church]
Photograph of the celebration of the 75th Anniversary of the First Christian Church. Yvonne Sutherlin and Hugh Reeder, "Old Timers" discuss the "old times" on stage in a theatrical skit. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34914/
[Center Point Young People's Conference]
Photograph of the Center Point Young People's Conference at Camp Christian. The large group is composed of adult men and women, they are photographed standing and sitting outdoors. Floyd A. Bash is one of the ministers on the front row. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34943/
[Choraliers Visit Avery Island, Louisiana]
Photograph of the choraliers visit to Avery Island, Louisiana. Left to right: Sharon (Mary Ann Murphy's granddaughter), Margret Anne Blitch, Dan and Audrey Daniel, Lois Bryan, Angie Bowers, Rose Merriman, Mary Ann Murphy, Jack Cansler, and Lois Copeland. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34879/
[Choraliers Visit Avery Island, Louisiana]
Photograph of the Choraliers visit to Avery Island, Louisiana. Left to right: Angie Bowers, Bill Kettrick, Lois Copeland, Bob Bowers, Edna Nixon, Rex Copeland, Audrey Daniel, Lois Bryan, Jim Sutherline, and Bill Hauck, minister. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34880/
[Christian Men's Fellowship Litter Control Committee]
Photograph of the members of the Christian Men's Fellowship Litter Control Committee. The committee was responsible for picking up the trash in the neighborhood of the church, along Ninth Avenue, from 60th Street southward to Alligator Bayou. Standing, left to right: Ward Beckcom, Abe Snider, Jim Sutherlin, Kenneth Parker, L.G. Douglas, Clarence Richards, Frank Nixon, and Sidney Baker. Kneeling in front, left to right are Ralph Harrington and John Widenhoff. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34895/
[Christian Men's Fellowship Queen for a Night Program]
Photograph of the Christian Men's Fellowship "Queen for a Night" program. Left to right: Fulton Allgood (standing in back), Gladys Lacey pining corsage on Marie Darlison, Queen (sitting in chair), Allen Dawson (standing in back). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34917/
[The Christian Tabernacle]
Photograph of the First Christian Church charter members in front of the building known as the "Christian Tabernacle". The Reverend H.M. Polsgrove is sixth from the left on front row. He served the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, 1908-1911. This building was constructed in 1905 at 700 Fifth Street. It was removed in 1912 to make room for the new brick structure which was completed in 1915. Other ministers who served in the Tabernacle were Reverend Tolbert Weaver, and Reverend C.F. Pearce. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34892/
[Christmas Caroling Party 1953]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Christmas Caroling Party in 1953. Many carolers are standing in front of two parked buses singing. Janis Joplin, who became a noted rock star in the music world in the late 1960's, is standing on the steps of the bus in a white sweatshirt. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34900/
[Chuck Wagon Youth Dinner]
Photograph of the Chuck Wagon Youth Dinner at the First Christian Church. A large number of men, women, teenagers, and children are spread out on a yard in a residential area. Some people are standing but most are sitting on the grass. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34934/
Come Follow Me : First Christian Church, 1904-2004
The story of the congregation of the First Christian Church of Port Arthur, Texas from 1898 to 2004. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34965/
[First Christian Church 1956]
Photograph of the First Christian Church and educational building shortly after construction was completed.. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34925/
[First Christian Church 1956]
Photograph of a front view of the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34924/
[First Christian Church 27th Anniversary Celebration]
Photograph of the First Christian Church 27th Anniversary celebration. The church officials in the photo are, back row - left to right: E.C. Blackburn, John Stanley, Reverend Anglemyer, A. Roy, and H.T. Whitson. Front row - left to right: Mrs. Whitson, Mrs. Stanley, Mrs. Anglemyer, and Pauline Renwick. The cake they are standing behind was molded to look like church structure and weighed 150 pounds. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34891/
[First Christian Church After a Snowstorm]
Photograph of the First Christian Church after a snowstorm that took place on January 11, 1973. Three and a half inches of snow covers the church and the church bus parked on the left hand side of the church. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34896/
[First Christian Church After a Snowstorm]
Photograph of the First Christian Church after a snowstorm that took place on February 13, 1958. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34899/
[First Christian Church Boy Scout Troop]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Boy Scout Troop. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34878/
[First Christian Church Choir Quartet]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Choir Quartet. Left to right are: Bill Reeder, Kathryn Anglemyer, Pat Hilton, and Robert Gartman. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34941/
[First Christian Church Chuck Wagon Supper]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Chuck Wagon Supper on grounds of the historic home, Rose Hill, adjacent to the Sabine-Neches Waterway and at foot of Woodworth Blvd. at Lakeshore Drive. A large number of people are congregating around several picnic tables and chairs. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34911/
[First Christian Church Chuck Wagon Supper at Rose Hill]
Photograph of the First Christian Church members being served during the Church Chuck Wagon supper at Rose Hill. The event is taking place outdoors and the members are huddled around picnic tables texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34910/
[First Christian Church Communion Table]
Photograph of the First Christian Church communion table, which is carved with an inset of the Last Supper. The table was given in memory of the Charter Members of the Church, by the Loyal Women's Bible Class for the new sanctuary. The women had earned $1000 making all kinds of needlework, mostly quilting, for eight years to provide this gift to the congregation. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34923/
[First Christian Church Congregation]
Photograph of the First Christian Church congregation. The pews are full of people, there is not a single empty seat. The church choir is sitting in the two front pews alongside Reverend John M. Hughes, who is sitting on the inner side of the pew section on the right. Next to the minister is Jane Catanach and her son, Jimmy, and Arthur Catanach. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34936/
[First Christian Church Cub Scout Banquet
Photograph of a Cub Scout banquet at the First Christian Church. Most of the guests are in the middle of eating and sitting at tables. The Reverend John M. Hughes is standing in the back of the room, second from the right. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34935/
[First Christian Church Dedication]
Photograph of the new church building dedication for the First Christian Church. The Reverend Claude F. Pierce (dressed in white shirt and pants with dark jacket in front with his hands on his hips) was the minister here 1911-1915. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34894/
[First Christian Church Educational Building]
Photograph of the First Christian Church educational building. There is a large group standing in front of the building and two parked cars in the street. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34922/
[First Christian Church Fellowship Hall]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Fellowship Hall. Left to right is Mrs. John H. McDonald, a charter member, explaining the church history to two young members, Mark Huber and his cousin, Pete Huber. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34890/
[First Christian Church Greeters for Sunday Morning Service]
Photograph of greeters for the Sunday Morning Worship Service at First Christian Church. They are shown here in the narthex of the church at 620 Woodworth Blvd. Front row, left to right: Robert A. Bowers, Johnny Edgerton, and Leatrice Huber. Back row, left to right: Glynn Lowther, Len Caillouet, and Fred Day. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34887/
[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony]
Photograph of the groundbreaking ceremony for the First Christian Church. Members of the Children's Division, under the supervision of Mrs. Shirley Trahan, Superintendent, (in photo helping child at podium) brought small bricks to the platform, symbolizing the part the children played in the growth of the church. John M. Hughes, Minister, is standing behind the podium. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34930/
[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony 1955]
Photograph of the First Christian Church groundbreaking ceremony. Seven persons, using gilded spades, are turning the soil in front of the platform, which stood on the site of the proposed chancel. Participating - left to right: Patsy Smith, representing the Children's Division of the church school; Mrs. John H. McDonald and C.E. Perry, two charter members of the fifty-three year old congregation; John M. Hughes, Minister; E.M. Reeder, Chairman of the Board; W. Glynn Lowther, Chairman of the Building Committee; and Bobby Morgan, representing the youth. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34928/
[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony 1955]
Photograph of the First Christian Church groundbreaking ceremony. The future members of the church are standing in the lot where the church is to be built. They are lined along the perimeter of where the church will stand. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34929/
[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony 1955]
Photograph of the First Christian Church groundbreaking ceremony. Aerial view of the church members standing shoulder-to-shoulder, outlining the shape of the new worship structure. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34927/
[First Christian Church High School Seniors]
Photograph of graduating seniors from the high schools local to the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, Texas. They are wearing graduation caps and gowns, standing together in three rows inside the church. They are, from left to right: Front row: Mary Scott, Port Neches-Groves High School; Sandy Ellis, Thomas Jefferson High School; Elizabeth Anne Sutherlin, Thomas Jefferson High School; Patricia Trahan, Thomas Jefferson High School. Middle row: Sandra Reeder, Port Neches-Groves High School; Kay Houck, Nederland High School; Susan Davis, Thomas Jefferson High School; Patti Farley, Thomas Jefferson High School; Patricia Gayle Snider, Thomas Jefferson. Back row: Pete Huber, Thomas Jefferson High School; Ronnie Musgrove, Thomas Jefferson High School; Marc Huber, Thomas Jefferson High School; Dr. James R. Wright, Jr., Minister; Tommy Tuttle, Nederland High School; James R. Wright, III, Thomas Jefferson High School. Seniors not present when picture was taken were: Mike Harmon and Dianne Petry from Thomas Jefferson High School. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34907/
[First Christian Church Loyal Women's Class]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Loyal Women's Class. The women are divided into four rows, the back three rows are standing and the front row is sitting. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34937/
[First Christian Church Parsonage in Port Arthur, Texas]
Photograph of the First Christian Church parsonage in Port Arthur, Texas. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34944/
[First Christian Church Sanctuary]
Photograph of the First Christian Church sanctuary. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34884/
[First Christian Church Service of Dedication]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34921/
[First Christian Church Summer Youth Meeting]
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). texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34919/
[First Christian Church Youth and Adult Choirs]
Photograph of the First Christian Church youth and adult choirs. The group is composed of men, women, and young teens with the Choir Director, A.E. Catanach, standing in front of them. Back row, left to right: Edgar "Bubba" Blitch, George Nelson, not known, not known, Harvey Taylor, Hugh Reeder, Wayne Phillips, Billy Reeder, Gary Branson, Murphy Vaught, not known, Isaac Bertrand. Middle row, left to right: not known, Geraldine Bertrand, Katherine Quinn, Gladys Ann Rigsby, Catherine Anglemyer, Betty Garrett, Elizabeth Donan, Betty West, Willie Mae West, Marian Dooley, Alyce Jane Speck, Mrs. E.E. Catanach, Peggy C. McIntosh, Rosalie Pentecost, Austine Mills (pianist), Gladys Lacy, not known, Ralph Breedlove, Curtis Lacy, not known, Arthur Catanach. Front row, left to right: Norma Swearingen, Joan Bertrand, Jane Jolley, Anita Ruth Brown, Phyllis Foote, not known, not known, Catherine Vaught, not known, not known, Nancy Prafka, Mrs. Earl Prafka, not known, Aline Breedlove, not known. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34940/
[First Christian Church Youth Choir]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Choir. Back row - left to right: Dexter McCoy, Wayne Phillips, Mark Youngblood, Elizabeth Donan, Shirley Douglas, Rosealie Pentecost, Pat Hilton, Alyce Jane Speck, Homer Claude Holmes, Murphy Vaught, Billy Reeder, Robert Gartman, Isaac Bertrand. Front row - left to right: Austine Mills (pianist), Betty West, Willie Mae West, Donya Lu Eidom, Cathryne Anglemyer, Ann Montgomery, Betty Garrett, Kathryn Quinn, Nancy Prafka, Geraldine Bertrand, Catherine Ann Vaught, Marian Dooley. Standing in front - left to right: A.E. Catanach, Director, Mrs. C.H. McIntosh (nee Peggy Catanach) soprano soloist. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34942/
[First Christian Church Youth Choir]
Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Choir, about 1948. The adults standing on the left side of the photo are Peggy Catanach, Assistant Choir Director, and A.E. Catanach (her father), choir director. Sitting at the piano on the right of the photo is the pianist for the choir, Austin Mills. Child sitting in pew is one of the younger Shiflett boys. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34904/
[First Christian Church Youth Choir 1954]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34931/
[First Christian Church Youth Round Up Group]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34932/
[First Christian Church Youth Round Up - June 1954]
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. texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth34905/
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