A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 110
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110 A THUMB-NAIL HrISOY OF
mittee" was formed in May of 1887. There is no
record of their executing any frauds, or of anything
else they did. No doubt their very existence warned
away frauds and thus accomplished what they desired
without further exertion on their part.
TThe first church to secure a permanent foothold
in Houston was the Methodist, which perfected an
organization in 1887, the year after the founding
of Houston. That year the Aliens donated to the
Methodist brethren the half block on the north side
of Texas avenue between TraanvdJilasfres. ]
The establishment of Methodism here was almost
entirely the work of one individual, the late honored
and revered Charles Shearn. Mr. Sheam was a
most earnest and devout Christian and devoted his
life to the advancement of his church. He brought
from New Orleans, at his personal expense, a minister
of the gospel, gave him a home in his own
house, and was mainly responsible for the establishment,
growth and influence of the Methodist church
here. In later years he gave largely, both in time
and money, to the church cause, and after the war
he built, almost entirely with his own money, the
church on Texas avenue, afterwards torn down
when the site was sold. When the valuable property
on Texas avenue was disposed of, and, having
money, the congregation determined to build an
imposing edifice, they put up a magnificent building
on Main street and so far forgot their old benefactor,
in the days of their prosperity, that his name
was dropped entirely and Shearn Church became
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