A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 111
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the First Methodist Church. The writer is not a
member of the Methodist church, and probably it
is a bit of impertinence for him to express an opinion
on the subject, but the temptation is too strong
to resist. The dropping of the name of the good
old saint who did so much for the church and who,
unaided and almost alone, placed it on its feet and
guided it on the way to prosperity, was an act by
the side of which the proverbial ingratitude of republics
sinks into insignificance. / The First Presbyterian
church was organized inihiiate chamber
of the Capitol building in 1888. Though a
church organization was perfected in 1888, no effort
was made to erect a church building until 1848)
One reason for the delay was, no doubt, theyfa
that the Aliens had stipulated that all churches
should have free use of the site on Capitol and Main
until they secured building sites of their own, when
the property should revert to the Presbyterians for
their sole use. Although, by 1848, all the various
churches did not have permanent homes of their
own, most of them were making active efforts to
secure them, so the Presbyterians determined to
build. Early in the year a canvass was made, funds
secured, and the same year the First Presbyterian
church was erected on Main street near the corner
of Capitol. It was a large frame building, facing
Main street, and was used by the congregation for
many years, or until destroyed by fire in 1859.
When the congregation erected a new building
they used brick and faced the church on Capitol
treet Services were held there until, in 1879, the
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Young, Samuel Oliver. A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912, book, 1912; Houston, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth24649/m1/125/: accessed June 27, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .