A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 114
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114 A THUMB-NAL HImToY oF
is interesting, for unlike that of the others, its inception
was the result of the untiring efforts of two
Christian women, Mrs. C. M. Fuller and Mrs.
Piety L. Hadley. Soon after the organization of
the church these ladies undertook to buy ground and
erect a church building. They had no money and
met with small encouragement even from their fellow
church members and members of their own
families. Some one, as a joke, gave them a rawboned
mule. This they fattened and sold, thus securing
a nucleus for a building fund. They then
gave a fair where home-made useful articles were
sold. The fair and the mule brought them in $450.
Then they gave another fair, larger than the other,
and secured an additional $900. With this money
they purchased the lots on the corner of Texas avenue
and Travis street, where the Milby Hotel now
stands. During all their labors these ladies had the
untiring assistance of good old Brother Pilgrim, a
pious and devout Christian gentleman.
After purchasing the lots, the ladies wrote to
Rev. William Tryan and asked him to come and
take charge of the church, which numbered seventeen
members. Dr. Tryan accepted the call, came
to Houston, and it was through his effort that sufficient
money was obtained to build the first Baptist
church, which stood for many years on the
southeast corner of Texas avenue and Travis street.
In 1888 the property was sold and a new church
was erected in 1888-84. This church was destroyed
by the great storm in 1900 and another was erected
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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/m1/129/: accessed December 11, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .