A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 115
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THE CITY OF HOUSTON, TxAS 115l
on the corner of Fannin and Walker in 1908. Rev.
Dr. J. L. Gross is the present pastor of this church.
i There were Catholic missionaries here in the very
early days of Houston's existence, but no effort
was made to establish a regularly organized church
and to erect a building until 1841, when a French
priest, Rev. Father Querat, purchased the quarter
block on the south side of Franklin avenue and Caroline
street./ Through his efforts sufficient money
was obtained to put up a small wooden building
and to build another back of it for a school house
and home for the priest. For many years this little
church was used and not until 1869 was an effort
made to secure larger quarters. In 1869 the old
church property was sold and a block of ground
on Texas avenue and Crawford street was purchased.
In 1871 the new church was completed and
has been occupied ever since. This church is the
handsome brick building known as the Church of
the Annunciation, and is one of the most beautiful
churches in the city. Father Hennessy was pastor
at the time and has been such all these years, honored
and respected by both Catholics and Protestants.
The whole block is used by the church, the church
edifice occupying the northwest side, while the remainder
is given over to elegant school and priest
The first German Lutheran church was organized
in Houston either in 1851 or 1852. Thistardy rganization
is somewhat difficult to understand, since
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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/m1/130/: accessed April 23, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .