A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 116
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there were so many Germans among the early citizens
of Houston. In 1858 the church purchased
the northwest corner of the block on Texas avenue
and Milam street and erected a very large and imposing
frame building on the corner lot. Rev. Mr.
Braun was the pastor, and he also conducted a fine
German and English school, using the church
building for that purpose. Among the members of
this church were some of the most prominent and
useful German citizens of Houston.
About 1875 a second Lutheran church was built
on Louisiana between Prairie and Preston. Some
years later both the first and second sites were sold
and new churches erected elsewhere, one on Texas
avenue and Caroline street and the other on Washington
and Young avenue.
From the earliest days of Houston's existence
until in the early sixties the Hebrew congregation
in this city was kept intact through the personal
exertions of "Father Levy," as the venerable rabbi
was calle He was a man of great force of character
and was honored and respected by everybody
irrespective of creed or belief. After his death the
office was filled by a most worthy successor, Rabbi
Samuel Raphael. Rabbi Raphael had a strenuous
time during the continuance of the war between the
States, but through his fine executive ability and
enthusiastic zeal he managed to keep his congregation
together and the return of peace found it
stronger than ever. Rabbi Raphael was a profound
scholar, an eloquent speaker and a man of great per-
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