A thumb-nail history of the city of Houston, Texas, from its founding in 1836 to the year 1912 Page: 117
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THE CrTY OF HOUSTON, TE s 117
sonal magnetism. No man, Jew or Gentile, has ever
stood higher in this community than he.
It was five years after the close of the war before
an effort was made to secure a suitable house of
worship by this congregation. in 1869 a building
committee was appointed and in 1870, the comerstone
was laid for the first Synagogue, which was
located on Franklin avenue. Two sons of Rabbi
Raphel, Benjamin and Mse, were prominent in
the work of building this first house of worship for
the congregation their father had done so much for
The corner-stone for the Young Men's Christian
Association was laid October 17, 1907,andthe building
was formally opened June 21, 1908. The
building is one of the finest in the city.
Though it is said the first Christians in Houston
were forced to hold religious services under the
wide spreading branches of a tree that grew on
Market square,their descendants are better provided
for and today, by actual count, there are sixty-six
houses of worship in this city, representing all
shades of faith and belief. Houston is rapidly becoming
a city of churches. Following is a list of
the churches and chapels:
Methodist-Epworth Methodist Church; Harrisburg
Methodist Episcopal Church; Grace Church,
Houston Heights; M'Kee St. Methodist Church;
First Methodist Church; Trinity Methodist Church;
Bering Memorial Church; Washington Avenue
Methodist Church; First Methodist Church of
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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/m1/132/: accessed September 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .