The Sentinel (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 16, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 20, 1988 Page: 1 of 16
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XIII NO. 16 (214) 530-1100
APRIL 20. 1988
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First Baptist Church, Pastor Billy Harris
To Celebrate 35th Anniversary May 1
First Baptist Church of Sachse
will celebrate its 35th anniversary
May 1 — and during its entire
existence it has known only one
pastor: the Rev. Billy Harris.
Prior to the summer of 1953,
Sachse was without a Baptist
Church. It was at that time that
Harris, a native of Farmersville,
drove through the community
and felt a call from the Lord to
begin a Baptist Church.
The young minister knocked
on doors, canvassed the area,
and on May 10, 1953, his dream
became a reality as 14 people
joined hands under a tent for the
church's first services.
Those 14 charter members
were Mr. and Mrs. James Bryant,
Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Garrison Jr.,
Mr. and Mrs. Jackie Garrison Sr.,
Bobby Jones, Mr. and Mrs. B.L.
Kerby, Robert Rice, Mr. and Mrs.
B.O. Shields Jr., and the Rev. and
Worship services were con-
ducted in a tent for the first few
months, but a building was com-
pleted by the church's first-year
anniversary, with most of the
work being done by church mem-
As Sachse grew, so did First
Baptist Church. A second unit
was completed in 1956; the pre-
sent sanctuary in 1963; and the
east wing and Fellowship Hall in
1981. The south wing, the latest
educational addition and office
space, was finished in 1987.
From a meager beginning of
only 14 members, the church's
roster has grown to 1,400.
From the beginning, Brother
Harris, his wife, and others
sacrificed much to originate First
Baptist Church. As a bi-vocational
preacher, Harris' days were long
and busy, while he was drawing
a salary of $20 per week.
Through the years Harris has
First Baptist Church of Sachse, above, and Pastor Billy Harris will celebrate their 35th anniversary May
1. The Rev. and Mrs. Harris were among 14 charter members who held their first services in a tent, below,
on May 10, 1953. (See page 8 for additional pictures and story.)
(Continued on page 8)
New Sachse Seal Unveiled
At City Council Meeting
Monday night, the City Coun-
cil unveiled the city's new seal
plaque, traded seats with the
Tiger Cub Scouts for a brief ques-
tion exchange, approved an ad-
justed garbage collection fee,
and talked about and tabled sev-
eral other items affecting the
Mary Allene Jones, Dallas, her
mother, lona Herring Ingram
Jones, and son, Craig, were pre-
sent for the first glimpse of the
seal featuring their ancestor and
the city founder, William Sachse.
Mary Allene said that Ethel
Wharton, who recently marked
her 100th birthday, is the only
person alive who knew William
Sachse. "She also saw the
steam locomotive, which is a part
of the seal.
"Sachse came here in January
1845 when the state was still the
Republic of Texas. His signature
on many legal papers in his life-
time was indicative of the literate
man he was."
Mary Allene admitted her ap-
preciation for her special heritage
and that of her mother, and also
Pat Mclnnish, who is a descen-
dant of both the Sachses and
The members approved BFI's
request to adjust the garbage col-
lection fees in accordance with
the consumer price index for the
Dallas area - a 6% rate increase
over two years which became ef-
fective April 1. It was pointed out
that some commercial customers
had been billed without notice of
the increase; BFI will correct that
with letters. Two large receptacles
will be placed at City Hall and
one at City Park for Sachse's
clean-up efforts April 29-May 6.
The ordinance relating to
adopting subdivision regulations
was tabled and staff was in-
structed to investigate further and
check on other cities' policies
regarding downsizing lots within
Council members will meet at
6:30 p.m. Friday at City Hall to
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Liner, Reba. The Sentinel (Sachse, Tex.), Vol. 13, No. 16, Ed. 1 Wednesday, April 20, 1988, newspaper, April 20, 1988; Sachse, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth347723/m1/1/: accessed April 24, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Sachse Public Library.