Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 5, Number 2, Fall, 1993 Page: 30
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To celebrate the fourth anniversary of the Berachah Home on May 14, 1907, friends and supporters attended
a camp meeting held under a tent erected on the grounds.
connection between the breweries, the bars, and the
brothels. All three were interconnected and pulling
society into a hellish mess, they claimed.
In 1899, the Upchurches left Waco for Dallas,
establishing a small mission in Oak Cliff. It was
in Dallas where Rev. Upchurch had a vision, a vision
which would guide and consume his life for the next
four decades. The vision came to him while working
in a Dallas slum. He described the vision this way:
"God rolled before me, in panoramic view, the home
He desired erected. It consisted of five buildings,
and, as I saw them, they were situated in a beautiful
grove."6 The home was to be used to restore "fallen
women" to a life of usefulness.
Shortly after having this vision, he was riding
through Arlington on the interurban and a strong
impression came over him to locate the home there.
He recalled the same feeling nagging him every time
he passed through Arlington. Then one day he came
to Arlington looking for a location for the home. He
wandered south of town to an oak studded piece of
property off of Cooper Street, knelt upon the ground,
and "felt the presence of God, who gave him an
unmistakable promise that this was the place."7
Upchurch rushed to talk to the owners of the property,
Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Cooper, and struck a deal to
purchase seven acres of land. Upchurch admitted
later he didn't have the money, but he did have faith
that it would be provided-and it was. He purchased
the land on September 25, 1901.8 It was on these
seven acres that the first buildings of the home were
constructed and the formal dedication, described
above, was held in 1903. Upchurch felt the location
was ideal-it was away from the city, away from the
saloons, and away from the women's old lives.
The Berachah Home, on paper at least, was
under the direction of the Home Mission and Rescue
Commission of Texas, which had been chartered in
1903 for the purposes of operating the home in
Arlington and Upchurch's other rescue ventures in
Dallas. In 1906, Upchurch transferred the home and
the seven acres of land upon which it sat to the
commission, of which he was the most influential
trustee.9 The Upchurches ran the home, selected the
trustees, made the decisions, and set policy. However,
all additions of land for the Berachah property-and
there were many-and the new structures
built on it were made in the name of the commission,
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Dallas County Heritage Society. Legacies: A History Journal for Dallas and North Central Texas, Volume 5, Number 2, Fall, 1993, periodical, 1993; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth35115/m1/32/: accessed June 20, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Dallas Historical Society.