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[Presentation to Glynn Lowther]

Description: Photograph of the presentation to Glynn Lowther, Building Committee Chairman for the First Christian Church. Left to right: C.E. Perry, Charter Member; Elbert M. Reeder, elder and Chairman of the Board during construction of the sanctuary; Glynn Lowther; the Reverent John H. Hughes, Minister; and Mrs. John McDonald, Charter Member.
Date: October 8, 1955
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony]

Description: Photograph of the groundbreaking ceremony for the First Christian Church. Members of the Children's Division, under the supervision of Mrs. Shirley Trahan, Superintendent, (in photo helping child at podium) brought small bricks to the platform, symbolizing the part the children played in the growth of the church. John M. Hughes, Minister, is standing behind the podium.
Date: October 9, 1955
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[First Christian Church Groundbreaking Ceremony 1955]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church groundbreaking ceremony. Seven persons, using gilded spades, are turning the soil in front of the platform, which stood on the site of the proposed chancel. Participating - left to right: Patsy Smith, representing the Children's Division of the church school; Mrs. John H. McDonald and C.E. Perry, two charter members of the fifty-three year old congregation; John M. Hughes, Minister; E.M. Reeder, Chairman of the Board; W. Glynn Lowther, Chairman of the Building Committee; and Bobby Morgan, representing the youth.
Date: October 9, 1955
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[First Christian Church Congregation]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church congregation. The pews are full of people, there is not a single empty seat. The church choir is sitting in the two front pews alongside Reverend John M. Hughes, who is sitting on the inner side of the pew section on the right. Next to the minister is Jane Catanach and her son, Jimmy, and Arthur Catanach.
Date: 1952
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[Adult Choir]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Adult Choir. Back row - left to right: A.E. Catanach, not know, not known, Peg Catanach, Curtis Lacy, not known, Ralph Breelove, not known, not known, McIntosh, Austine Mills. Front row - left to right: Mathilda Steed, not known, Mildred Allgood, Gladys Lacy, Lolly Prafka, Alma Rigsby, Allene Breedlove, not known, Peggy McIntosh, Willie Mae West.
Date: 1950
Creator: Pridgen's Studio
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[First Christian Church Youth Choir 1954]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Choir. Janis Joplin, a Rock Star in the 1960's, is on the second row, second from the left. She is 14 in the photo and her birthday is January 19, 1940, so she was almost 15. First row - left to right: Marilyn Harbert, Martha Oliver, Delmer Fussell, Dennis Trahan, Terry Trahan, Roy Murphy III, Tommy Stansbury. Second row - left to right: Sandra Logan, Janis Joplin, Elva Buroker, Harriett Axtell, Mary Jane Budwine, Janet Addcox, Linda Douglas, Cynthia "Cookie" Swearingen, Sylvia Swearingen, Carol Quinn, Betty Ann Murphy, Shirley Logan. Third row - left to right: Alline Dawson, Ila Mae Prafka, Jane Catanach, George Fussell, Paul B. Bertrand, Phillip Foote, Robert Kettrick, Arthur Catanach, Darrell Evans, Doris Cannon, Peggy McIntosh, Gladys Rigsby, Charlotte Pittman, not known. Austine Mills was the pianist and A.E. Catanach was the Director but they are not in the photograph.
Date: December 26, 1954
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[Camp Wildurr]

Description: Photograph of Camp Wildurr and the many young people who attended the summer camp. There are a few personal messages and signatures on the back of the photograph.
Date: 1957
Creator: Business Men's Studio
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[Christmas Caroling Party 1953]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Christmas Caroling Party in 1953. Many carolers are standing in front of two parked buses singing. Janis Joplin, who became a noted rock star in the music world in the late 1960's, is standing on the steps of the bus in a white sweatshirt.
Date: 1953
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[Chuck Wagon Youth Dinner]

Description: Photograph of the Chuck Wagon Youth Dinner at the First Christian Church. A large number of men, women, teenagers, and children are spread out on a yard in a residential area. Some people are standing but most are sitting on the grass.
Date: October 25, 1953
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[Granny Pearce's 90th Birthday Party]

Description: Photograph of Granny Pearce's 90th birthday party at the First Christian Church. Granny is sitting at the end of the table in front of her cake. The lady sitting on the left side at the front of the table is Mrs. C.E. Lauer. Also in the photograph is Mrs. Sadie Davis, Mrs. Youngblood, Mrs. Florence McDonald, Mrs. Mildred Smith, Kate Pearson, and Mrs. Powell (seating arrangement is unknown).
Date: February 2, 1959
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[Inside the First Christian Church]

Description: Photograph of the inside of the First Christian Church. Note the rose window above the draped baptistery given in memory of John Chapman by his wife, Thelma Chapman. Communion table given in memory of Charter members by the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class. Wicks pipe organ (behind lectern on left side) given in memory of S.O. Latimer by Mrs. S.O. Latimer. The pulpit lectern (on right) given by Mr. and Mrs. John M. Hughes and their son, John Marcus. Altar-ware given in memory of E.N. George by Mrs. S.I. Bishop.
Date: November 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[Members of the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class]

Description: Photograph of the members of the Loyal Women's Sunday School Class taken in the newly completed sanctuary. First row - left to right: Mrs. J.E. Davis (Sadie), Mrs. O.A. Youngblood (Minnie), Mrs. O.P. Pearce, Mrs. John H. McDonald, and Mrs. R.H. Draughon. Second row - left to right: Mrs. Frank Hines (Clara), Mrs. Bertie Ingalls, Mrs. Leon Little (Virginia), Mrs. W.C. Neel (Ida), Mrs. Jim Dillinger (Mary), Mrs. G.T. Wallace (Stella), Mrs. C.E. Lauer, Mrs. C.W. Warren (Rose), Mrs. C.E. Perry (Ida), Mrs. J.A House, Mrs. Mary Harmon, Mrs. Ethel Akkerman, Mrs. Dewey Prince (Terrie), Mrs. N.E. Pray, Mrs. J.R. Swan (Rate), Mrs. I.N. Noble (Maude), Mrs. J.D. Eidom (Olga), Mrs. G.E. Gartman (Alice), Mrs. H.W. Davis (Bertie), Mrs. Florence McDonald. Third row - left to right: Mrs. Kate Pearson, Mrs. Hazel Dorman, Mrs. Alta Newton, Mrs. Beulah Christopher, Mrs. Mamie Peck. Fourth row - left to right: Mrs. Burt Loy, Mrs. John Chapman (Thelma), Mrs. N.C. Cloutman (Rena), Mrs. Gladys Holmes, Mrs. Nora LaRose, Mrs. S.I. Bishop, Mrs. C.H. Powell (Elizabeth), and Mrs. Ozello Doiron.
Date: November 25, 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[New Edition to the Timothy Wall at the First Christian Church]

Description: Photograph of Edward Anderson, the new Timothy at First Christian Church, honored by having his photo hung on the Timothy Wall in the narthex of the sanctuary. In photo, left to right: John M. Hughes, Minister; Mary Jane Anderson, Eddie's wife; Glynn Lowther, Deacon; Edward Anderson receiving a congratulatory handshake from Charles Poston, Chairman of the Official Board; Miss Verna Evelyn Johnson, Minister of Education; and E.M. Reeder, Church elder.
Date: August 31, 1958
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[First Christian Church Chuck Wagon Supper]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Chuck Wagon Supper on grounds of the historic home, Rose Hill, adjacent to the Sabine-Neches Waterway and at foot of Woodworth Blvd. at Lakeshore Drive. A large number of people are congregating around several picnic tables and chairs.
Date: August 30, 1957
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur

[First Christian Church Communion Table]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church communion table, which is carved with an inset of the Last Supper. The table was given in memory of the Charter Members of the Church, by the Loyal Women's Bible Class for the new sanctuary. The women had earned $1000 making all kinds of needlework, mostly quilting, for eight years to provide this gift to the congregation.
Date: 1956
Partner: First Christian Church of Port Arthur