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[The Christian Tabernacle]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church charter members in front of the building known as the "Christian Tabernacle". The Reverend H.M. Polsgrove is sixth from the left on front row. He served the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, 1908-1911. This building was constructed in 1905 at 700 Fifth Street. It was removed in 1912 to make room for the new brick structure which was completed in 1915. Other ministers who served in the Tabernacle were Reverend Tolbert Weaver, and Reverend C.F. Pearce.
Date: 1904
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph

[First Christian Church Dedication]

Description: Photograph of the new church building dedication for the First Christian Church. The Reverend Claude F. Pierce (dressed in white shirt and pants with dark jacket in front with his hands on his hips) was the minister here 1911-1915.
Date: July 1915
Item Type: Photograph

[Men, Women, and Children on the Steps of the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, Texas]

Description: Photograph of men, women, and children standing and sitting on the steps and balcony of the First Christian Church in Port Arthur, Texas. Standing above steps, left to right: Charles W. Horan, Henry W. Davis, John H. Stanley, Homer T. Whitson, Ezra Cheek, J.B. Talley, John H. McDonald, James S. Dillinger; back row, on steps, left to right are Mr. Boyington, Mrs. Charles E. Perry, Reverend Chas. D. Poston, Mrs. C. D. Poston, S. E. Gartman holding his son, Robert Ellis Gartman, and W. F. Sylvester; Second row from back, left to right: Mrs. W. H. Steed (Matilda), Mrs. O. P. Pearce, Rudolph W. Wendling, Mrs. J. S. Dillinger (Mary), Mrs. J. B. Talley, C. E. Perry, Mrs. Gay; left - man standing alone, not known; Mrs. E. E. Martin, Mary Lou Swan, Mrs. J.B. McKinney, Cappie McDonald; seated on steps: Mrs. J. R. Jolley, Mrs. Benson, Mrs. Boyington, Mrs. Ezra Creek, Mrs. J. H. Stanley, two Gay children - names not known, Grace Foot (standing). Left: Mrs. R. W. Wendling, Mrs. Mitchell, Mrs. J. H. McDonald, Mrs. E. E. Johnson, Mrs. Sitton, Phyllis McDonald, Jim Steed - young girl, Jane Stanley, Jewel Dillinger; right - standing: Mrs. Wm. J. Pitts (Helen), Mrs. Burt Loy, Mrs. E. E. Gartman, Mary Peck, Mrs. Henry Davis, Calvert Welch, Miller Jolley; children - seated right: Dorothy Dillinger, Patsy Stanley: children - standing right: Naomi Stanley, Meryle Dillinger; Children - seated on steps - left to right: Rembert Jolley, Warren Cheek, Ola Mae Benson, Ethel Gartman (up), Grace Gartman (down), Herbert Davis, Mathilda Steed (up), Donnie Gartman (up). Hubert Davis, Avalon Weller (up); Omar Benson (up), Rudolph Johnson (up), Donnie Gartman (up), Edith Gartman, Bennie Davis, unknown boy, Margaret Horan, Virginia Cheek."
Date: September 1930
Item Type: Photograph

[First Christian Church 27th Anniversary Celebration]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church 27th Anniversary celebration. The church officials in the photo are, back row - left to right: E.C. Blackburn, John Stanley, Reverend Anglemyer, A. Roy, and H.T. Whitson. Front row - left to right: Mrs. Whitson, Mrs. Stanley, Mrs. Anglemyer, and Pauline Renwick. The cake they are standing behind was molded to look like church structure and weighed 150 pounds.
Date: 1942
Item Type: Photograph

[First Christian Church Youth Choir]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Choir. Back row - left to right: Dexter McCoy, Wayne Phillips, Mark Youngblood, Elizabeth Donan, Shirley Douglas, Rosealie Pentecost, Pat Hilton, Alyce Jane Speck, Homer Claude Holmes, Murphy Vaught, Billy Reeder, Robert Gartman, Isaac Bertrand. Front row - left to right: Austine Mills (pianist), Betty West, Willie Mae West, Donya Lu Eidom, Cathryne Anglemyer, Ann Montgomery, Betty Garrett, Kathryn Quinn, Nancy Prafka, Geraldine Bertrand, Catherine Ann Vaught, Marian Dooley. Standing in front - left to right: A.E. Catanach, Director, Mrs. C.H. McIntosh (nee Peggy Catanach) soprano soloist.
Date: December 1946
Item Type: Photograph

[First Christian Church Youth and Adult Choirs]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church youth and adult choirs. The group is composed of men, women, and young teens with the Choir Director, A.E. Catanach, standing in front of them. Back row, left to right: Edgar "Bubba" Blitch, George Nelson, not known, not known, Harvey Taylor, Hugh Reeder, Wayne Phillips, Billy Reeder, Gary Branson, Murphy Vaught, not known, Isaac Bertrand. Middle row, left to right: not known, Geraldine Bertrand, Katherine Quinn, Gladys Ann Rigsby, Catherine Anglemyer, Betty Garrett, Elizabeth Donan, Betty West, Willie Mae West, Marian Dooley, Alyce Jane Speck, Mrs. E.E. Catanach, Peggy C. McIntosh, Rosalie Pentecost, Austine Mills (pianist), Gladys Lacy, not known, Ralph Breedlove, Curtis Lacy, not known, Arthur Catanach. Front row, left to right: Norma Swearingen, Joan Bertrand, Jane Jolley, Anita Ruth Brown, Phyllis Foote, not known, not known, Catherine Vaught, not known, not known, Nancy Prafka, Mrs. Earl Prafka, not known, Aline Breedlove, not known.
Date: 1947 - 1948
Creator: Pridgen's Studio
Item Type: Photograph

[Youth Choir]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Choir. Back row - left to right: Rosalie Pentecost, Pat Hilton, Robert Gartman, Billy Reeder, George Nelson, Murphy Vaught, Gary Branson, Isaac Bertrand, John Howard, Homer Claude Holmes, Hugh Reeder, Mark Youngblood, Wayne Phillips, Harvey Taylor. Middle row - left to right: Marian Dooley, Alyce Jane Speck, Ann Montgomery, Catherine Vaught, Betty West, Sarah Lacy, Cathryn Anglemeyer, Jerry Bertrand, Elizabeth Ann Donan, Betty Garrett, Nancy Prafka, Willie Mae West, Katherine Howard, not known, Joan Pinder. Front row - left to right: standing in front of choir in black dress is Peggy McIntosh, choir members sitting in front with white clothes, left to right: Joan Bertrand, Jane Jolley, not known, Ollie Bet Collins, Phyllis Foote, Norma Swearingen, Anita Ruth Brown, Phillip Foote, Bobby Shiflet. Standing in front of choir: A.E. Catanach, Choir Director, and pianist Austine Mills.
Date: 1948
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[First Christian Church Youth Round Up - June 1954]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Round up in June 1954. Kneeling in front, left to right are Jennilou Nowlin, Loralea Smith, Judy Dawson and Sarah Lowther. Standing on pavement holding banners, left to right are Jackie Hanson, Glynda Lowther, Robbie Wright, Sylvia Swearingen, Norma Moos, Carol Quinn, Alline Dawson, Cynthia Swearingen, Bowden Bertrand, and Lennie Stansbury (the parade director). Standing in wagon, left to right are Darrell Evans, Nathalie Bienvenue, Delmar Fussell, Jane Ashley, Janis Hickey, Elva Buroker, Sarah Brazil, Charlotte Pittman and Janet Addcox.
Date: June 1954
Item Type: Photograph

[Youth Round Up Parade]

Description: Photograph of the Youth Round Up Parade in Port Arthur, Texas. The parade is being led by a car pulling a wagon, three cars are following the first car. The parade is being led down a busy streets with a lot of stores and eateries.
Date: June 26, 1954
Creator: Beryl Crist Photography
Item Type: Photograph

[First Christian Church Youth Round Up Group]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church Youth Round Up group. The members are sitting around a table and are painting. Standing - left to right: not known, Robert Kettrick, not known, not known, Robbie Wright, not known, not known, Betty Ann Murphy, not known. Seated - left to right: Darrelle Evans, Doris Cannon, Bobby Morgan, Sarah Brazie, Linda Douglas, Delmer Fussell, Bowden Bertrand, Sandra Brazie, Terry Trahan.
Date: June 28, 1954
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[World Youth Conference]

Description: Photograph of the World Youth Conference. Five buses are parked in a row with all the members of the conference standing in front of the buses, waving at the photographer. The conference was held at Methodist Temple on Fifth Street because the First Christian Church did not have a large enough place to have the meeting.
Date: February 11, 1955
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph

[Christian Men's Fellowship Queen for a Night Program]

Description: Photograph of the Christian Men's Fellowship "Queen for a Night" program. Left to right: Fulton Allgood (standing in back), Gladys Lacey pining corsage on Marie Darlison, Queen (sitting in chair), Allen Dawson (standing in back).
Date: March 1955
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph

[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
Item Type: Photograph

[First Christian Church Summer Youth Meeting]

Description: Photograph of a First Christian Church Summer Youth Program meeting. Young man standing at left of photo not known. Front row - left to right: Phillip Foote, Norma Moss, Sylvia Swearingen, Sandra Brazil, Linda Douglas. Second row - left to right: Judy Dawson, Mary Evelyn Murphy, (girl sitting behind Sandra not identified), Darrell Evans, Ila Mae Prafka. Thirda row - left to right: Delmer Fussell, Bobby Morgan, Alline Dawson, Betty Murphy, (person sitting directly behind Ila Mae Prafka not identified).
Date: 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph

[Carrying the First Christian Church Entrance Tablet]

Description: Photograph of four men placing the tablet above the entrance to the new worship building. Left to right: John M. Hughes, Minister; L.G. Douglas, Treasurer; Allen Dawson, Board Chairman; and Glynn Lowther, Chairman of the Building Committee.
Date: April 3, 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph

[First Christian Church Service of Dedication]

Description: Photograph of the First Christian Church service of Dedication of the new sanctuary led by Dr. Newton J. Robison (pastor of First Christian Church of Amarillo, a brother to Miss Gladyne Robison, Principal of Travis School, and a member of our congregation) spoke at the morning service. Dr. Elmer Henson, Dean of Brite University, Fort Worth was the chief speaker for the afternoon Dedication service.
Date: November 25, 1956
Creator: J.C. Watkins Photography
Item Type: Photograph