447 - First United Methodist Church - San Angelo, TX
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member WalksfarTX
N 31° 27.772 W 100° 26.108
14R E 363653 N 3481792
Quick Description: Located in the heart of Downtown San Angelo at 37 E. Beauregard. Historical marker not displayed on the outside of the building
Location: Texas, United States
Date Posted: 10/9/2018 11:41:33 AM
Waymark Code: WMZAJE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member SearchN
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Historical Marker Text:

A product of 1870s religious zeal on this Indian-menaced frontier. After flood destroyed area's early community of Ben Ficklin (5 mi. S), closing its Sunday school, this church was organized and chartered by the West Texas Methodist Conference in November of 1882. On this site was erected a forty by sixty-foot frame building with a cupola - said to be the first Protestant church house between Mason and El Paso.

The founding pastor was the rugged frontiersman, Parson Andrew Jackson Potter (1830-1895), succeeded in 1886 by the dynamic Rev. Arthur E. Rector (1855-1955).

Rapid growth soon necessitated a twenty-foot addition for nursery and choir loft. The building became a community center for various social and religious occasions. Miss Mary West (later Mrs. J. B. Taylor) organized the first choir. Other leading musicians: Miss Amie Cornick, J. R. Sanders, Mrs. L. B. Horton, Mrs. F. O. Perry, and Mrs. Mary Deal Metz.

The frame church was replaced in 1904 by a large masonry building in the square "Akron" style then in vogue. The present Gothic edifice was completed in 1950. Four-story educational building was added, 1962. This church has excelled in education, sacred music, and missionary activities over the years.
Type of marker: Numbered

UMC Historic Site #: 447

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