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Shamrock in Wheeler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First Baptist Church of Shamrock

 
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
1. First Baptist Church of Shamrock Marker
Inscription.  Organized in 1904 by the Rev. E. A. Oller, this was the second church established in Shamrock. Charter members included Martha Anderson, A. N. Holmes, Mrs. Kaffir, Mrs. Betty McGreggor, and J. M. Woodley. First meeting place was the local schoolhouse. In 1906, the congregation called its first regular pastor, the Rev. J. W. Slaton, and bought property for building at Sixth and Wall. The Sunday School was started and church structure completed in 1907.
In 1922, membership reached 248. On March 13 of that year, the original church building was struck by lightning and burned to the ground. After using a theater and the Methodist building, the Baptists bought this Main Street site, put up a temporary tabernacle, and completed a new church in 1926. A parsonage was built on the lot at Sixth and Wall. A third sanctuary was erected and dedicated in1973.
Pastors succeeding the Rev. J. W. Slaton have been the Revs. H.G. Finley, R.F. Hamilton, H.A. Goodwin, H.C. Slaughter, J. Wood, Arnspiger, James E. McClurkin, John R. Rice, C. A. Baxter, E. T. Smith, Vernie Pipes, E. C. Derr (two calls), Clifton Tennison, James O. Todd, J. Ed Byers, Meredith
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By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
2. First Baptist Church of Shamrock Marker
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Erected 1977 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 1674.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion. A significant historical date for this entry is March 13, 1904.
 
Location. 35° 13.079′ N, 100° 14.971′ W. Marker is in Shamrock, Texas, in Wheeler County. Marker is on North Main Street, on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 401 North Main Street, Shamrock TX 79079, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Shamrock Methodist Church (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration (approx. 0.2 miles away); Welcome to Blarney Stone Plaza (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Legend of St. Patrick and the Shamrock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shamrock Water Tower (approx. ¼ mile away); Tower Building (approx. 0.6 miles away); "Bill Mack's influence on country music is legendary" (approx. 0.6 miles away); Bill Mack: Shamrock's Midnight Cowboy (approx. 0.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shamrock.
 
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By Bill Kirchner, November 15, 2016
3. First Baptist Church of Shamrock
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on December 8, 2016. It was originally submitted on December 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 250 times since then and 3 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on December 8, 2016, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.

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