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White Deer in Carson County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

White Deer Sacred Heart Catholic Church

 
 
White Deer Sacred Heart Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, May 29, 2020
1. White Deer Sacred Heart Catholic Church Marker
Inscription.  

In 1909, Henry Czerner and Ben Urbanczyk, both originally from the Polish colony of Panna Maria, Texas, came to the Panhandle and secured a block of land near the town of White Deer. By 1913, twelve Polish families had settled in White Deer. Without a church, settlers often held prayer services in individual homes. Once a month, a visiting priest would conduct mass. Funds were raised and father C.J. Bier purchased land for a church in February 1913. While men constructed the church women and children worked in the fields and Sacred Heart was completed on May 29, 1913. The parish grew and in 1927 father M. French became the first resident pastor.

During the Oil Boom Sacred Heart grew and because of a lack of Catholic churches, area residents attended mass in White Deer. Father Zienta established the Polish Sausage Festival in August 1939 to preserve Polish tradition, but during World War II the festival was discontinued. The church committee purchased a hospital unit from Pampa Air Force Base on May 5, 1948 that became the parish hall. When a tornado hit White Deer in June 1951, the elementary and high school were both destroyed
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and Sacred Heart became the temporary school to grades five through eight. The Polish Sausage Festival was revived in 1957 and proceeds were used to build a new church that was completed in March 1962. The statue between the church and rectory is in honor of Robert Lane McMreary who died at sea on October 27, 1964. Catholic priests helped early Polish settlers become a part of the community. Sacred Heart has continued serving their neighbors as a welcoming place of worship and hope. (2012)
Marker is property of the State of Texas
 
Erected 2012 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 17221.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionSettlements & Settlers.
 
Location. 35° 26.382′ N, 101° 10.587′ W. Marker is in White Deer, Texas, in Carson County. Marker is on Main Street north of Bier Street, on the left when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 613 Main Street, White Deer TX 79097, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Polish Settlers (here, next to this marker); Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery (approx. 0.3 miles away); Jackson General Store (approx. 0.4 miles away); White Deer (approx. 0.4 miles away);
White Deer Sacred Heart Catholic Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, May 29, 2020
2. White Deer Sacred Heart Catholic Church Marker
Hotel at White Deer (approx. half a mile away); First Baptist Church of White Deer (approx. 0.6 miles away); First Presbyterian Church (approx. 0.6 miles away); White Deer United Methodist Church (approx. 0.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in White Deer.
 
White Deer Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By Allen Lowrey, May 29, 2020
3. White Deer Sacred Heart Catholic Church and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 1, 2020. It was originally submitted on May 31, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. This page has been viewed 223 times since then and 30 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on May 31, 2020, by Allen Lowrey of Amarillo, Texas. • J. Makali Bruton was the editor who published this page.

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