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Wallis in Austin County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

St. Paul Lutheran Church

 
 
St. Paul Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 8, 2021
1. St. Paul Lutheran Church Marker
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The Lutheran German-speaking community of Wallis founded St. Paul Lutheran Church at the turn of the 20th century. The congregation held its first service in July of 1900, and made plans to build the church that fall. Due to the unforeseen hurricane of September 1900, the congregation postponed construction. The church gained official recognition in October under the name "St. Paul's Evangelical Lutheran Church of Wallis, Tx." from 1903-1906, the congregation hired its first pastor and erected a permanent structure for worship.

The parish began to flourish in 1909. The ordination of a new pastor in 1916, however, created a divide within the congregation. The onset of World War I increased tensions within the parish, which caused the congregation to discontinue the use of German in services. In October tragedy befell the community when lightning struck the church, killing a child. After this period of turbulence, the church rallied and became self-supporting in 1918. Later, it established a missionary organization for women, formerly known as the Ladies Aid (presently the Lutheran Women's Missionary League).

In 1922,
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a new pastor reinstated the use of German in services, which the congregation later discontinued in 1943. The parish built its current facility in 1966. In 2000, the congregation celebrated its 100th anniversary. A new education building and fellowship hall were dedicated in 2003. The presence of St. Paul Lutheran Church exemplifies the longstanding legacy of the Lutheran community in Wallis.
 
Erected 2015 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 18097.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Churches & ReligionWomen. A significant historical month for this entry is July 1900.
 
Location. 29° 38.284′ N, 96° 3.866′ W. Marker is in Wallis, Texas, in Austin County. Marker is at the intersection of Cedar Street and Harry Street, on the left when traveling east on Cedar Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 515 Cedar Street, Wallis TX 77485, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Wallis Independent (approx. ¼ mile away); J.O. Williams School (approx. ¼ mile away); Wallis High School (approx. ¼ mile away); Wallis Methodist Church (approx. 0.3 miles away); Wallis State Bank (approx. half a mile away); Wallis Memorial Nature Park (approx. half a mile away); William Henry & Lydia Ann English Guyler
St. Paul Lutheran Church Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 8, 2021
2. St. Paul Lutheran Church Marker
(approx. ¾ mile away); Wallis Cemetery (approx. ¾ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Wallis.
 
The front of the St. Paul Lutheran Church with the marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 8, 2021
3. The front of the St. Paul Lutheran Church with the marker
The view of the St. Paul Lutheran Church from the road image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, March 8, 2021
4. The view of the St. Paul Lutheran Church from the road
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 13, 2021. It was originally submitted on March 13, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 246 times since then and 31 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 13, 2021, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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