First Baptist Church of Port Neches
This Baptist church, the first in Port Neches, organized in October of 1910. Twelve charter members held Baptist services in a one-room schoolhouse. These church founders were Mr. & Mrs. John Livingston, Mr. Horace Livingston, Mr. & Mrs. R.E. Rachford, Mr. & Mrs. D.A. Bibbs, Mr. & Mrs. Gillie Peveto, Mr. Arthur K. Peveto, Mrs. Abbie Block and Mr. Ollie Williams. In 1914, Mrs. R.E. Rachford donated property at the corner of Dearing Street and Avenue B for the construction of the church’s first building, which was completed in 1917. W.H. Fortney became the church’s first full-time pastor in 1918, and during his tenure, the frame building was removed from the property to make way for a newer, larger brick sanctuary that was completed in 1927. A devastating fire destroyed the 1927 structure on January 10, 1940, and all early church records were lost. A replacement frame building was constructed on the site in 1941, but the congregation voted to purchase property on Magnolia Avenue in 1946; services were first held at the new location in June, 1957.
Church programs include Sunday school, vacation bible school, youth activities and bible study.
miles away); Interurban Rail Service (approx. 1.6 miles away); W.M."Tex" Ritter (approx. 1.6 miles away); First Baptist Church of Nederland (approx. 1.8 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Neches.
Marker is property of the State of Texas
Erected 2010 by Texas Historical Commission. (Marker Number 16350.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Churches & Religion.
Location. 29° 59.177′ N, 93° 58.26′ W. Marker is in Port Neches, Texas, in Jefferson County. Marker is on Magnolia Street north of Sixth Street, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1900 Magnolia Street, Port Neches TX 77651, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First United Methodist Church Of Port Neches (approx. 0.7 miles away); Tex Ritter (approx. 1.2 miles away); Grigsby's Bluff (approx. 1.3 miles away); First Mercantile Building (approx. 1.4 miles away); City of Nederland (approx. 1.6
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