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San Angelo in Tom Green County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

First United Methodist Church of San Angelo

 
 
First United Methodist Church of San Angelo Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
1. First United Methodist Church of San Angelo Marker
Inscription.  

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
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added, 1962.

This church has excelled in education, sacred music, and missionary activities over the years.
 
Erected 1972 by State Historical Survey Committee. (Marker Number 1895.)
 
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Arts, Letters, MusicChurches & ReligionMan-Made Features. In addition, it is included in the United Methodist Church Historic Sites series list. A significant historical month for this entry is November 1882.
 
Location. 31° 27.769′ N, 100° 26.123′ W. Marker is in San Angelo, Texas, in Tom Green County. Marker is at the intersection of Beauregard Avenue and Oakes Street, on the right when traveling east on Beauregard Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 37 East Beauregard Avenue, San Angelo TX 76903, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Sacred Heart Catholic Church (within shouting distance of this marker); The Trust Building (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Elmer Kelton Memorial Mural (about 400 feet away); San Angelo Lodge No. 570, A.F.&A.M. (about 400 feet away); J. J. Rackley Building (about 500 feet away); Chadwick Building (about 500 feet away); Myers Drug
First United Methodist Church Entrance image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
2. First United Methodist Church Entrance
(about 500 feet away); First Baptist Church of San Angelo (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Angelo.
 
Also see . . .  First United Methodist Church, San Angelo. (Submitted on February 23, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
First United Methodist Church of San Angelo and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By William Fischer, Jr., February 9, 2014
3. First United Methodist Church of San Angelo and Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 29, 2020. It was originally submitted on February 23, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 467 times since then and 11 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on February 23, 2014, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.

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