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Keywords:Texas Historical Marker, Comanche County Historical Marker, First United Methodist Church
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Dimensions4288 x 2848
Original file size5.8 MB
Image typeJPEG
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Date taken6-May-12 16:29
Date modified6-May-12 16:29
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Camera modelNIKON D90
Focal length32 mm
Focal length (35mm)48 mm
Max lens aperturef/4.1
Exposure1/250 at f/8
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Exposure modeAuto
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ISO speedISO 200
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First United Methodist Church

First United Methodist Church

Comanche County, Texas
31 53.912' N 98 36.134' W

Text: This congregation has historic ties to the frontier town of Cora, the early seat of government for Comanche County. The Rev. J.W. Whipple, presiding elder, and local pastor Rev. M.O. Coker, organized the church there in 1858. It relocated to Comanche soon after the government moved to the new town in 1859. Two years later, county commissioners donated land for congregational meeting site for the Methodist, as it did for other early churches in Comanche. The church later met in the Comanche College building but moved to new facilities at the current site in 1879. It added new buildings as membership grew steadily over the years. Begun in the frontier days of the region, the church had a number of colorful early pastors. One was the Rev. Hugh M. Childress, known as the “Bear Hunter Preacher”, who carried guns. Early church programs included Ladies’ Aid, later the Women’s Missionary Society, and the Young People’s Society of Christian Endeavor, which became the Epworth League. Over the years, a number of nearby churches merged with First Methodist Church, including White Point, Indian Creek, and Proctor. The spiritual strength of the Comanche church is reflected in the number of its members who followed callings into the ministry. First United Methodist Church of Comanche remains a vital institution in the city and county, long after its founding, providing leadership and outreach for the community it serves.