Details for Louise Methodist Church (Atlas Number 5481003139)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5481003139

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Marker Number 3139
Atlas Number 5481003139
Marker Title Louise Methodist Church
Index Entry Louise Methodist Church
Address Second and Center St.
City Louise
County Wharton
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 752053
UTM Northing 3222874
Subject Codes churches; Methodist (Methodist Episcopal and United Methodist) denomination
Marker Year
Designations
Marker Location Second and Center St., Louise
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text The town of Louise was founded in 1881 on the route of the New York, Texas and Mexican railway. Named for the daughter of railroad director D. E. Hungerford, it soon became a shipping and marketing center for this area. In 1891, ten years after the town was founded, The Rev. John Ovall, a missionary from Victoria, called a meeting of Methodists in the area to organize a church. Named Louise Methodist Church, the congregation built its first house of worship in 1893. The building also served as the public schoolhouse and as a community gathering place for a number of years. Moved to this site in 1940, the church structure has undergone several remodeling projects to accommodate the growing congregation. Throughout its history, the Louise Methodist Church has shared clergy with other churches in its circuit, including those in El Campo, Ganado, Cordele, Lolita, and Garwood. An important part of the history of the town of Louise, this church continues to serve the community with a variety of worship, educational, and outreach programs. Descendants of the congregation's first families are still counted among the membership.