115 Year Old Stain...
The First Baptist Church of Alta Loma was built in 1896 on land purchased for $1. Made of 1x8 shiplap lumber, lighting was provided inside the church by lamps. The men in the congregation did the actual labor. A star constructed in the ceiling was made to represent the "Star of Bethlehem" and "The Lone Star of Texas". The city's artesian well provided water & the only expense for the water at the church was the pipe. Labor was provided by the congregation. Services began in January, 1897, and when extra money was needed, members took their home grown vegetables to Galveston once a week to sell, with proceeds going to the church. The church organ was repaired with funds obtained from an ice-cream social put on just for that purpose. It was difficult to obtain a pastor for a great length of time; salaries were in the $150 per year range. It wasn't until 1900 that plans were made for a parsonage. The Storm of 1900 did considerable water damage to the church but the structure remained sound. In 1984, a new brick structure replaced the original. The church celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1995 with over 1150 members enjoying the celebration.
This information comes from the book "High Ground - The History of Alta Loma" that my husband wrote / published in 1997. He has sold over 600 copies. The words Alta Loma mean high ground and the name of the town was changed to Santa Fe in the late 1970s.
The window we have is one of the 3 in the front of the original church.
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