Grace Chapel of St. Mary's Mission
Grace Theodora Smith at left on the steps of their Collegeport
CHAPEL OPEN SUNDAY.
Grace Chapel of St.
Mary's Missionwill be used for the first time the 9th
Sunday after Trinity, August 13, 1911.
The services will
be in charge of the Rev. Dr. Sloane, of Bay City, and will be as follows: Morning prayer
and sermon, 11. a.m.; evening song and sermon,
The citizens of
Collegeport and Palacios are invited to be present.
Palacios Beacon, August 11, 1911
Interior of Grace Chapel
Wedding of Grace Theodora Smith and Edgar G. Jones at Grace Chapel
A very beautiful wedding service was conducted at eight o'clock Monday
evening, August 31st, by Rev. John Sloan, of Bay City, at Grace Chapel
of St. Mary's Mission, in uniting in marriage her in whose honor the
chapel was named, and to whose efforts the building of the chapel was
largely due, Miss Grace Theodora Smith, of Collegeport, to Mr. Edgar G.
Jones, of Amarillo.
The chapel was decorated for the occasion with flowers and vines, a new
reed screen being the foundation for the principal decorations. The
aisles and chancel were covered with rugs which in turn were thickly
spread with roses so that the bride in entering on the arm of her father
literally walked on roses.
Miss Smith is a beautiful girl, lovable, capable in every way, always
ready to assist and comfort any of our people who might be in distress,
and she will be missed from this community perhaps more than any other.
As a successful business woman she is widely known over the Midcoast and
other portions of the State. A finished musician, devoted to her church,
interested in civic affairs, the people of Amarillo, where she will make
her home, are to be congratulated.
Mr. and Mrs. Jones left on the Brownsville train for New Orleans and
sailed Wednesday morning on the Mallory Line ship Momus for New
York City and on their return will spend a month or six weeks touring
the north and central west.
The NEW ERA but echoes the voice of the entire community in
wishing the happy couple a full measure of happiness and prosperity
along life's pathway.
Collegeport New Era, September, 1914
Married at Collegeport on Wednesday night of last
week, by Rev. John Sloan of this city, Miss Grace Theodore Smith and
Mr. Edgar G. Jones of Amarillo
. Miss Smith was one of the most charming young women of
Collegeport, the Grace chapel of the Episcopal Church being named in
honor of her many good deeds and as a tribute to her lovable
character. The chapel was beautifully decorated for the occasion,
and the ceremony witnessed by many friends.
Four years ago a mere handful of Episcopalians
met in this little town for the purpose of organizing an
Episcopalian mission to be known as St. Mary's
Mission. In a year's time ambition
for quarters of town resulted in the building of a beautiful chapel.
This building is done in the Spanish Mission
style in cement and is furnished complete and with the lots on which
it stands represents a value of $3,500.00. As it stands it
represents the loving work of one girl, for Miss Grace Smith raised
by personal solicitation more than 90 per cent of the cost. In
appreciation of her work the chapel was named after her and Bishop
Kinsolving consecrated it as Grace Chapel of St. Mary's
Mission. Last Night Miss Grace was
married to Mr. Edgar S. Jones of Amarilloby Rev. John Sloan of St. Mark's Bay City
Grace Chapel was beautifully decorated with
flowers and vines a new Reed Screen recently placed bearing the
principal decorations. This marriage removes from Collegeport one of
its most lovable characters. In times of sickness or trouble Miss
Grace was always on hand to assist and comfort. A bright, capable,
beautiful girl with business capacity far beyond the usual she will
not only be missed at home but among her business associates.
Mr. and Mr. Jones left
New Orleansfrom which place they
will sail on the Steamship Momus for
New York, returning to
This article appeared in the following three
MatagordaCountyNews and Midcoast Farmer, September 5, 1914 San Antonio Express, September 7?, 1914 titled "Girl Weds in
Beautiful Chapel She Had Built" Houston Post, titled "Notable Wedding at Collegeport"
Mr. and Mrs. Theo. Smith came up from Collegeport Wednesday night,
bringing their daughter, Grace, and husband E. G. Jones, up to catch the
north bound Frisco passenger train. Mr. Jones and Miss Smith were
married at Collegeport Wednesday night. The wedding was a surprise to
all except immediate relatives. It was announced that Rev. John Sloan of
Bay City would conduct services at the Collegeport church Wednesday
night, and those who came out to the services were surprised in learning
that they were attending a wedding. Mr. and Mrs. Jones left on the early
morning train for New York, where they will spend their honeymoon, after
which they will be at home at Amarillo, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Jones have a
large number of friends at Blessing who join with us in wishing them a
happy wedded life.
The Blessing News, November, 1914
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