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Grace Chapel of St. Mary's Mission

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The history of St. John's Episcopal Church includes information on Grace Chapel.

Smith-Mowery-Canfield Home               Mowery Family

Dr. John L. Sloan

Grace Chapel of St. Mary's Mission
Collegeport, Texas

Grace Theodora Smithon the steps of their Collegeport home


Grace Chapel of St. Mary's Mission will 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, 7.00 p.m.

The citizens of Collegeport and Palacios are invited to be present.

The 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.

From Collegeport:

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 Amarillo by 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 Orleans from which place they will sail on the Steamship Momus for New York , returning to Texas by rail.

This article appeared in the following three newspapers.
News 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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