The evening of September 8, 1900 brought the stark realization that this was no regular summer storm. During that endless night, all church buildings in League City were destroyed, along with many of the residences. Rev. J.L. Russell wasted no time in announcing that the storm had given the congregation a special opportunity to build a proper Methodist church.
photo of the devastation on Galveston Island
League City Methodist Episcopal Church on 3rd St. and Illinois Ave. was completed in 1901.
Baptists, Methodists, Friends, and shared the new Presbyterians church (the first church building completed), with each holding services one Sunday a month. A joint choir furnished the music every Sunday, and there was a spirit of cooperation and love between the four churches that brought the Christian people of this town closer together.
Along with listing the new appointment of Rev. Allen Tooke to League City, the December 16, 1904 edition of The Galveston Daily News reports the Methodist Episcopal Church's decision to use grape juice in lieu of wine. Read more about Dr. Thomas B. Welch's grape juice connection with the Methodist church here:
Nail, Olin W. Texas Methodist Centennial Yearbook: The Story of Methodism During the Last One Hundred Years in Texas. Illustrated With Some Twenty-five Hundred Portraits of Persons and Places., book, 1934; Elgin, Texas. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth46841/m1/1/?q=162: accessed August 2, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Archives of the Central Texas Conference United Methodist Church.
[Kempner Scrapbook 1894-1915], book, 1894~/1915~; (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth884804/m1/56/?q=%22League%20City%22: accessed August 1, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Rosenberg Library.