Memorial Day, 1911
The citizens of League City enjoyed a warm summer day picnicking at Fairfield Cemetery along the banks of Clear Creek. The historic cemetery is currently located at the north end of Kansas Street.
Throughout the early 1900s, League City Methodist Church was combined with other churches in the area in circuits. This arrangement lasted until 1929. The known pairings are as follows: Texas City in 1909, Pasadena in 1910, Dickinson for 1911-1927, and Genoa in 1928.
During this lime, the Young People's Union Sunday School service was the center of social activities in the church work. All denominations attended the union Sunday school. Literature from the Cook Publishing Company was used, and each teacher taught the lessons from these quarterlies.
Teachers were careful to refrain from doctrinal viewpoints that might offend those of other denominations. This limitation on the teaching of specific church doctrines finally prompted the various denominations to establish their own Sunday school programs.
Rev. Brown was very progressive and contributed new and interesting ideas during his time here. He inaugurated a debating society, which met weekly at the Methodist church. These debates were popular, and the church was filled to capacity on the nights that they were held. However, some members thought the debates were too worldly for church work, and they were discontinued.
Members or the congregation worked hard in 1915 to keep the church and parsonage in good shape, as they had in previous years. Walkways were improved with a fresh layer of shell. The ladies of the Home Mission Society raised $13 to have the windows screened.
A hurricane roared through League City during 1915, but records don't indicate whether the Methodist church suffered any damage. Historical accounts state that the 1915 storm did more noticeable damage to League City than the 1900 storm because the town now was more densely settled. High water made it almost impossible to cross Clear Creek. Anxious relatives and relief workers drove their automobiles across the railroad bridge to reach League City.
Church member George W. Butler, a prominent figure in the history of League City, donated the funds to buy a church bell.
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.