How Church's Chicken Came To Be

Contributed by David Owings
Oak Grove, Missouri

Here are photographs and the story of how Church's Chicken came to be.  James Joshua Owings is buried in the George cemetery, his daughter Birdie married Fred Church.  They gave the chicken recipe to Fred's brother who took it to San Antonio and opened the first restaurant across the street from the Alamo.

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George Kabrick frame

Church Chicken - Copy

Church Chicken

Fred & Birdie Church's Restaurant 1950s[

Fred & Birdie Church's Restaurant 1950s[

J.W. Church - Copy

J.W. Church

Ron and Fred Church Dad

Ron and Fred Church Dad

Two holding hands Birdie her left Gurna

Two holding hands Birdie her left Gurna

Troy Owings[3117]

Troy Owings

Grand Father & Mother David & Martha Owi

Grand Father & Mother David & Martha Owings

Francis M Webb (1)

Francis M Webb

Orine Owings Spainhower Davis 1899-1990.

Orine Owings Spainhower Davis 1899-1990.

MEGO 1923 - Copy

Grandma Owings Birthday 1919

Lavisa White George (1) - Copy

Lavisa White George

John Hicks George 1921 Reunion - Copy

John Hicks George 1921 Reunion

JOHN HICKS OWINGS FAMILY

John Hicks Owings Family

John Hicks George - Copy

John Hicks George

Jessie Church - Copy

Jessie Church

James joshua Owings wife Lula Elizabeth

James Joshua Owings Wife Lula Elizabeth

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Bowl made by Joshua Hicks Owings

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Bowl made by Joshua Hicks Owings

James J. Owings[3116] - Copy

James J. Owings

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Ida May Isabelle Kabrick Owings

Hix and White - Copy

John Hix & Lavisa George

Nathan Bass 'Chief' Owings

Nathan Bass 'Chief' Owings

Hiram James George  - Copy

Hiram James George

Francis Marion Webb family - Copy

Francis Marion Webb family

Hix  - Copy

Hix & Hi George

Gabriel George-001 - Copy

Gabriel George

Francis Marion Owings - Copy

Francis Marion Owings

Francis M Webb - Copy

Francis M Webb

Francis Fitzhugh George Moore Kabrick b

Francis Fitzhugh George Moore Kabrick

Church Family and Restaurant - Copy

Church Family and Restaurant

EVA BLANCHE HULL OWINGS-001

Eva Blanche Hull Owings

Francis Fitzhugh George Moore Kabrick -

Francis Fitzhugh George Moore Kabrick

Birdie's Father James J Owings[2934]

Birdie's Father James J Owings

Birdie on left[2931] - Copy

Birdie on left

Bill Grossarth, Etta Tattershall Grossar

Bill Grossarth, Etta Tattershall Grossar

birdie ethel owings and Fred Webb Church

Birdie Ethel Owings and Fred Webb Church

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Best H V P

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Joshua Holcomb & Amanda George

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