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Ben Wheeler Headlight



Ben Wheeler Headlight

Vol. 1, No. 14

Ben Wheeler, Van Zandt County, Texas, August 18, 1898

Morgan G. Sanders, Editor and Publisher

This 1898 newspaper was only published for a short time. This is a typed copy of the only issue that is known to exist. It gives a bit of community news of in and around the old town of Ben Wheeler and is an example of the times.

Page One

Published Weekly at
Morgan G. Sanders, Editor
and Publisher

Ocie Lena Cox Married to Thomas M. Wilson

The marriage of Miss Ocie Lena Cox, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.B. Cox, to Tom M. Wilson was solemnized Sunday evening at the home of the bride's parents in Ben Wheeler on the Martin's Mill Road. The Rev. W.A. Couey, local Baptist Minister, read the impressive ceremony.

The bride's wedding dress was a "dressmaker" model altogether appropriate to the period of the gay 90's. Made in the full fashion of the day, of crisp white organdy with ruffled petticoat of china slk, it revealed to the best advantage the blond beauty of the bride.

In the closing days of the nineteenth century, few dresses are sold in American shops and the American bride of the 90's take great pride in the intricate handwork of her wedding gown. The one worn by Miss Cox, made with shirred yoke fullness and long sleeves and with a short train, was ornamented with much lace and ribbon, more than twenty yards of the latter being used at the neck and waist line.

The only jewelry was a lavalier. She wore white kid slippers with silk lisle hose, white lace gloves and a white picture-hat with sweeping ostrich plumes. In lieu of flowers, she carried a white lace fan, completing an ensemble of demure beauty which has always been the heart's desire of all brides whether old fashion or modern.

Miss Maude Cox, cousin of the bride, was maid of honor.

The bridegroom, son of Mr. and Mrs. T.J. Wilson of this city, was attended by Jess Mobley, best man.

Both of the contracting parties were born and reared in and near Ben Wheeler and both graduated from the Alamo Institute, more recently designated Ben Wheeler High School. After a brief honeymoon visiting relatives and friends in nearby communities, the couple will be at home on the Martin's Mill road directly across the street from the W.B. Cox home. The Headlight joins their host of friends and relatives in wishing that their lives be long and happy and that even when they come to celebrate their Golden Anniversary, they may both have that same love and buoyancy that characterized the days of courtship and early wedded life.

Nine Wagons to Haul Goods

Mention was made in these columns last week that W.B. Cox had returned from Dallas where he had purchased fall merchandise, most of it from Sanger Brothers. Upon receiving notice the goods had arrived at the freight deport in Wills Point, Mr. Cox dispatched nine wagons Monday to the freight deport to transfer shipment to Ben Wheeler.

The nine teams, eighteen horses and mules, and fourteen men, including nine drivers and five extras, pitched tent at a wagon yard Monday night after loading their good. early Tuesday morning, the caravan headed for ben Wheeler, where they arrived just before dark. The good were unloaded and are now being marked and placed on display at the store.

The inconvenience of getting freight to Ben Wheeler, an inland town, brings up the importance of our supporting the move now under way at Canton to secure capital and build a railroad from Wills Point to Canton, to Ben Wheeler, to Edom and on to Tyler where it would connect with the Cotton Belt. We hope some day soon this line will be built.

Party at the Sanders Home

Honoring Tom Wilson and Ocie Cox whose marriage is to take place at an early date, Misses Grace and Alafar Sanders tendered a party at their home on the Edom road Friday night.

After playing Snap, Old Joe Clark and Go In and Out the Window, refreshments consisting of home made ice cream and Angel Food cake was served to the following guests: the honorees, hostesses Messrs.. Jess Mobley, Jim Stanger, John Moore, Frank Adrian, Will Goodwin, Ebb Andrews, Wiley Buchanan, Oscar Gulledge, Cicero Tunnell, Finn Loper, Dell Loper, Willis Wood, Elam Cox and Misses Maud Cox, Florrie Gulledge, Dona Sparks, Dovie Sparks, Etta Loper, Matti Wood, Lena Cooper, Brackie Sanders and Genie Sanders.

Some Hard Sense

Life is not a picnic. Of course, there can be lots of fun crowed into it, in a proper way, but on the whole it is a matter of hard and earnest work. The men who work the hardest are the most happy.

Every lick you put in now will be a benefit hereafter. Not matter what your pay may be, do the best that is within you.

We can't all be rich by lying on flowery beds of ease while other fight to win the prize, or sail through each day with colors of the mast head and every yard of canvas set. Work is the most healthful, invigorating tonic that poor human nature can help itself to.

Remember, that if you are well and busy, you must, as a result, be happy.

Ben Wheeler Telephone Company Organized

W.B. Cox and Al Reynolds announce the organization of the Ben Wheeler Telephone Company and will as soon as necessary capital is raised begin construction of a Telephone Exchange for this growing town and community. Invented in 1876 by Alexander Graham Bell, the telephone has slowly made its way into general use first in the large metropolitan centers and now to the more remote rural areas. When these local business men have completed their project, Ben Wheeler will ring a telephone for the first time in its history.

On hundred telephone boxes will be purchased and rented to as many customers in town and nearby rural areas. Rental will be on a monthly basis, the rate estimated at $1.00 to $1.50 per month. The Switch Board and central office will be located at the W.B. Cox Store.

In addition to the local exchange, two long distance lines will be constructed to connect Ben Wheeler with the outside world. The first to be built will extend from this town to Canton and to Edgewood. The second line will run from Ben Wheeler to Tyler via way of Owlet Green, Carroll, Mt. Sylvan and Garden Valley.

Cox and Reynolds will offer for sale a small block of stock to individuals. Those purchasing will be given certificates to be redeemed from rental on telephone boxes and long distance toll messages.

The company will organize their own crew with headquarters here, securing and clearing the right of way as they build the lines. Poles will be cut from the roadside out of the hug virgin oak so plentiful along the right of way. In many instances, trees cut from the right of way will be "barked" and set back in the ground to support the line.

The 5-year old son of J.P. Ellis of Bee Creek, Ellis County, died of hydrophobia a few days ago. He was bitten about a month ago by a dog who later proved to have the dreaded disease. A Mad-Stone was applied and adhered for several hours but the terrible results could not be averted.

Tom Wood sold a wagon load of good ear corn last week to Charles Cumbie of Corinth for 25 cents per bushel.

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