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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.

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Published Weekly at
Morgan G. Sanders, Editor
and Publisher

Myrtle Springs, Texas, August 11, 1898: "I am informed that my name is on the Myrtle Springs Democratic club list. If such is the case, it is without my knowledge or consent and against my will. My name has been on the Populist Club list at this place for three months or more. I hope this statement will be sufficient for all of those who do not know which side I am on. Yours for Populism, I. C. Lancaster.

The gentleman's name is not nor ever has been on the Democratic list at this place. If there are others who imagined themselves steered into Democratic ranks without their consent they can save themselves the trouble of rushing into print by consulting me, for I will gladly give the information. J.M. McKain, Secretary, Myrtle Springs Democratic Club

Miss Nellie Cooper is visiting relatives at Overton, Rusk County.

Mrs. B.F. Sanders and Miss Floy Harrington have returned from a visit in Canton.

Attorney H.C. Geddie of Canton attended to legal matters in Ben Wheeler last week.

Miss Noma Tull and Mr. Chuck McCauley of Canton visited in Ben Wheeler Sunday.

Grand Ma Fletcher who has been on the bed affliction for some time expired on the evening of the 13th inst at 8 o'clock. Her remains were interred in the Prairie Springs Cemetery on the evening following. Her age is 70 years. She leaves many friends in and about Ben Wheeler.

J.C. Jenkins who resided near Ben Wheeler, died of slow fever at 8 o'clock P.M. Aug. 11. His remains were entombed in Holly Springs Cemetery on the day following. He leaves a wife and four small children to who we extend deepest sympathy.

E.P. Sides of Wills Point was in town Saturday.

Let Us Pull for Good Old Ben Wheeler

In a few days, the farmers of this section will be in the fields pulling that white fleecy staple, cotton, our money crop. Ben Wheeler gins are about ready to pull the seed from the lint and press into large 500 pound bales. Ben Wheeler merchants are ready to buy the cotton brought here and pay top market price with a deduction of 50 cents per bale for hauling to the railroad towns. Ben Wheeler merchants are ready to sell you your needs at market princes. Few articles needed on the farm or in the home you can not buy at the right price right here at home. No need to haul your crop to Wills Point, Grand Saline or Tyler and buy your supplies there. Patronize your home merchants. That's the only way to build a fine shopping center here. Among the business establishments here anxious to serve you are: W.B. Cox, General Merchandise and Cotton buyer; Al Reynolds, General Merchandise and Cotton Buyer; Tucker and Adrian, Drugs; H.E. Wallace, Drugs; S.H. Truss, General Merchandise; S.P. Berry, Groceries; B.F. Sanders, Leather Goods and Shoe Repairs; E.H. Youngblood, Ginner; Tom Cooper, Ginner. Visit these merchants and business men when in need of their goods.

A new coat of paint has been spread on the old Alamo Institute building and other improvements made in preparation for the opening of school in a few weeks. John M. Dean has been re-elected Principal and will be assisted by J.F. Davidson and W.M. Finley.


I am receiving my new fall goods just from the markers. I bought cheap and am going to sell them as cheap as can be sold. I have everything kept in General Merchandise line and those wanting new up-to-date goods can save money by coming to my store. Dry Goods, Shoes. Ready to Wear Men's Suits. Piece Goods. Ties. Underwear. BUGGIEs. WAGONS. SADDLES. HARNESS. FARMING IMPLEMENTS of all kinds. Barb Wire. Staples and Building Materials. Why drive the large towns for goods you can get right here at home and at lower prices? W.B. Cox, Ben Wheeler, Texas. (adv.)

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