Wilburn Cox was born on August 2, 1915, in Comanche County to Minnie Steward Cox and William Cornelius Cox. The family lived at Fleming (Pettit) in Comanche County until Wilburn was about eight. Then, they moved to the Big Spring area in West Texas.
Wilburn was crippled from polio, but he never let it stop him if there was fun to be had. When he was a teen, he and friend, Charlie Nichols, saddled their horses (They lived about twenty-four miles out of Big Spring at this time.) and set out to get the mail from their rural boxes.
According to Wilburn, several families’ boxes were lined in a row as you often see them in rural areas today. When they reached in their boxes to get their own mail, the boys each found a box of chocolate; then, they peeped into the other mailboxes. Sure enough, there was a box of the delicious candy in every single box, and yep, you guessed it. It was just too much temptation!
The boys ate their own chocolate, and it was so good that they stole every box of chocolate from every mailbox, eating the candy as they made their way back home.
And it was here that Wilburn broke into laughter for the rest of his laugh as he related this part of the story for friends and family for you see, that delicious candy was not candy at all. No, it seems that the manufacturer of a new product called Ex-Lax had mailed out boxes of its product for people to try.
I don’t think I need to spell out for you exactly what happened to the two boys long before they were able to reach home that day.