The Wilson Community is one of those border communities that has its roots in one county (Comanche) while sharing its history with its neighbor (Erath and Hamilton) as is often happens. Records seem to indicate that Wilson, located in extreme southeast Comanche County, first had a school about 1870; however, as is always the case, there do seem to have been settlers in that area much earlier. Early names attending the school (which was called Center) are Barbee, Craig, Taylor, Hilbarger, and Onstott.
In 1874, on offshoot of my husband’s family tree, Dock Kerley, is given credit for making the trip to Waco with a group of wagons that hauled the lumber for the new church/school. Because of Dock’s involvement, we were lucky enough to have at least some info handed down about the happenings of this time period. It seems that the teacher was a man by the name of Mr. Davis (who had only one arm).
To my knowledge, the Wilson Community had no name until a Post Office was established in George Wilson’s home in 1880. Again, we were fortunate to have information about this portion of the county because others in Rickey’s family line settled in Wilson and became Postmasters. Some of those who were the first to deliver the mail were Wallace Reed, a Mr. Burdette, Jimmy Johnson, and John Sanders. Postmasters that I am aware of are W.H. Redwine and George W. Jones.
Today, it’s hard to believe but once Wilson was a happening little town with drug stores, barber shops, blacksmith shops, doctors offices, telephone offices, gins, general store, grocery store, and a grist mill or two. Unfortunately, the railroad bypassed the town and eventually Wilson met the same fate as others who missed those shiny steel rails.
Redwine, Wm. H., 5 Aug 1884
Jones, Geo. W., 15 Jan 1890 (C)
Clarke, Henry P., 13 Nov 1893
Clarke, Preston J., 21 Aug 1897
Onstott, A. T., 22 Apr 1904 (Declined)
Nash, Ira B., 20 May 1905
Discontinued 30 Jun 1908; mail to Dublin
Other old Wilson names are Lee Anderson, W.A. Springer, Tom Coppedge, Tom White, C.H. Matthews, Rance Cockerell, John Davis, Ira Nash, V.L. Higginbotham, Tom Codey, Tom Weir, Andy Turnbow, John Evans, F.A. Munselle, Oscar Looney, Bill Edwards, George Davis, J.F. Roberson, Bob Matthews, Marvin Redwine, Lance Prater, Bill Murphey, Cliff Roberson, Drew Pittman, Cole Loveless, John Hiley, Frank Craig, Charlie Guyger, and Jay Durham.