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SfflRfiay) J>fay 5, 1948
MAY 5, 1900
Arrived Here Five Days
Before First Issue
C. W. Wilson, who is responsible
for The Index being here and who
was its first manager, is a fast
worker. He arrived in Mineral
Wells May 1, 1900. Five days later
with the aid of W. B. Newton,
editor, and Jan Byrd, pressman,
he put out the first edition of The
Mr. Wilson has a vivid memory.
He can almost tell you to a dot
where houses were located and
types of building that stood on
sites of the present business
The funniest part of his coming
to Mineral Wells was his train trip
from Fort Worth. The late P. E.
Bock was superintendent of the
W.M.W,&N.W. but the day Mr,
Wilson came over he was the whole
train cr.ew. Bill Burdge, conductor,
had injured his hand and the engi-
neer was severely burned on the
face, hence it was up to Mr. Bock
to put on the conductor's cap, take
up the tickets and then go and
run the engine.
A little wooden building which
stood where the Shero Furniture
Store stands today was the birth-
place of the first Index. The build-
ing was also the home of the Wells
Fargo Express Company when
Hugh Coleman was its agent. “It
did not require much space," Mr.
Wilson said. “The total cost of our
equipment was $750." Later the
paper was moved to a building
back of the old First National
Bank building and later, Dr. C. F.
Daily Index Otlice
MINERAL WELLS INDEX 40TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION
Yeager built its first real home,
the building now occupied by the
Weaver-Sweeney Printing Co.
The first edition of the paper
was published Saturday, May 5.
Monday, May 7, W. C. Cox, the
present mechanical superintendent,
went to work for the paper and
has been a member of the staff
for 40 years with the exception of
about 11 months. The Index moved
into its permanent home in 1923.
Those who were here when the
first paper was published say that
Justice of the Peace George Lewis
owned two small houses and oc-
cupied one where The Index now
Mr. Wilson was associated with
the paper as manager or editor
until 1928 when he sold his inter-
este and established the Office and
School Supplies Store.
The contribution that C. W. Wi' y
son has made to the city canrr
be estimated in dollars and cen
Besides his investment in The 1
dex he has invested his life in t
lives of the young people of Mi
eral.Wells and has brought to chil-
dren of the city more real joy and
pleasure than possibly any other
He served this district as Repre
sentative in the State Legislature
He has served his city and com-
munity in every possible way—
he made valuable contributions of
his time and money to every move-
ment for the city’s good. He has
through all the years been an en-
terprising first citizen. C. W. Wil-
son is still one of the city’s leading
Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Newton and daughter, Cleo. Mr. Newton with C. W.
Wilson was the first editor and owner of the Daily Index.
IN. t. H IS
Has Seen 40 Years of
From the day of the hand press
to the linotype machine has been
one of the greatest observations of
W. C. Cox, mechanical superintend-
ent of the The Index for 40 years.
A trick of fortune kept him from
being here for the first paper on
Saturday, May 5, 1900, but he was
on the job the following Monday
and for 40 consecutive years with
the exception of about 11 month?
he has watched the presses an-
nounce each day the Mineral Wells
And there has been some thrill-
ing stories during that time, be-
lieve it or not—fires, disasters,
two or three depressions or panics,
marriages, births and deaths.
Before he moved to Mineral
Wells, he was on. the staff of the
Fort Worth Record. He was doing
some special tabulation on the
Weatherford Herald which kept
him from being here for the first
•Index, but when he arrived he
tame to stay.
The three linotype machines op-
erated by the paper today do the
work of fifteen men of 40 years
ago, Mr. Cox said.
Ollie Duffield, pressman, is a
pioneer in point of service too. The
first of last March lie celebrated
his 32nd aniiiversasry with The
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