Private Collection of CC Cox

Edith Virginia Cox Cooper, born 1909, inherited the personal and business papers of her father, Charles Claiborne Cox, who founded the town of Splendora, Texas. In turn, Edith left the papers to her daughter, Nina Ruth Cooper, who recognized their importance as a piece of early Texas history, providing insight into the settlement of early Texas. With the help of her niece (Edith’s granddaughter), Connie Cooper Henderson, Nina arranged for their preservation.

Charles Cox came to Texas from Minnesota at age 40, an agent for the railroad. He managed timber properties for out-of-state owners. He founded the town of Splendora in east Texas, north of Houston. He opened the first US Post Office in Splendora. He donated land for a school and as a board member, he hired teachers and secured textbooks from the Texas Schoolbook Depository. He had multiple business interests in the area, and was well-regarded in the community.


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Private Collection of CC Cox, partner contributing to The Portal to Texas History. University of North Texas Libraries. accessed March 2, 2024.

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