a Pecan Shell
Ghost Towns of Runnels County" by Alton O'Neil Jr.:
"Mazeland, named for the maize that grew in the area,
was founded on May 25, 1903, when a store and post office was opened
on the Hutchison Ranch with Mrs Hutchison as postmistress. A school
was erected in 1904, on land donated by M.T. Hensley, a mile and a
half northeast of Mazeland.
In 1910 a two-story building was erected and more teachers employed.
In 1915 the building was remodeled again. At one time there was a
church, and a community auditorium at the school. The school consolidated
with Winters in 1947.
By 1906 settlement in the area had shifted to a mile east of the school
house. This section was named after a popular Ballinger
banker, Jo Wilmeth. Joel Smith and his wife started a store in Wilmeth.
Housewives would bring the mail from Mazeland and leave it at the
store. Mrs Smith saw the need for a post office in Wilmeth and became
postmistress when one was opened in April 1, 1907. Richard Nash bought
the Mazeland store in 1907 and became postmaster in of Mazeland.
The following year he moved the store and post office to Wilmeth.
Both post offices closed in 1909. At one time Wilmeth had two blacksmith
shops, a gin, a store and post office, a barber, and a telephone system
with over 60 subscribers. A Methodist church was built at the Mazeland
school in 1913. Members of the Church of Christ erected a building
in 1916. The Baptist organized in 1906 at Mazeland, meeting in the
schoolhouse. In 1909 the Methodists and Baptist built a tabernacle
at the school. The Baptist built a church at Wilmeth in 1921. The
Church of Christ closed in 1962, the Methodist in 1949, and the Baptist
in 2004. The Wilmeth store was closed in the 1970's."
|Scenes from Wilmeth,
Photos courtesy Barclay
Gibson, February 2007
|1907 postal map
showing Mazeland in NW Runnels
From Texas state map #2090
Texas General Land Office
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