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Wilson County
Wilson County was established by an act of the legislature on February 13, 1860. It was cut from Bexar and Karnes counties, and named for Somervell expedition member and legislator, James C. Wilson. Sutherland Springs was designated the county seat, and Dr. G. J. Houston, one of the first residents of La Vernia, was appointed as commissioner to organize the new county.
At the Constitutional Convention in 1868-69qv legislators voted to alter the boundary between Wilson and Guadalupe counties. The legislature also approved a measure to change the name of the county from Wilson to Cibolo County, but the name was never applied. Another boundary adjustment in 1874 increased the area of the county, and the name was changed back to Wilson County.

By 1867 Wilson County had three schools, five churches (two Protestant and three Catholic), and two mills. Crops included cotton, corn, sugar cane, tobacco, and potatoes. But the mainstay of the economy, as before the war, remained livestock, principally horses, cattle, and sheep. The greatest spur to the county's growth came from completion of the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railway, which reached Floresville in 1886. The railroad not only brought new settlers, but also increased access to markets, which in turn helped to bolster the growth of the economy and encourage more diversified farming.

Cities, Towns and Populated Areas

* Carpenter * Floresville * La Vernia * Lodi * Nixon (mostly in Gonzales County) * Poth  *

* Saspamco * Stockdale * Sutherland Springs *

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Aug 2014: Mil: October 1918 Army Casualties - Submitted by Rose Stout




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