Ben Wheeler, Texas
Ben Wheeler 1919. Situated in central southeast Van Zandt county, is a promising little burg. Situated in a rich farming country, where can be produced a greater variety of stuff than any other part of the county. It is on Dixie Highway, has a daily mail from Chandler on the Cotton Belt Railroad, has a well-kept little bank in a substantial brick building, other bricks are going up, right along. A large school building, two churches, two cotton gins, one corn mill, a telephone system, good substantial, well-kept stocks of merchandise are offered to the public. A newspaper.
The town derived its name from a pioneer mail carrier, Benjamin Wheeler. It is surrounded by gushing springs of pure limpid water. Well-to-do farmers make up the citizenship in that immediate locality. An annual fair is held there and the collections are taken from there to Tyler and Dallas Fairs and the Ben Wheelerites carry off many prizes. - Some History of Van Zandt County, 1919