Texas A&M University Kingsville, South Texas Archives

Benjamin F. Wilson Jr. Collection



Collection Summary

Creator Benjamin F. Wilson Jr.
Title Benjamin F. Wilson Jr. Collection
Dates: 1913-1970
Abstract: Col. Benjamin F. Wilson Jr. was born July 4, 1913, he was the third child of Judge Benjamin F. Wilson Sr. and Alice Warnock Wilson. He attended the University of Texas and graduated from Texas A&I University (then College) in 1940 with a MBA degree. Ben Jr. married Florence Collins in Kingsville in 1941. He was mobilized when the Texas National Guard, 36th Division was called into Federal service. He served throughout World War II in North Africa, Italy, and the European operations. Awarded the Bronze Star in 1945, Ben Jr. returned home to Kingsville. He bought and operated Wilson's True Value Hardware. Ben and Florence had two sons; Ben F. Wilson III in 1947 and Allen Collins Wilson in 1950.
Identification A1947-038; A1997-051; A2000-023; A2005-024
Collection URL http://archives.tamuk.edu/collections/ead.php?xml=Wilson%20EAD
Quantity: 2 linear feet
Location: Rare Books; Photo File; South Texas Oral History; STAD Box 0688, 1280, 1281, 1282
Language: English

Historical Note

Benjamin F. Wilson Sr. was born September 20, 1879 at Avalon, Ellis County, Texas, the son of Dr. and Mrs. William Francis Wilson who moved from Alabama to Ellis County in 1870. Benjamin F. Wilson Sr. came to Kingsville in early 1906 with his wife, Alice Warnock Wilson and their small son, Beverly Elmer. They had four more children; Elizabeth, Benjamin F. Jr., Clyde Allen, and Alice. Ben Sr. had worked for the railroads in Port Lavaca, Mexico City, Eagle Pass and Galveston before coming to Kingsville in search of a position with the railroad being built. He was hired on the spot. The County of Kleberg was created in 1913 and Ben Sr. was elected the first County Judge of Kleberg County and served in this capacity for twenty-eight years. His third born, Benjamin F. Wilson Jr. was born in Kingsville. Wilson was a first lieutenant of Battery F, 133rd Field Artillery. the National Guard unit composed of Kingsville men, which was inducted into federal service in December, 1940. During the second World War Ben Jr. served in the 36th Infantry Division which bore the brunt of the Sicilian and Italian campaigns. Major Ben F. Wilson Jr. was awarded the Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service in direct support of combat operations from 13 November 1943 to 11 July 1944 in Italy.


Scope and Contents

The collection contains personal letters written during W.W.II, awards given to Benjamin Jr. and family photographs dating back to the early 1900s. Ben Jr. took many photographs of Europe during World War II; they are included in the PhotoFile. Artifacts include a large Nazi banner and Nazi armbands, these were entrusted to the Conner Museum.


 

Arrangement

Arranged in Folders: Personal Identification Cards Publications Correspondence from B.F. Wilson to his wife, Florence, during WWII Correspondence from B.F. Wilson to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wilson Sr. during WWII Correspondence from B.F. Wilson to his in-laws, Mr. and Mrs. H. T. Collins during WWII Correspondence from B.F. Wilson to Miss Susan Smith during WWII Correspondence from Florence Wilson to her family ( H.T. Collins) while on summer vacation in 1939 Correspondence from the government concerning Ben's Award of the Bronze Star Medal Miscellaneous - foreign money, play bills, opera program, receits, notice of an officer's club dance Collection of postal stamps Wedding invitations and materials Cards of pressed flowers Maps Newspaper clippings Geanology Book of the Wilson, Burnside, and Warnock families by Beverly Wilson

Index Terms

Persons
Wilson, Benjamin F. Sr., 1879-1955
Wilson, Benjamin F. Jr., 1913-
Wilson, Alice Warnock, 1888-1962
Organizations
South Texas State Teachers College
Texas College of Arts and Industries
Texas A&I University
Texas National Guard
United States. Army. 141st Infantry (36th Infantry Division)
Texas -- History, Military
Battery F, 133rd Field Artillery
Geographical Names
Kingsville, (Tex.)
Camp Bullis (Tex.)
Fort Sam Houston (Tex)
Italy
North Africa
Europe
Subjects
World War, 1939-1945
Nazi propaganda -- Germany -- History -- 20th century
Artillery, Field and mountain
Judges
Medal of Honor
Hardware stores -- Texas, South -- Kingsville