1869 - 1960 (91 years)
||Margaret Isabell "Maggie" Wiess |
||Jan 24, 1869
||Wiess Bluff, Jasper county, Texas, USA
||Jul 16, 1870
||Jasper county, Texas, USA 
||Jun 15, 1880
||Jasper county, Texas, USA 
||Jun 16, 1900
||Hardin county, Texas, USA 
||Mar 10, 1960
||Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA 
- Death certificate: Margaret Wiess Hooks, housewife; parents: Napoleon Wiess and Cynthia Ann Sturrock (sic); informant: Mrs. Ben Avant.
||Hooks Cemetery, Kountze, Hardin county, Texas, USA
- HOOKS, Margaret Wiess 01-24-1869 03-10-1960
- She attended her grand-niece, Gloria Whittington Cloud's, wedding in El Paso in May of 1942.
||Aug 7, 2012 |
||Capt. Napoleon Bonaparte "Nap" Wiess, CSA, b. Mar 10, 1839, Port Neches, Jefferson county, Texas, USA , d. Mar 12, 1872, Wiess Bluff, Jasper county, Texas, USA (Age 33 years) |
||Cynthia Ann Sorrels, b. Aug 15, 1845, Arkansas, USA , d. Feb 06, 1891, Texas, USA (Age 45 years) |
||Jul 20, 1861
||Jasper county, Texas, USA
- Napoleon apparently died without a will and all fiscal and probate papers relating to the Wiess brothers "were removed at some time in the past and were never returned". His wife and children got nothing from his death, the description and disposition of his property, if any, is unknown. One of the riverboats he owned, the "James L. Graham", was in service for several years after that until it blew near Redfish Reef in Galveston bay in May of 1876. In a lawsuit filed by Cynthia A. Wiess, et al against Margaret Sturrock Wiess, she alleged that 160 acres taken over by Margaret were Napoleon's and hers as his widow.
1870 census, TX, Jasper county, sub 23, p 29; 497, July 16
WIESS, Margaret, 56, F, W, Keeping House, Scotland
WIESS, Valentine, 24, M, W, Dry goods merchant, Texas
WIESS, Mary E., 19, F, W, Texas
WIESS, Massena, 21, M, W, Dry goods Merchant, Texas
WIESS, Elizabeth E., 19, F, W, Texas
WIESS, Ann E., 18, F, B, Domestic Servant, Texas
Burks, James, 18, M, W, Farm Laborer, North Carolina
WIESS, Joseph, 27, M, W, North Carolina
WIESS, Catherine, 21, F, W, Texas
WIESS, Matilda, 6, F,, W, Texas
WIESS, Laura, 5, F, W, Texas
WIESS, Milton, 4, M, W, Texas
WIESS, Kittie, 2/12, F, W, Texas, b. April, 1870
WIESS, Julius, 2/12, M, W, Texas, b. April, 1870
WIESS, Napoleon, 31, M, W, Steam Boat Captain, $400 property, $2000 personal, Texas
WIESS, Cynthia, 24, F, W, Keeping House, Arkansas
WIESS, William S., 8, M, W, Texas
WIESS, Edward S., 6, M, W, Texas
WIESS, Martha A., 4, F, W, Texas
WIESS, Margaret, 2, F, W, Texas
1880 census, Jasper county, Texas, ed 39, pct 4, (T9-1313, 12), p. 164B
June 15, 1880, HH 99/99
WIESS, Cynthia A., W, F, 34, widowed, keeping house, AR, AR, AR
WIESS, William S., W, M, 17, son, mail carrier, TX, TX, AR
WIESS, Margarett I, W, F, 11, daughter, 1, at home, TX, TX, AR
WIESS, Walter, W, M, 5, son, single, TX, TX, AR
PICKEL, Thomas R, W, M, 30, boarder, single, rafting timber, GA, NC, GA
McVAY, Isabele, W, F, 30, boarder, widowed, TX, NC, Ireland
McVAY, Robert L, W, M, 9, boarder, TX, Ireland, TX
McVAY, Mary E, W, F, 3, boarder, TX, Ireland, TX
(There is no indication of the marital status of William -- he married Amy Sims circa 1880, but she is not living with them if they're married at the time of the census.)
lines 38-41; dwelling/household 100/100
???, Joe, B, M, 35, farmer, NC, NC, ??
???, Lossia(?), B, F, 40, wife, keeping house, Gia, Gia, Gia
SAUNDERS, Matilda, B, F, 18, Ward, at home, TX, NC, MS
SAUNDERS, Lossia, B, F, 15, ward, at home, TX, NC, MS
lines 42-44; dwelling/household 101/101
WIESS, Margaret, W, F, 65, widowed, merchant, Scotland, Scotland, Scotland
COFFIN, Pauline, W, F, 40, daughter, widowed, keeping house, TX, Poland, Scotland
SAUNDERS, James W, W, M, 40, single, boarder, clerk in store, FL, GA, GA
lines 45-47; dwelling/household 102/102
PIERCE, Aaron, W, M, 65, widowed, farmer, MS, TN, TN
PIERCE, Thomas, W, M, 7, son, TX, MS, IL
MILLER, John N, W, M, 46, working in farm, Via, Via, Via
lines 48-50; dwelling/household 103/103
FIELDER, Em??? R, W, M, 45, works in timber ???, AL, AL, GA
FIELDER, Martha A.R., W, F, 18, wife, keeping house, LA, AL, AL
FIELDER, Early P, W, M, 2, son, TX, AL, LA
||George Washington Hooks, b. Aug 23, 1862, Concord, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Dec 03, 1954, Beaumont, Jefferson county, Texas, USA (Age 92 years) |
||Sep 24, 1885
||Jefferson county, Texas, USA
- George W. Hooks built his sawmill at a small community called Sharon, which sprang up around a flag stop on the Texas and New Orleans Railroad at a site once called Buzzard Roost.
W.T. Block, East Texas historian, writes in his book "East Texas Mill Towns & Ghost Towns, Vol. 2" pp. 37-39:
"In 1886 George W. Hooks and Dr. S.B. Turner formed a partnership and built a small sawmill at Sharon or Hooks' Switch, eleven miles southeast of Kountze.50 In 1888 an article noted that the Turner and Hooks Lumber Company at Sharon cut 20,000 feet daily and had 500,000 feet of lumber drying in its yard.51 In April, 1892, Dr. Turner died, and thereafter the mill was known as the Hooks Lumber Company.52
"Problems for the Hooks' mill began in 1892 with a disastrous boiler explosion, as follows: 53
"... A terrific boiler explosion occurred this morning at 10:30 at the sawmill of the Hooks Lumber Company at Hooks' Switch, 14 miles north of here on the Sabine and East Texas Railroad, killing four and seriously wounding six others.... The Hooks Lumber Company had been shut down for about two months, and had just started up yesterday morning. . .The boiler room is completely blown away, and the mill will have to be entirely rebuilt to be of use... One piece of the boiler was found 150 yards from the mill...
"The Hooks mill was soon to experience all of the financial unpleasantness that Texas sawmillers were to face during the 1890's. In 1893-1894 a disastrous depression occurred, plummeting lumber prices and demand, and souring the nation's business outlook. With no market for lumber for home use, most sawmills turned to the railroads, who always needed cross ties and bridge timbers. Often the mill was closed either because of a lack of water in the well and mill pond or because of too much rain which flooded the woods. A history of the Sharon sawmill covered a part of the difficulties of those years, as follows: 54
"... The mill was operated by this company (Hooks) until the panic, which was followed by the hard times of 1894-1895, when the operators were forced to ask for a receiver (bankruptcy) ... Then followed a few years of checkered existence, when the operation of the mill was anything but certain...
"A number of reasons appeared in print for the Sharon sawmill's financial difficulties. When lumber demand lagged, the firm shut down at intervals. In August 1895, the mill was running on a four-day work week, whereas in March, 1897, it was "jogging along, making about half-time (three days weekly)."55 In November, 1895, the mill was "shut down for several weeks because of a lack of water."56 Likewise, when it rained too much and the forests were flooded, the wheels of progress stopped turning, as the following quote reveals: 57
"... The Hooks Lumber Company's mill at Hooks' Switch, has been forced to shut down for several days this weeks because of the condition of the woods. They will once more run as soon as the mud on their tram land dries...
"The Hooks sawmill woods crews hauled logs from both sides of the railroad. In 1904, they were "logging from the west side," whereas a year later, the loggers trammed "from the east side, and the tram is being pushed into a larger timber belt."58
At one time in 1896, it appeared that the firm was experiencing prosperous times, as the following report indicates: 59
"... The Hooks Lumber Company... seems to be getting their share of orders, although they could handle more with ease. This company is composed of practical sawmill men, and all of the important positions are filled by members of the firm... President George W. Hooks looks after the office; Messrs. Philip Chance and W. B. Strickland the mill and yard; and Ben D. Herring is in charge of the woods...
"L. B. Sedgwick was the firm's bookkeeper.60
"In 1899 the Hooks mill was sold to the J. F. Keith Lumber Company of Beaumont and Voth, and Keith immediately changed the mill town's name to Ariola, for Eduardo Ariola, who had held the original Mexican land grant there.61"
The post office, established in 1888, was named Hooks Switch, although the railroad stop continued to be known as Sharon as late as 1905. The depression of the 1890s forced Hooks to transfer his mill, which had a daily capacity of 75,000 board feet, to the J.F. Keith Lumber Company of Beaumont. The community's name was then changed to Ariola, after the Eduardo and Francisco Ariola leagues, on which the town was built. The post office took the new name in 1901. John Henry Kirby acquired the Ariola mill in 1902. In 1904 the community, still occasionally referred to as Hooks Switch, had a population of 108. The Kirby Lumber Company dismantled the mill in 1907, and the post office discontinued operations shortly thereafter. Ariola, however, remained a flag stop for several years. In 1932 the first of three oil wells in the Ariola field was brought in. Local residents call the community Chance, in honor of a pioneer family of that name. The population is combined with that of Loeb and Lumberton, a growing suburb of Beaumont. Two of the Ariola oil wells were still producing in 1984.
1900 census, TX, Hardin, pct 2, (T623-1641, 253)
June 16, 1900, HH 167/174
Hooks, Geo W, head, W, M, Aug 1862, 37, TX, NC, GA, druggist
" , Maggie, wife, W, F, Jan 1879, 31, TX, TX, TX
" , Lucile, dau, Jly 1888, 11, TX
" , Wiess, son, Oct 1890, 9, TX
" , Edison, son, Jan 1893, 7, TX
" , Ethel, dau, May 1895, 5, TX
" , William N, son, Oct 1897, 2, TX
" , ---, dau, May 1900, 9/12, TX
Wiess, Bill, nephew, W, M, Dec 1883, 16, TX
| ||1. Dessie Armittie Hooks, b. Dec 04, 1886, Texas, USA , d. Oct 22, 1887 (Age 0 years)|
|+||2. Lou Seale "Tippie" Hooks, b. Jul 06, 1888, Kountze, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Mar 29, 1975 (Age 86 years)|
|+||3. Thomas Wiess Hooks, b. Oct 11, 1890, d. Dec 17, 1965, Hidalgo county, Texas, USA (Age 75 years)|
| ||4. Edison Marcus Hooks, b. Jan 22, 1893, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Dec 19, 1969, El Paso, El Paso county, Texas, USA (Age 76 years)|
|+||5. Ethel Annie Hooks, b. May 09, 1895, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Jun 02, 1992, Hidalgo county, Texas, USA (Age 97 years)|
| ||6. William Napoleon "Brother" Hooks, b. Oct 25, 1897, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Feb 20, 1964, Hardin county, Texas, USA (Age 66 years)|
|+||7. Thelma Lorain Hooks, b. May 05, 1900, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Jan 14, 1976 (Age 75 years)|
|+||8. Georgie W. Hooks, b. Sep 11, 1902, Hardin county, Texas, USA , d. Jan 13, 1976 (Age 73 years)|
- [S834] Dore, Barbara Yancey.
- [S2126] Napoleon Bonaparte Wiess; W.T. Block, http://hans.wtblock.com/wtblockjr/n_b_wiess.htm.
- [S14] 1870 US federal census, 1870 census, TX, Jasper county, sub 23, p 29; 497, July 16.
- [S135] 1880 US federal census, 1880 census, Jasper county, Texas, ed 39, pct 4, (T9-1313, 12), p. 164B.
- [S3961] 1900 US federal census, 1900 census, TX, Hardin, pct 2, (T623-1641, 253).
- [S561] Death Certificate.