On June 19, 2002 Mr. William T. "Bill" Block gave permission for Tom Cloud to scan and publish on the web his article entitled "From Cotton Bales to Black Gold".  

From Cotton Bales to Black Gold by Mr. William T. Block

regarding the omission of the reference to Simon Wiess being Jewish.  

Mr. Block wrote:  "She spent most of her life in New York where anti-Semitic feeling is much higher than in Texas. I was scalded by many, particularly Cooper K. Ragan,  for giving in to her; even the Jews of Beaumont recognize Simon Wiess to be the first Jew to live here. Like Simon, though, my own Jewish roots left that faith centuries ago."