Menard County Texas



The below newspaper article of March 9, 1939, follows a story I was told by a life-long resident of Hext, Mrs. Pope, in the early 1980's.....though she said "Wagonerville" was named after her father, George Henry Wagoner, "who built the first house and another building that would later become the first store in Hext."

Checking George Henry Wagoner's 1956 obituary, it also contends he built the first house and building (which became a store), in Hext.....though no mention is made of the town being known as "Wagonerville".

Menard News
March 9, 1939

Hext Under Three Names
The present town of Hext once had one of the most peculiar names of any town in the West. This name was Peg Leg Pocket. Legend accounts for this by the story that there was a peg-leg man who lived on the river near by. The hills around the town slope down toward an old river crossing forming a pocket. It is due to this that the town received it's first name.

This was changed to the name of Wagoner Ville, when Lee Wagoner operated a store there. Later the post office was moved from two miles west the name was changed to Hext. The people of the community decided to divide the district and make two schools forming the Lower and Upper Hext schools. As this proved unsatisfactory, the two schools were consolidated and the present building constructed.

The Handbook of Texas Online states that at one time present day Hext was known as "Marengo".

Hext would later be named honor of Joseph Robert Hext. One of his descendents discussed this on the Texas Escapes- Hext

Handbook of Texas Online: Hext


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