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Wilmer Pioneer Days set for Oct. 23-25

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A street dance with music from a live band will be held at the gazebo on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each night.
SHERRY LONG
The Ellis County Press

WILMER - To honor its history and celebrate the present the Wilmer Pioneer Day Committee is sponsoring the 21st annual Wilmer Pioneer Days Oct. 23-25.

The seven-member committee encouraged everyone to come out and enjoy the three-day festival. Children of all ages will enjoy the carnival, which kicks off Thursday.

Visitors can enjoy shopping at about 20 vendors offering food, crafts, tools and more.

A street dance with music from a live band will be held at the gazebo on Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. each night.

Saturday morning at 10 a.m. a parade will kick off on Adams Streets at the baseball parks and continue until it makes its way downtown.

Andrew Gray, the original owner of the land Wilmer currently sits on, moved to the area around 1850.

It was originally named Prairie Valley in 1872 after the Houston and Texas Central Railroad came through the town, but was renamed Wilmer after a railroad conductor, A.J. Wilmer.

The city thrived as an agricultural community, shipping cotton on the railcars in the late 1800s.

In 1890, the town boasted 100 residents, two churches, a steam mill, a cotton gin and two general stores.

On Independence Day in 1929 most of the downtown business district was destroyed in a fire, when the fire department was unable to battle the blaze because Wilmer's water wells were too low.

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