Civic pride abounds in Wolfforth couple's history

By Ben Lawson  - bio | email

WOLFFORTH, TX (KCBD) - It started out as just a stop along the railroad and a post office, but now Wolfforth is so much more. The name Wolfforth came about sort of by accident, but now no one can imagine it any other way.

The name Wolfforth was born out of confusion. Named after brothers George and Eastin Wolffarth, confusion developed about how to spell it. For a time, the post office and depot, both established in 1923, had different versions. Eventually, the misspelled version was adopted.

"It wasn't much of a city," Sylvia Preston said.  She moved to Wolfforth from Lockney with her family in 1947. That's three years before the community was incorporated. "We had dirt streets. Main Street was the only one paved, I think, at the time," Sylvia said.

"There wasn't much here," Donald Preston said.  He arrived in Wolfforth two years after Sylvia. Both attended school at Frenship ISD. It developed when Wolfforth schools combined with other rural districts in 1935. "Reese Air Force Base was there, so we had some kids in our class that came from all over the world," Donald said.

The Prestons met in the sixth grade, and they've been together ever since. "We had 28 graduating seniors is all we had at that time," Sylvia said.

The Prestons married and left Wolfforth to farm, but came back in the early 1970's and opened a meat packing plant. "We ran and operated that meat packing plant for 25 years," Sylvia said.

Civic pride abounds in the Preston household. Both have served on the city council and held the title of mayor. Today, Donald is the city's municipal judge. "I said I'll try it, and I've been municipal judge for 13 years," Donald said.

Donald even has a street named in his honor, and one of the town's most recognizable symbols is thanks to Sylvia. "We're got the blue water tower because I fought and begged for it. Not all of them wanted to paint it blue, but I had seen one at Winters, Texas, and it was just beautiful, and I talked them into, or begged them into, painting it blue," Sylvia said.

The Prestons say they'll continue to welcome people to Wolfforth, as the community continues to grow.

Another interesting story, when Wolfforth was incorporated it didn't have the 500 people required by law, but more folks moved in before anything was done.

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