This week in Wills Point History Friday, July 15, 1949

Trinity Drilling Co. of Dallas is to start within a few days on a Woodbine or deeper exploration just south of here on acreage obtained from Humble Oil and Refining Co. Location is to be on the Woolverton heir’s farm near the north corner of the W.D. Roberts survey. Although agreement calls only for a Woodbine and test, the Paluxy may be explored if structural conditions are favorable. Humble holds a block of about 2,000 acres east, southeast and south of here. The acreage was leased by A.L. Tisdale. Leasing of lots in Wills Point has been heavy for several days since the strike at Cedarvale in Kaufman County recently.

The J.P. Breckenridge home in the Center community was completely destroyed by fire Sunday night at about 9 o’clock. Mr. and Mrs. D.D. Atkins, who have the place leased, were residing in the house at the time of the fire, however they were not at home Sunday night. The entire house and its contents were a complete loss. A smoke house was consumed by the blaze also.

Truman Mann, former teacher in various Van Zandt county schools, died in Medical Arts hospital in Dallas at 6 o’clock Wednesday morning, following an illness of several months. His wife, the former Edith Rockenbaugh, was at his bedside when he passed away. Funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Methodist Church in Edgewood.

Walter Nelson, 56, husband of the former Johnnie Ellis, died in a Dallas hospital a few hours after he was stricken with a heart attack at his home on July 2. Funeral services were held Monday, July 4, at a Dallas funeral home and entombment was in Hillcrest mausoleum. Mr. and Mrs. T.M. McKinney attended the last rites. Mrs. Nelson is the niece of Mrs. McKinney. Survivors are his wife, three daughters, one grandchild and three brothers.

Following is a list of boys, who have just reached the age of 18 years, and boys, who have just been discharged from the service, who registered with local board No. 124 at Wills Point during the month of June: Clover Wiggins Jr., Ben Wheeler; Athel L. Murff, Grand Saline; Leo Ive, Emory; Perry M. Dawson, Canton; James Andrew Norris, Edgewood; Hiram B. Richards, Canton; Robert Lee Gordon, Emory; Bobby D. Brisendine, Van; Carl Edward Rosamond, Wentworth community; James Daniel Kernes, Emory; R.A. Howell, Jr., Van; Garland Monroe Barnhart, Van; Wendell Owen Strickland, Canton; Marlin Ray Martin, Fruitvale; W.J. Blagburn, Wills Point; C.J. Ashbrook, Grand Saline; Bobby Wayne, Adkins, Grand Saline; Bobby Lavern Hale, Grand Saline.


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