This week in Wills Point History: Friday, Aug. 26, 1949

Commerce-Seventeen students from Van Zandt County will graduate from East Texas State College at Commencement exercises Sunday, Aug. 28. Around 750 candidates will receive degrees, the largest graduating class in the history of the 60 year old college. John Ben Shepperd, Gladewarer attorney and past president of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, will deliver the commencement address at 3 p.m. At 11 a.m. the baccalaureate sermon will be given by Rev. Franz Alford, pastor of the First Christian Church of Commerce. Students of Van Zandt county receiving degrees are John Charles Beard, Amos B. Pitt, Violet Cartright, Forest E. Griffin, Royce C. Dodd, Lue Ella Brewer, Dale C. Palmer and Daphna Murphrey of Canton; Bertha Callan Ice, Raymond Roy Stallings, and W.H. Thompson of Van; Lavada H. Box, Joe Crosby Moore of Edgewood; Mildred Baldwin of Fruitvale; Mrs. Charlie Lee Simmons of Wills Point, Shirley Brock Lancaster of Martins Mill and Gladys Miller of Ben Wheeler.

 Grand Saline-Oscar Dixon, Morton Salt Co. employee, was overcome by smoke in a fire at the company’s Kleer mine Tuesday. He was pronounced dead shortly after he was brought to the Grand Saline hospital about 5:30 p.m. The fire was in the paper bag room of the mine, which is about a half mile south of Grand Saline. J.Y. Bell, manager of the firm said Mr. Dixon was overcome by smoke. Bell said the fire apparently started from sparks as pipe was being welded. It broke out about 3 o’clock and was under control some two hours later. The damage to the plant was not estimated.  Funeral services for Dixon were held Wednesday afternoon at the Main Street Baptist church in Grand Saline. Pastor of the Oakland church conducted the services. Survivors include his wife, his father, R.E. Dixon of Grand Saline, three brothers and one sister.

 Members of the W.H. Bedingfield family enjoyed a family reunion at the Myrtle Springs Park last Tuesday evening. A picnic supper of fried chicken and all the trimmings was enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs. Bedingfield, Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Bedingfield and family of Corpus Christi, Mr. and Mrs. Jim Longacre and family; Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Breckenridge and family. Mrs. A.A. Graham of Inglewood, California, Mrs. Tulia Landers and daughters, Pat and Peggy and Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Roberts of Laurel, Miss.

 Tommy Russell, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Russell, who received treatment in Parkland hospital two weeks for an attack of polio, was returned to his home Tuesday. His condition is described as excellent.

 Mr. and Mrs. Martin Malone and children who have been making their home in Tyler for the past three years, have returned to Wills Point to live. They are now occupying the H.H. Calloway house on O’Neal Street.

Gregory Alan, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Bob Miles, is in a Hollywood, Calif., hospital critically ill. He was born July 8. Mrs. P.E. Miles is visiting them.

 Paul Cross, bronc rider and rodeo promoter, arrived home this week from Russell, Kan., where he sustained a broken neck in a rodeo last week. The accident was first reported to have happened in Magnolia, Ark., but this report later proved to be in error. Mr. Cross is wearing a brace and his physician advised him that he probably would have to continue to wear the support for at least six or eight months.

 Dr. Sally Provence, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. T.K. Provence, will leave today, Friday, for New Haven, Conn., where she will be an instructor in the Yale Medical School. For the past two years she has worked as instructor at Cornell University in New York City.

 Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 23, for Dave Clay Thompson at the Myrtle Springs Baptist Church with Rev. N.M. Robinson officiating. Mr. Thompson passed away at the age of 54 years, being born April 10, 1895, and passing away Aug. 21, 1949. Mr. Thompson was a resident of Myrtle Springs for the past 23 years. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Emma Thompson, three sisters, Mrs. Lorene Flowers, Mrs. Annie Irwin, Mrs. Ula Foster; five brothers, Luther, Buck, Perry, Will and Mike Thompson; five children, Mrs. Cleo Jarrell, Mrs. Lurline McBeth, Mrs. Christine Tutt, Kenneth Thomson and Mrs. Juanita Smith, He is also survived by five grandchildren. Interment was in the Myrtle Springs Cemetery.

 ollowing is the weather report for the week ending Aug. 25, as furnished by Jack Gibbard, co-operative observer of the Weather Bureau of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Aug. 19 Pt Cldy 106-72; Aug 20 Pt Cldy 106-73-Tr; Aug. 21 clear 95-68; Aug. 22 Pt Cldy 94-61; Aug. 22, 23, 24, 25, 94-63 Pt Cldy.

 The home of Albert Morrison near Wills Point was the scene Sunday for a birthday celebration honoring Mrs. J.T. Morrison on his seventieth birthday. (See newspaper for those in attendance.)

 Members of the Massey family met at the Myrtle Springs Park on Sunday, Aug. 21, and held their family reunion. (See newspaper for those in attendance.)

 Honoring her son, Jan on his 12th  birthday, Mrs. W.H. Wingo, Jr., entertained with a garden party Thursday evening Aug. 18. Mrs. Wingo was assisted in serving the tiered birthday cake and iced fruit punch by Judith Threatt and Linda Adams. (See newspaper for those in attendance.)

 These articles have been extracted from original copies of the Wills Point Chronicle and may be viewed on microfilm at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the courthouse annex in Canton 


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