This week in Wills Point History Friday, Dec. 16, 1949

Francis Lea, owner of Lea’s Grocery and Market, has announced the change-over of his store to a Tom Thumb Foods Mart. Mr. Lea stated that he is making the change-over in order to buy foods at a closer margin, thus passing a saving on to his patrons. The store will continue to be home owned and operated.

The Wills Point Tigers won their second straight victory over the Edgewood Bulldogs Friday night at Edgewood by a score of 26 to 9. Horton paced the Tiger scoring with three field shots and three free tosses. Murray followed close behind with 8 tallies and Norton sank 5 points. Appleton and Sledge accounted for the other four points with a field shot each.

Members of the Tyler Production Credit Association honored members of the Van Zandt County press Monday evening with a dinner at the Bobbitt Hotel in Wills Point. Members of the association’s public relations committee present at the dinner included Raymond Jones of Grand Saline, Lloyd Ellis of Fruitvale, Henry Parker of Wills Point and Jess Groom of Canton. Members of the county press were represented by Byron Busby of Grand Saline and Jack Campbell of Wills Point.

Funeral services were held for Miss Florence Huff Sunday afternoon at the Methodist Church. Miss Huff passed away Saturday morning at Baker Clinic. Rev. Mouzon Fletcher conducted the service. Miss Huff was born Oct. 20, 1879, north of Wills Point. She was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Survivors are two sisters, Mrs. Nannie Ellison and Mrs. Emma Wiggins, and several nieces and nephews. Interment was at Cedar Grove Cemetery under the direction of Eubank Funeral Home.

The Workers meeting of the Van Zandt County Baptist Association will meet with the Mt. Lebanon Baptist church on Saturday, Dec. 31. There will be a round table discussion regarding mission work. A welcome is extended to all to attend.

Takoma Park, Md., Dec. 14-Elder Thomas Marian French, 66, a leader in the Seventh Day Adventist Church, died Tuesday in Washington Sanitarium here after a three week illness. A native of Wills Point he was an Adventist missionary in Africa for many years.  Since his return to the United States 19 years ago he had been associate editor of the Review and Herald church paper; President of the East Pennsylvania Adventist Conference and President of Washington Missionary College here. He retired about three years ago. The funeral was held in the Stanley Va., Seventh Day Adventist Church Wednesday with burial there. Mr. French was a cousin to George and Henry Neill of Cedar Grove and E.E. Gibbard of Wills Point.

Aboard the submarine USS Diodin, which has departed from her home port of San Diego, Calif., on a two week cruise to Acapulco, Mexico, is Grady Everett Roberts, quartermaster, third class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Roberts of Wills Point. The Diodon, a Guppy-Snorkel submarine will be the first of this type to visit Acapulco. On the cruise she will carry 26 west coast reserves, who are aboard for training duty. Roberts attended Wills Point High School before enlisting in the navy in November 1942.

From the Tiger-Cat: Members of the Wills Point High School Band journeyed to Terrell to take part in a Christmas parade, Friday Dec. 7. 

Fifty members of the eighth grade were entertained at a picnic at the City Lake, Tuesday night, Dec. 6. Roasted wieners and marshmallows which were enjoyed by the group, were provided by the room mothers and sponsors, Mrs. Carl Rusk, Mrs. Richard Herrin, Mrs. Abbe Gilbert, Mrs. Buddy Stone, Mr. and Mrs. Russell Galloway, Mrs. Glenn Majors, Mrs. J.B. Foster and Mr. G.W. Alfred.

Letters to Santa: Dear Santa, We are a little brother and sister, who have tried to be a good little boy and girl. I, Carolyn Ann, am 6 years old, and my little brother Robert is 3 years old. It would please me very much if you would bring me a pretty doll, toy sewing machine so that I can make my doll some clothes, and a small cook stove. Robert would like for you to bring him a gun and scabbard, a ball, a tractor and truck. Please bring us plenty of candy, fruit, and nuts. Do not forget any little boys and girls. We love you very much. Robert and Carolyn Ann Scott.

Dear Santa, We are three girls. 1, Joyce Marie, am 4 years old. I, Mary Carolyn, am 6 years old, and I, Norma Jo, am 9 years old. Joyce Marie wants horn and teddy bear. Mary Carolyn wants a baton and boots and a raincoat. Norma Jean wants a nurse set and a set of dishes. Don’t forget Papa and Mama Seals of Marshall and Papa and Mama Robbins of Wills Point and Mother and Daddy. Please bring lots of fruit, nuts and candy and fireworks. Your friends Joyce, Carolyn and Norma Jo Robbins. P.S. Don’t forget the other boys and girls.

Personals: Mr. and Mrs. A.E. Poe and daughter, Priscilla Ann of Grand Saline visited Mr. and Mrs. Howard Smith Saturday. Priscilla Ann remained with her grandparents for the week-end. Mrs. George Platt of Kaufman spent Sunday with her daughter, Mrs. David Earl Hullum, who is ill. Mrs. James Bell of Terrell visited her sister, Mrs. David Hullum Sunday. Miss Jo Ann Curtis and Bobby McMillion of Tyler and Mrs. Helen Fields of Dallas, spent Sunday with Mrs. Grady Hunnicutt. Mr. and Mrs. John Nash Wilson, Johnny and Bobby of Dallas spent the week-end with Miss Sallie Bridges.  Dr. Hulon Crumpler of Bowie visited his parents Sunday. Miss Nora Manning of Denton is visiting her sister, Mrs. E.E. Gibbard and family. Bob Stone of Lufkin spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. B. Glaze. Mr. and Mrs. G.C. Adams spent Sunday in Brownsboro. Mr. and Mrs. Riley Taylor were called to Fort Worth last week to be with their daughter, Mrs. Daphne Loughmiller of Ennis, who was in the hospital there.

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.