This week in Wills Point History Friday, Dec. 30, 1949

The Van Zandt County Bar Association meeting in the district court room at Canton Monday, Dec. 20, elected Buck J. Wynne of Wills Point president of the association for the ensuing year. Judge Henry Geddie, Dean of Van Zandt county lawyers presided at the meeting. W. Ernest West of Canton, was elected vice president of the association, and Alton Mills of Van was elected secretary-treasurer.”

The Van Zandt County Grand Jury returned to district court eight true bills of indictment in its last meeting of the year last Thursday. County Attorney Tom Prestridge, said the current grand jury returned fewer indictments than any one in three years, indicating law violations in Van Zandt county are fewer than during the immediate post-war period. In its final report to District Judge A.A. Dawson, the fireman, E.H. White of Wills Point, complimented the jail kitchen and preparation of food for the prisoners. Mrs. Charlie Vineyard is the jail matron. The grand jury further recommended that window repairs in the jail be undertaken, by the commissioner’s court, and that prisoners be required to keep their quarters in a sanitary condition. Sheriff Clyde Elliott and deputies were complimented on their diligence in assisting the grand jury during the term. Assistant County Attorney C.L. Stanford worked with the grand jury, B.M. Fowler of Van was secretary. Only one of the persons indicted during the term is a resident of Van Zandt County.

Showing of the 1950 Dodge automobile will be held at the show room of dealer H.H. Calloway Wednesday, Jan. 4.

The First Baptist Church was the setting at 5 o’clock on Christmas Day for the marriage of Miss Mattie Lou Roberts and Herman W. Gullett. The bride is the daughter of Mrs. Robert Denby of Wills Point and the late Jesse Roberts. Mr. Gullett is the son of Mr. and Mrs. K.C. Gullett of Wills Point. Rev. James S. Riley officiated at the double ring ceremony. Miss Roberts was given in marriage by her mother. (See newspaper for complete article and picture.)

The approaching marriage of Miss Patricia Nean Owens, daughter of Mrs. Lucille Owens, was announced at a tea Saturday afternoon, Dec. 17,from 3 to 5 o’clock at the American Legion Hut. Miss Owen will become the bride of Leonard Wright, son of Mr. and Mrs. Odell Wright in a January ceremony. (See newspaper for picture.)

Mr. and Mrs. Emmett H. White announce the approaching marriage of their daughter, Miss Lela Jo White to Benny Scott, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gabe Scott. The wedding will take place at the Russell Memorial Methodist Church, Saturday evening Jan. 14. Friends of the families are invited.

The home of Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Rogers of the Hayden Community was the setting Friday evening, Dec. 23, for the wedding of their son, James A. Rogers and Miss Christine Clair, daughter of Mrs. Frank Clair and the late Mr. Clair. The groom is a graduate of the local high school and Texas A&M College. He spent 34 months in the army engineers during World War II. Eleven months of this time was spent in the European theatre of operations and seven months in the South Pacific. The bride also graduated from the local high school and for the past seven years has been employed as a dental assistant in the office of Dr. Tomlin. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Cradle Roll: Mr. and Mrs. Earl Wilson are the parents of aa baby daughter born Dec. 21. She has been named Annie Lucille. Mr. and Mrs. Harold Allred are the parents of a baby girl born Dec. 21. She has been named Linda Nell. Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Miracle of Kermit are the parents of a baby son, born Dec. 19. He has been named Robert Hugh.  Sgt and Mrs. Lee N. Bulgier are the parents of a baby son, Lee N. Bulgier, Jr. Mr. Bulgier is the son of Mrs. Jack Tumm formerly of Wills Point. Mr. and Mrs. H.O. Walker of Point are the parents of a baby daughter born Dec. 20. She has been named Joyce Darlene.

Local and Society: Mrs. D.P. Kilpatrick and daughter, Mary Alice, of Alexandria, La., and Miss Alma Spears of Little Rock, Ark., are visiting Mr. and Mrs. Sam E. Spears and Mary Helen. Jergen Hargrove is a patient at the veteran’s hospital in Lisbon. Mr. and Mrs. Hal Weatherall spent the week-end in Jacksonville. Mrs. Dale Guy of Odessa spent Christmas with relatives.  Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Miracle of Kermit spent several days with relatives. Mrs. Winnie Peace of Dallas is visiting her mother, Mrs. W.L. Sadler.  Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Pate spent Christmas Day in Quinlan. Mr. and Mrs. Lum Hayden of San Saba visited the latter’s parents, Dr. and Mrs. N.W. Campbell, during the holidays. Jack Miles of Snyder spent the week-end with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. P.E. Miles and family. Leon Lester spent several days last week in San Antonio visiting his brother, Coleman, who returned home with him for the holidays.

Clara Faye Whitaker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nathaniel Whitaker of San Angelo, became the bride of Ervin Spruell Dec 11. The single ring ceremony was performed in Villa de Fuerte, Coahuila, Mexico. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Spruell of San Angelo. The couple is making their home in San Angelo where he is employed.

The Tiger Cat: J.W. Duncan, local senior, received an official F.F.A. jacket as an award for being the highest salesman in a magazine subscription selling contest for the Future Farmers of this school sponsored by the Southern Agriculturist Magazine Company. Mr. J.T. Giggs, agriculture teacher has announced.

Gifts were distributed to members of the Seventh Grade as they enjoyed a Christmas party given by the room mothers in Room 17, last Wednesday afternoon. Cake and ice cream were served as refreshments and games, were played by the students. The official room mothers are Mesdames Clinton Mott, Blitz Wingo, Pierce Allred, Bruce Adams, Ralph McLeod, Mouzon Fletcher, H.H. Lide and Aubrey Brown. Mrs. Glenn Majors is the sponsor of the Seventh Grade.

PLEASE NOTE: Beginning Jan.1, 2016  “This Week in Wills Point History.” will be dated Jan. 1, 1960.


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.