This week in Wills Point History Friday, Jan. 8, 1960

Jack E. Gibbard, cooperative weather observer, has compiled a summary of the weather during our past year. Date of lowest temperature recorded was Jan. 4 with 8 degrees. Date of highest temperature recorded was July 14 with 103 degrees. Total rainfall including, snow (if any) was 47.56 inches. Date of greatest amount recorded was Feb. 14 with 2.53 inches. Wettest month was October when 9.16 inches fell.

Several discoveries and indicated discoveries dominate the oil news in the East Texas Basin. One of the more significant discoveries in some time is the R.J. Caraway and Pan American Petroleum Corporation No. 1 W.A McCoy, Operators are reportedly planning to run two strings of tubing in order to triply complete this well. This discovery is three-quarters of a mile southeast of Fruitvale. Location is 2,225 feet from the north line and 2,115 feet from the west line of the James Cheshire Survey A-181. (See newspaper for other articles.)

A Texas & Pacific passenger train hit a trailer truck early Monday morning that was stalled on the crossing at Cobbs Switch, about five miles west of Wills Point. The driver of the truck, Lewis R. Dixon, of Route 2, Emory, jumped from the truck before the collision and no passengers were injured from the impact. Mr. Dixon said he drove through a puddle of water before reaching the crossing, when all attempts to re-start the engine or to get it off the tracks failed, he abandoned the vehicle. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Van Zandt County’s supply of 1960 license plates arrived at the court house recently and Mrs. Joan DuBose Guess, tax assessor-collector, said they will go on sale Monday, Feb. 1. The deadline for installing the new automobile license plates is April 1. Mrs. Guess said that within that period some 7,000 passenger cars and 1,665 farm trucks are registered. She issued an early reminder for vehicle owners to bring their registration receipts and certificates of title when securing their new license plates.

James Howell Parker, 74, a native and lifelong resident of Fruitvale, died Thursday afternoon at his home after suffering a heart attack. He was born Dec 9, 1885, in Fruitvale and lived there his entire life with the exception of six years when he lived in Wills Point. Survivors include his wife, four sons, eight daughters, two sisters, one brother, C.O. Parker of Wills Point, several stepchildren and other relatives. Services were held Saturday with interment in Oak Hill Cemetery in Edgewood. (See newspaper for complete obituary and other survivors.)

Wiley Edward McDonald of Edgewood died Saturday morning, Jan. 2, at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Imogene Wren in Dallas. Funeral services were held at the Small Baptist Church Monday afternoon. Mr. McDonald was born Feb. 17, 1890, in Edgewood, son of Duncan and Mary Garrett McDonald. On July 16, 1910, he was married to Zora Wade of the Board Community. Survivors include his wife, four daughters, three sisters, two brothers and seven grandchildren. (See newspaper for complete obituary, names of survivors and pallbearers.)

Wills Point won over Kemp Tuesday night, 42-34, when they traveled there, for their second, encounter this season. Shinn was high point Tiger with 11 points, followed by Lybrand with nine. Coach Jerry Fausett has compiled the averages of the boys throughout the season. Cannefax leads in the total scoring department with 94 points while Shinn follows with 70 for the non-conference season.

James & Liston Butane Co. has opened offices at 242 North Fourth St., previously occupied by the telephone company. The wholesale office for James Gulf Distributing Co., is located in the building along with the butane company. Miss Sue Ellen Lindsey is receptionist and bookkeeper for both firms. Drivers and distributors are Baker Cox and J.P. Boswell. The butane company, owned and operated by Jack D. James and Ralph Liston was, established last fall.

Cradle Roll: Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy Wheeler of Houston are the parents of a new daughter, Sheryl Elaine, born Dec. 31 in a Houston hospital. Mrs. Wheeler is the former Charlotte Parker of Edgewood.

Mrs. Bonnie Culver was notified Sunday of the death of her son, Sgt. Gerald H. Sanders. R.V. Lee, Major General, SSA, Adjutant General, wired Mrs. Culver that Sgt. Sanders died in Germany, where he was stationed on Jan. 2. A career man with 13 years to his record, Sgt. Sanders had served the past 18 months in Germany. The body will be brought back to Wills Point for burial.

Personals: Mr. and Mrs. Hulen Baskin and son of Corpus Christi visited their aunt, Mrs. L.E. McCormick during the holidays. Rev. and Mrs. Herbert Garrett and Mr. and Mrs. Bill Martin attended the training union convention in Atlanta, Ga., Dec. 28-31. Mr. and Mrs. Freddie Parker of Fort Benning, Ga., spent the Christmas holidays with their parents, Mr. and Mrs. O.L. Parker. Mr. and Mrs. Tom Champion, Mrs. Johnny Merritt, Mrs. J.H. Lambert of Dallas were guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Jones last week.

Libby Jo Craft entertained several friends with a party at her home on New Year’s Eve. After playing games and dancing, refreshments of punch, and cookies were served. The guests were taken to the midnight show by Mrs. H.L. Craft and Mrs. O.L. Flanagan.

Pack leaders of Cub Scout troops in Wills Point met Tuesday evening in a planning program. On Jan. 26, the entire Cub Scout Pack, their parents and friends will have a meeting in the fellowship hall of Russell Memorial Methodist Church at 7:30 o’clock. At that time scientific exhibits will be displayed and awards given. James Lawrence, Cub Scoutmaster, was in charge of the Tuesday meeting.

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.