This week in Wills Point History Friday, April 1, 1960

Plans for a public library in Wills Point are well underway and the opening date has been set for June 1, according to Dr. J.W. Bettis, president of the newly organized Wills Point Library Association. This project is being, sponsored by the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce, Wednesday Book Club and the Business and Professional Women’s Club. Each organization is, represented by two directors on the association board. Dr. Bettis and Blant Castleberry representing the chamber, Mrs. D.L. Bateman, and Mrs. W.H. Wingo, Jr., are from the Wednesday Book Club and representing BP&W club is Mrs. Scott.  The library will be located in the Wills Cabin. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Hugh R. Craft, son of Mr. and Mrs. Logan Craft, is serving in the fire inspection department of the Dallas fire department upon recently graduating from class 101 where he was trained.

Two trustees out of the four candidates seeking election, will be elected to the school board in the election to be held Saturday, April 2. Candidates seeking election for the three year term are John W. Jamieson, W.L. Glaze, Jack Deen and M.K. Hallman, Members of the board who have another year or two before their terms expire are Aubrey Ezell, Jesse Lehecka, Mrs. R.M. Galloway, Olen Lindsey and Ralph Liston.

News of Our Men, Women in Service: Pensacola, Fla. -Undergoing training at the naval school of pre-flight at Naval Air Station, Pensacola, Fla., is Naval Aviation Cadet Grady L. McFarland, Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Grady L. McFarland, Sr., of Route 3, Wills Point.  Before entering pre-flight at the Naval Air Station, Dallas, he attended North Texas State College, in Denton.

U.S. Forces, Korea. -Army Pfc. Jackie E. Chaney, son of Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Chaney, route 3, Canton, recently was assigned to the 21st Transportation Company in Korea. Chaney entered the army in March 1959 and received basic combat training at Fort Chaffee, Ark., He was stationed at Fort Stewart, Ga., before arriving overseas last month. The 23 year-old Soldier is a 1954 graduate of Canton High School

The 1960 census of Population and Housing will begin in Wills Point today, April 1.  Mrs. L.U. Castleberry has been named enumerator for the south portion of Wills Point while Mrs. M.K. Hallman will enumerate the northern part of the city. Mrs. Billy Murrey and Mrs. Harvey Hay are among the census workers to cover the rural areas. Every household has been delivered a census form in advance and the Census Bureau asks that the forms be filled out if possible, before the enumerators call on them. (See newspaper for complete article.)

The outstanding first-year ROTC cadet in Fort Worth public schools is Frederick David Tart, son of Mrs. Anna M. Tart, ROTC officials announced Monday. He is the grandson of Mrs. G.W. Boswell.

Commerce -Five Van Zandt county students at East Texas State College are among more than 160 students who left the ETSC campus March 28 to begin practice teaching in 30 area cities. They are: Dwain M. Robertson, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Robertson, Doug Rinks, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Rinks, Danny W. Williams, son of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Williams, Billy Wayne Giles, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Giles, and Nathan McAllister, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. McAllister.

Funeral services will be held this afternoon at Russell Memorial Methodist Church for Henry W. Champion who died Thursday in a Terrell hospital. Interment will be in Union Grove cemetery. Survivors include his wife; one son, Gilbert of Arlington; a daughter, Mrs. Merle Denby of Wills Point; two sisters and two brothers. (See newspaper for names of other survivors.)

Tiger Cat: In a benefit game for the Student Council, Wills Point, High School’s men faculty members, dubbed the “Falcons,” lost an exciting basketball game to the Wills Point “A” team, Tuesday night by a score of 28 to 25. Coach Jerry Fausett topped 12 points for the top spot. Coach Gerry Hooks was second with five and followed closely by Coaches Bruce Bradshaw and Glenn Adams with four each.”

Wills Point Tigers reigned victorious over the Forney Jackrabbits in a practice track meet at Wills Point last Friday afternoon. Jerry Beck, running the mile, came in first; Lynn Mullins was second and E.L. Courtney was fourth. Rex Rankin, Kenny McSpadden, Paul Hargrove and Floyde Carnes defeated Forney in the mile relay. Sammy Gunter won the 880, yard dash. Jimmy Burch rated first in the shot put and Butch Shepard tied for third. See newspaper for more Tiger news.)

Sealed bids were opened at the city office Tuesday afternoon, for construction of a general market and manufacturing building inside the city limits. L.M. James Construction submitted the lowest bid of $134,166 for the general construction including the site, plumbing, electrical, heating and air conditioning work.

Mrs. W.H. (Johnie) Blasingame, died March 20 in a Denton hospital. She was born May 29, 1991 to Mr. and Mrs. Tom Rutherford in Bonham, moving with her parents to Wills Point in 1910, where she lived in the Williams Chapel community. She married Wade H. Blasingame on June 15, 1913. Six children were born to this union. A son, Wade H. Jr., preceded her in death in 1929. Survivors include her husband, two sons and three daughters. (See newspaper for complete obituary and names of other survivors.)