This week in Wills Point History Friday, May 13, 1960

There was a light turnout for the primary election held Saturday throughout Van Zandt County. Approximately 3,224 votes were cast. Van Zandt’s voting strength is approximately 3,855. Van Zandt county voting was consistent with voting throughout the state. Governor Price Daniel carried Van Zandt county 2,013 to his opponent Jack Cox’s 1,159. In the only contested county-wide race incumbent Sheriff J.W. Burnett polled 73 per cent of the votes to win re-election to a second term. Burnett carried 31 of the 32 boxes. His opponent John T. Trant of Van carried the Edgewood box.

Three hundred twenty-five attended the youth area meeting that was held at the Wills Point Church of Christ Sunday afternoon. The number represented the churches from all the surrounding communities.  The Boles Home Chorus, who attended from Quinlan, entertained the group with several inspirational songs. The chorus is planning a tour of the western half of the United States during the summer months. Mason Adair, minister of the host church, gave the welcome address while Benny Bristow opened with the opening prayer. (See newspaper for complete article.)

A portion of a building belonging to Eubank and Co. that was in the process of being moved was completely destroyed last week as tornadoes hit it on two consecutive nights.

At the Mustang Recreation Association Banquet last Tuesday night on the SMU campus, Miss Nancy James, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L.M. James received three awards, including an award with her tennis partner, Miss Nancy Norvell, who were awarded gold cups upon winning doubles in the campus intramural tennis tournament. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Members of the senior class began the sale of tickets last Monday for their senior play entitled “Quit Your Kidding,” which is scheduled for tonight at 8 o’clock. (See newspaper for complete article and names of students.)

The senior class of 1950 met for a tenth anniversary reunion at the school cafeteria Sunday afternoon, May 8. Sixteen of the 36 graduates were present with their families. They were: Billie Ann (Bridwell) Furrh, Buddy Davis, Ted Furrh, Lewis Girdley, Jr., Bobbie (Hayden) Doering, Stanley Horton, Betty (Johnson) Manning, Patsy Ruth (Kent) Adams, James Mac Malone, Kelles Miller, Kenneth Murray, Dan Page, Mary Ellen (Scott) Waddill, Roe Wayne Sledge, Barbara (Threatt) Glasgow, and Dan E. Wilson. Faculty members present were Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Hooks, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn C. Adams, Mrs. Lowell Hoffman and Mrs. A.J. Riley. Mrs. Hoffman, Mr. Adams and Mr. Hooks were senior sponsors that year. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Stevie Furrh, son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Furrh, Jr., was honored on his fifth birthday with a party at his home Tuesday afternoon. Little guests were Gil and Molly Hardy, Lesa Jamieson, Russ Wilson, Cindy and Delores Girdley, Jeannie and Holly Furrh, Debra, Molly and Nancy Hagler, Billy Joe and Connie Huff and Rusty Mott. (See newspaper for complete article.)


Samuel Milus Ellis, resident of the Hiram community, died there Thursday morning. Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o’clock at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Jeremy Allen former pastor will conduct the services. Burial will be in the Union Grove Cemetery

Boys who will participate in the Pee Wee and Little League baseball teams this summer will meet with their coaches and managers at the local park Saturday. Teams for each league and practice schedules will be set up for the season.

Work on the lights and grounds of the local baseball field is progressing, Doug Lindsey, announced this week. Fifty-five girls have signed up to play in the softball league of the summer recreation program.

Members of Beta Omega Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma observed their regular meeting as an open meeting at a café in Canton on Tuesday May 10 with seventy invited guests present. The program chairman, Mrs. Henrietta J. Darnell, who very artfully designed and made the place cards and also supervised the table decor, recognized the chapter’s appreciation for “guest night” denoting certain Beta Omega members to present the guests. (See newspaper for names of guests in attendance.) 

Baccalaureate services for the graduating seniors will be held Sunday night, May 22, in the high school auditorium at 8 o’clock, with B.F. Howard, minister of the Central Church of Christ in Greenville, giving the address. Rev. Robert J. Kalb, pastor of the Russell Memorial Methodist Church, will give the benediction.

Commencement exercises for the 26 members of the 1960 graduating class will be held in the high school auditorium Tuesday evening May 24 at 8 o’clock. Candidates for graduation include Ewan’ Hoskins, Betty Willoughby, Wynona Scott, Velda Cobaugh, Ronald Gilbert, Don Sanders, Carolyn Mayfield, Carol Miller, Glenda Roberts, Nancy Shepard, Susie Deen, Margaret Burns, Dorothy Bronson, Nina Vaughn, Patricia Shelton, Sue Jordan, Nell Harrell, Jerry Bodin, Rex Rankin, Kenny McSpadden, Larry Sprague, Wendell Furrh, Jimmy Burch, David Cannefax, Delbert (Bud) Welch and Douglas Whitaker.

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.