This week in Wills Point History Friday, May 20, 1960

Groundwork began this week on the new general marketing and manufacturing center to be constructed in Wills Point. Leslie M. James is the contractor. Plans call for the 115 x 275 foot structure to be brick backed up with lightweight concrete blocks. The building is to be located at the corner of High and Fifth Streets, facing south on High street. Completion date is set for sometime in October, Mr. James stated.

Preliminary and unofficial federal census returns released this week gave Wills Point a current population of 2,261. This represents an increase of 231 in the past ten years since the 1950 census count was given at 2030. The 1960 population given for Van Zandt County was 18,461, showing a big decline since the 1950 census. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Open house is planned for this week-end at the new modern Eubank Funeral Home in Canton. Russell and Maurice Eubank extend an invitation to the people of this area to visit the new funeral home which is adjacent to the Haven of Memories, perpetual care memorial park.

News Of Our Men Women in Service: Western Pacific- Raymond L. Hargrove, electronics technician seaman, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.L. Hargrove of Wills Point is serving aboard the fleet oiler USS Cimarron operating with the U.S. Seventh Fleet in the Western Pacific. During the month of April the Cimarron and her crew participated in Operation “Handclasp,” a part of President Eisenhower’s people to people program. The Cimarron transported and delivered food and clothing to needy people and missionaries in Hong Kong and Japan.

Grady Roberts, son of Mrs. Ed Roberts, will leave Portsmouth, N.H. 1 on the nuclear-powered submarine USS Seadragon on a history making voyage under the North Pole. Although three of the Navy’s other nuclear subs have already been to the pole, the Seadragon’s cruise will be the first from east to west. The Navy in announcing the trip, said it will be made while the sub is en route to join the Pacific Fleet at Pearl Harbor.

Using a graduation theme the eighth grade students enjoyed a close-of-school party last Thursday night, May 19, in the school cafeteria. During the evening Keeta Sockwell and Darlene Hargrove accompanied by Johnice Cotten at the piano sang “He.” Kathy Haggard played a piano solo “Autumn Leaves,” and Eugene Haggard played “The Band Played On.” Patsy Furrh accompanied by Johnice Cotten at the piano sang “Cielito Lindo,” Dicky Herrin and Harvey Mayfield read the class history. The students were served, white cake and blue punch, by the room mothers. Mrs. Carmen Majors and Jerry Hooks are the sponsors.

1960 Graduating Class Membership: Jerry Bodin, Dorothy Bronson, Jimmy Burch, Margaret (Sissy) Burns, David Cannefax, Velda Cobaugh, Susie Deen, Wendell Furrh, Ronald Gilbert, Nell Harrell, Dwan Hoskins, Sue Jordan, Carolyn Mayfield, Kenney McSpadden, Carol Miller, Rex Rankin, Glenda Roberts, Don Sanders, Wynona Scott, Patricia Shelton, Nancy Shepard, Larry Sprague, Nina Vaughn, Delbert (Bud) Welch, Douglas Whitaker, Betty Wiloughby. (See newspaper for picture.)

Miss Wynona Scott daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Scott, was named valedictorian of the senior graduating class. Second honors went to Miss Nina Vaughn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Vaughn.  Miss Carol Miller and Miss Dorothy Bronson tied for third honors. Miss Miller is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Miller. Mr. and Mrs. A.M. Bronson are the parents of Miss Bronson. Commencement exercises are to be held Tuesday evening, May 24.

The children of Mrs. J.R. Curtis will honor their mother on her 87th birthday with open house at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Carl R. Curtis on Sunday May 22.

Funeral services for William Homer Pyron were held Saturday afternoon at Eubank Funeral Chapel. Interment was in White Rose Cemetery.  A native of Van Zandt County, Mr. Pyron was born June 19, 1893, son of J.M. and Melissa Wortenbe Pyron. Mr. Pyron was a veteran of World War I. (See newspaper for complete obituary and names of survivors.)


Funeral services for Edward Long, were held Wednesday afternoon May 18. Interment was in Locust Grove cemetery in the Hiram community. He was born Aug. 6, 1901, son of John and Tommie Weeden Long. (See newspaper for complete obituary and names of survivors.)

Hugh Hall, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Hall, won honors at the Northeast Texas Dairy Show held in Sulphur Springs, on May 13. He entered two Jersey heifers and won a blue ribbon on one, and a red ribbon on the other. Over 300 head of dairy cattle were entered in the show. Hugh was the only exhibitor from Van Zandt County.

Personals: Mr. and Mrs. Jack Harris of Fort Worth, visited her mother, Mrs. Luther Hamm over the week-end.  Mr. and Mrs. Bill Saunders of Kansas City, visited the latter’s Aunt Mrs. Leslie Stewart Monday. Mr. and Mrs. Bob Stone and children of Houston spent the week-end with Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Glaze. Mr. and Mrs. Donald McLeod of Lubbock are visiting the former’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. R.J. McLeod. Mrs. Edna Gibbard of Austin spent the week-end with her mother, Mrs. E.E. Gibbard and brother Jack Gibbard.  Mrs. Miller Dennis who has spent the past few months with her parents, Judge and Mrs. G.D. Staton, in Canton left Tuesday for Shelby, Montana, to be at the bedside of her husband in a hospital following an accident Monday night. Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rockenbaugh and daughters of McKinney spent Saturday night with Mr. and Mrs. Claude Reed.”

Note: This issue of the Chronicle also contains an obituary for Mrs. Barbara Ann Smith, 90, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Jefferson McBride; and Mrs. Tom Hoskins, nee Maggie Mahalia High, born Jan. 11, 1876, daughter of Henry and Sarah Norman High.

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.