This Week in Wills Point History Friday June 24, 1960

New officers of the Rotary Club will be installed Friday night at a picnic supper planned at Stump Hollow at 7 o’clock. Member’s wives will be honored with Rotary Ann night.  Rev. Ben Pierce, new pastor of the Russell Memorial Methodist Church, will give a short talk and install the officers. Dick Senter will be installed as president, Jimmy Burden, vice president; and Ralph McLeod, secretary-treasurer. New directors are R.M. Hooks, and Dr. J.W. Bettis, while the hold-overs are F.M. Hollandsworth, outgoing president, and W.T. Russell.

Five boys from the local FFA chapter will attend the Future Farmers 33rd FFA convention in Houston, July 20-22 accompanied by J.T. Wiggs, advisor. Sam Furrh will serve as official delegate. Other boys planning to attend are Bobby Bridwell and Tommy Malone. Two more boys will be chosen at a meeting next week to attend.

The Busy Bee Club met in the home of Mrs. Hobert Travis Tuesday, June 21, with 12 members and two visitors, Mrs. J.G. Owens and Miss Doris Ferguson, present. Miss Nellie Decker presided over the meeting in the absence of the president, Mrs. Jake Cartwright, Miss Mary Farrell secretary, read minutes from the last meeting.

News Of Our Men, Women In Service: Portland, Ore. Joe M. Rice, quartermaster, third class, USN, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe N. Rice, took part in the 52nd annual Portland Rose Festival at Portland, Oregon, June 8-13 while serving aboard the ice-breaker, USS Staten Island. A contingent of 10 navy ships visited the city during the festival. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Camp Pendleton, Calif., Marine Pvt. Donald F. Christie, son of Mr. and Mrs. David C. Christie completed four weeks of individual combat training June 3 at the Marine Corps Base.

Cradle Roll: Mr. and Mrs. W. Benny Raymond of Dallas announce the arrival of a son, Mark DeWayne at Baker Clinic, June 18. Mrs. Raymond is the former Jeanette Bronson. A son, Donald Joe, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Gene T. Holloway June 19 at Baker Clinic.

Baseball Highlights: Breaking their winning streak of the last two games. Little League No. 2 lost to Van on the home field Thursday night 17-7. Scoring were Billy Morgan with 2 homers; McKnight, Jerry Barnett, McBride, Johnny Barnett and Dan Smith.

Babe Ruth League team played their first scheduled game of the season Friday night here against Canton and took a 7to 2 win. Jimmy Carter, local pitcher, struck out 15, walked 6 and hit 2 batters. Scoring were Lybrand, Hubbard, Carter, Gilbert, King and Colladay. The boys will meet Canton again Friday night, there.

Miss Charlotte Taylor, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bennie Taylor of Myrtle Springs will represent Wills Point as duchess at the Mineola Watermelon Festival at the coronation of a queen next week and other activities in July. (See newspaper for complete article and picture.)

Mrs. Ernest Bridwell of Sacramento, Calif., and Mrs. Alice Smith of the Bethlehem Community visited Tuesday in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Taylor.

Grady McFarland, Frank and Nell and Mrs. Ethel Ragland of Dallas returned home Friday from Pensacola, Fla., where they visited with Grady Lee McFarland, stationed in the Navy there. Frank McFarland, will leave this week to attend ROTC summer camp at Fort Hood.

Mr. and Mrs. S.R. Scott of Wills Point announce the engagement of their daughter Betty Sue to David Cartwright, son of Mr. and Mrs. P.H. Cartwright of Canton. The wedding will be solemnized Saturday evening July 9 at 8 o’clock in the Turner Baptist church. A reception will follow at the church. Friends and relatives of the families are invited to attend. (See newspaper for complete article and picture.)

Mr. and Mrs. Alvin E. Jones announce the engagement and approaching marriage of their daughter, Jerry Lynn to Ronald Smith, son of Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Smith. The wedding will take place July 16 at the Russell Memorial Methodist Church. Both Miss Jones and Mr. Smith are honor graduates of the class of 1958. For the past two years Miss Jones attended HCJC in Athens and Mr. Smith has attended NTSC in Denton.

John Pinckney Crow died Thursday afternoon, June 16 at the home of his daughter, Mrs. F.E. Lea, with whom he made his home. Funeral services were held Friday afternoon at Russell Memorial Methodist Church. Interment was in White Rose Cemetery. A pioneer of Wills Point, Mr. Crow came to Texas in 1870 and settled with his family north of Wills Point. He was a charter member of the Alsa Methodist Church, which he helped to organize. His wife, the former Sally Beth Ballard, whom he married on Dec. 18, 1884, preceded him in death on Jan. 18, 1941. Four children died in infancy. Mr. Crow was born April 7, 1865, in Alabama, son of Sarah Jane Miller and Isaac N. Crow. Survivors include three daughters, Mrs. Lea and Mrs. L.G. Dodson of Wills Point and Mrs. Ethel Crow Howell of Quinlan; three sons, Robert K. Crow and Joe N. Crow of Wills Point and Farris W. Crow of Houston. (See newspaper for complete obituary.)

Note: This issue also contains an obituary for Mrs. O.F. Webb, stepmother of Mrs. Lee Eubank; Mrs. E.E. Gibbard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Manning; Miss Montie Mislivets and Mrs. Betty Hamm, sister of the late Henry Gilchrist.

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.