This week in Wills Point History Friday, July 8, 1960

Gateway Addition’s first all-electric Gold Medallion Home, a stunning example of modern living, opens for public showing this week-end with open house on Saturday, July 9, from 1 to 5 p.m. and on Sunday, July 10 from 1 to 6 p.m. The white brick face brick home, designed and engineered by Gateway Lumber Co., is in the new Gateway Addition in Wills Point. The Gold Medallion Home, the program of which is backed by the Texas Power and Light Co., is loaded with all the latest in electrical appliances, most of which are built in. The home is approximately 1,708 square feet of living area and a two car garage. (see newspaper for complete article and picture.)

A committee from the Wills Point Rotary Club and Chamber of Commerce has been appointed to proceed with the plans for the swimming pool for Wills Point. F.M. Hollandsworth and John C. Lybrand were appointed from the Rotary Club and Douglass Lindsey and Hubert Kinney from the chamber of commerce. The four men are in the process of selecting a pool supplier. Mr. Hollandsworth explained that even though plans are already under way for the pool, funds are still needed. About $4,000 is still needed, he stated. Anyone who has not contributed toward the pool and would like to make a donation is asked to contact either of the four men or the chamber of commerce office.

Carroll Lang was awarded a rod and reel Friday night at the Rotary club meeting for collecting the most money in the swimming pool drive contest. Mr. Lang collected $2100. To date $16,656 has been pledged and $5,216 given in cash for the swimming pool for Wills Point.

Miss Willie Gene Baker, teacher in the local school system for the past 16 years, died Monday night, July 4, at Baker Clinic. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church Wednesday morning. Rev. Herbert Garrett, Jr. pastor, and Rev. Ben A. Pierce, pastor of the Russell Memorial Methodist Church, conducted the services. Interment was in White Rose Cemetery. Pallbearers were her students, Jimmy Burch, Joe McLeod, Ronnie Turner, Bob Golladay, Karl Lybrand and Don Travis. Miss Baker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M.L. Baker was born on Nov. 12, 1912, in Wills Point. Miss Willie Gene as she was fondly called by the student body had taught for 28 years in Van Zandt County and in the Wills Point schools for 16 years of that time. She graduated from Wills Point high school in 1930 and attended North Texas State College where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree. Later, during the summer months as she furthered her education by attending summer classes, she received her Master’s degree. Survivors include her parents, two sisters, Mrs. Nolen Gullett of Wills Point and Mrs. E.D. Easley of Fort Worth, a brother, L.M. Baker of Irving and several nieces and nephews.  (See newspaper for complete obituary and picture.)

Mrs. Lina Ballow announces the approaching marriage of her daughter, Pat, to Wayne Austin, son of Mr. and Mrs. Myd Austin of De Ridder, La. The wedding will be solemnized July 28 at the Wills Point Church of Christ. A reception will follow in the youth center. Friends and relatives of the families are invited to attend. Miss Ballow is a student of Wills Point high school and Mr. Austin was a member of the 1959 graduating class of De Ridder, La. high school.

CWO and Mrs. Fred Hollister and Donna arrived Sunday for a three week visit with Mr. and Mrs. S.V. Blasingame and Mrs. Dora Hollister and other relatives.

Airman 2c and Mrs. John Baker, Jr., and children of Savannah, Georgia are spending several days with Mrs. J.T. Lemley and family before leaving for his assignment in Topeka, Kan.

Mr. and Mrs. Wesley Bobo have returned to their home in Valentine, Ariz. after visiting relatives here and in Canton.

Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Lybrand and son, Lee, of Beaumont and Mrs. H.L. Lybrand of Greenville visited the Johnny C. Lybrands over the week-end.

Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Powers of Magnolia, Ark., visited their son Weldon Powers and family this week.


Mrs. Henry Manning, Jimmy and Marilyn of Albuquerque, New Mexico, are visiting relatives and friends.

Personals: Mr. and Mrs. Bob J. Rankin of Stillwater, Okla., visited Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Rankin over the week-end. Mr. and Mrs. J.E.M. Schultz of Dallas spent Saturday until Tuesday with Mr. and Mrs. Jack Francis. Mrs. Bruce Adams spent Sunday and Monday with her sister, Mrs. Booth Singleton and Mr. Singleton in Garland. Mrs. M.E. Crossley of New Boston and Mrs. Joe Henderson of Tyler spent Wednesday with Mrs. L.E. McCormics. Mr. and Mrs. H. A. Goike of Gainesville and Mrs. Claude Ebarb and Mrs. Grace Owens of Dallas spent Sunday and Monday with Mrs. Dee Williams.  Mr. and Mrs. Ted Deen, Diane and Teddy and Mrs. Effie Tucker visited Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Wright in Houston over the week-end. Mr. and Mrs. Dick Senter visited with Mr. and Mrs. Caleb Dortch over the week-end in Mississippi.  Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Robertson and Randy are vacationing in New Orleans and Florida this week.  Mrs. A.G. McDonald returned home Saturday from a vacation trip to California and other points west.

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.