This week in Wills Point History Friday, July 22, 1960

Twenty-seven Wills Point merchants and their guests toured Lake Tawakoni Tuesday afternoon in a tour sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. A school bus was obtained from the local schools to enable the men to travel together as a body and observe firsthand the new developments of Lake Tawakoni. The tour took in the Dewitt Deen addition, Terrell pump station, Dallas pump station, Shady Acres, Frank Martin addition, Tawakoni Causeway, SRA offices, the Iron Bridge Dam and all the additions on Highway 35. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Miss Charlotte Taylor, 17 year old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.D. Taylor of Wills Point, will represent Wills Point this afternoon in the annual watermelon festival parade and other activities in Mineola. Miss Taylor and her escort, Ronnie Turner, will attend the queen’s ball tonight following the parade. She is a senior in Wills Point high school and active in both school and church activities.

Both the younger and older girls softball teams will meet Canton here tonight on the local field in the championship play-offs. The winning teams of the Wills Point-Canton games will play Grand Saline Saturday night to determine the championship.

A rash of burglaries that has hit Van Zandt County for several weeks left its mark on Wills Point Monday night. Two stores, Flanagan’s Super Market and Williams Hardware were broken into. An attempt was made to enter the Towne House through the rear door but proved unsuccessful. (See newspaper for complete article.)

 Hugh Scott, 13 year old son of Mr. and Mrs. John Scott, left on a special Circle 10 Boy Scout train Monday for Boy Scout Jamboree in Colorado Springs, Colorado. He was one of more than 500 in the Dallas area making this trip. They will tour the Air Force Academy there, Pikes Peak, caves and other sights of interest before returning home on July 30.

Cobb Baptist Church will begin revival services Monday night, July 25, and continue through the following Sunday, July 31. Rev. Herbert Garrett, Jr. pastor of the Wills Point First Baptist Church will conduct the services and W.L. Dennis of Mesquite will direct the music.

Swimming activities of the Wills Point summer recreation program will come to a close Monday night July 25, when the group will present a water show at Myrtle Springs pool.

E.H. White, past master of the Wills Point Masonic Lodge No. 422, AF&AM installed new officers, both elective and appointive Tuesday night for the ensuing year. P.V. Hubbard, past master, was the installing marshal, and J. Leddy Johnson, past master, installed Mr. White as chaplain. (See newspaper for names of other officers installed.)

Mickey Hopkins backed by a sparkling defense and the hot bats of Callahan and Davis, gave up four hits and struck out 12 as the Pony League bested Grand Saline last Thursday night by a score of 10 to 2.

Miss Mechthielda Horschelmann of Wiesbaden, Germany became the bride of James Ashworth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ashworth, Saturday evening July 9, at the home of the groom’s parents in Myrtle Springs. Miss Brenda Parkerson of Wills Point and Billy Bob Ashworth, of Dallas, brother of the groom were honor attendants. Miss Horschelmann arrived by plane from Germany recently. She was honored with a wedding shower last Saturday evening. (See newspaper for complete articles.)

Bill Miles has accepted a position in Tyler with the Morning Telegraph and Courier-Times. Mr. Miles had been with the Wills Point Chronicle since 1951.

Funeral services were held from the graveside at the White Rose Cemetery Tuesday afternoon for William Ike Neill, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. Neill. William Ike Neill was born in Fort Worth on July 18, 1960. Surviving him are his parents. Mr. and Mrs. Fred W. “Ike” Neill of Terrell, his grandparents Mr. and Mrs. H.B. Neill of Cedar Grove, R.B. Wood of Elmo and other relatives.

James Marvin Hogue died at his home in Fort Worth Saturday and funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Eubank & Co. funeral home with Rev. Herbert Garrett, pastor of the First Baptist Church, conducting the services. Interment was in White Rose Cemetery. Mr. Hogue was born Feb. 15, 1889, in New Albany, Miss., son of Mart and Letha Frashuer Hogue. He was married to Miss Dollie Hanner in New Albany, and came to Texas in 1927. He and his wife moved to Fort Worth in 1959 to make their home. Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. A.C. Pamplin of Fort Worth, and Mrs. G.W. Madewell of Commerce; one sister, Mrs. John McDonald of Mississippi and a brother, Henry Hogue of Wills Point.

A 22 year-old-boy died early Sunday morning at Baker Clinic from injuries he received when his motorcycle rammed into an empty boat trailer, according to reports. The youth, Robert Alfred Ebnet, was traveling east on Highway 80 and was presumed to be en route from Albuquerque, N.M., to his home in Minnesota. According to information the tragedy occurred about three miles east of Wills Point about 10:25 p.m. The boy lived until 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Mr. Ebnet was born March 19, 1938, in Avon, Minn. His body was shipped there Sunday afternoon.

“Stanley Hartman of Edgewood received serious injuries early Saturday morning when his automobile collided with a truck loaded with asbestos shingles. He received first aid at Baker clinic and was carried to Terrell where he was admitted to a hospital.

William (Buck) Threatt of Mesquite, grandfather of A.B. Hodge, died there Saturday morning after a short illness. Mr. Threatt lived in Grand Saline several years ago and worked in the salt mines for 20 years. On July 30 Mr. Threatt would have observed his 94th birthday. Survivors are five daughters, including Mrs. L.H. Hodge of Terrell, former Wills Pointer; four sons; and a number of grandchildren. Funeral services were held in the Friendship Community Church Monday afternoon with interment in the Community Cemetery in Mesquite.

These articles have been extracted for original copies of the Canton Herald and may be viewed on microfilm at the Van Zandt County Library of Genealogy and Local History, located in the Courthouse Annex.