This Week in Wills Point History Friday, July 29,1960

Directors of the Texas Sabine River authority Wednesday, July 20, welcomed a new board member and transacted a number of items of business connected with its expanding watershed development program according to John W. Simmons, executive vice president and general manager. The new director is Gus Orsborn, Jr. of Emory. By appointment of Governor Price Daniel, he succeeded B. B. Rabb of Emory who resigned because of ill health. During its meeting in the authority headquarters at Orange, the board approved land purchases for the Iron Bridge Reservoir amounting to 600 acres and costing around $90,000.00. These transactions leave approximately 4,500 acres of the 60,000 needed for the reservoir still to be acquired. Total cost of the land will run to about 7 million dollars. Approximately, 56,000 acres have been, acquired by the authority to date. It is located in Hunt, Rains and Van Zandt counties north of Wills Point. Carroll Swearingen, operations assistant to the general manager for the SRA Iron Bridge division reported that work on the reservoir is about 85 per cent complete. Final closer of the dam began July 1 and the Sabine River channel at the dam site has been diverted through the gate, and spillway section. Mr. Sevearingen said it is anticipated that all work on the reservoir proper will be completed by October 1, 1960.

O.W. Humm of the U.S. Weather Bureau Office, Houston, was in Wills Point Tuesday and Wednesday. While here he installed a new temperature shelter at the local weather station. Wills Point enjoys a strategic location in that it is exactly on the divide between the Trinity watershed and the Sabine watershed.  The weather station was first, established here by Woodhouse Gibbard in 1904. Later, the record was, kept by A.L. Tisdale and then by A.B. Swank. In 1923 the station was discontinued and was re-established by Jack Gibbard in 1939.

Five local FFA boys and sponsor, J.T. Wiggs, returned Friday night from a three day state FFA convention in Houston. Sam Furrh was voting delegate and others, attending were Bobby Bridwell, Bobby Pirtle, Jerry Stroud and Tommy Malone. In addition to the convention activities, the local group toured Galveston, LaPorte, the Battleship Texas and the San Jacinto Battle grounds.

Miss Jerry Lynn Jones and Larry Ronald Smith exchanged marriage nuptial vows Saturday evening July 16 at Russell Memorial Methodist Church. Rev. Ben Pierce, minister, officiated at the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Alvin E. Jones and Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Smith are the parents of the groom. Mrs. Donald Smith of Mesquite was matron of honor and Miss Karron Hollister of Dallas was bridesmaid. Billy Don Rusk was best man and groomsman was Donald Smith of Mesquite. (See newspaper for complete article and picture.)

The older group girls softball team took the county championship by defeating Canton and Grand Saline. After winning over Canton Friday night by a score of 3-2, the girls went on to Grand Saline Saturday night and took the game 14-8. The lineup both nights was Marilyn Flowers, Linda Liston, Darlene Hargrove, Johnice Cotten, Molly Lu Castleberry, Mayron Penny, Linda Welch, Pat Furrh, Keita Sockwell and Diane Ragan.

Charles Leslie Stewart, son of Mr and Mrs. L.C. Stewart is listed on the Summa Cum Laude dean’s list at the University of Texas, where he is a student.

Petitions are being passed around all of Van Zandt county four commissioners precincts this week for signatures asking that the court call a $1,000,000 bond election for improvement and construction of county roads. County Judge G.D. Staton announced Wednesday morning that the court is expecting the petitions to be completed by the next meeting Monday Aug 1.

Miss Nancy Joe Shepard, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Shepard of Elmo and George Frank Bailey, son of Mr. and Mrs. E.R. Bailey of Wills Point exchanged wedding vows in the Elmo Baptist Church Wednesday night, Rev. Olen Brockway of Terrell performed the double-ring ceremony. Mrs. Frances Crum, sister of the groom served as matron of honor with Miss Carolyn Mayfield as bridesmaid. Flower girls were Misses Barbara Ann and Mildren Jean Naron of Van Horn and Suzanne Bailey, cousins of the bride, and Miss Pam Crum, niece of the groom. John Crum acted as best man with Bob Franklin as groomsman, Henry Charles Shepard and Robert Bailey, brothers of the bride and groom acted as ushers. Raymond Scott Crum, nephew of the groom carried the ring. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Members of the graduating class of 1953 met Saturday night, July 23 at the H.H. Calloway Lake for it seventh anniversary reunion. Forty classmates and teachers attended the gathering.

A booklet containing the senior class members, sponsors, class will, prophecy, data on each student taken from the Tiger Cat, and current news of the members, was given to the group. (See newspaper for names of those in attendance.)

Little League All Stars and the Pony League clashed Tuesday night on the local field and fought the battle to the finish. The Pony Leaguers came out victors in the game taking it 10-9. (See newspaper for names of players.)

PERSONALS: Miss Jane Richardson of Great Lakes, Ill., is visiting her aunt, Mrs. May Alford Williams. Miss Judy Hill of San Angelo spent the week-end with Mrs. Glenn Mayors. Mr. and Mrs. Chester Hardy visited W.L. Hardy, the former’s brother, on Sunday, who is ill in a Dallas hospital. Mr. and Mr. S.D. Nelson attended the funeral services Tuesday afternoon for Will McPherson at Cottonwood. Mr. and Mrs. Charles Muller and Mark of Daingerfield visited in the Aubrey Brown home Tuesday. Rev. and Mrs. Charles Sullivan, Cynthia and David of Mexico, Mo., were Wills Point visitors recently and were guests in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Aubrey Brown.