This Week in Wills Point History Friday, Aug. 5, 1960

Two more big nights of the rodeo are left here in Wills Point at the all new arena. The Wills Point Riding and Roping Club is expecting another big crowd tonight and Saturday night. Each night a number of attractions are being featured on the thrill-packed program including, a group of Camp Fire Girls of Dallas, presenting a colorful Indian dance routine in authentic feathered costumes. H. H. (Son) Lide stock contractor, is furnishing some of Texas’ best rodeo stock for the show.

Robert Taylor, Jr. and L. Thornburgh have purchased Ruby’s Café and opened it Saturday after remodeling it. It will be operated under the name of T.N.T. café. Mr. Taylor is new in the café business but Mr. Thornburgh and his wife have previously operated a café in Grand Saline. The two couples have moved to Wills Point with their families. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor, formerly of Scurry have three children and the Thornburghs have a son.

Little League No. 2 team was feted with a watermelon supper Wednesday night at the ball park. Approximately 13 boys attended the supper. Watermelons were furnished by the Summer Recreation group with funds collected during the season.

Paul David Martin, four-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Martin, was honored with a party Monday morning Aug. 1, on his birthday from 9:30 to 11 o’clock. Favors were party hats and horns, balloons, suckers and bubble gum. Those attending were: Marsha Coomer, Karen and Keita Crow, Pattie Deen, Molly Hagler, Barbara Bateman, Andy and Johnny Flanagan, George Stevan, Ronnie Smith, Charles Martin, Eddie Deen, Selby Howell, David Burden, Russ Wilson, Stevie Garrett, Stevie Furrh, Jerry and Terry Cross.

Van Zandt County Farm Bureau’s annual Queen Contest will be held in the Edgewood High School auditorium Saturday night, Aug. 13, according to Jack Lester, farm bureau program chairman.

A very important meeting of the Band Mothers has, been set for Monday night in the band hall at 8 o’clock. Mrs. L.U. Castleberry, president, stated this week. The band will hold its first rehearsal on Monday evening Aug. 22, according to Miss Jearlean Loving, director.

Memorial services will be held at New Hope cemetery, Tuesday Aug. 16. Services will be held at 11 a.m. with Rev. Ed Barrett bringing the message. Everyone interested is urged to bring lunch and spend the day.

Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Pirtle will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary Sunday afternoon, Aug. 14, with open house. Friends and neighbors of the couple are invited to attend the open house from 2 to 5 o’clock.

Thomas Hosie Hill died in a Dallas hospital Saturday morning, July 30. Funeral services were held in Hiram Sunday afternoon with Rev. Eldridge Hardy reading the last rites. Mr. Hill was born Feb. 26, 1934, in Kaufman, and was a carpenter in Dallas at the time of his death. He attended the Wills Point schools in his earlier grades. Survivors include his wife and a daughter, Kathryne Marie Hill of Dallas, his mother, Mrs. S.O. McCulley of Wills Point, his father John Hosie Hill of Houston, a brother, Buford Leroy Hill of Wills Point, and a step-brother, S.O. McCalley. (See newspaper for complete obituary.)

Funeral services for Mrs. D.O. Teel, Jr., were held Sunday afternoon July 31, at the First Baptist Church. Rev. Herbert Garrett, Jr., pastor and Rev. Ben A. Pierce, pastor of Russell Memorial Methodist church conducted the services. Interment was in White Rose Cemetery. Mrs. Teel was born Mary Elizabeth Mitchell on June 19, 1925, daughter of Mrs. Sid Mitchell and the late Mr. Mitchell. Survivors include her husband and three sons, of Wills Point, her mother, a sister, Mrs. Oscar Wilson of DeRidder, La, and a brother, Dupree Mitchell of Wills Point. (See newspaper for complete obituary.)

Mrs. A.J. Allen of Texarkana, sister of Miss Ruth Dale Rucker, died Saturday, July 23, at a hospital in Marshall. Funeral services were held the following Monday morning at a Dallas funeral chapel. Interment was in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Mrs. Allen was active in the United Daughters of the Confederacy and the First Presbyterian Church in Texarkana. She is, survived by a son in Alabama two sisters, Mrs. John Wheeler of Dallas and Miss Rucker of Wills Point; and two grandchildren. Mrs. Allen was an aunt of Mrs. Joe Mitchell.

Miss Barbara Marion Smith and William Howard Keltner of Anaheim Calif., were married Friday, July 1, in a ceremony performed in the Crenshaw Methodist Church in Los Angeles, Rev. Franklin Greene read the double ring rites. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. Marion Smith and the granddaughter of the late A.G. McDonald. Mrs. A.G. McDonald step-grandmother of the bride presided at the reception held in the home of the bride’s parents. The bride was born in Dallas and attended school there. She met her husband while attending the Wichita Kansas University. He moved to Anaheim a few years ago, where he and his bride are making their home. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Cradle Roll: Mr. and Mrs. Carol Rome of Ganada are the parents of a daughter, Genna Carol, born July 26. Mrs. Rome is the former Gale Sharrock. Genna Carol is a great great niece of Mrs. B.L. Breckenridge and Mrs. Jim Longacre. Mr. and Mr. Tom Lanier of Linden are the parents of a new son, Glenn Basham, born July 21. Mrs. Lanier is the former Hazel Nell Hargrove.

Note: This issue also contains two wedding articles with pictures, for Miss Mary Elizabeth Dill and Lewis Morris; and Miss Martha June Beck and Leon L. Osban.

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.