This Week in Wills Point History Friday, Aug.12, 1960

Horace Ray Dawson, a teacher at Sheffield School in Iran, works in a nuclear physics laboratory as one of eight teachers in a National Science Foundation research participation program at North Texas State College this summer. He is working with Dr. Pat Windham, who directs research in which neutrons are studied in collision with an atomic nucleus, producing gamma-rays similar to X-rays. Dawson is a 1953 graduate of Wills Point high school and North Texas State College. (See newspaper for picture.)

A Queen’s Tea will be given at the Edgewood Café, in Edgewood Friday afternoon, Aug. 12 at 2:30 o’clock, in honor of the beautiful farm and ranch girls who will compete for the 1960 Van Zandt County Farm Bureau Queen title, according to Jack R. Lester, chairman of the queens committee. Edgewood will be the host town and the contest will be at the Edgewood High School auditorium. Anyone interested in participation in the queen contest and talent show, please contact the Farm Bureau office or the director in your area for full details. Everyone is invited to attend.

Summer band rehearsals will begin Monday evening, Aug. 22, at 7 p.m. Miss Jearleen Loving, band director, announced. It will be held each evening at that time Monday through Friday, until school starts. At this first meeting, Miss Loving urges all students in the senior band and all students who were in the junior band last year to be present. Students will try out for seating positions at this organizational meeting.

Football practice will begin bright and early Monday morning, Aug. 15, at 7 o’clock, Jerry Fausett, assistant coach, announced this week. Two workouts will be held daily for the two weeks, with each lasting for two hours, he said. Evening workouts will begin at 5 o’clock. New head coach is Edsel Nix, assistant coach at Henderson County Junior College in Athens for the past three years. Mr. Nix has been in school at East Texas State College this summer. Assisting him in coaching are Mr. Fausett and Jerry Hooks. The coaches expect about 25 boys to report for the A team and another 20 out for the freshman team. The first game for the A team will be at Mineola on Sept. 2.

Canton is getting final touches this week in preparation for the third annual Van Zandt County Fair to be held August 18, 19 and 20. A parade is planned for Thursday afternoon in downtown Canton at 4 o’clock to start the activities off with a bang. The three-night rodeo is one of the main attractions. Also this year the Queen Contest and talent show staged Tuesday night at the fairgrounds. New this year is a cutting horse contest Wednesday night, and a steer and heifer sale open to 4-H boys and girls and FFA members. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Miss Carolyn Mayfield daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Mayfield has been chosen to represent the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce in the Van Zandt county queen contest August 16 at the Van Zandt county fair in Canton. The queen will be crowned at a public ceremony Tuesday night at the rodeo arena on the fairgrounds in Canton. Girls from over the county will compete in the contest and ride in the parade downtown Canton Thursday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Miss Mayfield, 1960 graduate of Wills Point High School, is active in the Young People’s Department of the First Baptist Church. During her school years, the pretty brunette was quite popular in school activities. She was drum major her senior year and served the band as president.  Currently in summer training with the Apache Bells at Tyler Junior College, Miss Mayfield will enter the college this fall as a freshman.

In May Miss Carolyn Lang represented the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club as duchess at the Salt Festival in Grand Saline. The talented young lady is equally popular in church activities. A member and pianist in the Young People’s Department at the First Baptist Church, she plays the organ and is often called upon to sing solos. She will lead the Tiger Band this year as drum majorette.

Majorettes Sue Curtis, Charlotte Taylor and Gleith James and drum majorette Carolyn Lang left Sunday for Huntsville where they are attending twirling camp. Miss Curtis will be a featured twirler with the Tiger band this year. Teena Wilson, majorette, was unable to attend the camp due to previous plans.

 In Service: 1st Sgt. Homer Wilson Read, who has been stationed in Gila Bend, Arizona, for the past year has been transferred to Fort Worth which will be his headquarters as recruiting officer.

Lt. and Mrs. Delmar Burkett and son, Michael Joe, who have been in France, are visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Mitchell. Lt. Burkett will report the latter part of August to Biloxi, Miss., where he is to attend communications school for 43 weeks.

Fort Campbell, Ky.- Army Pfc Walter B. Parker, whose wife, Martha, lives in Dallas, is scheduled to participate with other personnel from the 101st Airborne Division in an exercise,  “Bright Star” at Fort Bragg, N.C., August 13-28. A massive airborne assault involving 30,000 troops is scheduled as one phase of the Strategic Army Corps (STRAC) exercise. This single-day mass airdrop will surpass in numbers any similar drop during World War II and the Korean War. STRAC’s XVIII Airborne Corps, the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions and selected support groups will participate in the maneuver. Parker is a clerk in the 101st Administration Company of the division’s command and control battalion at Fort Campbell, Ky. The 19 year-old soldier entered the army in July 1958, and received basic combat training at Fort Ord, Calif. His parents, Mr. and Mr. Tommy G. Parker live on Route 2, Wills Point. (See newspaper for complete article and picture of Pfc. Parker.)

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.