This Week in Wills Point History Friday, August 26, 1960

School bells will ring out once more again next week as students end their summer vacation and begin regular classes promptly at 8:30 a.m. Thursday morning. Students will register on Wednesday Aug. 31, during the scheduled hours that have been worked out by the faculty, R.M. Hooks, superintendent stated this week.

Twenty-one gridders continue to drill this week four hours a day in their pre-season training. Errol (Butch) Marlow, tackle and Dale Smith, center, who head coach Edsel Nix believes will be a big asset to the squad, reported for their first practice session Tuesday morning.

Dick Senter, manager of the Chamber of Commerce for the past year and a half, submitted his resignation Tuesday morning to president, Gene Mayfield. His resignation becomes effective on Saturday, September 3. Mr. Senter plans to enter Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Fort Worth the fall semester and study for the ministry. The people of Wills Point have been very cooperative and I have thoroughly enjoyed working with them all in the community projects this past year and a half, Mr. Senter stated upon leaving.

The two inches of rain on Sunday, the 21st, was welcomed by just about everybody in the county. The 1960 county fair was a success in the opinion of those who worked with the fair. A lot of people did a lot of work in helping to put the fair on but three men who put in more than their share were L.L. Burns, Bobby Stringer and Don Stringer of Myrtle Springs. These men raised money and supervised the construction of a 50 x 80 livestock exhibit barn, which was finished in time for the fair. This was, appreciated by the people who exhibited livestock. Ninety-five head of cattle were exhibited this year. This is more than twice as many. as has been exhibited at the two previous fairs.(See newspaper for complete article.)

The Wills Point Chapter FFA boys showed their projects in the Junior Livestock Show at the Van Zandt County Fair in Canton last week and brought home a number of honors. Roy Whittington placed first in dairy heifers, over two years old; his dairy bull was named reserve champion and another entry won reserve champion in junior heifers. Jerry Stroud placed first in heifers, one to two years old, and had the grand champion heifer. In the barlow division, Bobby Pirtle’s entry placed first. Tommy Malone’s entry placed second in the beef bull group. He was awarded the Junior Herdsman award, which is given to the boy who does the best job of keeping his exhibit. First place in the beef cow division went to Sam Furrh. Lindon Ray Willis showed his Duroc gilt. Tommy and Roy will show their projects in the Kaufman County Fair this week-end.

A contract for 8.2 miles of construction on interstate highway 20 in Van Zandt County has been awarded to a Jacksonville firm, it was announced in Austin this week by the State Highway Commission. R.C. Buckner submitted the low bid of $823.997 on the project. Grading and structures from near State Highway 19 to 1.6 miles west of Farm to Market Road 773 is expected to take 275 working days, according to W.W. Potter, district highway engineer. J.E. Shaw, resident engineer at Canton, will be in active charge of the project while it is under construction.

R.K. Crow, Sabine River Authority board director, told Rotary members in their Friday meeting last Friday that work on Lake Tawakoni is 80 per cent complete, and in ten more days, the dam will be safe should the area be flooded. Mr. Crow explained that a recreation park will be built at the northern end of the dam. SRA also will build a water line into Quinlan and furnish water to all development on that peninsula. Mr. Crow was introduced by Roy Curtis, program chairman.

Social security benefits were being paid in Van Zandt County at the rate of $1,042,048 per year at the close of 1959.  Loye M. Copeland, Tyler district manager, said this week. Monthly payments were going to 1690 persons as of Dec. 31, 1959, the latest date for which figures are available.

Representing the Tiger Band this year at the head of the ranks are five talented young ladies who will be featured during halftime at many of the football games this fall. Miss Carolyn Lang will lead the group as drum major and backing her up are veteran majorettes, Miss Sue Curtis, assistant drum major and head majorette, Miss Charlotte Taylor, Miss Gleith James and Miss Teena Wilson. (See newspaper for complete article and picture.)

Jimmy Burch is among three football players who have signed letters of intent to attend North Texas State next month. Burch, was named to the second team all-district squad last year. The other boys who have signed recently with the Eagles were Mickey Hamilton of Wichita Falls and Wayne Mueller of Gladewater.

Mr. and Mrs. A.P. Pirtle were honored Sunday Aug. 14, by their children with open house at their home in observance of their golden wedding anniversary. A large number of friends and neighbors called during the afternoon to extend their congratulations. They were received. by Mr. and Mrs. Pirtle their daughter, Mrs. Maxine Stewart of Austin, and daughter-in-law, Mrs. Herschel Pirtle. Mr. and Mrs. Pirtle were married on Aug. 2, 1910, in Wills Point by Rev. H.P. Davis in the home of Buck Boston. To this long and happy union eight children were born, two of whom died, one in infancy and one in early teens. (See newspaper for complete article and picture.)

 Mrs. Charlie W. Tindell of Dallas, a resident of Wills Point for more than 30 years died Sunday morning in Dallas. Funeral services were held at the First Baptist Church in Wills Point Monday afternoon, Aug. 22. Interment was in White Rose Cemetery. Mrs. Tindell was born Jan.15, 1900, in the Creagleville community south of Grand Saline, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Hawkins. On Jan. 14, 1917, she was married to C.W. Tindell. In 1954 she moved to Dallas. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Donald and Jimmy Tindell, two daughters, Mrs. Ray Langford and Mrs. Charicie Beinke. (See newspaper for complete obituary.)

The annual Blasingame family reunion was held Sunday Aug. 21, at Myrtle Springs Park.

Personals: Mr. and Mrs. R.M. Hooks attended funeral services for Howard Richardson in Fort Worth on August 19. Miss Sylvia Wingo left last Friday for Andrews where she will be librarian in the Devonian Elementary School.  Mrs. E.E. Green is leaving Saturday for Studio City, Calif., where she will visit her son Earl Green, Jr. and family for a month.  Mrs. Ben Braden of Sapulpa, Okla., is visiting her niece, Miss Mozelle Goodwin.  Miss Edna Gibbard, Jack Gibbard and Joyce Blackwell visited in Austin and Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico last week.

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.