This Week in Wills Point History Friday, August 9,1968


  A remodeled and redecorated Williams Hardware Company under management of Bevin Cates has a furniture sale in progress to celebrate the progress that has been going on at the store for the past several weeks. Central air-conditioning has been added in all areas of the departmentalized store. A coat of light yellow paint covers the interior of the building. The north side of the building will be used to display furniture. The sale now in progress will extend through Aug. 17. (See newspaper for complete article.)


  The Free State of Van Zandt will have its own beauty pageant in Edgewood Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. when 22 lovely young ladies compete for the privilege of reigning as 1968 Van Zandt County Fair Queen. Another “first” for this year’s pageant is the Miss Congeniality Award. This award, will be given by the Edgewood Chamber of Commerce, and the winner will be announced that evening. The girls themselves will select this winner.


  Five Wills Point organizations are sponsoring entries in the annual contest. Miss Karen Conn, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Emie Conn, is sponsored by, Rebekah Lodge Number 187. Her escort will be Olen Lindsey, Jr. Sponsoring Miss Viki Pratt, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John F. Pratt, Jr., will be the Wills Point Rotary Club. Her escort will be Jack James, Jr. Miss Debbie Dawson daughter of Mrs. Wayne Dawson and the late Mr. Dawson, is sponsored by the Margaret Wynne Garden Club. Her escort will be James Richard Keen. Miss Debbie Murrey is sponsored by Young Homemakers of Wills Point. Debbie is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roland Murrey. Her escort will be Gary Kinney. Kathy Boston, daughter of Mrs. Pete Boston and the late Mr. Boston sponsored by the Odd-Fellow Lodge, will be escorted by, Larry Stewart. (See newspaper for complete article.)


  An announcement has been made at the city office that James Holllingsworth has been employed to attend the city dump grounds located out South Fourth Street. The dump grounds will be fenced and those dumping will drive through the gate and be advised by the attendant where to leave their refuse.


  Major Richard Herrin stated today that a new street is being opened in the northwestern part of town that will connect highway 751 with Gateway Addition. The street will connect road 751 with Tennessee Street in Gateway.


  Two post offices in the Fourth Congressional District, ordered to close during August will continue on an indefinite basis. Assistant Postmaster General, W.M. McMllan advised Congressman Ray Roberts today that the personnel ceiling freeze lifted this week by the House and Senate would make it possible for both of these fourth class post offices to operate until a final determination is made on all fourth class post offices. Congressman Roberts had appealed the closing of the Myrtle Springs post office and the Fairlle post office in Hunt County. 


  Men-Women In Service– Billy Morgan, Jr. is serving with a field service supply unit in Vietnam and reports that he is thoroughly enjoying the weekly issues of the Chronicle.

 Bradley Ferrell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dee Ferrell, stationed in Badhersfeld, Germany has recently been promoted to the rank of Spec. 4. He says he receives the Chronicle at mail call. He is to return to the states in November. He is a medic in the Army.


  Sp/4 William K. Mislivets, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Mislivets has returned to his station with the United States Army in New Mexico. He is attached to Range Command, Fort Bliss and is head of the parachute section. He is in charge of packing the parachutes for the radio controlled aerial targets where he has served for the past nine months. Kenneth is playing on the Range Command baseball team as right fielder and occasional-pitcher. His team is pushing a close second place in standings.


  In an impressive double ring ceremony on the afternoon of July 12, at Hardy Memorial Methodist Church, Miss Phillis Ann Hughes, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Phil Hughes of Texarkana, became the bride of Jerry Hamilton Humphrey, son of Mr. and Mrs. John Paul Humphrey of Hooks. The Rev. Mouzon Fletcher conducted the vows.  The bride is the granddaughter of Mrs. J.C. Lybrand, Wills Point and Mrs. Verna Hughes, Dallas. Miss Wanda Hughes of Dallas, sister of the bride was maid of honor. Paul Humphrey was his brother’s best man. John David Hughes and Paul Hughes, brothers of the bride, were ushers. (See newspaper for complete article and picture.)


  Mr. and Mrs. Bill Lingold have announced the marriage of their daughter, Miss Suzanne Lingold, to Johnny Barnett. The couple was, united by Rev. James Jones, in a Friday evening ceremony August 2, at Russell Memorial Methodist Church in the presence of members of their families.


  Mrs. T.C. Coleman presented Mike Wright in a piano recital Friday, August 2, in her Wills Point home as a culmination of his eight years of study with Mrs. Coleman. Mike, the son of Mrs. Jean Wright and Ben Wright, of Wills Point will be a student at North Texas University in September and expects to pursue his studies in music.


  John Simpson, who recently moved to Wills Point from Sulphur Springs, has opened a fresh vegetable and produce stand on Highway 80 just east of the intersection. Mr. and Mrs. Simpson bought their home from Mr. and Mrs. Mooney.  Their two married daughters Shirley Ann Moore and Mary Fugate reside in Dallas.


  Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Bateman, former residents of the Hayden Community, have purchased what is known locally as the Dawson home on West James Street from Daroe Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Bateman have three sons, Robert, 15, Bill, 14 and James, 12.


  Funeral services were held on Friday, Aug. 2, for Charles Franklin Creed, who died at his home in the Wesley Chapel community on July 31. Rev. Eldridge Hardy conducted the funeral services and burial was in Haven of Memories, Canton. Mr. Creed was born on July 13, 1891 in Mississippi. His parents were James F. and Lela Leaton Creed. His early life was spent in Mississippi and Alabama. He was married to Miss Mary Lou Clark on Dec. 12, 1912. After settling in Van Zandt County he farmed until he retired. Mrs. Creed preceded him in death on Nov. 5, 1959. Survivors are two sons, Glenn Creed, Dallas and Charles Creed, Mesquite, and two daughters, Mrs. Woodrow Nelson and Mrs. Robert Clemmons, Wills Point. (See newspaper for other survivors and complete obituary.)


  Graveside services for James Rodney Lowe, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Lowe of Mesquite were held Saturday Aug. 3.  Survivors include his parents, one sister, Rebecca Ann Lowe, and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. James Brockman, Wills Point. Mrs. Lowe is the former Gloria Jean Brockman. Eubank and Company had charge of arrangements. (See newspaper for complete obituary.)


Articles were extracted from the Wills Point Chronicle August 2, 1968 and can be viewed on microfilm at the Van Zandt County genealogy and local history Library at the courthouse Annex.