Plan now to plant small grains, offset decreased summer hay quality

A vast majority of the hay that was produced in East Texas this year (especially the first cutting due to excessive spring rains) is low in both protein and energy; thus leaving producers scratching their heads on how to fill the gap in fulfilling their herds nutritional needs. 

With feed grain costs high, inter-seeding small grains in Bermuda grass pastures is a better idea than ever.

The key factor this year will be soil moisture.  Most of our East Texas soils don't have deep moisture reserves due to prolonged dry spell this summer.  Producers need to check for soil moisture before planting.

Whether you intend to use a prepared seedbed or plant into Bermuda grass sod, Van Zandt producers should start planning now for small grains. Now is the time to check with dealers for seed availability and price, pick the location, and test the soil.


Wills Point History Friday, Oct. 7, 1949

The Van Zandt Count Christian Rural Overseas Program committee met in the assembly room at the courthouse in Canton Monday morning for the purpose of organizing the ensuing CROP drive in this county. A program was outlined by the group to have supervised meetings throughout the county for the purpose of collecting agricultural products for overseas distribution. This county is going to send raw cotton, and will accept it as donations. Money given to the drive will be used to buy cotton.  (See newspaper for complete article.)

The Wills Point Tigers continued to ring the warning bell to the teams in the district which have counted them out at the running, as they defeated the Hillcrest Panthers on the local field Friday night 12 to 7 coming from behind in the last two minutes of the contest to score the winning touchdown. (See newspaper for complete article.)


Wills Point History: Friday, Sept. 30, 1949

W.R. Mhoon, president of the Chamber of Commerce, has announced that the chamber and the city, will erect street signs on all Wills Point streets as soon as materials are available. The people of Wills Point have been assured of city mail delivery and the street signs are one requirement set out by the post office department before the service is initiated. Signs will be erected at each intersection.

A tragic accident claimed the life of one of Van Zandt County’s outstanding citizens late Thursday evening, Sept. 22, when former County Judge, W.L. Steed, was drowned in a lake on his farm near Canton. Mr. Steed was fishing when the accident occurred. When he failed to return home by the hour his family was expecting him, they became alarmed and went to the lake to check on his welfare. His body was discovered in the water by a neighbor. Funeral services were held at the Baptist Church Saturday afternoon with interment in Hillcrest cemetery.


This week in Wills Point History: Friday, Sept. 23, 1949

A victory was filed away by the Wills Point Tigers Friday night on the muddy field at Royce City, when the local lads played an entire game in the opposition end of the gridiron. The game was started in a drizzle of rain, which finally subsided, but left the field in a mass of black mud which continually gave the players trouble. The Tigers took the opening kickoff and marched to four first downs before finally losing the ball on the Royce City 17 yard line. Feature of this long drive was a 17 yard scamper by Buddy Norton which might have gone for a touchdown on a dry field. Final score was 6 to 0 in favor of the Tigers. (See newspaper for complete article.)


This week in Wills Point History: Friday, Sept. 16, 1949

A critical shortage of cotton pickers and the second largest staple crop in the state’s history has brought a plea for pickers from the Texas Employment Commission.

Contracts for the construction of four roads were awarded Friday, Sept. 9, in the office of Judge Leon Cox. One contract was awarded the Austin Construction Co., two to Dew Construction Co., and one to Reynolds and Huff Construction Co.

 The Wills Point Tigers will encounter the Royce City Bulldogs Friday night on the Bulldogs gridiron, in Royce City and will be seeking their first victory of the season as well as avenging a 13-6 defeat at the hands of this club last season.


This week in Wills Point History: Friday, Aug. 26, 1949

Commerce-Seventeen students from Van Zandt County will graduate from East Texas State College at Commencement exercises Sunday, Aug. 28. Around 750 candidates will receive degrees, the largest graduating class in the history of the 60 year old college. John Ben Shepperd, Gladewarer attorney and past president of the United States Junior Chamber of Commerce, will deliver the commencement address at 3 p.m. At 11 a.m. the baccalaureate sermon will be given by Rev. Franz Alford, pastor of the First Christian Church of Commerce. Students of Van Zandt county receiving degrees are John Charles Beard, Amos B. Pitt, Violet Cartright, Forest E. Griffin, Royce C. Dodd, Lue Ella Brewer, Dale C. Palmer and Daphna Murphrey of Canton; Bertha Callan Ice, Raymond Roy Stallings, and W.H. Thompson of Van; Lavada H. Box, Joe Crosby Moore of Edgewood; Mildred Baldwin of Fruitvale; Mrs. Charlie Lee Simmons of Wills Point, Shirley Brock Lancaster of Martins Mill and Gladys Miller of Ben Wheeler.


Friday, August 12, 1949

Coach Glenn (Red) Adams announced Thursday that practice for football will begin next Monday when the lads will report at 8:30 a.m. at the gym for a physical examination and receive their uniforms. Coach Adams stated each boy reporting out for football will be given a physical examination by Dr. H.A. Baker and Dr. J.M. Shields, a service they are performing for the football team without charge.

Mrs. Ruth Jarvis received severe flesh wounds on both legs Monday when she was attacked by two dogs at the home of G.H. Miracle in the Cedar Grove Community. Mrs. Jarvis was making a business call at the new home that is under construction when attacked. Carpenters working at the house rescued her from the animals. A number of stitches were taken to close the wounds in her legs at Baker Clinic where she was carried for treatment. During her absence her nephew, Elgin C. Moughon is keeping her office.


Making a 72-hour emergency kit for $20

A “72-Hour Emergency Kit” is portable, has basic supplies and tides a couple of people over for 72 hours.

 It may take that long for local, county, state, and non-profit agencies to respond to a disaster or emergency. Until then, you’re on your own.

A commercial kit can cost hundreds of dollars. A truly comprehensive 72-hour kit requires a truck to haul it.

If you’ll settle for a smaller, homemade kit, you can make one for around $20. Here’s what you need:

• Carrying bag. Use eight grocery store plastic bags, stuffed to make two bags four layers thick. You could use a school knapsack or a backpack.

• 3 gallons of water per person, for three days. Carry the water in three 1-gallon plastic jugs. These weigh 25 pounds, and a kid’s little red wagon or suitcase with wheels could haul them. For two people, that’s 6 gallons or 50 pounds of drinkable water.


Wills Point History: Friday, July 22, 1949

The initial step needed to complete highway No. 243 from Canton to Kaufman was taken this week by the Highway Commission in Austin when it authorized construction of grading and structures on, the highway from nine miles east of Kaufman to the Van Zandt County line. When this strip is completed and topped, the highway will furnish a nearer route to Kaufman and give East Texas another route to Dallas. The amount approved for this work was $161,000. Also approved in the meeting was a $36,000 appropriation for placing an asphaltic leveling course on U.S. 80 from the junction of State 64 in Edgewood, a distance of 6.6 miles.

The traffic light at the intersection of U.S. 80 and south Fourth Street, which was damaged by a truck several weeks ago, has been replaced by a new light and is now in operation.


This week in Wills Point History Friday, July 15, 1949

Trinity Drilling Co. of Dallas is to start within a few days on a Woodbine or deeper exploration just south of here on acreage obtained from Humble Oil and Refining Co. Location is to be on the Woolverton heir’s farm near the north corner of the W.D. Roberts survey. Although agreement calls only for a Woodbine and test, the Paluxy may be explored if structural conditions are favorable. Humble holds a block of about 2,000 acres east, southeast and south of here. The acreage was leased by A.L. Tisdale. Leasing of lots in Wills Point has been heavy for several days since the strike at Cedarvale in Kaufman County recently.


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