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Sun
23
Jul

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, July 21, 1961

  Swimming contest is slated tonight (Friday) at Wills Point’s new pool beginning at 7:30 o’clock according to Mark Ashworth, manager. Mr. Ashworth who has been in charge of the summer recreation swimming program, said the contest is not limited to those participating in the program, but is open to everyone through 16 years of age. The competition will be split in two age groups, 12 and under and 13 through 16. Groups will also be divided into boys and girls divisions. There will be no entry fee, however, admission of 15 cents will be charged for participants.

  College Station:  William F. McFarland, son of Mr. and Mrs. Grady McFarland of Wills Point, has been designated Distinguished Student at Texas A and M College for the spring semester 1961.

Sun
16
Jul

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, July 14, 1961

  Open house honoring Mr. and Mrs. Green Evans was held at their home in the Board community on July 2, marking the 50th anniversary of their marriage. Green Evans and Miss Elsie McEnturff were married on Sunday, July 2, 1911, at the home of minister, Rev. Jeff McBride in the Bright Star community. Rev. McBride also had united the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. McEnturff. Assisting with the house party were Mrs. Evans’ sister, Mrs. Ada Stewart of Edgewood, her niece, Mrs. Martin Malone, Wills Point, and her neighbor, Mrs. Russell Scott. (See newspaper for complete article.)

Wed
12
Jul

Use bicycles for emergency transportation

It comes down to this: In an emergency or a disaster when no internal combustion-engined vehicles are available, would you rather walk or ride a bike? I’ll take the bike!

At home I have more than a dozen bicycles. I fix up bicycles and give them to kids. That means I have good bicycles, fair bicycles, parts bicycles, and parts of bicycles. It doesn’t take mechanical genius to work on a bicycle. Probably most of you reading this article know how to fix a bicycle tire, tighten a chain, adjust a brake, etc. Bicycles are easy to fix.

It’s possible that these skills, and the bicycles, might be valuable someday. I have a friend whose driver’s license was suspended. I gave him a 10-speed bicycle, and he used it for six months. He told me what he learned.

Fri
07
Jul

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, July 7, 1961

Members of the graduating class of 1941 of the Wills Point High School bought four redwood benches and have placed them around the swimming pool at the city park, according to an announcement by one member of the class. A reunion of the class members was held recently and after the expenses were paid, their treasury had funds left sufficient to pay for the benches.

Reagan James, president of the Wills Point Riding and Roping Club has announced that the club will hold its three-day rodeo next week, July 13,14 and 15. “The show was postponed in June due to rains, but we are planning to make this one of the biggest and best shows in the area.” Mr. James stated.

Thu
06
Jul

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, June 30, 1961

  Little Leaguers No. 1 won their first game of the season Monday night on the Wills Point field by taking a 4 to 2 win over Canton. At the end of the sixth, the score was tied 2-2, and another inning was played to break the tie. Evans relieved Kinney at the pitcher’s mound after the sixth, Evans struck out the next three up to bat. Warner led off with a walk, Roberts singled and Laney doubled to drive in the two winning runs.

  James Travis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Travis of the Bethlehem community, a junior student at Southern Methodist University was named on the Dean’s list. He is a 1959 graduate of the Wills Point High School. He attends SMU on an athletic scholarship and is an accountant major.

Thu
29
Jun

Footnotes

Do you believe in magic?” as the song goes. Dictionary.com defines magic as “the art of producing illusions as entertainment by the use of sleight of hand, deceptive devices, etc.” This Friday, June 23 at 10 a.m. James Wand will appear at the Van Zandt County Library in his “James Wand Secret Agent Magic Show.” The super spy's magical show includes clues, secret codes and lots of magic as the children help him on a top secret mission. He will show the audience, Pre-K through sixth grade, that the most important skills a secret agent needs are reading and writing. They will be motivated to excel in these skills.

Wed
21
Jun

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, June 16, 1961

Sat
10
Jun

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, June 9, 1961

  Wills Point is getting ready for Western Week, June 12-17. Highlighting the week will be the rodeo set for June 15, 16, and 17. Getting things underway Thursday afternoon will be a big parade downtown Wills Point at 4:30 p.m. Following, the parade a barbecue sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce will be held on the park grounds.

  At a regular meeting of the city council Tuesday night, councilmen voted to abolish the job of night watchman and hire a night policeman, according to a statement made Thursday by Homer Read, mayor.

  Little leaguers lost their season opener last Thursday night to Van 13-8.

Thu
11
May

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, May 12, 1961

  Three comedies will be staged next Tuesday and Wednesday nights, May 16 and 17, in the high school auditorium at 8 p.m. The plays are being sponsored by, the recreation committee of the Wills Point Chamber of Commerce and Rotary Club, as a means of raising funds to benefit, the swimming pool.

Tue
02
May

This Week in Wills Point History

Friday, April 28, 1961

  Judge George D. Staton, 80, judge of Van Zandt County, died April 24, at a Dallas hospital. Funeral services were held in Canton Tuesday afternoon. Interment was at White Rose Cemetery. (See newspaper for complete obituary and names of survivors.)

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