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Wills Point Chronicle, Friday December 25, 1931

"Mrs. R. F. Williams' children and grandchildren surprised her with a dinner on her birthday Sunday. All the children were present except Mr. and Mrs. D. F. Green of Shreveport, La., who were unable to be here.

"The Annual entertainment of the Eastern Star Chapter will be held in the Masonic club rooms on the evening of December 29th at 7:30 o'clock. All members and their husbands are invited.- Mrs. A. B. Dawson, Secretary.

"LOCAL HAPPENINGS: Joe Thurmon spent Tuesday in Dallas.-Mrs. Vanus Harris has returned from Mineral Wells.-Worth Thomas, Jr. is spending Christmas in Dallas.-Tom Scott spent the week-end with relatives in Kaufman.-Miss Helen Brothers, a student of C. I. A. is home for Christmas.-Marion Smith of Texas U. is visiting his mother Mrs. Fred Smith.-Mrs. R. E. Harbison is spending the holidays with relatives at Weslaco.-Mr. and Mrs. Milam Bobbitt of Oklahoma City are here for Christmas.-Miss Virginia Owens of Dallas is expected down for the Christmas dance.-Miss Dorothy Jones of Greenville is visiting Miss Mildred Duck this week.-Betty Jean Kesseler left yesterday for Dallas to visit her mother during holidays.-Mr. and Mrs. Daniel Clair have been spending a few days with Mr. and Mrs. U. D. Vick.-Jasper Starnes of Dallas is spending the Christmas holidays with K. C. Lybrand, Jr.-Jack Finney of the A. & M. college faculty is in Wills Point for the Yuletide celebrations.-Miss Francine Johnson of Texas U. is home with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Grady Johnson. - Jack Gray of Texas University is visiting Dr. and Mrs. D. Leon Sanders.-Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Yopp and little daughter, Mary Anne of Dallas are spending the week here with Mr. and Mrs. J. R. Finney.-Walter R. Swank who is working in Waco is spending this week with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Swank, of this city.

"WOODALL: Amos Bogos and family have moved to Woodall from Gordon community. We welcome them with us. Mr Bogos is in very bad health. We wish him a speedy recovery.-Oliver Kinney and J. W. Fincher were visitors of Sam Horn at Gordon Sunday.

"FAIRVIEW: We are still having bad weather. The roads are so bad that covered wagons and two wheel carts are taking place of autos.-Mr. and Mrs. Joe Smith and family have moved to the Turner community.-Mr and Mrs. Albert Hullum have moved to Wills Point. We are very sorry to lose them.-Grandmother Staples is on the sick list.


"Finis Sewell, who has been in a sanitarium in Dallas for the past two weeks as a result of double pneumonia, has been taken to his residence in Dallas and is reported as doing nicely as could be expected.

"Miss Jewel Gatlin, who recently underwent an operation in a sanitarium in Dallas, has been taken to the home of her family in Bonham, and is reported rapidly improving and regaining her health.

"Russell Galloway of Wills Point was one of the 45 students who won high honors for the second period of the fall semester at the North Texas Agricultural College at Arlington.

"Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Sides and son, Bobby, of Dallas, spent the week-end with Mrs. Sides' mother, Mrs. Sallie Sullivan, and sister Miss Allye Smith, in Wills Point.

"Mr. and Mrs. Frank Peery of Dallas spent Sunday with Mrs. J. H. Spires, Miss Estelle Spires returning to Dallas with them for a visit.

"Mr. and Mrs. S. K. Hallman enjoyed a family reunion Christmas, the following being here: Emmitt and Bill Hallman of Olney, Mr. and Mrs. Ben Hallman and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Hallman of Dallas, Mr. and Mrs. Grady Hallman and son of Tyler and Francis Hallman of Roanoke and Miss Lola Hallman of Mexico City. The latter is remaining here for a months' visit.

"Mr. and Mrs. Dewey Echols and son Tommy, of Tyler spent Christmas day with Mrs. Echols mother, Mrs. J. T. Carr and sister, Miss Ruth.

"John T. Rushing, former county judge of Rains county, died Saturday morning at Point, Rains county, after a brief illness. He was born in 1870 and spent his entire life in Rains and Van Zandt counties. For several years he was justice of the peace at Point. Funeral service was held Sunday at the Methodist church at Point, the body being interred at that place. The deceased is survived by his widow, Mrs. Inez Osburn Rushing, a son and daughter living at Gladewater, a daughter in Greenville and one in Point; also a brother, W. A. Rushing of Lindale, and three sisters, Mrs. Mattie Malloy and Mrs. Esa Baker of Wills Point and Mrs. Mary Furrh of Edgewood.

"Mr. and Mrs. Frank Green of Shreveport, La., spent Friday with the latter's mother, Mrs. R. F. Williams and other relatives in Wills Point.

"Mr. and Mrs. M. N. Huston of St. Louis spent Friday in the home of the latter's mother, Mrs. B. W. Bruce, and other relatives and friends.

"The home of Mr. and Mrs. Todd Ezell was the scene of a very happy Christmas reunion of the Baker and Ezell families, there being about twenty-five present for the enjoyable occasion.

"Dr. Louie Travis and Geo. Williamson of Jacksonville spent a few days last week with Dr. H. A. Baker of Wills Point, the latter returning to Jacksonville with them to spend Christmas with his mother and father and other relatives. and friends."

NOTE: This issue contains detailed obituaries for Mrs. Leora Hemby, Mrs. Lillie Sansom and J. M. Jackson.

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