The Wylie News (Wylie, Tex.), Vol. 14, No. 35, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 4, 1962 Page: 1 of 4
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A surprising number of voters
turned out in Wylie for (he Dec.
23 special election for Congress.
A total of 142 were cast, which ex-
ceeded expectations of local poli-
tical observers who had predict-
ed "around 125." Still this is piti-
fully low when compared to the
precinct's voting potential. How-
ever, the rush of the Christmas
season greatly hindered the vot-
er turnout. Collin County's Ray
Roberts led the field with 79 votes,
followed next with Bob Slagle's
25. A very poor fourth was Repub-
lican Conner Harrington's 18. Jack
^ Finney picked up 12, David Brown
1 got 7 and Roy Baker registered
a lone tally.
^ HOLIDAY HIGHLIGHTS:
^Pf'hankg to the cooperation of a
wonderful weather man, the sea-
son was beautiful. From a week
before Christmas until after New
Year's the weather was clear and
erisp with plenty of sunshine and
temperatures mostly in the upper
twenties to the lower forties. Not
• weather gripe was registered
. ..One of our top privileges was
to have the opportunity to hear
the music department of the lo-
cal schools present their fine pro-
grams at the Lions Club Decem-
ber party and then at the elemen-
tary school on Dec. 20. To us no-
thing typifies Christmas better
than children singing the tradi-
tional music. . .Loc«l merchants
reporting excellent year-end busi-
ness, bringing 1961 to a conclu-
sion ahead of last year. . .We
noticed Wylieitcs placing more re-
ligious emphasis on the Christmas
season than in some years past.
Most churches reported far better
December 24 crowds than in
years, all of which Is a healthy
sign. And one of the highlights
was the traditional Christmas mu-
sical services at most local church-
es. . .The numerous family Christ-
mas trees together with the starry
eves and gav laughter of little
children. . .The Wylie girls' bas-
ketball team active during their j
holidays. They participated in the J
Southwestern AAU tournament at
Duncanville, winning from the j
Evprman sextet but losing to Tu-
lia in the second round. The tour-
ney featured the state's finest j
girls teams, and the top spot was
captured by Dimmitt. . .City Wa- '
ter Supt. W. A. Allen had his |
New Year's Eve celebration ab- j
ruptly halted when a large main
gave way on East Oak Street,
south of First State Bank. It took
all hands and some heavy equip-
ment to repair the leak, and in
sub-freezing weather, too. . ,Wy-
lietes well represented at the big
rodeo and New Year's Day foot-
ball game in Big D. . .No serious
casualties reported as a result
of a record number of New
Year's Eve parties throughout the
city. . .Local business observers
join with state and national fore-
casters in predicting a rosy and
prosperous 1962 for Wylie and the
general area. It should be one of
. the best, according to the con-
M tensus. . .
W QUOTES from our NOTES:
Mention Charlie Hillis opening a
tax office at the rear of First
State Bank in the space formerly
occupied for so long by the late
W. F. Duncan, local attorney. Hil-
lis will specialize in income tax
matters since he spent several
years with the internal revenue
department. . .Boyd Williams, dis-
trict manager of Texas Power &
Lighl Co., here relative to the
vandalism being done to electric
distribution facilities in the area,
particularly around Piano and
Renner. The offense is a felony
and the power company is offer-
ing a cash reward for informa-
tion leading to the arrest and con-
viction of persons responsible. . .
Thank John Yeager for what we
think is the best eating on the
market, a bountiful supply of
quail, and you're right when you
say we must have gone off our
diet. . .Late news is that the spe-
cial Congressional runoff election
has been slated for Tuesday, Jan-
urary 30. . .Remind our readers
that January 31 is the last date
for paying city, school, state and
county taxes without penalty and
interest and also the last date
for paying poll taxes. By all
means give this matter your at-
tention as some very important
elections are coming up in 1962
and you want to be eligible to
have your say. .Wylie's "Jolly
Roger" band considering taking
part in Fort Worth's big rodeo
and fat stock show later this
month or early February. . .Re-
mind Wylie Lions they get back
on their regular meeting sched-
ule this week on Thursday
•t 7 p.nv
Welcome to Wylie!
NEAR THE LAKES
'/a HOUR TO DALLAS
THE WYLIE NEWS
Serving Collin County's Fastest Growing City
Welcome to Wylie!
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WYLIE, COLLIN COUNTY, TEXAS, THURSDAY, JAN. 4, 1962
CofC Business Meeting Set Monday, Jan. 8
To Open Conference
Nexl Tuesday, January 9 will
be the date and Forney will be
the site of the opening of the 1962
conference basketball race for the
On that date both the boys and
girls teams will blast the lid on
the District 14-A conference cham-
Lasf Riles For
Held Dec. 23
Funeral services for Miss Mat-
tie Housewright, a native of Wy-
lie, were held at the First Chris-
tian Church on December 23rd
at 2 p.m. The pastor, Rev. Rob-
ert Daniel, officiated. Miss House-
wright died on Thursday in a Mc-
Kinney Nursing Home.
The daughter of the late Mary
Ann Dunlap and Robert (Uncle
Bob) Housewright, Miss House-
wright was born in Wylie on May
6, 1882 and lived here with her
father until his death several
years ago. She made her home
in Dallas for a short time, later
entering the Home in McKinney.
Survivors include one brother.
John Housewright, Joshua; a half-
brother Dick Housewrighl, Inde-
pendence, Mo.; two sisters-in-law,
Mrs. Lillian Housewright, Dallas;
and Mrs, Dess Housewright, Wy-
lie; and a number of nieces and
Teams this year in the districl
include Wylie, Forney. Cedar Hill
Farmersville and Fannindcll.
These teams will play a home-and-
home game schedule in what
should be an exciting season.
Doublehcaders are always on the
This year's Wylie girls have a
record of 14 «>'ins against only 5
losses, and should be co-favoriles
with Fannindell for the district
crown. Last week thev played in
the famous Duncanville holiday
tournament, beating Everman and
losing to Tulia in their :wo games.
The local boys, off to a some-
what slow start, have copped
eight wins compared to six rever-!
Tuesdav night of this week on
the local court, the Wylie girls j
soundly trounced Piano by a 65- ;
47 scorc, while the Piano boys |
defeated the Pirates by a 51-42 tal
On Friday night of next week
the local teams travel to Cedar
Hill for their second conference
starts. The following week they
will return home for three conse- j
cutive conference rounds.
Architect To Speak
At PTA Meeting
■ ■ 1
An important business meeting;
for members of the Chamber of
Commerce has been called for
next Monday night, January 8.
J. R. Storey, president, announced
The meeting will be held at the
Methodist Annex at $ o'clock.
A special report on the Decem-
ber campaign will be made; a
new board of directors for the
year will be selected, together with
new officers; and a discussion
will be held on special projects
for the coming year.
Last month's membership driv«
was the most successful in the
organization's history with the lar-
gest enrollment of business men
and commercial and industrial
members reported to date,
"Our workers have done an ex-
cellent job in signing up new busi-
ness members." Storey said Wed-
nesday. "We need now to lay
stress on individual memberships
in order that the individual citizen
of Wylie may feel his responsibil-
ity' for the promotion of the area '
Wylie's future in the area of
civic and industrial development
is expected to be a topic up for
discussion at the Monday night
meeting. "Community Attitude"
survey sheets will be distributed
to those attending, and the mem-
bership will be requested to indi-
cate their feelings toward com-
munity facilities and improve-
All members of the organiza-
tion will receive personal notic-
es of the meeting.
"This will be a fine opportun-
ity for the Chamber of Commerce
t ' start the new year off with a
bang, and we urge all interested
citizens to be on hand," President
Fred Buford. of the firm of
Fred Buford & Associates, will be
Burial was in the Wylie Ceme- j j,uest speaker a tthe regular Par-
tery with Fielder-Baker Funeral i ent-Teacher's meeting on Thurs-
Home in charge of arrangements. I day evening, January tlth at 7:30
Mr. Buford will speak on
PICTURED \BOVE ARE students of the Civic
Class of the Wylie High School on their recent visit
to the Sam Raybinn Library in Bonham. The stu-
dents reported a most interesting and worthwhile
visit to the library which houses numerous items
of historical and governmental interest. (Photo by
Funeral Services For
Held Dec. 26th
Funeral services for Billy Dan
(Danny) Tompkins were held at
The First Methodist Church on
December 26th at 2 p.m. Rev.
W. B. Slack Jr., pastor, officiated.
Danny died at his home on Christ-
Danny was born here on Jan-
urary 30, 1945 to the late L. B.
Tompkins and Mrs. Inez Tomp-
kins. and had lived with his moth-
er since the death of Mr. Tomp-
kins in 1956.
Survivors include his mother;
a sister Mrs. Kathleen Cryer, Wy-
lie; and grandmother Mrs. Johnny
Interment was in the Merit
Cemetery with Fielder-Baker Fu-
neral Home in charge ol arrange-
the subject, "Building for Effec-
Fred Buford and Associates is
one of the leading Architectural
and Engineering firms in the
country. During the past 1? years
they have done a 50 million-dol-
lar volume of buslr>ess in school
construction alone. Thev have con-
structed schools in Dallas, Mc-
Kinney, Richardson, Bonham and
Irving in this area.
The meeting will be of vital in-
terest to those interested in bet-
ter schools for our community and
the school and PTA officials urge
everyone in the community to at-
Damage To Power
Lines In Area
Monday, January 8, 1962
Chili & Frito Pie
State Senator Ray Roberts and
Sherman Attorney R. C. (Bob) Sla-
gle will enter (he runoff campaign
to succeed the late Sam Rayburn
as Congressman from the Fourth
District of Texas.
Both emerged as leader- of a
field of six candidates in the spe-
cial election balloting on Saturday.
tv of Grayson, which is the most lington was an avowed "Goldwat-
populous of the seven.
The total vote in the Dec. 23
election is as follows:
Ray Roberts; 8,136.
R. C. Slagle: 3,921.
David Brown: 2,378.
C. Harrington: 2,332.
Jack Finney: 2.202.
er type" Republican.
Support for both F inney and Har-
rington failed to materalize and
they wound up running a poor
1 fourth and fifth in the race, which
Vandals continued to cause in-
terruptions in electric power serv-
ice to residents of the Piano and
Renner areas during the Christ-
Boyd Williams. Texas Power &
Light Comapny district manager,
said that gunshots damaged in-
sulators and transformers of TP-
&L distribution facilities on Christ-
mas day, causing power to fail
in an area between Piano and '
Williams said that aside from |
Guests in the home of Mrs.
! Mary Cooper for Christmas din-
ner were Mr. and Mrs. .1. W. Over 22,000 votes were cast in Roy Bakei 1.077.
Cooper, Dallas; Mr. and Mrs. J. the election to fill the ai ancy cans- l-'oui of the candidate: Robert
C. Landers, Kathy, and Martha, ed bv the death of Speaker Ray Slagle, Brown and Baker, were all (.'"me
Salina, Kansas; Mr. and Mrs. Lorn j burn who had held tin post for 48 running a- " Ravburn
Gibson. Loyce and Joyce, Wylie; | years,
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Dean. Jimmie, Robert* carried six of th
points up very markedly that "Mr the inconvenience to TP&L cus-
SamV famed Fourth District in- tomers and the costly repairs nec-
tends to remain in the Democra-1 essitated bV the vandalism, he
Cathy and Cindy, Mesquiie; and trict's seven counties, but Slagle last year but was running a< a
, and his company are always feat-
tic column for a long, long time to fu| (hp ^ jnjuries which
could result from acts of vandal-
Democrats. The Dec 23 vote by counties is i>,m. "We never know when the
Finney had reportedly supported a, f0|i0Us; same lack of judgment which lets
dis- Eisenhower both times and Nixon HUNT—Brown. 232; Harring- Persons vvUfully damage our faci-
Mrs. Thclma Martin.
' had a heavy lead in his home coun- i conserve
ative Democrat, while Har-;
ton. 447; Baker, 47, Finney 1.161:
Roberts, 1,755; Slagle. 476.
COLLIN — Brown, 175, Harring-
j ton. 690; Baker, 62; Finney 193; |
Roberts. 2,735; Slagle 574
GRAYSON — Brown, 1,452; Har-
! rington. 675; Baker, 796. Finney, j
I 212; Roberts, 1.220; Slagle, 3,930. !
j FANNIN Brown, 257; Harring-1 |
| ton, 150: Baker. IIS. Finney, 81;
i Roberts, 1,202; Slagle, 673.
ROCKWALL — Brown, 70; Hai- |
rington, 36; Baker, 19: Finney, 72: ;
Roberts, 217; Slagle, 93.
KAUFMAN — Brown. 1480 Har-
rington. 198: Baker. 29: Finney.
453; Roberts. 714; Slagle. 133
RAINS — Brown, 29, Harring- ,
ton, 42. Baker, 2; Finney, 29; Ro- j
berts. 287; Slagle. 55.
Senator Roberts carried Wylie |
, bv a substantial margin, racking
up a total of 79 votes out of 142
The vote in the local box was as 1
j lities may lead to some serious
, personal injury or even a fatal
shock." said Williams.
Tuesday, January 9
Turkey Open Sandwiches-Gravy
Spaghetti & Tomatoes
Wednesday, January Iff
Tomato, Onions & Picklea
Thursday, January I!
Hot Dogs & Relish
Friday, January 12
Williams added that it is a felo-
i ny to tamper with power com-
| pany equipment and that penali-
ties ranging from two to five
j years in prison can be assessed
Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Russell
spent the week-end in Mineral
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Landers and
family of Salina, Kansas, spent
the Christmas holidays with hi?
mother Mrs. Thelma Martin: and
his sister and brother-in-law Mr,
arid Mrs. Lorn Gibson.
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Cosby and
family of lulia are guests of Mr.
ind Mrs. Morris Addington.
PICTURED ABOVE IS A PORTION of the crowd
which gathered in downtown Wylie on Saturday
afternoon, Dec. 16, to welcome Santa Claus on the
occasion of the annual Wylie Chamber j>f Commerce
party. Hundreds of the area's youngsters were on
hand for the parade led by the local band and to
receive a gift from Santa-
Major and Mrs. Charles Parker
and son Donald of Belleview,
Nebraska: and their son Ronald
Parker, who is attending Texas
University in Austin, were holiday
guests of Major Parker's parents.
Mr and Mrs. J. C. Parker and
Wylie Chamber of Comerce
To The Wylie Chamber of Commerc*
Please enroll me as an individual member of the
Wylie Chamber of Commerce for the year 1S3- En-
closed are my due? of $6.00 for the next twelve
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